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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 ...

Another View: The real history and meaning behind ‘the State of Jefferson’

Green flags emblazoned with a yellow circle encompassing twin Xs are an increasingly common sight in the Gold Country. That standard belongs not to a county, or a current state in ...

Business Corner: How the US Army Corps of Engineers impacts the economy

It was surprisingly interesting On Oct.5,  I attended a public forum on the permitting process for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (let’s just call them Corps from her ...

Embracing the grind

When Ohio State University made its triumphant pilgrimage to the NCAA national football championship last season, head coach Urban Meyer termed it “The Chase.” This sea ...

Another View: An open debate about compulsory voter registration is critical

Assembly Bill 1462, signed earlier this month by Gov. Jerry Brown, will utterly transform California's electorate, adding 6 million new voters overnight. Whether this tran ...

Business Corner: Kill the squirrel syndrome with the Pomodoro technique

Yeah, I'll admit it. So should you. As part of my recovery process, I have to admit something. I have experienced occasional symptoms that seem to point to a disorder known as ...

Business Corner: From minorities to entrepreneurial majorities

According to an Intuit report for 2020, the minorities in America will collectively become the majority of the population in the four largest states: California, New York, Texas, a ...

Another View: Emissions bill failed at capital for a reason

For a Sacramento administration unaccustomed to failure, the end of the state’s legislative session had an air of unique disappointment. An effort backed by Governor Jerry Br ...

What’s Trending: Bigger is not always better

Everything is big in America, from cars, houses grocery stores and purses, to food portions. Advertising tells us we get more for our money if we purchase the super-size.  Man ...