Movie Review: 'Annabelle: Creation' fine for what it is

The second movie of a spinoff series in “The Conjuring” universe about a killer demonic doll, “Annabelle: Creation” is far and away better than the first entry, which debuted in 2014 and gave me one of the best 1-hour-and-40-minute, movie-theater naps I’ve ever taken. The scares are OK, the writing is better and — thank God — tighter than the first and the overall story is good enough to keep you guessing at least for the first third.

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Michelle Rodriguez: PVUSD poised to impact student learning during 2017-18

As we launch into the 2017-18 school year on Aug. 16, PVUSD leadership has a singular and coherent focus on student success. Achieving this mission will involve cultivating collaborative cultures, focusing direction, securing accountability, deepening lea

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Watsonville mayor's update, August 2017

Watsonville mayor's update, August 2017

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Bill Monning, Aug. 5: Purple Heart Day

On July 20, 2017, the California State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 55 declaring Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in California. I am proud to be a coauthor of this resolution that honors Purple Heart recipients and those who serve in the Armed Fo

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Summer '17 movie season a mixed bag

I figured that it would stink but nothing really prepared me for just how bad “Transformers: The Last Knight” would be. The acting was phoned in, the script was garbage and even the million-dollar action blended into itself. The only silver lining to this

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From the editor's desk, July 25: Experiencing Cajun cuisine

Who knew that frog legs taste like chicken? Despite assurances from Executive Chef Erick J. Ponce that the green amphibian’s mode of travel does indeed taste like the most populous domestic bird, I was a bit skeptical when trying out the delicacy during t

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Addressing our local housing crisis

Our state and local housing crisis can be measured in many ways: From the more than $70,000 one has to earn to afford the rent of a two-bedroom apartment locally to our state’s 78,000 unsheltered homeless (nearly half of the nation’s total), to county med

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Valuing those who teach our kids

Like so many others who live on the beautiful Central Coast, I make the daily trek over the hill to my workplace in Silicon Valley. However, unlike so many of my fellow Highway 17 warriors, I am not a techie at Google or Facebook, but rather I am a teache

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