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Three powerful forces converge at neighborhood CVS drug stores

CVS drug stores will no longer going to sell cigarettes after Oct. 1.

February 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RISKY BUSINESS

He is about 6 feet tall and as sturdy and tough as a Redwood.

February 08, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


The $76 million question: Will Great Wolf fly with investors?

The details that matter aren't public yet in the Great Wolf negotiations.

February 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So who is the bigger bad boy: Bieber or Sinatra?

I cannot name a Justin Bieber song.

February 07, 2014 | | Local Columns


Why SSJID is making the right call for us to conserve water

They were crazy. They were reckless. They didn't know what they were talking about. They'd put the community into debt and send everyone into bankruptcy.

February 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whoa! There’s a crab feed and tri-tip dinner

Crab feed AND a tri-tip dinner? Yes, please! The Lathrop High School Athletic Boosters crab feed/tri-tip dinner is Saturday, Feb. 8, at the FESM Hall, 230 N. Main St. You must be at least 21 to attend. A no-host bar will start at 5 p.m. and then dinner followed by dancing from 6 to 1 a.m. Tickets are available for $50 from Lathrop High coaching staff members, Karen Dell'Osso at 938-6357, Chuck Garcia at (510) 928-7849, or Elena Garcia at 629-9579.

February 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


War hero, Realtor Castillo made his mark

Family patriarch, World War II Silver Star recipient, Realtor and a friend to everyone he met, Bill Castillo has died from complications after suffering a fall. Bill was a longtime friend of mine as well, knowing him for some 40 years.

February 05, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

Take a walk along the San Joaquin River levees between the confluence with the Stanislaus River and the Mossdale Crossing.

February 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOMELESS IN MANTECA

"Mary" pushed a stroller.

February 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Hate mongers leave ugly mark on Manteca

The ugly underside of society has reared its head in Manteca.

February 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dumping on farmers with full stomach & money to burn

Farmers get a bad rap.

February 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The assault on low-skill jobs via higher minimum wages, automation

The problem isn't the minimum wage.

January 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The assault on low-skill jobs via higher minimum wages, automation

The problem isn't the minimum wage.

January 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


‘CRAPPIE’ SITUATION

The running joke among John Geurin's buddies is that the retired 60-year-old could catch a fish anywhere.

January 30, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


The dangers of getting rid of tenure

I had several great teachers, a few mediocre teachers, one real bad teacher, and mostly good teachers during 13 years in public schools.

January 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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‘Two’ roads better than one for Raymus Parkway

It started out more than a decade ago as a four-lane expressway designed to move a high volume of cars around the ultimate southern edge ...

January 20, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pacheco Pass may turn high speed rail into Jerry’s Folly

Twenty-seven miles east of Hollister in the heart of earthquake country is where California High Speed Rail could meet its Waterloo.

January 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One man’s crumbs is another man’s lunch

The price we pay for living in California can be taxing - literally.

January 18, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Toilet’ countries, prejudice, politics & the Dreamers

Lyndon B. Johnson was fortunate that he was in the White House in an era where those meeting with him didn't whip out smartphones ...

January 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat

Mention Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago and terms like "armpit", "sleaze, "trash" and "eye sore" would often pop up in conversations.

January 16, 2018 | | Local Columns


‘Hungry, please make payment via WeChat app’

Get ready for the future.

January 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E will do all in its power not to return’ windfall’

PG&E is getting what could be a $195.5 million windfall this year.

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High plans ‘Black Out Game’ for heart association

Look for a "black" out in Winter Gym on Wednesday.

January 15, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Train strikes, kills homeless man on tracks

A 28-year-old Manteca homeless man died after being struck by a train on the Union Pacific tracks between Powers Avenue and the BMX course.

January 15, 2018 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Alleys before council again

Three aging and deteriorating downtown parking lots - along with three alley segments riddled with cracks and potholes - may at least finally have plans drawn up ...

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Looking for arts? Then drive out of Manteca

Every two years when Manteca City Council elections roll around the arts somehow become a cornerstone issue.

January 15, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


50 YEARS & STILL SELLING

Editor's note: An occasional series on the people who have helped build Manteca as the city gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ...

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steve DeBrum versus Ben Cantu: The 2.0 version

Ben Cantu - after debating whether to make his fifth run for elective city office in Manteca a race for the council or for mayor - has ...

January 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The myth legal pot will rain $$ on government

If you really believe legalizing marijuana will reduce black market sales substantially the obvious question is "what have you been smoking?"

January 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neglecting real world for digital one

Is social media ruining America?

January 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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