Friday, November 21, 2014

How a ‘tiny hamster’ video gets made

There’s still a month left in the year, but it’s probably not too soon to crown “Tiny Hamster” the breakout animal-meme franchise of 2014. Since his debut in April, this oddly adorable rodent has eaten oddly adorable burritos. He’s tried birthday cake and devoured hot dogs. (Though the hot dogs were made of grapes, dates […]

Nut Tree to donate vintage barn doors to ReStore

VACAVILLE — The Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be the recipient of the vintage barn doors from the original Nut Tree roadside business, billed “California’s Legendary Road Stop,” located at 1661 E. Monte Vista Ave. The current configuration of the Nut Tree is donating the doors Friday to the Fairfield establishment. ReStore accepts donations to […]

JetBlue to add bag fees on cheapest tickets

JetBlue will add bag fees and squeeze seats a bit closer together as it tries to boost profit. The airline said Wednesday that it will create three ticket classes beginning in the first half of 2015, and only the top two include at least one free checked bag. Other big airlines have added fees on checked […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

US stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index mostly hovered slightly below the all-time high closes set a day earlier. Investors sifted through a batch of favorable corporate earnings as they […]

Automakers debut key models at L.A. Auto Show

LOS ANGELES — One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it’s no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing its emission-free hydrogen fuel-cell car, the […]

Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox’s default search

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo will supplant Google’s search engine on Firefox’s Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo’s resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet’s ad market. The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between GoogleInc. and the Mozilla Foundation, […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Showdown looms between US gov’t, air bag maker

DETROIT — A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. Car companies and the driving public are caught in the middle. The air bag inflators can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata Corp. insists that current […]

Sport Chalet offers underwater photos with Santa

VACAVILLE — Sport Chalet will once again offer an unusual holiday photo opportunity in December. For the past 15 years, the company has given customers the chance to suit up with Santa for a free underwater photo. This year’s opportunity is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at 1621 E. Monte Vista Ave., Unit C, in Vacaville. Participants […]

Obama picks NTSB member as new auto safety chief

DETROIT — President Obama is nominating a transportation safety and human fatigue expert to revive the troubled agency charged with keeping the nation’s highways safe. Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, still must be confirmed by the Senate before he can take over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency […]

Horoscopes: Nov. 18, 2014

The annual conjunction of the sun and Saturn is like a physician’s checkup of the mind, body and spirit. The good doctor asks: You can usually walk away from external conflict, but what do you do when the conflict is inside you? Learning how to mentally and spiritually “walk away” is a valuable skill to […]

To the ‘well-traveled’ black man seeking a ‘sista': There are more women out there than you think

By Demetria L. Lucas, The Root “Why are you single?” It’s the single girl’s most hated question. It’s usually asked as a sort of a backhanded compliment, a way to acknowledge that the person asking acknowledges her awesomeness and is stumped as to why she hasn’t paired off. But it often comes across as a sideways […]

Bridge Nov 18

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder FAMOUS CHARACTERS RETURN TO THE STAGE Skid Simon’s classic book, “Why You Lose at Bridge,” first appeared in 1945. Now, 69 years later, Julian Pottage has taken Simon’s characters and written another book, “Why You Still Lose at Bridge” (Master Point Press). Chapter 11, “Failing to Count,” is a […]