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Memoir by Stockton author now available

A memoir written by Josephine Ruelas of Stockton was released posthumously and is now available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and through Author House Publications. “En Mi Viejo San Juan” covers Ruelas’ youth in the Roaring Twenties, and her coming of age against various California backdrops. Ruelas wanted to share with readers the history [...]

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Author Sam Quinones adds Delta workshop stories to site

Author Sam Quinones has just posted several stories from his writing workshops at Delta College on his storytelling website, Tell Your True Tale. There are six stories. “They’re pretty stunning things, these stories. Not for the faint of heart. Grim, tough, soulful (in some cases). Seems a lot like the town,” Quinones said in an [...]

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Groupon comes to Stockton

Groupon, which sells online discount coupons for area businesses, has come to Stockton. The company sells gift certificates based on a “tipping point.” So, a business can sell a $40 certificate for $20, but the deal is only valid if X number of people buy it. So if you buy a Groupon but there aren’t [...]

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Leaving The Record

It’s kind of amazing, actually. A little more than five years ago I was a member of a union on strike from a newspaper in Youngstown, Ohio. It was miserable: I was getting paid $300 a week for spending three hours a day on a picket line, the temperatures were near freezing and I no [...]

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Photos: Wells Fargo donates to local organizations

Ten San Joaquin County non-profit organizations and schools recently received a total of $10,000 from Wells Fargo during the bank’s Community Partners Breakfast at Stockton Golf and Country Club. You can read more about the donations in today’s myRecord; the slideshow includes photos of representatives of the some of the organizations accepting the funding.

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Ports visit Stockton elementary school

The Stockton Ports sent us this photo of Ports players Justin Murray, left, and Lance Sewell, right, during a recent visit to Wilhelmina Henry Elementary School in Stockton. The school had the highest percentage of students participate in the Ports’ Baseball by the Books five-week reading program. That accomplishment also earned the school a check [...]

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Good manners reduces bullying

Children’s Manners Class: “Beyond Please and Thank You” What: The San Joaquin County Historical Museum and Mary Claire Attebery of “Beyond Please and Thank You” present a four-part series of classes. When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. with manners in school Saturday; manners in public April 24; manners in the home May 8; and social dining [...]

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More photos from Stockton Skate Park

Stockton skateboarder Terry Silasack, above, is either extremely brave or extremely crazy. A grandmother from Tracy who called me this morning after seeing Silasack’s photo in The Record probably believes the latter. She asked why he wasn’t wearing a helmet when he was launching himself three or four feet in the air off the ramp [...]

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Been there, done that, not miserable

I should be an expert on misery. That’s what I get from Forbes’ list of America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities. I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., which is no. 8 on the list. I also spent a summer in New York City (no. 16), and from 2000-2005 I lived in Youngstown, Ohio (no. 18). In [...]

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Free swine flu shots today

Lodi Unified School District and San Joaquin Public Health are offering free swine flu vaccinations today at Bear Creek High School in the library from 3 to 6 p.m. Bear Creek High School is located in north Stockton on the corner of Thornton Road and Whistler Way. Both the nasal mist and the shot will [...]

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