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Editor's note: Supervisor Bob Elliott is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served his country for 30 years in the United States Army, and retired as a Colonel, US Army Special Forces (the Green Berets.) Supervisor Elliott was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and represents the Fifth Supervisorial District, which covers portions of south San Joaquin County, including Tracy, Mountain House, and half of Manteca. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

May 24, 2014 | BOB ELLIOTT | Other Views


Reving up high-octane hypocrisy

Hypothetical conundrums can provide valuable learning experiences for students of corporate management and ethics.

May 24, 2014 | | Other Views


Manteca relies on corner infielder’s bat, versatile glove

Neil MacDannald isn't ready to name a starter for Monday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship.

May 23, 2014 | | High School Sports


Busch prepares body for double duty

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kurt Busch craned his neck toward a monitor and studied the Indianapolis 500 practice results. He didn't seem happy with his final practice speed, roughly 3 mph off the pace and not good enough in the Andretti Autosport backup he was forced into after wrecking his own, faster car earlier this week.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Klinsmann’s kids

STANFORD (AP) - Julian Green first met most of his U.S. soccer teammates just a few months ago at a training session in Europe shortly before the German-American committed to playing for the United States.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Sterling gives up control of Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Sterling is turning his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers over to his estranged wife, and she is in talks with the NBA to sell the team, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Pacers’ George cleared

MIAMI (AP) - Indiana's Paul George will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, which comes as no surprise to the Miami Heat. They were expecting him there all along.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers sign G Thomas

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed guard Brandon Thomas to a four-year deal. Thomas was taken 100th overall out of Clemson. He played in 49 games in college, starting 30 games at tackle and nine at guard. He earned first-team All-ACC honors last season. Thomas is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered during a workout last month.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Small-town pro on top at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - PGA Tour rookie Brice Garnett grew up in a small Missouri town where his home course is a nine-hole layout.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Hendricks delivers in Debut

TORONTO (AP) - Liam Hendriks won his season debut, Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays were victorious for the ninth time in 11 games with a 3-2 defeat of the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Lincecum overcomes 6 BBs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Hicks homered to back a wild Tim Lincecum, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Friday night.

May 23, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

DETROIT (AP) - When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to "show more skin," the owner became offended and decided to do something about it.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers sued over cult allegations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple alleges in a federal lawsuit that their three daughters were "indoctrinated" into a cult by public high school staff and suffered severe personality changes, including becoming "flat and distant."

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona wildfire expected to nearly triple

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon is expected to nearly triple in size as crews scramble to get the upper hand in less rugged terrain.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Nigerian intelligence: We warned malls

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's intelligence agency said it has been warning shopping complexes in Abuja for two weeks that Islamic extremists might attack them in the capital, where a blast at a mall killed 22 people this week.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Twin tunnels water project heads to state high court

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Supreme Court is set to decide if the state must buy thousands of acres of private property to perform preliminary tests for two massive water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

June 27, 2014 | | State


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

June 27, 2014 | | State


SF parking app refuses shut-down order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations.

June 27, 2014 | | State


VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans Affairs health care system concludes that medical care for veterans is beset by "significant and chronic system failures," substantially verifying problems raised by whistleblowers and internal and congressional investigators.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) - A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

June 27, 2014 | | Nation


Heaven Snow

Those driving down Geer Road in Turlock this summer may see the unusual sight of a snowball fight. No, there's not a freak atmospheric condition that turns this part of the Central Valley into a frozen wonderland, but rather the doings of one business owner.

June 27, 2014 | By KRISTINA HACKER 209 staff reporter | LIVING IN 209


6 upgrades to secure a speedy sale

When the weather warms up, so does the real estate market. Spring and summer are traditionally the seasons when both home buyers and sellers are most active across the country. If you'll be putting your home on the market this year, simple, cost-effective upgrades can help ensure a speedy sale at a good price.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Lew announces expanded housing support programs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is extending for another year a program aimed at helping people struggling to avoid foreclosure on their homes, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Design inspiration at your fingertips

More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Increasing your resale value is easy

Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money?

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Average 30-year mortgage rate falls

WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels.

June 27, 2014 | | HOME SCENE


Ira “Duke” William Sharp Jr.

Ira 'Duke' William Sharp Jr., 72, entered into eternal rest on Wed, June 25, 2014 at Hospice of San Joaquin surrounded by his family. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, on Aug. 13, 1942, to the late Ira William Sharp Sr. and Armilda Sharp.

June 27, 2014 | | OBITS


Paul Stokes

Paul Stokes, age 51, entered into rest on June 25, 2014 in Manteca. He was born on April 20, 1963 in Oakland, CA, to the late Richard and Barbara Stokes. Paul is also preceded in death by his brother Allen Stokes.

June 27, 2014 | | OBITS


Claudia Ann Cotta Machado

Claudia Ann Cotta Machado, age 67,

June 27, 2014 | | OBITS


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