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Ray Duckler: An event is held to help spike domestic violence

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I exposed a cover-up within the Concord Police Department last night. Evidence suggests Lt. Timothy O’Malley has ugly toes. He refused to take his athletic socks off, breaking a rule in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, which featured men walking downtown in heels to raise money in the fight against domestic and sexual violence. The issue is … 1

The Insiders: Want to know more about Mount Everest? Here’s your chance

Thursday, October 2, 2014

If you’re among the people in this world who actually seek out extreme thrills, then climbing Mount Everest has to be high on your list …

Chamber group brings site-specific composition to Kimball House at Capitol Center for the Arts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Not many people walk into a bedroom and find a vibraphone, let alone a vibraphonist, waiting there. Or pass through the living room to find …

Paul Deen documentary to tell her side of downfall

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Paula’s back Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you’ll need to pay to hear it. The former Food Network star has been working on …

California adopts olive oil labeling standards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to state specifically whether they have adulterated any of their product. State officials say the standards will take effect Friday. They also require testing to determine whether …

FDA revises food safety rules due next year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration recently revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The final rules are …

A rethought batter for apple cake

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I love to redefine the formula of a butter cake batter every now and then, especially to create a dreamy one that’s a little lavish, perhaps less conventional and tailored to the texture and essence of the main …

10 fresh ways to use butternut squash

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick …

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. After reporting on the Alaska …

The Insiders: Launch your international square dancing career – or just do some dancing – tonight at West Congregational

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We find we often operate better with a little instruction. Outside of the writing of this column, we mean. But we prefer to do our painting by numbers and our dancing by shapes. Squares, mostly, because rhombus dancing hasn’t taken off like we thought it might. Square dancing …

Romantic comedies are plentiful this fall

Monday, September 22, 2014

The romantic comedy genre is supposedly dead. Looks like someone forgot to tell the 2014 fall television season. A quick glance at the schedule reveals an unusually high number of shows centered on the time-honored TV tradition of …

‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut …

How ‘The Cosby Show’ changed the game for blacks on television

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty years ago The Cosby Show changed what was possible if you were black and on television, that you didn’t have to play to type and there truly was a universality of the human experience. You could finally be anything – a doctor, a lawyer, a homeboy in …