Smith: A translator, please, to the sales counter

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Carol Guanella came home from the bookstore with her head still shaking.

She'd gone to the Barnes & Noble in downtown Santa Rosa to buy a friend a gift of the book on the historic victories and principled sacrifices of the University of San Francisco's 1951 football team.

Guanella had written down the name of the author and the title: Kristine Setting Clark, "Undefeated, Untied, and Uninvited."

The mother and grandmother approached a young sales associate, told her she was looking for a particular book and handed her the paper.

"She looked at the note," Guanella said, "and she said, 'You'll have to read it to me. I don't read cursive.'"


K-9 OFFICER 'UTZ' was retired from the Santa Rosa Police Department last summer with a heap of hugs and pats and atta-boys for serving nine years with great distinction.

In August the City Council honored the personable Belgian Malinois for persuading many suspects to surrender and helping to sniff out about 500 pounds of illegal drugs.

Officer Patrick Gillette, Utz' partner, was astounded that the dog could go from nuzzling kids at a school visit to striking terror in a suspect previously intent on fighting or running from the police.

"He was amazing," Gillette said. "He was one of the more sociable dogs I've seen that can do that kind of work."

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