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Lady Dogs drop heartbreaker

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Lady Bulldog volleyball team dropped a real heartbreaker at home to Dublin on Tuesday night, ultimately losing in a tiebreaker fifth set after taking a 2-1 lead. Four of the five sets played on Tuesday night in the Alhambra gym were only decided by …

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‘Killer’ bees in Briones may have been strays

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A university researcher may have reported finding a couple of Africanized, or “killer” bees in Briones Regional Park, but park employees have found no evidence of any colonies there, Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Parks public information supervisor, said. Joshua Kohn, …

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Local artist to guide veterans through self-portrait exercise

By KERI LUIZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Kleber, artist and owner of ARTU4iA, recently received a grant from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) for a veteran-focused painting workshop. The program is called “About Face: Building Veterans’ Self-Understanding through Self-Portraits.” Kleber’s idea is to …

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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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Outcast launches Caring campaign to save cats

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune How do you think your pet cat would react if they suddenly ended up in a noisy, cold, and scary animal shelter? For some pet cats, this experience is so foreign and frightening that they panic, act out and earn themselves a trip …

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You say Amato’s, I say Amato’s!

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of Mary Goodman’s (b. 1949) remembrance of her Sicilian Family. See last week’s edition of the Martinez Tribune for Part One. Everyone still remembers Amato’s Restaurant. Even I, Kristin, do – especially the tongues hanging out of …

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Delicious grapes, but a sour creek …

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune RAIN AT LAST! Here’s hoping we’ll receive regular rain this winter, without the deluge forecasters are predicting due to El Niño. I’m looking forward to the rains moving water through the creek. As of late, it’s been quite a tepid stew of garbage and other …

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Home Tour opens historical locations to the public

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – For the ninth year, the Martinez Historical Society will give residents and visitors a chance to view old houses inside and out during its annual Historic Home Tour. The organization decided to focus the Oct. 10 tour on the Highland and …

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Cpl. Mike Estanol receives downtown assignment

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Cpl. Mike Estanol, newly assigned to the city downtown beat by Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal, already is a familiar face to local merchants and shoppers. He’s on a first-name basis with most of them. He’s also active on pertinent social …

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