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Bob Dunning: Columns due tomorrow: Get ready, get set, type!

In the NBA they call this crunch time. In the NFL it’s known as a gut check. Others talk about courage, seizing the day and taking a bold step forward. No matter what you call it, it’s time to put your fingers to the keyboard and pound out your 400 to 800 word entry to […]

Police arrest foreigner, seize bomb materials and passports in Bangkok shrine bombing case

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. Police and soldiers on Saturday raided the apartment in a non-descript concrete building […]

More ID, bag checks on Europe’s trains after foiled attack

PARIS (AP) — European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday. Bernard Cazeneuve said the reinforced ID and bag checks would be carried out on cross-border trains “everywhere it is necessary.” He spoke […]

Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Thomas Demint’s voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. “I’m videotaping this, sir,” he tells an officer. “I’m just videotaping this.” What’s not seen is what happened just after he stopped recording: Demint says three […]

As Common Core results trickle in, initial goals unfulfilled

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington […]

Prison scrambles as Legionnaires’ disease sickens inmate

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Officials at California’s oldest state prison scrambled to provide safe drinking water to thousands of inmates after waterborne Legionnaires’ disease hospitalized one inmate and was suspected of sickening more than two dozen others. Water was quickly shut off at San Quentin State Prison Thursday after testing confirmed the potentially fatal illness. A […]

State of emergency declared in Florida; tropical storm nears

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Tropical Storm Erika poses a “severe threat to the entire state” and declared a state of emergency. The storm could hit the peninsula Monday. Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it’s predicted to strike […]

Bob Dunning: Not what you’d call a level playing field

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? … as August heads toward fall, I can’t help but smell a pigskin in the air … THE BIG BIG SKY … I don’t know about you, but I still can’t get my arms around the football scheduling in UC Davis’ new home in the Big Sky Conference, which […]

Emotional newscast after shooting that shocked millions

MONETA, Va. (AP) — One day after the on-air killings of reporter and a cameraman shocked millions across the country, the grieving staff at WDBJ-TV came together Thursday for an emotional broadcast of its “Mornin’” show. At 6:45 a.m. — the time of the shooting that took the lives of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman […]

Bob Dunning: Mayor blows the whistle on this technical foul

Years ago there used to be a charity basketball game at Hickey Gym called “Fuzz Ball” that pitted police departments from UC Davis and the city of Davis. It was always well-attended and a good time was had by all. Except, of course, for those who had to be carted off the court with a […]

For the record

A photo caption published Sunday, Aug. 16, accompanying a feature story about Joy and Bob Snell’s lawn-conversion project attributed a statement to Joy Snell that she did not say — “envy of the neighborhood.” We regret the error and any embarrassment experienced by the couple as a result.

Reporter, cameraman killed on air; suspect dies in hospital

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. Authorities identified the suspect as a journalist who had been fired from the station earlier […]

TV reporter, cameraman shot on air

MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on the air during a live broadcast Wednesday morning from a shopping center in Virginia. Jeffrey A. Marks, general manager of WDBJ-TV, identified the two killed as Alison Parker and Adam Ward and called the shooting “a terrible crime against two fine […]

Bob Dunning: Recycling ideas down at the dump

THEFT IN VACAVILLE … they say imitation if the highest form of flattery, an expression that immediately jumped to mind when my friend Debra on Far West Russell Boulevard forwarded me the following concerning an upcoming Vacaville Museum Fundraiser … “Dinner at the Dump,” it says, mimicking a 20-year fundraiser of the same name once […]

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