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She's upbeat. She's there to help you get in shape. She's chatty. She's funny.

December 19, 2012 | By DENNIS WYATT 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Vern Birmingham

Vern Birmingham, age 69, entered into rest on December 18, 2012. Vern was a fun-loving, strong, kind hearted family man and there wasn't a soul who crossed his path that didn't love him. He was known for his generosity, wisdom, and his ability to always make us laugh. Vern loved playing country music and played lead guitar for the local Manteca band El Segundo Wildcats with Frankie Thompson and Ron Farmer for many years.

December 19, 2012 | | OBITS

Hitting the slopes for winter fun & exercise

There are benefits to calling the heart of California home.

December 19, 2012 | By JASON CAMPBELL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness


Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Fitness craze has many enthusiasts climbing the (rock) wall in the 209

If you weren't certain it was 1989, you needed only to glance at the big hair protruding awkwardly from the helmets of Ice, Lace and Siren as the hulking ladies shimmied across footholds to capture brave contestants in what American Gladiators dubbed "The Wall."

December 19, 2012 | By IKE DODSON 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Oakdale woman uses holistic approach to wellness

Registered Nurse, Guided Imagery Practitioner, speaker and author of Wisdom To Wellness, Maureen Minnehan-Jones of Oakdale is a health care professional who practices what she preaches because she knows integrative medicine works.

December 19, 2012 | BY KIM VAN METER 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Early action and nutritional therapies bring hope for diabetes patients with foot problems

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but when it comes to health, the feet are often the first place where signs of a problem appear - especially in people living with type 2 diabetes. A person with diabetes is most likely to experience symptoms in their feet earlier than any other part of the body, yet those symptoms often go unnoticed or misinterpreted.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Live Well Be Well Center can help patients control diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million people in the United States (8.3% of the population) have diabetes. An additional 79 million are estimated to have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood glucose levels that are not yet high enough to be considered diabetic.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness


The flu season usually peaks in December, January, and February. But it's not advisable for everyone to wait until then to take action and protect themselves – as well as other people – against this year's seasonal influenza.

December 19, 2012 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Child safety seat

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of death for children up to age 10 is accidental death - which includes death from improperly secured or dysfunctional child safety seats.

December 19, 2012 | BY JONATHAN MCCORKELL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Pedestrian teens have higher death rate than young kid

When it comes to keeping young walkers safe on America's roads, the country has made great strides: child pedestrian deaths have plunged 53 percent and injuries are down 44 percent since 1995, according to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx. Still, the study also indicates that bigger steps are needed to improve pedestrian safety overall, and particularly for teenagers.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness


It's a gluten, gluten, gluten world in the aisles of supermarkets and restaurant menus. Or so it must seem to the millions of Americans who experience some form of gluten reaction.

December 19, 2012 | BY SABRA STAFFORD 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness


For many, dieting is a necessary, however unsavory, fact of life. But when it comes to the holidays even the most veteran dieters can lose their way. Because the holidays come once a year, most dieters justify their actions by stating that certain fatty dishes they enjoy are only available during these holidays, and often abuse the privilege they grant themselves.

December 19, 2012 | BY BROOKE BORBA 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

Simple secrets & tips for dodging holiday weight gain

The holidays are full of fun activities, tasty treats and plenty of celebration, but being busy and eating all the extras can quickly lead to weight gain. With a few key strategies, it's surprisingly easy to enjoy the season to the fullest and still avoid Santa's extra bulge.

December 19, 2012 | | Health & Wellness

Hormone replacement just got personal

Over the last 100 years, middle-aged men and women have doubled their life expectancy. The soft tissue glands which create hormones are being forced to produce longer than before. The added stress, worsening nutrition and lack of proper fitness combine to result in declining levels of hormones in their bodies that can interfere with their lives.

December 19, 2012 | BY NANCY ANGEL 209 Health & Wellness | Health & Wellness

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University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was "apoplectic" at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. "In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid," said Blum, "I'd have nothing but empty desks." And: "You've got to get real about this stuff."

November 22, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

Hail the (president) emperor

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

November 22, 2014 | | Letters

Window washer falls onto moving car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and sending shattered glass flying into the street, police and witnesses said.

November 21, 2014 | | State

UC campuses expands legal services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California is planning to offer legal services at six campuses to students who are living in the U.S. illegally or have parents who might be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama's new immigration order, UC President Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State

Death recommended in torching of ex-girlfriend

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for a man who shot his ex-girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her five children in her California home.

November 21, 2014 | | State

$139M deal in sex abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $139 million to end remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous lewd acts on his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | State


MAN FACES POSSIBLE JAIL TIME FOR NOT WATERING LAWN: UPLAND (AP) - Fernand Bogman says he's being a responsible citizen by not watering the grass at his San Bernardino County home during California's drought.

November 21, 2014 | | State

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the IRS's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Locomotive back on track after 88 years

CARSON CITY (AP) - The Glenbrook - perhaps the most viewed locomotive in Nevada history - roared to life for the first time in 88 years this week in Carson City.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Marking 75 years with same company

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (AP) - Frances Moore was hired to help out for the holidays at an Alabama jewelry store in 1939, and she's still there.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Maine risks losing funding over photos

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage's administration is facing a potential loss of federal funding to administer its food stamp program over concerns about the state's decision to put photos on cards used to access the benefits.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Crowd cheers comedy from embattled Cosby

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with cancellations, the embattled entertainer joked about his usual subjects of family, wives and childhood Friday to a cheering audience that greeted him with a standing ovation as he took the stage and another when he finished.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

Sparano savors 1st win with Raiders

ALAMEDA (AP) - Tony Sparano gathered the Oakland Raiders in a victorious locker room and praised them for sticking together through a 16-game losing streak.

November 21, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Pacquiao in need of signature win vs. Algieri

MACAU (AP) - Boxing is a hurt business, as Manny Pacquiao found out when he ended up face down on the canvas after being knocked out just three fights ago by Juan Manuel Marquez.

November 21, 2014 | | Pro Sports

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