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Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

I have been thinking about how I can express my beliefs about how to live our lives. How should we plan to live? I am thinking it through for my own benefit. If you agree with what I am prescribing for myself, please join me. I want to live my life as fully as possible. […]

Robot teaches exercise classes in Dutch retirement home

They aren’t on Snapchat. They aren’t livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won’t be recording 360 videos from drones. Yet for residents of Vughterstede – average age 87 – technology isn’t just the bastion of the young. When they gather for a physical therapy class, the senior citizens follow instructions from […]

Signups for Friday, May 29, 2015

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Steven Bowditch considers the AT&T Byron Nelson his home tournament — just maybe not to the extent Jordan Spieth does. The Australian matched his low round on the PGA Tour with an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over another Texan, Jimmy Walker. Spieth was seven shots back in […]

Dual-service couples’ housing pay could shrink

Many of the 40,000 dual-service couples in the military – members married to other service members – have for years drawn combined housing allowances stateside that more than cover their rent and utility costs. The philosophy has been that Basic Allowance for Housing is a key element of military compensation needed to keep pace with […]

MLS bringing 2016 All-Star game to San Jose’s Avaya Stadium

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Earthquakes know they have one of the snazziest new soccer stadiums around, and now they’re gearing up to show it off for all of Major League Soccer to see. State-of-the-art Avaya Stadium will host the 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott said Thursday at […]

McIlroy shoots 80, risking another early exit at Irish Open

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland — Rory McIlroy can’t seem to perform in front of a home crowd. The Northern Ireland star looked bewildered as he shot a 9-over-par 80 — his worst score of the season — in Thursday’s opening round of the Irish Open. He fell to the bottom of the morning’s leaderboard and finished […]

Montreal mayor wants some MLB regular-season games in 2016

NEW YORK — The mayor of Montreal has asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to consider playing three or four regular-season games in the city next year. Mayor Denis Coderre met with commissioner Manfred in New York on Thursday. Coderre says six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing there in 2016. […]

Yellen expects to raise interest rates later this year

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate. She described the U.S. economy as “well positioned for continued growth,” but at the same time highlighted […]

Traders scramble as Venezuelan currency takes a dive

CARACAS, Venezuela — A staggering plunge in the free-market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday. DolarToday, a widely followed website that tracks exchanges made near the Colombian border, reported that the bolivar had lost a quarter of its value over the last seven days. Everyone in smartphone-obsessed […]

Port union ratifies new contract

LOS ANGELES — The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year contract. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted 82 percent in favor of the deal, according to spokesman Craig Merrilees. Union […]

California jobless rate dips

SACRAMENTO — California’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in April to 6.3 percent as the economic recovery created nearly 30,000 new jobs. The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that the rate fell from 6.5 percent in March. A year ago the rate was 7.8 percent. California still exceeds the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. […]

Tuk tuk maker looking to bring tiny taxis to America

DENVER — They’re ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures the tuk-tuk — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than half a century — aims to make inroads in the United States. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, […]

Prep swimming: Vanden’s Lee sets two SJS frosh/soph boys records

LODI — Vanden High doesn’t have a pool, but that didn’t keep freshman Tim Lee from having a record-setting day at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Tokay High, Saturday. Lee won the frosh/soph boys 50-yard freestyle in 21.05 seconds and the 100 free in 45.64, smashing the old records of 21.54 set in 1990 and […]

Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals

CHICAGO — Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from […]

De-stress your life: Read

The truth: We could all benefit from some stress relief. You might find release in a yoga stretch, a massage, going for a walk or maybe a calming mental exercise. The reality: Many of us find ourselves too stressed to even think about the subject. What if I told you that instead of trying to […]

Food, an accidental discovery amid good conversation

It’s really wonderful to have someone who cares about you enough to be the “mother hen” figure in your life. For me, that would be my almost-daughter, Cathy Ritch.  I don’t really think of her as “almost.” She’s the real thing. Cathy has been encouraging me to go to the water aerobics class at the […]

Don’t let the slobber fool you, your dog could be a brainiac

LOS ANGELES — When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service dog. Brozman, who has a movement disorder called dystonia, had taken her golden-Labrador retriever mix, Caspin, outside for a potty break without attaching the pulling harness he wears to guide her. […]

Cavendish races to 3rd Tour of California stage victory

SANTA CLARITA — Britain’s Mark Cavendish raced his third Tour of California stage victory and Latvia’s Tom Skujins retained the overall lead Thursday in the rainy fifth stage. Cavendish, the Etixx-Quick Step rider who won the first two stages, powered to the front in the final 200 yards to win the 95.7-mile leg from Santa […]

SJS baseball: Vacaville Christian tops Ripon Christian, 5-2

STOCKTON — From the mound and at the plate, Jeremy Wager-Smith helped lift the Vacaville Christian baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Ripon Christian in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs at Stagg High School, Thursday. Wager-Smith scattered six hits in 6 2-3 innings, allowing just two walks and two runs – […]

Judge grants class-action status for lawsuit over sports TV

NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York says a lawsuit challenging all-or-nothing sports TV packages that require purchasing all professional hockey or baseball games can proceed as a class action. Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER’-uh SHIND’-lin) ruled Thursday. She says all fans with some appetite for watching hockey and baseball broadcasts are affected by […]

Newgarden flips car in Indianapolis 500 practice

INDIANAPOLIS — Josef Newgarden flipped his car Thursday in Indianapolis 500 practice. The 24-year-old Tennessee driver was checked, cleared and released from the speedway’s medical center. Newgarden lost control of the CFH Racing entry car going into the first turn at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the car flipped and rested on its side after it […]

Giro d’Italia leader Contador dislocates shoulder in stage 6 crash

CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA, Italy — Overall leader Alberto Contador was “optimistic” he will continue riding in the Giro d’Italia despite dislocating his shoulder in a crash on the final sprint of the sixth stage on Thursday. Contador was able to get up and finish the stage but was unable to lift his left arm on […]

Planned US-Canada bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

DETROIT — A planned $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Thursday in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as “Mr. Hockey,” was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, and led the Detroit Red Wings to […]

World hockey semis: Canada vs Czech, defending champ Russia vs US

PRAGUE — Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday. In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a […]

Clearing out the house yields lots of memories, and some odd finds

I have mentioned that I have been going through the pain of preparing to move from my house to a room with kitchen privileges. I have been lucky enough to find a friend who is willing to share his home with me. Share is the right word. In the process of getting ready to make […]

May 09, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Many prescribed medications are never taken properly

Most problems in medicine are not new, but the language describing our concerns evolves. In past decades, patients who did not take their blood pressure pills were described as “noncompliant with therapy.” This expression, reflecting a paternalist outlook toward patient decision-making, fell into disfavor about 20 years ago. The term “non-adherent” emerged as a more sensitive alternative, […]

Building tiny houses into big help for Los Angeles’ homeless

LOS ANGELES — Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles. So the man with the blue mohawk and wraparound shades decided to build the grandmother nicknamed “Smokie” a tiny house on wheels. Summers estimates he spent less than $500 on plywood, shingles, a […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, May 8, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for Grand Prix of Spain, at Barcelona, NBCSN, 5 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Spongebob Squarepants 400, at Kansas City, Kan., FS1, 9 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for Spongebob Squarepants 400, at Kansas City, Kan., FS1, 11:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, pole […]

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