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Lodi residents use technology to make a better neighborhood

Lodi residents use technology to make a better neighborhood

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Brian Young is an active retiree, attentive grandfather and fan of technology. He worked for the state of California for 42 years as an engineer, using cutting-edge technology for his calculations. Today, Young is giddy to show off everything his smartphone can do. He eagerly sends pictures to college chums, plays videos of recent concerts and uses an app to track down historical markers.

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‘Good kid, bad kid’ — a wake-up call for parents

‘Good kid, bad kid’ — a wake-up call for parents

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Dear Straight Talk: In regard to your recent columns on heroin addiction, it’s my sister who is the drug addict. My parents spent most of our …

Need help for Hashimoto’s and thyroid diseases

Need help for Hashimoto’s and thyroid diseases

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Dear Pharmacist: I listened to your Thyroid Summit last June and heard the different doctors talk about medicine, but I’m still unsure what I …

Field and Fair Day returns to Lodi on Labor Day

Field and Fair Day returns to Lodi on Labor Day

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Longtime Lodians might remember waking up on Sept. 1 to see the sky filled with massive hot air balloons. The spectacle was the early morning …

Old ideas about lawns in Lodi are over and out

Old ideas about lawns in Lodi are over and out

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Some Lodi homeowners are ditching their lawns for something that will stand up in the face of the drought we’re experiencing in California. Wh…

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and wants to push him away

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and wants to push him away

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Dear straight talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I’m 18. She’s been on the pill since she wa…

Is your depression on and off?

Is your depression on and off?

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Dear Pharmacist: I am saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams. I’ve dealt with depression on and off for years, and I was wondering if you h…

An Old Chair

An Old Chair

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It’s only a chair in a corner

Lodi small business owner Julie McKinley is a framing expert with a background in strength

Lodi small business owner Julie McKinley is a framing expert with a background in strength

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Customers entering the quaint McKinleys Frame Shop on Pine Street are greeted by a smiling, knowledgeable woman with short blond hair and a ti…

What I know I did right

What I know I did right

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When I graduated from pharmacy school in 1989, I was eager to ease the world’s suffering. At that time, my profession was rated the No. 1 “tru…

College jitters require courage breakthrough

College jitters require courage breakthrough

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Dear Straight Talk: I’m heading to an East Coast college this fall. My siblings all loved their college years and whenever I voice my nervousn…

Marino’s in Downtown Lodi holds on to classic Italian flavors

Marino’s in Downtown Lodi holds on to classic Italian flavors

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Ever have the kind of day when you can’t decide between a hearty square of lasagna or a plate of crisp fries and flaky fish? Marino’s on Schoo…

What is a father

What is a father

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When a Father loves the Lord

Step by messy step: Chalk paint tutorial

Step by messy step: Chalk paint tutorial

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Julie McKinley has been running chalk painting classes all summer, and has more planned for fall. She invited me into one of her early morning…

Glenn Miller Orchestra tour brings big band swing to Hutchins Street Square in Lodi

Glenn Miller Orchestra tour brings big band swing to Hutchins Street Square in Lodi

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Nick Hilscher spends most of his days on a tour bus with a 16 piece orchestra. Some nights, the band ends up at a symphony hall, while the nex…

Are you peeing out all your essential vitamins?

Are you peeing out all your essential vitamins?

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Dear Pharmacist: I have high blood pressure and my doctor recommended a diuretic and another medicine to relax my blood vessels. Do you think …

Male resourcefulness is more important than the man’s ‘size’

Male resourcefulness is more important than the man’s ‘size’

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Dear Straight Talk: I’m 20 and I hope you take this question seriously because nobody talks about it except through hurtful jokes. With no con…

Lodi’s Tom Presler conducts tours on Sacramento’s Zombie Train

Lodi’s Tom Presler conducts tours on Sacramento’s Zombie Train

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Initial symptoms of the zombie infestation were subtle, barely evident as we boarded our dangerously exposed, open-air coach with roughly 50 o…

The Bears

The Bears

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The warm air brings them out of hibernation.

‘RoboDad’ Tracy Williams regains his footing

‘RoboDad’ Tracy Williams regains his footing

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The rumors are true. There are superheroes living among us, and they’re ready to tell their stories. No, not Superman or Wonder Woman this tim…

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