Editorials

Editorials

Presidential tests Trump is already failing

President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference in nearly six months displayed how he is trying to redefine acceptable behavior for the leader of the free world. What he’s doing is not OK. It isn’t good for the next commander in chief to be at war with the nation’s intelligence agencies, to accuse them of acting like Nazi Germany. And his plan to avoid conflicts of interests falls far short of what is required.

Editorials

Let’s not block the road to driverless cars

Autonomous vehicles are being tested by 20 companies on California’s roads. To keep those companies around, and maybe lure Uber back from Arizona, regulators must be careful not to stifle innovation as the technology advances and the industry takes shape.

Editorials

Trying to make sense of tragedy in Oakland

The impulse is to solely blame the city of Oakland for the Ghost Ship horror. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined yet, but we know that the artist colony has been on the city’s radar for a while. The warehouse wasn’t zoned for residential use, nor licensed to be a nightclub, but that it was doing both was no secret.

Videos

Storm takes down power lines and trees

Scenes from down powerlines and trees throughout Stanislaus county (Erin Tracy/etracy@modbee.com)
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Storm takes down power lines and trees 0:48

Storm takes down power lines and trees

Art Play Sculpture's Future In Jeopardy 1:34

Art Play Sculpture's Future In Jeopardy

Tree down on Claus Road near Riverbank 0:39

Tree down on Claus Road near Riverbank

Mom whose daugthers say disappeared turns up in Modesto 0:55

Mom whose daugthers say disappeared turns up in Modesto