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Are minority students more likely to prosper when taught by minority teachers?

Before we address the racial achievement gap, a number of education experts now argue, we need to address the racial gap in teachers and administrators ...

June 30, 2016 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | News Briefs

Why people love or loathe the Tesla/SolarCity deal

Tesla Motors Inc. announced recently on its website its plan to acquire residential solar energy installer SolarCity as part of an effort to make the ...

June 30, 2016 | Sarah Anderson Deseret News | Business News

Louisiana to mandate cursive education in 3rd through 12th grades

Bucking the Common Core's exclusive reliance on keyboard skills, Louisiana's governor has announced that he will sign a bill requiring that cursive be ...

June 30, 2016 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | News Briefs

Fire Marshal Urges Safe, Sane Use Of Fireworks

Tuesday began the sale of 'Safe and Sane' fireworks in nearly 300 communities across California, including Oakdale, which has CAL FIRE reminding everyone to do ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Distracted Driving Remains Major Highway Problem

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, the number of California drivers who use mobile devices while they drive is on the rise.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Summer Gas Tax Cut Takes Effect

Board of Equalization Member George Runner on Monday announced the state excise tax on gasoline will drop by 2.2 cents per gallon beginning July ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Coordinated Effort Continues To Remove State’s Dead Trees

As wildfires burn across California, new estimates on the number of dead trees in California were announced, prompting continued concern for California's forest health ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Big Valley Hosts VBS

Big Valley Grace Community Church will become Pirate Island for Kids Campus, July 10 through 14 in a fun Vacation Bible School program. 'Pirates' kicks ...

June 29, 2016 | | News Briefs

Valley Home News

Happy news in Valley Home ... Darlene and Alvin Nunes are celebrating the birth of Joseph Christian Machado, their adorable grandson! Little Joseph Christian was born ...

June 29, 2016 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Can you believe a half of a year has gone by? Hope everyone is keeping cool in this heat. Remember your pets and potted plants ...

June 29, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Special State Recognition Honors CASA Non-Profit

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, of Riverbank, recently honored Court Appointed Special Advocates, Stanislaus County as Nonprofit of the Year for the 12th Assembly District during a ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Saturday Pet Adoption Event Offered At Petco

Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance will be hosting a pet adoption event at Petco in Riverbank on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

June 29, 2016 | | Crime

Survey Says: Pump Prices Vary Widely In California

Congratulations, Californians: you are probably paying more than you have to during your fill-ups, according to the "Pump Price Spread Report" issued by GasBuddy. Looking ...

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

Stanislaus Animal Services Seeks Foster Care Volunteers

If you can foster kittens for a few weeks, Stanislaus Animal Services can find them homes for life.

June 29, 2016 | | Local News

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Spending per pupil varies widely across the country — and it's hurting these people most

Spending per pupil varies widely from school district to district and from state to state — even when regional cost-of-living adjustments are made, a new interactive map published by Education Week shows.

May 26, 2016 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | News Briefs

Netflix becomes exclusive US pay-TV provider for Disney

The wait is over. Well, close enough.

May 26, 2016 | Carlos Baquerizo KSL.com | News Briefs

OHS Hosts Tom Moore Youth Classic Track Meet

This Memorial Day weekend, nearly 40 youth track and field teams will invade Oakdale High School for the 11th annual Tom Moore Youth Classic Meet. This free to the public two day event begins on Saturday, May 28 at 8 a.m. and resumes Sunday at 8 a.m. for the finals.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Girls Place Fourth At Track, Field Sections

Bella Vista High School hosted the Olympic like games for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Finals.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Hunters Urged To Submit Applications For Big Game

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Big Game Drawing. Applications for elk, antelope, bighorn sheep, premium deer tags and fundraising drawing tags may be submitted anywhere California fishing or hunting licenses are sold. Applications must be submitted before midnight on June 2, 2016.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Mustang Boys Bounced In First Round Play

Oakdale's varsity baseball team's roller coaster season came to an abrupt halt on Monday, May 16. The eighth seeded Mustangs hosted the ninth seeded Pioneer in the first round of the 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section DIII playoffs, and fell short 2-1.

May 25, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Seasonal Hardware Presented To Softball Teams

In what was an elegant evening at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, friends, family, coaches and fans of the Oakdale High School softball teams gathered for the 2016 softball awards and dinner.

May 25, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Grant Money Available For Habitat Work

California's Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) is accepting grant proposals for projects that enhance wildlife habitat and environmental restoration.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Annual Catfish Derby June 4 At Oak Grove

San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 32nd annual Catfish Derby on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 6:15 a.m. at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.

May 25, 2016 | | Local News

Fishing Report

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the water. I definitely don't encourage anyone pushing someone into the water but I do see the benefit of not being afraid to try something different. Some of the best advice that I can give a fellow angler is to not be afraid to try something different. I can remember several times that I've been fishing with someone who was using a bait that I would have never tried, catch a fish while fishing ...

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Lady Mustangs Win Opener In Section Play

The 2016 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball tournament began this past week with Oakdale as the number two seed. First on tap for the Lady Mustangs were the 15th ranked Cordova Lancers on Tuesday, May 17. In a rematch from last year's first round playoff game, where Cordova won 6-1, it was Oakdale who came out on top this time, 13-3, at Sacramento Softball Complex.

May 25, 2016 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ | Local Sports

Clarification

An article in the May 11 issue of The Leader incorrectly reported a new record holder for the varsity girls soccer team as having 24 goals this season, according to information provided to the newspaper. The actual record, however, was set by Ashley Arnett with a total of 42 goals scored in 2015. Arnett finished that 2015 season with a total of 106 points on 42 goals and 22 assists for the Lady Mustangs.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Successful Season Ends For Oakdale Swimmers

After breaking several Oakdale High School varsity boys swim records a week ago, the boys 200 yard Medley Relay team advanced to the CIF State Meet. Nate Van Cleave, Rhett Harrison, Jackson Metcalfe and Caden Nord made their way to Clovis West High School in Fresno for the 2016 CIF State Meet for two days of swimming action.

May 25, 2016 | | Local Sports

Charity Helps But It’s Not The Answer

I've been involved in benevolent projects for many years. Most of these efforts have been buying and distributing food and clothes for the very poor. In recent years I have been involved in Safe Fresh water wells for rural South Africa. As long as I live I will be involved in some type of Christian related humanitarian project at some level. I don't regret being connected to doing something to help people who are hurting. There is a tremendous blessing that comes through handing a kid a new pair of athletic shoes or a new coat. I wish ...

May 25, 2016 | By GLENN MOLLETTE Guest Columnist | OPINION

Looking For A Nursing Home?

Are you looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one?

May 25, 2016 | By CATE KORTZEBORN Regional Administrator | OPINION

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