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Sony now plans to release ‘The Interview’

LOS ANGELES — Sony now says it plans to release the movie “The Interview” somehow. The movie prompted hackers, believed by government officials to be working for the North Korean…

Dish drops Fox News over contract dispute

Dish drops Fox News over contract dispute

Dish Network continues to play hardball with content providers, this time taking Fox News off the air. The channel disappeared from Dish’s lineup shortly after midnight Eastern time…

Gallup poll says optimism of finding quality jobs growing

Optimism about the chances of finding a good job has returned to pre-recession levels according to the latest Gallup poll. Thirty-six percent of those polled said that now…

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Featured Businesses

Dust Bowl’s expansion signals growing interest in Turlock’s craft beers

Dust Bowl’s expansion signals growing interest in Turlock’s craft beers

Owner Brett Tate, brewmaster Don Oliver and co-owner Brett Honore in Dust Bowl Brewing Company’s current brewhouse.…

Chef Michael Midgley opens restaurant in Lincoln Center

Chef Michael Midgley opens restaurant in Lincoln Center

Midgley’s Public House on the Brickwalk in Lincoln Center is the culmination of Midgley’s lifelong…

Upscale bedding shop Lino Bella attracts loyal customers

Upscale bedding shop Lino Bella attracts loyal customers

Lino Bella started as a specialty bedding store in Modesto’s McHenry Village but has since…

Carrie Sass builds success on community, family, fun

Carrie Sass builds success on community, family, fun

When Carrie Sass started her business eight years ago, she thought she and her daughter…

People

‘Saving Jimani’ is Stockton nurse’s saga of Haitian earthquake

‘Saving Jimani’ is Stockton nurse’s saga of Haitian earthquake

STOCKTON — Rene Steinhauer, a Stockton nurse and emergency medical technician recently published “Saving Jimani: Life and Death in the Haiti Earthquake.” The book focuses on the efforts to help…

Governor appoints Stockton man to fair board position

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Daniel Meza, 33, of Stockton to the 2nd District Agricultural Association, San Joaquin County Fair Board of Directors. Meza has been the vice president and…

Oak Valley Community Bank hires new vice president

OAKDALE — Oak Valley Community Bank has hired Teddi Lowry as its vice president and business development officer, the bank announced. Lowry will work at the McHenry branch…

Work Life

Holiday cheer leads to some unusual gifts

Holiday cheer leads to some unusual gifts

If you think that you have received some “odd” holiday gifts from co-workers, you’re not alone. Harris polls recently completed a survey,…

Construction

Home builder confidence dips slightly but remains good

The national uptick in builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes hit a snag in December. The confidence level dropped a point to 57…

Education

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt crowns art champ

TRACY — Tracy high school students Angel Romero, Joel Mejia and Lauren Felix took the top three places in Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt ’s 2014 second annual art competition.…

Logistics & Infrastructure

Decision expected soon on SSJID

MANTECA — The South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) wants to become the electricity provider for Manteca, Escalon and Ripon. After years of hearings and studies, San…

Health Care

Covered California adds nearly 600,000 to insurance rolls

SACRAMENTO — Nearly 600,000 people have signed up for health insurance during the second open enrollment period with Covered California. Approximately 592,000 people sought coverage and were…

Transportation

Patterson man wins Fiat contest

PATTERSON — Rockne Green, of Patterson, brought home a brand new FIAT 500c POP, after winning the MSC FIAT giveaway sweepstakes. Green entered the sweepstakes when he…

Tourism & Attractions

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” rules weekend box office

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” ruled the box office over the weekend. The Bible-based saga brought in $24.5 million in its debut weekend surpassing the latest “Hunger Game”s…

Real Estate

Stockton-Lodi foreclosures, delinquency rates continue to drop

STOCKTON — Stockton-Lodi foreclosures continued their downward trend in August, dropping .58 percent in August from the same period last year. CoreLogic, a company that tracks foreclosure…

Politics & Government

President’s immigration action sparks debate in Central Valley

President Obama’s executive action allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work legally in the United States was met with mixed reaction in the Central Valley.  Daniel…