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  • Student Banned from Handing Out Constitutions

    09/19/2013 4:48:16 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 15 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | September 19, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    The liberal stranglehold on our educational system continues to choke the life out of our basic liberties. I wish I was making this up, but a student was barred from passing out pamphlets of the US Constitution at Modesto Junior College in California. The student in question, Robert Van Tuinen, was passing out the copies when a campus police officer told him that he couldn't because "there are rules." To add irony to the situation, this occurred on September 17th, otherwise known as Constitution Day. The police officer took Van Tuinen to an administrative office where he was shown a...
  • California College Forbids Passing Out Constitutions...On Constitution Day

    09/19/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    http://thefire.org ^ | September 19, 2013
    In a stunning illustration of the attitude taken towards free speech by too many colleges across the United States, Modesto Junior College in California told a student that he could not pass out copies of the United States Constitution outside the student center on September 17, 2013—Constitution Day. Captured on video, college police and administrators demanded that Robert Van Tuinen stop passing out Constitution pamphlets and told him that he would only be allowed to pass them out in the college’s tiny free speech zone, and only after scheduling it several days or weeks ahead of time. The Foundation for...
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Enochs High teacher resigns after leaving wife, kids for student, 18

    03/02/2012 12:29:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 2/28/2012 | Nan Austin
    MODESTO -- A 41-year-old Enochs High School teacher in Modesto has resigned and moved in with an 18-year-old student. The reaction has been largely shock, disapproval and betrayal. The teen's mother has waged a very public campaign on Facebook since last week, when her daughter moved out of the family's home and into a Modesto apartment with the man. He has left his wife and children, one of whom is a junior at Enochs. Modesto police are investigating whether there was inappropriate contact before the girl turned 18 in the fall. And school district and teachers union officials worry that...
  • Controversy Swirls Around School Board Candidate

    11/07/2011 12:09:43 PM PST · by Commander8 · 5 replies
    KCRA ^ | November 7, 2011 | Unattributed
    Embed this VideoxEmailFacebookDiggTwitterRedditDelicious Link Share Modesto school board candidate Mylinda Mason fires up controversy after taking a stand on SB 48, which requires schools to include historical contributions of homosexuals in the curriculum. Read more: http://www.kcra.com/video/29699254/detail.html#ixzz1d3GyPbHb
  • Thousands Stand in Line For Low Income Housing in Modesto (Video)

    11/17/2010 9:32:27 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 5 replies
    HAP ^ | 11/17/10 | hap
    "It's a a sign of the times" says one person..More than 8K show up and wait in line for hours for 4K vouchers that puts them on a waiting list, then they have to go through the approval process (Video and photo from news10)
  • Levy asks to attend trial

    09/05/2010 12:01:49 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 22 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | September 4, 2010 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — The mother of murdered intern Chandra Levy is asking a judge's permission to attend the trial of the accused killer. In a new legal filing, Modesto resident Susan Levy states she wants the opportunity to be in the courtroom "for the entire trial," set to start Oct. 4. She requires permission to watch because she could also be called to testify. "I'm a mother," Susan Levy explained in a telephone interview Friday. "As hard as it's going to be, it's something a mother has to do."
  • Modesto man arrested on suspicion of cashing stolen treasury bonds

    06/22/2009 11:54:58 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 471+ views
    MODESTO BEE ^ | Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "It was discovered, according to police, that McFarland allegedly cashed stolen saving bonds at the same bank five days earlier. McFarland, a wanted parolee, was booked at the San Joaquin County Jail on charges including burglary, forgery, possession and use of fake identification cards, possession of stolen property, and an outstanding Santa Clara County warrant and parole violation."
  • Officer, dog square off against Modesto mob of 60

    03/31/2009 7:33:16 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 48 replies · 2,354+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 31 Mar 2009 | Leslie Albrecht
    A Modesto police officer had to pull his gun to keep a hostile crowd at bay early Sunday. The officer sustained minor injuries in the southwest Modesto incident, said police spokesman Sgt. Brian Findlen. Police are not releasing the officer's name. The officer's dog was assaulted but not seriously injured, Findlen said. Police arrested several suspects in connection with the incident. A loaded assault rifle was found later at the scene of the struggle, which unfolded about 2 a.m.
  • Modesto Bee plans to print in Sacramento (80 Obama embeds gone - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/18/2008 3:05:46 PM PDT · by abb · 10 replies · 121+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | July 18, 2008 | Staff
    The Modesto Bee is moving forward with plans to print the newspaper at The Sacramento Bee. In an update to employees, Publisher and President Margaret Randazzo said that based on an analysis of printing The Modesto Bee in Sacramento, "it is clear that this move makes both financial and operational sense." "This regional synergy with our sister McClatchy paper allows us to combine resources and streamline processes, resulting in significant cost savings and the avoidance of future capital expenses," Randazzo said in her memo Friday. "This is consistent with combining operations across the entire industry," including at other McClatchy papers....
  • Teaching Not Preaching In CA Bible Belt

    06/25/2008 7:39:58 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 7 replies · 87+ views
    CBS ^ | June 24, 2008
    Modesto is known as the bible belt of California. It has deep conservative roots in farmland and a vocal Evangelical community. But increasingly, some less familiar notes are echoing through California's Central Valley, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports. Like many other places, Modesto is becoming more religiously diverse. But unlike any other place, religion is a required course in high school here. "We can't preach, but we can teach," teacher Yvonne Taylor said. Using "Teach Don't Preach" as her motto, Taylor guides the world religions course at Johansen High. "And now we're going to be looking at Judaism, Christianity,...
  • (Forbes) Worst Places: America's Most Miserable Cities

    01/31/2008 9:39:40 AM PST · by MotleyGirl70 · 163 replies · 6,367+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/30/08 | Kurt Badenhausen
    <p>Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.</p>
  • Support the Troops in Modesto Sept. 4th at 7:00 AM

    08/18/2007 9:03:06 PM PDT · by AVNevis · 1 replies · 427+ views
    Move America Forward ^ | Mary Pearson
    The National "Fight for Victory Tour" Modesto Event Modesto, CA - Sept. 4, 2007 - 7:00AM Join Move America Forward and a coalition of other pro-troop groups as we promote the national "Fight for Victory Tour" (a patriotic pro-troop caravan that crosses the nation) for our fourth Pro-Troop Rally. The "Fight for Victory Tour" continues on Tuesday September 4th with this 7:00 AM rally in Modesto then crosses the nation before concluding with "The Gathering of Eagles" and a giant pro-troop rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 15th. The rally takes place at the Modesto at Marriot Courtyard,...
  • Amtrak train collides with small SUV near Modesto, killing six

    05/08/2007 8:42:43 PM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 751+ views
    MODESTO, California: An Amtrak passenger train collided with a compact sports utility vehicle Tuesday, killing all six people inside the car. None of the 70 passengers or crew members aboard the Oakland-bound train was injured, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said. Shortly after 2 p.m., the driver of a Chevrolet Tracker stopped on the tracks before the railroad crossing arms came down, said Steve Mayotte, chief of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. She attempted to back up and then drive forward to escape the approaching train, he said. "When the driver attempted to back up, she hit the railroad arm...
  • Tanker Crashes into California Home (Modesto, Hazmet on scene)

    01/28/2006 4:58:20 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 584+ views
    All Headline News ^ | Jan. 28, 2006 | Denise Royal
    Modesto, California (AHN) - A big rig tanker crashed on near State Route 99 south of Ceres this morning, releasing hazardous fumes and forcing evacuations. The California Highway Patrol and emergency crews were called to the scene just before noon. The tanker careened off of the highway into the backyard of a house, with the cab barely missing the back of the home. There are reports it is difficult to breathe in the area because of fumes emanating from the tanker, which was carrying formic acid. Formic acid is a combustible product derived from alternative fuels combined with acid. It...
  • Radio station switches to Spanish-language format

    12/28/2005 4:10:47 PM PST · by Icelander · 50 replies · 1,080+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | December 28, 2005 | MARIJKE ROWLAND
    Rock 'n' roll may never die, but Modesto's active rock station has bitten the dust. New Rock 96.7 FM, a Clear Channel station, switched to the Spanish-language format "La Preciosa" early Tuesday. It now broadcasts a Spanish variety format,
  • Rochas suing for wrongful death

    06/14/2005 10:34:28 AM PDT · by Sally II · 20 replies · 689+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | June 14, 2005 | Susan Herendeen
    Sharon Rocha and her exhusband are pressing forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Scott Peterson, and on Monday a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge said the case will go to trial next spring. Their daughter's husband is on death row, Scott and Laci Peterson's Covena Avenue home in Modesto has been sold, and money from an insurance policy on Laci Peterson will go to Sharon Rocha. But the grieving parents don't want to leave any stone unturned. "We just want to make sure there's a very substantial judgment in there — that Mr. Peterson never sees any green from...
  • Felon asks to stay in the States

    03/11/2005 1:56:44 PM PST · by Sally II · 14 replies · 611+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | March 10, 2005 | Susan Herendeen
    Margarito Origel has finished serving time in prison for his role in the beating death of Megan Mendez, a preschooler who authorities found buried in his south Modesto back yard four years ago. Now Origel wants to stay in the United States. But he is not a citizen, and, as a convicted felon, he is subject to deportation to his native Mexico.
  • The Ghosts of Christmas in Modesto!

    12/14/2004 12:11:24 AM PST · by cartoonistx · 5 replies · 1,088+ views
  • Peterson: DR-Lawyer Quit Due to Threats, Claims Jurors Sought Book Deals

    11/13/2004 7:35:12 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 27 replies · 972+ views
    Wayne Resnick, KFI AM 640 and Richard Cole (Redwood City Daily News) ^ | 13 November 2004, just before 7:30pm Pacific | Self (listening to radio report)
    Dr Gregory Jackson (Doctor-Lawyer) went to the judge Monday, complained they wanted to rush to a verdict and not look at the evidence. That was the cause of the mysterious "open mind" speech to the jury from the judge. He returned to the judge on Wednesday, claimed the jury wanted to reach a judgement to please the community, claimed they were into book deals and felt they wouldn't be as marketable and other jurors had threatened him and asked to be relieved because he felt he could be coerced into choosing guilty and could no longer be part of the...
  • Possible Meteorite Lands in Turlock Backyard

    08/22/2004 1:28:20 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 31 replies · 841+ views
    KXTV-10 News ^ | 8/16/2004 | KXTV staff
    Lisa and Albert Darmousseh of Turlock may have a little piece of Mars in their backyard. At least they hope so. Lisa Darmousseh was watching the Olympics Monday just before midnight when she heard a thud in her backyard. She went out to investigate but didn't see anything. The next afternoon, she noticed divots in the backyard and what looked like several mushrooms or dog droppings. Her husband tried to pick one up with a paper towel and said it still felt hot. "When we saw it at 5:30 or so, the smoke was still coming out of this one,"...
  • Chris Hansen from Modesto will be the Guest Speaker at Central Valley Right to Life Meeting Tonight

    06/23/2004 10:39:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies · 569+ views
    Christian Author & Political Activist to Share His Abortion Survivor Story and Discuss the Terri Schiavo Case Chris Hansen from Modesto will be the Guest Speaker at Central Valley Right to Life (CVRTL) meeting this Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m., at Carrows Restaurant meeting room, Blackstone near Ashlan, 4280 N. Blackstone Ave. in Fresno. Chris will be sharing his personal abortion survivor story. When Chris’ mother was pregnant with him, Chris’ father tried his best to force her to have an abortion. Chris says, "My blindness doesn’t slow me down much and through Christian love I have been able...
  • Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil In Modesto, CA

    05/09/2004 7:11:34 AM PDT · by LarryA · 1 replies · 153+ views
    5/8/04 | LarryA
    In recognition of our fallen Military comrades, The Modesto Support Our Troops Committee invites you to join us at the corner of Sisk and Standiford for a Candlelight Vigil honoring these heroes. Assembly time will be May 29th from 6:30 to 7:30 with an honors ceremony beginning at 7:45. This event will end at 9:30. We hope you can attend this event. For further information, please contact Larry Anderson at 209/ 545-8724.
  • Peterson jury selection starts

    03/04/2004 4:33:25 PM PST · by Howlin · 592 replies · 431+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | March 4, 2004 | By GARTH STAPLEY
    <p>2:48 p.m. PST: REDWOOD CITY - Prospective jurors in Scott Peterson’s trial won’t be asked if they’ve had extramarital affairs, Judge Alfred Delucchi assured the first 98 candidates this morning.</p> <p>“I doubt if anybody would ever answer that question honestly,” the judge said, adding, “I’m not saying that I ever had an affair.” A man among the potential jurors laughed heartily, as did many others in the crowded courtroom.</p>
  • Students Say Survey Used In Scott Peterson Trial Falsified

    01/09/2004 10:52:50 AM PST · by StatesEnemy · 17 replies · 127+ views
    College Co-Eds Say Gathering Information Was Too Hard POSTED: 10:13 AM PST January 9, 2004 LOS ANGELES -- When Stanislaus County Judge Al Girolami needed to decide whether to move the Scott Peterson capital murder trial out of Modesto, one of the things he considered was a 10-county survey of biases related to the case. Now several of the students who gathered the data for the report under the guidance of a California State University, Stanislaus professor admit they made up a lot of the answers. They say it was just too hard to gather the info. About 65 students...
  • Judge Moves Peterson Case Out of Modesto

    01/08/2004 12:54:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 173+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/8/04 | Brian Melley - AP
    MODESTO, Calif. - A judge ruled Thursday that accused murderer Scott Peterson (news - web sites) cannot get a fair trial in his dead wife's hometown and ordered the case moved out of the county. Judge Al Girolami said extensive news coverage of the case, including 8,000 articles published worldwide and more than 150 stories in the local newspaper alone, swayed him to agree with the defense that the trial should not be held in Modesto. He did not immediately say where the trial would be held. "A change of venue is necessary to protect the integrity of the proceeding,"...
  • Defense outlines cult theory

    08/13/2003 7:33:10 PM PDT · by Commander8 · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | August 13, 2003, | JOHN COTÉ and Garth Stapley
    Scott Peterson's defense team Tuesday briefed two forensic experts on a statanic cult theory, including paintings and artwork near San Francisco Bay and an experiment showing that the pregnant Laci Peterson's body could have been placed in the water at the art site. Attorney Matt Dalton, using a laptop computer, showed artwork that he said depicted ritualistic killings and occult practices, and said the artwork could be found near the end of a peninsula in the bay. Dalton also said that the defense team placed weighted flotation devices in the water at the end of the peninsula, and they ended...
  • Carolyn Condit Libel Suit Settled

    07/12/2003 6:11:24 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies · 384+ views
    AP | July 11,2003 | AP
    AP FRESNO, Calif. — The wife of former Rep. Gary Condit has settled her $10 million libel suit against the National Enquirer over a story that said she berated Chandra Levy days before the Washington intern disappeared. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The settlement was reached Wednesday. The lawsuit was brought over an Aug. 7, 2001, article that cited confidential police sources as saying Carolyn Condit "flew into a rage" during a telephone conversation with Levy. Carolyn Condit said she never spoke with or met Levy, whose skeletal remains were found in a Washington park in May...
  • Modesto City Schools quietly revamps sex ed (teachers must spend at least 5 weeks on sex education)

    06/12/2003 12:23:10 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 10 replies · 138+ views
    <p>A year ago, 18-year-old Kristina McKibben made waves at a Modesto City Schools Board of Education meeting by asking for wider classroom debate on teen pregnancy. She said health teachers at Modesto High School took a tight-lipped approach when controversial issues came up and devoted only a week of their semester-long classes to human sexuality and AIDS education.</p>
  • Judge Rules to Keep Documents in Peterson Case Sealed

    05/27/2003 4:08:49 PM PDT · by cgk · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-27-03 | Geraldo, Breathless Rita Cosby, Catherine Donaldson-Evans & AP
    <p>A Modesto, Calif., judge ruled Tuesday that search warrants and other documents related to Scott Peterson's (search) arrest on murder charges remain sealed for now and that tape recordings of 69 Peterson phone calls be turned over to defense attorney Mark Geragos (search).</p>
  • Operation Infinite FReep - Support Our Troops - Modesto, CA 5-23-03

    05/24/2003 7:50:32 PM PDT · by Diver Dave · 9 replies · 213+ views
    Sunny skies with mild winds were the order of the day as fifteen patriots gathered to rally the citizens of Modesto, CA to Support Our Troops. The blowing winds kept all the flags of the Armed Forces and Old Glory flowing for all to see. Moms and Dads shared the news that "My daughter is home" or "My son is home." And while we all shared in their joy, still others have sons and daughters still in harm's way. One of our moms shared that she doesn't know where her son is located - only that her Marine is deployed...
  • Peterson's Lawyers Say They'll Prove He Didn't Murder Laci (Claim Mystery Woman FOUND)

    05/22/2003 2:32:28 PM PDT · by cgk · 162 replies · 495+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-22-03 | Rita "My Sources" Cosby
    <p>Scott Peterson's defense team says they have found the mystery woman who can provide information about the real killers of the California murder suspect's 8-months-pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child.</p> <p>The sources told Fox News they're working to transport the woman to a safe location because they fear retaliation against her if her identity is revealed.</p>
  • Source: Prosecution 'Desperate' for Evidence in Laci Peterson Case

    05/18/2003 10:12:32 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 18 replies · 266+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | May 19, 2003 | Rita Cosby and Geraldo Rivera
    <p>RICHMOND, Calif. — Law enforcement agencies continued searching the San Francisco Bay Sunday because prosecutors are "desperate" to find more evidence in support of their theory that Scott Peterson (search) killed his wife Laci, a source close to the investigation has told Fox News.</p>
  • Modesto Support Our Troops - May 3, 2003

    05/06/2003 10:08:27 AM PDT · by LarryA · 2 replies · 183+ views
    5/6/03 | LarryA
    Hello everyone: Since DiverDave has not been able to attend our rallies on both April 26th and May 3rd, I thought I would let everyone know how things went. April 26th rally was a beautiful day. It was warm and sunny. We had the corner decorated with all our flags, yellow ribbons on stands, patriotic pinwheels and our God Bless America blanket (what a beautiful item this is). We only had about 23 participants on this day. They displayed signs showing pictures of their loved ones in Iraq. The horns were honking in support and we gave out red, white...
  • Modesto police ask for help in locating missing girl

    04/29/2003 2:49:54 PM PDT · by craig_eddy · 11 replies · 148+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/29/03 | AP
    <p>Modesto police asked the public for help Tuesday in finding a 13-year-old girl who may have been abducted from her aunt's house.</p> <p>Maria Rodriguez disappeared between midnight and 4 a.m. Tuesday -- also missing was her aunt's friend, Regino Bautista, a man in his 40s who was staying at the house while his car was being repaired, according to Modesto Sgt. Chris Fuzie.</p>
  • The Tale of the Peterson Tapes

    04/27/2003 2:58:11 PM PDT · by trussell · 143 replies · 442+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | May 5 | Andrew Murr with Nadine Joseph
    The Tale of the Peterson Tapes Evidence piles up against Scott Peterson NEWSWEEK May 5 issue — As Scott Peterson sits in a Modesto, Calif., jail facing a death-penalty case for murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn child, he can ponder that old adage, hell hath no fury... Bad enough that the other woman in Peterson’s life, massage therapist Amber Frey, informed police after Laci went missing Christmas Eve that she was having an affair with Scott. Now, a private investigator close to the Frey family says Frey was taping her phone calls with Scott in the weeks after...
  • DA: Peterson Likely to Face Death Penalty

    04/21/2003 10:45:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 284+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/21/03 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    <p>MODESTO, Calif. - When Scott Peterson (news - web sites) is arraigned on two charges of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn child Monday afternoon, authorities will most likely seek the death penalty, Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton said.</p> <p>"It's hard for me to realistically believe it is anything but a death penalty case at this time," Brazelton told ABC News.</p> <p>Arrested because detectives feared he might try to flee the country, a jailed Peterson waited quietly and courteously for his arraignment.</p>
  • Modesto Support Our Troops Rally - After Action Report 4-19-03

    04/19/2003 2:30:42 PM PDT · by Diver Dave · 8 replies · 267+ views
    While attention has been focused on the Laci Peterson case in recent days here in Modesto, several Patriots of Modesto continued their campaign to focus attention on the need to Support Our Troops. Blue Skies and 70 degree temperatures today as 25 Patriotic Citizens once again gathered on the corner of Standiford Ave and Sisk Rd. VFW Post 3199 provided flags of the armed forces, Old Glory, POW/MIA, Korea and Vietnam Wars.Proud parents and loved ones of our nation's heroes presented posters and photos of their family members serving in the Middle East. One Mom and Dad proudly displayed their...
  • Adult Body & Male Fetus found in Modesto.

    04/14/2003 4:31:36 PM PDT · by DittoJed2 · 15 replies · 290+ views
    Fox News- Shepard Smith | April 14, 2003 | Dittojed2
    Breaking news, but no details on whether the adult body was male or female.
  • Support Our Troops Rally - Modesto, CA - 4-5-03 and 4-12-03

    04/13/2003 2:50:22 PM PDT · by Diver Dave · 12 replies · 301+ views
    Modesto area Patriots gather on the corner of Sisk Rd. and Standiford Ave. each Saturday morning to raise their flags, posters, and photographs of their loved ones serving in the Armed Forces.On Saturday, April 5th, 100 + supporters came to give honor to our Armed Forces serving in the middle-east. Members of the Modesto VFW set up flags of the service branches and presented a special tribute to the fallen. A Mom shared thoughts of how proud she is of her son. A VFW member, dressed in camis and carrying a rifle, marched across the berm. He stopped before the...
  • 5000 Flags Modesto CA 4-10-03 After-Action Report

    04/13/2003 2:13:13 PM PDT · by Diver Dave · 5 replies · 247+ views
    Troop rally draws thousands to park By DARYL FARNSWORTH BEE STAFF WRITER Published: April 11, 2003, 09:23:53 AM PDT More than 2,000 people gathered for a spirited rally at Graceada Park on Thursday night in support of the troops fighting in Iraq. One honored guest at the event was Lance Cpl. Bret Westerink, 22, of Escalon. He was wounded March 22 when a Humvee he and three other Marines were riding in near Nasiriyah was hit by an Iraqi rocket-propelled grenade. The Humvee's driver was killed and the other two passengers were seriously injured. Westerink was introduced to a standing...
  • 5,000 Flags Support Our Troops Modesto, CA 4-10-03

    04/09/2003 3:32:06 PM PDT · by Diver Dave · 9 replies · 209+ views
    Radio Station KFIV 1360, Modesto, presents "5,000 Flags" - a time for the community to come together to honor our troops and their families. Joined by area businesses and individuals, 5,000 American flags will be distributed. The event begins at 5 pm, April 10th at Graceada Park, Needham and Magnolia. Live and recorded music, speakers, hot dogs, kiddies attractions. A presentation of Armed Forces Flags and The Colors will be provided by active duty military personnel.Program events will begin at approx. 6:30 pm and the closing will include singing "God Bless America" at 8 pm.
  • Operation Infinite FReep Modesto Support Our Troops/Rally for America Saturday, April 5, 2003

    04/04/2003 4:18:28 PM PST · by Diver Dave · 8 replies · 205+ views
    Grab your signs, your flags and maybe an umbrella. Join your FReeper FRiends, the folks from the VFW, concerned citizens and the family members of our Armed Forces as we raise Old Glory to honor an area Marine who gave his all for our country. The VFW has planned a special moment to commemorate this hero. The rally begins at 11 AM. Northeast corner of Standiford Avenue and Sisk Rd. Parking available in the Vintage Faire Mall parking lot. The commemorative service is scheduled to begin at noon. Hope to see y'all there. Sat. 4-5-03 1100 hours. Standiford and Sisk...
  • Support and Honor Our Troops Modesto, CA Mar 29, 2003 After Action Report

    03/29/2003 9:23:53 PM PST · by Diver Dave · 11 replies · 327+ views
    Organized by the local chapter of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the call went out through the week to return to the front lines once again with signs of support for our troops. One Hundred and Sixty Patriots assembled on the corner of Standiford Ave. and Sisk Rd. today to voice their support for our troops. The above intersection is right off the Highway 99 freeway on the north end of Modesto. First, a little history. Two weeks ago, the antis decided to hold their peace vigil on the corner where the Armed Forces Recruiting offices are located. They called...
  • Guilty by goatee? Hardly!

    03/19/2003 1:01:51 PM PST · by TexKat · 6 replies · 199+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 3/19/03 | Unknown
    <p>In response to "Guilt by goatee" (Letters, Feb. 25, Page B-6), I do agree that Scott Peterson has acted callously toward the disappearance of his wife, Laci Peterson, and that he has provided the police and the public with reason to believe he knows more than he is telling. But to conclude he is guilty by reason of growing a goatee is ridiculous.</p>
  • Peterson Searchers Return To Bay Waters

    03/17/2003 5:26:21 AM PST · by TexKat · 9 replies · 264+ views
    KTVU ^ | 3/16/03
    Peterson Searchers Return To Bay Waters POSTED: 3:36 p.m. PST March 16, 2003 UPDATED: 8:54 p.m. PST March 16, 2003 Weather permitting divers will return to the San Francisco Bay waters off Richmond on Monday looking for any clue to as what happened to pregnant Modesto schoolteacher Laci Peterson, who vanished from her home without a trace on Christmas Eve. Modesto investigators returned to the Bay Area last week, but a series of winter storms kicked up waves and winds that forced them to call off their operations on Thursday afternoon. It is the third time searchers have been in...
  • Police: Laci Peterson is victim of violence

    03/05/2003 10:11:14 PM PST · by sonserae · 9 replies · 212+ views
    CNN ^ | 03/05/03 | Sonserae
    <p>MODESTO, California (CNN) -- Police investigating the disappearance of Laci Peterson now consider her to be a victim of a violent crime, authorities announced Wednesday.</p> <p>Peterson was nearly eight months pregnant when she was last seen Christmas Eve.</p> <p>"This investigation began as a missing person case and we were all hopeful that Laci would return safely. However, we have come to consider that this is now a homicide case," said Modesto Police Det. Doug Ridenour at a news conference.</p>
  • Operation Infinite FReep - Modesto, CA March 1, 2003

    03/01/2003 5:36:38 PM PST · by Diver Dave · 18 replies · 301+ views
    Blue skies with temperatures in the mid-sixties during the noon hour greeted 10 patriots and "Rudy" today as they gathered with signs and flags to show support for the USA and our troops serving the cause of FReedom. Horns were sounding and smiles, waves and thumbs-up signals from the passing motorists at the intersection of McHenry and Briggsmore in north Modesto were the order of the day. Across the street, 14 anti-war activists presented their signs to the public, (nary an American Flag present) but garnered very little support from the passing vehicles.FReepers HDRider, fxrdeb, and Diver Dave along with...
  • Phone Call Leads Laci's Family To Question Husband

    02/24/2003 10:26:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 344+ views
    TheKCRAChannel.com ^ | 2/24/03 | KCRA
    The brother and sister of missing Modesto woman Laci Peterson appeared on the "Today Show" Monday to talk about the continuing search and their feelings toward Laci's husband. Brent Rocha and Amy Rocha (pictured, right) said that they continue to struggle for answers as to what happened to Laci. "I think it has been a difficult process," Brent Rocha said. "We've taken it in phases. In the beginning, when she first went missing, I think friends and family just really focused on getting the word out. And then as time went by, I think that reality set in that the...
  • Police: Peterson Search Yields No Big Breaks... <B>(with new odd comments made by JP)

    02/20/2003 5:44:21 PM PST · by WellsFargo94 · 4 replies · 269+ views
    KCRA ^ | Feb. 19, 2003 | Unknown
    MODESTO, Calif. -- Modesto police say that their search of the home of a missing pregnant woman Tuesday has not led to a big break in the case, but that they will return to the home of Laci Peterson Wednesday to continue the search. Modeseto Detective Doug Ridenour is downplaying Tuesday's daylong search at the house. He said unspecified new discoveries led officers to return to the home. Investigators removed dozens of bags and boxes of potential evidence from the house Tuesday, and they also drove away with Scott Peterson's new truck, which was later returned. Detectives with gloves had...