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Central California attorney claims incompetence


MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A defense attorney in Central California is facing possible court sanctions after refusing to continue representing his client in the middle of a murder trial.

The Modesto Bee reports that attorney Steven O'Connor told a Stanislaus County judge on Tuesday he was not competent and wanted off the case. Judge Linda McFadden urged him to reconsider, but O'Connor refused, saying he had failed his client, according to the Bee. He may now be held in contempt of court and face possible state bar action.

O'Connor was representing Nicholas John Harris, of Turlock, who was convicted of second-degree murder and was returning to court for the sanity phase of his trial.

The trial has now been suspended.


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Saving water in Modesto since 2003


The drought of 2014 may have prompted water-saving measures in cities throughout California, but residents of Modesto have been following similar rules since 2003.

"By not watering on Mondays, we're saving 10 to 15 million gallons a day, that's a dramatic drop in flow, just by not watering on Mondays," Modesto Water Conservation Specialist Juan Tejeda said.

Tejeda is one of three full-time city employees who respond to reports of water wasting, watering on the wrong day or requests for help in setting up irrigation systems.

Tejeda said Modesto's goal in the early 2000s was reducing water useage by up to 20 percent, and it's largely been accomplished by prohibiting landscape watering on Mondays.

Residents can only water three times a week and on every other day; watering isn't allowed between noon and 7 p.m.


2014 Weekly Challenge #27: The Sensational Swimsuit Challenge!

2014 Weekly Challenge #27: The Sensational Swimsuit Challenge!

2014 Weekly Challenge #27: The Sensational Swimsuit Challenge!

 

Now that it is finally, officially, summer, who doesn't want to look better in a swimsuit? Just 5 minutes every morning is all it takes!

 

The Sensational Swimsuit Series:

30 Toe taps

Flip over for the swim (count to 30)

30 double pump bicycles

Super woman (hold for a count of 30)

 

Your Challenge: every morning, take 5 minutes to do the moves above. You'll be looking sensational in that swimsuit, and your body will love you for it!

 

Middle of the nights stabbings leave 2 injured, 2 arrested


A young man and woman are accused of attempted murder and robbery after they allegedly attacked two people early Thursday morning.

The first call for help came at 3:11 a.m. from Ceres fire station personnel who were attending to a 51-year-old man who had walked into the station with a stab wound to his abdomen, Ceres police said. The victim told officers he had been riding his bike alongside a canal when an off-leash pit bull being walked by a man and a woman attacked him. The victim said as he tried to use his backpack to defend himself, the man stabbed him and the woman stole his backpack and bike and fled.

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Homemade ice cream recipes: The coolest treats in town

Homemade ice cream recipes: The coolest treats in town

Walk right by that freezer aisle, these homemade ice cream recipes are tempting, delicious, natural and beyond simple to make. We’ve gathered easy ice cream recipes that are truly wholesome summer treats — fun to make, perfect to eat. Your new summer tradition is a click away... Read More

Southwestern veggie wraps with chipotle cream cheese

Southwestern veggie wraps with chipotle cream cheese

Spice up your lunch with a southwestern take on veggie wraps. Crunchy bell peppers, sweet corn, black beans (and a few other tasty ingredients) all stuffed inside a tortilla along with chipotle cream cheese. Yes, they are as good as they sound and we do know that your mouth is watering. You're welcome... Read More