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Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Movie ‘Stars’ May Surprise You

After last week’s sometimes-controversial Top 5 All-Time Auburn Sports Stars rankings, Media Life is bravely going where no local journalist has gone before – ranking A ...

Dear Prince, It's such a shame our friendship had to end

The first time I danced with a boy it was in the cafeteria at E.V. Cain Middle School. It was eighth grade, the lights were low, he was tall, and I had my arms around his waist. It ...

Media Life: Auburn’s Top 5 All-Time Sports Stars

Once upon a time, on a football field, baseball diamond, ski slope or track, Auburn could point with pride at an athlete who had risen in his or her sport to the upper echelons of ...

Just when do we become adults?

A few weeks ago my daughter received a jury summons. She was flabbergasted. How could she possibly serve on a jury – decide someone’s fate – when she’s only ...

South Placer development moves forward as county project

As a supervisor, I have the opportunity to support many projects that will have a positive and lasting impact on our county and our region. One such project, the proposed Placer R ...

Media Life: 10 Who Made Auburn All The More 'Ausome'

What makes Auburn so unique and special to the people who live here – and the others who wish they did? Here are 10 names. A drop in  very large bucket. There are many ...

The need for 21st-century learning spaces

Over the last 20 years, I have been responsible for overseeing the building of learning environments that are a catalyst to educational innovation and to create facilities in which ...

Disagreeing without being disagreeable

Take two men. One complains about restaurant service, politics, politicians,  manners, traffic, entertainment, the water, the weather. On and on. His life is one bent fork aft ...

Media Life: Top 10 Auburn Area Backroads to entice open-road fever

Highway 49. And Interstate 80. You know the routine and the routes. Get on one of those two highways and you’re soon up to speed at a fine clip – give or take a few tr ...

Film Review: Old heroes go postmodern in bold, brooding “Batman v Superman”

What is the world coming to, that Batman and Superman should come to blows? The answer posited by director Zack Snyder’s brooding, swing-for-the-fences epic, “Batman v ...

And Another Thing: Considering beauty in an election year

I have reasonable hair. I have a nice smile. Well, I have an odd, lopsided smile. But heck, that doesn’t keep me from smiling. Lately, though, my eyelids always seem to be a ...

Affordable housing solution is a team approach

We have been hearing a lot lately about the need for services and housing for people who are homeless but there is another housing crisis we need to be paying close attention to as ...

Gold Country Denizens: Jazz, Gershwin, saxophones, bees, cookies and generosity

... Ask Don Anderson about his recent trip to Hawaii and his private tour to Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range. “It took a whole year to get that reservation,” he sai ...

Regrets, I've had a few: how 'bout you?

In the wise words of Tom Petty, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” I hope your week has been diamonds, but I have to say that mine was a mouthful of gravel. ...

Media Life: Keeping Auburn weird not so difficult

When this column set out four years ago to Keep Auburn Weird, it seemed a daunting task. But after several speaking engagements in the area to back up the campaign, Auburn’s ...