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With spring on the way, it’s a good time to reflect just once more about the trying days of 2020. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>

This year for me is about starting over

A final remembrance of 2020 before looking head with optimism

With spring on the way, it’s a good time to reflect just once more about the trying days of 2020. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
A court case involving a defective hoverboard maintains that Amazon sells products, and is more than a platform for buyers and sellers. (Shutterstock)

Amazon should be liable for product-related damages

Online giant should purchase insurance so innocent consumers aren’t left devastated

A court case involving a defective hoverboard maintains that Amazon sells products, and is more than a platform for buyers and sellers. (Shutterstock)
Most of the world’s apples are descended from numerous varieties grown in Kazakhstan, a metaphor for how Sagittarians could expand their focus. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for March 11, 2021

Sagittarius may want to explore previously unexamined depth and variety in their lives

Most of the world’s apples are descended from numerous varieties grown in Kazakhstan, a metaphor for how Sagittarians could expand their focus. (Shutterstock)
National School Breakfast Week can be observed from the safety of students’ homes. (Shutterstock)

SFUSD celebrates National School Breakfast Week

District families can get breakfasts free at Grab & Go sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays

National School Breakfast Week can be observed from the safety of students’ homes. (Shutterstock)
Notable pink wines are, from left, 2019 Bruliam Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2019 Balverne Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2020 Malene Rosé and 2019 La Bernarde Cotes de Provence Rosé.<ins> (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Warmer weather forecasts rosé days ahead

California is producing exclusively grown, high-quality pink wine

Notable pink wines are, from left, 2019 Bruliam Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2019 Balverne Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2020 Malene Rosé and 2019 La Bernarde Cotes de Provence Rosé.<ins> (Lyle Norton/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Data indicates that most bicyclist fatalities occur on multi-lane, traffic-filled roads.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>

Cyclist deaths remain high during COVID-19

More bikers hit the road for transit, physical benefits

Data indicates that most bicyclist fatalities occur on multi-lane, traffic-filled roads.<ins> (Shutterstock)</ins>
Changes in climate, which have caused daffodils to bloom earlier and earlier each year, may be a metaphor for shifting conditions in Aries’ world. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for March 4, 2021

Aries, take note of your environment and be receptive to adapting

Changes in climate, which have caused daffodils to bloom earlier and earlier each year, may be a metaphor for shifting conditions in Aries’ world. (Shutterstock)
A recent virtual science lesson and Q&A about wolves included comments from a specialist working with the California Department of Fish and Wlldlife. (Shutterstock)

Science studies in focus for SFUSD youngsters

Emphasis remains on ‘providing students with real-world phenomena’

A recent virtual science lesson and Q&A about wolves included comments from a specialist working with the California Department of Fish and Wlldlife. (Shutterstock)
Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cambria is canine-friendly

The central coastal town with a scenic boardwalk keeps Fido fit as a fiddle

Walkers, joggers and furry charges are treated to inspiring sunsets along Moonstone Beach. (Julie L.Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Blondie’s Bar owner Nikki DeWald says she thinks that when pandemic ends, “It is going to be a party like no one has seen before.” <ins>(Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Meet your bar owner: Nicole ‘Nikki’ DeWald

Blondie’s proprietor recalls glory days in the ’90s

Blondie’s Bar owner Nikki DeWald says she thinks that when pandemic ends, “It is going to be a party like no one has seen before.” <ins>(Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A short walk leads to the base of Yosemite Falls, requiring no snow gear except in heavy winter conditions. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Snowy destinations abound in Yosemite winter

Those who journey to the mountains discover grand scenery, solitude .

A short walk leads to the base of Yosemite Falls, requiring no snow gear except in heavy winter conditions. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas famously used the filibuster, for 21 hours, trying to block the passage of a national health care law in 2013. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

It’s time to eliminate the filibuster

U.S. legislature should be liberated from the will of the minority

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas famously used the filibuster, for 21 hours, trying to block the passage of a national health care law in 2013. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
There were times when English Sagittarian poet William Blake was preoccupied with lofty notions to the neglect of his wife Catherine. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of Feb. 25, 2021

Sagittarius, please consider the possibility of spending more time on earth, and less in paradise

There were times when English Sagittarian poet William Blake was preoccupied with lofty notions to the neglect of his wife Catherine. (Shutterstock)
Physical distancing is among the many issues San Francisco Unified School District is taking into account during planning to return to in-person learning. (Shutterstock)

Getting elementary students back in classrooms

Health, safety, scheduling guidelines must be considered

Physical distancing is among the many issues San Francisco Unified School District is taking into account during planning to return to in-person learning. (Shutterstock)
Descended from an Italian immigrant, the Battuello family has been growing wine grapes in the Napa Valley for more than a century.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Family farmed since 1909, Battuello Vineyards is creating new Napa Valley wines

Historic estate supports boutique St. Helena winery

Descended from an Italian immigrant, the Battuello family has been growing wine grapes in the Napa Valley for more than a century.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Writer Margaret Atwood makes expressive requests in her short story “Homelanding.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for Feb. 18, 2021

Leo, look into the mysteries of people you care about, as writer Margaret Atwood did in ‘Homelanding’

Writer Margaret Atwood makes expressive requests in her short story “Homelanding.” (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Unified School District is offering plentiful programming for Black History Month. (SFUSD screenshot)

Excellence celebrated during Black History Month

SFUSD hosts lessons, events, performances and more

The San Francisco Unified School District is offering plentiful programming for Black History Month. (SFUSD screenshot)
A run near vineyards in Temecula offered a perfect snowcapped-mountain view. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Happily horsing around in Temecula

It’s great to enjoy equines in the great outdoors safely, with social distancing

A run near vineyards in Temecula offered a perfect snowcapped-mountain view. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tequila is the main ingredient in Unrequited Lover. (Courtesy photo)

Love potions and loneliness

Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily celebratory

Tequila is the main ingredient in Unrequited Lover. (Courtesy photo)
Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Myanmar on my mind

My heart breaks for democracy in general and the Burmese people in particular

Gold topped temples of Nyaungu are among many of Myanmar’s charms. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)