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Monday morning, a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge likely will dismiss charges against an Oakdale woman, and Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley couldn't be happier about it. Really? Don't prosecutors pride themselves on getting convictions?
You might wonder how an almond and grape rancher from Ripon became a portrait subject for America's quintessential artist Norman Rockwell. The Bee's Jeff Jardine tells the tale.
You've heard of guys like Sam Montgomery before. Boys who should have been in high school but instead fibbed about their ages to serve during World War II.
A prosecutor's office in Iowa contacted columnist Jeff Jardine in an attempt to reach and return $300 to a now-closed reward foundation. The office agreed to donate to the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers instead.
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.
If you attended Beyer High School in the mid- to late 1980s, you probably knew or knew of Brian Scott Pfeifle.
There are those who love cats and will feed and fix the feral ones at their own expense. Others, meanwhile, don't share the love for such mercurial critters known to defile yards.
A year ago, developer Peter Janopaul III unveiled grand plans to convert downtown Modesto's historic El Viejo Post Office into residential lofts topped by a 4,000-square-foot penthouse. So much for big aspirations.
Friday evening the Giants and Angels baseball teams face off at the Salida Little League field on Broadway. The standings are pretty much irrelevant, though you could make the point that it's one heck of a division rivalry, since they are the only two teams in the division or, for that matter, the entire league.
Virtually every event or story comes with "what ifs?" What if this or that had happened a bit differently along the way, altering or saving lives or preventing even greater tragedies? Earlier this month, a federal court judge overturned the case against George Apostos Souliotes. He's the Modesto landlord convicted of starting the fire that killed a mother and her two young children on Jan. 15, 1997.
When the DMC Foundation closed a few weeks ago because of financial problems, it left roughly 75 Miller's Place health care clients and 20 people with Alzheimer's disease with no place to spend their days. But as always seems to be the case, there are stories within the story.
Lincoln Ellis is coming home, or within 30 miles of it. Ellis, 60, will become the first president and chief executive officer of the fledgling Modesto Boys & Girls Club, just a half-hour south of Stockton, where he grew up and joined that city's boys club as a ninth-grader in 1967.
With family and doctors at his bedside last Monday, Brandon Dybdahl took his last breath, and the Modesto man's 23-year reign as one of the longest-living heart transplant recipients in history ended in a sea of tears, grief and relief.
Retiring Modesto Junior College instructor Doug Smith says his photography class -- which uses old-school technology like film and a darkroom -- is a favorite among the school's art department students and an art form worth preserving.
For more than an hour Monday, Turlock resident Desiree Silva inched her way toward the barrier near the Boston Marathons finish line on the citys famed Boylston Street.