MID board turns down electric rate increase

The Modesto Irrigation District board rejected its staff’s request to raise electricity rates 3.5 percent, saying the district will draw from reserves to plug a budget gap. The board may revisit power rates after a debate scheduled for January over whether to raise irrigation rates.

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Thanksgiving menu costs rise slightly

The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.

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Entertainment icon Nichols a model for what’s possible here

The death of entertainment icon Mike Nichols on Wednesday triggered heartfelt compliments from the stars of Hollywood and Broadway. Film director Steven Spielberg, for example, said that Nichols’ 1967 movie “The Graduate” was “life altering – both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene.”

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