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Tangerines and Mandarins at the Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS At first glance, it is hard to tell the differences between tangerine and mandarin. Not only do they look alike, their taste is also similar and both grow on trees that also look similar. They both are part of the orange family; however, tangerines are a …

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New Exhibit pays homage to Redwoods through Conservation

The East Bay Regional Park District and Save the Redwoods League unveiled an Old Growth Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck and Interpretive Exhibit at Roberts Regional Recreation Area this past Saturday, celebrating its dedication with redwood lovers from around the Bay Area. The exhibit, found along Roberts Ridge Trail, preserves and …

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Facing New York reunites at hometown show at Bottom of the Hill

BY CATHERINE STITES Releasing their first album in a decade, Facing New York took the stage to reunite with old fans and new at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco Friday night. The show was part release party for their new album “Dogtown,” and part reunion tour. The bands …

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Stanford shuts down Cal 23-13 to maintain Bay Area Supremacy

  BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER K.J. Costello’s 46 yard touchdown pass to Cameron Scarlett and a pair of interceptions by Paulson Adebo helped lead Stanford to a 23-13 victory over Cal at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Saturday, its ninth straight Big Game win. Adebo made a spectacular one-handed interception in …

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Durant’s 49, Thompson’s 29, help rally Warriors past Orlando

BY MARKO UKALOVIC When you need someone to finish a game for you, you only need to call Kevin Durant. The Golden State Warriors all world small forward scored 13 of his game leading (and season high) 49 points to overcome an 18-point deficit for a come from behind victory …

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Pomegranates in season, just in time for the holidays

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS This is pomegranate season, just in time for the holidays. What could be prettier than a sparkling pomegranate cider or a fresh salad with pomegranate seeds? These beauties can even be used for decorating because they last quite a while when not opened. Pomegranates have a …

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OKC throttles Warriors, handing champs fourth straight loss

BY MARKO UKALOVIC Dennis Schroder is becoming the secret weapon for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He led his team past the Golden State Warriors coming off the bench with 32 points in 28 minutes in a dominating 123-95 victory on Thanksgiving Eve at Oracle Arena. While the Warriors were able …

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Bad air quality closes all public schools in County on Friday

All 18 public school districts in Contra Costa County (as well as Contra Costa County Office of Education programs) will be closed on Friday, November 16 due to worsening air quality conditions throughout the county. Contra Costa County K-12 school districts include: Acalanes Union High School District, Antioch Unified School …

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Supervisors outline process, timeline for cannabis businesses

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors outlined some of their ideas for regulating commercial cannabis operations during their meeting in Martinez on Tuesday afternoon. During public comment, advocates and community members urged the board to help county residents achieve easier access to cannabis by helping to increase the number …

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Short-handed Warriors bounce back to trounce Nets 116-100

BY MARKO UKALOVIC With no Stephen Curry (groin strain) or Draymond Green (toe injury) in the lineup, The Golden State Warriors relied on All-Star Kevin Durant and back up point guard Quentin Cook to lead the way past the Brooklyn Nets 116-100 in a rebound win on Saturday evening at …

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