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Pierce Brosnan stars in ‘The November Man’

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New in Theater — August 29

The November Man R An ex-CIA agent returns to the field to protect a witness and becomes a target for death by a former associate. Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey

As Above/So Below R A horrifying journey awaits a group of eager explorers as they search the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. Stars: Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Perdita Weeks

It’s difficult to say goodbye

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It is easy to say good luck but difficult to say goodbye.

I have been teaching, coaching and announcing Ramona athletic events since 1975. It was never a job. It was a pleasure. I received more than I gave. I laughed and cried. But most importantly, I had fun.

What Medicare does (and doesn’t) cover

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Medicare helps pay for a variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, and it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.

Services are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both Part A and Part B, you can get many Medicare‑covered services whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare health plan.

New CIF practice rules defy common sense

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It is a shame the CIF has to make rules that are covered in most part by common sense. However, in my 40-plus years in education and high school athletics I have come to realize that common sense is not always as common as it should be.

Just look at some of the recent Letters to the Editor about our school board. Just because somebody votes “present” does not mean that that individual is all there.

This year the CIF has handed down rules and regulations regarding how many hours a week and how often teams can practice.

Enjoy your vacation, but don’t take a vacation from fitness

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This is the time of year that many families pack up and head out for a vacation destination, be it tropical or mountainous.

From the oceans to the valleys, people will be venturing off for some down time and R&R. Believe me, down time and mellow yellow time is critical to recharge your batteries and a great time to refocus and come back motivated to change the world.

Timeout with Tambo: Fired up and ready for the 2014 football season

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Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.

She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.

Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.

TV Time-Out

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The “good ol’ days” are gone. And that is a good thing.

I lived in the Valley of the Sun when television reception was more of a disaster than a joke. Before cable. Before satellite. Before hundreds of stations. We had two or three that could be picked up by antennas. Dave Casper was not the only ghost who played football on TV. Every football player, baseball player, basketball player and hockey player looked like a ghost on the tube. Most of the time one could see the football or

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

County celebrates opening of Waterfront Park

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Fireworks boomed, scissors snipped a 1,600-foot-long ribbon, and fountains of water soared toward the sky — all hailing Saturday’s opening of San Diego County’s new Waterfront Park downtown.

Crowds of people participated in the festivities at the 12-acre park’s formal opening to the public.

“Today, with the opening of this park, we’re making history,” said San Diego County Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob. “The idea of a special gathering spot on our downtown bayfront has been dreamed about for decades. Now we have the good fortune to deliver on that dream. We have created a world-class landmark that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations.”

The county’s newest park features a civic green along the entire western side of the park with room for 3,900 people on the north lawn and 2,900 on the south lawn, grand promenades and an elevated terrace that wraps around the west side of the building. An 830-foot-long fountain runs nearly the length of the park, and its jets shoot water 14 feet into the air. The fountain’s basins create a one-inch-deep splash area for children.

Even Big Bird makes mistakes

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The email you forwarded was well-designed, had a cohesive message, and was obviously targeted to a house mailing list. It appears to be part of a multi-segment campaign, with messaging that probably includes direct mail, events and other communications outlets.

However, I was troubled by the greeking. Greeking — also known as Lorem Ipsum — is dummy text mimicking everyday language patterns. It’s used by graphic designers to fill space until actual text can be written.

And as you probably noticed, the entire right hand column of the email was Lorem Ipsum.

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