Sunday, September 21, 2014

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 […]

BABA makes big spash

“To get rich is glorious.” That remark supposedly uttered by the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979, and which, they say, triggered the capitalist revolution, comes to mind as we witness the first day of trading Friday of BABA. That’s Alibaba, of course, the Internet company that, in an instant, became the largest, or one […]

Extended warranties a big sell. Are they worth it?

WASHINGTON — Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one like a television or phone. The plans basically are insurance policies in case something goes wrong, but they come at a price. Federal Trade Commission […]

Slow Money invests in small food enterprises

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Consumers who want to support local food and farms aren’t limited anymore to buying locally produced veggies, meats and cheeses. They can make direct investments big or small into local food businesses through a national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers. Since the national network […]

College notebook: Melvin running wild for Southern Oregon Raiders

A week after being named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week, Melvin Mason didn’t put up big numbers. He just came up big. The former Vacaville High standout capped a 16-play, 85-yard drive by rushing three straight times, the last for a 2-yard touchdown that lifted the 3-0 Southern Oregon University football team to a […]

Vanden volleyball team remains undefeated in SCAC play

VALLEJO — The Vanden High volleyball team remained unbeaten in the Solano County Athletic Conference as it swept Bethel 25-9, 25-14, 25-17, Thursday. Meghan Herout led the Vikings (3-1, 2-0 SCAC) with nine kills and seven digs, adding a perfect 19 for 19 at the service line – serving 11 straight points in the first set. […]

Falcons, Mustangs renew rivalry in search of a win

FAIRFIELD — Sure it’s a rivalry game, but that’s not the big reason the Fairfield and Rodriguez football teams want to win when they clash at Schaefer Stadium, Friday night. They both need a win. Any win. Each has dropped a nail-biter and each has been blown out in a shutout loss over their first two games. […]

49ers’ Derek Carrier ready to step in at tight end

SANTA CLARA — Derek Carrier’s decisions to attend a small liberal arts college in Wisconsin and drop basketball for football paid off when he earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers this season after spending most of the last two years on NFL practice squads. Now he could get the biggest chance of his career. With […]

Raiders seek ways to get Reece more involved

ALAMEDA) — For a player who generates so much attention from opposing defenses and gets paid handsomely by his own team, Marcel Reece somehow has become the forgotten man on the Oakland Raiders offense. Reece has touched the ball just four times through two games and been on the field for just more than one-third […]

Athletics out of top wild-card spot as Texas sweeps

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution. And with the way things are going, manager Bob Melvin can’t talk about playoffs, let alone plan for them. Sonny Gray and the A’s kept tumbling Thursday, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas that gave […]

Nashville new home for Athletics’ Triple-A team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Oakland Athletics moved their Triple-A minor league affiliate to Nashville on Thursday. The A’s and the Pacific Coast League’s Nashville Sounds announced Thursday they have agreed to terms on a four-year player development contract that runs through the 2018 season. The Sounds’ new stadium, First Tennessee Park, is scheduled to open […]

Giants move Triple-A operation to Sacramento; A’s Triple-A headed to Nashville

SACRAMENTO — The San Francisco Giants are moving their Triple-A minor league club to the state capital, entering into a two-year contract with Sacramento. San Francisco moves from Fresno starting next season, replacing the Athletics in Sacramento after Oakland moved its Triple-A team to Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. The Giants can get Triple-A players to the Bay Area faster […]

NASA picks Boeing and SpaceX to ferry astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Center, next door […]

Web filter lifts block on gay sites

SAN JOSE — A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites. For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web surfers using safe-search software. Now Symantec, […]

Could Pacquiao fight be in cards for Mayweather?

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have boxed himself into a corner by outboxing Marcos Maidana in their rematch. And it might open the door — if just a crack — for the fight with Manny Pacquiao that boxing fans have been craving for years. “If the Pacquiao fight happens, it happens,” Mayweather said Saturday night after disposing […]

USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

MADRID — Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup. James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to […]

Time to sell? Who can say with certainty?

I’ve maintained for years that “explaining” why the market suddenly rises or falls is useless. Except, that is, when the news is dramatic, such as the assassination of a public figure – President John F. Kennedy and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat come to mind. Or it could be an unexpected – emphasis on “unexpected” – move by the […]

Nut Tree Airport to see runway work

VACAVILLE — Nut Tree Airport is about to get a runway revamp in part because of a levee. Solano County owns Nut Tree Airport. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $1.7 million for what the county calls the Runway Shift and Taxiway K projects. The Runway Shift portion of the project is to cost […]

Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

MESA, Ariz. — Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change the world — […]

On the money: Options abound for selling used mobile phones

Alex Veiga Apple’s latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It’s a ritual familiar by now to most smartphone users. Every couple of years, new models boasting […]

Peavy strikes out 8, pitches Giants past D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy brings an all-out intensity to the San Francisco Giants that manager Bruce Bochy considers perfect for the September push. The veteran pitcher only wishes he could face the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. Peavy did his part to put San Francisco in prime position heading into the key series, striking out eight without […]

Raiders’ Jones-Drew sits out 2nd practice with injured hand

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed his second straight practice with a right hand injury, putting his status for Sunday’s home opener against Houston in doubt. With Jones-Drew sitting out once again on Thursday, Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray shared the running back duties in practice. Jones-Drew said he had a “minor procedure” done […]

49ers CBs Johnson, Cox step up after injuries

SANTA CLARA — As a fourth-round pick with nothing more than a fill-in performance on his NFL resume, San Francisco 49ers rookie Dontae Johnson knows what to expect when Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears see him matched up against a wide receiver Sunday night. “That’s one of those things they say, ‘He’s a rookie. Let’s see […]

Vikings celebrating 50 years of football

It’s been a good 50 seasons of football for Vanden High school. How good? From their humble beginnings in 1964, it was six years before the Vikings had their first losing season and they’ve had only eight more – along with two .500 campaigns – since. As Vanden celebrates its 50th anniversary of playing football […]

Sale, White Sox shut down fading Athletics 1-0

CHICAGO — Their chances of winning the AL West have pretty much slipped away. Now, the Oakland Athletics need to score some runs before they lose a playoff spot altogether. The A’s continued their free-fall Thursday, when Chris Sale bested Scott Kazmir in a brilliant pitchers’ duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered for the only run and the Chicago White […]

American recovery drives the dollar sharply higher

NEW YORK — In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood. A strengthening American economy, combined with a gloomy outlook for growth elsewhere, is pushing the U.S. currency sharply higher. The dollar is up 6.4 percent against a group of major currencies since the […]

Apple debuts smartwatch, two new iPhones and mobile payments

CUPERTINO — Apple CEO Tim Cook debuted Apple’s first new product category Tuesday since the introduction of the iPad tablet computer, showing off a new smartwatch along with two iPhones and a mobile-payments offering built in to the new devices. Apple’s smartwatch – called simply the Apple Watch – has a new user interface, with Cook declaring, […]

Nishikori, Cilic meet in surprising US Open final

NEW YORK — It is among the most unexpected championship matchups in Grand Slam tennis history: Kei Nishikori against Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final. Neither is currently ranked in the top 10. Neither has previously played in a major final, let alone won one. “If somebody told you ‘a Nishikori-Cilic final at the U.S. Open,’ […]