Bridge: March 28, 2023

In today’s deal (reported by Barry Rigal) from the Life Master Pairs at the ACBL Fall Championships, East had options at his first turn to bid and chose a preemptive lift to three spades. He failed to shut out South, who came in with four diamonds (a lusty 3NT was possible) and was raised. West led his singleton club: deuce, queen, ace. South drew trumps and next led the jack of hearts, putting up dummy’s ace when West played low. Fine so far; but then declarer tried a spade to his king, He lost two spades and later a club. Down one. 11TH TRICK It’s sad to see this quality of play in an event for Life Masters. After South takes the ace of hearts, he has an extra chance by cashing the king and ruffing a heart. The fall of East’s queen makes dummy’s ten high for the 11th trick. When I became a Life Master in 1972, the title had some prestige. But now with masterpoint inflation plus the proliferation of events, players can achieve LM ranking without ever playing in tough competition.

Word Game: March 28, 2023

TODAY’S WORD — SCURRILOUS (SCURRILOUS: SKUR-ih-lus: Using or given to coarse language; vulgar.) Average mark 17 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 24 or more words in SCURRILOUS? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — CORPSE cero cope copse core corps crop rope rose peso pore pose poser prose scope score sore spore epos To purchase the Word Game book, visit Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at

Horoscopes March 28, 2023: Lady Gaga, stay in control

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Lady Gaga, 37; Julia Stiles, 42; Vince Vaughn, 53; Reba McEntire, 68. Reba McEntire (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)  Happy Birthday: Take your time; get organized. Preparation will help eliminate mishaps and misunderstandings. Stay in control and push forward with your issues and the goals that matter most to you. The hard work you put in this year will make a difference for years to come. Trust and believe in yourself, and refuse to let anyone get in your way. Think big, but be reasonable. Doors will open. Your numbers are 7, 18, 21, 24, 30, 35, 48. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Distance yourself from anyone who tries your patience. Spend more time on personal goals, not arguing with someone about something that doesn’t matter. Focus on your options and how to make the most of your time. Success will follow. 2 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Pay attention to detail and present what you have to offer with pizazz. How you portray yourself and your lifestyle will flip a switch in someone who can help. Share what’s important, but

Ask Amy: I picked an awkward time to end the handouts to my young relative

Dear Amy: I have a niece, “Jane,” whom I love and feel very connected to. I’ve been very supportive – practically, emotionally, and financially. Around five years ago, Jane reached out to me with an emergency need for several thousand dollars. I didn’t hesitate to give it to her, and she was extremely grateful. Over the years I’ve given her smaller sums (without her asking), when I’ve had the sense that she was financially on the edge – the pandemic really interrupted her progress. Again, she has always been very grateful. For a variety of reasons, I’ve decided not to continue to do this. First of all, I know she can make it on her own. I also recognize that she is making choices that keep her lifestyle where it is. I know that if she wanted to live in a higher income bracket, she is perfectly capable of getting herself there. Well, just as I’d decided this, she asked for financial help for the down payment on a house. I fully support home ownership for her and know she can handle it, responsibly. Related

Prep roundup: Willow Glen freshmen power upset at Mitty – “These two girls are the future”

Willow Glen 2, No. 2 Archbishop Mitty 0 A few hours after the final out, second-year Willow Glen softball coach Don Spingola succinctly summed up how his first-year pitchers performed against a loaded Archbishop Mitty lineup.  “In all honesty, our two freshman pitchers lit it up,” Spingola said.  The precocious duo of Lea Crawford and Alanna Clincy combined to allow one hit in Willow Glen’s 2-0 victory at crosstown rival Archbishop Mitty.  Not only did Willow Glen hand Mitty its only loss of 2023, the Rams were also the first Bay Area public school to defeat the storied private school since Foothill in 2020. “These two girls are the future of Willow Glen,” Spingola said. “We need to make sure we’re throwing them against the best competition.”  Sophomore Sienna Wilson and senior McKenna Campbell each drove in a run during the sixth inning to put Willow Glen on top. However, it could be argued it was a defensive play in the second inning that was Wilson’s most important contribution.  “It was a blooper over the first-baseman’s head, and she dove and made a great play,”

Union City: Traffic collision claims pedestrian’s life

UNION CITY — A man was arrested last weekend shortly after an investigation into his involvement in a fatal vehicle-pedestrian collision, authorities said. According to a police statement, officers responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. last Friday near Alvarado Niles Road and Dowe Avenue for a report of a major traffic collision. When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive pedestrian lying in the roadway. Paramedics also responded and provided life-saving measures, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s bureau identified him Monday night as Dionisio Molina Jr., 51, of Alameda. Officers investigating the collision soon located a suspect vehicle parked in a city neighborhood, and spoke with a man they believed had been driving the vehicle. The man, who police said cooperated with the investigation and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances, was later arrested on suspicion of a separate crime unrelated to the incident. In a statement, Union City police Lt. Zachary Quintero said Monday that an investigation into the collision was still active, but offered no details on the

Single family residence sells in Pleasanton for $2.4 million

363 Mullin Court – Google Street View A 3,367-square-foot house built in 2002 has changed hands. The spacious property located in the 300 block of Mullin Court in Pleasanton was sold on Feb. 10, 2023, for $2,400,000, or $713 per square foot. The property features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a garage, and three parking spaces. It sits on a 0.3-acre lot, which also has a pool. These nearby houses have also recently been sold: In October 2022, a 3,246-square-foot home on Riddell Street in Pleasanton sold for $2,265,500, a price per square foot of $698. The home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A 3,182-square-foot home on the 300 block of Brianne Court in Pleasanton sold in September 2022, for $2,272,000, a price per square foot of $714. The home has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. On Amber Lane, Pleasanton, in November 2022, a 3,440-square-foot home was sold for $2,475,000, a price per square foot of $719. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  

US renewable electricity surpassed coal in 2022

By Isabella O’Malley | Associated Press Electricity generated from renewables surpassed coal in the United States for the first time in 2022, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced Monday. Renewables also surpassed nuclear generation in 2022 after first doing so last year. Growth in wind and solar significantly drove the increase in renewable energy and contributed 14% of the electricity produced domestically in 2022. “I’m happy to see we’ve crossed that threshold, but that is only a step in what has to be a very rapid and much cheaper journey,” said Stephen Porder, a professor of ecology and assistant provost for sustainability at Brown University. California produced 26% of the national utility-scale solar electricity followed by Texas with 16% and North Carolina with 8%. The most wind generation occurred in Texas, which accounted for 26% of the U.S. total followed by Iowa (10%) and Oklahoma (9%). “This booming growth is driven largely by economics,” said Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy. “Over the past decade, the levelized cost of wind energy declined by 70 percent, while the levelized cost

Sergio Romo bids farewell to SF Giants fans with one final outing

SAN FRANCISCO – Sergio Romo gave the ball to Hunter Pence, got a hug from his former San Francisco Giants teammate, then slowly walked off the mound. Romo — as was his custom for 15 MLB seasons — didn’t step on the third base line as he left. And before he entered the Giants dugout, he removed his cap and saluted the adoring crowd of over 30,000 at Oracle Park. Then, one final curtain call, as Romo removed his cap to yet another standing ovation. Romo’s final game appearance in a Giants uniform Monday wasn’t the stuff of legend. He walked Conner Capel, allowed a single to Ryan Noda, and another single to Carlos Perez, before he was removed. But that was hardly the point of his appearance Monday, as the organization simply wanted to give fans a chance to say goodbye to Romo — and give him a chance to do the same. A moment that will never be forgotten — SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) March 28, 2023 Romo received a standing ovation as he walked from the Giants’ dugout to the

Student cited for bringing weapon to Palo Alto school

PALO ALTO – Police last week cited a 15-year-old girl for bringing a weapon to Palo Alto High School. On Friday, school administrators reported that a student had posted pictures of her holding a handgun on Instagram and possibly brought the weapon onto the campus in the past, according to the Palo Alto Police Department. An investigation confirmed that the teen had uploaded two images, one of them in December 2022, police said in a statement Monday, adding that both pictures were later deleted. Based on interviews with the student and others, investigators concluded that the weapon may have been an Airsoft gun that belonged to a relative and that the images may have been digitally altered to remove the orange tip or that the tip was removed, police said. Police said they also received information that the teen had brought the weapon onto the campus about two months ago and let a classmate hold it while in a restroom. Officers cited the student for possession of a weapon at a school and released her to the custody of a family member. They also searched

The 10 most expensive homes that reported sold in Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton the week of March 20

A house in Pleasanton that sold for $3.9 million tops the list of the most expensive real estate sales in Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton in the past week. In total, 20 real estate sales were recorded in the area during the past week, with an average price of $1.8 million. The average price per square foot ended up at $740. The prices in the list below concern real estate sales where the title was recorded during the week of March 20 even if the property may have been sold earlier. 10. $1.4 million, single-family home in the 300 block of Abbie Street The 2,147 square-foot detached house in the 300 block of Abbie Street, Pleasanton, has now been sold. The transfer of ownership was settled in February and the total purchase price was $1,375,000, $640 per square foot. The house was built in 1944. The house features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Abbie Street 9. $1.4 million, detached house in the 4700 block of Black Avenue The property in the 4700 block of Black Avenue in Pleasanton has new owners. The price was $1,380,000.

Immanuel Quickley scores career-high 40 points in blowout victory over lowly Rockets

Three days rest and the lowly Houston Rockets did the trick. The Knicks got off the schneid by pummeling the Rockets with points in Monday’s 137-115 runaway victory, snapping their three-game losing streak behind Immanuel Quickley’s career evening. Quickley, playing in the place of the injured Jalen Brunson, finished with a personal-best 40 points, carrying the Knicks through a third-quarter run that forged the cakewalk. The Knicks stepped on the gas in the final period, and the Rockets — young, disorganized and generally awful — offered little resistance. “Winning definitely solves a lot of things,” Quickley said. The victory was important for two reasons: it reestablished positive vibes by killing the losing streak; and it gave the Knicks a 2 ½ game lead for fifth in the East ahead of the Nets and Heat. Miami is the next opponent at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, and there were concerns the Knicks might fall victim to a trap game against the sadsack Rockets (18-58). Instead, the home team (43-33) took care of business. “I feel like those quote, unquote trap games and those kind of things

Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles’ top pitching prospect, won’t make starting rotation to begin season

Grayson Rodriguez’s much-anticipated arrival to the major leagues will have to wait, as Orioles manager Brandon Hyde informed the top pitching prospect Monday morning that he would instead begin the season in Triple-A. Rodriguez entered spring training competing for a spot in the rotation, with Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias repeatedly saying in the offseason that he wanted the 6-foot-5 right-hander to break camp in the major leagues. But the Orioles instead chose to send Rodriguez, a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball, back to the minors after the 23-year-old struggled this spring. “Any time you have those type of conversations, it’s not easy,” Hyde said. “I think, like all of our guys, he handled it like a pro, and we’ll move on from there.” In 15 1/3 spring training innings, Rodriguez allowed 17 hits and 12 earned runs while walking seven and striking out 19. He still displayed the pitch arsenal — the hard fastball and devastating changeup — that has made him one of the top young arms in the sport, with veteran catcher James McCann saying earlier this month

SF Giants get positive news on right-handed starter as opening series looms

SAN FRANCISCO – Alex Cobb should be available to pitch this weekend but manager Gabe Kapler stopped short of saying the right-hander will start Saturday in the second game of the Giants’ season-opening series with the New York Yankees. Kapler said Cobb (bruised left knee) felt good after he threw 52 pitches over four innings Monday in a minor league backfield game in Arizona, and will join the Giants when they begin a three-game series against at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The Giants, though, have yet to announce their rotation plans, beyond Logan Webb’s start on Opening Day. Cobb was originally slated to start Saturday in the second game of the series. “I think his first start could be a couple of different days, but I feel good about it at this point,” Kapler said Monday of Cobb. “I feel confident that he’s going to be ready for the start of the season.” Kapler said Sunday the Giants had a good idea of how the rotation will shake out. Alex Wood threw 10 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings on Sunday against the A’s and could

Arrest made in Sunnyvale injury shooting

SUNNYVALE – Authorities on Monday announced an arrest in an injury shooting last week in Sunnyvale. Around 7 p.m. Friday, the victim flagged down officers in the 800 block of San Aleso Avenue, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Officers provided medical aid to the victim, who appeared to have been shot once in the leg. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and later released, authorities said. After cordoning off the area, authorities found the suspect and recovered a firearm. Authorities said an initial investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim knew each other and that the suspect appeared to have fired several rounds at the victim. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | San Jose Police say hostage suspect had replica gun, ordered mother to tie her son’s hands Crime and Public Safety | Suspect shoots, wounds Santa Clara County deputy during standoff Crime and Public Safety | San Jose pedestrian killed in hit-and-run collision Crime and Public Safety | Person injured in San Jose stabbing Crime and Public Safety | Family sues Airbnb over 18-year-old’s

Union City: Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting

UNION CITY — A 48-year-old man was in county jail Monday after his arrest on suspicion of multiple charges, including connection to a fatal shooting earlier this month, authorities said. In a statement, police said officers responded to the railroad tracks near the 3300 block of Central Avenue just before 11 a.m. March 13 for a report of a possible body. When officers arrived, they found an unconscious man suffering from injuries. Soon after, the man was pronounced dead. His identity was not available, pending next-of-kin notification from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s bureau. Police detectives’ efforts led them to identify a 48-year-old man and get a warrant for his arrest. After finding the man Sunday night near Fourth Street and Whipple Road, officers tried to detain him but he fled into nearby neighborhoods. Officers took into custody about 1:45 a.m. Monday after setting up a perimeter and conducting a search for several hours. The man was booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder without bail and faces arraignment Wednesday at Dublin’s East County Hall of Justice, according to a county records

Column: Jed Hoyer did things his way — and now the Chicago Cubs president awaits the results

It took a while for Chicago Cubs President Jed Hoyer to escape the long shadow of Theo Epstein. Hoyer rejoined his Boston Red Sox old mentor in Chicago in 2011, leaving his general manager position with the San Diego Padres to play second fiddle to Epstein during the Cubs rebuild. “There are some places in baseball where if you can help make it happen, the sense of accomplishment is going to be shared across a wide spectrum,” Hoyer told the San Diego Union-Tribune upon taking the job. “Boston is one of those places. The Chicago Cubs is one of those places. The Cubs are well-positioned to have a run of success.” That “run of success” began in 2015 and peaked with the 2016 World Series. But the blueprint for sustained success hit a wall, and after the Cubs’ third straight season without a postseason win, Epstein departed in 2020 and left Hoyer as the heir apparent. Hoyer was forced to do the dirty work, making decisions he knew would be unpopular, like non-tendering Kyle Schwarber, trading stars Yu Darvish, Javier Báez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris

Kodai Senga wraps up final spring outing and is ready for regular season: ‘I’m excited’

PORT ST. LUCIE — Kodai Senga still isn’t sure what to make of the Major Leagues, but he’s ready to find out. The Mets’ right-hander made one final start Monday in an intrasquad game pitching against some of the organization’s top prospects. His first start of the spring also came against Mets hitters. The club has taken a cautious approach this spring to allow him to adjust to the new ball, the new mound and a new country, but Senga is ready to leave the confines of Port St. Lucie and face some of baseball’s best hitters. “I didn’t face a lot of famous hitters today, but hopefully soon I’ll find out and we’ll see how amped up I get,” he said through a translator. “I’m excited.” Senga threw 72 pitches, 12-15 of which were splitters. He had previously been told to lay off of those to make sure the middle finger tendinitis didn’t return, but all went well and his finger feels fine. He’s cleared to throw 90 pitches in his first outing against the Miami Marlins. “The last outing before the real deal,”

Paltrow accuser calls Utah ski crash ‘serious smack’

By Sam Metz | Associated Press PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over a 2016 skiing collision told a jury on Monday he was rammed from behind by the actor and sent “absolutely flying” at a upscale Utah resort. “All I saw was a whole lot of snow. And I didn’t see the sky, but I was flying,” said Terry Sanderson, a 76-year-old retired optometrist, calling it “a serious smack.” That’s the opposite of what Paltrow testified last week, when she said Sanderson was uphill from her and hit her from behind. Sanderson is suing Paltrow for more than $300,000, claiming she skied recklessly and that he has permanent brain damage from the crash that altered his personality. On the stand, Paltrow had said Sanderson knocked into her gently from behind but the collision escalated as the two skidded down the beginner slope. She said his skis veered between her legs, causing her to briefly panic as she heard a man groaning behind her. Paltrow was again in court Monday. However, Sanderson recalled a screaming woman skiing out of control and

Looming atmospheric river may put California at highest snowpack level ever. What’s your forecast?

Call it the Greatest Snow on Earth. Well, at least the largest ever recorded in the state of California. As yet another atmospheric river speeds towards the Golden State, threatening to deliver several inches of rain to the Bay Area and several new feet of snow to portions of the Sierra by Wednesday, the Sierra snowpack is on track to top 1952 as the snowiest season on record. That’s right. The last time California had this much snow at the end of March, Harry Truman was president, gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon, and the film “The Greatest Show on Earth” was No.1 at the box office. This year, the greatest show in the Golden State has no doubt been the drought-busting series of storms, which have pounded us all winter, toppling trees, fueling major river floods along the Central Coast and dumping 60 feet or more of fresh snow on some of the highest peaks of the Sierra. As of Monday, the statewide average snowpack was 227% of normal. That’s already the second highest mark in more than 70 years of records for this

San Jose Police say hostage suspect had replica gun, ordered mother to tie her son’s hands

The San Jose man killed by a police officer late Wednesday night was wielding two machetes and what was later to be revealed to be a replica gun while he held a family hostage in their home, according to the San Jose Police Department. In a news conference Monday morning, San Jose police Chief Anthony Mata called the situation a “terrifying home invasion” which created a “volatile and high-risk situation.” None of the people held hostage were injured. “The swift, decisive and life-saving actions of the responding officers resulted in the rescue of a mother and her two children from an unknown armed assailant,” Mata said. “Every officer at this event was absolutely determined to save the family and arrive at a peaceful resolution while knowing they had very little room for error.” Mata said the department received calls around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting a fight involving a machete in an apartment in the 900 block of Boynton Avenue in West San Jose. Later calls revealed an adult woman was screaming for help from the apartment. A responding officer advised the department that a man