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Our area's very own dog whisperer solves pet problems by seeing things from a canine pawspective. And he can teach you to do the same.Yes, he's been called a dog whisperer (woof whisperer, actually,...

The Coming Deluge

Hurricane Katrina wasn’t our first wake-up call, but it may be our last. Here in the Sacramento region, flood control issues are nothing new. But while politicians bicker over effective control measures and state...

Women of War

Meet three women whose lives have been changed forever by the war in Iraq. It’s more than a hot-button issue. It’s more than a controversy with the power to tip an election. Wars hit home....

Let’s Talk About Sex

The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and teen birth rates in California have dropped by 40 percent since the early ’90s. Plus, believe it or not, some teens...

Count Sacramento In

Homeward Bound The median value of Sacramento homes is $204,230, as compared to the national median home value of $155,829, according to statistics for the city of Sacramento. 50.1 percent of Sacramento city residents are...

Stealth Killer

Susi Villere remembers the summer afternoon in 2002 as if it were yesterday—the Saturday afternoon her 12-year-old son, Chris, came home from baseball practice complaining of a “really bad” headache.  His temperature of 101...

Stepping Out Of The Shadows

“She’s cute as a bug’s ear.” That’s how Gregory McNeill, secretary and former president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500, describes Doris Matsui. McNeill says Matsui is perhaps more committed to his agency’s...

Taking the Heat

Every firefighter can recall one incident—one fire, one emergency response call, one failed rescue—that brought the big pictureinto sharp focus. Too sharp. As in, “That’s it. I can’t do this anymore.” Joe Cherry vividly...

Romance Writing 101

Romance novel writing ain’t what it used to be. Spilling trade secrets, local romance writer Karen Sandler explains how it’s done—and how you, too, can be a romance novelist. Lori Jarret, the 35-year-old heroine of...

Contempt of Court

Thomas Cecil was headed out for a typical day at work when, approaching his car, he noticed some wires hanging between the front tires. Now, whether the rest of us would have even noticed such...

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