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THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder HOW CAN YOU CROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE? Khalil Gibran, a Lebanese-American artist, poet and writer, said, “Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection.” Yes, it is great to advance at the bridge table, but you had better halt — stop and think — occasionally; otherwise, your advance may […]

After 44 years of marriage, wife doesn’t want to have sex anymore

Dear Annie: Is there any end to it? I am 68 and have been married for 44 years. My husband and I both have some health issues, but he still needs sex, or he becomes depressed and can’t seem to function. My husband is also addicted to pornography and has been his whole adult life. […]

Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets 99-98 to take 2-0 lead

OAKLAND — James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn’t. Now the Golden State Warriors have the Western Conference finals in their grasp. Stephen Curry scored 33 points before Harden lost the ball in the closing seconds to end a spectacular duel between the NBA MVP and runner-up, and the Warriors held off the […]

Colome and DeJesus key Rays’ 3-0 win over A’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have used strong pitching and timely hitting to reach the top of the standings. Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the AL […]

College Notebook: Cordes wraps up stellar career with Cal softball

Cheyenne Cordes finished her career with the University of California softball team with a bang and leaves her name behind in several spots in the Golden Bears’ record book. The Rodriguez High grad hit a solo home run and later drove in a run in her final collegiate at-bat in Cal’s 6-3 season-ending loss to […]

Bumgarner homers off Kershaw, Giants blank Dodgers again for sweep

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace. Bumgarner homered, pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and helped the San Francisco Giants shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third straight […]

Curry, James unanimous selections to All-NBA first team

NEW YORK — Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol joined Curry as newcomers on the team. Houston’s James Harden rounded it out with his second straight selection. Curry and James, who are […]

New 49ers running back Bush ready to prove himself again

SANTA CLARA — Reggie Bush wants to return punts again, and he brought up the idea to the San Francisco 49ers when he joined the team as a free agent this spring. So, there was Bush catching punts from the machine under a cloudy sky Thursday with his new team. He will begin his 10th NFL […]

For many low-income workers, calling in sick is a luxury

SACRAMENTO — For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry. As a part-time customer service representative at a Walmart in Sacramento, Henderson is one of an estimated 40 million American workers for who calling in sick is a luxury. If they don’t work, they don’t get […]

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Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn’t worked out that way. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 […]

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In time for strawberry season – a master class in shortcakes

The arrival of local strawberries is a sure sign that warm weather is on its way. So to celebrate, I’m sharing what I consider the absolute best biscuit recipe I’ve ever encountered. It was while I was working in Gourmet magazine’s test kitchen during the ’80s that I was put on the quest for the […]

Dill and butter? Dull. Take carrots to a robust new level

Butter and dill are lovely on roasted carrots, but this spring I wanted something a little more . . . robust. Because let’s face it, spring and early summer have a tendency to smack you with cool, wet weather when you’re least expecting it – and when you are most desiring sun and heat. Which […]

Getting to the core of the matter! Eat your pineapple cores!

By Melissa d’Arabian Eating fresh pineapple always reminds me of balmy vacation nights in Hawaii. And since pineapples run a few bucks a pop, buying them frequently translates into considerable savings when compared to an actual trip to Hawaii, particularly when you’re carting along four girls, as I would be. Admittedly, the pineapple is a […]

Randall: Fantasy family couldn’t live up to real life

Have you ever noticed how some things seem to look a lot better on paper than in reality? Take, for example, life. As a child, after my parents split up and my world fell apart and nothing seemed to be going my way, I sought refuge in a paper fantasy. One day when I was […]

Horoscope: May 19, 2015

On the first full day of the second Mercury retrograde of the year, you may notice that it’s not quite as easy to get your point across. Good. You’ll be more articulate for the challenge. When the words aren’t enough, consider the whole picture: body language, tone, inflection and, most importantly, the eyes. What do […]

Bridge May 19

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TWO WILD CONTRACTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE David Attenborough, an English naturalist and broadcaster, said, “Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” Also, everyone wishes that they […]

College Notebook: Erskine ends track season with splash for Chico State

The season is over for Aja Erskine of the Chico State University women’s track and field team, but it certainly ended with a bang. The Rodriguez High graduate joined Marino Berrios, Bailey Henshaw and Olivia Watt in breaking the school record in the 4×400-meter relay, turning in a time of 3 minutes, 47.05 seconds at […]

Vaca girls, boys sweep MEL track finals; Armijo boys, Rodriguez girls second

FAIRFIELD — The Bulldog dominance over hurdles continued, and it led to a couple of titles. The Vacaville High boys and girls varsity track teams cruised to wins in the Monticello Empire Track and Field Championships at Brownlee Field, Thursday, the boys outpointing Armijo 156-119, the girls topping Rodriguez 191.67-102. On the girls side, Armijo […]

Lincecum struggles, Byrd leads Reds over Giants 4-3

CINCINNATI — Tim Lincecum was slipping around on the mound — even slid to his knee on one delivery. Something bad seems to happen to the Giants when they visit Cincinnati. Marlon Byrd hit a bases-loaded single off Lincecum and a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning Thursday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to […]

Top-seeded Warriors, Hawks try to close out series, advance

The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks have regained control of their respective series, doing their best to restore order in the NBA playoffs. Though things can turn quickly in these series, and the league could easily fall right back into postseason chaos. That’s exactly what the upset-minded Wizards and Grizzlies have in mind. Monday […]

Can Derby winner American Pharoah become next American idol?

BALTIMORE  — From a Kentucky horse farm to a sales ring in Saratoga to Bob Baffert’s barn at Santa Anita, American Pharoah gave every indication he’s a champion in the making. So what if part of his tail is missing and he has cotton stuffed in his ears before races? To owner and breeder Ahmed […]

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