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Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

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When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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State approves fines in Turlock robocall case


SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

The Modesto Bee reports the Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously for the fines on Thursday.

Vander Weide and consultant Carl Fogliani were accused of failing to disclose the source of the automated calls, some of them targeting then-incumbent Mary Jackson.

The panel said the robocalls were designed to benefit Vander Weide and current Councilwoman Amy Bublak. Jackson and Bublak eventually won, and Vander Weide lost his seat by a narrow margin.

The call with the largest reach was from a woman who falsely claimed to be Jackson and urged voters to reject Proposition 8, a statewide measure against same-sex marriage on the same ballot.


Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini pasta with pesto, pine nuts and Parmesan

Zucchini takes center stage in this remake of pesto pasta. Topped with toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, this zucchini pasta with pesto dish just might be one of our new favorite summer dinners... Read More

2014 Weekly Challenge #28: Random Acts of Kindness

2014 Weekly Challenge #28:  Random Acts of Kindness

Being kind is probably a part of your every day life. After all, you have to be nice, in general, to get what you want and to keep the people you love happy.

But what about being kind simply for the sake of being kind? What about doing something kind for someone you don't need anything from, or even someone you don't know?

Practicing kindness, and passing it on to others encourages other to do the same thing. If we're all being kind, and doing kind things for each other, the world is bound to be a better place. And doing something nice for someone "just because" creates a feel good moment for the giver and recipient!... Read More

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Police release identities of 4 people found dead in Turlock home

Police release identities of 4 people found dead in Turlock home


The Turlock Police Department confirmed the names of one woman and two of three men found dead inside a home on Red Oak Lane on June 26. The fourth person has been tentatively identified.

The woman was Rozmary Babakhan, 70. Two of the men were identified as Robert Babakhan 42, and Rodney Bowman, 39. The third man was tentatively identified as Sarkis Babakhan, 70.

Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis said the Stanislaus County coroner has determined the manner of death for two of the four people. That information was not yet being released.

STORY: 3 men, 1 woman found dead in Turlock home

Modesto police investigate homicide


A man was found dead at a home of the 100 block of I Street in Modesto on Monday.

Modesto police detectives have determined the death of Robert Lee Ross Jr., 52, is a homicide. They are not releasing how he died.

Police spokesperson Heather Graves said investigators learned neighbors last saw Ross on Saturday. She wasn't sure if neighbors or relatives of the victim found him on Monday.


Batman Day at the Keyes Library

Batman Day at the Keyes Library

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Batman at the Keyes Library on Thursday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Children can play Pin the Symbol on Batman, make superhero crafts, and pose for pictures. Be sure to bring your cameras because Batman will be making a special appearance! Participants can also come dressed as their favorite superhero; however, costumes are not required. Cake and light refreshments will also be served.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Keyes Library. The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006.