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February 8, 1988
Several dozen east Fresno homes and an elementary school with polluted wells from a pesticide plant will get free hookups to the Fresno city water system under a plan advanced this week. At least 20 homeowners with wells contaminated by the defunct Thompson-Hayward pesticide plant, listed on the state and federal Superfund lists of high-priority toxic waste sites, and 34 other residents in the area will receive the water hookup, estimated to cost $985,025.
January 9, 2006 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
The financing was set and the plans were drawn, dotted yellow lines showing just where the morning and afternoon sun would shine on the 53 homes for lower-income families. Almost a decade after the National Farm Workers Service Center had bought vacant land at a Fresno crossroads, the charity was ready to break ground on the affordable housing project called La Estancia. Then the plans were abruptly scrapped.
November 20, 2005 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
George Raney is a mix of pride and chagrin as he talks about his four grown children here in his cluttered office at the local university. Smart kids, one and all, they did everything a parent could ask: Earned good grades, graduated from college, found careers that make them happy. They also broke their father's heart. The crime? Putting Fresno in the rearview mirror at the earliest possible moment and never looking back.
December 14, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
As many as 600 underground tanks in the Fresno area are leaking and city workers are identifying the contents of 100 of those to determine if they pose any threat to ground water, officials said. "Some of them could contain chemicals that contaminate the ground water, and some could contaminate the soil," said Martin McIntyre, the city's water quality supervisor.
June 29, 1987
Newspaper Guild members and union supporters marched in front of the Fresno Bee and Bakersfield Californian over the weekend to protest stalled negotiations. They were opposing management demands that all raises be granted according to merit. The unions claim that could result in favoritism and want to maintain traditional across-the-board pay increases. "The wage scale is the bedrock of trade-unionism," United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez said at a rally in front of the Bee.
November 30, 1991
Re "Choosing Any Surgery Is a Personal Right," by W. Grant Stevens, Commentary, Nov. 17: A year ago, my sister died in surgery while undergoing a breast augmentation procedure. She did not need one. There was nothing wrong physically with this kind, gentle and beautiful woman. Somehow, she thought that her clothes might fit better if she had a more shapely bosom. Her husband was against this procedure and warned her that any surgery could be risky. I will never get over her death.
March 5, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
FRESNO Fresno residents may soon notice a marked improvement in their tap water. A $32-million surface-water treatment plant that will send Kings River and Millerton Lake water into thousands of northeast Fresno homes will open in the next several months.
February 22, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gunman was killed by police after a Mardi Gras shooting rampage injured three officers and a bystander and sent revelers scurrying for cover, police said. Joel Perales, 22, of Clovis started firing a gun Tuesday after officers tried to pull him over in an area crowded with Fat Tuesday partygoers.
June 10, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Firefighters said they would remain at a six-acre recycling plant until today to completely douse a blaze that started last week. The smoldering cinders at Bairos Recycling, which caught fire Friday, were fully contained and about 50% controlled by Sunday, Fresno Battalion Chief Tim Henry said. On Monday, firefighters continued spraying water over a lightly smoking paper pile in the center of the yard and mopping up a papery soup created by 6 inches of water.
October 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police are investigating a daytime shooting at an elementary school that left a 37-year-old man dead. Officials said the unidentified victim was shot Thursday in a staff parking lot of Birney Elementary School. Witnesses said they heard two shots shortly after the end of the school day. The man was shot in the torso and died at a hospital. About 200 students and teachers on campus for after-school programs were put on lockdown, said Susan Bedi, a school district spokeswoman.
October 13, 2005 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
The mayor of Fresno acknowledged Wednesday the findings of a new national study that casts a spotlight on poverty in his city, but he insisted that Fresno had done much to address past social and economic inequities. "We are not where we want to be, but thank God we are not where we used to be," Mayor Alan Autry said. He was responding to findings published Wednesday by the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank.
October 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gunman was at large after opening fire at a motorcycle club dance, killing two men and wounding another, authorities said. Police were looking for the assailant who struck late Saturday outside a facility rented from the city's Parks and Recreation Department for a biker rally and dance, Lt. Randy Dobbins said.
September 20, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Not content to let Katrina evacuees trickle into Fresno on their own, the city's mayor plans to extend a personal invitation when he touches down at shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi on a visit this week. The mission is a matter of morality, said a spokesman for Mayor Alan Autry, who is best known outside Fresno as the actor who portrayed good-ol'-boy lawman Bubba Skinner on TV's "In the Heat of the Night."
August 23, 2005 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to give developers one of the best deals in California, this city has dug itself into a deep financial hole that could undermine its future even as a construction boom is turning orchards into suburbs on every side of town.
August 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of an accused car thief who led police on a chase ending in a crash that killed his pregnant girlfriend and a sheriff's deputy. Augustine Alejandro Zapata, 21, is charged with second-degree murder in the May 28, 2003, crash that killed Deputy Joshua Clyde Lancaster, 27, and Lorena Rodriguez, 17, who was 14 weeks pregnant. The jury deliberated about a week before deadlocking 11-1. Zapata is due in court Sept. 12 to get a new trial date.
August 3, 2005 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart and Claudia Zequeira, Times Staff Writers
Elijah threw a water balloon at Maribel as she played in the frontyard. From the street, he teased her and called her names. Mad and wet, Maribel told Elijah to leave, then she threw a rock at him, drawing blood just above his left eye. Most examples of this schoolyard staple -- boy hits girl, girl hits back -- end without arrests, felony charges or electronic monitoring anklets. Then there is the case of 11-year-old Maribel Cuevas.
June 30, 2005 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
A jury decided Wednesday that Marcus Wesson should be put to death for killing nine of his children in a cult-like murder-suicide pact in this city's worst mass murder. Jurors deliberated nine hours before deciding on the death penalty for the 58-year-old Wesson, who had been convicted June 17 on nine counts of homicide in the March 2004 shooting deaths, even though he probably did not fire the murder weapon.
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