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The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish
Net Galley
For Review
Random House
1st in a Series
July 22

Two girls are raised in different places . Najwa is a jinni , and . Zayele  is a princess. One girl makes a wish , and their lives are changed forever. 
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InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts & Culture

InstaMeet 3: Arts&Culture is coming up this Friday, July 25 from 7pm - 11pm on the rooftop of French 25 (Hotel Stockton).  It is a new type of Instameet event that showcases the tremendous artistic talent found in Stockton with the work of over twenty artists (past Stockton InstaMeets have focused on food).  This free event is being organized by @StocktonCA and @sonofasignman.

All forms of art are being showcased - painting, photography, sculpture, conceptual art, sketch art, mixed media and more. Listen to live sounds, sip a cocktail and watch an amazing sunset.

2014 Weekly Challenge #29: A Salad A Day

2014 Weekly Challenge #29:  A Salad A Day

Summer is the perfect time for salads. The veggies and fruit are so tasty and fresh, and it is usually just too darn hot to heat up the kitchen.

One of our very own Mamas, Kim Box, has written a cook book all about the beauty of the salad. Here's a little bit about her:... Read More

Robber's father says police acted appropriately

Robber's father says police acted appropriately


STOCKTON (AP) - The father of a slain bank robbery suspect says Stockton police acted appropriately when they engaged in a gunbattle with his son.

The father of robbery suspect Alex Gregory Martinez, Greg Martinez, said Friday that he believes police's use of lethal force was justifiable. The suspect's girlfriend Monica Lam echoed Greg Martinez's sentiment.

"I don't condone what happened. I'm just as mad as everybody else, you know," Lam said. "We're all hurt and are still in shock."

Hostage Misty Holt-Singh was killed during the shootout. Greg Martinez expressed his condolences for her family.

"We'd like to send our condolences to the victim's family. We feel for them," Greg Martinez said.

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Police seek driver in deadly Stockton bank heist

Police seek driver in deadly Stockton bank heist


STOCKTON (AP) - Stockton said they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage.

The car was seen on the bank's surveillance cameras on Wednesday. On Friday, shortly after police released a photo of the car to the public, a tip led investigators to the car, which was found abandoned four miles away from the bank.

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Girlfriend of slain Stockton shootout suspect speaks out

Girlfriend of slain Stockton shootout suspect speaks out


STOCKTON -The long-time girlfriend of a slain Stockton bank robbery suspect talked to News10 about Gilbert Renteria. She offered her condolences to the family of hostage Misty Holt-Singh, who died during a shootout between the suspects and police.

"It breaks my heart that they lost, that he lost his wife, that they lost their mother because my kids lost their father, so I can comprehend that, you know," Angelica Tovar said.

Tovar and Renteria had been dating for 11 years. They have two young children together, and a teenager from Tovar's previous relationship.

Tovar said Renteria had gotten into trouble in years past, but he had served his time. She said the man she knew was far different from the documented gang member described by investigators.

A Humorous Take on Bullying

A Humorous Take on Bullying

Yes, I am perfectly aware of the fact that my blogging has fallen off lately, thank you SO MUCH for mentioning it. The problem is, I’ve gotten my mitts into many other projects that are eating up my life, not the least of which was co-producing, co-directing, and performing in the Sacramento Listen to Your Mother show... Read More