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September 6, 2016 by Tim Tarter (Register to contact)

I have successfully moved to France.
Je suis Francais maintenant. lol
Fly with Delta: Delta employee got caught as he was removing the motherboard from my computer.
Homeland Security removed and kept 2+ inches from my baggage (carton).
My dog, Yago, 120 lb. Czechoslovakian Shepherd successfully navigated the trip in the cabin with me. lol
Finished volume 18 and now looking for volume 19 of Upton Sinclair's (The Jungle) Pulitzer Prize winning series relating to the period 1914-1949 (WW1 and WW2).
Currently reading "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution" another Pulitzer Prize winner by another Harvard professor, Bernard Bailyn: notice the parallels with our current disastrous political system. And notice the fact that those who do not learn history are bound to repeat it. lol

Monthly lunch

December 4, 2014 by Laura Aley Taylor (Register to contact)

To protect privacy, contact info has been removed from this post. Register to see the original with contact info.

The class of '61 meets for lunch every month at Marie Callender's across from FSC at Shaw/Cedar. We meet at 11:30 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. All '61ers welcome.
Need info contact Laura Aley Taylor @

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Student in blackface spouting a racial slur roils Fresno high school  Los Angeles Times

The video posted on Facebook is deeply jarring: a 14-year-old white girl in full blackface, laughing, mugging for the camera in what appears to be a private ...

Fresno substitute teacher caught on camera grabbing student's neck after dispute over cell phone  KFSN-TV

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The student's mother says the argument started over the student's cell phone. Now, she's threatening legal action.

Fresno Unified opens pools for recreational swimming

Fresno Unified School District is opening high school pools to recreation swimming.

Substitute teacher caught on camera grabbing student's neck after dispute over cell phone  KTRK-TV

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The student's mother is now threatening legal action.

‘Who Said I Can’t Say Ni**a?’: Blackface Video Of High School Student Sparks Outrage  News One

The disturbing trend of white people wearing blackface and spewing racist language does not seem even remotely close to slowing down. One high school ...

Fresno Unified says the situation for its African American students is a state of emergency  Fresno Bee

A Fresno Unified task force says the environment for the district's African American students is in a state of emergency. Fresno State associate professor Jenelle ...

Olympic Silver Medalist Abas Is New Fresno High Wrestling Coach

Steven Abas, a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics and a three-time NCAA champion at Fresno State, is the new Fresno High School wrestling coach.

Upload your 2019 graduate's photo  KMPH Fox 26

They made it! Show your graduate how proud you are. [Click here if you're viewing on our mobile app] Upload a picture or video of your grad and we might use it ...

Shooting causes car crash near Fresno High School, police say  The Fresno Bee

Police are investigating a shooting at the intersection of Echo and Weldon avenues across from Fresno High School in front of a popular ice cream shop.

What Are Fresno Area Schools Doing To Keep Students Safe?

Student safety is top of mind for Fresno area school districts as they prepare for the return of students from summer break. Security cameras increasingly are on ...

One of Fresno’s favorite ice cream shops opened its second location. See what’s different  Fresno Bee

Ampersand Ice Cream has opened a second store at 7010 N. Marks Ave. & Herndon Avenue in northwest Fresno, California, expanding in size from its location ...

These schools are on the list of lowest-performing in California  Fresno Bee

California identified 781 schools in need of “comprehensive support and improvement” under ESSA. At Fresno Unified, 12 schools are on the CSI list.

Fresno High band teacher accused of having inappropriate relationship with student  KFSN-TV

38-year-old John Veloz Jr. allegedly had three on-campus sexual encounters with a 14-year-old male student.

Fresno teens, accustomed to local gun violence, join National Walkout Day protests  Fresno Bee

Hundreds of Fresno CA students left class Wednesday holding signs that asked “Am I next?” as part of National Walkout Day.

Triple-Digit Heat Triggers Cooling Centers Throughout Fresno

Here comes the heat. And with it, the opening of cooling centers throughout Fresno. Tuesday's high is expected to reach 105 degrees in the Fresno area.

Citizens sound off on search for Fresno’s next police chief. Is Mayor Brand listening?  Fresno Bee

What are the people of Fresno looking for in the city's next police chief? Someone completely different from the current one. That was the message, delivered by ...

Century-Old Historic Tract Housed Early Fresno Socialites  Valley Public Radio

We've looked at how redlining has influenced the development of certain regions in the city of Fresno, but what about the history of a particular.

What should Fresno’s next police chief know? Residents have a lot to share  Fresno Bee

Southwest Fresno, California, residents attended a meeting hosted by Fresno Mayor Lee Brand at Gaston Middle School to share input on the search for a new ...

More students accuse Fresno High teacher of inappropriate contact  KFSN-TV

A total of 3 students are now accusing the band director of inappropriately touching them within the last month.

Excessive Heat Warning for the San Joaquin Valley  KMPH Fox 26

The National Weather *Service* has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the San Joaquin Valley and west side hills from 12 p. m. on Monday afternoon until 8 ...

Fresno, Clovis Schools Approach National School Walkout Day Differently  Valley Public Radio

Fresno Unified School District students took part in national school walkout events today. Students across the nation participated in memory of the victims.

Brooks Challenges Atkins for Area 4 Central Unified Seat

After unseating incumbent George Wilson Jr. in 2014, Richard Atkins will face off with Shawn Brooks for his Area 4 seat on the Central Unified School Board.

Gallery: Fresno High School Warriors graduates 485  Vida en el Valle

Fresno High School graduated 485 seniors tonight (June 8) who bid their goodbyes in a Fresno Unified School District commencement ceremony held at the ...

Here’s what Fresno high school students say they’re learning about sex  Fresno Bee

According to a survey conducted by The Bee, Fresno Unified students are not learning much about sex in school. The California Healthy Youth Act aims to ...

Because you can never have too many tacos. Downtown Fresno gets another taco/beer fest  Fresno Bee

The 559 Taco and Beer Fest happens Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Eaton Plaza in downtown Fresno, California. The event features several taco and food trucks, ...

Has your child’s school been tested for lead in the drinking water? Check here  The Fresno Bee

Under a new state law, public schools in California must be tested before July 2019 for lead in the drinking water. The Bee has compiled a map of schools in ...

Video shows Fresno student punching teacher in cellphone dispute  Los Angeles Times

A Fresno high school student has been arrested after a video showed her attacking and punching a substitute teacher during class, police said Thursday.

Fresno police arrested student liaison at Central East High School on charges of sex acts with several students  KFSN-TV

Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) -- Steffan Alberson worked at Central East High for several years but he abruptly left his job at the beginning of the summer. Central Unified ...

Fresno Unified's new program is giving students flexibility to stay ahead of their class  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Students at Fresno Unified's J. E. Young Academic Center are part of the new E-Learn academy that's an online version of school.

5 Things To Know Before You Go  KFSN-TV

Here are the 5 things to know before you go for Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Former Fresno High teacher sentenced to prison for illicit sex with student  Fresno Bee

Wearing a jail jumpsuit and shackles, former Fresno High teacher Darren Klassen was sentenced Monday to five years and eight months in prison for having an ...

Delays Over First-Responder Facility Irritate Local Law Enforcement

The patience of local law enforcement officials is wearing thin as they continue to wait for a new first-responder training facility to be built.

She is only short when she is standing. ‘You should see me sitting’  Fresno Bee

“Why are you still wearing high heels?” my husband asks. I am preparing dinner in stilettos, heels clicking on tile as I move from sink to cupboard to stove.

New things to do in Fresno area in 2019: From ax throwing and trampolines to ice cream and beer  Fresno Bee

“There's nothing to do in Fresno.” It's a loaded, worn-out phrase in this town. As the reporter who covers a lot of new places to eat and fun things to do here, I can ...

Fresno High School teacher had sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl on school grounds, police say

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- New details in the case of the Fresno High School teacher accused of having a long, inappropriate relationship with a student.

2019 People’s Choice: Food and Drink  Fresno Bee

Bagels or Bread. 1. Uncle Harry's New York Bagelry and Coffeehouse. Multiple locations. Since opening in 1995, Uncle Harry's New York Bagelry and ...

‘It’s past due.’ Fresno steps closer to having a Music Hall of Fame with a kickoff concert  Fresno Bee

The Valley Music Hall of Fame hosts a concert kickoff on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Fulton 55, in Fresno, California. The nonprofit will honor the musical ...

Holiday events to go on in Fresno, come rain or shine  KFSN-TV

The festive holiday tradition will go on rain or shine on Saturday night along Fresno's Christmas Tree Lane.

4 Arrested In Shooting Of Fresno High School Teacher  CBS Local

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested four teenage boys in the shooting of a Central California high school teacher who fought back during an attempted ...

Good Sports: Memorial golfer gets back on the course after health scare  KFSN-TV

A mysterious illness stripped her of her talents but after fighting to get back to the sport she loves, one local high school student is flourishing.

60 Years Later, a High School Diploma for Fresno's King of the Road

Sixty years after dropping out of Fresno High School, trucking magnate John Lawson will receive an honorary diploma. His rags-to-riches success is a tale of ...

Neighbors call for solutions to parking issues near Fresno City College  KFSN-TV

Skirmishes over parking near Fresno City College have been a long time problem between neighbors and students. All the pent up frustration came out during a ...

They wanted a memorable 50th class reunion. So, they got this Three Dog Night singer  The Fresno Bee

Dianne McKneel's last class reunion was a sit-down dinner at a banquet hall.

Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship to add a freshman class  Fresno Bee

The Fresno Unified School District board of trustees on Wednesday approved expanding the Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship by adding a freshman ...

Officers were called for ‘gunshots,’ ended up joining a Thanksgiving basketball game  The Fresno Bee

A police call in Fresno, CA, on Thanksgiving led to a game of basketball between officers and residents that warmed hearts and changed perspectives.

Dominican principal touches on ignorance in speech to Fresno High grads  Vida en el Valle

Fresno High School principal Elisa Torres Messing administered a speech to the graduating Class of 2017 with a bit of her New York accent meshed with her ...

Roosevelt High School theater to be named after Audra McDonald  KFSN-TV

McDonald is originally from Fresno and graduated from Roosevelt in 1988.

Fresno High School cheer squad making history  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno High has a new competition cheer squad and for the first time they've qualified for nationals. Fresno High School's cheer squad ...

Shelley Hamlin, pioneer for women’s sports who was among Valley’s best golfers, dies  The Fresno Bee

Shelley Hamlin, one of the most decorated professional golfers to come out of the central San Joaquin Valley, died of cancer on Monday at age 69. She was ...

Over A Hundred Organizations And Community Leaders Endorsed It, So Why Didn't Measure P Pass?  Valley Public Radio

If Measure P had passed, it would have created a 3/8 cent sales tax to fund parks and trail maintenance, and arts programming over the next thirty years.

This teen mom and her newborn rode a city bus to a school for delinquents. Here’s why  Fresno Bee

California got rid of child-care programs at its high schools. Teen mom Judy Sinpraseuth had to take a bus ride across Fresno with her baby for classes.

Fresno Unified to open its pools to the public for summer  Fresno Bee

The Fresno Unified School District will be opening its swimming pools to the public beginning June 20 and running through Aug. 13.

Michaele Erica Uphold-Scott  Nevada Appeal

January 13, 1954 ~ May 23, 2019. With a heavy heart we announce the untimely and unexpected passing of Michaele Uphold/Scott. Michaele was born in ...

Fresno Unified student receives scholarship that will make her Air Force dreams a reality  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Duncan Polytechnical High School student Angela Xiong leads an ROTC drill as part of her daily training in hopes of joining the Air ...

Roosevelt School of the Arts students are unlocking history in a closet  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- These kids and their teacher are learning about people and society from the clothes worn by their ancestors. A huge outdoor storage ...

March For Our Lives rally draws thousands in Fresno, condemns nation's 'gun culture'  Fresno Bee

Fresno California is part of March For Our Lives, a worldwide planned demonstration on March 24. Locals marched around the Fresno High campus to protest ...

Sex education is now the law, but conservative school leaders aren’t happy about it  Fresno Bee

The California Healthy Youth Act requires schools to teach unbiased and medically accurate sex education. But there is concern about how much support the ...

Fresno Unified wants leaseback lawsuit dismissed  Fresno Bee

Fresno Unified wants a lawsuit that alleges administrators signed an illegal leaseback contract with Harris Construction to be dismissed. The district says a ...

School Shooting Protests Planned, But Students Discouraged from Skipping Class

The three largest school districts serving Fresno say they support the First Amendment, but warn students there are consequences if they skip class in protest.

The Prom-Like Intensity of High School Folklórico  The New York Times

In the Central Valley in California, high school students gathered for Danzantes del Valle: High School Show Offs, an annual event defined by passion and ...

Readers’ Fresno memories rekindled | Yosemite Brewing, legacy of the Woodward family  The Fresno Bee

Q: I recently learned of the Yosemite Brewing Co. that was in Fresno, but I can't find information about it. What details can you give me? Andrew Fennacy, Fresno.

DA: Repeat offense for Fresno High teacher accused of sex with student

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Action News has uncovered new details involving suspended Fresno High School teacher Darren Klassen. Klassen is accused of ...

Fresno High runner Evert Silva is a class act and contender in 3200-meter at state finals this weekend  Vida en el Valle

Just over a year ago, Evert Silva, Jr. was searching for guidance and confused whether he would reach the next level of running athleticism that could elevate ...

Shirle M. Webster October 23, 1931 - April 2, 2019  Newport News Times

Shirle M. Webster (87) passed away in Newport, OR on April 2, 2019. Shirle was born in Stockton, CA on October 23, 1931 to Abel (Jack) and Edith L. Reed.

Fresno High adds breast-feeding room for teen moms  Fresno Bee

Fresno High School has created a breast-feeding station for teen moms, with the help of First 5 Fresno County. So far Fresno High is the only school in the ...

This Hall of Famer coached San Joaquin Memorial’s hoops team to many championships  Fresno Bee

Tom Cleary led the San Joaquin Memorial High School team to its first championship title in 1968. Mr. Cleary died Sept. 16.

California cheerleader, 14, dons blackface and spouts heinous racial slurs in Snapchat video  Daily Mail

Two disturbing videos of a 14-year-old white girl from Fresno, California, wearing blackface and spouting a series of racial slurs have emerged on social media ...

CJ Albertson eyeing Two Cities Marathon record; tribute to Clovis administrator planned  The Fresno Bee

Expect the men's record to be threatened Sunday (Nov. 4) when the 11th running of the Two Cities Marathon – which includes two half-marathons, and a ...

Ampersand Ice Cream has a double scoop of news about new locations  The Fresno Bee

Ampersand Ice Cream is opening a second location in Fresno, CA. In addition to its shop on the edge of the Tower District, it will open a new shop at Marks and ...

Design Science Early College High School helping kids realize their dreams  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The kids at Design Science Early College High School intend to break the cycle of poverty. Forty eight seniors will soon graduate and ...

Teen pregnancy | sex ed: Highest birth rates in Fresno's poorest areas  Fresno Bee

It's about a 15-minute drive from McLane High to Buchanan High, but the difference in teen birth rates within the schools' respective ZIP codes is staggering ...

The Pi Shop Product Incubator Launches at the Peerless Building in Downtown Fresno  PR Newswire

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pi Shop, the Central Valley's leading product incubator, has announced their official launch. The Pi Shop ...

Amazon begins hiring for hundreds of jobs at its massive new Fresno warehouse  Fresno Bee

Online retail giant Amazon has started taking applications for hundreds of jobs at its large order-filling warehouse opening in Fresno later this summer.

Bullard High School unveils first ever two-story building  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- As Fresno Unified students head back to school Monday morning some will find themselves in a brand new classroom. Bullard High ...

Fresno Unified parents, staff offer suggestions for bond spending  Fresno Bee

About 20 Fresno Unified parents and children attended a workshop at Sunnyside High School in southeast Fresno on Monday to talk about what improvements ...

Special report: Emails show cozy relationship between Fresno Unified, Harris Construction  Fresno Bee

Despite Fresno Unified's claims that Harris Construction was not favored to win multimillion-dollar contracts that are now under federal investigation, emails ...

Sunnyside High teacher uses passion for meditation to help students grow  Fresno Bee

Sunnyside High School's Mindfulness Club is bringing meditation, goals of peace to the classroom.

In a Small Space, Saroyan Is Reborn Thanks to Technology

The William Saroyan Home Museum in Fresno, California, is a small space. But its backers are using technology — including a speaking Saroyan hologram ...

Central High School football coach loses his battle with cancer  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The death of 41-year-old Justin Garza has shaken the Central High School community. Garza's enthusiasm never wavered during his ...

Fresno filmmakers hit it big with ‘The Gallows’  Fresno Bee

Fresno filmmakers Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff call their production company Tremendum Pictures — meaning “a feeling of awe associated with an ...

Fresno Unified board says longtime contractor no longer eligible for district projects  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno Unified School District says it can no longer employ a longtime local contractor. The trustees voted unanimously Monday ...

Students Defy Gender Norms to Protest Clovis Dress Code  KQED

In the small city of Clovis northeast of Fresno, high school students are protesting their district's decision not to update its controversial, decades-old dress code.

Treat yourself: The top 5 spots for desserts in Fresno  Hoodline

Looking to sample the best desserts around town? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top dessert sources in Fresno, using both Yelp data and our own ...

Former ACEL students graduate months after Fresno charter school closes

It's a day many Valley teens thought they wouldn't see. More than 30 former ACEL students graduated Friday afternoon -- three months after the charter high ...

Only men ever entered the business, so neighbors got suspicious of what really went on  Fresno Bee

Neighbors living near a Fresno massage spa across from Fresno High School have been concerned about the business for a couple of years, especially after a ...

In combating the Valley’s high teen birth rates, what about teen fathers?  Fresno Bee

Kevin Aguilar was late to class again. He and his 3-year-old daughter, Emma, had missed the city bus, making her late for preschool – and him even later for ...

Santa Cruz Hall of Fame inductees  Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz High will induct a massive class at the school's inaugural athletics hall of fame ceremony. Eighty athletes and coaches who excelled in their athletic ...

One person's trash turned out to be an entire school's treasure in Fresno  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Popping in old tapes is like opening Christmas gifts for Jim Lusk. 'We don't know what's on these. That's part of the fun about this.".

That's a Fumble, Mr. Brady: Seaver is the Only Tom Terrific

Quarterback Tom Brady is trying to trademark "Tom Terrific." But that nickname rightfully belongs to Fresno native and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

Deported to Mexico, homeless, alone, she's now headed to college  Sacramento Bee

She was one of thousands of California teenagers who graduated from high school last week in joyous ceremonies of achievement and pride.

North Korea threatens to launch a nuclear attack. What happened to Fresno’s fallout shelters?  Fresno Bee

Fresno once had fallout shelters in schools, churches, the mall and downtown buildings to protect residents from radiation if a nuclear weapon was used.

Pirate girls repeat at NYL swimming | Sports  Reedley Exponent

Reedley High's girls rolled to a second consecutive North Yosemite League swim championship, compiling 616.5 points to roll past second place Sunnyside in ...

Teen’s final driving lesson turns into law-enforcement nightmare  Fresno Bee

A lawsuit contends Fresno County sheriff's deputies drew guns and rough up a Fresno High teen who was undergoing driver's training.

Hillary Clinton holds campaign rally at Fresno's Edison High  Fresno Bee

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, locked in a heated battle with Bernie Sanders for California delegates, hit Fresno on Saturday evening in a ...

Cooling Centers open in the Central Valley  KMPH Fox 26

Temperatures are expected to soar around the Central Valley over the weekend, prompting many areas to open cooling centers.Information provided by news ...

11th grade: Eden Maile Mika Hussey, Yosemite High  Fresno Bee

Eden is generous with her time and talents, says her 4-H leader Pat Strimling. "She is quick to help wherever she is needed and doesn't wait to be asked. She is ...

Henry R. Perea wants to cap long political career by becoming Fresno mayor  Fresno Bee

Henry R. Perea, the child of parents who came to the U.S. not speaking English, quietly worked his way through parochial school and, after a life-changing stint ...

Fresno Foodie: Ampersand Ice Cream  The Collegian

Ampersand Ice Cream has been serving up handcrafted, small-batch ice cream year-round to the Central Valley for two years. Every ingredient Ampersand uses ...

Now gone, Cedar Lanes was bowlers’ haven for 54 years  Fresno Bee

Q: What is the history of Cedar Lanes bowling center? It was so sad to see it close. From the age of 10 we spent many hours there. We had lots of fun and good ...

Annoying text messages land Fresno doctor in trouble with state medical board  Fresno Bee

The Medical Board of California is accusing a Fresno cardiologist of professional misconduct for sending harassing telephone text messages to a teenage girl ...

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