Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Council OKs new shade structures for Allan Witt Park

FAIRFIELD — The city will suspend competitive bidding and approved buying $62,343 worth of new shade structures for Allan Witt Community Park to replace older structures that had become shelters for the homeless, the City Council agreed Tuesday. Fairfield can buy the equipment through the National Joint Powers Alliance, a nationwide competitive bidding program that […]

I don’t want my freeloading son to move back in with me

Dear Annie: My 26-year-old son graduated from college three years ago. He worked for his father for one year, worked on a marijuana farm for one year and has been living off of his savings for the past eight months. He hasn’t been looking for a job. He says he doesn’t want to work for someone […]

Horoscopes for April 14, 2014

While we might like to believe we are the primary engines in our lives, ignoring the influence of environmental factors and parenting would be a mistake. Pluto begins a retrograde journey through Capricorn that pulls our awareness to the authority figures that have shaped us. Being aware of their influence is the key to transcending […]

Bridge April 14

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THOUGHTFUL DEFENSE WINS ONE MORE TIME Percival, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, supposedly said, “One hour of thoughtful solitude may nerve the heart for days of conflict — girding up its armor to meet the most insidious foe.” Many play far too quickly at the […]

‘Divergent’ film finale to be released in 2 parts

LOS ANGELES — Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its “Divergent” trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for “Twilight” and is repeating for “The Hunger Games.” The first film in the series based on Veronica Roth’s novels has grossed $117 million in its first […]

Stephen Baldwin pays off his New York back taxes

NEW YORK — A lawyer for Stephen Baldwin says the actor has paid off his New York back taxes with a check for the final $100,000. Baldwin admitted last year that he had failed to pay state taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010. The total, plus interest and penalties, came to $400,000. A Rockland County […]

Mickey Rooney to be laid to rest in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — Mickey Rooney will be laid to rest alongside Hollywood royalty. A judge signed off Friday on an agreement between Rooney’s survivors to have the actor buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place for such luminaries as Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield and Douglas Fairbanks. Rooney died Sunday at age 93. […]

Driver in deadly Fla. day care crash in custody

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A manhunt across Florida ended Thursday with the surrender of a driver blamed in a deadly crash at a day care that injured 14 and killed a 4-year-old girl who was sitting in a classroom awaiting her afternoon snack. Robert Alex Corchado turned himself in and was charged with leaving the […]

Water deliveries remain at 0 pending further study

SACRAMENTO — Water managers are determining if recent storms helped California’s dwindling water supplies enough to warrant increases in water deliveries to farms and thirsty cities. Meantime, the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday announced that water deliveries will remain at zero until the analysis is complete. State […]

California man confesses to 40 killings

FRESNO — A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with murdering nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Alabama, said that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the […]

Obama offers solace to nation at Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas — President Barack Obama returned to the grieving Army post Wednesday where he first took on the job as the nation’s comforter five years ago, mourning with families and uniformed comrades of those killed during last week’s Fort Hood shooting spree. “We somehow bear what seems unbearable,” he declared. It was yet […]

Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border. NATO’s top commander in […]

1 child dead, 14 hurt in Florida day care crash

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care Wednesday, killing a child and injuring 14 others, at least 12 of them children, authorities said. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children wasn’t releasing any more information on the age and sex of the child who died, said Katie Dagenais, a spokeswoman for the […]

AP Interview: US troops may be sent to E Europe

PARIS — NATO’s top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk. U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he wouldn’t “write off involvement by any nation, […]

Blasts in central Syria city of Homs kill 25

DAMASCUS, Syria — Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in a government-held district of Syria’s battleground city of Homs, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 100, state media said. The blasts hit a commercial street inhabited mostly by members of President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect in the central city, where government forces […]

Bomb blast in Pakistani capital kills 22

ISLAMABAD — A bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Islamabad on Wednesday, killing 22 people and wounding dozens more in a new attack in the Pakistani capital, which until recently had remained relatively removed from shootings and bombings that plague other parts of the country. Confusion over who carried […]

Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him. At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy whose liver was […]

Costner’s ‘Draft Day’ arrives Friday

FAIRFIELD — Birds, a star of “Bull Durham” and a brutal murder are primed for this weekend’s box office openings. Blu, Jewel and their three kids return to the screen for “Rio 2.” The blue macaws are in the Amazon and Blu is doing his best to fit in. Then he meets his most fearsome […]

Horoscopes for April 7, 2014

Some people find it fun to be chased; others would rather do the chasing. If you know the preferences of the person you are dealing with, you can structure your interaction accordingly. If you don’t, you’ll need to be very attuned to the messages people are sending. The intuitive Cancer moon helps with that. ARIES […]

My parents won’t attend Paul’s wedding if he invites our transgender brother

Dear Annie: A few years ago, my brother announced that he should have been born a female. He started counseling and three years ago legally changed his first name and began living as a woman. This devastated my parents and two of my siblings, and they have disowned him. I have not seen my brother since […]

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Bridge April 7

HE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DEFENSE IS DIFFICULT, BUT CAN BE DEADLY Holly Lisle, a fantasy and science fiction novelist, said, “If you don’t accept responsibility for your own actions, then you are forever chained to a position of defense.” At the bridge table, when you are on defense, you must accept responsibility for […]