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2008-08-06 06:00:24

By Hudson Sangree, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 6--Yolo County moved forward Tuesday with its effort to acquire a former military site near Davis and transform it into parkland replete with seasonal vernal pools and habitat for burrowing owls. The U.S. Air Force shuttered its Davis Global Communications Site -- an annex of McClellan Air Force Base -- in the late 1990s. The site, southeast of Davis, occupies 314 acres of mainly open, undeveloped grasslands near Putah Creek. It is...

2008-08-06 00:00:06

By Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 5--Residents and employees of Rancho Cordova's new neighborhoods and business parks may find peak-hour travel a bit easier come fall. The city is preparing to roll out the first phase of a local transit system by early November. The initial beneficiaries will be residents and employees south of Highway 50, where new developments have been assessed fees to support public transit. Those fees, along with a $900,000 grant from the federal...

2008-08-05 12:00:25

By Anita Creamer, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 5--Dressed for computer class registration in a lovely peach-colored pantsuit, Maria Fries peers at the form on her clipboard. At 84, she's the exception to the rule, and God bless her for that. A stark generation gap divides the computer-savvy from the technophobic, with research indicating that only a little more than a third of America's oldest seniors have ever surfed the Internet, compared with 70 percent of 50- to...

2008-08-05 09:01:14

By Lakiesha McGhee, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 5--The Loomis Union School District plans to implement the rigorous International Baccalaureate program at a new kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school that will open Aug. 20. The new Loomis Basin Charter School will undergo a three-year process to become an accredited IB school, which would make it the region's first K-8 school to have the prestigious worldwide learning program, superintendent Paul Johnson said. Plans are...

2008-08-05 06:00:29

By Bruce Dancis, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 5--"The Dark Knight" is on a mission of "Titanic" proportions. But does Christopher Nolan's second Batman film, the biggest box office hit of 2008 so far, have a chance of matching the $600 million taken in domestically by James Cameron's 1997 romantic drama? Probably not, conclude movie business experts contacted by The Bee, though they all agree the film's success in just 17 days in theaters is nothing short of phenomenal. "I was...

2008-08-04 06:00:27

By Rachel Leibrock, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 4--With the candy-floss hair and knock- 'em-out curves, Dolly Parton has made a living off her bawdy, larger-than-life image. But the 62-year-old musician is also an unequaled singer-songwriter with a Southern drawl-soaked soprano and a flair for the down-home turn of phrase. Parton has penned more than two dozen No. 1 hits during her five-decade career; standouts for the 2006 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honoree include...

2008-08-04 06:00:04

By Jane Liaw, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 4--When it comes to AIDS, the attention is on Africa and other parts of the world. But the epidemic hasn't disappeared from our backyard. In Sacramento County, an estimated 5,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS. Nationwide, 1.2 million people live with HIV, a larger number than ever before, according to CARES, a Sacramento HIV health care center. And the face of HIV is changing: Although men who have sex with men are still the largest...

2008-08-03 06:00:25

By Jane Liaw, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 3--As part of his infectious diseases practice, Dr. Javeed Siddiqui regularly sees Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisoners as patients. It's just that he's never in the same room with them. The UC Davis physician is a part of the increasing role that telemedicine has been playing in inmate care in the past two years. Between 1997 and 2006, about 50,000 corrections agency inmates were seen by doctors via telemedicine. In...

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 3--Expanded from five to 10 days for 2008, the Sacramento Film and Music Festival now has room to breathe -- and to actually stand on ceremony. Instead of cramming two or three films into its first night, the festival will show just one -- the family drama "Jake's Corner," starring Richard Tyson and Diane Ladd -- on Friday at the Crest Theatre. That's part of a gala opening night entailing a reception and the presentation of the 2008 Film...

2008-08-03 06:00:17

By Dixie Reid, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 3--For the 11th time since 1964, Music Circus presents a summertime stage production of "My Fair Lady." With a little bit of luck (to borrow one of the show's song titles), it won't be the last. The musical, based on the play "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw, stars Kate Baldwin as Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Richard B. Watson as phonetics professor Henry Higgins. It opens Tuesday and continues through next Sunday for eight...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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