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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.

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.

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