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The Foreigner Presented by the Kings Players in Hanford

FROM THE September 17 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



This past weekend I went to see The Foreigner in Hanford and it was a riot! If you are looking for something light, fun and clever, that will make you laugh, don’t miss this one.

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The Normal Heart Presented by StageWorks Fresno

FROM THE September 17 ISSUE

IN THE Local Live SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



This past weekend I saw The Normal Heart on stage in Fresno, presented by StageWorks Fresno. This play is one of the most moving plays I have ever seen and something I encourage everyone to go see. I knew going in that it would be good, StageWorks has never disappointed, but I had no idea just how good.

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Reedley College Football 2014 Game 2 Recap

FROM THE September 15 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Larry Ham


The Reedley College Tigers lost Saturday night at San Jose City College by a score of 41- 36 – a loss that will likely do them more good than bad as the season progresses.

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2014 Reedley Taste of the Town

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



KRL took some time to chat with Barbie Shakespeare of the Reedley Downtown Association about this year’s Reedley Taste of the Town. Enjoy this fun video interview!

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Man’s Best Friend

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Judy McFadden


A Cedar Rapids homeless man knew all too well the meaning of the saying, “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Kevin McClain and his dog shared a battered car for years before he collapsed and ended up at a hospice. He lay there alone and friendless, dying from terminal lung cancer. Can you imagine being sick and homeless with only the love and devotion of your beloved dog and the heartache of having your best friend taken from you?

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Fat Cat at Large By Janet Cantrell: Review/Guest Post

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Janet Cantrell


Quincy is an escape artist. Give him a door that isn’t quite latched and he’s outta there, always in search of the next fine dining experience. Dr. Ramos, who is a pretty nice guy otherwise, says Quincy is overweight, like fifteen pounds is too much for a cat! The outrage! Since his person, Chase, refuses to give him a decent meal and monitors the treats he gets while working in the office of the Bar None (bar cookies), he has to take nutrition into his own paws.

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How I Met My Dinner: I’ve had the Thai of my Life

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Alicia Lieu SECTION

by Alicia Lieu


There is some notion out there that Labor Day is the cutoff date for wearing white and that it is supposed to usher in Fall. It is not unusual, however, to see people who are not fashion minded wearing white all year round and for Labor Day to be hot and muggy. As much as I like a good scoop of trendy gelato on the Lower East Side, ice cream from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, overpriced frozen novelty treats at Central Park, or good old fashioned shaved ice from a cart on the beach, the best thing to eat in hot weather is actually spicy food.

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Fresno Fair Entertainment Is Top Notch Again This Year!

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



The Fresno Fair is almost upon us again, opening on October 1, and there’s always a great list of entertainment with a lot of variety. This year is no exception with entertainers including Tony Bennett, REO Speedwagon, Snoopdog, Toby Mac, Beach Boys, Gabriel Iglesias, and many more.

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Family Matters: A Mystery Anthology (Murder New York Style) Edited by Anita Page

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



This third anthology of the New York Tri-State Chapter of Sisters-in-Crime contains established authors alongside the up-and-coming. The spirit of New York and its ethnicities, a dichotomy where many immigrants want to blend into American culture while some hold fast to old traditions, is captured in a collection that highlights the darkest facets of family life. Domestic abuse is exposed and wielded in all its forms; by spouses, siblings, offspring, and parents.

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Phantom Limb: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery By Dennis Palumbo

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



Time had definitely taken its toll on Lisa Campbell, failed actress. Several divorces, drug abuse, and estrangement from her family forced her to return to her hometown of Waterson, Pennsylvania in shame.

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The Bloody Knife: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Arthur Moore



When the cleaning service woman arrived from Land’s End Realty to ensure that the condo was in rentable order, she screamed at the blood splatter on the closet door next to the body of the dead man. Trembling she picked up the knife and examined it in horror, then dropped it, as if aware all at once that she shouldn’t disturb a crime scene. Shaking and crying, she picked up the phone, leaving bloody fingerprints on the receiver, and dialed 9-1-1.

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Strolling A Forgotten Corridor

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Tom Sims


The first definition of a stroll at Dictionary.Com was not adequate for my purposes this weekend, “… to walk leisurely as inclination directs; ramble; saunter; take a walk …”
So, I took the second, “to wander or rove from place to place; roam …” That is because I walked a bit and drove a bit. It was just supposed to be a stroll, mostly by car, down a “forgotten” corridor of Fresno. I was going to mark and note some beautiful sites along the way where beauty is often overlooked.

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Shea’s Lounge By Joe Ozier: A Children’s Book About A Rescue Dog

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Every Other Book SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently Joe Ozier of Fresno published his first book, a family and children’s book called Shea’s Lounge. It is based on the true story of an amazing dog named Shea, or as it says on the book cover, a runaway dog who found a forever home. Joe has written several plays in the past and been involved in theater and film for years. He also owns his own dog training business called Way of a Dog. Details on how to win a copy of Shea’s Lounge at the end of this post.

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Endeavour: TV Review

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Bobbi A. Chukran



Since it aired on our local PBS station, we’ve enjoyed the Masterpiece Mystery Endeavour crime drama series. A prequel to the Inspector Morse series, also set in Oxford, the series focuses on the detective’s early career and is based on the Colin Dexter novels.

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The Continuing Saga of the Granger

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


Back in 1976, the year our nation celebrated its bicentennial, we looked around locally and realized that many of Reedley’s historic building landmarks had slipped away.
Gone was the headquarters ranch house of the town’s namesake, T.L. Reed, along with the bunkhouse and barn that once housed harness and tack for hundreds of draft animals needed for a farm operation of close to 30,000 acres. These buildings were demolished in the name of progress–to make way for the expansion of Reedley College.

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Free Agent By J.C. Nelson

FROM THE September 13 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Mary Anne Barker


Free Agent by J.C. Nelson is the first novel in what looks to be a new series. The characters are lively and the dialog and the action move along at a good pace. The main character is Marissa Locks. Marissa is a debt slave to Grimm, a fairy godfather, having been traded to him at 16 to get a miracle to save her younger sister’s life. She works different jobs for Grimm trying to earn enough glitter, the magical equivalent of money, to be free one day and go home to her family.

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