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Service members with county ties graduate from training

Air Force Airman Brennen J. Patterson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Patterson is the nephew of Lisa Freeman of Vallejo. Antonia D. Salvitti, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at University of California-Davis, has graduated from the Cadet Leader Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Salvitti is […]

Compound drugs fleece Tricare, create deep budget hole

Dodgy companies peddling pricey compound pharmaceuticals have fleeced the Tricare program so severely this year, before tougher screening procedures took effect May 1, that they are largely to blame for a $2 billion defense health budget hole Congress is scrambling to fill. In fiscal 2010, military outpatient pharmacy costs totaled $6.6 billion, with only $23 […]

Report: Chronic problems at Army bioterror facility

NEW YORK — Pentagon officials released a report Thursday detailing recurring problems at an Army bioterror facility that accidentally sent live anthrax to other labs for more than a decade. At a press briefing in Washington, military officials said half the lots of anthrax produced at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah contained live […]

VA chief fights back on ‘community care’ bill

The Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, that Congress rushed to pass last summer to address a patient wait-time scandal at dozens of VA hospitals and clinics spurred VA to broaden access to care. Turns out it did so largely through use of existing and often costly contract authorities and partnerships for non-VA […]

Airman with county connection completes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda E. Kemp graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Kemp is the daughter of Edward A. Kemp of Vallejo and granddaughter of Margaret Kemp of Vacaville.

Groups warn hill not to act on ‘IU’ claimants

Representatives of The American Legion and Disabled American Veterans have warned lawmakers to reject calls to impose an age ceiling or other new cost control on VA compensation payments to veterans whose service-connected disabilities leave them unemployable. An age ceiling is perhaps the most tempting cost-control option discussed in a new Government Accountability Office report […]

Airman, sailor with local ties complete training

Air Force Reserve Airman Amber McDonald graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is a 2014 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Navy Ensign Trevor M. Moheit has graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, South Carolina. He […]

Pence slam among 22 hits for Giants in 15-2 win

SAN FRANCISCO — Hunter Pence’s enthusiasm for the game was missed during a recent offensive drought. It seems to be contagious now. Pence hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run fourth inning against former All-Star Cole Hamels, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-2 on Friday night. “I’ve played with […]

US top of FIFA rankings after winning Women’s World Cup

ZURICH — The United States has returned to the top of the FIFA women’s rankings after winning the World Cup. The U.S. toppled Germany after beating Japan 5-2 in Sunday’s final in Vancouver to collect the top prize in women’s soccer for the first time in 16 years. Germany finished fourth in Canada after losing to England […]

Hospitals seek more challenging patient mix

The Department of Defense will ask Congress for new authorities to funnel more challenging cases into military treatment facilities, a move aimed at sustaining wartime specialty skills and overall medical readiness, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. The effort to enrich the patient mix, particularly for inpatient care, will focus […]

Neighborhoods: London’s Bloomsbury has books and much more

LONDON — Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and upscale boutiques that’s a pleasure to explore on foot. Much of the area was developed during the 18th century, with solid Georgian houses arranged around a series […]

Real reason to celebrate Fourth

I received an invitation to ride on the Central Solano Citizen Taxpayer Group float in the annual Independence Day parade in Fairfield. I’m going to try to make it in spite of some conflicts. I have done this for a few years. It’s a small, personal commitment. The invitation made me think about how many […]

A snapshot of current travel savings

Now that summer is here, it’s time to begin looking at post-summer travel promotions and planning for your 2016 vacations. Why now? Many vendors recently deployed their future promotions to ensure their properties and ships are filled. As an incentive they’re offering discounts and other incentive. So let’s take a look at a few of […]

Fairfield, Vacaville graduates complete basic training

Air Force Airman John W. Arrington graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Arrington is the son of Billy D. and Shirley Arrington and grandson of Betty and Billy Arrington, all of Fairfield. He is a 2014 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Dallas R. […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for July 3, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England, NBCSN, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, 11 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Coke Zero 400, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, noon •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, final practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona […]

This date in sports history for July 3

July 3 1905 — Marvin Hart wins the vacant world heavyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Jack Root in the final bout of an elimination tournament in Reno, Nev. James Jeffries, who refereed the bout, had retired in March, leaving the title vacant. 1912 — Rube Marquard of the New York Giants runs his […]

Vacaville native serves in Spain

ROTA, Spain — A 2011 Will C. Wood High School graduate and Vacaville native is serving on USS Donald Cook, living and working at a Navy base in Rota, Spain. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas James is an operations specialist on the Rota, Spain-based ship. James is an operations specialist on the Rota, Spain-based ship. […]

Doctor skills factor in plan to streamline care 

The number of surgeries and other inpatient procedures done on base by military physicians trails the inpatient workloads of private sector peers by wide margins, according to data comparisons run in support of a Defense Department study on modernizing the military health system. The inpatient workload at many bases is a readiness concern, which the […]

Airmen with county ties complete training

Air Force Airman Tusitala Brunson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Brunson graduated in 2013 from Vacaville Christian High School in Vacaville. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rachel L. Herring graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the sister of […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Weight loss may be sign of health problems

Every morning at the gym I join dozens of comrades in our collective “battle of the bulge,” trying to stay fit and maintain a more healthy body weight. But it is worth noting that being underweight may also be a health challenge. Historically, humans often struggled to prevent undernutrition, or even starvation. Excess body weight, […]

June 27, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Take part in the world despite limitations

I had an interesting visit to the VA clinic in Martinez for an in-depth evaluation of my vision. They did a really thorough job, including pictures of the back of my eyes. We tried different optical lenses, but none helped. So, no prescription glasses for me. One problem that I was not aware of is […]

June 27, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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