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Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

Ripon firefighters get called often to Stanislaus River

Dennis Bitters would rather not see you.

July 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

THE DEL WEBB EFFECT

Spreckels Sugar in the 1950s paid its employees one week in $2 bills.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

Del Webb residents spend disposable income

They come in waves.

July 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

Del Webb residents embrace clubs, volunteerism

Hundreds of cancer patients at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Manteca have been the recipients of love and comfort from a handful of women at the Woodbridge at Del Webb community in Manteca.

July 26, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS

Fredricks ends 45 years as Sadie’s stylist

Everything comes in cycles for Karla Fredricks.

July 26, 2014 | Jason Campbell | NEWS

Mantecan, 58, jailed on child sex charges

A 58-year-old Manteca man was arrested Wednesday morning on a host of child sexual abuse charges.

July 26, 2014 | | Crime

Scholl seeks another trustee term

Manteca Unified Board of Trustees president Don Scholl has made it official. He is running for reelection. He filed his candidate's papers at the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters in Stockton on Thursday.

July 26, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education

Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Congress hides its debt to lobbyists

When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger.

July 26, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views

FBI: Gone fishin’ in SF

The FBI's motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity." But given the FBI sting against Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow - a convicted felon who was freed from prison in 2003 because the feds got him to testify against a confederate - I suspect that a more apt motto might be "Fuggedaboutit."

July 26, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views

READY FOR BIG STAGE

The Manteca High football team has already made headlines this offseason for its inclusion in the Levi's Stadium Friday Night Lights doubleheader on Aug. 29.

July 25, 2014 | | High School Sports

LA’s Puig punishes Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.

July 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports

Rangers use record 31st pitcher, beat A’s

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.

July 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports

City leaders talk 2024 with US Olympic Committee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.

July 25, 2014 | | Pro Sports

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Etch A Sketch launches ad campaign with political-themed advertising

NEW YORK (AP) - The 104-year old company that makes Etch A Sketch is launching new political-themed ads, after the toy made headlines when an aide for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney compared it with Romney's fall election strategy.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide

Groupon says 4th-quarter was even weaker than once reported

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Groupon Inc. said Friday that its fourth-quarter loss was wider than initially reported because it needed to increase the amount of money it sets aside for refunds.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide

Jump in US consumer spending brightens outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months, raising expectations for stronger growth at the start of the year.

March 30, 2012 | | Nationwide

Americans bet nearly $1.5B to win record $640M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: an infinitesimally small chance to win what could end up being the single biggest lottery payout the world has ever seen.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation

Nation news briefs

DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK IN PA. _ SPRINKLE LIME: YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) - Officials in central Pennsylvania aren't crying over a few thousand gallons of spilled milk. They're sprinkling some lime on it.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation

Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage position

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation

Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation

Defense secretary blasts budget cuts

ABOARD THE USS PELELIU (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation

Immigrants ordered deported often released

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The case of a Vietnamese ex-con accused of brutally slaying five people in a San Francisco home has shed harsh light on Supreme Court rulings that have allowed the release of thousands of criminal immigrants into U.S. communities because their own countries refused to take them back.

March 30, 2012 | | State

Bodies linked to Speed Freak Killers

FRENCH CAMP (AP) - Authorities on Friday released the identities of two Northern California teenagers whose remains were among hundreds of bone fragments found last month inside an abandoned well linked to two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers."

March 30, 2012 | | State

State news briefs

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CAN ID SELF AS ASTRONAUT: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento County judge has ruled that a candidate for U.S. Congress from the Central Valley can use the ballot designation "astronaut."

March 30, 2012 | | State

Brown signs casino compact with tribe

ROHNERT PARK (AP) - A Native American tribe's plans for a Las Vegas-style casino about 50 miles north of San Francisco got a big boost on Friday when the governor signed a gaming compact with the tribe.

March 30, 2012 | | State

Bay Area news briefs

SF considers enforcing parking meters on Sunday

March 30, 2012 | | State

Ripon's Colony Oak School wins California Distinguished School honor twice

Ripon's K-8 Colony Oak School is one of four California Distinguished Schools in two counties – San Joaquin and Stanislaus.

March 30, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | NEWS

Turning mud & soccer into money

Good luck trying to book a hotel room in Manteca the weekend of April 21-22.

March 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS

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