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What presumption of innocence?

Facts don't matter. Police are guilty until proven innocent - or even if proven innocent. The Black Lives Matter crusade, born after Florida vigilante George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned to police shootings of black men after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014. It doesn't matter that the U.S. Department of Justice essentially cleared Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who said he shot Brown in self-defense. Facts cannot dent the popular narrative of white cops shooting black men because police are racists.

July 19, 2016 | BY DEBRA SAUNDERS Creators Syndicate | Editorial


Proposition 62 can mark the progress of a maturing society for conscientious Californians

Forty-five years ago in a bone-chilling, blood-curdling cover story for The Los Angeles Free Press about California's gas chamber ("How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?," December 4, 1970), author, musician, and beatnik activist Ed Sanders, decried state-sponsored, tax-payer funded executions as a "ritual of filth." Sanders exhorted: "Isn't it time to crush that cruel nose-cone at San Quentin in the jaws of the nearest auto compactor or in the nearest junk yard?"

July 19, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


George House dies

George Rolland House II wore many hats. He was a California Highway Patrolman, an almond farmer, a member of the Hughson School Board and later a California State Assemblyman. The unwavering patriot and devout Christian died Thursday at a care facility, leaving old friends in his small hometown and across the state grieving.

July 19, 2016 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Paramjit Singh Purewal

Born in Chakmuglani, Punjab, India. Pama will be deeply missed by many and may he rest in peace.

July 19, 2016 | | OBITS


John “Jack” Perry

John "Jack" Perry, 83, of Turlock, passed away on Saturday at Doctors Hospital. He slipped away quietly and peacefully surrounded by his family.

July 19, 2016 | | OBITS


Donald Daniel

Dr. Donald Daniel was born on December 27, 1934 in Chicago, IL and passed away on July 14, 2016 in Orange County, CA.

July 19, 2016 | | OBITS


Water loss prevention for swimming pools

Swimming pools can account for significant water loss if not maintained regularly. Often times, pool owners may not be aware of the problem, nor how to detect or adjust equipment in order to prevent further water loss.

July 15, 2016 | | Government


Births July 6 to July 13

• Esmeralda Gastelum of Turlock is the mother of a 7-pound-1-ounce girl born July 6 at Emanuel Medical Center.

July 15, 2016 | | Births


Why not ban ability to buy soda using food stamps?

You've heard the pitch.

July 15, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Local teacher attends forestry institute

Along with math, science and writing skills, environmental education is another important thing for students to learn. A Turlock native and Modesto educator recently returned from a trip that will enable her to better teach students about what goes on in our forests' ecosystems.

July 15, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Education


Lorene Ann Silva

Lorene Ann Silva, 83, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2016 at her home surrounded by family as she went into the arms of our Lord. Lorene was born September 29, 1932 in Kansas to Harry and Louisa (Kinslow) Price. Known fondly to family as Gammie she was a former resident of Turlock and lived in Banning, California for the past 12 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Silva of Turlock and daughter Carolyn E (Rehana) Nizzia of Banning, California. She is survived by son Wally L. Rehana of Turlock ; sister Frieda Sibole of Banning, California ...

July 15, 2016 | | OBITS


Everett James Rodrigues

Everett James Rodrigues passed away on June 27, 2016 at the age of 92. He was born in Snelling, CA to Antone & Elsie Rodrigues. He was the eldest of three sons. He graduated from Monterey High School and Modesto Jr. College. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Navigator/Gunner. At that time, he was the West Coast undefeated Golden Gloves Lightweight Boxing Champion. In 1947 he married Willie Jean Young. In the 50's, he was the Foreman at Pleasant Valley Ranch. In 1959 he decided to go into business for himself as a horseshoer, and ...

July 15, 2016 | | OBITS


Margaret Elizabeth Swanson

Margaret Elizabeth Swanson peacefully entered into the presence of her Lord July 13, 2016 at the age of 89. Marge was born January 25, 1927 in Portland Oregon to Swedish immigrants Hennie A. and Nelson M. Nelson. She attended schools and Temple Baptist Church through high school until the Nelson family moved to Turlock where Marge attended Modesto Junior College. Marge worked at Poultry Producers in Turlock where one day in 1947 she met a tall dark and handsome young man in a red hat, Donald Swanson, whom she soon married at Turlock Covenant Church (then Beulah Covenant). Pastor Victor ...

July 15, 2016 | | OBITS


Greg E. Bodine

Gregory Erwin Bodine, 69, of Turlock, California, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2016. Greg was born to Robert and Shirley Bodine in 1946 in Carmel, California. Greg was a long-time resident of Turlock, California, but enjoyed most of his retired life living in La Grange, California overlooking Lake Don Pedro.

July 15, 2016 | | OBITS


Stan State alum receives CCAA Hall of Fame honors

Shannon Donnelly had her No. 35 jersey retired by the Stanislaus State women's basketball team in 2003.

July 14, 2016 | BY DALE BUTLER Turlock Journal | College


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Births July 13 to July 20

• Miryam Guerrero and Bradley Blodgett of Turlock are the parents of an 8-pound-10-ounce girl born July 13 at Emanuel Medical Center.

July 22, 2016 | | Births


You never know where the next scam will pop up

Doug Lemcke tried to scam me on Thursday.

July 22, 2016 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Editorial


Save your trees during the drought

As we all have cut back on watering our yards, and some have stopped all together, we must remember the impact the drought has on ...

July 22, 2016 | | Government


Registration opens for Citizen Academy

The Turlock Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy starting Sept. 8.

July 22, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Denair Charter Academy welcomes new principal

After nine years of teaching students, Brian LaFountain will now lead them as the new principal of Denair Charter Academy.

July 22, 2016 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Education


Turlock Journal paper deliverer dies on route

The California Highway Patrol said the Friday morning death of a Turlock Journal carrier delivering newspapers on Linwood Avenue was likely attributed to medical problems.

July 22, 2016 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


James Newton Allen, Jr.

James is survived by his wife Teeny Allen; children Michael Allen of Modesto and Sandy (Mike) Fraser of Walnut Creek; siblings Phyllis Skidgel of Colorado ...

July 21, 2016 | | OBITS


UC Merced growth plan gets approval

The University of California, Merced, received final approval from the UC Board of Regents Thursday for an expansion plan that will nearly double the physical ...

July 21, 2016 | | Education


Veteran workshops planned for Turlock, Ripon

The Veterans Service Off ices in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties will be hosting two veteran workshops with U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) to ...

July 21, 2016 | | Local


Carnegie looking for artists for fall exhibit

The Carnegie Arts Center is asking artists to harken back to their younger days and recall the imagery of children's books as a point ...

July 21, 2016 | | ARTS/LEISURE


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