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The biggest show in town

As you are reading this at least a dozen people are probably still at California State University, Stanislaus sweeping up peanuts from the circus that was the Sarah Palin event.

June 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


A sad situation

I believe the picture that ran with Saturday's Journal story, "Shelters overrun with feral kittens," was probably the cutest animal photo we have ever published. The story that accompanied the photo, however, was also one of the saddest animal stories we have ever published.

June 22, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


More than a party

Growing up in Indiana, one of the best things about summer was the community backyard.

June 18, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Grow up national media

Most days I am proud to be a member of the media. I believe that newspapers - and other forms of news media - are essential to a healthy democracy. But sometimes the actions of my colleagues make me want to hide my head in the sand and deny that I ever shared the same profession.

June 11, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


The game of life

A few years ago when I was a full-time sports reporter, I wrote a column extolling the virtues of sports movies. Over the holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to view another movie that not only peaked my interest in a sport I had otherwise not given two thoughts about, but also renewed my faith in humanity.

June 01, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Honoring the fallen

Area residents celebrated Memorial Day at the annual community event held at Turlock Memorial Park on Monday. American flags donated to Turlock Memorial Park by the families of veterans lined the community cemetery. Rear Admiral Michael Seward, United States Coast Guard Reserve, was the master of ceremonies at Monday's event co-hosted by the American Legion and Veterans' of Foreign Wars.

June 01, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Councilwoman named Modesto’s top cop

The usually reserved Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak becomes a different person when she puts on her Modesto Police uniform. Once she dons her badge, bullet-proof vest and gun, Bublak becomes the epitome of a community peace officer.

May 29, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A day to remember

What was once known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day continues to be a time for Americans to remember those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

May 28, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Another graduation column

No matter how many times I tell myself that I will not write another sappy column reminiscing about my school days, I cannot resist penning this piece about graduation.

May 25, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Gang member gets 15 years for his role in Turlock shooting

While Eric Carrillo may have forgiven one of the men who planned the 2007 shooting that left him wheelchair bound, the Stanislaus County Superior Court still doled out justice on Tuesday.

May 21, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Our contradictory nature

Change is hard. This may seem like a cliché, but it is still true.

May 18, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Fair to create nonprofit foundation

The Stanislaus County Fair is looking to expand their scope of fundraising, and to do that they will be creating a nonprofit foundation.

May 18, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County no longer ranked No. 1 in auto thefts

There is good news and bad news for residents of Stanislaus County. The good news is the county is no longer ranked number one in the nation as the area with the highest rate of vehicle theft. The bad news: It's now ranked number two.

May 18, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


A dairy day

Students at Ballico Elementary School learned all about local agriculture last week during their annual Ag Week event. The students visited a variety of local farms and dairies and hosted special presenters including the Livingston High School FFA club.

May 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Turlock man dies of stab wounds

A fist fight that turned into a knife fight claimed the life of a Turlock man and saw the arrest of a Merced man for manslaughter.

May 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


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