Friday, March 6, 2015

French guitarist brings world music to The Palms

FAIRFIELD — Pierre Bensusan is heralded for his command of the acoustic guitar. He was named Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008 by Guitar Player Magazine Readers’ Choice. He’ll tell you it’s just an instrument. “I am passionate about music, not about the guitar,” he said in a phone interview from Phoenix. “My aim […]

Solano College grad becomes Marvel superhero

FAIRFIELD — Krystle Martin has gone from being a graduate of the Solano Community College Actor Training Program to a superhero – and sometimes villain. Martin, 27, is traveling the country with “Marvel Universe Live,” which begins a run Thursday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. She’s the understudy for Captain Marvel, the alter ego of […]

Week in preview March 6-12, 2015

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday The BlackRock Project Anheuser-Busch, 3101 Busch Drive. 429-7595. 7:30 p.m. Friday Solano Artist Showcase Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 8 p.m. Friday Solano Winds: “Truth or Fiction” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Dalt Williams Sticky Rice Bistro, 5030 Business Center Drive. […]

Bay Area Stage readies ‘Mockingbird’ production

VALLEJO — Tucked away in a room inside the First Presbyterian Church, cast members of Bay Area Stage Productions’ “To Kill A Mockingbird” rehearse for the show. Director Jeff Lowe, after telling the actors what page of the script they are working on, quips, “Everyone quiet on the set.” There is silence. After one scene, […]

Saudi king gave prize to Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was ‘inside job’

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman awarded a prestigious prize to Zakir Naik, a televangelist and religious scholar from India, heralding him as “one of the most renowned non-Arabic-speaking promulgators of Islam.” Naik, a trained doctor, founded the Peace TV channel, which supposedly reaches an audience of 100 million English-speaking Muslims. His popular YouTube […]

Let’s take a 2nd look at 1st cars

I decided to reboot the First Cars column I wrote in 2012 because I knew more local folks had cool stories. Plus, in the first column I talked about my 1974 parakeet green Mercury Montego nicknamed “The Concertmobile”/“The Merc” and while it was the first car I owned, it wasn’t the first I drove. Before I got my own […]

Court may make big mistake in health care case

Opinions about the big Obamacare case the Supreme Court heard this week are highly polarized. But the court could find a way to split the difference between the conservative and liberal readings of the law – and that might be the worst of all worlds. The case, known as King v. Burwell, hinges on the […]

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Today in History: March 6, 2015

Today is Friday, March 6, the 65th day of 2015. There are 300 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On March 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, was not an American citizen and could not sue for his freedom in federal court. On this […]

Entertainment calendar: March 6, 2015

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: Art of Community, through Sunday; open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 307 First St., Benicia. 495-2940, The Corner Store Gallery: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday […]

Emails issue latest in string of questionable Clinton actions

Many of you probably remember the famous line uttered by Jackie Gleason, in “The Honeymooners,” and a couple of his films. Of course, it was, “How sweet it is!” Gleason is also famous for another phrase he used with his fist in front of him. If you don’t mind, I’ll change the name to protect […]

Horoscopes: March 6, 2015

Tending to personal responsibilities will take most of the day, but evening will bring a fresh perspective, as the lunar shift from Virgo to Libra brings a mood change. Letting loose will seem all the more imperative with the contrast of a hard day’s work. Also, the Libra lunar influence urges us to include friends […]

SF hospital performs rare chain kidney swap

SAN FRANCISCO — Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney. Instead, she helped six. The Sacramento woman’s donation to a Benicia man set off an organ swap that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Three transplants were planned for Thursday, […]

El niño might not be enough to help Ca drought

WASHINGTON — A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service on Thursday proclaimed the phenomenon is now in place. It’s a warming of a certain patch of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide, associated with flooding in some places, […]

Supreme Court allows for compassionate release

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill inmates can appeal judicial denials of compassionate early release from their prison sentences. The high court reversed a lower court’s ruling. The lower court had held that only the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could appeal a judge’s denial of early release […]

App developers take a swing at playgrounds

SAN FRANCISCO — In a sea of virtual-reality headsets and monitors broadcasting video games, there’s something that seems completely alien at the Game Developers Conference: a swing set. The piece of playground equipment has been plopped down inside San Francisco’s cavernous Moscone Center to promote Biba, an upcoming app that seeks to stop children from […]

Companies form coalition to conserve during drought

SACRAMENTO — A coalition of businesses including The Coca-Cola Company and Gap Inc. announced Thursday it is backing Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for conservation in drought-stricken California. The individual companies didn’t say they would scale back their own operations to save water as California heads into a fourth dry year. Instead, the group organized by […]

Off-duty officer accidentally shoots relative

VISALIA — Authorities say the personal handgun of an off-duty police officer accidentally discharged at her Central California home and hit a family member sleeping in the next room. The Fresno Bee reports the victim, an adult woman, was hospitalized with wounds that were not life-threatening following the incident Monday in Visalia. Police say it’s still […]

Student protests block access to campus

SANTA CRUZ — Student protesters are blocking all entrances to the University of California, Santa Cruz, campus as part of an ongoing demonstration against tuition hikes and police violence. The university issued an online alert telling people not to come to campus Thursday because access is blocked. According to the campus website, students and other […]

GOP legislator enters race for Boxer’s seat

LOS ANGELES — A two-term Republican legislator who has sought to broaden the appeal of the party with Hispanics launched an uphill campaign Thursday to become the next U.S. senator from California, a state that hasn’t sent a GOP senator to Washington since the 1980s. Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, a retired Marine Corps colonel from San […]

Michele Jarvis

Michele “Shellie” Jarvis passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, March 3, 2015, at North Bay Hospital with family at her bedside. She was born in Cloverdale, Calif., to Lawrence and the late Patti Jarvis. Shellie was raised in her beloved Santa Rosa, Calif. with her bother, the late Michael Jarvis and two sisters, Lorie and Patti […]

Covered California down overall but up among youth, minorities

SACRAMENTO — California did a better job of enrolling more minorities and young people for health care coverage during the second year of expansion, but a shortfall in overall enrollment could lead to increased fees in the future, according to new state data released Thursday. Covered California released enrollment figures showing the percentage of Latinos […]

Robert Charles Thierry

Thierry, Robert Charles, 94, died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, March 6, Suisun Fairfield Cemetery, 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield. Arrangements by Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave., Fairfield. Contact 425-1041 or [email protected]

Japanese tsunami debris washing ashore

SANTA CRUZ — Debris from the massive Japan earthquake and tsunami four years ago may be washing up in Northern California. The San Jose Mercury News reports Thursday that woodworker Matt Lovemark on Sunday found a large log he believes floated to a Santa Cruz beach from Japan. The 18-foot log has a notch in the […]

Device in ‘Superbug’ outbreak not approved by FDA

WASHINGTON — The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent “superbug” outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell an updated version the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA confirmed that Olympus Corp. did not seek agency clearance for the redesign of […]

Freight train carrying crude oil derails in Illinois

GALENA, Ill. — A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with crude oil derailed Thursday near the northern Illinois city of Galena and erupted into flames, authorities said. The train derailed around 1:20 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Moser. The blaze didn’t […]

Random thoughts on getting older by Annabelle . . . and Susan

A recent conversation with my daughter had me examining my reading choices of late and wondering if they’d changed over the past few decades. After a quick rundown in my head, I realized that nothing much has changed. I was an avid Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown and Trixie Belden mystery reader as a child. I loved reading […]