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Stanislaus County pushes attendance

For the second year in a row, many Stanislaus County schools are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates. Did you know? ... Students who are absent an average of 15 days a year miss a year's worth of school before they're high school seniors.

Medicare details available Thursday

Seniors can get information on the 2008 changes to the Medicare managed-care plans from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. Representatives of health maintenance plans available in Stanislaus County will speak. The meeting is sponsored by the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. For information, call HICAP at 558-4540.

Lawsuit against city heads back to court

Three women suing Modesto over a claim that the city's Finance Department underpaid them are expected to begin their trial today before Judge William Mayhew in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Jo Ann Bertolotti, Leslie Curtin and Lori Martinez say they were underpaid in comparison with a male colleague. The city says in court records that it treated the women fairly. Modesto has spent $384,733 defending itself in the case, according to records obtained by Gary Goyette, a Sacramento attorney representing the three employees.

Let us know about Veterans Day events

Veterans Day is coming soon. If you have an activity honoring veterans, let The Bee know so we can include it in our calendar and coverage. Send activities to kpethoud@modbee.com or The Bee, c/o Features Department,P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352. Include a daytime phone number that readers can call for information.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: Modesto Junior College selected the Downey High School auto mechanics department as the "shop of the month." Each month, MJC's trades and industry department selected an outstanding project in one of 22 high schools. The featured shop is highlighted in Trade Winds, a newspaper published by the trades and industry students at MJC and distributed to 2,000 high school shop students.

25 YEARS AGO: Robert Milton Murphy, a 23-year-old Ceres deer hunter, was found in good condition near Highland Creek in the Dorrington area after he had been missing for three days. Don Stone of the Tuolumne County search-and-rescue team said a California Highway Patrol helicopter picked up Murphy and flew him to the Sonora Fairgrounds; he was transferred to Sonora County Hospital.

-- Karen Aiello

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