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Ian Hill

Ian Hill is a Web content producer for In 2007 he helped found 209Vibe, the first newspaper and Web site covering music and entertainment in Stockton and Modesto. Prior to that he served as The Record’s local music and entertainment reporter and columnist. Ian has more than a decade of journalism experience, having worked at newspapers in New York and Ohio before moving to California. A native of Western New York and a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Ian now lives in Stockton’s Miracle Mile with his girlfriend and their four cats.

Are you ready for some (local high school) football?

We at are certainly excited for rivalry week, and we’re working to bring you the best coverage from the local high school gridiron. Check out for The Record’s sports department’s previews of tomorrow night’s Lincoln vs. St. Mary’s, Lodi vs. Tokay and Tracy vs. West games. You also can head to our football […]

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Countdown to kickoff, and a Marcus McDade update

The high school football season begins tonight, and at we’re counting down to kickoff. Head to the page right now and you can check out the results of our preseason survey, which features coaches from 15 local schools talking about their teams. Then come back for kickoff at 7 p.m., when our countdown clock […]

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How not to advertise your apartment

The second Tweet below caught my eye this morning; it references a standoff on Pershing Avenue. ApartmentsRent4 seems to imply that the Twitter account hypes apartments available for rent. If that’s the case, the user needs to update the settings on their Twitter bot.

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Stockton part of nationwide Amber Alert hoax on Twitter

The California Highway Patrol said this morning that there is no Amber Alert in Stockton, despite several Tweets to the contrary. Tweets began appearing Thursday or Friday alleging that a 3-year-old boy was taken by a man in a BMW. Thy give a license plate number and close with “Keep it going. U would if […]

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A correction from today’s live chat

Moderating a live chat requires you to react to dozens of questions from an online audience while ensuring that the conversation keeps a brisk pace. You have to be able to think on your feet. Unfortunately, in some chats I trip up. During today’s chat with Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston we received nearly 150 […]

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Which IFG-Stockton employees should stay, and more on IFG and SMG

I’m back in the office today after a restful week’s vacation. On July 4, while I was gone, I had a story published that looked at current Stockton entertainment venue managers International Facilities Group and the prospective new managers SMG. I interviewed several promoters and experts for the article, and not everything they said fit […]

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Alyssa Milano hypes the Stockton Stingrays

The “Who’s the Boss?” and “Charmed” actress and baseball fan posted the Tweet below for her 907,000 followers this morning. For video of the Stingrays in action at the 2009 National Beep Baseball Association World Series, click here.

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iPhone 4 on Twitter and Facebook

Thousands of people are lined up at stores across the country to get their hands on the new iPhone 4. Are you in a line at an area store waiting for your phone right now? Did you camp out last night? Have you made it through the line and you’re excited to finally have your […]

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Puppies and kittens!

I received a few calls today from readers asking how they can get free veterinary services from students and instructors in Western Career College’s veterinary technology program. The students and instructors treated a total of 63 cats and dogs during a free clinic for pet owners who were homeless or in need Thursday in the […]

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Video: Cantu and Huckaby families after Melissa Huckaby’s sentencing

Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy mother who pleaded guilty in May to killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in 2009, received a life sentence this morning without the possibility of parole. The sentencing hearing drew media outlets from Sacramento, the Bay Area and Fresno as well as San Joaquin County. At least nine television trucks were parked outside […]

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