Monday, September 1, 2014

Bridge Sept 2

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder WHEN IN A HURRY, RUN FOR HOME A.A. Milne wrote, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” Bridge players know that sometimes there is no hurry, but on other deals, speed is essential. Now look at today’s deal. How would you analyze the […]

Randall: Whatever life’s scrapes and bumps, love is a balm

I’ve got a bruise on my arm made by a woolly mammoth. It came running out of nowhere and stabbed me with its tusks. There’s a scrape on my shin from an emergency rescue mission and a bump on my head from the collapse of a cave. But I am not complaining. Being a nana […]

Horoscopes: Sept. 2, 2014

You’ll be heard shortly after someone wants to listen. The trick is in enticing that want. You can’t force it. No one can be forced to want. There’s an art to this, and Mercury gliding through Libra highlights the nuances, helping us all get a little better at noticing and inspiring the needs and wants […]

Our irresponsible sister is getting the house and mistreats Mom

Dear Annie: I am one of four adult children. Our father died a couple of years ago. Three of us have our own homes. One sister, “Diane,” has been married twice and has lived with numerous men and was kicked out when each relationship ended. She has no place that she owns. Our mother has […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE DEFENSE’S GOAL Louis Pasteur, a French 19th-century chemist and bacteriologist who created the first vaccines for anthrax and rabies, said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” This week we […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 30, 2014

The Scorpio moon calls for a thoughtful assimilation of recent events. This Scorpio lunar energy will look beyond what happened into what it means. Implications will be suddenly obvious. Symbols will pop out. There may be many versions of the truth, but now only one will shine like a beacon. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll […]

Angels rally in 10th for 4-3 win over Oakland

ANAHEIM — Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call. Josh Hamilton had a […]

Prep football preview: Rio Vista looks to get back to playoffs

FAIRFIELD — Starting a sophomore quarterback on a varsity football team usually means something is not quite right. For the Rio Vista High football team, it means another shot at the playoffs. Or better, moving to the second round of the playoffs. In the 2013 campaign of coach Cliff Malta, the Rams finished 5-2, 3-1 […]

Carr’s 3 TDs lead Raiders past Seahawks 41-31

OAKLAND — With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season. Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland’s starting quarterback as the Raiders beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-31 on Thursday night. Carr was almost perfect in the start in place […]

Borland returns pick for TD, 49ers beat Texans

HOUSTON — Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the 49ers he should be in the mix of linebackers to replace injured NaVorro Bowman. Borland, a third-round pick from Wisconsin, returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes and San Francisco beat the Houston Texans 40-13 on Thursday […]

Record-setting Petit leads Giants past Rockies 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO — One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win. “I think […]

Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

HONG KONG  — Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of Malaysia Airlines, said in early August it will announce details of the overhaul by the […]

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

PARIS  — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister. After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called […]

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers’ credit records and income. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the rules for securities linked to mortgages and auto loans on a 5-0 […]

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days. U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the day wavering between tiny gains and losses. The S&P 500 notched a gain of one-tenth of a point over the […]

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

NEW YORK — The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. A report on said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system earlier this month in […]

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone – the paths that local or regional networks connect […]

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions […]

Choosing chutney

By Judy Hevrdejs Chicago Tribune It’s time to spice up your pantry. OK, so you don’t have a pantry like your granny’s, one where she stored glistening jars of jams, jellies and pickles made with goodies from her garden. Maybe you don’t even have a garden. That shouldn’t prevent you from preserving summer’s flavors. Nor […]

Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

Ripe, plentiful blueberries are such a highlight of summer that some of us are prone to getting the blueberry blues during the rest of the year. Happily, imported and frozen blueberries make it easy to enjoy them all the time. In fact, if you’re really on your game, you can pick extra now and freeze […]

Usain Bolt ends injury-plagued season early

ZURICH — Usain Bolt has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in just three races in 2014. Organizers for Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Zurich said Sunday that Bolt had withdrawn from the event’s 100-meter race and will not compete again this season. The decision comes a day after the Olympic champion and world […]

Stores coming and going in Fairfield, but big holes remain

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield is seeing a churn of retail businesses that has left some buildings empty, including some major ones. “Today, if someone drives around town, they may see a number of buildings that are vacant,” Fairfield Senior Economic Development Manager Karl Dumas said. “Quite a few of them have active deals working on them. It’s […]