Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sports on TV/Local sports for Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

TV sports Basketball College men •Harvard at Virginia, ESPNU, 9 a.m. •Maryland at Oklahoma St., ESPNU, 11 a.m. •Vermont at Saint Louis, FCSC, 11 a.m. •USC at Boston College, ESPNU, 1 p.m. •Creighton at North Texas, FCSC, 1 p.m. (taped) •Seton Hall at Georgia, ESPNU, 3 p.m. •Appalachian State at Alabama, SEC, 3:30 p.m. •San […]

This date in sports history for Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Dec. 21 1941 — The Chicago Bears win the NFL championship with a 37-9 rout of the New York Giants. 1975 — The Buffalo Sabres score eight goals in the third period of a 14-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. 1981 — Doug Schloerner’s 15-foot jump shot with 1 second remaining in the seventh overtime […]

Free flu shots, tax prep, summer lunches – helping to fight poverty

According to the Children’s Network, in Solano County, “More than 25 percent of children under age 5, and nearly 20 percent of all children under age 18, live below the federal poverty line that is less than $23,850 per year for a family of four.” Public libraries can creatively assist individuals and families facing underemployment, and also bring educational […]

December 20, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Meeting a great role model at any age

Ever wonder where the big red Salvation Army kettle comes from? I’ll tell you a bit later. Barry Young keeps asking me where I find all the stuff to write about. It just comes to me. Here’s a column subject that came unexpectedly. It’s about a fellow I think you all should know, Ralph Ables. I am really […]

December 20, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

LOS ANGELES — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit – as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it’s a statement; […]

McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

TOKYO — Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks of spuds run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. McDonald’s began rationing its fries Wednesday morning. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult […]

Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

LOS ANGELES — Taxi alternative Uber is responding to public concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions by promising to focus on rider safety. Uber’s head of global safety wrote in a blog post Wednesday that in 2015 the company will “build new safety programs and intensify others.” The initiatives […]

Health care exchange sign-ups exceeding last year

SACRAMENTO — California’s health care exchange has exceeded last year’s insurance sign-ups during its first month of open enrollment as it nears a deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Wednesday. More people chose a plan in the first month than in the first two months of open […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be “patient” in deciding when to do so. That was the message sent Wednesday as the Fed ended a meeting amid heightened expectation about a forthcoming rate increase. At a news conference […]

Horoscopes: Dec. 15, 2014

The Libra moon helps to balance the workload of this high-intensity day, reminding us that it could all be a little better if we would stop, breathe, take the time for friendliness, notice the beauty and deliver it all with good manners. This is also the moon of moderation, helping us see the way to […]

Bridge Dec 15

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO We have all heard the expression “necessity is the mother of invention,” penned by Jonathan Swift. It was amended by Mark Twain (“necessity is the mother of taking chances”) and Thorstein Veblen (“invention is the mother of necessity”). How does […]