Aug. 14, 2013 — I can’t claim to be a real baseball insider even though my uncle Ted is in the Hall of Fame. I’m sure it would have been a lot of fun, but I didn’t grow up prowling that crooked, winding concourse at Fenway Park, crawling around behind the Green Monster or meeting Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky for a quick lunch.
My uncle Ted retired the September after my dad died in 1960, and I was only 10, so the glory days of his career came long before I was born. Even though all the adults around me always talked about my uncle’s prowess, I always wondered why the Red Sox couldn’t get close to the leaders in the American League every year. How about getting to the World Series for a change?
Aug. 14, 2013 — Sierra Pacific Industries has been arguing for nearly six years that it wasn’t responsible for starting the 2007 Moonlight Fire. Last week the timber company received a favorable ruling that helped to bolster its claim.
One week before a civil trial was scheduled to begin in Plumas County Superior Court in Portola, Judge Leslie C. Nichols reviewed the evidence and told the prospective jurors to stay home. He said there simply wasn’t enough evidence against SPI to justify a trial.
Aug. 6, 2013 — During the last decade many California businesses have financially benefited from reforms made to the ailing state’s workers’ compensation insurance system. But our Sacramento lawmakers are far from finished with the overhaul needed in this important program created over a century ago tohelp employees with legitimate job-related injuries.
The key word here is “legitimate.”
That message really hit home this month as Feather Publishing began shopping rates for our policy’s August renewal. We were shocked to learn that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau proposed a flat, across-the-board rate increase for all classifications. The 18 percent hike was approved by the California Department of Insurance.
Aug. 6, 2013 — Sewing is not a hobby that has had any appeal to me, although I do find this a bit odd considering I grew up with a mom who can sew just about anything. I remember a few shirts and dresses she made for me when I was a child, and she still uses the trusty sewing machine she's had for some 32 years to fix a tear, create a gift or other craft she’s working on.
I've attempted to sew a few things in the past, but determined a long time ago sewing is not for me. However, I find my attitude shifting in this area, mainly due to a story I wrote several months ago about local seamstresses sewing pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer.
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