Photos: Memorial Day celebrated around the Bay Area as veterans are honored

Before Memorial Day grilling began, Bay Area residents took pause to honor service members who died while serving in the military. At The Grove in Clayton, today’s ceremony was attended by over 150 citizens and military members. Colonel Michael Hudson, United States Marine Corps (Ret.) presented a wreath to Blue Star Mom Mary Tollefson, of Clayton. Tollefson’ son U.S. Army Pvt. Benjamin Tollefson, of Concord, was killed in action in Iraq on December 31, 2008. Hudson also read the names of 56 soldiers who lived in Contra Costa County and died while serving in Vietnam and post 9/11 wars. Pearl Harbor Survivor Earl “Chuck” Kohler, 100-years-old was in attendance, and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier spoke to the crowd. Cadet Audrina Carter, with the Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary of Concord, placed dog tags with the names of soldiers who have died during military service before placing them on the Fallen Soldier Battlefield Cross. Across the bay in Hillsborough, a parade set off from Town Hall, followed by a music festival at North School Field, and concluded with an observance ceremony. The first national observance

What Blake Snell said after latest rough start for SF Giants: “Big league spring training, you need it”

SAN FRANCISCO – Blake Snell, still searching for his first victory as a San Francisco Giant, stood in front of his locker after Monday’s 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and assessed his 0-3 start to the season. Snell remained winless after he gave up four runs – three earned – in just four innings. The reigning National League Cy Young winner has yet to take a start past the fifth inning.  “Yeah I feel strong, and I felt better, but I should be getting better results to help the team have easier wins,” Snell said.  The 31-year-old lefthander did not sign a two year, $62 million  contract with the Giants until March 19, or close to the end of Spring Training.  “The one thing I would say is that big league spring training, you need it,” Snell said. “I thought I did everything I could to be ready, and even after two weeks, I noticed how much better I was throwing the ball just being here every day.” “You have to go to spring training, and I hope (other) teams see that,” Snell continued.

Residents displaced by water leak at Oakley senior complex may return Wednesday

OAKLEY — Managers of a four-story affordable housing complex said Monday they hope to soon re-open the building to dozens of residents displaced after a water leak on Sunday. The Oak Grove Senior Terrace Apartments have been red-tagged by the city, after a clogged wastewater line could have leaked into the electrical panel for the building’s elevator, said Ed Cafasso, a spokesperson for the property. Residents of the 44 units on Carol Lane are currently staying at three area hotels at no cost to them, he said. The leak prompted Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials to order power be shut off Sunday. Oakley Vice Mayor Shannon Shaw said the city can’t confirm the timeline for when the building will reopen and residents can return. But she said the city is doing “everything within our power” to help get the building reopened as soon as possible, and won’t let anyone move back in until inspectors sign off on the complex being safe. The leak was caused by a clog in the wastewater line on the first floor, forcing water to back up and to overflow

Emeryville police arrest woman for alleged stabbing at a Chick-fil-A

EMERYVILLE — Police have arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed a man in his neck as he dined outdoors at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Emeryville in what was described as an unprovoked attack. The 35-year-old Oakland resident was taken into custody on Monday at 7:45 a.m., police said. She was booked into Alameda County Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of an assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to police. The stabbing occurred on May 20 at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 1525 40th St., and officers from Emeryville and Oakland both responded. Investigators reviewed a surveillance video, which showed that the woman cut the victim’s neck with an unknown object. The stabbing caused only a minor injury. The unidentified victim refused treatment at the restaurant.

Wisely wows at shortstop in SF Giants’ Memorial Day victory over league-leading Phillies

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants returned home from New York on Monday to play the Philadelphia Phillies in an afternoon Memorial Day game, and shortstop Brett Wisely obviously brought his scorching-hot bat back with him from the East Coast.  The 25-year-old rookie had two hits and two RBIs in the Giants’ 8-4 victory over Philadelphia, handing the Major League-leading Phillies their third loss in the last 10 games. The Giants have now won nine of 11.  Starting in place of fellow rookie Marco Luciano, Wisely has gone 9-for-17 with five RBIs in his last four games. Those big hits, plus Wisely’s steady fielding and three Phillies errors, helped the Giants win without any late-game heroics, as was almost custom during last week’s road trip.  “This offseason, I wanted to get (taller) with my stance and (lengthier) in my swing, and I feel like that’s helping me a lot with sliders and also with seeing the ball up,” Wisely said. “I’m not chasing as much low either, and I have to really key in on that.” San Francisco (28-27) had to overcome some early troubles. Reigning

San Jose police investigating fatal crash on Montague Expressway

SAN JOSE — Police here were investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon near Montague Expressway and O’Toole Ave. No details about the collision were immediately available, except that one of the drivers suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the crash site. Police said that traffic around the intersection will be severely impacted for several hours, with all westbound lanes of the expressway closed from Interstate 880 to McCarthy Boulevard, on the north side of the expressway. Traffic was being diverted away from the intersection onto southbound O’Toole Avenue. Police advised motorists to avoid the area.

Biden says each generation has to ‘earn’ freedom, in solemn Memorial Day remarks

By Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden marked Memorial Day with a pledge that the country would continue the work of the nation’s fallen toward a more perfect union, “for which they lived, and for which they died.” Delivering remarks at a solemn remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Biden said each generation must ensure the sacrifice of the country’s service members is not in vain. “Freedom has never been guaranteed,” Biden said under gray skies in the memorial amphitheater. “Every generation has to earn it, fight for it, defend it in the battle between autocracy and democracy, between the greed of a few, and the rights of many.” He added: “On this day, we came together again to reflect, to remember, and above all, to recommit to the future they fought for, a future grounded in freedom, democracy, opportunity and equality. Not just for some, but for all.” Before the ceremony began, Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In his remarks, Biden invoked the

RIP, Bill Walton: The Pac-12’s greatest supporter passes away

Two days after the Pac-12 took its final competitive breath, the conference lost its soul. Bill Walton passed away Monday after 71 years of a life like no other, ever. The cause: cancer. Left unsaid: a broken heart. Walton might have been the greatest player in college basketball history. He won two NCAA titles with UCLA and two more in the NBA (with Portland and Boston) and was a no-brainer Hall of Fame inductee. He was the world’s preeminent Grateful Dead fan, a cycling enthusiast, a passionate environmentalist, a voracious reader and an iconic sports broadcaster. He was as brilliant as he was goofy, as genuine as he was colorful, as joyous as he was loquacious. Oh, could he talk. My first conversation with Walton, years ago, was by telephone. I dialed; he answered. I introduced myself; he thanked me for calling, then spoke for 40 consecutive minutes — I did not utter a peep — on a surreal range of topics. The conversation at the Pearly Gates just went next-level, folks. Also, Walton was the most passionate, unrelenting champion of his beloved ‘Conference of

Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group ( Mercury News & East Bay Times ) boys  Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from May 20-25 . Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

Vote now: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Welcome to the Bay Area News Group ( Mercury News & East Bay Times ) girls  Athlete of the Week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from May 20-25 . Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting. Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted. Scroll to the bottom for the poll. Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

Man shot, killed in San Jose’s 15th homicide this year

SAN JOSE — San Jose police are investigating the city’s 15th homicide of this year, a man who was found dead from a gunshot wound in an apartment complex near a busy shopping mall. The killing occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Blossom River Way, a street that’s adjacent to the bustling Westfield Oakridge shopping center in South San Jose. “When officers arrived, they located an adult male victim who was neither conscious nor breathing and was suffering from at least one gunshot wound,” the San Jose Police Department stated in a prepared release. Police officers immediately began to administer life-saving measures to the victim and at the same time called emergency medical responders to the apartment. But the man died in the apartment, police said. The victim, described as an adult male, wasn’t immediately identified. “The suspect is unknown and fled the scene prior to police arrival,” the police department said. “The motive and circumstances surrounding the event are under investigation.” The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the man’s name once he is

Iran further increases its stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade levels, watchdog says

By Stephanie Liechtenstein | Associated Press VIENNA — Iran has further increased its stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade levels, according to a confidential report on Monday by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the latest in Tehran’s attempts to steadily exert pressure on the international community. Iran is seeking to have economic sanctions imposed over the country’s controversial nuclear program lifted in exchange for slowing the program down. The program — as all matters of state in Iran — are under the guidance of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and that likely won’t change in the wake of last week’s helicopter crash that killed Iran’s president and foreign minister. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency also comes against the backdrop of heightened tensions in the wider Middle East over the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Israel and Iran have carried out direct strikes on each other’s territory for the first time last month. The report, seen by The Associated Press, said that as of May 11, Iran has 142.1 kilograms (313.2 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 60% — an increase of 20.6

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy gets more air defense missiles from Spain to fight deadly Russian glide bombs

MADRID (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday secured from Spain a pledge of additional air defense missiles to help fight the about 3,000 bombs that he says Russia launches every month at Ukraine in the third year of the war. However, Ukraine still urgently needs another seven U.S.-made Patriot air defense systems to stop Russia hitting the power grid and civilian areas, as well as military targets, with devastating glide bombs that wreak wide destruction, Zelenskyy said. “If we had these modern Patriot systems, (Russian) airplanes wouldn’t be able to fly close enough to drop the (glide) bombs on the civilian population and the military,” Zelenskyy told a news conference in the Spanish capital. Glide bombs are heavy Soviet-era bombs fitted with precision guidance systems and launched from aircraft flying out of range of air defenses. The bombs weigh more than a ton and blast targets to smithereens, leaving a huge crater. Two Patriot systems are needed to protect the northeastern Kharkiv region, where the Kremlin’s forces launched a cross-border offensive on May 10 that left Ukrainian troops reeling, Zelenskyy said. The death

Sonoma wine country weekend: Exploring Kenwood in the Valley of the Moon

There’s no doubting the appeal of Sonoma, home to some of California’s most venerable wineries. But the tiny community of Kenwood, which lies just 10 miles north, is a pocket worth visiting. It’s a destination for wine lovers, spa devotees and outdoorsy types in the heart of the Valley of the Moon. Native American legends abound in this valley, with tales of mystical, sacred spaces where you can see the moon rise and set seven times each night — an illusion helped, perhaps, by the moonlight shifting through the jagged peaks of the Mayacamas Mountains, but romantic nonetheless. This was the setting for Jack London’s 1913 novel, “Valley of the Moon,” too, whose plot echoes London’s journey from Oakland to this verdant valley. Today, it’s home to more than 100 wineries, including Kenwood Vineyards, which sources its grapes from London’s historic ranch in nearby Glen Ellen. But there’s plenty to do here besides wine tasting, making it a perfect weekend escape just an hour or two from the Bay. Beltane Ranch, just south of Kenwood, makes a great base for weekend play. This 100-acre agricultural

Rare whale sighted off Point Reyes coast

In an extraordinary sighting, a critically endangered right whale was spotted off the Marin County coast on Friday, thrilling scientists. One of the rarest whales in the world, fewer than 40 animals are thought to survive. “It was astonishing,” said research ecologist Jan Roletto, who sighted the whale about three miles west of Point Reyes National Seashore while aboard a research vessel for the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies. Friday’s weather was rough, with fierce winds that pushed 12 to 14-foot swells. The mission of the research team’s weeklong trip was to survey wildlife in a partnership between Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries and Point Blue Conservation Science. But the whale was unmistakable. “It came up right in front of us,” then lingered for nearly 20 minutes, said Roletto, research coordinator for the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. Standing together on the ship’s viewing platform, Roletto and marine ecologist Kirsten Lindquist instantly turned to look at each other. “We both knew immediately what it was,” Roletto said. The identification has since been officially confirmed by the NOAA Marine Mammal

Cardinal ace Canady on top of her game as Stanford softball set to make return trip to College World Series

STANFORD – Stanford will begin its Women’s College World Series against the No. 1 seed for the second straight year. But while the eighth-seeded Cardinal will be the underdogs against Texas on Thursday, it will have arguably the best pitcher in the country playing at the top of her game. Sophomore NiJaree Canady pitched a two-hitter in Stanford’s 3-0 win against No. 9 LSU on Saturday, and followed that up with a three-hitter against the Tigers on Sunday as the Cardinal won 8-0 in six innings to advance out of the Stanford Super Regional. It is the first time in school history that Stanford will make back-to-back trips to Oklahoma City. The Cardinal made the national semifinals last season, before losing to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Oklahoma for a second time. “I remember (former Stanford player and current ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne) last year said it’s hard to get back, and I remember when she said that, I brushed it off,” Canady said. “I said, ‘Ok, we’ll get back.’ But she’s right, it’s hard. Last year I didn’t take it in as much

Jill On Money: Slow progress on inflation

The progress on inflation has been frustratingly slow this year. The most recent evidence was found in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which increased by 3.4% from a year ago in April, from 3.5% in March. The Core rate, which removes food and energy, was up 3.6% from a year ago, from 3.8% in the prior month. Although those changes do not seem that big, a tenth here, two-tenths there, can add up to movement in the right direction. In fact, annual core CPI has fallen to the lowest level since April 2021. These numbers come on the heels of two distinct periods: (1) The decade prior to the pandemic, when prices were stable and the inflation rate hovered at just below 2%. (2) The pandemic price surge, which started in 2021 and peaked in mid-2022. In the subsequent year, pandemic supply chain issues and the jump in energy prices associated with the war in Ukraine were resolved, and those “transitory” factors, combined with the impact of higher interest rates, pushed down the inflation rate. But since last summer, inflation has been range-bound at 3%

TasteFood: Move the meal outdoors with this easy Greek dinner

Dinner couldn’t be simpler than this do-it-yourself array of food. It’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy a fresh and simple meal: Arrange all the components on a platter and let everyone assemble their own dish. A zesty marinade and creamy tzatziki do the heavy lifting in this recipe, infusing the chicken with juicy flavor, lemony citrus and a kick of spice. Cutting the chicken in chunks and threading them on skewers provides more surface area for the meat to soak in the marinade and creates lots of little edges to crisp while grilling. Tzatziki, a garlicky Greek yogurt-and-cucumber sauce, provides a slick of creaminess to the chicken and pita. While you can stuff the ingredients into pita pockets, you can also eat them deconstructed. Simply assemble everything on a bed of crisp greens and call it a salad for dinner. If you have a grill, use it to cook the chicken and warm the pita. It’s nearly summer, so now is the time to move the living outdoors. Greek Chicken Pita Pockets Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in 2-inch

Oakland man asks how to discourage squirrels from ravaging his fruit trees, garden

DEAR JOAN: Your column on May 13 was on how to discourage rats. Now do squirrels. The furry little tree rats have decimated our apricot crop – the ground is littered with tiny, half-eaten fruits. They eat fuchsias and rose buds. I see them gobbling up the apple blossoms as well. Any hints would be appreciated! — Michael, Oakland DEAR MICHAEL: I hear you. Not everyone loves squirrels. I have a friend who is sort of a Taylor Swift for squirrels. They adore her garden and will do anything to be in her company. The best solution to having a squirrel-free yard is to move. The second best is to fence the things you can and try other deterrents on the things you can’t, such as your apricot tree. Creating cages that fit over plants can be effective, although unsightly. Preventing the squirrels from reaching your plants is, however, the best way of protecting them. For other plants, you can try using peppermint oil on or around the plants. For larger plants, soak rags in the peppermint oil and place them around and in the branches. Prune trees

Wish You Were Here: Exploring Scotland and mythical Kelpies

Our globetrotting, fun-loving readers have traveled across the world in recent months, sharing their adventures as they cooked paella in Barcelona, hiked Kauai’s Napali Coast and explored Alaskan glaciers. Now a Santa Cruz trio is sharing their tales from a recent trip to Great Britain. Read on for details, then find more travel inspiration at www.mercurynews.com/tag/wish-you-were-here/. Wish You Were Here Santa Cruz residents Elizabeth and Sean Seman and their friend Colin Smith’s recent trip to Scotland included a stop to see the Kelpies statues at The Helix, a park in Falkirk. (Courtesy of the Seman Family)  SCOTLAND: A trio of Santa Cruz friends, Colin Smith and Sean and Elizabeth Seman’s recent adventure to Great Britain included explorations of the English countryside, as well as Wales and Scotland, where they planned to meet Colin’s family in Callander before heading on to Edinburgh. “This truly is a gorgeous part of the world,” Elizabeth says. The visit included a stop at Stirling Castle “with its resplendent tapestries and carved wooden cameos of the king and queen. “On a whim, upon our departure from Callendar, we dropped by the

Why hundreds of shareable e-scooters have vanished across the Bay Area

BERKELEY — E-scooters aren’t hard to find, whether they’re zipping down city streets, cluttering public sidewalks or sitting, half-submerged, in a neighborhood pond. But hundreds of the shareable electric scooters have vanished across the Bay Area in recent years — a pivot from industry promises to revolutionize micromobility in an eco-friendly, affordable way. While some brands such as Lime and Bird are still powering forward, a growing number of e-scooter companies have quietly shuttered, declared bankruptcy and even abandoned communities outright, often without any explanation. Rent-a-scooter companies frequently blame this downward trend on financial woes — stemming from both over-investment of private equity and lackluster revenue streams. As e-scooter enterprises continue to take their business and equipment offline, some commuters, tourists and residents have been left to their own devices trying to cope with gaps in service that buses, trains and other traditional modes of public transportation struggle to fill. But it’s unclear whether local governments are politically motivated — or physically equipped — to help address the complicated safety and access concerns that are exacerbating the micromobility industry’s economic struggles. In May 2022, the