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Look to Christ for the perfect love

Sunday is the annual celebration of Valentine’s Day, a reminder to us that love is a major part of human life. Most think Valentine’s Day is for couples. It’s also good for us to remember love is one of the most powerful attributes of the human nature. Love is strange and yet fulfilling at the […]

February 13, 2016 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Heat’s Hassan Whiteside banned a game for throwing elbow

NEW YORK — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic. The punishment was announced Thursday by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe. Whiteside will serve his suspension Feb. 19 when Miami plays the Hawks in Atlanta. He was ejected with 9:35 left […]

Health scare over, Bosh ready to enjoy another All-Star trip

  TORONTO — Chris Bosh sees no need to reflect on where he was at this time last year. Physically, mentally and emotionally, he moved past it all long ago. The tubes stuck into the side of his chest, the fear of his life being in danger by the blood clot that attacked one of […]

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

  BOSTON — Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. This week, it was disclosed that […]

Shaq, Yao, Iverson look to take next step to Hall of Fame

  TORONTO — Shaquille O’Neal should be a lock. Yao Ming and Allen Iverson could join him. Two larger-than-life big men and one of basketball’s most exciting little guys highlight the list of players, coaches and contributors who are eligible for induction this year into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. O’Neal and Iverson […]

Kobe’s last, Toronto’s 1st as NBA All-Star Game goes outside US

  TORONTO — Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful. After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn’t be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy. The final NBA showcase for Bryant and the first […]

I think old classmate used Facebook to find new girlfriend

Dear Annie: While in high school in the late 1970s, there was this guy, “Scott,” who had a crush on me. Nothing transpired back then, so fast-forward 30 years. A month ago, I received a Facebook friend request from Scott. Of course, I accepted and found out he and his wife are separated. I also […]

February 10, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Horoscope: Feb. 10

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The Yugoslavian proverb suggests that if you want to know what a man is, place him in authority. Indeed, you’ll learn something more about yourself as you fulfill the leadership role that’s thrust upon you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). City lights are only dazzling because of the darkness that surrounds them. […]

Horoscope: Feb. 9, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Focus exclusively on positive, desirable options. If it’s not a win for everyone involve it’s not good enough for you, either. This bold approach will eventually lead to your promotion. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sign up. Volunteer. Say yes. It doesn’t matter if you know how to approach the task at […]

Giving it my best for a new beginning

I was standing at the sink peeling shrimp for dinner (and thinking how I like to eat shrimp more than I like to peel them) when I had a revelation. It hit hard, like a punch in the gut, and I heard myself whisper: “This had better be good.” Not the shrimp. The shrimp would […]

February 08, 2016 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Friday sees collapse of ‘cool kids’ stocks

Quite a day Friday as the “cool kid” stocks, to use a term describing, well, new and socially conscious technology stocks, got hammered. Big time, as they say. LinkedIn, one of the social networking stocks, lost almost half its value in one shot, closing at $108 a share. It was the technology darlings with high […]

City touts quality-of-life advantages

Quality of life has a wide range of contexts but is always part of the site selection process for a business considering locating in a new community. As you can imagine, when a business is considering spending millions of dollars to plant their business in a community, several variables are taken into account before a […]

Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

BEIJING — Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that’s sprung up in China: drone pilot schools. China is already the world’s biggest drone manufacturer, churning out remote-controlled flying machines that range from 3-D urban mappers to tear-gas […]

Chamber work report cites business assists, magazine

VACAVILLE — Assisting businesses with city permits, publishing a quarterly magazine and hosting the annual business walk are among efforts the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce cites in its yearly work and progress report that the City Council takes up Tuesday. Vacaville and the chamber entered into a 15-year lease in 1992 for the property on […]

Airlines restore tiny perks, like pretzels, to pacify fliers

NEW YORK — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Don’t expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return of free meals. Monday, […]

Ultimate reward awaits us in heaven

A few weeks ago marked the 60th year anniversary of the deaths of five young courageous missionaries — Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming and Roger Youderian. Their story is one of tremendous inspiration and faithfulness. As young well-educated family men, they learned about an unreached group, the Auca Indians, living in the thick […]

Jack Riley, US hockey coach at 1960 Olympics, dies at 95

  Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. He regularly attended Army home games into his early 90s. “He lived a great life, and although he […]

Texas Western celebrating historic title 50 years later

EL PASO, Texas — David Lattin says something happens every day to remind him of Texas Western’s historic NCAA championship in 1966, when the Miners won with the first all-black starting lineup in a title game against all-white Kentucky. The center from that team and eight of his teammates have gathered in El Paso for a weekend […]

Making sure Facebook works at the Super Bowl

  NEW YORK — It’s the pain of crowds: Texts, photos and video streams take forever or just can’t get through. You might have run into this at a concert where everyone’s trying to post selfies with the headliners at once, or at big conferences and sporting events. Fans at Sunday’s Super Bowl in Santa […]

Goodell to require teams to interview women for exec jobs

  SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a “Rooney Rule” requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league and in his own office, too. Goodell made the announcement Thursday in his opening remarks at the first NFL Women’s Summit, part of Super Bowl 50. “We believe in […]

Denver (NC) is backing Panthers, not Broncos in Super Bowl

  There are hardly any Broncos fans these days in Denver — not Denver, North Carolina, that is. Instead, this unincorporated town about a half-hour from Charlotte is full of Carolina Panthers fans. And with the Panthers facing the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the town is enjoying some extra attention as the self-described […]

Curry to defend 3-point title, big men in Skills Challenge

NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will defend his title in the 3-point contest, Zach LaVine will try for another dunk championship and some All-Star big men will compete for the Skills Challenge crown. Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns will take part in that event, […]

From Riggins to Allen to Elway, the best Super Bowl runs

  Last year’s Super Bowl is best remembered for a team’s unsuccessful decision to throw on what appeared to be an obvious running down near the goal line, the sort of thing that maybe shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the emphasis on passing in today’s NFL. Instead of handing the football to Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle […]

Some of NFL’s biggest stars never played in Super Bowl

  Some of the NFL’s biggest all-time stars have a gaping hole on their playing resumes. Sure, they’ve got Pro Bowl selections, All-Pro honors and even bronze busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But they never got a chance to play in the Super Bowl.’ The first game, of course, was played in […]

CBS aims to strike balance with added Super Bowl cameras

  SAN FRANCISCO — With some 70 cameras located from the pylons in the end zone to those isolated on single players, the ability to show plays from a 360-degree perspective and tracking technology that determines how fast and far players run, almost no aspect of the Super Bowl will be out of reach for […]

Will Peyton’s dream scenario come true vs Panthers?

  SAN FRANCISCO — It’s the perfect scenario, a Hollywood-type script: Peyton Manning emulates John Elway and rides off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy in his grip. Will it really happen? For Manning to take the Denver Broncos to their first NFL title since the team’s current general manager, Elway, did in 1999 […]

Union: Raiders, Jaguars far under spending minimum

  SAN FRANCISCO — The Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars are the only two NFL teams below the 89 percent cash spending required by next year, and they are significantly under the minimum, the players’ union said Thursday. NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith singled out the Oakland Raiders as being $41 million below […]

Cam, Kuechly aside, Panthers loaded with veterans

  SAN JOSE — The Carolina Panthers are older than you think. Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, the team’s cornerstone players, are young and still on the rise. But the surrounding cast is a bit older and the roster is filled with veterans. The Panthers had the NFL’s second-oldest team to start the season with […]

Broncos’ Smith preparing to play Super Bowl with heavy heart

  SANTA CLARA — At first, Antonio Smith thought about running out of the team hotel and catching the first flight home after his mother awakened him with news of his father’s death following heart surgery. “But I know I got a greater purpose and a greater responsibility here on this stage,” Smith said Thursday, […]

Denver’s Marshall and Trevathan bounce back from injuries

  SANTA CLARA — The Super Bowl linebackers getting all the attention this week are Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. This talented and tenacious twosome is the heart and soul of the Carolina Panthers’ stingy defense. Kuechly is the first player at his position with pick-6s in back-to-back playoff games and Davis is playing with […]

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