Tuesday, June 24, 2003

2 men killed in high-speed crash

The accident, reported at 10:47 p.m. Monday on westbound Interstate 580 at the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard off-ramp, killed the driver, a 23-year-old Vallejo resident ,and a passenger, a 19-year-old Richmond resident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Marin Independent Journal

Monday, June 23, 2003

Summer students hustle to beat the tuition increase

Solano Community College's "summer sale" marketing slogan paid off with record-breaking enrollment numbers topping 6,000 students.

The exploding enrollment is part of the summer trend of college students signing up for classes in record numbers to beat tuition hikes and fee increases expected this fall.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Old military bases bring headaches as well as progress

Lennar has pumped at least $15 million into that project and may not realize a profit for years. But the company knew that when it got involved six years ago, said its spokesman Jason Keadjian. And unlike many firms, he said, Lennar has the resources to wait things out.

San Jose Mercury News

California seething

Jeff Gordon accuses winner, Robby Gordon, of a 'chicken move' for pass on a yellow flag. Robby dismissed Jeff Gordon's tirade as sour California grapes.

"Do you really think I care about what Jeff Gordon says," Robby said. "I don't know why he's so sore about it. I guess he doesn't like it when somebody comes in and rains on his parade a little bit."

Jeff Gordon, of nearby Vallejo, Calif., has won three times at Infineon in his 62-win career. For Robby, of Cerritos, Calif., about 500 miles down the coast, yesterday was just his second win in Winston Cup.

Toronto Sun

Robby the better Gordon at Sonoma

He slipped up in 2001, but this year, Robby Gordon closed out the field in fine style. Gordon led 81 of the 110 laps and held off a charge by Jeff Gordon to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. The win is Richard Childress Racing's first in 33 races, dating back to Chicago last year.

Gordons trade barbs after race

In Jeff Gordon's opinion, Robby Gordon's move that ultimately won Sunday's Dodge/SaveMart 350 violated the spirit of NASCAR's "gentleman's agreement."


Sunday, June 22, 2003

Solano's police departments on different frequencies

Firefighters and police raced to a grass fire that ravaged an area near Interstates 80 and 505 last year, but when they got there some just stood around, not knowing where to go, for almost an hour.

Why? Because local public safety agencies use different radios, each on different frequencies, and can't talk with each other, according to public safety and Solano County officials.

Fairfield Daily Republic

Race traffic tamed

NASCAR fans, track officials and the California Highway Patrol said the day was far less chaotic than last year, when traffic snarled and hundreds of racegoers struggled to find parking. Some fans reported taking four hours or more to travel to and from their homes in Sonoma County.

On Sunday, there still were backups caused by upwards of 100,000 fans pouring into the raceway. The worst problem appeared to be east of the track on Highway 37. Some ticket holders missed the 1 p.m. race start after taking more than an hour to drive the 10-mile trip between Vallejo and Infineon.

It's more than just a race

Thousands of fans camp out in RVs, tents in tradition of partying, friendship

..."These guys work 10 months of the year," she said. "To be in 180- to 200-degree heat for four hours, they don't get a drink of water, their feet and shoes are melting to the floor, they don't get a halftime, it's go for the gusto."

Opposite Brule's campsite on the field's east edge, far across the flat marshlands, the lights of Vallejo became visible in the gathering darkness.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Expect delays this Sunday

The CHP is bracing for bumper-to-bumper traffic in southern Sonoma County in expectation of more than 100,000 fans headed to Infineon Raceway for the NASCAR Winston Cup race.

"As usual, there will be extremely bad traffic coming from the Vallejo direction and equally frustrating traffic jams in surrounding areas," CHP Officer Mike Rasmussen said.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Boxing in Vallejo

Promoter Phil DiMauro was busy this week putting together matchups for his show next Saturday at Mare Island's Pacific Sports Center. The main event matches heavyweight Erik Kirkland (16-1) of Kingston, N.Y., in a 10-round bout against Harold Sconiers (14-6) of Tampa, Fla. DiMauro still is putting together matches for Oakland 115-pounder Nonito Donair (7-1) and Concord super middleweight Christian Cruz (7-0). Both will fight six-round bouts. Three other bouts will be scheduled for the six-bout card, which begins at 8 p.m.

DiMauro is putting together the card with the help of Duva, who is managing Kirkland.

For ticket information, call Hard Knox Promotions at 415-637-2784.

Contra Costa Times

6-year-old Vallejo boy freed from drain

A 6-year-old boy who got stuck underground after hiding in a storm drain was pulled to safety by rescue workers on Thursday night while doctors and an emergency helicopter waited nearby.

Marquis Black was shaken but not injured from his two-hour ordeal inside a 12-inch diameter drain, fire officials said. He was taken to Sutter Solano hospital as a precaution.

Contra Costa Times

Man wanted in East P.A. killing arrested

Berkeley police saw Kevin Edward Clarke, 39, of Vallejo, walking along the 1400 block of Harmon Street and recognized him from a wanted poster, said San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman Bronwyn Hogan. He had been staying with friends in the area and was taken into custody without incident, Hogan said.

San Jose Mercury News

Tug on the heartstrings

Three months after surgery to remove brain tumors, Tug McGraw balances confidence with fear. But he doesn't ask, "Why me?"

When he graduated from St. Vincent's High in Vallejo, Calif., in 1962, he said he thought about going into the seminary. A grin begins to infiltrate his face. "Then I found out you couldn't be a priest in the offseason. A ballplayer priest. "Father McGraw."' Then the punch line: "I'd lead the league in saves, in-season and out."

St. Petersburg Times