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  • Video from the scene: Four officers shot in South CarolinaVideo from the scene: Four officers shot in South Carolina

    Four officers were shot and wounded in the early morning hours of Jan. 16 in York County, South Carolina, near Charlotte. The suspect has been taken into custody, WSOC reports.

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  • Djokovic: Players held meeting, but boycott not discussed - Fresno BeeDjokovic: Players held meeting, but boycott not discussed - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeDjokovic: Players held meeting, but boycott not discussedFresno BeeNovak Djokovic has rejected reports that leading men could potentially boycott future Grand Slams over prize money, though he did confirm that players held an hour-long private meeting on the eve of the Australian Open to discuss issues pertinent to ...and more »

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  • After losing home and belongings family finds boxes inside storage containers destroyedAfter losing home and belongings family finds boxes inside storage containers destroyed

    A Fresno County man lost his home to a flooded canal last week, then overnight the last of his remaining items were stolen by thieves.

    ABC30.com / 5 h. 41 min. ago
  • Fresno police search for man who pointed handgun at security guard in Rite Aid - yourcentralvalley.comFresno police search for man who pointed handgun at security guard in Rite Aid - yourcentralvalley.com

    yourcentralvalley.comFresno police search for man who pointed handgun at security guard in Rite Aidyourcentralvalley.comFRESNO, California - Police are searching for a man who they say pointed a handgun at a security guard at a Fresno Rite Aid. The incident happened around 6:30pm Monday at the Rite Aid on Fresno and B street. Police say a loss prevention officer ...

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  • Fire west of Highway 99 damages storage building used by farmFire west of Highway 99 damages storage building used by farm

    A storage building that housed farm equipment west of Highway 99 was damaged Monday night in a fire. Just before 7:30 p.m., Fresno Fire responded to Chateau Fresno and Shaw … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 8 h. 16 min. ago
  • Fire west of Highway 99 damages storage building used by farm - Fresno BeeFire west of Highway 99 damages storage building used by farm - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeFire west of Highway 99 damages storage building used by farmFresno BeeA storage building that housed farm equipment west of Highway 99 was damaged Monday night in a fire. Just before 7:30 p.m., Fresno Fire responded to Chateau Fresno and Shaw avenues at Russel Harris Farms. Amado Gomez, the manager of the farm, said a ...

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  • Fresno Monsters return to Selland Arena for three games - yourcentralvalley.comFresno Monsters return to Selland Arena for three games - yourcentralvalley.com

    yourcentralvalley.comFresno Monsters return to Selland Arena for three gamesyourcentralvalley.comFRESNO, CA -- It is and has been the goal of the Fresno Monsters to return ice hockey to Selland Arena in downtown Fresno. Cooperation with the current Fresno City Administration and Council has provided the team with an opportunity to make that goal a ...and more »

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  • Fresno woman qualifies for Olympic marathon trials at age 50 - KFSN-TVFresno woman qualifies for Olympic marathon trials at age 50 - KFSN-TV

    KFSN-TVFresno woman qualifies for Olympic marathon trials at age 50KFSN-TVMolly Friel and her dog Buster are used to a fast pace. One of her three dogs usually accompanies her on training runs or walks through parks. "Getting outside every day and doing something is really beneficial more than going to a doctor, taking ...

    Google News / 10 h. 3 min. ago
  • Amazon recruitment fair to come to Fresno - yourcentralvalley.comAmazon recruitment fair to come to Fresno - yourcentralvalley.com

    yourcentralvalley.comAmazon recruitment fair to come to Fresnoyourcentralvalley.comFRESNO, Calif. - If you're looking for a job take note of this. Tomorrow through Thursday Amazon is hosting a job fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Fresno. It needs workers for its new fulfillment center that's under construction. Finding ...

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  • ‘I still have faith in the future.’ The day MLK brought his message to Fresno‘I still have faith in the future.’ The day MLK brought his message to Fresno

    In June 1964, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. brought the civil rights movement to Fresno. He led a march to Ratcliffe Stadium, where he spoke at a rally attended … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 12 h. 58 min. ago
  • Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 16 - Fresno BeeObituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 16 - Fresno Bee

    Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 16Fresno BeeARREOLA — Felipe Lopez Arreola, 56, of Selma died Dec. 17. He was a truck driver. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16 at Thomas Marcom Funeral Home. Graveside: 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Selma Cemetery District. Service: 11 a.m. Jan. 16 at the funeral home. BROWN ...and more »

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  • Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 16Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 16

    ARREOLA — Felipe Lopez Arreola, 56, of Selma died Dec. 17. He was a truck driver. Visitation: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 16 at Thomas Marcom Funeral Home. Graveside: 1 … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 13 h. 48 min. ago
  • Classes Resuming At 2 Clovis Unified Schools – After Mercury ScareClasses Resuming At 2 Clovis Unified Schools – After Mercury Scare

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) –Classes will resume Tuesday, January 16th at two schools in the Clovis Unified School District — after last week’s hazmat mercury scare. The school district released a statement Monday saying that Clovis East High School and Reyburn Intermediate School have been cleared: Following the weekend clean up by representatives from the Fresno County Department of Health, Environmental Protection Agency and PARC Environmental, the campuses of Clovis East High School and Reyburn Intermediate School have been confirmed ready to re-open after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend as scheduled.   Crews have tested every room on the campuses and confirmed that they are clean of mercury. Mitigation work included removing carpeting and room contents from a handful of classrooms and cleaning hard surfaces. Assessments were completed before and after the mitigation efforts to confirm the clean-up job was effective at removing all of the metal from classrooms and a sidewalk on campus. Two classrooms require complete re-carpeting, and classes that meet in these rooms have been relocated for the coming week. One other classroom had carpet patched and will be re-carpeted in the coming weeks. To date, there have been no adverse health effects related to the schools reported to Fresno County Department of Public Health. The expansive and immediate response by our school site leaders, Fresno County Department of Public Health, and our local law enforcement and public safety personnel is a testament to the priority placed on the safety of our students. The quick response by the Environmental Protection Agency officials, even in the face of the massive public health fire, flood and mud-slide clean-ups the agency is engaged in around the state is especially appreciated by our District leadership. School staff has been in direct communication with any staff members or families of students directly or peripherally impacted by this incident to ensure they are kept well informed of mitigation work throughout the past five days. We are pleased to be able to assure our community with certainty that the campuses are cleared of any remnant of this metal, and look forward to resuming school on schedule Tuesday morning. Kelly Avants, APR Chief Communication Officer Clovis Unified School District Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/15150740/LK-5PM-CLOVIS-MERCURY-CLEAR.mp3    

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  •  Fresno Councilman Oliver Baines speaks out against President Trump Fresno Councilman Oliver Baines speaks out against President Trump

    Oliver Baines, a Fresno city councilman, gives an impassioned speech and makes plea for Republicans to stand up to President Donald Trump. Baines spoke at a rally in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 15. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 14 h. 54 min. ago
  • Clovis East, Reyburn Intermediate will reopen Tuesday after mercury cleanupClovis East, Reyburn Intermediate will reopen Tuesday after mercury cleanup

    Clovis East High and Reyburn Intermediate schools will reopen on Tuesday after rooms on the campuses were tested and confirmed clear of mercury, school district officials said. The two schools … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 15 h. 1 min. ago
  • Downtown Fresno march honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. - Fresno BeeDowntown Fresno march honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. - Fresno Bee

    yourcentralvalley.comDowntown Fresno march honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.Fresno BeeOn Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Oliver Baines was thinking of another civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks. It was 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama to a white passenger. “In 1955 Rosa Parks sat down. In 2018, we gotta stand up ...Hundreds march in downtown Fresno to honor Martin Luther King Jr.yourcentralvalley.comMartin Luther King Jr. honored in downtown FresnoKMPH Fox 26all 4,354 news articles »

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  • Marchers join celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Marchers join celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Hundreds gathered to march and to celebrate the message and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., followed by a rally at Fresno City Hall, Monday morning, Jan. 15. … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 15 h. 33 min. ago
  • Patient Protests Prompt Lockdown At Coalinga State HospitalPatient Protests Prompt Lockdown At Coalinga State Hospital

    FRESNO, CA. (KMJ) -Coalinga State Hospital is under lockdown following protests by patients that started over the weekend. Hospital management at the 1,500-bed psychiatric hospital has brought on additional police officers and more are on standby, if needed. The hospital’s visitors center is closed until further notice. Patients inside the hospital tell our news partner KMPH Fox 26, at least 60 windows have been broken – in what are being described as near riot-like conditions. Patients are reportedly protesting new restrictions on electronic devices intended to prevent contraband from entering the hospital.    

    KMJ-AF1 / 16 h. 40 min. ago more
  • Coalinga State Hospital said to be on lockdown, but no official confirmation givenCoalinga State Hospital said to be on lockdown, but no official confirmation given

    Trash-littered hallways, jammed doors, broken windows and clogged sewage are problems reported at Coalinga State Hospital, which is being described as having “riot-like conditions,” according to emails sent to The … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 16 h. 56 min. ago
  • Judge rejects lawyer's police discrimination claim against domestic violence victims - Fresno BeeJudge rejects lawyer's police discrimination claim against domestic violence victims - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeJudge rejects lawyer's police discrimination claim against domestic violence victimsFresno BeePolice are not liable for the killing of a domestic violence victim or for the shooting of another victim by her estranged husband in 2014, a federal judge ruled this month in dismissing a civil rights lawsuit against the Fresno Police Department ...

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  • Judge rejects lawyer’s police discrimination claim against domestic violence victimsJudge rejects lawyer’s police discrimination claim against domestic violence victims

    Police are not liable for the killing of a domestic violence victim or for the shooting of another victim by her estranged husband in 2014, a federal judge ruled this … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 17 h. 43 min. ago
  • Downtown Fresno march honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.Downtown Fresno march honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Oliver Baines was thinking of another civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks. It was 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 18 h. 43 min. ago
  • Slow down: Dense fog blankets Valley, reducing drivers’ visibilitySlow down: Dense fog blankets Valley, reducing drivers’ visibility

    The Valley is experiencing dense fog Monday morning. About 8 a.m., visibility for many drivers was no more than a quarter mile. At around 8 a.m., fog became increasingly dense … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 20 h. 5 min. ago
  • Want to find one tall ‘glass of milk’? Head to TulareWant to find one tall ‘glass of milk’? Head to Tulare

    Q: I would like to know more about the water tower in the city of Tulare that looks like a giant glass of milk with a straw sticking out of … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 22 h. 14 min. ago
  • He walked 1,000 miles on bloody feet. Now this ‘Lost Boy of Sudan’ helps other refugeesHe walked 1,000 miles on bloody feet. Now this ‘Lost Boy of Sudan’ helps other refugees

    Sometimes when refugees are at their lowest emotional point in his office in Hanford, Jacob Awar Ayuen, a psychiatric physician assistant, will tell the patients his own story of being … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 23 h. 14 min. ago
  • Drunk gang member crashes SUV and tries to run but residents capture him, police sayDrunk gang member crashes SUV and tries to run but residents capture him, police say

    Fresno police are crediting several southwest Fresno residents for the capture of a man suspected of being drunk and crashing his SUV outside their homes early Sunday morning. Sgt. Antonio … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 14 h. 15 min. ago
  • He wielded a sword on one victim, kicked another in the face. Then the cops cameHe wielded a sword on one victim, kicked another in the face. Then the cops came

    A man who allegedly used a 3-foot-long sword during an assault then kicked another person in the face was arrested Saturday night, Visalia police say. Officers arrived in the area … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 1 d. 15 h. 15 min. ago
  • Thief tries hitting ampm employee with dowel, police sayThief tries hitting ampm employee with dowel, police say

    Visalia police arrested a man after they say he stole from a convenience store and tried hitting an employee with a wooden dowel on Sunday morning. Sgt. Damon Maurice said … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 1 d. 15 h. 33 min. ago
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    The law firm of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP has changed its name to Floyd, Skeren, Manukian & Langevin, LLP . The change follows the retirement of senior partner Todd Kelly.

    Fresno News / 1 d. 16 h. 23 min. ago
  • Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision for my lifeMartin Luther King Jr. had a vision for my life

    Welcome to another year and another Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many of you will mark the day by sharing his inspirational quotes, or listening to his "I Have A Dream" speech.

    Fresno News / 1 d. 20 h. 46 min. ago
  • With end of program protecting Salvadoran immigrants, a Valley city faces a crisisWith end of program protecting Salvadoran immigrants, a Valley city faces a crisis

    Buenaventura Peneda was waiting to get paid after a day of pruning pomegranate trees. As he does every two weeks, he’ll send $500 of his earnings to his wife and … Click to Continue »

    The Fresno Bee / 1 d. 22 h. 44 min. ago
  • Ex-cop Jerry Pearce was a Johnny Cash lookalike who hosted 'The Radio Detective' show - Fresno BeeEx-cop Jerry Pearce was a Johnny Cash lookalike who hosted 'The Radio Detective' show - Fresno Bee

    Fresno BeeEx-cop Jerry Pearce was a Johnny Cash lookalike who hosted 'The Radio Detective' showFresno BeeJerry Pearce, the ex-cop who launched “The Radio Detective” radio show in Fresno, has died. He was 76. Born Gerald Clifford Pearce in Bakersfield in 1941, he died Monday at his home near Prather after a long battle with chronic pulmonary obstructive ...and more »

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  • Visalia man arrested, charged with attempted murderVisalia man arrested, charged with attempted murder

    Visalia police arrested a suspect Saturday after a man was found lying on the ground with stab wounds. They say the victim was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 5 h. 5 min. ago
  • After crashing his truck, he threw a knife at officers and punched a K-9, CHP saysAfter crashing his truck, he threw a knife at officers and punched a K-9, CHP says

    A 41-year-old man who was brandishing a knife is recovering in the hospital after a scuffle Saturday with law enforcement in Fresno County. During the incident he was bitten by … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 6 h. 43 min. ago
  • Bulldogs set Save Mart Center shooting record in winBulldogs set Save Mart Center shooting record in win

    The Fresno State men’s basketball team achieved a Save Mart Center record after shooting 65 percent in the game to outlast conference foes New Mexico Lobos 89-80 at the Save Mart Center on Friday. “We knew coming into today that we wanted to control the paint,” senior guard Ray Bowles Jr. said. “I think all of our shots tonight were good shots, even the ones we missed were pretty good. I think that being able to share the ball on offense gave us a great look and resulted in us shooting at such a high percentage.” After gifting their rivals Boise State a 70-64 victory, guard Jaron Hopkins stressed how important it was to get back into practice to fix their mistakes, fouling specifically. “It has been pretty hard and intense as always. We just tried to get back to the basics,” Hopkins said. “We practiced guarding guys without fouling; we kind of got in a slump with our fouls. We just need to keep working at it and continue to get better without fouling.” After opening the game with zero points in the first half, guard Deshon Taylor led his team with 22 second-half points. Whether it was his dead-eye range from deep or his relentless will to attack the basket, Taylor brought his team back into the Mountain West Conference conversation. Taylor may have scored the baskets, but Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry contributed ball movement to his players’ second-half performance. “If you look at our record, we are 10-1 when we have 15 or more assists,” Terry said. “We share the basketball and are out there moving.” Their hot shooting captured the record for best field goal percentage ever inside he Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs shot 65 percent from the field, only missing 17 shots while almost doubling that in made baskets. Along with Taylor, Bryson Williams, Bowles Jr. and Hopkins combined for 64 points. Both inside and out, the Bulldogs aggressive mindset paid off. Fresno State opened the match targeting the Lobos interior defense. With a plethora of big men on the roster, the Bulldogs went to work down low. Within the first seven and a half minutes to play, the Bulldogs raced out to a 14-point lead. They capitalized on weak defense by converting 15 of their first 18 shots. Their defense also came to play early on, forcing the Lobos into tough shots every trip down the court. A combination of physical defense and high-percentage shooting paved the way for the Bulldogs early foothold. After a Lobos timeout, Terrell Carter II continued his inspired start to the game. He received the entry pass, took a power dribble and finished over the contact. The Bulldogs lead reached 14 after the Williams and Carter combined down low for the score. Williams, with nine points in the game already, found Carter who had perfect post position. Fresno State’s willingness to attack the paint proved worthwhile. New Mexico opted to key in on the Bulldogs post play but didn’t realize they boast one of the best three-point shooting teams in the conference. After New Mexico answered with a deep three-point shot to cut it to single digits, Jahmel Taylor responded with a three of his own to push the lead back over 10 points. Fresno State held a strong lead throughout the first half, but began to wilt towards the halftime whistle. The Lobos staged a furious comeback in the last two minutes of the first half. New Mexico made plays on both sides of the court, stopping the Bulldogs on one end and converting tough buckets on the other. Makuach Maluach led the Lobos with 21 points. His ability to finish at the rim with Williams and Carter hounding him gave the New Mexico a chance and they took it, tiring the game at 40 with a jumper. However, with the game all notched at 40, Hopkins took the ball the length of the court before tossing up a short floater that sunk, bringing the crowd to their feet and recapturing the momentum heading into halftime. Fresno State opened the second half with three consecutive deep triples and never looked back. Although New Mexico made some shots down the stretch, Taylor’s 22-point half paced Fresno State to the conference victory. The Bulldogs move to 13-6, 3-3 on the season with a matchup against the San Diego State Aztecs on the horizon. “It is a program that we have a lot of respect for, Terry said. “They have done a lot of great things in this league. Brian Dutcher has been there the whole time and has been instrumental in helping build that program. San Diego State is an established program in this league.”

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  • Man killed on Highway 180, traffic lanes closedMan killed on Highway 180, traffic lanes closed

    A pedestrian was killed Saturday after he was hit by a car on westbound Highway 180 in downtown Fresno, according to the California Highway Patrol. Calls to 911 reported a man getting hit, said CHP Sgt.

    Fresno News / 2 d. 9 h. 52 min. ago
  • Facebook users help identify wanted man in blurry photoFacebook users help identify wanted man in blurry photo

    Thanks to social media, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Friday wanted for allegedly brandishing a knife at CVS Pharmacy employees in Oakhurst. After the sheriff’s office posted … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 12 h. 59 min. ago
  • His twin brother allegedly molested a girl. Now he’s getting death threatsHis twin brother allegedly molested a girl. Now he’s getting death threats

    The twin brother of an Orange Cove man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl has been getting death threats in a case of mistaken identity, according to the girl’s mother. … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 13 h. 29 min. ago
  • What the heck is a helminth? And what does it have to do with sushi?What the heck is a helminth? And what does it have to do with sushi?

    A Jan. 8 edition of the podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit" features a case of a Fresno patient who had a 5 1/2-foot tapeworm in his body after eating raw salmon sashimi. The CDC had issued a warning about this food early in 2017.

    Fresno News / 2 d. 14 h. 15 min. ago
  • Fresno ER patient didn't have to go far to ingest this disgusting bugFresno ER patient didn't have to go far to ingest this disgusting bug

    A Jan. 8 edition of the podcast "This Won't Hurt A Bit" features a case of a Fresno patient who had a 5 1/2-foot tapeworm in his body. The CDC had issued a warning about this food early in 2017.

    Fresno News / 2 d. 18 h. 28 min. ago
  • He tried to grab a deputy’s gun during a traffic stopHe tried to grab a deputy’s gun during a traffic stop

    A man was arrested after allegedly assaulting three Tulare County sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop in Earlimart on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said. Armador Fernandez-Duran, 43, was pulled over … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 18 h. 38 min. ago
  • Going into 2018: what choices will you make?Going into 2018: what choices will you make?

    My father once said, "A woman follows her husband," as they used to say in the old country. And my husband was born and raised in Fresno.

    Fresno News / 2 d. 20 h. 45 min. ago
  • Armed man shot by Fresno officers in domestic violence callArmed man shot by Fresno officers in domestic violence call

    A Fresno man armed with a handgun was shot by police responding to a domestic violence incident early Saturday in central Fresno. Police Chief Jerry Dyer identified the man as … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 2 d. 21 h. 57 min. ago
  • Five Things To Do Today, Friday, Jan. 12 | Fresno Filmworks & Harlem GlobetrottersFive Things To Do Today, Friday, Jan. 12 | Fresno Filmworks & Harlem Globetrotters

    Fresno Filmworks presents the French documentary by 89-year-old Agnes Varda and 33-year-old artist J.R., as they journey through rural France photographing locals. Varda was one of the leading figures of the French New Wave cinema.

    Fresno News / 3 d. 1 h. 8 min. ago
  • Audra McDonald shows Fresnans, others what theya re missing out with interesting photoAudra McDonald shows Fresnans, others what theya re missing out with interesting photo

    Fresno arts scene legend Audra McDonald tweeted a photo of a Cupcake ATM machine that she ran into in New York City, showing what the good life can be like outside of Fresno. Fresno arts scene legend Audra McDonald tweeted a photo of a Cupcake ATM machine that she ran into in New York City, showing what the good life can be like outside of Fresno.

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  • Gang member arrested for alleged concealed gunGang member arrested for alleged concealed gun

    A gun was recovered from a confirmed gang member on Friday, as a result of Fresno Police Department’s recent deployment of three Special Response Teams. Officers made contact with two … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 7 h. 44 min. ago
  • Do you recognize these men? Fresno police need your help identifying themDo you recognize these men? Fresno police need your help identifying them

    Fresno police need your help identifying two men who are suspected of burglary and vandalism at a northwest Fresno golf course. The incidents that occurred on Dec. 30, 2017 and … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 9 h. 4 min. ago
  • They broke into a car, then used the victim’s credit cards at a Fresno casino, police sayThey broke into a car, then used the victim’s credit cards at a Fresno casino, police say

    Two women are suspected of breaking into a car, stealing the the victim’s credit cards and using them at Club One Casino in downtown Fresno. On Dec. 22, 2017 at … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 9 h. 6 min. ago
  • Want to work at Amazon? Therea s a job fair to fill positions for its Fresno locationWant to work at Amazon? Therea s a job fair to fill positions for its Fresno location

    Amazon is holding a job fair Tuesday-Thursday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Fresno, seeking positions for its upcoming Fresno warehouse. The job fair specifically advertised more than 40 technicians and mechanics, ranging from mid-level to senior and lead-levels.

    Fresno News / 3 d. 9 h. 43 min. ago
  • Selma man arrested in November shooting at Del Rey partySelma man arrested in November shooting at Del Rey party

    Fresno sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Thursday who is suspected of shooting a man in the arm at a Del Rey party in November. A business party was being held … Click to Continue »

    Crime: FresnoBee.com / 3 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago
  • CA Assembly Adjourned In Memory of Sanger’s Wilber PlaugherCA Assembly Adjourned In Memory of Sanger’s Wilber Plaugher

      FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Assemblyman Jim Patterson adjourned the assembly on Friday, January 12th in memory of Sanger resident Wilber Plaugher, who died on January 2nd. Plaugher lived a colorful life, becoming a rancher, actor, rodeo clown and honoree of the PR Rodeo Hall of Fame, with a career that took him all around the world. As an actor, he appeared on the Daniel Boone TV Show, and Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe. His longtime friend and country-western musician Jack Hannah called him “The Greatest Living Cowboy.” He died at the age of 95 of natural causes.    

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  • Huron Man Arrested On Multiple Child Sex Abuse ChargesHuron Man Arrested On Multiple Child Sex Abuse Charges

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – A Man from Huron is arrested on multiple charges of child sex abuse. On January 6th, the Sheriff’s Office received reports that 29 year old Armando Pena had committed sex crimes against a number of children from family he knew well. Sheriff’s Spokesperson Tony Botti says on January 9th, deputies found Pena near Lassen and 10th Street in Huron and arrested him. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Sex Crimes Unit booked Pena into the Fresno County Jail on a million dollars bail. He faces felony charges which include sex acts with a child under 10. Pena had been released from prison in August on prior convictions for robbery and auto theft. Botti says they need the public’s help to identify other possible victims. Call the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 559-600-3111 with any information.   Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/12164350/LK-WEB-HURON-SEX-ARREST.mp3        

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  • Mercury Closes Clovis Schools – District Says Students Didn’t Understand RisksMercury Closes Clovis Schools – District Says Students Didn’t Understand Risks

    CLOVIS (KMJ) — Clovis Unified School District said the decision to close Clovis East and Reyburn Intermediate Friday morning was a precautionary measure following a student’s decision to bring loose mercury onto campus. “This appears to be a very inadvertent exposure,” explained the school district’s Kelly Avants. “There was not any intent. I think the students involved did not really understand the risks associated with it.” The alert to officials was sent out after school had ended Thursday. It was a Reyburn Intermediate student who was first discovered with the mercury. Officials with Clovis Unified worked quickly to establish how far it had spread. “Immediately containing that, but also discovering in the course of our investigation that he obtained it from another student who had brought some of that substance onto campus at Reyburn.” The decision to close both Clovis East and Reyburn Intermediate was made with Fresno County Department of Public Heath and the Environmental Protection Agency. “We did an initial assessment on campus and found just a handful of rooms that seemed to have some residual evidence of the substance having been in those rooms,” continued Avants. “That requires cleanup, because we don’t want to leave that sitting there in the classroom.” The decision to shut the doors was made to let crews have free reign of the campus to clean up. Some parents arrived Friday morning expecting to drop their children off for school. “There was an email that I saw last night that there was a mercury incident, but it did not say that there was going to be a school closure the following day,” said Reyburn Intermediate parent Andy Singh. “It’s scary these kids are bringing this hazardous material into the school…it’s a dangerous material” In a statement, Clovis Unified School District said contact has been made with the small number of students known to have come into contact with the mercury. There are currently no reports of anyone showing symptoms of exposure. “There is a lot of it around in the community,” added Avants. “Just from residual grandfather clocks, thermometers, and things like that, and other industrial uses in the past. So it’s believed that it probably came into the possession of this student through a source such as that.” Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/12135101/DM-MERCURY-CLOSURE1.mp3

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  • Search Continues for Fresno Jewelry Theft SuspectsSearch Continues for Fresno Jewelry Theft Suspects

    (KMJ / KMPH) – Two crooks are caught on camera robbing Oscar’s Jewelry and Repair on Blackstone Avenue in Fresno Monday. Two men entered the store and pretended to be customers.  One of the men pulled out a gun and started beating the store owner, Jose Mata.   While that was going on the other crook stole jewelry from the display case. After taking the jewelry, they went into the back office and took items from the safe. Mata says they made off with about $15,000 in jewelry. Both men left the store and were last seen getting into a tan/beige colored, early 2000’s model, Chevy Tahoe. Please call Fresno Police Detective Xiong at (559) 621-8079 or Valley CrimeStoppers at 498-Stop to  help catch these crooks before someone else gets hurt.

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  • CSU faculty are not happy with California’s governorCSU faculty are not happy with California’s governor

    California State University faculty are not happy with California’s governor Jerry Brown. The reason: underfunding of universities. In a news release Wednesday, the California Faculty Association slammed Brown for, they say, failing to “honor the promise of access to public higher education for all qualified California students.” The anger stems from the governor’s latest state budget proposal, which the CFA said provides much less funding than the organization had anticipated in order to ensure more students are able to attend public universities. Jennifer Eagan, President of the California Faculty Association and a professor at CSU East Bay, said the funds set aside for the CSU system are not enough to increase enrollment at universities and will lead to “tens of thousands of qualified students” to be turned away. A whopping $92 million were set aside for the CSU system in the 2018-19 budget. Originally, the CSU chancellor and trustees had requested $263 million. But the CFA said both amounts were not enough to increase enrollment at the public universities. The CFA supports upwards of $422.6 million in increased funding to accommodate a 5 percent growth in student enrollment in the 2018-19 academic year. “We must keep investing until every qualified student who is qualified and seeks a seat can get one,” said Lillian Taiz, CFA Political Action and Legislation Chair and professor emerita at CSU Los Angeles. “Our state cannot afford to drop the ball lest we accelerate a downturn.” But while the CFA appears to advocate for increasing enrollment, the state budget funds appear to favor increasing graduation rates for students already in school. According to the final state budget report, the $92 million is expected to be used to make progress in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2016. Among the goals of the initiative are increasing the four-year graduation rate to at least 40 percent and increasing the two-year transfer graduation rate to at least 45 percent.  The 2016 Budget Act included $35 million in one-time funding to jump start those initiatives.

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  • $10,000 Raised For “Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund” – Benefiting Victims Of Human Trafficking$10,000 Raised For “Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund” – Benefiting Victims Of Human Trafficking

    FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Volunteers lined Fresno’s Blackstone Avenue, raising money to fight human trafficking in the Central Valley. Seven local non-profits in the Central Valley have formed a coalition and their campaign 2017 Stop Traffic to Stop Trafficking is now in its second year. It’s a day where volunteers and community leaders take to the streets to raise awareness and money. Holding signs and rushing to collect money, volunteers lined Blackstone Avenue from Shields Avenue to the Riverpark Shopping Center on Thursday, January 11th. Former Mayor and current Central Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Ashley Swearengin also presented a $10,000 check from CVCF to the “Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund” campaign. Members of the community, including Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, attended in support of PTST. District 7 Fresno City Councilman Clint Olivier (seen below) donated $500 to PTST. Afterwards, Chief Jerry Dyer and DA Lisa Smittcamp grabbed buckets to collect money from motorists on Blackstone. Money raised will support and critical services for victims of sex trafficking. Survivors like Jamelia Hinds, (above) pictured with Ryan Townsend, Executive Director of the Central Valley Justice Coalition were present at event. Hinds has turned her life around thanks to help from the Central Valley Justice Coalition and its partners. After breaking free from her trafficker in Clovis, she now works as a victim advocate, and is a mother and positive role model to her young daughter. . Donations to the Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund can be made online at bit.ly/PTSTFund or by writing a check to the Central Valley Community Foundation with “Pledge to Stop Trafficking” written on the memo line. Checks can be sent to: Central Valley Community Foundation 5260 North Palm Avenue, Suite 122 Fresno, CA 93704 Click below to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/11171303/lk-stop-traffick-6pm-friday.mp3  

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  • No plan to punish fraternity after death, Castro says at assemblyNo plan to punish fraternity after death, Castro says at assembly

    Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro addressed past and future accomplishments in his spring 2018 faculty and staff assembly held Thursday. The event at the Save Mart Center gave Castro the opportunity to meet face to face with faculty and staff and present on several plans for the semester, just days before classes resume on Jan. 17. One topic that was not missed was the recent death of Fresno State student Omar Nemeth, who died from an apparent drug overdose after visiting the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house earlier this month. The death, Castro said, “touched all of us.” A moment of silence was held in the student’s honor. In a news conference after the assembly, Castro said the university will not being taking any actions to terminate the fraternity. “There are no plans to do anything in terms of punishing the fraternity itself,” Castro said. He also said the university will be working on several outreach events regarding the topic of substance abuse and addiction. One will be held on campus later this month. Fresno State Associated Students, Inc. has planned a ‘Drug Awareness Walk” for Jan. 20. During his assembly speech, Castro highlighted multiple accomplishments the university had in 2017 and spoke about upcoming plans. In line for this year are the $26 million campus renovation plans expected to begin this summer. Those plans will bring upgrades to eight classroom and will continue onto next summer with four more classroom upgrades, Castro said. Requests by faculty for more infant care opportunities will soon be a reality with dedicated space in the Huggins Early Education Center at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development building. The infant care facility is expected to accommodate eight to 10 infants. The facility is scheduled to be completed in 2019. Castro reminded the audience that Fresno State was ranked No. 17 in best universities in the nation by Washington Monthly. It was the only California State University to be take a spot in the top 30. Also last year, Castro noted, more than $400,000 were raised during a 24-hour donation drive during Fresno State’s first-ever Day of Giving. Castro added that the fundraiser was the most successful of its kind in the CSU system. Many faculty and staff members were also recognized for their continued work in helping the university achieve the accomplishments. Other faculty spoke on issues affecting students. Tom Holyoke, chair of the Academic Senate and professor of political science, opened the assembly with a speech that was also a call to action focused on supporting students who are enrolled in the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. He told the audience to play a role in making further progress towards reforming immigration policy. “All of us need to pressure our local legislators to finally, once and for all, pass some kind of comprehensive immigration reform,” Holyoke said. He elaborated on the importance of receiving a higher education and how the challenge for some to obtain that is a “social tragedy.” Castro also spoke on the importance of having a plan for students, including those who are on pace to graduate from the university. There are roughly 600 undocumented students who are covered under the DACA program and attend Fresno State. The Trump administration last fall announced plans to expire the DACA program in March. Castro said he recently sat down with a group of students to discuss the program. The conversation included a number of questions from the students who are concerned about their future, Castro said. “I’m concerned but I’m optimistic that over the last few days there have been bipartisan discussions in Washington,” Castro said. “My hope is that we will have a resolution to this very soon.”

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  • President Castro Talks Success And Dreamers In Spring Semester SpeechPresident Castro Talks Success And Dreamers In Spring Semester Speech

    Fresno State President Joseph Castro FRESNO (KMJ) — In his first address to staff and faculty in 2018, Fresno State President Joseph Castro said he wants to encourage talent and collaboration, but also express concern for undocumented students facing an uncertain future. “Before I proceed with today’s assembly, I want to take a minute to acknowledge the recent loss of one of our own undergraduate students,” started President Castro. “Omar Nemeth, a biochemistry major, died at the young age of 19 on January 3rd. “Even though we’re a large campus, we experience tremendous sadness whenever we lose a member of our campus community. Especially someone so young.” The crowd gathered inside the Save Mart Center paused for a moment before Thursday’s speech resumed. “Our work together is vitally important to the future of the Central Valley and beyond,” continued President Castro. “We know that talent exists in every single household. One of our goals is to help unleash that talent and prepare a new generation of leaders. “I cannot imagine a more inspirational call to action than this one.” Those assembled were asked to step outside their comfort zone to help students succeed. “The future success of our campus lies in greater collaboration between and among our talented faculty, staff, and students.” Ongoing discussions in Washington D.C., to establish the future of Dreamers in the United States, was also touched upon. “In our current political environment our Dreamers are rightly concerned about their future. And so are we.” Following the speech, President Castro spoke to the assembled media and revealed that there are contingency plans if federal lawmakers fail to come to a decision. He did not detail the plans, but did reveal anything Fresno State did would be part of a wider CSU effort. “My goal is to make sure that these students graduate. That’s ultimately my job as President is to make sure that each of our 25,000 students get a high quality education and graduate.” Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/11132531/DM-SPRING-ASSEM-2018-1.mp3

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  • Legislation Would Expand Abortion Services for CA College StudentsLegislation Would Expand Abortion Services for CA College Students

    FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — The bill, making its way through the legislature, would require health centers on University of California and California State University campuses, to provide “non-surgical abortion services.” It comes from Democratic Senator Connie Leyva, who claims more than 400,000 women attending the UC and CSU systems need access to drugs which can create a response similar to an early miscarriage, within 10 weeks of pregnancy. http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/10151604/AA-CA-COLLEGE-ABORTION-1-10-17.mp3 The measure cleared the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday; it’s now off to the Appropriations Committee.     Aaron AbeytiaAaron Abeytia anchors afternoon newscasts on News/Talk 580 & 105.9 KMJ. Read More…        E-mail Aaron Abeytia      Aaron’s Facebook Page    Twitter: @AaronAbeytia    Aaron’s Instagram Feed     Articles by Aaron Abeytia   Copyright © 2016 Cumulus Media. All Rights Reserved. 

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  • Fresno’s Master List Of Rentals Now Live – “Everybody Has To Register”Fresno’s Master List Of Rentals Now Live – “Everybody Has To Register”

    FRESNO (KMJ) — An online register of every rental home in the City of Fresno is now being established. “I made a promise to the people of Fresno to dramatically improve our housing stock and substantially reduce substandard housing,” said Mayor Lee Brand as he started Wednesday’s announcement inside Fresno City Hall. That promise came in the shape of the Rental Housing Improvement Act. It stipulates that every one of residential rental units in the City of Fresno is “decent, safe, and sanitary.” The goal is to list every one of the over 90,000 rental homes in Fresno to improve overall quality. “We are asking for property owners and managers with rentals in Fresno to work with the City to help us ensure that our residents have healthy and safe living opportunities by registering their properties as soon as possible,” explained Kelli Furtado with the Development and Resource Management Department. Registration is the first part of a wider rental housing inspection effort. Every property owner and manager is required to submit details of the units in their control. Notices are being mailed out, and there are penalties for ignoring them. There are no fees for registration. “Everybody has to register even though they may not be inspected,” added Mayor Brand. “Certain complexes have government subsidized housing like Section 8. They’re going to be exempt.” Properties less than 10 years old will also be exempt from inspections, but owners will still be required to sign up. “Right now it’s really important that we make sure that property owners know we need them to register the properties, and if they’re hearing about this and have any concerns about their property not being in a habitable condition, that they need to start work now to make improvements to their property,” said Furtado. “So that by the time the inspection rolls around there will be no issues with compliance.” A link to register can be found clicking here. Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: http://images.tritondigitalcms.com/6616/sites/461/2018/01/10141339/DM-RENTAL-REGISTRY1.mp3

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  • Fantasy FeloniesFantasy Felonies

    I’m in a fantasy football league with a few of my friends from high school. We were always a straight-laced gang–maybe even a little nerdy, to tell the truth–and we really embraced fantasy football from a young age. To me, and (I think) to everyone in the group–it was a way of making America’s most popular sport feel more intellectual. So our fantasy football league was always kind of geeky.   Now we’re at different schools, and I’m worried the league is growing apart. We added a few new “team owners”–new friends of my old friends–and now people are saying that next year we should “make things interesting” by adding gambling to the mix. I’m not comfortable with this. Isn’t gambling illegal? I don’t want to commit any felonies while I’m playing fantasy football. This is supposed to be fun!   It seems to us that there is more than one issue at play here. There’s an obvious question, of course: is gambling on fantasy football illegal? But there’s also a deeper issue here, and that’s the role that your longtime friends and fantasy football should play in your life.   The simpler question lacks a simple answer. Gambling laws vary from state to state, and the federal government has its own set of laws. The short answer is that gambling on fantasy football is quasi-legal, with many forms of the game being legal in many states, and with the laws being rather loosely enforced when it comes to private games.   The federal government bans gambling on “non-skill” games and gambling that involves the final scores of real-life games. Most fantasy leagues fit the bill for legal gambling under this criteria, but the law also specifies that the winnings should not be determined by the number of players or the amount the players pay for the game–a traditional pool, it would seem, would technically violate this law.   And in the states, things get even messier. Some states ban all gambling games involving any chance at all, which means playing fantasy football for money is illegal. Others have a history of legal fights over fantasy football.   The good news for your gambling friends is that these laws go essentially unenforced against small friendly wagers. Law enforcement is after the big gambling sites, not your $5 buy-in. Legal aides at Hillsboro, Oregon’s Corridge Law say you are unlikely to need criminal defense services of the sort they offer for something like this. Still, this isn’t legal advice, and you won’t catch the experts recommending you do anything illegal or quasi-legal. You’d be on firmer legal ground if you all pitched in and bought trophies or fantasy football belts for the winners, say retailers at Fantasy Champs.   But it’s not clear that your apprehension is rooted only in the legal status of gambling. It seems like you may be uncomfortable with the changing culture of your fantasy football league–and the changing nature of your friendships. This problem is bigger than one rule or policy, and you should be open and honest about it with your friends. Your friends are under no obligation to be the same people they were in high school, but if they still value your friendship, they should be open to hearing about your position and the things that make you uncomfortable. Perhaps they’d be better off being in two leagues–one for their new pro-gambling friends and another for your old “straight-laced” group. Or perhaps they can ease your mind about the bigger issues that surround this change. If your friends truly care about you–and there is no reason to assume that they don’t!–then they will do what they can to meet you halfway. Life is about change, but friendships that are built to last will survive the things life throws at them.   “Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

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  • The Economics of EnvironmentalismThe Economics of Environmentalism

    I’m a big believer in the free market. I also care a lot about the environment. I never thought of those two things as opposed: in my mind, it makes sense that the free market would reward “green” companies, because informed consumers want the earth to be healthy. But here on campus, I’ve faced more than my fair share of dorm-room debates with people who think my position makes no sense!   I know that your column doesn’t get political, but I was hoping you could provide some insight into the relationship between our corporations and our planet. Aren’t corporations doing a lot to help the environment?   Like it or not, environmentalism has a lot to do with economics. We should each do as much as we can to limit our individual impacts on the planet, but there is a power in scale: the evidence shows that the environmental impact of corporations (and other large organizations, like governments and even nonprofits) massively outweighs the impact that we, as individuals, can have.   The good news is that many corporations are doing a lot to help our planet. Engineers at M.W. Watermark LLC, a company that produces industrial filtration equipment, point out that practices like recycling the water used in industrial processes have effects that, at scale, do a lot to help the environment in a way that individual habits can’t.   But does the profit motive–the primary driver of any corporate strategy–really encourage companies to do what’s best for the environment? It’s hard so say for sure. There’s clearly money to be made with alternative fuels and highly efficient vehicles, for instance, say the automotive and diesel technicians at NYADI. But the benefits of producing such vehicles can fluctuate with other factors, such as the price of gas, say experts.   Then there is the role of government regulation–something that free market advocates say is unnecessary, while others claim makes a large difference. Where a profit motive doesn’t exist, governments can create one with subsidies, or, of course, they can simply issue mandates. Government mandates in some regions–such as populous states like California–can force manufacturers to tailor their products to suit government standards.   Ultimately, it’s clear the corporations have a major role to play in protecting the environment. How much they will do so on their own is an open question–so debate on!   “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

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  • Second-Guessing DoctorsSecond-Guessing Doctors

    I have a cousin who is a doctor, and he complains all of the time that his patients second-guess him. He says that in the age of WebMD and what he calls “excessive” TV advertisements for prescription medications, too many patients think that they are the experts in the room.   He brings this up a lot, frankly, and I try to be sympathetic, but I’m not sure I agree. Doctors should have to defend their positions, just like anyone else, right? If I read something on WebMD, the doctor should be able to give me a convincing reason that I’m wrong. And what about malpractice? Doctors make mistakes and do bad things, too. Experts, what’s your take on this?   It’s certainly true that doctors can make mistakes, say the Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP. When that happens, it’s important to hold them accountable.   And it’s also true that doctors can disagree with each other–and, of course, they can’t all be right! Researchers at Virta, a company dedicated to reversing diabetes, have been working to change the conversation about diabetes treatment. Their evidence-based system has not been without opposition.   But it’s also true that Virta’s quest for better care has involved debated between experts–not debated between experts and laypeople. And when DeFrancisco & Falgiatano, LLP sue doctors for malpractice, they often call in other doctors as expert witnesses, leveraging the expert testimony of trained doctors to make the case against doctors guilty of malpractice.   It’s fair to say that your doctor should be able to make the case for his or her diagnosis. But it’s also fair to point out that not everyone is equipped to fully understand a medical debate. The ability to explain a diagnosis or piece of advice clearly to a layperson is certainly an admirable and important skill for a doctor to have, but it’s also important for us to remember that expertise should be recognized and respected–after all, the name of this column isn’t “Ask a Layperson!”   It’s understandably frustrating for doctors to have their patients try to debate them. And patients who disobey doctors’ orders could be putting themselves in a dangerous situation–one that costs us $300 billion a year, believe it or not! In short, while it’s always good to be informed, your cousin seems to have a point about patients who think they know better than the pros.   None of this means that doctors are infallible or that you should not be able to raise concerns or ask about medication. It’s just that we should keep our doctors’ expertise in mind when we do so. And if we are concerned about a diagnosis or think it might be wrong, we should seek a second opinion from another doctor–not from our friends, family, coworkers, or the internet. In fact, most Americans get a second opinion when their doctor gives them serious advice, and there are plenty of times when you really should do so. You don’t have to put your faith in any one expert, but remember that expertise matters!   “I am a doctor–it’s a profession that may be considered a special mission, a devotion. It calls for involvement, respect, and willingness to help all other people.” — Ewa Kopacz

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  • Out In the ColdOut In the Cold

    I live in an off-campus apartment that I really like. Or, at least, I used to really like it–until winter came around! Now I feel like it’s freezing all the time. At first I thought the heat was broken, but my landlord came and tested it and said that everything seemed to be working. But no matter how long the heat runs and how much we turn it up, it doesn’t seem to get much warmer in here! I’m at the end of my rope–other than moving out, what can I do? I’ve been trying to make do with space heaters, but that’s driving our electrical bill through the roof. Experts, please help!   If your landlord is correct that your heating system is working, it sounds as if your problem may be less about creating nice, warm air than it is about keeping it inside of your living space.   It could, of course, be the system, say the HVAC cleaning technicians at Custom Aire. It’s not just that your heat needs to be working and running–it should also be clean and well-maintained, say the pros. Efficiency matters!   The problem could also be your space itself, say experts in insulation. The quality of everything from the insulation to the siding could lead to significant energy losses on the property–as much as 35% through your walls alone! That means more expenses for your landlord and a chillier daily life for you!   Of course, there’s only so much that you can do about that as a renter. You’re not going to tear down walls and hire contractors. And if you tell your landlord to maintain the HVAC system but they refuse, then there’s not a ton that you can do about that besides refuse to renew the lease. But you’re not completely without options.   You can, for instance, invest in draftstoppers and other temporary, removable measures for creating a less drafty space and preventing heat leakage. In extreme cases, some experts even recommend covering windows completely with temporary insulation film!   While it’s unfortunate that this is happening to you in a rental property, it’s also a good lesson on the importance of proper HVAC and insulation, say repairpeople at D&G Heating and Cooling in Livonia, Michigan. Many of us don’t realize quite how important it is to keep up with necessary repairs to our systems and to our home itself–without both halves of the equation, you won’t stay too warm in the winter!   “Nothing burns like the cold.” — George R.R. Martin

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  • Can You Hear Me Now?Can You Hear Me Now?

    My friends and my family get frustrated with something I think is a bad habit, but they think may be a medical problem. Here’s what happens: someone tries to get my attention, and I either don’t hear them or don’t listen to them. Sometimes I think it’s because I’m distracted, or because I’m focused on something very intensely. Other times I really don’t hear them. That has led to multiple people telling me to get my hearing checked, but I’m not so sure that’s right: I usually don’t need the TV to be really loud, for instance, and I can hear just fine when I’m at the movies or while listening to music. Besides, I’m not old, or anything. How can I tell what the real problem is?   Hearing issues are far from uncommon, say physicians at the New Jersey Center for Audiology. About 20% of us report having some degree of hearing loss. And you’re not necessarily exempt from such issues just because you are young: while hearing loss is common among older folks, it’s also increasingly common in younger people, and may affect as many as 17% of teenagers.   But it’s impossible to diagnose you from just a letter, and it’s also possible that you have other issues that are leading to your repeated issue, suggest practitioners at Hillsboro, Oregon’s Neighborhood Health Center. You could have attention issues, for instance.   There’s one good way to find out for sure, of course: you could head to the doctor. That’s exactly what you should do! Ask your primary care physician for his or her opinion, and see what they think–they may send you on to a specialist who can tell you more about your hearing, or they may ask more questions and suggest tests that will give them a better idea of what exactly is going on. (If you don’t yet have a primary care physician, now is the time to get one–consult with your insurance provider to find a physician in your area.)   You may find that your issue can be helped with assistive devices or other treatments. Or you may find that you have an attention disorder of some kind. You may even find that you really do just have a “bad habit” as you describe it, in which case you may want to consider what else you can do. Some studies suggest that meditation can make us more present and aware, for instance. Or maybe you just need to turn down the TV a bit so that you can hear when people are calling you!   “When someone in the family has a hearing loss, the entire family has a hearing problem.” — Mark Ross, Ph.D.  

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  • Budgeting, Buying and Building WealthBudgeting, Buying and Building Wealth

    My family has a decent amount of money. That’s something that, frankly, is probably not going to be true about me–basically, I’ve chosen an academic path that won’t lead to big riches. That’s okay with me, but I do want to protect myself and provide for my future family, so I think it would be smart for me to learn some of the principles that have helped the wealthier members of my family: things like budgeting and investing and such, which I can then implement on a smaller scale with my smaller income and (hopefully!) smaller expenses. I’m hoping for some tips from the experts, particularly about debt and saving: I know that you should spend less than you earn and not go into debt, but why are some types of debt considered so much better than others (for instance, my financially comfortable cousin has a car loan and a mortgage–why wouldn’t he just pay those off?).   Wealthier Americans–like those in your family–do have access to some ways of maintaining and producing wealth that are out of reach of the rest of us. But you’re quite right to say the basic principles of saving money, building wealth, and avoiding debt are applicable to virtually all of us, and that we could all learn a thing or two from the careful savers and investors in your family.   You have the basics right: spend less than you earn, save money, and invest. Your confusion about debt is understandable, though, so let’s talk about budgeting, buying, and borrowing–and how all of these things can build wealth.   For starters, not all debt is created equal. High-interest, short-term debt like credit card debt can mount quickly, because the interest earned is added to the debt you owe and the interest compounds, meaning the next interest penalty is even higher. (This principle of compound interest is the exact same one that works for you when you invest money in stocks and bonds.)   But some debt can be perfectly health. Mortgages are a good example, and so are car loans, say the retailers at Artiolo Chrysler Dodge Ram in Enfield, Connecticut. In the case of mortgages, car loans, and other “secured loans,” there’s collateral: the lender can confiscate something if you don’t pay your debt. That may seem bad for you, but in practice it can be good: with that added security, lenders lower their interest rates, making these sorts of debts more manageable. And healthy debt like a mortgage means you’re investing in something that can grow in value, potentially outweighing the loss of interest payments.   But lower interest isn’t no interest, so wouldn’t your cousin still want to pay off his loans? Well, that all depends on what kind of interest he’s making in his investments, say investors at Zhang Financial in Battle Creek, Michigan. Perhaps he’s making more in interest in his investments than he’s losing in car payments, meaning that it makes more sense to keep more money (by not paying for the car all at once) and keeping that money invested. Further complicating this situation are various tax laws, including some tax breaks that make mortgages more appealing.

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  • Settling SustainabilitySettling Sustainability

    I’m getting near the end of my time in college, and I’m fortunate to have a job lined up. In a few years, I’d like to start to settle down by buying a house and a car. During college, I became very interested in sustainable living and climate change, and my goal is to “settle down” in an environmentally sustainable way. At the same time, I don’t want to live an extreme lifestyle where I eschew modern conveniences completely for the sake of sustainability. What are some things I should take into consideration when making big purchasing decisions (like a car or house) if I’m mindful of my environmental impact?   Sustainable living will only become more important in the coming years, so your desire to plan accordingly is great! You certainly don’t need to eschew all modern conveniences to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but you’ve keyed in on two major contributors to a person’s carbon footprint: housing and transportation.   Luckily, companies are developing technologies that help vehicle-reliant people to get biodiesel. Biodiesel is sourced from recycled oils instead of fossil fuels, so the environmental impact is greatly reduced. Estimates put biodiesel’s carbon footprint at 85% lower than traditional petroleum-based fuels, and evidence suggests that biodiesel is better for your car’s engine. Thus, an investment in a car that can use biodiesel fuel is one way to reduce the impact of having a car on the environment. You may not even need to get a particular or expensive car to use biodiesel, as many cars can use biodiesel without engine modifications. You’ll just want to check the manual or talk to the salesperson about a car you are interested in buying.   As mentioned earlier, and discussed in your question, housing is a major factor in sustainable living. The raw materials used to build a home, as well as the energy consumption to construct it and then to live in it mean that any home will have an environmental impact. Many people wonder whether it’s more environmentally-friendly to build a new home with the latest green technologies or to renovate an existing home. This is a complicated question, but renovating or fixing up an existing home can often be “greener” because most of the materials have already been extracted and much of the work has already been done. If you decide to update an existing home, make sure that you have a solid structure in place before doing further renovations to make the home more eco-friendly. One of the most common problems with older homes is the foundation. Over time, soil shifts and the house settles, and the foundation may need repairs. For example, foundation repair experts in Charleston, South Carolina offer a guide to signs that a home may have foundation issues, and companies like theirs can be integral into making sure your future home has a solid foundation. Once you’ve ensured the structural integrity of your home, there are lots of sustainable home technologies you can think about integrating, from solar panels to low-flush toilets. New technologies emerge all the time, so be sure to keep an eye out for the most effective ways to achieve sustainability with your future home!    

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  • Breathing EasyBreathing Easy

    I live in an off-campus apartment that, to be honest, is not the nicest place in the world. My roommates and I are pretty laid-back guys, though, so we don’t care too much about the poor condition of the floors or the fact that the sink drips. One thing that is a little weird, though, is the way the air feels in the place–it’s kind of smelly, like the place is wet (which it is in some places, because of the bad plumbing). We see mold around a lot, which one of my roommates cleans (with some success) using a spray bottle of some kind of anti-mold thing. In the winter, when the windows are all closed up, some of us start to worry about the air quality. But I looked up information about molds and stuff, and I don’t think this is a “bad” mold. Should we be worried, or is this typical college apartment stuff?   It’s no secret that the air we breathe matters. When it comes to big events like wildfires, the wildfire smoke impact evaluators at Forensic Analytical say, the public and the media are quick to recognize the dangers of breathing in air full of harmful particles. But when it comes to the less obvious issue of indoor air quality, many of us fail to realize the importance of the very air we breathe.   That’s a mistake, say HVAC technicians at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration in Birmingham, Alabama. Filtering air is a key part of any HVAC system, and it’s important to keep any living space clear of harmful particles from mold and other sources.   Why? The answer is simple: breathing dirty air is bad for you! To be more specific, air full of unnecessary or harmful particles can cause health issues that include sore throats, headaches, and nausea. Poor air quality can also exacerbate existing health conditions like asthma and heart disease. Prolonged exposure to some contaminants can even cause cancer. And many of these effects can be caused by even the more “harmless” types of mold you think you may be dealing with. Just because your mold isn’t the most dangerous type on the planet doesn’t mean that it’s something you should be breathing in!   Your roommate’s efforts may help, and it’s certainly true that mold can be tackled with sprays purchased at hardware stores or even with some home remedies. But don’t be afraid to call in your landlord and ask for help–you may need a mold remediation expert or some other more significant assistant. It’s not strange to be disturbed by the mold in your space–the air you breathe matters!   “Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” — Amit Ray

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  • Ready for RetailReady for Retail

    I have a career plan that some people, I guess, would probably call old-fashioned. I want to head back to my hometown and open up a store. It’s not a career that runs in the family, or anything–my dad’s a doctor, actually, and as far as I know I’m the only one in the family who dreams of running an idyllic small-town shop.   I’ve been working hard toward my degree, and I honestly thought that by now I’d be pretty much ready to get started with my new shop. But the truth is that while I feel ready to take on a lot of different types of jobs, starting a store from scratch isn’t one of them. Can you help me plan out my retail future?   Retail is a big business. In the United States alone, retail sales totalled $5,485 billion in 2016. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to get a new retail shop off the ground! Retail establishments face plenty of competition and a lot of challenges. Big box stores like Walmart and Best Buy can cut into smaller business’ profits. And those businesses, in turn, are dealing with a lot of competition from e-commerce businesses like Amazon. All of this drives down prices and makes it harder to smaller operations to compete, because without the power of scale that big companies like these have, it’s harder to get get low prices on goods and sell products at thin margins while still making a large enough overall profit to stay in business.   This isn’t meant to discourage you from your dream, but it is meant to emphasize that you need a great business plan and careful budgeting to succeed in retail. Experts say people who succeed with retail start-ups tend to be good at handling risk and comfortable with uncertainty. Does this describe you?   There’s one other thing you’ll need besides a great plan and a willingness to embrace risk: money. Businesses cost big bucks to get off the ground, and retail stores–with their physical inventory, customer-facing interiors, and staffing requirements–aren’t as easy to run lean as some other start-ups. You’ll need a physical space, cash registers, and much more. Little touches make big differences in customer experience, and things like steel slatwall built to display products can be pricey to install.   Finding this type of funding might mean finding investors who believe in your, or it might mean relying on commercial lending. Business loans are booming right now–November saw an all-time high of $2.1 trillion commercial and industrial loans handed out by banks–but you’ll still need to make the case for your business and your ability to pay back the bank if you want to get a loan.   You’ll want to spend a bit of money on a lawyer, too. A lawyer can help you organize your business in a way that’s most efficient for your work and as safe as possible for you and your finances. Only a third of small businesses stay open for a decade, so no matter how ready for risk you may feel, you’ll want to protect yourself.  

    The Collegian / 7 d. 17 h. 32 min. ago more
  • State Lines and State of MindState Lines and State of Mind

    I have a friend here who loves marijuana. I don’t have anything against that, though I personally am not into drugs at all. We get along just fine anyway, as does the rest of our tight-knit friend group, most of whom smoke at least occasionally.   We want to go on a big trip together next summer, and the friend I referred to is taking the lead. He wants to go to California, which I know recently legalized recreational marijuana. I’m a little uncomfortable with the idea of sharing a house or a hotel room with people who are going to be smoking all the time, though–any advice on how to deal with this?   Going on vacation with friends can be a lot of fun, but there is always the possibility that conflicts can arise between friends sharing a confined space. You have every right to keep your living space smoke-free, but unless you communicate with your friends ahead of the trip, you won’t know for sure how things will go when you reach your destination.   You say your friend group is tight-knit despite your lifestyle differences. Why not sit down with them ahead of the trip and be honest about your apprehensions? It’s not rude to point out that smoking in a confined space can be annoying to non-smokers. And if you have concerns about peer pressure or feeling left out of the group, good friends should be open to hearing about them.   Besides, your friends will want to consider certain things about their plans regardless of how you feel about them. While marijuana is now legal in California, the marijuana business lawyers at McAllister Garfield, P.C. warn that there are still plenty of regulations left on the books. California law prohibits smoking and driving, for instance, and you can’t smoke out in public (that’s yet another reason for you and your friends to set ground rules about where in your private space smoking should take place). And individual vacation destinations and resorts will have rules of their own, says management at San Diego resort company Welk Resorts. From Airbnb hosts to big chain hotels, the rules for smoking will be different everywhere, and your friends should mind the fine print if they want to stay on the right side of the law. Above all, they should avoid bringing their own supply: traveling across state lines with marijuana is a federal crime, and a particularly ill-advised one to commit as the federal government takes a tougher stance on marijuana (the drug remains illegal at the federal level, despite state laws to the contrary).   The planning phase of a trip is the most stressful part, but planning wisely and clearing the air (no pun intended) before you head down to California’s sunny shores will ensure that your vacation is restful and respectful for everyone involved. Good luck!   “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” — J.K. Rowling

    The Collegian / 7 d. 17 h. 40 min. ago more
  • Fitness and FlexibilityFitness and Flexibility

    Time for an embarrassing truth about myself: I’m not flexible. At all. I know that may not sound too ridiculous, but trust me, in practice it’s quite embarrassing. Not everyone can touch their toes, but I can barely touch my knees!   I never enjoyed being the least flexible kid in gym class, but it also never occured to me that it was something I could do something about. But my girlfriend, a huge fan of yoga, has told me that flexibility is something you can get better at if you practice. I took her at her word and decided that I’d make it a new year’s resolution of mine to get a bit more flexible. But I don’t want to do yoga (which is what my girlfriend advised), so I’m asking the experts: what other activities can help me get more flexible, assuming that’s possible?   Let’s start with this: it is indeed possible to train your body to be more flexible.   And there are some very good reasons to do just that. For one thing, being more flexible makes you less prone to injuries. It’s also good for athletics and physical activities, say teacher at Waikiki-based surfing lessons provider Ohana Surf Project–a position that’s backed up by the latest science. Whether you’re trying something for the first time–like many of Ohana’s clients–or are a professional athlete–like the pro football players who dabble in yoga on the side–it pays to be flexible, because you’ll be more able to execute the moves your activity demands of you while being less likely to injure yourself while doing them.   So how can you get more flexible? Well, yoga is certainly one option, but it’s far from the only activity that encourages you to stretch out a bit. You could take up dancing, too, say instructors at Lawrenceville, New Jersey’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio. You could also consider tai chi, hiking, swimming, and even golf, all of which involve movements that push your body to be more flexible.   You could even just make a habit of stretching, though many experts feel that you should not stretch “cold” muscles–you’ll want to do at least some light activity first to warm yourself up. But the bottom line here is that any regular stretching exercise should make you more flexible over time. Strangely enough, scientists aren’t really sure why this is–it could be anything from a physical change to an increased tolerance in your nervous system for the feeling of stretching. But it does work, and it does bring about health benefits, so by all means, stick to your new year’s resolution. Who knows–you may even end up trying, and liking, yoga after all.   “That’s one of my focuses, is to increase my flexibility and strength and have greater range of motion.” — Jake Arrieta

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