Daughter speaks before former police sergeant sentenced for sex abuse

A former Modesto police sergeant on Thursday was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter over several months. His daughter spoke in court about the impact of her father’s abuse before he was sentenced.


Students say so long to salmon

Nearly 100 second-graders from Burbank Elementary School in Modesto released into the wild on Thursday baby salmon they hatched as part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife project Salmonids in the Classroom.

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Changes, errors in benefits can leave veterans in bind

Once called the best-kept secret of veterans benefits, “aid and attendance” has become an important resource for older veterans needing long-term care or help with daily functions. Some local veterans or surviving spouses have been stunned, however, when the Department of Veterans Affairs has ordered them to repay thousands in “overpaid” aid and attendance benefits or benefits approved in error.

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Kevin Valine

City committees by other names? Not so sweet

The City Council adopted Modesto’s latest strategic plan this week. The plan covers important issues, but offers unintentional comedic relief in renaming three of the council’s four subcommittees. The new names are vague, a mouthful to say, and raise the wrong kinds of questions for the city.

Nan Austin

Turlock university burnishes its right-brain credentials

A new writing initiative from California State University, Stanislaus, aims to turn the page on the science and math story, adding an underline and an exclamation point to liberal arts training. The idea is to better communicate all those deep thoughts and lofty ideals of the reflective, creative majors, giving grads greater leadership potential that will shine on their alma mater.


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