In a time when getting by with less money and fewer resources is the norm and every other week a government agency is cutting more employees and services, it's nice to know there are people still out there fighting the good fight.
The hot temperatures, which reached 84 degrees by 10:30 a.m., did not keep thousands of patriotic Turlockers from lining the streets of downtown on Saturday for the annual parade celebrating Independence Day.
Drivers are rejoicing as pump prices across California continue to drop. According to AAA, which tracks gas prices as a service to consumers, every Northern California metro area tracked by the organization saw a double digit decrease at the pump over the past month.
While not yet at the record levels seen in 2010, the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state - and Stanislaus County - continue to be above both the 2009 baseline levels and the numbers seen by this time last year.
California is known as a car-culture state. Driving down Highway 1 with the wind blowing through your hair and the ocean at your side is practically a required activity to be called a true Californian.