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Pending home sales rise to highest level in 2½ years

WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the once-battered housing market.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Cypress siding provides a natural choice to enhance today's homes

Across the country, cypress siding is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners who are looking to add value, durability, and a lifetime of good looks to their homes.

January 03, 2013 | | HOME SCENE

Name on the sales contract, but not the deed

DEAR BENNY: Some time ago I entered into a sales contract with my then-fiancee to buy a house. Both our names (hers was in her maiden name) were on the sales contract, which we both signed. I turned over my half of the down payment, we went to closing and we owned the house (or so I thought). Some time after that I learned that the deed was in her name only. I went to the closing attorney who told me I didn't own anything (the house).

January 03, 2013 | By BENNY L. KASS Inman News | HOME SCENE

Lisa Lynette Bradford

Lisa Lynette Bradford entered into rest Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Arizona. She was born May 20th, 1943 in Oakley, California. Lisa is preceded in death by her two siblings Dale Giese and Glenn Giese and her son John Anthony Richichi III.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Alice M. Crawford

Alice M. Crawford, 87, entered into rest on December 31, 2012 in Modesto, California. She was born on February 9, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA. She joins her husband Dick Crawford in heaven, who she was married to for over 58 years.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Tony Leandro

Tony Leandro 75, entered into rest on December 17, 2012 in Manteca. He was born July 9, 1937 in French Camp, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Rocha) Leandro and his brother, Richard Leandro.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Chevy ups its game with the Malibu LTZ

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ with the 2.5-liter base engine is one prime reason why 2013 is shaping up as the Year of the Midsize Sedan.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Sharon Lucero

Sharon Lucero, 63, entered into rest Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Stockton. She was born April 15, 1949 in Peoria, IL. She is preceded in death by her two siblings, Vernon Scott and Marylou Giraldes.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Relive dramatic eruption at national volcanic park

Those who remember the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens in May 1980 will find the side trip off Interstate 5 to Mount St. Helens an especially fascinating diversion. Even if you just read about it in the history books, the mountain and the visitor displays are well worth your time.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Saphronia (Sophie) Myatt-Miller-Williams

Saphronia (Sophie) Myatt-Miller-Williams was born in Texas in1930. She moved to Manteca at a young age. She worked for Capitol Medical Group for several years. She is survived by her children, Jim Miller, Petra (Pete) Miller, William Miller, and Kim Stabenau.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Quiet beaches on Florida’s Sanibel Island

SANIBEL, Fla. (AP) - Visit the beaches on this Gulf Coast barrier island and you're likely to see people doing the Sanibel Stoop. That's the term for the bent-at-the-waist posture used to collect seashells on Sanibel Island, which bills itself as one of the best shelling locations in the world.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Bianca Mariani Jacklich

Bianca Mariani Jacklich, age 103, died on December 30, 2012, in Manteca. She was born on April 6, 1909, in Lucca, Italy, and immigrated to Oakland with her family when she was 4 years old. She lived in Manteca for the past 70 years.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

Miami: 5 free things to do while you are here

MIAMI (AP) - With its sizzling beaches and steamy nightlife, it's no wonder Miami is a top vacation spot for snowbirds, spring breakers, international tourists and passengers heading out on cruises from Florida ports. Over 13 million people visited the city in 2011, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Florida celebrates its Spanish heritage in 2013

MIAMI (AP) - When Juan Ponce de Leon searched for riches in Florida, he unknowingly helped turn the Sunshine State into the first travel destination in the United States.

January 03, 2013 | | On The Road

Jay Willard Kirksey

Jay was loved by family and friends alike. He will be greatly missed and remembered.

January 03, 2013 | | OBITS

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Be honest with promotion of $159M bond

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 29, 2014 | | Letters

The Gaza lesson for liberals

There's a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza.

August 29, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views

Borland returns pick for TD; 49ers beat Texans

HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Borland made one final case to get into the mix of 49ers linebackers needed to replace injured NaVorro Bowman.

August 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Rookie tosses 3 TDs as Raiders top Seahawks

OAKLAND (AP) - With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season.

August 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel’s mark

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.

August 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Angels rally in 10th for win over Oakland

ANAHEIM (AP) - Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call.

August 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Petit leads Giants past Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away.

August 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

August 28, 2014 | | State

California nearing ban on plastic bags

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

August 28, 2014 | | State

California extends review of $25B twin tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More planning is needed on a $25 billion proposal to build two massive water tunnels in Northern California, state officials said this week.

August 28, 2014 | | State

Vice principal carried gun onto campus

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Police say they arrested the vice principal of a Central California school suspected of bringing a gun onto the junior high campus where he works.

August 28, 2014 | | State

2 counties ask to form separate state

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

August 28, 2014 | | State

Death Valley’s moving rocks mystery

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (AP) - For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

August 28, 2014 | | State

Google pursues package-delivering drones

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

August 28, 2014 | | State

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win

NEW YORK (AP) - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.

August 28, 2014 | | Pro Sports

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