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Horoscopes: July 1, 2015

This Capricorn moon is the first of two full moons that will fall in July. Full moons have a reputation for calling out the wild spirits, though the Capricorn full moon is more restrained than other full moons, favoring the taking on of responsibility. Being more fully ourselves has more to do with what we […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TRUMP TRICKS COME IN REVERSE Friedrich von Schlegel, a German critic and writer who died in 1829, said, “A historian is a prophet in reverse.” In another context, a Monday morning quarterback is a tipster in reverse — and, like a historian, will be more accurate. There is a […]

I think my siblings are taking advantage of my 82-year-old mom

Dear Annie: My father passed away many years ago and my mother remarried and moved to a vacation home. However, she still owns the house we grew up in and two of my siblings now live there for free. My sister is 60, and my brother is 46. Neither has worked for years. I talk […]

Subsidies show government’s penchant to promote favored tech

Here’s a question for my Sunday audience: If a technology turns out to be a flop, should taxpayers increase the subsidies that potential buyers receive? I’m talking about the would-be “miracle on asphalt,” the electric car. California taxpayers have contributed more than a quarter of a billion dollars so middle-income and even high-income eco-nuts can […]

High-tech operations thrive in Fairfield

When people talk about high technology, they often focus on technology sectors like semiconductors, computer science, telecommunications, computer engineering, biotechnology or information technology because these are sectors of the economy that develop or use the most advanced technology known. However, technology and careful application of engineering know-how can also have important benefits for food processing […]

Qualcomm exec jailed for insider trading

SAN DIEGO — A former Qualcomm Inc. executive was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison and fined $500,000 for an insider trading scheme to profit off the wireless technology company’s confidential information and then covering up his crimes. Jing Wang, 52, the former global business operations president, pleaded guilty in July to charges of […]

FIFA issues warning to Wambach after officiating remarks

OTTAWA, Ontario — FIFA has issued a warning to U.S. forward Abby Wambach for comments she made about the officiating in a match against Colombia at the Women’s World Cup. During the match Monday in the knockout round, U.S. midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday were issued yellow cards. Because both had yellows from previous […]

MLB plans to open 2nd replay center in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Major League Baseball plans to open a second replay center in San Francisco. MLB opened a replay center at MLB Advanced Media’s office in New York in 2008 and expanded it in 2014. Speaking Thursday at AT&T Park, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the sport will expand its facility at MLBAM’s San […]

Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant. Knicks fans just got mad. Minnesota selected Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, the first of three straight freshmen chosen before New York chose Latvian forward […]

Bubba Watson shoots 62 to take Travelers Championship lead

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship. Watson has a two-stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title. He has finished in the […]

NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp charged with domestic battery

LAS VEGAS — Authorities in Las Vegas have charged NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp with biting his girlfriend, throwing her to the ground and stepping on her head in an April incident that began at the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. The criminal complaint filed Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court charges Sapp with […]

Fresno man gets life in prison for post-Super Bowl rage

FRESNO — A Fresno man who went on a rampage and killed another man after the 2013 Super Bowl has been sentenced to life in prison. The Fresno Bee reports 26-year-old David Quevedo was sentenced Wednesday without the possibility of parole. In May, Quevedo was found guilty of first-degree murder in the February 2013 shooting death […]

Tour organizers change 2015 route after landslide

PARIS — Tour de France organizers have changed the route of the 20th stage of this year’s race following a landslide in the French Alps. At 110.5-kilometers (68.6-miles), the length of the Alpine stage between Modane and l’Alpe d’Huez remains unchanged, but the famed Col du Galibier is no longer part of the race program. […]

WIMBLEDON 2015: Serena Williams halfway to true Grand Slam

Serena Williams heads to Wimbledon halfway to a Grand Slam. If it were up to her, no one would notice. Williams prefers to downplay her chances of becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four major tournaments — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — in the same […]

Rome’s city council votes in favor of Rome 2024 bid

ROME — Rome’s city council voted 38-6 in favor of the capital’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Thursday — a strong showing amid a widening corruption scandal. “Like it was for Barcelona and London, the Rome 2024 Olympics will leave a renewed, modern and sustainable identity for our city,” Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino […]

Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes from Charlotte Hornets

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired forward Matt Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets for guard Luke Ridnour, who later was sent to Oklahoma City. The Grizzlies announced the trade Thursday, and the Thunder said shortly after they had acquired Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick from Charlotte for guard Jeremy Lamb. Both deals were first […]

Hard times toughened Virginia players for their run to title

OMAHA, Neb. — Winning, and winning big, has been the standard for the Virginia baseball program since coach Brian O’Connor took over in 2004, and no excuses were allowed when the most trying circumstances cropped up. The Cavaliers entered the season without six everyday players and four key relief pitchers from the team that was […]

15 CWS homers mirror rise in offense across college baseball

OMAHA, Neb. — The 15 home runs hit in 16 College World Series games this year were the most since the tournament moved to TD Ameritrade Park in 2011 and they mirrored the increased offense across Division I this season. The NCAA put a new flat-seam ball into play this year to counter severe drops […]

Athletics finish off 3-game sweep of Rangers with 6-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray wins at Texas even when he’s not at his best. Gray and the Athletics benefited from a big two-out hit by Sam Fuld, three RBIs from Josh Reddick and another solid outing from the bullpen for a 6-3 victory Thursday to complete a three-game series sweep. “This is […]

Great potato salad comes down to how and when you season it

I’m not a fan of potato salad that tastes like a bunch of spuds smothered in mayo. I want more. At the very least, I want to taste the potatoes. Trouble is, potatoes are pretty bland if not properly seasoned. They also need to be seasoned at the right moment during the cooking process. Here’s […]

Doing the impossible – Improving on strawberry-rhubarb pie

A basic strawberry-rhubarb pie is a delightful and iconic part of summer, but why let it rest at that? This summer we decided to crank it up and take this pie to a whole new level. We started by ditching the usual cooked strawberries in favor of fresh raspberries. The raspberries get arranged over a […]

The classic macaroni salad, not updated even a little

We reached all the way back to the “Mad Men” era for inspiration as we crafted this classic July Fourth side dish. It’s macaroni salad in all its tangy, comfortingly mayonnaise-rich, decades-ago glory. This is pasta salad as your parents – or more likely your grandparents – remember it. You won’t be able to stop […]

Here’s why home sales are finally surging

WASHINGTON — Real estate has gotten hot again. Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007. First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast. The resurgence is a sign […]

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Bridge June 23

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE TARGET IS VISIBLE, SO AIM RIGHT AT IT Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who was the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, wrote: “Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss […]

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