How real should reel life be?

Hollywood must deal with the burden of producing TV programs during a pandemic and at a time of social and political upheaval in our country. Viewers, however, deserve better than to endure heavy on-screen doses of the very things they are hoping to escape in real life. The issue was brought into sharp focus in the season premiere of NBC’s drama “This Is Us,” which has pleased audiences and won numerous awards. Now, after four years of untangling the complicated fictional lives of the Pearson family, we find the characters discussing George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter, while wearing masks to cope with COVID-19. Although too melodramatic for some, I’ve loved the series. The writing is compelling, the dramatic themes believable, and the acting exceptional. Most appealing is the show’s deft intercutting of scenes from the characters’ lives spread over several decades. The producers had long developed a storyline that would play out over the final two seasons. Then, when the pandemic hit and production was delayed, a decision was made to incorporate both the coronavirus and racial strife in new episodes. The show’s…

Commercial radio turns 100: What are your favorite memories

Did you realize that commercial radio got its start on Nov. 2, 1920 when legendary KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast the results of the Harding-Cox presidential race? Almost overnight, radio transitioned from domination by ham operators to an actual business with schedules, programming and sponsors. Now the world has experienced an entire century peppered with FDR’s “Fireside Chats,” serialized “Captain Midnight” adventures, the original soap operas, traffic and weather reports, Top 40 countdowns, sportscasts (I still remember hearing Hank Aaron break Babe Ruth’s home run record), catchy advertising jingles, truckdriver-oriented DJs, small-town birthday listings and all the other auditory events that make life worth living. I was just lucky to be born into such an amazing world. In his carefree bachelor days, my father surely considered climbing the radio transmitter tower and hurling himself to his doom after hearing one too many heavy-rotation plays of that early “earworm” song “RaggMopp” by the Ames Brothers (“R-A-G-G M-O-P-P RaggMopp!”) I hope Dad was polite when he told the DJ where he could put his “stacks o’ wax.” My own connection to radio goes all the way back to…

Talk Read Sing and the same ol’ song and dance

Calling all readers and musicians. First 5 Tehama is starting a virtual Book Club for kids aged 0-5 and their families. As part of the Talk Read Sing movement, there will be a week-long virtual event three times a year, with families and community members coming together to share the love of books and music. Heidi Mendenhall, Tehama County Children and Families Commission executive director and all around awesome gal, revealed (another reveal) that First 5 has partnered with the Tehama County Library to organize this wonderful way for families to connect. To enroll a child for free, visit Club members will have an opportunity to pick up books, musical instruments, and other tools from a variety of locations, then use them during the online events. The first Talk Read Sing Week will take place the week before Thanksgiving. No kids? No problem. Members of the public are invited to read, talk and sing with the kids. You can make a contribution or become a volunteer by contacting Heidi at How fun will this be? And speaking of toddleresque humans who need to…

Farm-City Night cancelled due to COVID-19

The annual Farm-City Night banquet and awards ceremony, typically held on the first Monday in November, has been cancelled this year due to restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no plans to reschedule the 2020 event. The next event is scheduled for Nov. 6, 2021. Some organizations will be selecting an award recipient, others will not. Presentation of those awards will be announced in the Daily News.

Former Giants GM Bobby Evans among candidates for Angels job

Bobby Evans, who was the San Francisco Giants general manager for four years and was among their top baseball executives during their run of three World Series titles, is among the candidates the Angels have interviewed for their GM job, according to a source.Evans joins a group that also includes former Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, Washington Nationals special assistant Dan Jennings and Chicago Cubs vice president in charge of player personnel Jason McLeod and Seattle Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander, a source confirmed.The Angels have also interviewed Oakland A’s assistant GM Billy Owens, Padres special assistant Logan White and Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general managers Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye.The group includes executives who have been on the staffs of eight World Series champions since 2004, including Evans’ three with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.Jennings worked for the 2019 Nationals. McLeod and Sawdaye won rings with the Red Sox in 2004, 2007 and 2013, while Porter was with the Red Sox for the first two of those. McLeod and Porter worked for the Chicago Cubs in 2016, when Joe Maddon…

Newsom Says His Kids Have Returned To In-Person Classes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday his children have begun resuming in-person classes after months of distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, whose four children attend private school, said he believes children learn best in the classroom and his administration will support districts with personal protective gear and testing resources so they can safely reopen. “They’re phasing back into school, and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we’ve been doing, so many parents are doing up and down the state,” Newsom said. “It is absolutely incumbent to do everything in our power to provide support to our districts so they can safely reopen – emphasis on safely reopen.” California health officials have approved more than 1,200 requests for waivers to allow for in-person education for elementary school students in counties where coronavirus cases are still widespread. Schools in counties where cases have declined below state-mandated thresholds can broadly reopen. Los Angeles County, which is home to a quarter of the state’s 40 million people, isn’t among them because there are still too many virus cases…

Grass Valley Brewery Gets 45-Day Suspension For Operating Disorderly Premises

GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – Reports of assaults, illegal drugs and noise violations have led to a 45-day suspension for a Grass Valley brewery, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced on Friday. A notice of suspension for operating a disorderly premises was posted by ABC agents Friday at the 1849 Brewing Company along Sutton Way. The license suspension prohibits alcohol sales at the brewery for the entirety of the 45 days. The suspension is a result of a nearly year-and-a-half investigation, beginning in May 2019, into several reports of fights, assaults, public urination, illegal drugs, public drunkenness and several noise complaints from the nearby neighborhood, the ABC said. The ABC said the owners of the brewery signed a stipulation and waiver agreement and accepted the suspension.

Man Dies After Being Ejected From Motorcycle In Modesto Crash

MODESTO (CBS13) – A man died after being ejected from a motorcycle during a crash in Modesto, the California Highway Patrol announced on Friday. The CHP said the crash happened last Saturday evening in the area of Whitmore Avenue and Baldwin Road. Turlock resident Manjit Kaur Samra, 67, was driving in the area and was making a left turn onto northbound Baldwin Road when she failed to yield for the oncoming 21-year-old motorcyclist from Hickman, investigators said. The motorcyclist crashed into the rear passenger side of Samra’s vehicle and was tossed into the roadway. The CHP said the rider was declared dead at the scene. Alcohol and drugs were not found to be factors in the crash. The identity of the motorcyclist was not yet released. No other cars or people were involved in the crash.

Off-Duty Stockton Police Officer Arrested For DUI After Being Spotted Driving The Wrong Way On I-5

STOCKTON (CBS13) — An off-duty officer with the Stockton Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Stockton police say, a little after 12:30 a.m. Friday, officers spotted a vehicle driving the wrong way down Interstate 5 near Eight Mile Road. Officers were able to pull the driver over. They soon discovered that the driver was Eduardo Silva, an off-duty Stockton police officer. California Highway Patrol then responded to the scene to help with the investigation and Silva was arrested. More from CBS Sacramento: ‘Stimulus Package Would’ve Had To Be Passed In July, August’ To Impact Election, Pundit Says 9-Month-Old Conjoined Twins Separated After Marathon Surgery At UC Davis Children’s Hospital Retiree’s Credit Score Dives After Taking Test Drive Silva has been booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and is facing DUI charges. Stockton police say Silva has been placed on administrative leave.

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