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Ignacio Pizano's forearm used to bear a tattoo of a devil smoking a marijuana joint. Other body art left no doubt about his allegiance to the drug-fueled violence that left him facing a life sentence at 15.
A sunny Saturday packed with promise awoke with organizers already sipping coffee and packing cars. By breakfast, Relay for Life tent cities were up and bike race barricades detoured downtown Modesto traffic.
For the Class of 2013, the next few weeks will be a blur of yearbook signing, senior celebrations and saying goodbye. Among the celebrations will be Gregori High's first graduating class, set to walk in the first event held in its just-finished stadium.
Whenever government builds or rebuilds something, you wonder, "Why does it always cost so much?" The city of Modesto wants to renovate the public men's and women's restrooms at the transit center on Ninth Street downtown. The cost estimate as much as a four-bedroom home.
For inspiration, the 460 graduates of the University of California at Merced on Saturday could draw upon the wisdom of an ex-astronaut, their chancellor, and a fellow student and researcher as they chart their futures.
Three straight one-run wins and a series sweep of slumping Kansas City might be just the thing to get the Oakland Athletics going again. Yeonis Cespedes hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning and the A's beat the Royals 4-3 to move back over .500.
One thing that's happened since I started writing this column is I get a number of calls and emails each week with questions, comments or tips. Far and away, the question I have had most has to do with Mike Nelson and when he will open his new restaurant.
Lily Fern Weatherford began singing southern gospel music in the 1940s when she joined her husband, Earl, in his quartet in in Long Beach.
A Valley Springs family faces the brutal loss of a child, purportedly at the hands of an intruder. Area residents rally to help. Then the family learns of a further possible tragedy, that a sibling may have committed the crime.
An Oregon funeral home in Eugene offers natural burials where the ride to the person's final resting place is on the back of a three-wheeled bicycle.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opened atop the U.S. box office, though its debut didn't quite make the jump to warp speed that Paramount Pictures executives expected.