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YouTube star Rachel Bloom is CW’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

LOS ANGELES — The music video star is dressed right, in a low-cut catsuit that leaves little to the imagination. But her body language, as guided by the director, is somehow off. “Can you please do the same thing, but grinding your pelvis a little?” he courteously asks, resulting in what can only be described as […]

Malcolm-Jamal Warner opens up about Bill Cosby allegations

LOS ANGELES — “The Cosby Show” alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner says the series’ legacy is “tarnished” by the sexual assault allegations made against Bill Cosby. “My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what . . . negative stereotypes of people of color, we’ve always had […]

Some travelers love to hate the new discount airlines

DALLAS — When the delay on his 90-minute flight stretched past the four-hour mark, David Rankin started tweeting to Spirit Airlines as he and other passengers grew restless. “We’re looking at the plane,” Rankin said by phone from a Spirit gate at the Philadelphia airport. “There are no pilots.” Rankin, an investment manager from New […]

Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as “House of Cards” and other original programming. The new price of $10 per month for Netflix’s standard plan […]

Drop in applications for US unemployment benefits last week

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as employers hold onto workers despite a recent slowdown in hiring because of global pressures weighing on the U.S. economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for jobless aid fell 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 263,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, has […]

October 09, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

New Saks store brings out shoppers

VACAVILLE — Ruby Arceneaux of Vacaville loves shoes. She loves to shop. And the grand opening of the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th was like a bit of heaven for her and her son, Arthur. They came out before the sun shone at 5 a.m. Thursday to be the first people in line for the opening. “I […]

Schools hurting children by banning rough play

No roughhousing. No superhero games. No turning your fingers – or your Pop-Tart – into a make-believe gun. No tag. And certainly no dodgeball. Stories of zero-tolerance play-policing by schools are a well-established news genre. Most recently, parents in Washington state mounted a successful campaign to force the Mercer Island School District to reverse its […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 6 Replies

US, Jordan in a fight over Syrian refugees

Just as Jordanian officials were leading a high-level meeting on the Syrian refugee crisis at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last week, the U.N. and the U.S. were pressing the desert kingdom to admit thousands of Syrians stranded on its border and being denied access to a refugee camp that stands half […]

October 08, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Background checks will affect gun tragedies

That same stupid “conversation” is underway once again in the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Oregon last week. Do guns kill people or do people kill people? We can see the polarization in the online Daily Republic pulse poll that asks if readers’ views of gun laws have changed in the […]

Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy. Kennedy on Tuesday defended his book, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past […]

Thousands form human peace sign to honor John Lennon in NYC

NEW YORK — Thousands of people joined Yoko Ono in Central Park on Tuesday to try to set a world record for largest group of human bodies forming a peace sign. The record attempt to honor Ono’s husband, John Lennon, didn’t succeed. Still, the crowd celebrated the upcoming birthday of the late Beatle, who would […]

Hugh Jackman, Peter Pan duel at the movies

FAIRFIELD — The tale of Peter Pan gets another look as “Pan,” a PG family film, hits the big screen Friday. An orphan boy realizes his destiny as Peter Pan in this realized fantasy. He’s whisked away to an enchanted land to battle the pirate Blackbeard, played by Hugh Jackman. A warrior woman, Tiger Lily, […]

Bridge Oct 5

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder WHEN YOU’RE CAPTAIN, LEAD YOUR PARTNER Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, the writers of the “Animal Crossing: Wild World” video game, said, “When you’re a team of one, you’re always captain.” In bridge, you are a team of two. During the bidding, normally you have a two-sided […]

Against my wishes, my annoying neighbor invited herself to family function

Dear Annie: My husband and I are friends with another couple in our neighborhood. The majority of the time, we get along well. We have even traveled together. The problem is, “Susie” is very loud and an extremely poor conversationalist. She dominates the get-togethers by talking about nonsense, and she constantly repeats herself. She interrupts […]

Horoscopes: Oct. 5, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It is likely that the amount of freedom your current path affords you is less or more than is good for you. Some limits will serve you well, while you find too many limits to be suffocating. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In light of the fact that your past worries haven’t […]

California governor signs anti-racial profiling bill

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to change California’s definition of racial profiling and require local law enforcement agencies to collect demographic data on the people they stop, his office announced Saturday. The law will give the public and police data to assess anecdotes of racial profiling, said the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Shirley […]

More rain, flooding forecast along soggy East Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. — While spared the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin, parts of the East Coast still saw record-setting rain Saturday that shut down roads, waterlogged crops and showed little sign of letting up. Much of the drenching was centered in the Carolinas, but coastal communities as far away as New Jersey were feeling the […]

United Auto Workers avoid strike at Missouri Ford factory

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative local agreement that will avoid a strike next week at a key Ford assembly plant. Ford officials say in a statement Saturday morning that the agreement was forged by working with its UAW partners at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. They […]

6 US airmen killed in Afghanistan plane crash identified

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Department of Defense has identified the six American airmen killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan. The airmen were identified Saturday as: Capt. Jonathan Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California; Capt. Jordan Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas; Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, 26, of […]

Mormons select 3 new leaders; all from Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church has chosen three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the faith’s business operations – all are from Utah. The new members of the religion’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were all serving in lower-level church leadership positions and had held executive posts previously […]

At least 12 students hurt when truck causes awning to fall

OLIN, N.C. — At least a dozen students were hurt when a box truck struck a concrete support for an awning at a North Carolina high school and part of the overhang collapsed Saturday, authorities said. Iredell-Statesville Schools spokeswoman Susie Wiberg said students were beneath the awning at the entrance to a high school where […]

Survivor: Gunman spared ‘lucky one’ to give police message

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The 26-year-old killer who gunned down classmates inside an Oregon college spared a student and gave the “lucky one” something to deliver to authorities, according to the mother of a student who witnessed the rampage. Shooter Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer later killed himself as officers arrived, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday. Authorities […]

Irish playwright Brian Friel, famed for ‘Lughnasa,’ dies

DUBLIN — Brian Friel distrusted the reliability of mere facts. Ireland’s greatest playwright of his generation, who died Friday at the age of 86, spent much of his life trying to convey the deeper truths of our existence — of a world filled with compelling fictions constructed by people, families and whole nations. Friel’s fictional […]

Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut interrupted by man, flowers

NEW YORK — Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut was interrupted when a member of the audience shouted at the actress and threw a bouquet of flowers at the stage before being escorted from the theater. Knightley, who plays the title character in the play “Therese Raquin” was onstage Thursday with Gabriel Ebert when the disturbance took […]

A come-black: Clint Black returns with 1st album in 10 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The black hat is back. Clint Black released his first new album in a decade after finally finding a record label he could trust. The staunchly independent country artist was always a thorn in the side of Music Row’s record executives. He never gave in to pressure to sing other people’s songs […]

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