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Property tax up 14%

Manteca’s adopted budget calls for the city to dip into reserves to close out the books on June 30 to bridge a $592,940 structured deficit.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | Property tax up 14% Comments 0 Comments

HOLD THE WATER

Don’t expect to find that complimentary glass of water on your table the next time you sit down at a restaurant. 

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | HOLD THE WATER Comments 0 Comments

Rules against excess watering of landscaping being formed

Wasting landscape water for some future development could become a costly proposition.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:40 a.m. | | Rules against excess watering of landscaping being formed Comments 0 Comments

Ripon cuts water use by 34 percent

Even though January was a dry month, the City of Ripon still did its part to conserve water.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:39 a.m. | | Ripon cuts water use by 34 percent Comments 0 Comments

Tentative port deal helps almond growers

The Almond Hullers & Processors Association applauded the tentative agreement reached to resolve the West Coast ports situation. 

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:38 a.m. | | Tentative port deal helps almond growers Comments 0 Comments

Weston Ranch student wins art contest

Victor Hernandez of Weston Ranch High School won the judges’ nod in the art contest sponsored by the Manteca Garden Club. As the winner among 19 entries submitted, he receives $100 cash prize.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:37 a.m. | | Weston Ranch student wins art contest Comments 0 Comments

Area high school seniors honored by Daughters of American Revolution

Seniors at East Union, Manteca High, Lathrop High, and Sierra high schools were among those honored as Good Citizens by the El Toyon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The local students were among the 14 who were recognized during a ceremony attended by the students with their parents, guardians, counselors, and administrators at the Central United Methodist Church in Stockton.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:29 a.m. | | Area high school seniors  honored by Daughters  of American Revolution Comments 0 Comments

Calling for cooperation, Obama confronts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political realignment.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 10:09 p.m. | | Calling for cooperation, Obama confronts Comments 0 Comments

Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 10:08 p.m. | | Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks Comments 0 Comments

Biden checks off another early state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — First, Iowa. Then, South Carolina. Now, New Hampshire.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 10:08 p.m. | | Biden checks off another early state Comments 0 Comments

Lack of snow, warm weather plague Iditarod

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Warm weather continues to play havoc for organizers of the world’s most famous sled dog race.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 10:00 p.m. | | Lack of snow, warm weather  plague Iditarod Comments 0 Comments

Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced a proposal Wednesday to expand affordable housing in California by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:00 p.m. | | Assembly leader backs $75 real estate fee Comments 0 Comments

Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks

OXNARD (AP) — A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | Lawyer: Trucker ran for life after stranding truck on tracks Comments 0 Comments

Man who bit off fingertip pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who bit off a fingertip during a fight at a Rose Bowl concert in Pasadena has pleaded no contest to mayhem.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:56 p.m. | | Man who bit  off fingertip pleads no contest Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: BUS AIDE STOLE LUNCH MONEY, FOOD FROM PRESCHOOLERS: MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

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Suit against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of dry dog food.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:59 p.m. | | Suit against Purina claims food sickens,  kills dogs Comments 0 Comments

Rift escalates between LA teachers, district

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district are in an escalating rift with Los Angeles Unified officials over higher wages, smaller class sizes and evaluations as contract negotiations have stalled after more than six months of bargaining.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:03 p.m. | | Rift escalates between LA teachers, district Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Some of California’s most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

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Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 7:16 p.m. | | Nickelodeon  debuts mobile  service Noggin  for the pre-K set Comments 0 Comments

Unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 7:23 p.m. | | Unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers Comments 0 Comments

RAISING PAY

NEW YORK (AP) — The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 7:24 p.m. | | RAISING PAY Comments 0 Comments

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Google releases work tools  designed for Android phones Comments 0 Comments

Special ed parents plan rally, remove children

Parents of Special Education students in Manteca Unified and their supporters are holding a rally on Friday in front of the school district office to demand that district officials meet with them and reinstate teacher Leo Bennett-Cauchon to his job by Monday, March 2.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:01 a.m. | | Special ed parents plan rally, remove children Comments 1 Comment

IT’S SERIOUS, FOLKS

Four winters. Four consecutive years of drought. 

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:05 a.m. | | IT’S SERIOUS, FOLKS Comments 1 Comment

63 PARKS & COUNTING

Manteca hit a milestone three month ago when the city completed its 63rd park facility.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | 63 PARKS & COUNTING Comments 0 Comments

Help sought to spruce up veterans graves

There are hundreds of veterans buried at the pioneer East Union Cemetery in Manteca. The markers on many of the gravestones, through the years, have deteriorated and have become weather-worn.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | Help sought to spruce up veterans graves Comments 0 Comments

Blight fight continues along Moffat

Manteca’s ugly ducking thoroughfare — Moffat Boulevard — is inching closer to swan status.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:02 a.m. | | Blight fight continues along Moffat Comments 0 Comments

Murder suspect faces other charges

If the murder case won’t be enough to potentially keep Richard Howard Watkins behind bars for life, the other charges very likely will. 

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Murder suspect faces other charges Comments 0 Comments

Ripon OKs 3-day July 4th celebration

During his days as superintendent of the Ripon Unified School District, Leo Zuber recalled catching the Fourth of July fireworks show from the district office.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:10 a.m. | | Ripon OKs 3-day July 4th celebration Comments 0 Comments

Suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police knew a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting that killed a neighborhood mother of four smoked marijuana before he surrendered during a standoff last week, and investigators questioned him while he was high, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:40 p.m. | | Suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot Comments 0 Comments

Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death

MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:39 p.m. | | Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death Comments 0 Comments

Pills before, after sex help prevent HIV

SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Pills before, after sex help prevent HIV Comments 0 Comments

Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Man convicted in deaths of  ‘American Sniper’ author, friend Comments 0 Comments

Autistic boy severely beaten in cafeteria

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri sixth-grader with Asperger’s syndrome has suffered complications from a severe beating he took in the lunchroom from another student, his parents say.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Autistic boy severely beaten in cafeteria   Comments 0 Comments

Chicago mayor forced into April runoff election

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday’s municipal election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Chicago mayor forced into April  runoff election Comments 0 Comments

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:33 p.m. | | Used cars often sold with  unfixed defects, despite recalls Comments 0 Comments

Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:39 p.m. | | Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos Comments 0 Comments

Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK  (AP) — Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Woman survives after being struck by train Comments 0 Comments

SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Organizers of last fall’s swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:11 p.m. | | SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS Comments 0 Comments

Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:17 p.m. | | Plastic bag ban  suspended by  ballot referendum Comments 0 Comments

Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn’t likely to affect drivers’ wallets.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:20 p.m. | | Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents Comments 0 Comments

Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:09 p.m. | | Former LA Mayor  Villaraigosa opts  out of Senate bid Comments 0 Comments

Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) — A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:09 p.m. | | Abandoned truck’s driver  arrested after train crash Comments 0 Comments

Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) — Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:10 p.m. | | Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat Comments 0 Comments

Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state’s foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 7:11 p.m. | | Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids Comments 0 Comments

CAR IN IHOP

Manteca’s IHOP restaurant isn’t a drive-thru.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 1:16 a.m. | | CAR IN IHOP Comments 0 Comments

Gun rights topic of Patriots’ gathering

Robert Davis, co-owner of Elite Arms gun shop on South Main Street, is appearing before the Manteca Patriots on Thursday, March 12, to give a rundown of current District and Supreme Court cases affecting Second Rights Amendments.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | Gun rights topic of Patriots’ gathering Comments 0 Comments

Moffat best spot for dog park?

The City of Manteca wouldn’t be able to build the Moffat Community Center this year for $1.16 million unless it deferred meeting the same landscape requirements it imposes on the private sector.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | Moffat best spot for dog park? Comments 0 Comments

Teacher, school district officials meet Wednesday

Leo Bennett-Cauchon, Manteca Unified’s special ed teacher who continues to be on leave of absence with pay, is taking his cause to Lathrop High School.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 1:11 a.m. | | Teacher, school district officials meet Wednesday Comments 1 Comment

Go charge while getting car charged

Business is already booming at the Tesla Super Charging Station that just opened along the 120 Bypass at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 1:18 a.m. | | Go charge while getting car charged Comments 0 Comments

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