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THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE CAPTAIN ASKS PARTNER FOR INPUT Rebel Wilson, an Australian stand-up comedian, actress, author and entrepreneur, said, “I was sporty in high school. I played tennis and hockey, and was basketball captain. Then I went to university and stopped doing sport and started eating ice cream.” Not such a […]

Horoscope: Oct. 7, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). They say that showing up is often 80 percent of success. What they fail to mention is that you have to show up over and over and over. Well, that won’t be a problem for you! Your mood: consistent. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your time to move forward is coming, but […]

I want to help my substance-abusing adult son, but don’t know how

Dear Annie: This is written in desperation. I have seven children, and my middle son, “Randall,” age 57, is in the grip of psychosis. His late father was a schizophrenic who refused treatment and regularly beat me. I lived with him for years, not understanding what I was doing wrong, until I drew up enough […]

Ethnic-religious divide hiding on Wall Street?

I confess. A few months ago I made fun of market reporters and analysts who used the term “shrugged off” whenever stocks rose in the face of apparent bad news. But that appears to be what’s happening recently. I’m not talking about the horrible news from Roseburg, Oregon, since mass murder rarely, if ever, affects […]

Direction of Heart of Fairfield planning on tap

On numerous occasions over the past year, the words “Heart of Fairfield” have appeared in our column. By now, hopefully, the moment you read those three words, the efforts to develop a vision and implementation plan for downtown Fairfield and West Texas Street immediately come to mind. Funded by a federal grant, the city of […]

As gamblers shun stingier slots, casinos shake things up

LAS VEGAS — Move aside one-armed bandits. The casino floor is making room for game zones with oversized popping dice, digital spinning Big Six wheels and virtual roulette, with an eye on adding arcade-style video games in the not-so-distant future. As gamblers appear to be shunning stingier slot machines that don’t offer as many payouts, […]

Warriors coach Steve Kerr to take leave of absence

  OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will take a leave of absence as he recovers from back surgery and will be replaced on an interim basis by Luke Walton. The Warriors announced Thursday that Kerr will need time off for rehabilitation and recovery. Kerr underwent back surgery to repair a ruptured disc […]

Raiders CB TJ Carrie fares well in switch to safety

  ALAMEDA — TJ Carrie admits he was a little apprehensive when the Oakland Raiders coaches came to him last week to talk about playing safety. With good reason. Carrie hadn’t played the position since high school, lining up exclusively as a cornerback for his four years in college at Ohio as well as his […]

Morris sends US to 3-1 win over Canada in Olympic qualifier

  KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jordan Morris proved again Thursday night why so many pro teams are eager to sign him. The 20-year-old Stanford star scored a pair of goals, the second off a steal and feed from Wil Trapp, to give the United States a 3-1 victory over Canada in the opener of Olympic […]

Muhammad Ali honored in his Kentucky hometown

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali won another round of love and appreciation for his achievements as a fighter in and out of the ring. He even got the hardware to prove it. The latest celebration of the three-time world heavyweight champion and self-proclaimed “Greatest Of All Time” featured former champions and Larry Holmes and […]

Yankees clinch playoff spot after 2-year absence, top Boston

  NEW YORK — CC Sabathia stood near his locker in the back of the oval Yankees clubhouse while excited teammates celebrated New York’s return to the postseason. “It feels like an eternity,” the big left-hander and Vallejo High grad said, not trying to hide his relief. With some help from the one of the […]

Rangers in playoffs, near AL West title after edging Angels

  ARLINGTON, Texas — The music was a little louder in the Texas clubhouse, and there was the faint smell of champagne. Otherwise, the Rangers were still waiting on a bigger celebration — for winning the AL West. Texas clinched a wild-card spot and moved to the cusp of the division title, with Adrian Beltre’s […]

Judge dismisses rooftop clubs’ lawsuit against Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Chicago Cubs by rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall dismissed the nine counts in the lawsuit Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in January by Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, saying a right-field video board would block their views […]

Ravens rally late, top Steelers 23-20 in overtime

  PITTSBURGH — Playing to salvage a rapidly deteriorating season, the Baltimore Ravens needed a little help. The swirling wind at the open end of Heinz Field, a rough night for Pittsburgh kicker Josh Scobee and some curious decision-making by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin provided the Ravens plenty. So did Justin Tucker’s right leg. Tucker […]

FC Kansas City wins NWSL championship, 1-0 over Seattle

  PORTLAND, Ore. — Lauren Holiday celebrated the final game of her career with another title. The midfielder, who won the Women’s World Cup with the U.S. national team this summer, won a second straight National Women’s Soccer League championship with FC Kansas City on Thursday night. Her good friend and teammate Amy Rodriguez scored […]

Prep football capsules: Week 5

WEEK 5 Oct. 2 Armjio (1-3) vs. Fairfield (2-2) When: Today, 6 p.m. Where: Schaefer Stadium, Fairfield High Series: Fairfield leads 31-16-2 Last meeting: 2014, Fairfield won 28-23 Last week: Armijo lost to Castlemont, 40-27; Fairfield had a bye Of note: The 50th edition of the Rivalry Without a Name is for more than five […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder COUNT THE SHAPE TO FIND THE PLAY Henry David Thoreau, an author and poet who died in 1862, said, “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” I always thought that the key stat about Zanzibar is that the whole […]

Horoscope: Sept. 30, 2015

ARIES (March 21-April 19). So, you don’t have all the money in the world – but what if you did? It’s not only fun to think of fantastic ways to live larger than your budget, but it’s also the start of your next creative journey. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The confidence that comes from favorable attention […]

My husband is upset that our daughter is dating outside her faith

Dear Annie: I am a mother of two daughters in their 20s. Both have been emotionally, socially and financially supported by my husband and me throughout their lives. Both have advanced degrees and are now entering the work place. What should be a happy time in my life is just the opposite. The older one […]

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Much ado about VW emissions cheating

I guess he means me and probably some of you, dear readers. Pope Francis had harsh criticism for those who have indulged a “selfish and boundless thirst” for money. OK, guilty as charged, but I don’t recall ravaging the planet’s natural resources and impoverishing the weak and disadvantaged in the process. I do drive a […]

Should investors sell after a ‘correction’?

Stock prices in markets around the world fluctuated dramatically for the week ended Aug. 27. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Aug. 24 fell 1,089 points, a larger loss than the “Flash Crash” in May 2010, before rallying to close down 588. Prices fell further that Tuesday before recovering sharply Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Although […]

Study shows employers shifting more medical costs to workers

Employers are leaving a bigger chunk of the bill for care to workers who use their health insurance, and benefits experts see few signs of this trend slowing. Most companies now offer health coverage that requires employees to pay an annual deductible before insurance kicks in, and the size of that deductible has soared in […]

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