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Modesto schools hold the beef

Are your kids asking: "Where's the beef?" This week, all beef is off the menu in Modesto City Schools after the California Department of Education urged school districts to stop serving beef products from a Chino-based meat supplier under investigation for butchering and distributing weak or ill cattle. The department's Nutrition Services Division advised agencies not to use beef products from Westland Meat Co. -- a National School Lunch Program supplier -- until further notice. Criss Atwell, director of nutrition services for Modesto schools, said a team immediately identified several 3,000-pound pallets of Westland frozen ground beef in the food services warehouse. "We immediately pulled all beef product," Atwell said. Beef purchased from another distributor will be back on the menu as early as Monday, Atwell said.

Protect yourself from being a victim

Modesto is experiencing a rash of auto thefts and residential and vehicle burglaries, police are reporting. Officials are offering weekly tips to protect your property:

If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.

Can you share your Turlock memories?

How does it feel to be hitting the big 100 this year? The city of Turlock is celebrating its centennial this year, and we'd like to hear from you. Share your favorite memories or thoughts about the city where you live. E-mail them to living@modbee.com. Please include your name and phone number.

Patterson schools plan budget cuts

Patterson Joint Unified School District announced Wednesday that it is preparing for looming state budget cuts by freezing spending on all nonessential materials and may eliminate 30 staff positions. The move is in response to Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed $101 billion spending plan. Page B-2

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: The Modesto Indoor Baseball League ended its season as Ripon's San Joaquin County Club took championship honors by defeating the Gould Restaurant squad by a score of 24 to 5.

50 YEARS AGO: The Stanislaus County Planning Commission approved an application from L.W. Damewood for a fruit and vegetable stand on McHenry Avenue south of St. Francis Avenue. Only V.E. (Pete) Barton voted against Damewood's application, stating "any action to install further commercial strip development along McHenry Avenue is bad for the county." -- Karen Aiello

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