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New trial expected for man convicted in Chandra Levy death

WASHINGTON — A man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy is expected to get a new trial after government attorneys on Friday said the “interests of justice” would best be served by one. On Friday, after more than a year of sporadic hearings and legal wrangling, government attorneys withdrew their opposition to a new […]

Flag being flown again in front of Mare Island hospital

VALLEJO — The American flag is flying again in front of the Mare Island hospital, for the first time since 9/11.

Local dignitaries and military veterans joined with Touro University California staff in a special ceremony Friday as the Stars and Stripes was raised on the restored flag pole in front of the historic hospital.

“This is a very important occasion for Touro University California,” said Shelley Berkley, university chief executive officer and senior provost. “Our students came to us and said they would like to see the flag flown again . . .

Eyewitness takes stand, describes scene where Fairfield teen stabbed to death

FAIRFIELD — Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams kept a promise Friday she made long ago to the family of a woman brutally stabbed and killed in 2012. Abrams had promised the family of 19-year-old Cheynah Watson that she would oversee the prosecution of Warren G. Sloan III, who authorities believe stabbed Watson 26 times in […]

Mom of slain Suisun City man drops suit against Fairfield, county

FAIRFIELD — The mother of a man slain in Suisun City has agreed to drop her wrongful death lawsuit against Fairfield and Solano County. Janice Weeden, whose son Leigh Weeden of Suisun City was shot and killed by Fairfield police in July 2013 after a law enforcement pursuit that began near the corner of East […]

Motorcyclist in fatal Vacaville crash identified

VACAVILLE — The motorcyclist killed Thursday in a crash on the Browns Valley Parkway on-ramp to Interstate 80 has been identified as Cameron Nichols, 20, of Vacaville. Nichols lost control of the motorcycle he was riding, was thrown and fell in front of a truck that hit him, the California Highway Patrol said. Drugs, including […]

Fighting immigration boosts global inequality

Keeping immigrants out has become a top priority for many countries and, partly as a result, the flow of money from migrant workers to their families in the developing world is about to stop growing. That’s like freezing aid from developed countries to poorer ones and it may not ultimately benefit the richer nations. European […]

Report: Grand jury probes utility’s ties with regulators

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal grand jury is investigating ties between executives with California’s largest utility and state regulators, a newspaper reported Friday. The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1K8V8y2) said it’s the latest probe involving relations between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and regulators with the California Public Utilities Commission since a PG&E pipeline explosion in […]

19 long-dead Oregon hospital patients get military honors

PORTLAND, Ore. — They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I — but for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon’s state psychiatric hospital. The Oregon National Guard on Friday offered a rifle salute and […]

Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state

FRESNO — A group of farmers in the heart of California’s agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later. Officials say the pact could serve as a model for other farmers throughout the state […]

Joan Frank

July 18, 1931 — May 18, 2015 Joan Perrott Frank, died on May 18, 2015, at the age of 83 at her home in Vacaville, Calif. Joan was born July 18, 1931, in Springfield, Ohio, the eldest of two daughters of Orrin and Elsie Perrott. She arrived in Vacaville in June of 1970 when her husband, […]

Victorina Bracamonte

Feb. 25, 1921 — May 15, 2015 Victorina Tuason Bracamonte, 94, was called by God on Friday, May 15, 2015. Victorina passed away peacefully surrounded by family at NorthBay Hospital, Fairfield. Victorina was born on Feb. 25, 1921, in Manila, Philippines, to Tomas Tuazon and Mamerta (Gallardo) Tuazon. She was the second of seven children. Victorina […]

Community Calendar: May 23, 2015

Saturday Fiesta Days 8 a.m. breakfast, St. Paul Methodist Church, 101 West St. Vacaville. Starts May 18 through May 25 with daily activities. Info: 628-5494. Table Tennis 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, 1741 […]

California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers

SACRAMENTO — California regulators Friday accepted a historic offer from a group of farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights to voluntarily reduce their water use by one-quarter to stave off deeper, mandatory cutbacks amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal will serve as a model for more […]

Real estate transactions for May 23, 2015

BENICIA TOTAL SALES: 7 HIGHEST AMOUNT: $799,000 LOWEST AMOUNT: $145,000 MEDIAN AMOUNT: $465,000 AVERAGE AMOUNT: $457,429 900 Cambridge Drive #159 – $198,000, 04-24-15 [2 Bdrms – 1087 SqFt – 1984 YrBlt] Previous Sale: 01-08-2010, $143,000 570 Daffodil Drive – $540,000, 04-22-15 [3 Bdrms – 1506 SqFt – 1990 YrBlt] 509 Military #W – $305,000, 04-24-15 – 1084 […]

Fairfield police log: May 21, 2015

12:20 a.m. — Reckless driver, block of GREAT JONES STREET 1:20 a.m. — Drunk and disorderly, 2700 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 6:37 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1400 block of HOLIDAY LANE 7 a.m. — Vandalism, 600 block of KENNEDY COURT 7:28 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 2300 block of SANTA CLARA STREET 7:40 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 3000 block of […]

‘Does anyone remember…?’ Part I

The three most-used words on posts in the nostalgic 6,600-member I Grew Up in Fairfield Too Facebook group are, “Does anyone remember. . . .” Today’s offering is the first in a periodic series of Back in the Day columns that will feature people, places or events that local folks may have either forgotten about, […]

Let’s review Measure P progress

Fairfield’s Measure P (1 percent sales tax) passed in November 2012 and is halfway through its scheduled lifetime. Remember, the city said it was for five years. Let’s see how it’s doing. Measure P more than doubled the city’s sales tax rate, from 0.75 percent to 1.75 percent. Improving economic conditions put about $16 million […]

You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

WASHINGTON — Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge – while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged […]

Spandex, big hair welcome at Adonis DNA shows

FAIRFIELD — A Charlie Sheen rant, a band name music fans found hard to remember and 1980s music gave birth to Adonis DNA. The Sacramento-based group was originally called Nothin’ But a Good Time. Their fans remembered having a good time at shows, they just couldn’t remember the band’s name, said Greg Halldorson, the band’s singer. […]

Time to laugh with Lundholm in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The darkest days of comic Mark Lundholm’s life were also the best, in retrospect. The pain was still there despite alcohol and drug use. “For a long time alcohol worked,” he said. “Heroin was effective and cocaine was my girlfriend.” He was too afraid to commit suicide, worrying about the person who would […]

Gallery unites artists, raises money for adult program

VACAVILLE — Dennis Ariza and his wife would drive down Cernon Street and she would see jewelry in a storefront window. The place never seemed to be open but she had an idea – it would be a great place for her husband to display his photography. The thought became a reality a year ago […]

Solano County Fair announces 2015 headliners

VALLEJO — Vallejo’s own Con Funk Shun will be joined by The Dazz Band, Yesterday-The Beatles Tribute and Journey Revisited at the 2015 Solano County Fair. All concerts are included with admission. The fair runs July 29 through Aug. 2. This year’s concerts are on the newly transformed Galaxy Stage, formerly Expo Plaza. It has seating […]

‘Peter Pan’ to take flight in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Solano Youth Theatre is bringing stage flight to the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre with its production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” May 29-30. The youth theater group is a division of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music. It became a division of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music when Solano Community College cut the […]

Entertainment Calendar: May 22, 2015

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: Arts Benicia Artists in Residence, through June 28, reception 7 to 9 p.m. June 20; open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, www.artsbenicia.org. Arts Benicia Presents Lee Wilder Snider: Through July 20, Olson Realty, 920 First St., Suite 101, Benicia, reception 6 to […]

See plans for Benicia waterfront art at new exhibit

BENICIA — Work has begun on Arts Benicia Artist in Residence Mark Brest van Kempen’s exhibit. It’s part of Brest van Kempen’s 18-month residency, funded through the Creative Work Fund. The work is intended to integrate public art into the Benicia waterfront planning process and engage the public through education, participation, intervention and demonstration. During […]

‘The Rats’ are back in Suisun City

SUISUN CITY — Rats in the Alley fans rejoice. Members of the original improv troupe will perform under the moniker “The Rats” at a benefit May 30. The Rats in the Alley performed weekly shows at the former Uncle Bong’s Pizza in Suisun City. Nestor Campos Jr., John Crosthwaite, Derrick Karimian, Cory McDaniel, Don Miller, […]

Backyard Barbecue to benefit PAL, Rotary PAL scholarships

FAIRFIELD — A Backyard Barbecue dinner-dance with music provided by the Terry Sheets Band will take place May 30 to benefit children served by the Fairfield Police Activities League. The event is hosted by the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club’s charitable fund and features a $5,000 grand prize from among 125 tickets in a drawing. The […]

Week in preview May 22-28, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Gabbi and Sierra, Mourning Mountains, The Wizard’s Brew Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday “School House Rock” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. www.downtowntheatre.com. 4:30 p.m. Saturday Purple Haze Vezer Family Vineyard, 2522 Mankas Corner […]

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