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Cara Cara – A Sweeter Navel Orange for Marmalade

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS From the outside, Cara Cara oranges look similar to a regular navel orange and you’d expect to find orange flesh inside. But cut open a Cara Cara and you will be surprised to find a lovely rosy pink or red flesh. This variety is said to …

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Warriors snap five game skid, down Pelicans 106-102

BY MASON BISSADA The battle of the two injury-decimated, bottom-of-the-west teams ended in surprisingly exciting fashion as the Golden State Warriors narrowly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-102 Friday night at Chase Center. What began as a shockingly uncompetitive Warriors’ blowout of the still-Zion-less Pelicans ended in an epic shootout …

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Warriors Lose in Embarrassing Fashion to Sacramento

BY MASON BISSADA What was the biggest contributing factor to the Golden State Warriors’ ugly 100-79 loss to the Sacramento Kings? Should the loss be attributed to poor offensive execution? Or was it was their ugly defensive awareness? If you chose C (all of the above), you’ll be going home …

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Contra Costa Animal Services Offering $5 Pet Adoptions this weekend

Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) will be offering $5 adoptions of all animals on Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th, as part of the Bissell Pet Foundation’s “Holiday Hope” adoption campaign. The goal of this promotion is to bring holiday hope to homeless pets in Contra Costa County by …

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Can we finally lay to rest biases about African-American QB’s ?

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ Throughout the history of the NFL, minority quarterbacks coming out of college have been saddled with the notion that they don’t have the necessary skills to succeed in the NFL. As recently as last year, these quotes were offered about Lamar Jackson, the current front-runner for the …

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Browns brawl and Astros scandal test limits of sports fandom

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ Fandom. What does it mean to be a fan ? Why do we care so much about the exploits of men and women we don’t know as they play games that have no redeeming social value for our amusement ? We invest our own hard earned money …

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Redwood Regional Park Renamed After 1st Female Board Member

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, the East Bay Regional Park District is honoring one of its earliest champions of parks and open space by renaming Redwood Regional Park after Aurelia Reinhardt. Official action to rename the park to Dr. …

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Warriors give game away to Thunder 100-97

BY MASON BISSADA In what may have been their most painful loss of the season, the Golden State Warriors gave a truly winnable game away to the Thunder, losing in frustrating fashion to Oklahoma City 100-97 Monday night. The Warriors seemed to have their fourth win of the season locked …

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Endless selection of citrus for the holidays at farmers market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS California was once known for acres and acres of citrus fruit, but as the population expanded the fields were plowed under and homes and businesses built.  There has been a resurgence of citrus tree planting the last 20 years that more than makes up for it …

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A stab in the dark at Baseball’s top free agent destinations

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ There are literally hundreds of major league baseball players who qualify as free agents this offseason. With the obvious caveat that no insider information informs these musings, here are my best guesses as to where the top 15 most impactful players will land, and for how much. …

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