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    TODAY’S WORD — DEFICITS (DEFICITS: DEF-ih-sits: Inadequacies or insufficiencies.) Average mark 17 words Time limit 30 minutes Can you find 24 or more words in DEFICITS? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — SOUNDER send senor snore sone sore sound sour sued suer sunder surd sure onus ours under undo undoes used user nerd node...
    99% of crossword solvers begin a puzzle at 1-Across. That's not wrong, but here’s a super-secret pro tip: there's an even better strategy. Spend a few seconds scanning the puzzle for fill-in-the-blank (FITB) clues, and write in any of those that are obvious. Then go back to 1-Across and proceed; you'll be solving the same...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. While COVID-19 deaths soar, Trump has no plan The nation has been clamoring for months for a central approach. President Trump refuses to use his powers to coordinate resources. This virus knows no boundaries. If one state has tight control and...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Money takes priority over lives in baseball For several reasons, I’ve become disenchanted with major league sports. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred reinforced my view after several Miami Marlins players were found to have COVID-19. Instead of promising to...
    Reopen schools. Here’s why Contrary to what Minnesota state Sen. Paul Gazelka has said, not all Democrats are opposed to reopening schools in the fall. I’m guessing most are quite ambivalent. I’m in favor of reopening for the following reasons: It’s in the best interest of children. They’re low risk for contracting COVID and...
    TODAY’S WORD — LIGNEOUS (LIGNEOUS: LIG-nee-us: Woody.) Average mark 49 words Time limit 60 minutes Can you find 68 or more words in LIGNEOUS? TODAY’S WORD — LIGNEOUS legion lenis leno lens lesion lien lieu line ling lingo lion loge loin lone long lose losing lounge louse lues luge lune lung lunge igneous ingle insole isle genius...
    Sainted This is a very belated Sainted to the staff at the SCID Clinic at the V.A. in Minneapolis. My dad, Mike Hooker, was diagnosed with ALS in 2002 and passed away at the V.A. hospital in Phoenix on Feb. 17, 2020; he was 89 years old. During his 18-year journey with ALS he...
    TODAY’S WORD — SOUNDER (SOUNDER: SOUN-der: Having a more firm and unshakable basis.) Average mark 35 words Time limit 45 minutes Can you find 48 or more words in SOUNDER? The list will be published Monday. YESTERDAY’S WORD — MUCILAGE mace magi magic mail male malice maul meal mica mice milage mile mule cage calm came camel...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who was originally sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing an infant was re-sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison, due in part to the fact he submitted false letters of support. South Central District Judge David Reich said the letters were one of the...
    AMBRIDGE, Pa. (KDKA) – In the last three weeks a Beaver County woman has received 15 letters from the state treasury department with unemployment benefits. The problem: she didn’t apply for unemployment and each one of the letters came with a different person’s name on it. The lady who received all these letters wanted to...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor.   GOP’s plan to cut benefits will increase suffering Re: “GOP’s heartless pandemic plan to cut unemployment benefits” (Editorial, Opinion section, July 28) The lack of relief in the form of aid from the federal government throughout the COVID-19 pandemic...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor.   Reactionary vandals undermine progress I was disappointed to find the Oakland Federal Building vandalized with crude graffiti after Saturday’s protest for social justice. A protester can transform a can of paint into a message that radiates pride, defiance and...
    This bad behavior I have a question, why do so many Democrats behave so badly? Wednesday, I watched Attorney General William Barr testify before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions posed by the committee.  I’ve never seen such rude and condescending behavior by the Democrats. They would ask a question or attack Mr....
    TODAY’S WORD — MUCILAGE (MUCILAGE: MYOO-sih-lej: An adhesive.) Average mark 30 words Time limit 45 minutes Can you find 41 or more words in MUCILAGE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — SACHETS sachet sash sate scat scathe seat sect stash ache ashes asset case cash cast caste cesta chase chaste chat cheat chess chest...
    How to move forward I almost choked on my coffee when I read the July 22 letter from Jack Herrick, “One wonders how informed people are.” The writer obviously has no idea why people are protesting the racism that does not allow many people in this great nation to “be successful and build a...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Violent protests can’t be justified A group of about 500 demonstrators passed by my building Saturday night, at 17th Street and Lakeside Drive. They threw rocks through the windows of the lobby, where people were working. They shined green lasers...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. SJSU need not look far for principles As a proud, recently retired, 30-plus-year faculty member in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University, I was heartened to read that the California State University system is adding an...
    TODAY’S WORD — SACHETS (SACHETS: sah-SHAYS: Packets of perfumed powder used to scent clothes.) Average mark 23 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 29 or more words in SACHETS? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — PASSPORT part pass past pastor port post prop assort atop sapor soap soar sora sort spar spat...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Newark leaders never get enough tax money In Newark’s City Council minutes of May 28, 2020, the city manager said reserves are adequate to balance the 2020-2022 biennial budget, which can be re-examined in the fall to consider corrections. Now...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Wrong to judge Muir by today’s standards Leave John Muir’s name where it is (“Park Service has no plans to rename Muir Woods,” July 24). Racial injustice has been committed throughout our history, and Muir is not even the worst...
    Open the schools This fall marks my 22nd year teaching in Minnesota’s largest school district — Anoka-Hennepin. Based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated July 24, schools should open this fall for in-person instruction. I urge Gov. Walz, as well as leaders in my own school district, to...
    TODAY’S WORD — PASSPORT (PASSPORT: PAS-port: An official government document granting permission to travel abroad.) Average mark 24 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 32 or more words in PASSPORT? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — MUSCULAR marc marl maul mucus mural usual sacrum scam scar scram scum slam slum slur sumac...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Muir kerfuffle is PC culture craziness The executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, has called out John Muir for “derogatory comments about Blacks and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes … that continue to hurt...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. DA Rosen has duty to seek death penalty District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s announcement that his office will no longer ask for the death sentence, was “welcome news” to the Mercury News Editorial Board (“District attorney’s end of death penalty is...
    TODAY’S WORD — MUSCULAR (MUSCULAR: MUS-kyuh-ler: Having well-developed muscles.) Average mark 16 words Time limit 30 minutes Can you find 23 or more words in MUSCULAR? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — PILOSE peso pile plie plies poise pole pose isle lisp lope lose silo slip sloe slop slope soil sole spoil To purchase...
    A D.C. public works crew repaints letters spelling “Black Lives Matter” early on Monday, June 27. (Courtesy DCDPW) The giant yellow letters forming “Black Lives Matter” on D.C.’s 16th Street were given a fresh coat of paint early Monday morning, ahead of a funeral procession for the late Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John...
    TODAY’S WORD — PILOSE (PILOSE: PYE-lohse: Covered with soft, fine hair.) Average mark 16 words Time limit 25 minutes Can you find 20 or more words in PILOSE? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — ARTIFACTS afar aria artist astir attar attic racist raft riata rift tacit tact tart tiara tract trait tsar fact fair...
    We had ANG LEE in Thursday's puzzle, which makes a crossword writer feel good. Why? Because I was able to use both the director's first *and* last names in the grid. You see first *or* last names all the time in crosswords, of course, so it's fun to surprise the solver with a full name. ...
    Eli Wolfe July 26, 2020 11:03PM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on FairWarning. The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to 10 companies it says are illegally selling flavored e-cigarette products that have come under attack as targeting teens. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a press release that the agency was concerned about...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Latest county tax hike deserves a ‘no’ vote On July 21 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to initiate the process for placing a tax increase on the 2020 ballot. This would entail an unrestricted and regressive 5/8ths...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Rescinding Article 26 risks Alameda character I moved to Alameda 19 years ago because I thought it was a good place to raise my daughter. I fell in love with the local homes – Victorian era, Arts & Crafts, Mediterranean...
    Why was he even there? The front-page article on July 20 regarding Officer Chauvin’s personal reactions and other traits (“Inside Chauvin’s quiet life”) was not surprising based on previous media reports. What is amazing to me is why Minneapolis city government with all of its administrative manpower, including a robust human resources department, failed....
    TODAY’S WORD — NOCTURNAL (NOCTURNAL: nok-TURN-ul: Of, relating to, or occurring in the night.) Average mark 49 words Time limit 60 minutes Can you find 63 or more words in NOCTURNAL? TODAY’S WORD — NOCTURNAL nocturn noun octal ocular oral orca outran cannot canon cant canto canton cantor carol cart carton clan clot clout coal coat cola...
    Tainted In years past, having a police officer as a neighbor added an element of safety to the neighborhood. Times have changed. A police officer who we knew as a child, through his years of high school, and who was still living in the same neighborhood as he did as a child, has sold...
    TODAY’S WORD — ARTIFACTS (ARTIFACTS: ART-ih-fakts: Crafted objects, usually of historical or archaeological interest.) Average mark 30 words Time limit 40 minutes Can you find 46 or more words in ARTIFACTS? The list will be published Monday. YESTERDAY’S WORD — SHILLELAGH sage sail sale seal sell shag shah shale shall shell shill sigh silage sill slag sleigh...
    Support local decisions as schools decide how to reopen safely As any educator, including myself knows, one-size does not fit all. Each of our students has different wants and needs, and all are at various levels of maturity and skills. The school districts in Minnesota are no different. Each district differs in size, socio-economics,...
    TODAY’S WORD — SHILLELAGH (SHILLELAGH: shih-LAY-lee: A hardwood cudgel or club.) Average mark 30 words Time limit 45 minutes Can you find 42 or more words in SHILLELAGH? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — HITHERTO heir hero hire hither hitter hoer hotter their thither throe tier tire tiro titer tithe tore tort torte tote...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Health system puts workers’ lives at risk As a former medical social worker at Highland Hospital, I can attest to Alameda Health System’s indifference to safety and quality of services (“Local workers walk off jobs and ‘Strike for Black...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Lewis long ago showed that Black lives matter Fifty years ago, John Lewis demonstrated that Black lives matter. His courage to stand up to the government-sanctioned bigots and bullies in Selma inspired the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It changed America...
    Recently, Trump proposed a nearly 21% slash to the foreign affairs budget, citing the importance of reducing our nation’s massive deficit. While on face value it may seem appropriate to cut aid to other countries first, there’s actually far more pragmatic justification for keeping the foreign affairs budget than you might guess. Article continues after...
    Lost opportunities and revenue On his July 2 radio show, Dave Ramsey announced the cancellation of his “Smart Conference,” which was scheduled to be at Target Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 7. He cited the defunding of the police and lack of security as reasons. He does not want to put his people in...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Outdoor masks are not required in Willow Glen Every day, I walk once or twice on various streets in Willow Glen. I have been so impressed to see the large number of young families and adults out biking, running or...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Story shows there are good people left I just read the beautiful article about Ken and Vickie Monize, the owners of Ole’s Waffle Shop in Alameda, and the sacrifices they are making to keep their shop open and their employees...
    TODAY’S WORD — HITHERTO (HITHERTO: HITH-er-too: Until this time.) Average 21 words Time limit 35 minutes Can you find 29 or more words in HITHERTO? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — CONTRITION citron coin coir conn contort coot corn cotton croon croton onion onto otic nitric noon notion tint tiro tonic toot torii torn...
    I always wear a mask. But … I always wear a mask when I go into public facilities. I very much believe in their effectiveness but I am always hesitant when I hear that the government is considering a mandate requiring them. It reminds me of the curfews that were in place during the demonstrations....
    One wonders how informed people are The July 17 column by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune was well written and very enlightening regarding the danger we are facing as a nation (“Could President Joe Biden hold back the left? No”). The so-called left, the likes of Bernie Sanders, AOC and their ilk, have...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. This isn’t Vegas; don’t put electronic billboards in SJ Our Naglee Park household does not want electronic billboards (“Electronic billboards may soon line freeways,” July 13) with the exception of those that are used to provide important public information. There...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Pandemic a bad time to boost sales tax Contra County supervisors are proposing a half-cent sales tax increase to appear on the November ballot. It depends though on the passage of SB1349 in the state Legislature,  which would make it...
    TODAY’S WORD — CONTRITION (CONTRITION: kun-TRISH-un: Remorse for wrongdoing.) Average 24 words Time limit 40 minutes Can you find 34 or more words in CONTRITION? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — INHIBITED indite inhibit hide hind hint behind bend bent bide bidet bind bite tend then thin thine tide tied tine edit debit debt...
    Fact check: Harriet Tubman helped free slaves for the Underground Railroad, but not 300 22 chains including Walmart, Macys, and Gap will require customers to wear masks. Heres the full list. Atlanta Hawks unveil new unis that are a blast from the past In recent years, the Atlanta Hawks had a more modern look...