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Parole denied for two Modesto men, granted for another

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office this month argued against the parole from prison of three former Modesto men convicted of crimes in the 1990s. One of the men, a convicted murderer, was found suitable for parole after 19 years of incarceration.

Jeff Jardine

Modesto vet wants Sony to show film

The decision last week to pull the Christmas Day opening of the movie “The Interview” doesn’t sit well with a military veteran who served to protect, among other things, our rights to free speech and expression.

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Establishing ‘quiet zones’ for trains isn’t easy

As a train approaches in the distance, the sound of its horn can conjure romantic images of a foggy London train station or the Polar Express with a conductor on board ready to serve you hot chocolate. But if the horn is blaring by your home in the middle of the night, startling you from sleep, you might have a different take.

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Jeff Jardine

Modesto vet wants Sony to show film

The decision last week to pull the Christmas Day opening of the movie “The Interview” doesn’t sit well with a military veteran who served to protect, among other things, our rights to free speech and expression.

Jeff Jardine

Santa’s cover blown at Orville Wright Elementary

For decades, Bob Conway would walk into the office of Orville Wright Elementary School in Modesto’s Airport Neighborhood and give officials money to buy children Christmas gifts. He, too, grew up in what is one of Modesto’s poorest areas and wanted to give back to the community. He just wanted it to be his little secret. It’s a secret no more.

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.

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