Thursday, July 3, 2014 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—Space Shuttle astronauts and American heroes Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross recently joined the ranks of legendary space pioneers Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Sally Ride and John Young with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a moving ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and Ross is the first human to complete seven space shuttle missions. The setting for the induction, underneath the Atlantis orbiter in the new Space Shuttle AtlantisSM attraction at the Visitor Complex, was fitting because Atlantis carried Lucid to Mir for her historic 188 days on the space station in 1996, and five of Ross' seven flights were on Atlantis. The Astronaut Hall of Fame, part of the popular Visitor Complex, features fascinating and historic spacecraft from the U.S. Space Program and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 am
Here are the top graduating students for 2013 from Lodi High School:
Lodi Unified School District
Director of Personnel
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:00 pm
Favorite place to eat: If I am going out to dinner with my wife Shelby, we like The Dancing Fox. It has great food, a great environment and great pies for dessert.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:00 am
Administrators from the Lodi Unified School District are being questioned this week in a civil court trial involving former school bus driver Richard Dale Evans.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am
Forget flashy moves or style points. Colin Anderson racks up his victories on the wrestling mat by sticking with the basics.
Friday, August 31, 2012 7:18 am
Third generation bluegrass picker Lee Boy Simpson is performing with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks at the Bob Hope Theatre. Here, he shares his love for the sounds of the ’70s and the messages his music carries.
Friday, June 29, 2012 7:58 am
We asked Lodians to share their all-time favorite concert memories. Here’s what they said:
Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:00 am
After cafeteria workers at several school sites reported being denied their paid break time, the classified union has filed a grievance against Lodi Unified School District.
Dan Morris, labor relations representative with the California School Employees Association, says he's heard from about 10 workers at each school site who are working more than four hours without a 15-minute break.
Friday, April 6, 2012 9:02 am
I humbly apologize for my absence last week. An unfortunate occurrence in my personal life prevented me from making a trip to the theater, but things have calmed down and it’s back to the grind.
Friday, November 11, 2011 7:33 am
I thought — I was led to believe — that November was supposed to
be phase one of the annual Oscar blitz, in which studios treat
moviegoers to their finest offerings in the hopes of garnering
enough attention to qualify for the all-important year-end
Neil Young, standing, director of personnel for Lodi Unified
School District, leads a substitute orientation class with
applicants on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:00 am
I arrived at the district office last Wednesday alongside 13
prospective substitutes about 15 minutes before orientation
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:00 am
So you want to be a substitute teacher? There's a lot more to it
than filling out an application and waiting by the phone.
Friday, July 22, 2011 10:18 am
The history lover: Tom Kohlhepp
What I’ve been reading: I picked up
“Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World,” by Chris Scarre.
Favorite reads: I read history books designed
for junior high and high school.
Biggest sellers in your bookstore, Tom’s Used
Books: “Jaycee Dugard: A Stolen Life” — It sold out in the
Friday, July 22, 2011 12:00 am
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"
echoed across a nation as young and old alike watched Neil
Armstrong take that historic walk across the surface of the
Friday, May 13, 2011 8:45 am
Kenneth Branagh’s hotly anticipated “Thor” is the first of the
year’s would-be summer blockbusters, and it ushers in the season
not with the thunderous bang we were all expecting, but a timid
Friday, April 8, 2011 8:10 am
Time just keeps slipping away. It seems like just last week we
were looking ahead to the promising pre-summer releases, and now in
about a month’s time the summer movie season is set to kick into
high-gear with the new “Pirates” movie. I suppose it’s just as well
that these past couple months have passed in a blur, because
frankly there wasn’t too much worth getting excited about. Save for
“Rango,” I never encountered anything truly worthwhile — and last
week’s “Sucker Punch” provided one of the most physically painful
and soul-crushing movie experiences I’m ever likely to have. So
yeah, I’m ready to look ahead to greener pastures. In that spirit,
here are 15 upcoming movies (compared to the usual 10) that I’m
counting on to alleviate the cinematic doldrums for the foreseeable
future. Gotta look on the sunny side.
Friday, April 1, 2011 8:24 am
I should have listened. For the past few weeks, everyone who’s
caught a glimpse of Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated would-be magnum
opus “Sucker Punch” has been screaming from the rooftops about how
indescribably horrible it is, but here’s the thing: I didn’t think
it was logistically possible for a filmmaker of Snyder’s caliber to
release a truly bad movie -- let alone one that warranted the
mounting calls for him to be drawn and quartered for his crimes
against cinema. I assumed they were a bunch a fuddy-duds who lacked
the hipness to share in Snyder’s singular vision. So despite all
the wailing and gnashing of teeth, the Snyder fanboy boy whispered
into my ear, “Come and see.” And I saw.
Friday, March 18, 2011 8:51 am
I was supposed to review “Battle: Los Angeles,” but due to a
litany of reasons I ended up skipping the multiplex this week (I
will venture back next week for a look at “Paul” — in the meantime,
just see “Rango” again). I could carry on about tight work
schedules and tsunami-induced cinematic apathy — both of which were
certainly factors in my decision — but mostly I just didn’t
Friday, February 25, 2011 8:35 am
It’s that time of year again — a time for victors to be showered
in glory, for losers to be mocked and ostracized, and for creative
artists to cheapen their craft by taking part in the ridiculous
circus that we call the Academy Awards.
Friday, February 18, 2011 9:11 am
We’re now deep into the minefield that is the pre-spring movie
season, and despite my best efforts I hit a big one this week — a
“what the hell were they thinking?” misfire of epic magnitude
perpetrated by one Kevin Macdonald, a director whom I had pegged as
a major up-and-comer. It’s only his fifth major feature, and I’m
willing to grant the man some latitude. But still, it brings up the
disturbing possibility that I may have been mistaken in my tagging
of Macdonald as an all-knowing auteur with the filmmaking world at
his fingertips. It doesn’t happen often, but it wouldn’t be the
first time I was wrong about something.
Friday, February 18, 2011 12:00 am
Whether it is in the trenches or on the mats, Justin Lewis
battles. Tough and athletic, the Tokay High senior spent the fall
as a pivotal part of the football team's offensive and defensive
Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:00 am
On any given day, a teacher with a fever may be providing
instruction to your child because he or she does not want to risk
students being divvied up among other classes. That's because there
is a shortage of certificated substitute teachers Lodi Unified
School District can call in.
Monday, December 13, 2010 12:00 am
I now understand why all the mall Santas I sat on the laps of as
a child were likely drunk. After hours gagging on fake beard hairs
and trying my best not to emotionally scar children by blowing the
big secret, I craved a malty porter from the Lodi Beer Company like
Mr. Potter yearned for poor peoples' tears in "It's a Wonderful
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