Sunday, February 1, 2015

Eurozone offers lesson in debt

Recent events in Europe provide some insight into the struggles for economies worldwide this year. The European economy is sluggish for many reasons. The tremendous decline in the ruble and increase in the euro has reduced what Russians can buy and thus hurt that part of the euro economy. At the western geographic end, the appreciation […]

On the money: Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars

DETROIT — Drivers trying to calculate whether it’s practical to own an electric car are facing a new math. U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a […]

Small talk: NFL players find second careers as entrepreneurs

After the fourth down Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play. “Something I’d worked on for most of my adult life was coming to an end, and it was really depressing, the unknown,” says George, […]

Horoscopes: Jan. 31, 2015

Just as a sculptor understands that every material is different and will respond differently to weather, movement, weight and other factors, a “people person” understands that each individual is unique and must be worked with to be understood. The social Aquarius sun and intuitive Cancer moon aid the getting-to-know-you process. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You […]

My recently widowed mother is already thinking about re-marrying

Dear Annie: My recently widowed 74-year-old mother is now dating. She met “Paul” less than a year ago and is already talking about marrying him. Paul has been married several times, hasn’t held a steady job in more than 30 years and lives with his 97-year-old mother. Mom is naive, lonely and desperate. She has […]

Vanden boys pull away from feisty Fairfield 86-66

FAIRFIELD — The Falcons played their scrappy game plan to near perfection, but in the end, the Vikings’ size and bench depth prevailed. The Vanden High boys basketball team got all it could handle from a feisty Fairfield squad – at least in the opening half – but used its experience to its advantage to […]

Rodriguez girls basketball wins important league game over Armijo

FAIRFIELD — This time it wasn’t just bragging rights that were on the line in a crosstown rivalry game,  but it was positioning for second place in the Monticello Empire League standings. The Rodriguez High girls basketball team took advantage of Armijo’s poor first-half shooting and grabbed the second place spot in the MEL after a […]

3 Hawks, Warriors’ Thompson, Durant and Westbrook are NBA All-Star reserves

NEW YORK — Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were selected in the West, despite early season injuries for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat also had two reserves in […]

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs. Sharapova

MELBOURNE, Australia — It wasn’t until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she’s on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Thursday […]

Marshawn Lynch talks about why he doesn’t talk to the media

PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch changed the script and fired back at his critics. After two days of giving only scripted answers, the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back gave his most extensive comments of Super Bowl week, mostly telling reporters why he won’t talk to them. “I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out […]

In the Super Bowl of pizza, this DIY beats take-out any day

Make pizza from scratch for a Super Bowl party? Come on! Why bother when you can snap your fingers and have it delivered to your door? Here’s why: Homemade pizza tastes better than anything you can buy and it takes much less time and effort than you would think. Making the dough takes just 10 […]

10 Things: 10 fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados – and the guacamole they produce – are indelibly linked with this major American sporting event. A Super Bowl party without guacamole – and […]

Party like you mean it this Super Bowl with homemade jerky

Sure, you’ll have some guacamole and some chips and some chicken wings. And a plate of nachos isn’t a bad idea, either. But how about something to set your Super Bowl spread apart? How about some homemade beef jerky? Because while it may sound daunting to season and dry your own meat, it actually is […]

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

MIAMI — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami. Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the crown with “pride and excitement” […]

‘Birdman’ tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton

The backstage farce “Birdman” topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Michael Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category. Keaton led the “Birdman” cast, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, in accepting the top honor from the acting guild, […]

Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — A complete list of winners at Sunday’s 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: MOVIES: Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” Actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” Cast: “Birdman” Stunt ensemble: “Unbroken” ___ TELEVISION: Actor in a comedy series: William H. Macy, “Shameless” […]

‘American Sniper’ holds top spot at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. “American Sniper” is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture […]

Saudi monarchy transition a real economic concern

If I wanted to take my cue from what the national media find so interesting, there’s one story considered the most important in the world. Of course, it’s “deflate-gate,” the allegation that someone playing or working for the New England Patriots let 2 pounds of air pressure out of the footballs that Tom Brady would be passing […]

City seeks input on downtown plan

We want your input. We are hearing a lot of buzz – and strong opinions – surrounding the city’s recent announcement of a major community workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Community Center. Public participation is needed and this week your Economic Notes reporters are spreading the message about the workshop, and how valuable […]

Higher standard deduction, other breaks for older taxpayers

WASHINGTON — You’ve downsized to an apartment, the kids are long gone, and you’re no longer eligible for some of the deductions and exemptions that had helped you lower your tax bill. But for those 65 years or older, there are other tax breaks that might benefit you come tax time. For one, not all […]

Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It’s a breeze

TRENTON, N.J. — It’s like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to […]

Solano men survive scare to win first home game over Mendocino

ROCKVILLE — A double-double from Donovan Smith was a big factor in the Solano Community College men’s basketball team’s first home win of the season. Smith sank seven 3-pointers, amassing 30 points along with 11 rebounds, helping the Falcons to an 82-70 Bay Valley Conference win over Mendocino College, Thursday. “I’m really excited about this […]

No 7s, Bouchard, Berdych reach 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Eugenie Bouchard struggled through a scrappy opening set before getting on top in a 7-5, 6-0 third-round win over Carolina Garcia that featured 10 breaks of serve on Friday at theAustralian Open. There were six service breaks by the time the scores were level at 4-4, but seventh-seeded Bouchard started finding rhythm late […]

SCC women roll to rout of Mendocino, 70-39

ROCKVILLE — The outcome of the game was never really in doubt, but the Falcons had to step up their game to put away a winless team. The Solano Community College women’s basketball team overcame poor shooting in the first half to pull away for a 70-39 Bay Valley Conference win over Mendocino College of […]