Growing up, April Smith loved to play the role of police officer – collaring the "bad guy" in living-room and neighborhood standoffs.
Here's a hunch: Bet on Heather Scharmann.
The only gift greater than flowers?
Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.
Brandy Clark and the City of Manteca will watch the mercury closely today, making note of every incremental change in the temperature.
Dry mouth. Fatigue. Dizziness. Confusion. And a sudden inability to cool the body with sweat.
MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."
MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.
Jack Cole kissed and hugged his mother in the driveway of her Cottage Avenue home.
They were a rag-tag bunch of football players wearing basketball shorts and sneakers.
RIPON – Loren Jessop sat in the parking lot of a Home Depot, mere moments away from his next shopping spree.
The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will begin spraying for mosquitoes tonight after the earliest detection of the West Nile virus in nine years.
A bell tolled each time Lee Herren read from a list much too long, written in the blood of Manteca's fallen soldiers.
Riley Simmons finally has the pièce de résistance for her soccer-themed bedroom makeover, and she found it in the oddest of places – the library.
By JAMES BURNS
If Tuesday's match with Kimball was a barometer for how good East Union can be this season, consider this:
Camron Moebius isn't an Eagle Scout just yet. It's a process, he says, complete with a mountain of paperwork and merit badge requirements.
Its logo might adorn all the letterhead and signage, but Manteca High soccer coach Justin Coenenberg will be the first to admit the "Kicking for a Cure" game is an event driven by the community.
Jocelyn Patane was nervous, intimidated and at times, lost on the wide-open stretches of the soccer field.
In black shades and a Hawaiian button-up, Larry Teunissen is the epitome of beach-boy cool.
Sierra's Jack Thomson turned to a teenager for direction late in a 7-1 victory, and the Hall of Fame skipper was rewarded for his faith.
Sierra High's playoff push got off on the right foot Tuesday evening with a blast off the left foot of Sydnee Canales.
RIPON – Trey Ozenbaugh joined the Ripon Christian football staff on a whim.
Ron Long climbed into the van parked at the rear of Fagundes Meats and Catering, his voice and imagination filling the empty cab.
A month ago, the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought Riley Simmons' wildest dreams to life, surprising the 11-year-old cancer survivor with a Hawaiian vacation.
Frank Teixeira pulls clumps of thinly sliced tri-tip from a tin with silver tongs, layering it like bricks across a bread roll.
From the front window of his home, Donald Foster watched Popeyes rise slowly from a dirt lot in the Marketplace shopping center.
The champ is staggered and in search of a 12th round knockout.
People will travel for good food, but they'll go to even greater lengths for good company.
RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.