Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hong Kong leader refuses to meet with protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to Beijing’s authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997. With tens of thousands of people clogging the streets of […]

Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

WASHINGTON — Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. Despite the extraordinary lapses […]

Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

WASHINGTON — After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year’s end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has plagued Iraq following the Pentagon’s withdrawal. While President Barack Obama has touted the Afghan accord as crucial to […]

Randall: Moments with kids that never leave us

Life gives us moments for doing things. Being young, for example. We don’t get to do that forever. Except maybe at heart. There are moments for laughing, moments for grieving, moments for watching a child grow up. Childhood may seem to last for years, but really, it passes in bits and pieces that come flaming […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 30, 2014

The Sagittarius moon makes a request for tolerance. So many of the world’s problems would be solved if we could learn to accept one another and ourselves. “What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first […]

Bridge Sept 30

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder SURVIVAL MIGHT BE THE TOP PRIORITY Laurence J. Peter, who was a Canadian educator, said, “If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.” We have been looking at deals with two potential trump suits, not three. By far the best analysis of the subject was written by Albert […]

Pet store opens in downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — People can now go to downtown Fairfield to buy such things as a leopard geckos, iguanas, neon tetras, platies and a harlequin macaw named Harley. Perhaps soon, they’ll be able to buy an octopus. Pet Shop Jungle has come to 950 Texas St., at the corner of Texas and Madison streets, in the building […]

Market response to news muted

I have a confession to make. I sketch out my column on a legal pad, so I have some idea what might be interesting in the world of Wall Street and the economy. It was a little more difficult to focus my thoughts Friday on “the week that was,” as they called a TV show […]

Small talk: 5 things small businesses need to know this fall

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: Health care Small business owners who bought employee health […]

On the money: Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines

Tom Murphy Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles. CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have […]

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Local Report: Vanden volleyball team rebounds with win

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High volleyball team rebounded from a loss Tuesday to Benicia and improved to 3-1 in Solano County Athletic Conference play after a 25-8, 25-8, 25-4 win over visiting Vallejo, Thursday. Jennifer Roberts was 8 for 8 serving for the Vikings (4-2 overall) with three aces, while Nicole Basaca was 4 for […]

Beltre’s homer in 9th sends Rangers past A’s 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Oakland Athletics lost a chance to clinch their third straight trip to the playoffs before their game in Texas started. Yet another loss to the last-place Rangers kept the A’s from at least getting a little closer to one of those AL wild-card spots. Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off home run in the ninth […]

Mustangs take down Vintage to remain unbeaten in MEL

FAIRFIELD — In a volleyball match where two teams are undefeated in league play, there can only be one winner and one team that has to add a number one in the loss column. The Rodriguez High volleyball team walked out of its gym with a zero in the Monticello Empire League loss column, defeating […]

Walmart’s mobile checking account nixes fees

NEW YORK— Walmart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don’t have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases. The world’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with Green Dot Corp., a company known for its reloadable prepaid cards, to bring mobile checking accounts […]

Bean there, done that? Learn to love dried beans

I didn’t appreciate the numerous lovable qualities of dried beans until my college years, when I was living on my own in a house with several other women, all of us strapped for cash. As soon as we discovered that beans are a tasty, economical and nutrient-rich alternative to animal-based protein, they began turning up […]

10 Things: 10 fresh ways to use butternut squash

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and rock-hard flesh can make the peeling, seeding and chopping part of the meal a challenge. […]

Butter and black pepper, a steak’s best friends

A steak and potato dinner is an American cliche, but a delicious one. And in my mind, that gives us leave to play with – and enjoy – it without feeling guilty. For my weeknight-friendly steak and taters, it was important to me that it be a one-pan wonder. Nobody wants tons of cleaning up […]

Denver area students walk out of school in protest

ARVADA, Colo. — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, providing a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest in […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 23, 2014

The new moon in Libra heralds a time of appreciation and adjustment, as much is changing around us. For some, these changes may be frightening, though fear is truly optional. Without it, we are likely to see the beauty and opportunity that exist in this wisp of time. Keep hope alive in your heart. ARIES […]

Randall: Moon rises to the occasion for life’s big questions

What will you do with your one sweet life? Do you ever ask yourself that question? I do. I’ve been asking it for as long as I can remember. Once, when I was small, and the world was big, my mother forgot to call me in for supper. So I climbed up in a tree, […]

Bridge Sept 23

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE BALANCED FIT OR UNBALANCED FIT? Fran Lebowitz said, “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” This week we are looking at deals in which North and South have to decide which of two suits to choose as trumps. In general, a balanced fit — one where […]

Seven Artisans opens tasting room

SUISUN VALLEY — Richard Burnley and Jeffrey Miller have been making Suisun Valley wines for almost a decade, but selling it in other states rather than locally. Not anymore. Seven Artisans recently opened a tasting room and winery in a small building at 4341 Abernathy Road. Burnley and Miller decided they wanted to stay closer to […]