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Of Kings, fad diets, leaky roofs & Greg LeMond

Someone asked me the other day why I wasn't hip on fad diets pushed by various companies.

July 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail going down wrong track to Bay Area

Up in the Altamont Hills stand the forerunners of green energy in California - wind mills turning turbines to generate electricity.

July 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Build a men’s shelter & they will come

Do we really want to address the issue of homeless single men in Manteca?

July 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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SWAT rolls out turkeys & pies

To say it isn't a monstrosity would be doing it a disservice.

November 27, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


They will sing of their joy

This holiday, almost upon us, seems to be different, slightly more tension, more pressure, life moving faster.

November 27, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special Correspondent | Local Columns


It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Giving thanks for all the things we do not have

We give thanks every day. But Thanksgiving is a special time to be thankful for the many blessings we have.

November 26, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Free Thanksgiving dinners in Manteca, Oakdale, Escalon

Join the 5th annual Thanksgiving in Manteca for a free traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Mountain Mike's Pizza (corner of Main and Louise) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 26, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Shoplifters are stealing from you & me

The woman ahead of me in Target was doing her best to distract and confuse the clerk.

November 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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