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There’s a holiday gift to make every TV fan happy

LOS ANGELES — Pity TV fans back in the day, eager to buy really cool merchandise tie-ins to their favorite series but victims of bad timing. There weren’t 1950s “Team Desi” or “Team Lucy” T-shirts proclaiming viewer devotion to husband or wife on “I Love Lucy.” ”The Fugitive” board game of the 1960s pales next […]

The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

LOS ANGELES — It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch! But there are newcomers as well, with Mariah Carey, Bill Murray and an “Empire” variety special among them. […]

People: Adele

Adele’s new album “25” has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States alone during its first three days on the market, a stunning number for a music industry that has seen sales steadily fall in the digital era. To put that into perspective, only Taylor Swift’s “1989,” (released late last year) Drake’s […]

Learn to make seasonal greeting cards

FAIRFIELD — Learn to make winter-themed handcrafted greeting cards from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Fairfield Cordelia Library. The free program is open to anyone 18 or older. Supplies are provided. Register by calling or stopping at the library, 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield.

Mad Hatter Holiday Festival comes to Vallejo

VALLEJO — The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival returns to Vallejo on Dec. 5. December will have a variety of activities, starting with a Wonderland Festival at 1 p.m. in Unity Plaza in  downtown Vallejo. A parade  will begin at 4:30 p.m. from Georgia and Sonoma boulevards. The tree lightening will be at 6 p.m., followed by a lighted […]

Rio Vista holiday happenings slated Dec. 5-6

RIO VISTA — Rio Vista will welcome the Christmas season with a holiday happenings Dec. 5-6. The annual Olde Tyme Christmas Craft Fair, at the Rio Vista Museum 16 N. Front St., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. The RioVision Holiday Home Tour is 11 […]

‘Rocky’ returns, dinosaurs live and Frankenstein kick off holiday movies

FAIRFIELD — The holiday box office is off and running with the release of “Creed,” a new film in the boxing-saga “Rocky” series. In this PG-13 drama, Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, trains Adonis Johnson, the son of Creed, one of Rocky’s former opponents. Creed died before his son was born. Michael B. Jordan plays […]

Should disclose liaison in my ‘don’t-ask-don’t-tell’ marriage?

Dear Annie: I am six months into a separation from my husband of seven years. (The separation was his idea.) I thought our relationship was solid and was completely blindsided when he told me he felt deserted and lonely. While I am still hoping for reconciliation, I have recently begun seeing someone else. My relationship […]

Bridge Nov 23

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TWO CHANCES ARE BETTER THAN ONE Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, said, “It is a damn poor mind indeed that can’t think of at least two ways of spelling any word.” Would a Muslim cadi ask a golf caddie to keep tea — or a […]

Horoscopes: Nov. 23, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Simple things may seem difficult to you, while what is extremely difficult for others may seem very simple. There is no “one size fits all” situation for life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Leadership requires inner discipline. You’ll wonder if you have what it takes. You do. You just need more practice; […]

Photos: 27th Annual Tournament of Champions

22 tournament of champions bay valley 1 The Dixon High School Marching band prepares to march in the Tournament of Champions at Fairfield High School, Saturday. More than 40 schools participated in the competition. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic) 22 tournament of champions bay valley 2 From left, Oak Ridge High School’s Nicholas Pham, Eddie Chan, Connie […]

Convicted spy Pollard is released after 30 years behind bars

NEW YORK  — Jonathan Pollard was released from prison Friday after 30 years behind bars for spying for Israel, and his lawyers immediately went to court to challenge tough parole conditions seemingly designed to ensure he doesn’t spill any U.S. military secrets he might have left. The 61-year-old former Navy intelligence analyst was set free […]

Obama to visit Asia refugee center amid raging debate in US

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — President Barack Obama is planning to visit a refugee center in Malaysia, casting a spotlight on the plight of those fleeing violence and persecution from Myanmar to Syria. Obama’s tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation on Saturday comes amid a raging debate back home over Obama’s plan to allow thousands […]

AP sources: Task force wants even smaller drones registered

WASHINGTON — An aviation industry task force is recommending that operators be required to register drones weighing as little as a half a pound, a threshold that could include some remote-controlled toys, industry officials said. Federal Aviation Administration officials who convened the 25-member task force on drone registration have said they want to avoid requiring […]

IAEA’s Iran report to provide opening for deal’s foes

Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington and Tehran will have their next opportunity to sabotage its implementation when the International Atomic Energy Agency releases a report by Dec. 15 on its investigation into Iran’s past nuclear weapons activities. Americans opposed to the deal will reopen debate over whether the International Atomic Energy Agency […]

Germany’s refugee response puts US to shame

The political controversy over the proposed resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. next year imperils the superpower’s claim to global moral leadership. Unlike their counterparts in some European nations, the more compassionate politicians in the U.S. appear powerless to do more for people fleeing war and terror. Syria is the biggest source of […]

Why are homegrown killings more acceptable?

The recent attacks by radical Islamic terrorists in Paris have shocked the world. In light of the brutal, cowardly raids, there’s been widespread talk of how the U.S. should respond in defending the homeland, fighting the Islamic State in the Middle East, and what we should do about the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the […]

Last film in ‘Hunger Games’ franchise opens soon

FAIRFIELD — It’s the end of the “Hunger Games” era Friday as the last film, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” arrives in movie theaters. In the conclusion, Katniss Everdeen stakes her claim as leader of District 13 and leads a revolution against the ruthless president and the capital. Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks and […]

Bridge Nov 16

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder GIVE THEM THEIR DESSERTS Joss Whedon, who is perhaps best known as the creator of the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” said, “Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.” At the bridge table, sometimes you need to give your opponents […]

Horoscopes: Nov. 16, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are some people who just being around makes you feel like it’s all happening now. Being around them is perhaps what causes it all to be happening right now! Seek such company today. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are those around you who will approach work as if it were […]

Help pot-smoking brother-in-law find other housing, job

Dear Annie: I am 17, married, with a 1-year-old daughter. I am doing amazingly well for a teen mom. My husband and I have a house and car, I’m finishing school, and we are both working. Before we moved into our house, we lived with my husband’s father and brother. When my brother-in-law expressed interest […]

Bigger, more accessible museum proposed at Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK — A full-scale copper replica of Lady Liberty’s face is the first thing that greets visitors to the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty. But the face that gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with an aspect of the statue that otherwise looms far out of […]

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