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Media Life: Singer Bill Champlin takes turn from Chicago into Newcastle

Bill Champlin made a bold move this summer for his music. He left the comfort of a steady gig and a solid paycheck with classic rock band Chicago to do it his way and make his own ...

Buyouts pay executives in Placer County to leave

Gold-plated giveaway of taxpayer dollars? Or fair compensation for an early departure from a high-level and high-risk post that hinges on the whims of a politically sensitive boa ...

Media Life: Auburn forecast is now sunny with a chance of pumpkin

“Sploomph” That was the sound when Auburn’s Great Pumpkin hit the pavement on Halloween Eve. Behind the thrill of watching a 1,149-pound, round mound of orange plummet to t ...

Media Life: New Auburn YouTube moments feature Balloon Boy song, rockabilly vampire

Former Auburnite Devlin Murphy is taking the whole “Balloon Boy” phenomenon to new musical heights. Murphy, a songwriter and Placer High grad now based out of North Hollywood, ...

Media Life: Reluctant Pilot Hill cheerleader pens a Penguin novel

Golden Sierra High School students from the early Reagan era may remember her as “the reluctant cheerleader,” newly published author Shana Mahaffey recalls with a laugh. Mahaf ...

Media Life:Comic’s death brings back Auburn movie memories

The death of actor-comedian Dom DeLuise this past week brings to mind the making of a low-budget movie in and around Auburn in 1991 that included his son, Peter DeLuise in the cast ...

No flu-based jail-visit restrictions in Placer County

Unlike the state prison system and some other California counties, Placer County Jail was allowing visitors Tuesday in the face of swine flu concerns. Capt. George Malim, jail com ...