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Sheriff not trying to pull fast one

We’re glad Sheriff Adam Christianson got his new digital aerial camera. The purchase, discussed and approved by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors this week, is quite expensive (more than the cost of the airplane that will carry it aloft). But it undoubtedly will be a pivotal crime-fighting tool if it does all the things it claims it can do, such as tracking heat signatures, seeing through fog and being able to focus clearly down to criminals’ footwear.

Blogs & Columns

Pat Clark

The 10 best television shows of 2014

I’ve surprised myself a little this year. Now that it’s time to rank the 10 best television shows of 2014, it turns out one of my most beloved for several years could not, in all honesty, be included.

Jeff Jardine

Ex-Modestan’s company cleared for drone takeoff

Brian Whiteside, a 1988 Downey High grad and now president of VDOS Global, last week was granted an exemption by the FAA that will allow his company to use drones to perform safety inspections on oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, along with other hard-to-reach structures.

Nan Austin

Let’s talk techie – yes, students need computers

Computer Science Week just wound up, but the whole month has felt tech-centric. There is a tech-tonic shift happening, pardon the pun, from the inkwell world where classrooms got their start. Encyclopedias to Google-ing. Wide-ruled binder paper to spreadsheets. Pencils to styluses.

Jeff Jardine

Work begins to bring fire-damaged hotel back to life

Cleanup is underway at Coulterville’s historic Hotel Jeffery, with crews tearing out debris from the hotel’s burned and smoke-damaged areas, and it turns out a direct descendant of the hotel’s founder, George Jeffery, still lives nearby. Also, a Modestan shares his dream of transforming Modesto’s Dry Creek into a tourist mecca.

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