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Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


American Graffiti: Movie resonates Modesto cruise

MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father.

June 08, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


All streets are safe until people drive on them

"There is no such thing as an unsafe road."

June 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More enjoyable to embrace summer than fighting it

Finally, the heat is on.

June 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bicyclist goes 35 mph down sidewalk while towing a trailer

Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.

June 06, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More news from Profit Gouging & Electricity

The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.

June 06, 2013 | By DENNIS WYATT Executive Editor | Local Columns


Trust the IRS? When did we trust the IRS?

"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel

June 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want Insanity Workout? Run with 2 Dalmatians

Shaun T. - one of the late night gurus of exercise DVDs - wants you to send him three monthly payments of $39.95 to take advantage of his Insanity Workouts.

June 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: $24B won’t assure adequate water supplies for 25 million people

Let the distortions begin.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A pawn, a $350,000 study & taking $12M out of people’s pockets

One man's due diligence is costing more than 40,000 households, business, and farmers $12 million a year.

May 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A virtually empty garage may be un-American by today’s standards

I'm a prime candidate for the Homeland Security watch list.

May 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Apple isn’t rotten but the American taxing system is

Why does Uncle Sam insist on subsidizing rich people?

May 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: Get ready for Owens Valley 2.0

Want to see the future of the Northern San Joaquin Valley?

May 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic officer: Toughest job in Manteca?

The toughest job in Manteca might just be the men who are part of the Manteca Police Department's traffic enforcement unit.

May 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winds have changed at 1001 W. Center St.

The City of Manteca has a new unofficial municipal motto: "This is the new norm."

May 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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‘Live’ spelled backwards spells ‘evil’

What's wrong with us?

November 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The four chiefs: Hanging around after they retire & what it means

The four "chiefs" - Willie Weatherford, Charlie Halford, Dave Bricker, and Nick Obligacion - are one of the things that makes Manteca unique.

November 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


4 state workers net $902,000 in bonuses

Jack Ehnes, Christopher Ailman, Ted Eliopoulos, and Marcie Frost have all just received bonuses totaling $902,000.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon trustees thank bond oversight board

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District received special appreciation from the Measure G Citizen's Oversight Committee in moving forward with the Colony Oak ...

November 06, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca Unified expels 30 students suspends 2,718 during 2016-2017

Manteca Unified expelled 30 students and suspended 2,718 students during the 2016-2017 school year.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fatal hit and run; shooting leaves man in critical condition

Manteca Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident that took place Sunday evening in the 1200 block of West Lathrop Road in North ...

November 06, 2017 | | Local Columns


RACING TO HELP KIDS WIN AT BOYS & GIRLS

Eric Nascimento Jr. knows how important the Manteca-Lathrop is in the lives of 1,800 kids who take advantage of the club's programs.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca taxpayers won’t pay for upkeep of coming interchange landscaping

Manteca taxpayers will not be on the hook for the upkeep of landscaping within Caltrans' jurisdiction at the Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange that ...

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Failure to grasp ‘The Little Red Hen’ moral and $1,210 fine for illegal camping

You've probably never have met Norman Moore, but you may have seen him.

November 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City-school partnerships: Getting into swim of things

The City of Manteca has a swimming pool built 60 years ago when the community had a population of less than 10,000.

November 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The land of two seasons

Is it just me, or do we live in a place where two of the seasons exist in name only?

November 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Gas tax is unfair as it’s basically a regressive tax

One of California's most regressive taxes became even more regressive on Tuesday.

November 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hollywood embraces instant guilt

If you have a hankering to visit Hollywood, you might want to do so soon.

November 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


5-seond rules, Halloween candy & poison

I do not have a five-second rule.

October 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yosemite fee hike woefully inadequate as it is proposed

We are loving Yosemite National Park to death.

October 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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