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Deal of the week: Free Comic Book Day
Apr 30, 2017 7:39 am
You can get one of numerous free titles of comic books at the annual Free Comic Book Day, the first Saturday in May (this year May 6). Stop by a participating store to pick up your freebie–y...
Trump?s first 683 days
Apr 30, 2017 7:09 am
Blame Franklin D. Roosevelt, or the Great Depression, or the herd mentality of media elites still hostile to Donald Trump. But assessing the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency has become a...
Most Californians back tax-funded school vouchers
Apr 30, 2017 7:09 am
With most California students failing to meet the state’s own English and math standards, the state consistently ranking near the bottom on nationwide tests and many students graduating ill ...
?Damning? audit showcases out-of-touch UC leaders
Apr 30, 2017 7:07 am
SACRAMENTO — University of California students have to dig deeper to pay for tuition thanks to a large increase approved by the Board of Regents this year. Taxpayers also are continually pre...
Prevailing wage would make California?s housing crisis worse
Apr 30, 2017 7:06 am
California has a grim housing problem and nearly everyone in the state, whether they have tried to buy or rent a home or not, is aware of it. Apparently, though, some in Sacramento haven’t n...
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Install a New Fireplace Surround and Gas Logs
Mar 9, 2017 6:12 pm
Dear James: It's a mess carrying firewood indoors, so I want to modernize my old brick fireplace with one that uses gas logs. Are there any tips on how to do this project myself? -- Kathy H.
Select and Work with a General Contractor
Feb 23, 2017 2:52 am
Dear James: An architect is almost finished with the plans for my house. I need to select a good general contractor, but have heard of many potential problems. What is the best way to insure a good jo...
Select Room Wall Colors to Impact Room Size
Feb 16, 2017 1:51 am
Dear James: We are downsizing to a new house. We are trying to determine the best colors to paint the rooms to make it look more spacious. What do you recommend for various rooms? -- Renee K.
Install a Ceramic Tile Floor
Feb 9, 2017 3:20 am
Dear James: We have vinyl kitchen flooring which is badly worn. We think a ceramic tile floor would look good and wear well. Can this be put over any old floor and what are some installation tips? -- ...
Eliminate Drywall Shadow Lines on Walls
Feb 2, 2017 3:00 am
Dear James: I am remodeling two rooms. I hung and finished drywall in one room, but there are shadow lines at many joints. Do you have any joint finishing tips to create flat, hidden joints? -- Steve ...
Collecting Rain Water
Jan 26, 2017 4:36 am
Most local residents are grateful for the recent rains, despite the many problems that it caused, such a flooding and auto accidents.
Repair Old Wooden Windows
Jan 26, 2017 4:02 am
Dear James: The wood frame windows in my vintage house are pretty deteriorated. I want to repair them, not replace them, to maintain its character. What repairs to them can I do myself? -- Don H.