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Home sale prices from Contra Costa County, May 30

5634 Sunfish Court, Discovery Bay; $1.23 million; 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in 3,462 square feet; built in 1983 on 0.19 acres; deep-water house is located on a small court; gated courtyard features a flagstone path, tropical landscaping and hand-cut stone on the house’s exterior; inside, Brazilian hardwoods span the open-concept living area; fireplace has new stacked stone and quartz hearth; four-panel accordion door to the back deck lets in natural light and provides views of the water; kitchen features dark granite countertops, built-in stainless-steel refrigerator and six-burner gas range; three bedrooms and one full bathroom located downstairs; private master retreat is located upstairs, and features a balcony and walk-in closet; also boasts a covered double-U dock and is minutes from fast water. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd

On this date, 2016: Sharks lose their first Stanley Cup Finals game

(This story was originally published on May 30, 2016) PITTSBURGH — The anticipation was gripping. The lights were bright. The noise was loud. Yellow laundry was being twirled in the air by 18,596 yellow laundry twirlers. And the entire hockey world was looking over the Sharks’ shoulders to see if the teal was for real. So maybe it’s no surprise that when they showed up for their first Stanley Cup Final game ever here, the Sharks played . . . like it was their first Stanley Cup Final game ever. Very shaky at the start. Much better as the game progressed. And then not quite sharp enough at the end, the victim of a possible bad-luck breakdown — and ultimately a 3-2 loser. Thus, the Sharks begin their quest for the Cup down one game in the best-of-seven, with the next faceoff coming up Wednesday. “We had some spurts here and there,” said Sharks’ coach Pete DeBoer. “But they played their game for longer stretches than we did tonight. That’s what happens. You don’t deserve to win when you don’t outplay the other team.” The…

Word Game: May 30, 2020

TODAY’S WORD — FURBELOW (FURBELOW: FUR-bih-lo: A piece of showy ornamentation.) Average mark 31 words Time limit 45 minutes Can you find 46 or more words in FURBELOW? The list will be published Monday. YESTERDAY’S WORD — PROPONENT pent peon pepo pert poet pone poor pope pore port prep prone prop proton rent root rope rote onto open opponent neon none nonet noon note noter enroot tenon tenor tern tone toner tope toper topper tore torn troop trope To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. 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 kzsaxe@gmail.com.

Bridge: May 30, 2020

Learning players may be confused by the different types of defensive signals: attitude, count and suit preference. (Also, they may be exposed to non-standard methods — “upside-down” or “odd-even” — that add confusion.) But many suit-preference situations are unmistakable. Today’s West leads the three of hearts against 3NT. (The contract would be cold with North as declarer.) South puts up dummy’s king hopefully, but East takes the ace, jack and queen. NINE TRICKS The defense will prevail if East leads a spade next; West will take the ace and cash two more hearts. But if East leads the ten of diamonds, which seems more attractive, South will make 3NT with three diamond tricks and six clubs. A suit-preference signal can guide East. On East’s third high heart, West should follow with the ten. On the bidding, South can’t have five hearts, so West has a choice of hearts to play. His ten is suit preference: a strikingly high heart to suggest an entry in the high-ranking suit. DAILY QUESTION You hold: S 10 8 7 4 H 9 8 4 D A K Q C…

East Bay man who allegedly threatened to murder Jews and police sentenced in federal case over attempt to join army

OAKLAND — A Concord man known for allegedly threatening to murder Jewish people and cops at random was sentenced in his federal case Friday, for joining the army based on a falsified application. Ross Anthony Farca, 24, was sentenced to six months he’s already served in jail and ordered to pay $17,832 in restitution, for a conviction of making false statements to a government agency. The six month sentence is the maximum Farca faced. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who handed down the sentence, said in court he was aware of the threat charges but could only sentence Farca for his federal case, according to Jweekly. Now, Farca is expected to be to the Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County, where he faces charges of making criminal threats and illegal possession of an assault weapon. Federal prosecutors say Farca claimed he falsely denied having consulted with a health care professional about an emotional or mental health condition, when he applied to join the army in 2017. In fact, Farca had seen a psychiatrist regularly six years prior. Farca was granted admission to the U.S.…

Woman attacked in Vallejo last month dies; suspect was gunned down by six cops

A Vallejo woman who was kidnapped, beaten and left wrapped in a blanket on the side of a road in the East Bay hills, has died, Vallejo police confirmed this week. Vallejo police spokeswoman Brittany Jackson said the 29-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries in an Alameda County hospital last week after being allegedly attacked by Juan Ayon-Barraza, 24, on the morning of April 16 as the two went to have breakfast in the city of Vallejo. Ayon-Barraza, 24, was shot and killed later that day after leading Oakland officers on a chase to Richmond. Six officers — five from Oakland police and one from Richmond — fired at Ayon-Barraza, after he allegedly raised a gun at officers. The woman’s name has not been made public. Neither Jackson nor the Solano County Coroner have agreed to release it. The woman had been in critical condition for more than a month, after a hectic day that started when Ayon-Barraza allegedly attacked her for still-undisclosed reasons, and ended when he was shot and killed by officers in Richmond. On the afternoon of April 16, Ayon-Barraza was spotted…

Ask Amy: I want to fire our scary handyman, but my husband won’t back me up

DEAR AMY: For several years now, my husband and I (senior citizens) have allowed a handyman to perform repairs around our house and business. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  Last week, he told my husband that his sister had the coronavirus. My husband and I both told him that he should hold off completing the garage project that he had started at our house. He became indignant and insisted that he was not the one that had the virus and that he hadn’t been in contact with his sister except for a job that he had done, supposedly, outside of her house a “couple of weeks ago.” We insisted that he not come to our home for now. Well, he came anyway and was furious at me especially, perceiving that I was the major influence in his loss of a few dollars a day on our garage project. Related Articles Ask Amy: Should we tell this teen what her mother is really like? Ask Amy: Am I being creepy with this woman on Twitter? Ask Amy: Now that she lives with me, her annoying…

Harriette Cole: I’m sorry for these young actors but I can’t do what they ask

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have an annual subscription to my local theater company. This used to be a favorite activity for my husband and me, but everything is canceled now. Harriette Cole  The company recently sent me a letter asking if I would donate the money I spent for the subscription so that it can try to stay in business. It also asked if I would be willing to make a contribution, kind of a good-faith gesture to try to help the company stay afloat. I totally understand the situation. Most of the performers are young up-and-comers who probably have nothing now. When they weren’t on stage, I bet most of them worked in restaurants and bars that are now closed. I am happy to let them keep my subscription money, but I can’t afford to give more. Things are tight at home for me, too. How can I tell them without being rude? Limited Gift DEAR LIMITED GIFT: Be direct with the theater company. Know that it will be appreciative that you are willing to donate your subscription money without the promise of entertainment in…

Miss Manners: They know I hate it, they do it anyway, and I’m going to explode

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My partner, my sister and my best friend all seem to think it’s OK to interrupt me when I’m saying something. Judith Martin  I was taught that it is extremely rude to interrupt and try very hard (mostly successfully) never to interrupt another person who is talking. They all know that it bothers me, but they still do it. I feel very disrespected, put down and offended when this happens, feeling that they don’t think anything I have to say is important or worth hearing. I am rapidly losing my patience, and am afraid at some point I’m going to explode and tell all of them never to speak to me again until they can learn to let me finish a sentence. What can I politely say or do to get it across to them that this is not OK with me? Related Articles Miss Manners: What do I tell people if I end up canceling our big wedding? Miss Manners: A stranger accosted me in the locker room about a disease I don’t have Miss Manners: What should I do about…

Dear Abby: It’s like it wasn’t enough that she took my husband

DEAR ABBY: My former husband had an affair years ago, and when our divorce was final, he married the woman he was involved with. I’ll call her “Libby.” Jeanne Phillips  Although I have moved on, it bothers me when she refers to my children as her children. I have asked her to stop, but she continues to talk about “her daughter” and “her son” and insists it’s a term of endearment and it shouldn’t bother me. My children don’t like Libby, so if she’s trying to get the world to believe they’re one big happy family, it isn’t working. Related Articles Dear Abby: They’re a family of hotheads, and I’m tired of their abuse Dear Abby: I suspect he got this dog to keep me out of his house Dear Abby: Their dessert disgusted us, and they want to give us more Dear Abby: My fiancee is angry about how I spent this found money Dear Abby: My husband’s bad habit endangers our family — and he thinks it’s funny I think it’s rude of her to insist on telling people that these are her…

Man who allegedly threatened to murder Jews and police sentenced in federal case over attempt to join army

OAKLAND — A Concord man known for allegedly threatening to murder Jewish people and cops at random was sentenced in his federal case Friday, for joining the army based on a falsified application. Ross Anthony Farca, 24, was sentenced to six months he’s already served in jail and ordered to pay $17,832 in restitution, for a conviction of making false statements to a government agency. The six month sentence is the maximum Farca faced. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who handed down the sentence, said in court he was aware of the threat charges but could only sentence Farca for his federal case, according to Jweekly. Now, Farca is expected to be to the Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County, where he faces charges of making criminal threats and illegal possession of an assault weapon. Federal prosecutors say Farca claimed he falsely denied having consulted with a health care professional about an emotional or mental health condition, when he applied to join the army in 2017. In fact, Farca had seen a psychiatrist regularly six years prior. Farca was granted admission to the U.S.…

Oakland Police Department investigating shooting of two federal officers

Shortly after the Oakland Police Department declared the Friday evening protest of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis an “unlawful assembly,” the department announced it was investigating a shooting of two federal officers with the federal courthouse. According to authorities, the incident took place in the area of 12th and Clay. A statement tweeted by the police department said, “it appears the shooting is unrelated to tonight’s demonstration.” The alleged shooting took place less than half a mile away from the Oakland Police Headquarters where demonstrators gathered beginning around 8 p.m. to protest Floyd’s killing. Around 9 p.m., officers began using tear gas to disperse a crowd at 7th and Broadway while protestors set off fireworks and hurled bottles toward a line consisting of officers and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies. An “unlawful assembly” was declared at 9:30 p.m. and the use of tear gas escalated. Protestors moved around downtown, ripping boards off of buildings and smashing windows as officers threw flash bangs. Oakland Police did not provide an update on the conditions of the shooting victims and it remains unclear if any the…

Photos: Oakland, San Jose protesters clash with police in demonstrations over George Floyd killing

CLICK HERE if you’re having trouble viewing media on a mobile device. Hundreds gathered in Oakland and San Jose gathered in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis denouncing the May 25 police killing of George Floyd on Friday night. Starting around 3 p.m. in downtown San Jose, protesters chanting Black Lives Matter marched to Highway 101, where they temporarily blocked traffic and smashed car windows in an otherwise peaceful demonstration. Two hours later, officers declared the protest an unlawful assembly and clashed with activists. While several protesters were detained, at least one officer was also injured before police fired off gas canisters at crowds near city hall as the demonstrators threw bottles and other items at them. According to a law enforcement source, at least one officer was struck by a glass bottle hurled by a protester, who lifted a cell phone near an officer’s face before the officer grabbed the phone, tossed it and was punched in the face. The officer was carried away from the area and later helped to his feet by three other police officials and a civilian. Meanwhile in Oakland, protesters…

Supreme Court rejects challenge to California limits on church services

By Mark Sherman | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area. The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services. Roberts wrote in a brief opinion that the restriction allowing churches to reopen at 25% of their capacity, with no more than 100 worshipers at a time, “appear consistent” with the First Amendment. Roberts said similar or more severe limits apply to concerts, movies and sporting events “where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods…

Rohnert Park police detain driver of vehicle linked to fatal shooting of Cotati man

Lori A. Carter | The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat Police have recovered the car believed to be used by a gunman in a fatal shooting Wednesday night in a Rohnert Park bank parking lot, but the suspect was still at large Friday. Alan Albor, 30, of Cotati died after being shot in the chest Wednesday after an altercation with at least one other man in the parking lot of Redwood Credit Union on Rohnert Park Expressway. Surveillance video from the bank and other nearby businesses showed the gunman drove a gray Acura TSX with the license plate visible. On Thursday evening, Rohnert Park police learned the car may be in Lake County and asked for assistance in locating the vehicle in Clearlake. Clearlake police spotted the car in their jurisdiction and stopped the driver, Rohnert Park police said. Rohnert Park detectives detained and interviewed the driver Thursday night, but didn’t arrest him. Police declined to identify the driver or share what he told officers. The vehicle was impounded as evidence, police said. Investigators have said they believe the killing was gang-related, although they declined to…

Oakland protest of George Floyd’s killing declared ‘unlawful assembly,’ police use tear gas

Protestors who gathered in downtown Oakland Friday evening to demonstrate following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week were met with tear gas and flash bangs and forced to retreat from Broadway shortly before 9:30 p.m. A protest billed as the Minneapolis Solidarity Demonstration began to escalate around 9 p.m. when police officers lined up to block Oakland Police Headquarters from demonstrators began spraying tear gas while protestors set off fireworks and hurled bottles. As protestors began choking from the tear gas, police officers continued to use flash bangs to disperse the crowd. A statement tweeted by the Oakland Police Department at 9:44 p.m. said, “Oakland Police are notifying the crowd at 7 and Broadway the demonstration is now an Unlawful Assembly. Multiple officers were injured when projectiles were thrown. We are requesting people to leave the area.” At 10:39 p.m. the Oakland Police Department announced it had increased staffing and requested mutual aid. Exactly an hour before, interim Oakland Police Chief Susan Manheimer appeared in a video on social media telling demonstrators, “If you’re out here, let’s keep it safe, let’s…

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