Free wheel locks for hot vehicles
The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force is giving away steering wheel locks in an effort to cut down on the number of stolen vehicles. Just prove you own one of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles: 1985-1995 Honda Accord, 1994-2000 Honda Civic, 1988-1995 Toyota Camry, 1994-1999 Saturn, 1991-1996 Nissan Sentra, 1991-1995 Acura, 1988-2005 Chevrolet pickup, 1984-1987 Toyota pickup, 1995-1999 Ford Mustang, and 1994-1999 Dodge Caravan. The locks are available at the California Highway Patrol office; Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department; police departments in Modesto, Ceres, Oakdale, Riverbank, Hughson, Newman and Patterson; California State University, Stanislaus; Modesto Junior College; and the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.
Kids' Day facts
There are only seven more days till Kids' Day, where the proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee go to help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock.
The game room at The Salvation Army's Red Shield Community Center features Xbox, foosball, air hockey, a pool table and pingpong. The room also is a place for arts and crafts. In 2007, 16,782 children used the game room.
Take precautions over blowing dust
The San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Control District issued a health caution Monday because gusty winds were kicking up dust. It was especially heavy in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. Exposure to particle pollution can aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections. The cautionary advisory was through Monday evening but could be released again today if the wind persists, the air board said. For more information, visit www.valleyair.org or call the district office in Modesto, 557-6400.
75 YEARS AGO: A thunderstorm brought heavy rain to some sections of Stanislaus County while other areas received only light precipitation. The storm brought downpours to the McHenry Avenue district north of Modesto but very light precipitation fell in the heart of the city. Professor William F. Martin of the Modesto Junior College weather station said the first days of May had the lowest precipitation since he started keeping records in 1927.
50 YEARS AGO: Stallone Market made a clean sweep of Modesto team bowling honors for the season by winning the final prize -- the Tournament of Champions. The team members included Gene Faria, Don Follis, Bill Sciarini, Rome Bisio and Mario Casazza.
-- Karen Aiello