Friday, April 17, 2015

Phelps wins 100 butterfly at 1st meet in 8 months

MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at his first meet in eight months Thursday night, beginning his push to compete at a fifth Olympics next year. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist led at the halfway mark and went on to touch first in 52.38 seconds in front of a big crowd at […]

JC baseball: Falcons lose battle for first to Mariners

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Community College baseball team looked for sole possession of first place in the Bay Valley Conference but committed seven errors and fell 16-8 to College of Marin, Thursday. SCC (20-12, 15-5 BVC) was led by Bo Segal who was 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs, while Garlind Webster […]

Middle School soccer: Green Valley boys, girls sweep PSA

FAIRFIELD — The Green Valley boys and girls soccer team’s swept the Public Safety Academy Thursday, with the girls winning 5-0 and the boys prevailing 2-0. Noah Ross scored both of the boys’ goals, one from 35 yards out over the goalies’ head, and the other in close on an assist from Nelesh Sanduh. The […]

Prep swimming: Indians swim well, get swept by Wildcats

VACAVILLE — The Armijo High swim teams posted their highest scores of the season but it wasn’t enough against Wood, Wednesday, the boys falling 93-83 and the girls losing 90-68. Sam Bundenthal, Joshua Smith and Aaron Wood won two events in the meet. Bundenthal won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 59.6 seconds and the 100 […]

Prep boys golf: Mustangs fall to Crushers in MEL play

NAPA — TJ McCormick and Parker Oldham led the Rodriguez High golf team with a 42 and 45 respectively, but ended up falling 236-265 to Vintage in the Monticello Empire League matchup at Chardonnay Golf Club, Thursday. Justin Morillo followed up Oldham with a 54 for the Mustangs (0-12), with David Burns carding a 58. Alden Pedersen […]

Prep boys volleyball: VCS falls in straight sets to Golden Sierra

SACRAMENTO — The Vacaville Christian boys volleyball team dropped a match below .500 with its 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 loss to Golden Sierra in Sierra Delta League action, Thursday. Andrew Grabowsi led the Falcons (5-6, 3-5 SDL) in kills with six, adding three blocks, while Eddie Melgar had four kills and two blocks. After missing three matches […]

Prep girls soccer: Breeden lifts Vanden to 1-1 tie with Benicia

BENICIA — In a big Solano County Athletic Conference matchup, the Vanden High girls soccer team escaped with a 1-1 tie with Benicia, Thursday. After an early 1-0 deficit, the Vikings’ Joesy Breeden put the tying score in the net in the 66th minute off an indirect free kick from Jacqueline Jensen. The Vikings (3-0-4, 3-0-3 […]

Prep softball: Vikings sail to 12-1 win over Falcons

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High softball team exploded for seven runs in the top of the third inning en route to defeating Fairfield 12-1 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Thursday. Nicole Liss led the Vikings (15-6, 8-2 SCAC) at the plate, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs, while Jaycie Ruggiero and Bailey Tingley each […]

Rodriguez earns 9-6 badminton win over Armijo

FAIRFIELD — Five of the 15 matches between the Armijo and Rodriguez High badminton teams went three games with the Mustangs coming out on top for a close 9-6 victory in Monticello Empire League play, Thursday. Nicole Vu, Taylor Ricafort and May Abdelnaby won twice for Rodriguez, while Serenity Liew and Cathy Yang were the double-winners for the […]

More changes likely for Kings after another losing season

SACRAMENTO — A season that started out so promising for the Sacramento Kings ended the same way as the previous eight: out of the playoffs, with a losing record and looking for luck in the draft lottery. Except this time, that only begins to explain how things went so wrong. Sacramento (29-53) struggled to shed […]

Warriors? Cavs? Spurs again? No clear NBA Finals favorite

Sweet-shooting Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have the best record, an unmatched home-court advantage, and the understanding that means nothing now. “We had a great home record and did some historic things, but that doesn’t get you any extra points in the playoffs,” Curry said. The Warriors (67-15) were the NBA’s best this […]

Small talk: Going after the A-list: Businesses pursue celebrity clients

Joyce M. Rosenberg   NEW YORK — It’s a dream for many small business owners: A-list celebrity clients. The owners of 5001 Flavors knew when they started the company 23 years ago they wanted to sell custom-made clothes to rap and R&B musicians. They sought out artists and record company executives at parties and music […]

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Panhandling measures OK’d in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Panhandling in a median strip, within 15 feet of ATM, on public transit or in a way that obstructs vehicles or pedestrians is unlawful under a Vacaville measure adopted Tuesday and set to begin in 30 days. Continuing to solicit after a person declines to contribute, along with panhandling within 15 feet of […]

Your brain’s aging and a new report urges ways to stay sharp

WASHINGTON — Those lost car keys that were an annoyance in your 30s can spark major anxiety in your 60s. Turns out it’s pretty normal: The brain ages just like the rest of your body, says a new report that urges Americans to take steps to keep sharp in their senior years. The prestigious Institute […]

Panel asks: Could cramped airline seats be dangerous?

WASHINGTON — The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety. Planes are filled with more passengers than ever before. Fliers are older and heavier. Flight attendants warn about an increase in air rage, and experts question if having rows of seats packed closer together […]

Congress OKs bipartisan bill changing doctors’ Medicare fees

WASHINGTON — Legislation permanently overhauling how Medicare pays physicians won approval Tuesday from an atypically united Congress as lawmakers banded together to erase an irritant that has dogged them for years. Adding urgency to legislators’ work, the measure headed off a 21 percent cut in doctors’ Medicare fees that would have hit home Wednesday, when […]

French lawmakers OK health care bill targeting anorexia

PARIS — Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France’s parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs — while tackling unhealthy stereotypes along the way. The National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, voted 311-241 on Tuesday to approve the draft […]

Police arrest Vallejo woman after stolen car found

FAIRFIELD — A Vallejo woman was arrested Tuesday in front of the Talk N’ Win on the 2400 block of North Texas Street after police identified the vehicle she was driving as having been stolen in Vallejo. The woman, whose name and age were not released, was arrested shortly before 2 p.m. and booked into the […]

Los Angeles district OKs new all-girls science, tech school

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects. The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted unanimously to start the Girls Academic Leadership Academy on […]

Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy’s views

SACRAMENTO — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court’s major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the […]

Pew Research Center: Teens still use Facebook

NEW YORK — Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. And, surprisingly, boys visit the site more often than girls. Aided hugely by smartphones and other […]

Elusive mountain lion captivates LA then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES — A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away. The 125-pound beast, easily recognizable by the collar and ear tag wildlife officials placed on him a few years ago, has been seen from time to time roaming […]

Huge California water supplier slashes summer deliveries th

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region’s water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions. The Metropolitan Water District, which sells imported water to more than two dozen local agencies, voted Tuesday to slash […]

Expert: Tale of worker asleep in cargo hold is a warning

SEATTLE — The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said Tuesday. The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff on Monday from Seattle. Pilots heard the noise and quickly returned to […]

Police: College shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime. Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, was arrested without incident early Tuesday while sleeping on […]

Latest in Scott case: Comments from a friend; arrest details

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A statement from the last man to talk to Walter Scott, more details about the arrest of the officer charged and action by South Carolina lawmakers are the latest developments in the case of a black man shot and killed by a white North Charleston Police officer. The April 4 slaying of […]

Jury seated in Colorado theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A jury was seated Tuesday in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes after a selection process that experts say was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 2012 attack in suburban Denver. […]

With legalization possible, pot growers become lobbyists

SACRAMENTO — California’s marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes. Now, veteran cannabis growers are emerging from the shadows to make their voices heard at the Capitol as the groundwork is being laid […]

SpaceX launches cargo capsule, fails to nail rocket landing

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. The first-stage booster rocket apparently landed too hard on the barge and tipped over. SpaceX […]

Chicken-keeping review cause for clucking

VACAVILLE — A discussion about backyard chicken-keeping produced agreement Tuesday on issues that include limiting the number of animals to nine – and praise for how open Vacaville has been to considering changes. “I am just so impressed and so grateful to the open-mindedness of the council,” said Margi Stern, president of Backyard Hens of Vacaville. […]