So how good do we have it today? There was a time when the words "flu epidemic" struck fear into the hearts of every man. Today we virtually scoff at flu. We even debate the wisdom of flu shots. How lucky we are. Back in 1918 there were 675,000 Americans - the population of San ...
Startled, the dog tore down the driveway and around the corner, ignoring his owner's commands.
A gunman enters an elementary school. He feels disrespected. When he finds the subject of his ire - a teacher by the name of Olive Taylor - he starts yelling. Then he pulls out a gun and shoots her. A janitor who had heard the noise came running into the room just as the shots ...
Down along Moffat Boulevard there are those who don't live the way most Californians do. They don't live in McMansions. They don't live in modest, traditional single-family homes. They don't live in apartments.
Information on the Internet should be free.
How much is that doggie in the window? Or more precisely, how much is that doggie worth in terms of sentimental value if someone kills it, either accidentally or intentionally? It's a question facing the Texas Supreme Court. Jeremy and Kathryn Medlen have sued the City of Fort Worth after their 7-year-old dog was picked up after escaping from their yard. They were ...
Riley Simmons - the Colony Oak Elementary School fourth grader waging a battle with brain cancer - was all smiles.
Jerry Brown's legacy awaits. And so does the future of California.
There is little argument that gay teens have been in Scouting since the movement started a century ago.
The consumer electronics gadget show in Las Vegas is wasted on me.
The revolution - or more accurately, the rebirth of sound urban planning - will start bearing fruit this year.
I used to laugh when I heard someone say, "You're not dead until the government says you're dead."
California could soon become one big toilet. That's the goal, any way, of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano. Actually that's not how the San Francisco Democrat describes his latest legislation. He's dubbed his measure the "Homeless Persons' Bill of Rights." Ammiano is aiming his legislation at communities that make it tough for homeless to stick around. Essentially if it passes a whole list of local ordinances aimed at controlling what communities deem inappropriate behavior, whether one is ...
So how does avoiding the fiscal cliff feel? If you're like 77 percent of us you still got bruised pretty badly. That's because Social Security payroll taxes took an increased 2 percent bite out of your earnings. It's not really a tax increase, we are told. It isn't that much, they say. It never stimulated the economy, they add. While there is little doubt the Social Security system needed the taxes "restored" that were cut ...
Playing the stock market and gambling - what's the difference?
"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.