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Clippers hand Warriors another heart-breaking loss, 109-100

BY MASON BISSADA In what is becoming more and more of a consistent trend, the Golden State Warriors suffered yet another heart-breaking loss to a contending team with whom they had no business going toe-to-toe with in the first place. Tonight, that contender was the Los Angeles Clippers, who rallied …

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2020 BottleRock daily schedule announced

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The daily schedule for the eighth annual BottleRock Music Festival May 22-24, at the Napa Valley Exposition has been announced as follows: Friday, May 22: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Foals, Jimmy Eat World, Local Natives, Finneas, Milky Chance, Amos Lee, Village People, MUNA, RIPE, …

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Elway’s selection as quarterback on NFL100 team indefensible

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ In December, the NFL celebrated the 100th anniversary of professional football by announcing the NFL100 team, representing the best 100 players to ever play in the league. The panel that chose those players was made up of 26 people, including coaches, team executives, retired players and members …

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Deadly Wild Mushrooms reappear at Regional Parks

Each year, mushrooms come out after the first rains of the season, which began on November 26. Mushrooms are ecologically important and can look beautiful – but some of them contain dangerous toxins. The death cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western destroying angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world’s most …

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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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