Kevin Valine

Lots of room for growth in Modesto

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee will review on Monday how much land Modesto has for homes, stores and industry. The short answer: an awful lot. The city’s urban growth review identifies 1,680 acres within the city for development.

Jeff Jardine

Snuffing out a bad habit by quitting smoking

When a man at a gas station said he’d smoked his last cigarette because of the price, his tone seemed to infer that he thought he was punishing the store clerk and the tobacco industry. But he isn’t punishing the clerk, the station’s owner or Big Tobacco. He’s only helping himself.

Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine: Young Modesto writers make healing personal

Somerset Middle School teacher Susan Romero discovered that 15 of her students in 2012 had lost loved ones and were dealing with the emotions of those losses. So she persuaded 13 of them to write about their experience and assembled it into a book intended to help other teens face the same dilemmas.

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