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by Joseph Riloquio


Marmaduke is a five-year-old Staffordshire Terrier who came to Valley Animal Center in November of 2016. With his constant smile, friendly attitude, and high energy he quickly became a staff favorite at our shelter.

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by Cynthia Chow


Upon seeing her friend Laurel Hobbs, Oyster Bay’s five-star restaurant owner Olivia Limoges can’t help but be shocked. The normally perfectly put-together Laurel is completely fraught, disheveled, and jittery. She is being pulled apart from all sides, as Laurel is attempting to raise twin sons, work full time, care for the house and yard, and visit her ailing mother-in-law.

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by Sandra Murphy


Ves Roundtree has money, lots of it. She inherited from her brother who recently passed away. The will states she has use of the money for her lifetime, and then it passes to six other people. Of those six, it’s pretty much unanimous that they should get the money now.

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by Lupe Gore


In June 2012 a handsome, big, brown and black tabby found himself at North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. His human had betrayed him and left him there at age eight. Thanks to some networking and help from local rescuers, he arrived at Feral Paws Rescue on June 25, and immediately went to a foster home. Feral Paws had to make sure he would be kept inside, as he was declawed.

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by Maricela Estrada-Moreno


I turned 37 on April 20, 2017. Another candle on the cake. Another year of beautiful life. Another year of surviving mental illness. I reflected on my life. It has almost been 20 years that I have been living with schizoaffective, bipolar type. However, back then, my diagnosis was bipolar disorder with psychotic features. I can’t believe I have made it this far. I have survived multiple suicide attempts and about 12-15 psychiatric hospitalizations. I survived all the delusions.

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by Kathleen Costa


Everything is coming up ‘roses’ for Sally Muccio (Mooch-EE-o) and her bakery, Sally’s Samples. A recent fire caused Sally to relocate, but regulars are back, business is booming, and the fortune cookies continue to be…cryptic. The very long awaited wedding between Sally and Mike is only a week away, and Sally’s mother didn’t take “we only want a small family gathering” for an answer, so Sally is very stressed and resigned to deal with all the per-wedding arrangements, including a last minute wedding cake tasting.

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by Doward Wilson


Many of us are now following all the wonderful Cozy Mystery book series that the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel has brought to life on the small screen. Currently Hallmark has seven different series in production with at least one more being added in the coming months.

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by Wasan Abu-Baker


Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving, and self–accountability for Muslims around the world. The first verses of the Quran were revealed to the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during the last third of the month of Ramadan making this an especially holy period during the month. Ramadan is also a month of community and socializing, as Muslims gather in the evenings to share in fast-breaking meals which are called Iftar.

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by Sandra Murphy


Ellie Avery’s schedule is always busy. Her husband is deployed on a mission, due back in a couple of weeks. Her kids are at an age that there are tons of extra activities. She’s got to be organized. In fact, she’s made a part time job of it.

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by Cynthia Chow


Living in Nashville and with a guitar-playing father, it would have been impossible for Campbell Hale to not be a country music fan. So when she hears that her attorney friend Doug Elliot is picking up six paintings from the home of legendary music icon Jake Miller, Campbell of course begs to go along. While Doug is off retrieving the paintings the widow bought—but never paid for—from Kenneth Elliot’s Mockingbird Gallery, Campbell pokes around the legendary estate.

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Reedley History: The Shine Man

IN THE May 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andHometown History,
andJim Bulls
SECTIONS

by Jim Bulls


Shoe shiners have been around for quite a while. Ever king or noble required his expensive, handmade shoes or boots to have the perfect shine. Throughout the 19th century, shoeshine boys could be seen on most city streets. However with the industrial revolution, shoes were being turned out by the hundreds. Shoe polish was invented by the 1900s and shoe shining became a brand new trade.

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by Alan Cook


When George pulled his beat-up Toyota into his mother’s driveway, there was a shiny new car already parked there he didn’t recognize. Then he saw the “T” logo and realized it must be a Tesla. His twin sister, Georgia, had to be here already. Teslas weren’t big in this town. She must have rented it when she flew in from the East Coast. Could you even rent a Tesla in Nowheresville?

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by Camryn Orosco



Immanuel High School drama students are bringing the courtroom to the stage this spring, under the direction of Mr. Rick Robbins. They will be performing The Night of January Sixteenth, a legal drama written by Ayn Rand that takes place in 1930s New York City. It follows the three-day trial for the murder of Bjorn Faulkner, a wealthy businessman who may or may not have been honest and upstanding when he was alive.

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Heathers: The Musical At Fresno State

IN THE May 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andEducation,
andTheatre
SECTIONS

by Destiney Warren



The University Theatre’s production of Heathers: The Musical in Fresno is one you don’t want to miss. While dark humor is a fickle craft, this cast managed to hit all the comedic moments perfectly. I had never seen this play, but it has been a cult classic for so long that I was wary of the love that everyone seemed to have for it (Oh, the cynic in me), but after this performance, I’m sold.

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by Lee Juslin


Scruffy, or Sam Malone as his first foster mom renamed him, had been rejected by his owner as being too old and too fat. She dropped him at a shelter with instructions to euthanize him. Fortunately, the shelter called Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network.

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by Tom Roberts


“The key to keeping your balance is to know when you’ve lost it.” I don’t know who said that, but knowing I had lost my balance in life was the turning point in learning to live with bipolar disorder and multiple sclerosis. Unknown to me as an undergraduate nearly a half-century ago, I had both incurable neurological diseases. Most disorders have obvious symptoms, but mine were hidden working like a computer virus destroying a marriage, a career, and ultimately leaving me living alone, in poverty, and planning suicide.

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