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Tech industry workers experiencing discrimination should document and report incidents to human resources. (Shutterstock)

You too, us too: There’s strength in numbers

Making real change in struggle against workplace bias takes courage

Oscar Wilde’s classic novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” offers up various life lessons.(Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for Sept. 16, 2021

Pisces, now is the time to connect with allies who stimulate your lust for life

The First Alarm Girls Fire Camp at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department training facility in Pleasanton provides the opportunity for high schoolers to learn about firefighting hands-on. (Photo by Sean St. Cin/Courtesy NorCal Women In The Fire Service)

Firefighting has a diversity issue—and these women want to solve that

‘It’s not that women don’t want to be firefighters…it’s never seen as an option’

  • Sep 13, 2021
Roman emperor Caligula disproved a prediction by a renowned seer by managing to ride his favorite horse Incitatus from one shore to the other across a bay. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for Sept. 9, 2021

Virgo, now is the time to focus on a curse you want to undo

Roman emperor Caligula disproved a prediction by a renowned seer by managing to ride his favorite horse Incitatus from one shore to the other across a bay. (Shutterstock)
Nursing and mental health care facilities are obligated to ensure patients and residents are protected from abuse. (Shutterstock)

Nursing home nightmare: sexual abuse in care facilities

Under state law, all residents’ safety must be protected

Nursing and mental health care facilities are obligated to ensure patients and residents are protected from abuse. (Shutterstock)
Lupine, a striking purple flower, is an invasive species n New Zealand, forcing native plants out of their habitat. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Sept. 2, 2021

Leo, take a moment to smooth out what may be a paradoxical predicament

Lupine, a striking purple flower, is an invasive species n New Zealand, forcing native plants out of their habitat. (Shutterstock)
It’s important for citizens to respond to jury summons to ensure that trials continue in a timely fashion. (Shutterstock)
It’s important for citizens to respond to jury summons to ensure that trials continue in a timely fashion. (Shutterstock)
California voters are urged to exercise their rights by participating in the somewhat confusing election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

California recall: How do I review my ballot and why is it so confusing?

By Christopher B. Dolan and Kim Levy This week’s question comes from…

California voters are urged to exercise their rights by participating in the somewhat confusing election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup,” said writer Wendell Berry. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Aug. 26, 2021

Aquarius, now is not the time to consider delicate issues that may lead to a dispute

“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup,” said writer Wendell Berry. (Shutterstock)
<strong></strong>Silversea’s newest ship, the 596-passenger Silver Moon, is anchored near the Greek island of Patmos. <ins>(Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)</ins>

Simply over the moon for Silversea’s Silver Moon

Cruising is back – on Silversea it is conscious, careful and classy

<strong></strong>Silversea’s newest ship, the 596-passenger Silver Moon, is anchored near the Greek island of Patmos. <ins>(Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)</ins>
Manoah Ainuu, featured in the film “Black Ice,” grew up in Compton and became a professional climber.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Outdoor adventurers embrace diversity: ‘We’re going to change the world’

Various groups are making recreation more inclusive and welcoming

Manoah Ainuu, featured in the film “Black Ice,” grew up in Compton and became a professional climber.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
The multi-talented and funny Tina Fey, a Taurus, created and starred in “30 Rock.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Aug. 19, 2021

Taurus, take advantage of an upcoming creative phase

The multi-talented and funny Tina Fey, a Taurus, created and starred in “30 Rock.” (Shutterstock)
Tenants rights lawyers and activists gathered in San Francisco in 2020 to protest what they feared might be the end of the pandemic mandate that stopped evictions.<ins> (Jim Wilson/New York Times)</ins>

California tenants are still protected from eviction through Sept. 30

Some residents may be eligible for cleared rent debt

Tenants rights lawyers and activists gathered in San Francisco in 2020 to protest what they feared might be the end of the pandemic mandate that stopped evictions.<ins> (Jim Wilson/New York Times)</ins>
Spouses of people injured in accidents caused by negligent drivers may make claims for compensation under California law. (Shutterstock)

Loss of consortium: Injured person’s spouse may seek compensation

Claims may be based on diminished sexual relations or ability to have children

Spouses of people injured in accidents caused by negligent drivers may make claims for compensation under California law. (Shutterstock)
Greek philosopher Plato wrote about the advantages of rational thought. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Aug. 12, 2021

Libra, rebel against reason and do things that awaken and highlight your feelings

Greek philosopher Plato wrote about the advantages of rational thought. (Shutterstock)
Danny Manning, an assistant fire chief in Greenville who has been delivering food and gas to those who had not evacuated, stands near burnt out cars and homes, Aug. 8, 2021. Over the weekend the Dixie fire burned through enough of the Sierra Nevada to become the second largest fire in Californiaճ history. (Christian Monterrosa/The New York Times)

A Native American community fights to protect its land from the Dixie Fire

‘I Would Want to Die Right Here’

  • Aug 10, 2021
Danny Manning, an assistant fire chief in Greenville who has been delivering food and gas to those who had not evacuated, stands near burnt out cars and homes, Aug. 8, 2021. Over the weekend the Dixie fire burned through enough of the Sierra Nevada to become the second largest fire in Californiaճ history. (Christian Monterrosa/The New York Times)
Numerous homes along North Valley Road burned to the ground during the Dixie Fire in Greenville, Aug. 7, 2021. The Dixie Fire ravaging Northern California over the weekend has become the state’s second largest on record. (Jungho Kim/The New York Times)

The ashes of the Dixie Fire cast a pall 1,000 miles from its flames

By Livia Albeck-Ripka, Thomas Fuller and Jack Healy New York Times TAYLORSVILLE…

  • Aug 10, 2021
Numerous homes along North Valley Road burned to the ground during the Dixie Fire in Greenville, Aug. 7, 2021. The Dixie Fire ravaging Northern California over the weekend has become the state’s second largest on record. (Jungho Kim/The New York Times)
Storms loom in the distance on Nevada Highway 446. 
John Curley/Burning Man Journal

What’s now, what’s next for Burning Man

‘It’s different now, for everyone’

  • Aug 6, 2021
Storms loom in the distance on Nevada Highway 446. 
John Curley/Burning Man Journal
Sagittarian poet Gertrud Kolmar called herself continent, containing “mountains never-reached, scrubland unpenetrated, pond bay, river-delta, salt-licking coast-tongue.”

Free Will Astrology for week of Aug. 5, 2021

Sagittarius, you’re like unexplored territory, a land teeming with undiscovered mysteries

Sagittarian poet Gertrud Kolmar called herself continent, containing “mountains never-reached, scrubland unpenetrated, pond bay, river-delta, salt-licking coast-tongue.”
People who knowingly serve alcohol to minors in California potentially could be liable for damages in the case of injury or death.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Who is to blame if customers drink too much?

Drinker, not pourer, liable in California for damages

People who knowingly serve alcohol to minors in California potentially could be liable for damages in the case of injury or death.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>