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November 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Fresno City Council has voted to give city employees a raise after 18 months of contract negotiations, but the employees remain unhappy. The Fresno City Employees Assn., one of the city's largest unions, was seeking a 3% raise, not the 2% that the City Council had approved. Union members rejected that offer in August.
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February 19, 2006 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
To the north of Shaw Avenue, smooth sidewalks, manicured lawns and an abundance of commercial enterprise signal upward mobility and wealth. In much of the city's south, however, broken curbs, garbage-strewn vacant lots and an ever-present cluster of vagrants loitering in the drab downtown tell a different story. "Fresno south of Shaw Avenue is one world. Fresno north of Shaw Avenue is another world," said the Rev. Paul L.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The county will pay $350,000 to a boy who was sexually assaulted as a 10-year-old while in foster care, according to a court settlement. The boy was hit in the face at least twice on Aug. 16, 2001, then sodomized and threatened by a 13-year-old boy at the home. Before the attack, the older boy had been in several foster homes and had been involved in another sexual assault, said Charles D. Oren, the attorney for the younger boy.
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February 5, 2006 | Mark Arax, Mark Arax is a senior writer for West and co-author, with Rick Wartzman, of "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire."
Ever since the twin towers came crashing down and the cloud of jihad fogged the land, the crop dusters swooping low over the San Joaquin Valley had taken on a new menace. Even here, tucked away in the farm fields of middle California, fear had settled into the ground. Harvest to harvest, one year to the next, we watched tens of thousands of illegal migrants stream into our vineyards. Not a single suicide bomber was among them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians is suing an American Indian artist for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and other allegations over the sale of recordings of Mewuk tribal ceremonies. Such ceremonies "are never intended to be performed for profit nor allowed to be exploited for personal gain," says the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The preliminary hearing in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial was postponed Tuesday until late next month to give the defense more time to review evidence. The hearing, at which prosecutors are expected to lay out their case against the fertilizer salesman in the deaths of his wife Laci and their unborn son, was originally scheduled for next Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Descendants of Armenian immigrants who built a small church nearly 80 years ago in downtown Fresno are worried the church will be demolished for a park. The 5th District Court of Appeal plans to build a courthouse and park next to the Armenian Evangelical Church. Midge Barrett, granddaughter of the Rev. Vahram B. Tahmisian, who started the church in 1923, has asked the City Council to designate the church as a historic building because of its architectural style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
High scrap-metal prices led criminals to steal copper wire from about 750 streetlights, costing the city nearly $250,000, officials said. Copper sells for about $3 to $4 a pound, said Dave Row, a supervisor with the Public Works Department. The amount of copper stolen between two streetlights can weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. Workers will retool electrical boxes on the lights with special locks and screws. Officers are following up on leads provided by scrap-metal business owners, Police Capt.
NEWS
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.
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January 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Sanger man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for a 2003 high-speed crash that killed his pregnant girlfriend and a Fresno County sheriff's deputy. Agustin Alejandro Zapata, 21, was sentenced Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court. He was convicted Dec. 19 on three counts of second-degree murder, which included the death of the fetus. Zapata was driving a stolen car that crashed into 27-year-old Joshua Lancaster's patrol car on a rural road south of Fresno.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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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.
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