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Delta task force needs united stand

The battles over the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are heating up, and it has nothing to do with climate change. The delta is the heart of California's water world, but right now, it's got major problems. That's why it's more important than ever that everyone involved in a task force to investigate the issues be on the same page, says The Bee's Editorial Board.

Merced top official is leaving his post

Merced City Manager Jim Marshall, 58, announced Thursday that he'll retire effective March 28. In a letter to the mayor and City Council, Marshall said he's leaving with "mixed feelings" -- proud of his accomplishments, but "saddened that we didn't complete everything."

Crab feed at Beyer

The Beyer High School band boosters invite crab lovers to its ninth annual Crab Feed in the Forum at the school Saturday at 6 p.m. On the menu: all-you-can-eat salad, pasta, bread and marinated crab. Tickets are $35 until today, then $40. Go to www.beyerband.org to download an order form. Seating is limited. Join in the fun and bring a dessert for auction. Profits benefit the Beyer band and color guard program.

Got a time share?

Salespeople pitching timeshare deals swarm around resort communities, all of them offering "vacation bargains" and "great investment opportunities." Bee business writer J.N. Sbranti is writing a story about what people should know before purchasing a time-share unit. Did you buy one? If so, would you be willing to share your experiences with The Bee? Was it as terrific a deal as you were led to believe, or a financial blunder? What's your advice to others who are considering such properties? Share your thoughts by calling 578-2196 or e-mailing jnsbranti@modbee.com.

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