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DROUGHT IS GETTING WORSE

It looks like almost early summer on the Stanislaus River watershed.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:13 a.m. | | DROUGHT IS GETTING WORSE Comments 0 Comments

WESTON RANCH POWER COUPLE

They are Weston Ranch’s power couple. But Dale and Jill Fritchen don’t see themselves as such, and never have.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:16 a.m. | | WESTON RANCH POWER COUPLE Comments 0 Comments

‘Working’ route for levee project before council

The working alignment for the contentious proposed extension of a dry levee south of Manteca is directly behind parcels on the north side of Fig Avenue between Airport Way and Oleander Avenue.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:08 a.m. | | ‘Working’ route for levee project before council Comments 0 Comments

Ripon clears up city hall use policy

Under the rental agreement, the Council Chamber at Ripon City Hall can be used by any government agency free of charge.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:07 a.m. | | Ripon clears up city hall use policy Comments 0 Comments

Lathrop skate park impresses shredders

Kai Burburn rocks back and forth nervously on the lip of the bowl at the new Lathrop skate park. 

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:06 a.m. | | Lathrop skate park impresses shredders Comments 0 Comments

‘Free Weston Ranch’

Free Weston Ranch. That’s the rallying cry of this small community in South West Stockton.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 1:15 a.m. | | ‘Free Weston Ranch’  Comments 0 Comments

St. Anthony’s Mother & Son Dance Feb. 6

The second annual Mother &Son Dance at St. Anthony of Padua School will be held Friday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 12:41 a.m. | | St. Anthony’s Mother & Son  Dance Feb. 6 Comments 0 Comments

PG&E releases thousands of emails

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tens of thousands of newly released emails Friday show a former executive for the state’ largest power utility routinely wining, dining and hammering out behind-the-scenes agreements on utility projects with state utility regulators.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:19 p.m. | | PG&E releases thousands of emails Comments 0 Comments

Man meets donors whose blood saved him after crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:18 p.m. | | Man meets donors whose blood saved him after crash Comments 0 Comments

NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• SUMPTUOUS SEASIDE HOTEL SELLS FOR RECORD-SHATTERING $360M: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) — An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 10:14 p.m. | | NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA Comments 0 Comments

Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census?

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:17 p.m. | | Middle East-North Africa  category for 2020 census? Comments 0 Comments

Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion “Suge” Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:12 p.m. | | Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested   Comments 0 Comments

Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops

DENVER (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:12 p.m. | | Colorado considers ban on  welfare cards at pot shops Comments 0 Comments

Fitness email stirs controversy at college

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | Fitness email stirs controversy at college Comments 0 Comments

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says Comments 0 Comments

Record defense is why Seattle will win 2nd straight

PHOENIX (AP) — The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 8:06 p.m. | | Record defense is why Seattle will win 2nd straight Comments 0 Comments

Record 4.1M Las Vegas visitors

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

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FDA OKs ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Ida May Fuller got got first benefit check

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 8:05 p.m. | | Ida May Fuller got got first benefit check  Comments 0 Comments

Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win

PHOENIX (AP) — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 8:00 p.m. | | Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win Comments 0 Comments

Manteca conference center?

Manteca’s next municipal building could go up on Daniels Street.

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427 MORE HOMES

Manteca in 2014 had its biggest year for single family housing starts in eight years.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 1:16 a.m. | | 427 MORE HOMES Comments 0 Comments

Two trustees trying to remove administrator?

An administrator at a high school in the Manteca Unified School District will remain in his position following a Board of Trustees vote in closed session on Tuesday.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 1:15 a.m. | | Two trustees trying to remove administrator? Comments 0 Comments

Judge may ponder new trial in murder

It took less than a week for a jury to convict Michael Roessler in the murder of 51-year-old rural Manteca Michael Lawrence. 

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Judge may ponder new trial in murder Comments 0 Comments

Great Options help support Kindred Arts

The Manteca Kindred Arts has been bringing top-notch musicians of national and international caliber to Manteca for nearly three decades. Perhaps less known is the fact the non-profit organization has been offering other entertainment options every year for the public’s gastronomical pleasure, among other things.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 1:14 a.m. | | Great Options help support Kindred Arts Comments 0 Comments

Library Park restrooms stay locked

There is a reason why it is not a good idea to unlock the Library Park restrooms unless there is a special event.

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Posted: jan. 30, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Library Park restrooms stay locked Comments 0 Comments

Seeking younger, diverse visitors

The future of California’s state parks depends on attracting younger and ethnically diverse people from cities to experience the state’s vast natural scenery, according to a commission tasked with reforming the state parks department.

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Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ex-Mexican Mafia leader serving life in prison for murder was escorted by Los Angeles officers to speak at a gathering of police chiefs and business leaders, prompting criticism from the mayor’s office Thursday.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:48 p.m. | | Ex-Mexican Mafia leader at LAPD event Comments 0 Comments

Scouts settle suit over abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America settled a sex abuse case Thursday involving a 20-year-old California man who was molested by a Scout volunteer in 2007 — a decision that will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:50 p.m. | | Scouts settle suit over abuse Comments 0 Comments

State must adopt execution process

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:49 p.m. | | State must adopt execution process Comments 0 Comments

1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders passes at age 94

SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:11 p.m. | | 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders passes at age 94 Comments 0 Comments

Officer who arrested man with golf club reassigned

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has reassigned an officer involved in the arrest last summer of a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:17 p.m. | | Officer who arrested man with golf club reassigned Comments 0 Comments

Apple iPhone squeezing Samsung

CUPERTINO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple’s newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea’s Samsung for the title of world’s leading seller of smartphones.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:01 p.m. | | Apple iPhone squeezing Samsung Comments 0 Comments

House Democrats seek better messaging, not new policies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:11 p.m. | | House Democrats seek better  messaging, not new policies Comments 0 Comments

Amazon’s big spending helps top expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.

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Google’s 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO’s pep talk eases letdown

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts’ earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn’t pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:06 p.m. | | Google’s 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO’s pep talk eases letdown Comments 0 Comments

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A shuttered hotel-casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened under the Hard Rock banner after a $60 million renovation that local business and tourism officials hope will help jump-start the struggling main casino drag in the shadow of a big ski resort.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 8:05 p.m. | | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens Comments 0 Comments

California must move 2,100 inmates at risk of getting valley fever

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California will have to move more than 2,100 inmates from two Central Valley prisons because they could be susceptible to contracting a potentially deadly illness, officials said Thursday.

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California meets crowding goal ahead of deadline

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California reached a court-ordered target to reduce the number of inmates in its crowded prisons on Thursday, more than a year ahead of the deadline set by federal judges.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

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SNOWPACK 12% OF NORMAL

ECHO SUMMIT (AP) — California’s second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

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Some doctors won’t see anti- vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

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State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The leader of the state Senate said Thursday that it is imperative California expand child care for working mothers and suggested Gov. Jerry Brown would make room for it if he had more education about the plight of the working poor.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 7:57 p.m. | | State senate leader says Brown needs better understanding of poor Comments 0 Comments

Pension costs growing expense

Public employee retirees are living longer.

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Did trustee cyber-bully WR parent?

As a Weston Ranch parent Alison Ordner was stunned when she believed was slandered, threatened and cyber-bullied when she tried to raise a concern. 

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 1:51 a.m. | | Did trustee cyber-bully WR parent? Comments 1 Comment

Ripon leaders will address bingo rule

There’s an ordinance in place in Ripon that prohibits staging bingo games in city-owned facilities.

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AMERICAN IDOL

Maddy Hudson made the cut.

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Don’t expect MUSD meetings on YouTube

If you have been looking forward to watching the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees meeting live-streamed on the Internet or on YouTube, don’t hold your breath.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 1:45 a.m. | | Don’t expect MUSD meetings on YouTube  Comments 1 Comment

Manteca stops residents from saving water

Manteca wants people to reduce water use — or do they?

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SJ museum adds major exhibit on early settlers

LODI — A new permanent exhibition has been completed at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. It tells the story of the early American settlers of the region, families who came after the Gold Rush to build farms and futures here. “The Historical Society was extremely fortunate to be able to use the Elliott family as an example of the early settlers. They came from their tallgrass prairie homestead in Illinois to San Joaquin County in 1859,” says David Stuart, director of the museum. “Their descendants preserved one of the six wagons that made up the Elliott family wagon train; it ...

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