Friday, March 27, 2015

Local report: Vanden’s Orme pitches no-hitter vs. Vallejo

VANDEN — Freshman Dari Orme pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine en route to the Vanden High softball team’s 15-0 win over Vallejo in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Thursday. The Vikings (11-5, 4-1 SCAC) totaled 16 hits, with Kiwi McDaniel leading the charge on offense, finishing 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a triple. Nadia […]

Marleau, Niemi lead Sharks past Red Wings 6-4

DETROIT — Patrick Marleau scored twice and Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks top the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 on Thursday night. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Matt Nieto, Chris Tierney and Logan Couture also had goals for San Jose, which ended a two-game skid. Detroit got goals from Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, […]

Prep swimming preview: City teams look to make big splash

FAIRFIELD — The Monticello Empire League season is just two weeks old, but already Rodriguez High has already battled its two toughest opponents based on last year’s finishes. The Mustangs boys, who finished second in 2014, are 2-0 with wins over defending champion Vacaville and third-place finisher Vintage. The Rodriguez girls, the third place team […]

Warriors can match franchise record for wins at Memphis

OAKLAND — It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner. A few milestones still remain — one for the season, and one for all time. Both can be reached Friday night when the Warriors (58-13) visit Memphis […]

A fresh take on the classic Easter ham – with a fresh ham

When I think of spring menus, I instantly think of asparagus and the fresh ham that my grandmother made every Easter. The pork was studded with cloves and slathered with brown sugar and mustard before roasting. And it made the entire house smell amazing. But these days, I tend to do most of my roasting […]

A light, vibrant chilled soup fit for spring, Easter dinner

Soup can be an unusual choice for a spring dinner. We’re supposed to be celebrating light, bright flavors and a return of fresh produce. Heavy and hearty are out of place. Except that spring soups can be bright, light and a delicious blend of fresh – rather than long-simmered – flavors. Looking for an accompaniment to the […]

An Easter meringue inspired coconut cake and coconut cream

It’s just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it’s a classic Southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg. So this year we decided to take our inspiration from both of those to create a fresh, yet still familiar dessert for rounding out our Easter dinner. We liked the idea of […]

A glance at some insurers wrestling with nursing-home bills

NEW YORK — Life insurance firms used to pitch long-term care policies as the prudent way for Americans to shoulder the cost of staying in nursing homes. But those same companies have found that long-term-care policies are squeezing their profits and have scaled back their business. Here’s a look at what some of the biggest […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged | Leave a reply

High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

NEW YORK — Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses. Now, there’s a new problem: Even insurers think it’s unaffordable. Life insurance firms pitched long-term care policies as the prudent way for Americans to […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged | Leave a reply

CDBG cash touches many aspects of the community

You may have heard the acronym CDBG mentioned in local government circles. What does it stand for? Well, we are glad you asked. It’s Community Development Block Grant, a federal program that funds local governments housing and community projects and programs. CDBG grants are administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and […]

What the rise of luxury toilet paper says about the economy

WASHINGTON — America has a new favorite way to flush money down the drain: luxury toilet paper. Sales in the U.S. of what the industry calls “luxury” rolls — anything quilted, lotioned, perfumed or ultra-soft, from two- to four-ply — climbed to $1.4 billion last year, outpacing all other kinds of toilet paper for the […]

Don’t want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

SAN FRANCISCO — More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government’s digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search requests and other online information, but few are trying to thwart the surveillance. That’s according to a new survey from Pew Research Center, released this week. A main reason for the inertia? Pew […]

With cremations up, urn artists look for the beauty in death

APEX, N.C. — Of all the pieces Julie Moore crafts in her home studio, the most popular is a brightly colored fabric vessel she calls “the party jar.” But in this case, the guest of honor is inside the jar. “People that are vivacious and celebrate life — this one is what they really like,” […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged | Leave a reply

Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater […]