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Film Review: Youth is a party, and ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

“The unexamined life is not worth living,” Socrates is supposed to have said while on trial for impiety and corrupting youth. Like so many philosophical storytellers b ...

Using touch to prepare for tackle

In light of the increasing concern over concussions and the game of football, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section has further limited preseason contact. That begs the question: does limiti ...

Film Review: Old heroes go postmodern in bold, brooding 'Batman v Superman'

What is the world coming to, that Batman and Superman should come to blows? The answer posited by director Zack Snyder’s brooding, swing-for-the-fences epic, “Batman v ...

Wrestling with the numbers

Wrestling is a sport of passion and that passion comes across quite clear when coaches talk about it. But one of the biggest problems found when speaking to the local high school ...

Another View: FBI crime stats show ‘the Experiment’ has failed

When Realignment was introduced, it was described as one of the “great experiments in American incarceration policy.” Unfortunately, the guinea pigs in this experiment ...

Oscar Outlook: Divided race heading into Hollywood's big night

The 2016 Oscar race is an unusual one. In 14 years of following the hoopla around the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ big show, I have never seen a more divided ...

Film review: Coen brothers worship at the Hollywood altar with “Hail, Caesar!”

“Would that it t’were so simple.” Ah, but it’s a Coen brothers film. Over the course of three decades writing and directing their own movies, legendary fi ...

Another View: Seeking professional help

Who do you talk to when you are struggling in your relationship? Where do you go to vent when you are overwhelmed with the stressors and responsibilities that life continues to pil ...

Superbowl reminder of sex trade victims

Here it is. Superbowl Sunday. Possibly the most American event of the year. Close to 117 million people are expected to sit down with their nachos and hot wings today and watch the ...

SIGN LANGUAGE: Lincoln student-fans get personal in PVL rivalry game

The words “F@$# you” are scrawled into the visiting wall of Placer High’s historic Earl Crabbe Gymnasium. A sharpie penned the phrase “Smoke weed every day& ...

Your Health: Exploring a plant-based diet

Over the years, I’ve tried different variations of low fat diets, low carb diets, liquid diets and meat-free diets, all in a quest to find that magic bullet that would allow ...

The Wildcats’ future is now

With nine underclassmen on a roster of 12, Whitney High girls basketball head coach Sydney Gatson is not thinking about next year – her mind is on the present. Although 5-7 ...

Film review: Unalloyed Star Wars, as only a fan could conceive

It’s been 32 years since the provisional conclusion of the Star Wars saga, and 10 since a trilogy of prequels put it into hibernation. No one involved in the latest, bluntly- ...

Another View: The memories behind a Rocklin firefighter

Ask any firefighter about “the call” — or main memory — they carry around. You won’t have to wait long for an answer; we all seem to have one. I firs ...

Film Review: "The Force Awakens" at war with its own memories

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains plot details. Those who have not yet seen the film may want to wait before reading it.   Disney has spent the past 12 months promoting a ...