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Quick Pizza from Scratch

Quick Pizza from Scratch

I have a new obsession: white whole wheat flour. I’ve used in doughnuts, muffins, waffles and now pizza dough to add some whole grains, without compromising the taste as much as regular whole wheat flour.

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San Joaquin Co. Regional Science Fair Results


    Sierra Middle blue team and Tokay High purple team take first-place

Over 600 San Joaquin County students participated in the 26th annual San Joaquin County Office of Education Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (middle school) and Division C (high school) at the University of the Pacific Saturday, March 10. The awards ceremony immediately followed at Blanchard Gym at San Joaquin Delta College.

Court: Herzog parole to Lassen County was legal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California appeals court has ruled that corrections officials had a right to send convicted killer Loren Herzog to remote Lassen County when he was paroled in 2010.

Herzog's release had drawn heated opposition from authorities and residents who believed he was responsible for a killing spree in the 1970s and 80s.

He and childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, a pair dubbed the Speed Freak Killers, were convicted of multiple murders. But Herzog's conviction later was overturned because of an illegally obtained confession.

He instead pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was paroled to a trailer outside the gates of Susanville's prison. The city and county sued to get rid of him.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that corrections officials have exclusive discretion to place parolees.

Herzog committed suicide in January.

Stockton begins mediation process to avoid bankruptcy

STOCKTON, CA - The City of Stockton is in a 60-day mediation process with creditors to find ways to avoid bankruptcy, which is outlined in Assembly Bill 506.

Several citizens at the city council meeting on Feb. 28, however, voiced concern and questioned the financial analysis City Manager Bob Deis provided in slides.

One of the most vocal critics of Deis is the Stockton Police Officers Association, which is involved in on-going litigation with the city over a fiscal emergency that broke union contracts.

"The information that's needed is the 2011 CAFR," SPOA attorney David E. Mastagni of Mastagni & Associates said. "For those who don't understand what that is, it's an audited financial statement that demonstrates what the city's financial situation actually looks like and where the money actually is going." 

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Stockton stalker arrested

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton Police have arrested a man who has been stalking a 13 year old girl for the past two weeks.

The police log states that the suspected stalker would approach the girl several times on her way to and from school and ask her out and to get into his car.

The girl reported the incidents, and after police investigated, they found the suspect and arrested him after being positively identified.

Police say the suspect is Armando Cedillo, 43, and he has admitted to constantly following and propositioning the

Cedillo has been arrested for stalking and annoying a child.

In Stockton, Calif., slow fall off financial cliff

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Stockton has twice topped Forbes magazine's list of "America's most miserable cities," and is now struggling to avoid another unflattering title: largest American city to declare bankruptcy.

The city of 300,000 rode the wave of the housing boom in the early 2000s. Now it finds itself littered with foreclosed homes, saddled with pension and bond obligations it can't afford, and unable to pay its bills.

City leaders are participating in a two-month mediation with creditors and employee unions to try and forestall bankruptcy. The Stockton police union, upset over job cuts and a record murder rate, has posted billboards listing the town's body count and telling residents they are not safe.

The city's deficit is $15 million and that could double in the next fiscal year.

Winds wreak havoc in Stockton neighborhood

STOCKTON, CA - Stiff winds bowled over a large oak tree in a north Stockton neighborhood Tuesday, striking power lines and two cars in the process.

The tree came down on the 1100 block of West Poplar Street around 11:41 a.m. No one was hurt.

Stockton resident Ron Wilcox said it sounded as if "kids were running through the house" but his kids weren't home.

"This tree has seen a lot of storms. It's over 100 years old. You think it's solid, now sitting in the street," Wilcox said.

Pacific Gas and Electric was called to repair the downed lines and restore any power loss to the neighborhood.