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Roger Straw: ‘An ethical case against crude by rail’

By ROGER D. STRAW Special to the Tribune In June of 2013, I wrote a guest opinion for the Benicia Herald, “Do Benicians want tar-sands oil brought here?” I had just learned that the City of Benicia staff was proposing to give Valero Refinery a quick and easy pass to …

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The ‘dark specter’ that travels among us – on BART!

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Tribune Fall is a mysterious time of the year around our fair area. As the night steadily encroaches on the day, the clouds swirling around the impending storm, the temperature steadily begins to drop and it seems the ghouls come out in force. Some …

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Life on the Shoreline: Mary Carone Nicholson

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune The Sacramento Italian Culture Society (see: http://www.italiancenter.net) has asked me to talk about my book “Capito!” Italians and the Development of Martinez” this Sunday, 1:30 p.m., at their Carmichael facility. All Italian voices will be heard that day, so please join us! I …

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Bocce: Of Italian Import

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune I have only played bocce once and that was at Burning Man. My teacher was wearing Spider-Man underwear. A few days later the ephemeral Black Rock City disappeared, as it does every year, and I never found bocce camp again. The Martinez Bocce …

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Sex, drugs & the CIA – sordid tale of Operation Midnight Climax

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Tribune In the annals of the strange and weird, the darkened streets of San Francisco possess some of the oddest stories out there. At one time or another, San Francisco has been the home to some true weirdness. From cults like Jim Jones’ People’s …

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Local cats shipped to Sacramento for spay/neuter services

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune This week we will celebrate the 500th free-roaming cat rescued from certain death at Contra Costa County Animal Services (CCAS) since the inception of our Return to Field (RTF) program in November 2014. It’s pretty sad to consider that we need to take …

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Italians in Martinez: Bologna feeds into America!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune We are not talking cheap meat here In the development of Martinez, the Northern Italian immigrants that came before the Fisher people were farmers and wine makers and were also major contributors to the town we know of today. Martinez’s climate is much …

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Mysterious airships of California

By OLAV PHILLIPS Special to the Tribune Have you ever been at a baseball game enjoying a brew when an airship flew overhead? Maybe you took a tour of the amazing hangers at Moffett Field? The answer is probably yes. At some point, we have all seen those majestic airships …

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Mayor’s Message: City prepares Q&A to separate fact from fiction

By MARTINEZ MAYOR ROB SCHRODER The single biggest complaint I receive from residents is the poor condition of the streets and roads in Martinez. In fact, I would guess that every mayor in every city in the state would rank the crumbling infrastructure as the number one concern of the …

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Campbell squatters?

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Tribune Anchor tenant Onstage Repertory may be “squatting” at the Martinez Campbell Theater for its current production, “Let Me Hear You Smile,” which runs through Sunday, Sept. 6. A renegotiated sublease with City of Martinez had yet to be completed when scenery went up …

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