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Santa Rosa has starring role in new documentary
Set to premiere Sept. 13, the movie features some of the 148-year-old city’s biggest names from the past and present.
An ex-archbishop shamed in Minnesota settles in Napa County
John Nienstedt resigned last year amid charges his Twin Cities archdiocese had failed to protect children. He’s now living in the Santa Rosa diocese.
Packing for Burning Man? Don't forget these essentials
With the annual gathering starting Sunday, local 'Burners' are packing up necessities and getting ready to hit the road.
Smith: It’s not every day that an old friend becomes a saint
Retired restaurateur Tony Prendusi counts meeting Mother Teresa among the greatest blessings of his life.
Smith: Healdsburg dad to run marathon to honor his son
Despite knee and ankle pain, Andy Esquivel, whose son Drew was struck by a car and killed last month, said 'I would never forgive myself if I used him as an excuse to quit.'
Smith: It was astonishing, really, how much she loved me
Dogs are to blame for the astounding way that we come to cherish them. They started it.
Smith: There are angels in the Santa Rosa Fire Department
The gist of a long, sweet story is that some angels wear the uniform of the Santa Rosa Fire Department.
Smith: PD photographer Kent Porter is back in the flames, and dreading the fall
Though he hopes for the best, PD photographer Kent Porter is concerned that he is already back on the fire lines — and we’re still a month-plus from the heart of fire season.
Dyan Foster, longtime champion of at-risk youths, dies at 56
Dyan Foster, who founded numerous programs for at-risk youths in Sonoma County, died Sunday.
Wife’s stolen ashes returned to Santa Rosa widower
Ashes in a temporary urn were stolen from a Santa Rosa man’s garage last week.
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