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A new plea to the governor, times two, to keep killers in 1979 Modesto case locked up

In 2015, members of the Ranzo family and others went to the state Capitol to ask Gov. Brown to overturn the parole of Jeffrey Maria, one of four men convicted in the brutal murders of Modesto residents Phil and Kathy Ranzo in 1979. Their efforts worked, and Brown kept Maria in prison. With Maria again recommended for freedom, and crime ringleader Marty Don Spears as well, will their tactic work again? They went to the Capitol again to plead their case to keep both killers behind bars, and now await Brown’s verdict.

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Modesto council decides against hiring retail expert

Modesto has decided against spending as much as $60,000 to hire a firm that helps cities attract more stores, restaurants and other retailers to help them boost their sales tax revenues. The City Council on Tuesday rejected hiring Buxton to have it conduct a retail and market study and provide the city with other services.

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High above the flooding San Joaquin River on Feb. 15, 2017

Bee reader Jeff Mitchell shared this video of the San Joaquin River near Highway 132 in Stanislaus County on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. He shoots wonderful video of the area. You can check it out on his YouTube page – https://www.youtube.com/user/jeffrm20/featured (Jeff Mitchell).

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Junior SEALs train in Modesto

Girls have joined the boys in the seventh year of the Junior Navy SEALS Program of Stanislaus County, training for the grueling Trident Challenge competition this spring in Coronado. Deke Farrow/jfarrow@modbee.com

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Family wants killers to stay in prison

Family and friends of 1979 murder victims Phil and Kathy Ranzo went to Sacramento to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to overturn Parole Board's decision to release convicted killers Marty Don Spears and Jeffrey Maria. They held a press conference in State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani's office.

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Junior SEALs train in Modesto

Girls have joined the boys in the seventh year of the Junior Navy SEALS Program of Stanislaus County, training for the grueling Trident Challenge competition this spring in Coronado. Deke Farrow/jfarrow@modbee.com
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Junior SEALs train in Modesto 2:11

Junior SEALs train in Modesto

Modesto residents near Tuolumne River prepare for floods 1:16

Modesto residents near Tuolumne River prepare for floods

Family wants killers to stay in prison 1:57

Family wants killers to stay in prison

Falling tree sparks fire 0:53

Falling tree sparks fire