It was an icon. It also was close to indestructible. Yet the Manteca High bell tower still came down in 1968. Sacramento - with its notorious one-size-fits-all approach to the most diversified state geographically and economically in the nation - deemed it was not seismically safe. Wrecking crews snapped cables twice when trying to tear ...
Have you thanked a bird today? Yes, a bird. As in the feather-weight pinioned creature whose name some people even borrow or invoke to send out an insult to someone they deem mentally challenged. But next time you are tempted to do just that, think about this. There is apparently plenty of proof that many of our feathered friends are, well, no birdbrains. ...
Who would have thought Give Me a Super Big Gulp or Give Me Death would have been a libertarian rallying cry?
It was all about food and beverage tasting at its best.
They don't call California the Golden State for nothing.
It's been a lament repeated by federal workers in and around Virginia and Washington, D.C., in stories and newscasts regarding the sequester: It's not fair that they are getting treated differently than the rest of Americans.
There are the homeless in Manteca who are "real" problems in terms of drug and alcohol use, not to mention those that engage in copper theft and such.
Ripon is made for walkers. Extensive tree-lined streets make it a pleasure during the depth of summer to walk morning and evening. Adding to the pleasure are the friendly people you tend to encounter on streets that are quiet by most standards. Perhaps there is no better time to enjoy Ripon's small-town setting integrated heavily with nature than now. The almond blossoms are just the start in a succession of sensory delights as nature slowly ...
Feeling safe and secure knowing there are felons out there with ankle bracelets on?
Let me get this straight - pun intended. Westfield Galleria in Roseville announced in a press release that it asks people engaged in sexually explicit conduct to leave instead of detaining them for law enforcement. So we are clear in what that means, the management of the largest mall in Northern California views any form of sex or the "lascivious display of the genitals or pubic area" - as federal government code defines sexually explicit ...
LATHROP – This is a story about a thief stealing something near and dear to the hearts of several preschoolers.
Ready to get confused? Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has introduced legislation aimed at addressing what he believes is a wrong. California school districts don't allow transgender students to use restrooms or play on sports teams of the sex they relate to. Before you start sighing "only in San Francisco", Ammiano was beaten to the punch by the Massachusetts Department of Education that ...
It's only $1.18 a month. No big deal. But to paraphrase the late Sen. Everett Dirksen $1.18 here and a $1.18 there and pretty soon we're talking real money. Is $2.2 billion a year real enough for you? That's what it is costing American cell phone customers annually to underwrite Lifeline cell service for those who supposedly can't afford it. To qualify for the heavily subsidized cell phone service involuntarily financed by paying cell phone ...
When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.
It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?
Manteca is celebrating an anniversary this year that is one for the books.
LATHROP – And I wondered why people don't trust the government.
Ripon – the community – possesses a wealth of heart-inspiring stories in the minds of its many highly respected senior citizens.
It was the white lie of the last decade.
Shame on you, Tim Cook.
The San Joaquin Valley's blessing is its curse.
Mom didn't die.
Imagine your kid playing on an aging soccer field.
Here's a little nugget for those embroiled in the debate over gun control: Young men kill.
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.
Is the plan PG&E proof?
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.