Stockton admittedly has its challenges. It is second only to Oakland among California cities in terms of crime. It is the third most illiterate city among those in the United States with 250,000 residents or more based on just 17 percent of the adult population having a college degree. The FBI ranks it No. 7 nationally for vehicle theft per capita. And on Monday Stockton had the dubious honor of being the largest United States ...
"My gosh." I first I didn't really notice. Then I heard it again. "My gosh." I stopped where I was working in my back yard and looked up." "My gosh. I almost got it." Standing on the roof of the house next door was a neighbor boy of about 12 years. He was shooting baskets with his cousins. They were feeding him the ball and he was trying to shoot over the top of a ...
Camron Moebius learned very quickly that building a playground was, in fact, no walk in the park.
LATHROP - There was plenty of tissue in use at the Lathrop High gym on Friday I have to admit there were a couple tears that touched my cheek as the death and dying in an alcohol fueled traffic crash dramatization brought back memories of those I have covered over the years.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. But sometimes "free" can be more expensive than you think. The school free lunch program is a prime example. Every year school districts must vote to accept the provisions of the free lunch program in order to continue receiving those monies, as well as all federal funds. One would think ...
Bill Goodwin dislikes graffiti. Nor is he a big fan of the color putrid salmon. That explains why he challenged the status quo. And in doing so, he may make Manteca look just a little bit better. Goodwin questioning why the city is literally painting Manteca a putrid salmon started when a member of society's underbelly - vandals who fancy themselves artists and their gang cousins who mark what they perceive to be their territory ...
My brother Ronald knew how to safely use a rifle before he entered the fifth grade.
Step into "Spring" right out your front door – there's nothing like it before the sun's up. Many a pickup truck will pass you on the street as farmers are headed out to their ranches and you might even find a dog that wants to walk at your side for several blocks.
Every had roasted stuffed goose, papardelle with tomato and stewed pancetta, or truffle tagliatelle?
In 2009, an interim Texas school superintendent declared that sex-education classes were unnecessary in his rural district. Most of the area's school kids live on farms, he explained, therefore: "They get a pretty good sex education from their animals."
Michelle Crippen watched them spin circles around campus, plodding through an open field and skipping across the blacktop.
Just 36.4 miles separate Delta College and Modesto Junior College. They both offer similar courses. Both have had to clamp down on enrollment and raise fees. But were all of the fee hikes and class caps necessary? The simple answer is no. That's because the fantasy known as "local control" takes precedent over education. San Joaquin Delta Community College District and Yosemite Community College District could easily be operated under one board and one administrative ...
Here are three news tidbits from the past week:
Mark Leno is an interesting politician. The San Francisco Democrat is all about gun control. The reason? People use guns to kill people. Subtracting suicides, there were 8,538 people killed by bullets in the United States in 2011. The state senator from the City by the Bay is also the man behind a push to give cities and counties the ability to extend ...
Call it the McMansion Death Act of 2006.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.
Call it farmer smarts
How many calories are in 16 ounces of orange juice? Try 220 calories.
Anthony Alcaraz sat forward in his seat, staring quizzically at the track, convinced someone had made a mistake.
Is San Joaquin County business friendly?
I can't stand cigarette smoke.