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Some people, including folks in West Portal on July 20, have stopped wearing masks, particularly if they’re outdoors — but others haven’t. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

California lifts mask mandate — but what does it mean?

Vaccinated folks aren’t legally required to keep covered, but it’s a good idea for safety

Taurus Barbra Streisand (pictured in New York in 2017) has a mall in her house. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Free Will Astrology for week of July 22, 2021

Taurus, treasured possessions may be a source of inspiration for you

A storage room at Dario Sattui’s winery, Castello di Amorosa, in Calistoga, on Oct. 1, 2020, that burned in the Glass Fire. If any nook of American agriculture has the means and incentive to outwit the climate crisis, it is Napa Valley. But so far, vineyards here show the limits of adapting to a warming planet. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Scorched, parched and now uninsurable: Climate change hits Wine Country

By Christopher Flavelle NYTimes News Service ST. HELENA — Last September, a…

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One child’s project involves seeing how long ladybugs can survive on very little food in what could be a metaphor for human resilency. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of July 15, 2021

Gemini, take the opportunity to see how resourceful you can be

One child’s project involves seeing how long ladybugs can survive on very little food in what could be a metaphor for human resilency. (Shutterstock)
Under California law, dogs are viewed as property, and people who suffer as a result of a violent dog may file insurance claims for possible financial reimbursement. (Shutterstock)

Financial compensation may be possible in wake of dog attack

Insurance company could pay medical expenses, or for emotional distress

Under California law, dogs are viewed as property, and people who suffer as a result of a violent dog may file insurance claims for possible financial reimbursement. (Shutterstock)
People injured in a collision resulting from another’s negligent driving have the right to seek compensation for damages. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

What do I do? This is my first auto accident

Exchange information with drivers involved, obtain police report

People injured in a collision resulting from another’s negligent driving have the right to seek compensation for damages. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Capricorn-born poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote about about having “a crooked guide on the twisted path of love.” (Courtesy Internet Archives)

Free Will Astrology for week of July 8, 2021

Capricorn, to cultivate interesting intimacy, make efforts to appreciate nuance and complexity

Capricorn-born poet Kenneth Rexroth wrote about about having “a crooked guide on the twisted path of love.” (Courtesy Internet Archives)
The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved the balance in favor of conservative views on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Shutterstock)

U.S. Supreme Court shifts on LGBTQ+ issues

Case pitting discrimination against religious freedom shows impact of Trump appointments

The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved the balance in favor of conservative views on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Shutterstock)
Taking care of things that make home a pleasant place is a good way to take good care of yourself. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of July 1, 2021

Aries, it’s a good time to lavish attention on your environment

Taking care of things that make home a pleasant place is a good way to take good care of yourself. (Shutterstock)
I enjoyed introducing mountaineering to two younger companions on Mount Muir. (Courtesy photo)

Ace your age

Part 5 of ‘50 lessons in 50 years,’ a series for adventurers seeking fulfillment

I enjoyed introducing mountaineering to two younger companions on Mount Muir. (Courtesy photo)
Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Enjoying Ohio: The urban to rural experience

Great museums, a famous prison and the Amish among Buckeye State’s charms

Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Car rental companies sell insurance that may be supplemental to coverage drivers have with their own personal policies. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Things to know when purchasing rental car insurance

Avoid potential pitfalls by understanding types of coverage available

Car rental companies sell insurance that may be supplemental to coverage drivers have with their own personal policies. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Piscean author Richard Matheson, known for fantasy, horror and science fiction, lamented that people live inside narrow boundaries. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 24, 2021

Pisces, take a moment to restore your world view to the swath of colors in the rainbow

Piscean author Richard Matheson, known for fantasy, horror and science fiction, lamented that people live inside narrow boundaries. (Shutterstock)
Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)

Larkmead Vineyards helping shape Napa Valley’s future

Historic winery’s operations are a role model for responsible viticulture

Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require schools to notify parents before providing students with instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t mess with California: Supreme Court tells Texas to sit down

State takes action against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the South

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require schools to notify parents before providing students with instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity. (Courtesy photo)
Leo-born writer P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, said the character was a version of the Mother Goddess. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 17, 2021

Leo, take a cue from “Mary Poppins’” writer P.L. Travers, who paid attention to silence

Leo-born writer P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, said the character was a version of the Mother Goddess. (Shutterstock)
Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Wagging tails and happy trails in Santa Ynez Valley

Six pet-friendly towns offer parks, hikes, wine and fine dining

Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Notable South African red wines were the focus of a recent tasting. (Lyle Norton/Special to The Examiner)

South African pinotage pairs well with summer barbecue

Diverse topography, soils, climate in Western Cape produce distinctive nuances

Notable South African red wines were the focus of a recent tasting. (Lyle Norton/Special to The Examiner)
A person accused of electronic harassment could face misdemeanor charges in California. (Shutterstock)

Workplace violence is increasing: how to stay safe (Part 2)

Employees may obtain restraining orders to protect themselves against harassment, stalking

A person accused of electronic harassment could face misdemeanor charges in California. (Shutterstock)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, who had a gambling addiction, wrote the novella “The Gambler” to pay off a debt. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 10, 2021

Scorpio may find a gambit that makes use of the problem will generate a cure

Fyodor Dostoevsky, who had a gambling addiction, wrote the novella “The Gambler” to pay off a debt. (Shutterstock)