Our View: Filling the kettles is a Modesto tradition

When it rains money from above, nobody worries about getting wet. The money was falling from the ceiling of Modesto Centre Plaza on Thursday afternoon for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Kickoff luncheon. By the time the fundraising event was over, $200,973 had been raised to help fund the Army’s various programs.


Sense of security comes with immigration reform

About two dozen people gathered Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a west Modesto church to talk about the impact of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform that will lift the fear of deportation for more than 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Livingston billboard scrutinizes Foster Farms

A public display scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in Foster Farms chickens greeted hundreds of residents Friday, sending a powerful message about what advocates say is continued misuse of the drug by the giant poultry producer.

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Ken Carlson

Local medical residencies are interviewing candidates

With all of the people enrolling in insurance and Medi-Cal through health care reform, it seems that local hospitals and clinics could use more doctors. At this time of year, we see a lot of medical school graduates in town to compete for training opportunities with the Valley Consortium for Medical Education.

Marijke Rowland

Online stars add to celebrity constellation

The stars of social media have become a force in pop culture. But despite their millions of followers, there are still vast swaths of the population who have no idea who they are. Included in that new breed of stars is Los Banos‘ 19-year-old Bethany Mota, a YouTube star who just made it to the “Dancing With the Stars” finals.

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