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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

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.

High School Football

Central Catholic wins third consecutive state crown

Modesto’s Central Catholic High School won its third straight CIF Division IV state football championship Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the StubHub Center in Carson with a 31-19 victory over St. Margaret’s (San Juan Capistrano). Senior tight end/safety Jared Rice delivered a final all-around performance with a sack, two interceptions and six receptions for 73 yards and two scores.

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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.

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.

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