The 40-day season of Lent leading up to Easter begins today with area churches holding Ash Wednesday services. In Catholic churches in Manteca, Ripon and Lathrop, the services held at various times of the day will include the traditional imposition of ashes on the foreheads of the faithful.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former teacher whose arrest sparked a scandal at an elementary school that led to the replacement of all of its teachers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to committing lewd acts with 23 children in his classroom.
MODESTO - The Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) led by Principal Pops conductor Steven Reineke, will present the concert "Classic Crooning with Tony DeSare" featuring pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare performing jazz and lounge standards from Frank Sinatra, and more on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts.
RIPON - The French government is expected to bestow the "Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor" later this year upon five Ripon residents who took part in the Liberation of France in World War II.