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UOP releases statement on tsunami in Japan; students studying overseas

UOP releases statement on tsunami in Japan; students studying overseas

STOCKTON - University of the Pacific officials are deeply saddened by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan late last night. Our hearts and prayers go out to the citizens of that nation as well as to all who have family, friends and loved ones in Japan.

Since word of the earthquake and tsunami was reported in the United States, Pacific has reached out to our students who are studying in Japan, those who are scheduled to head to Japan soon, and to Japanese students studying here. We are checking to make sure they are safe, asking if they have contacted their families, and offering any assistance that they may need to get through this crisis.

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Stockton Thunder topple Utah 5-1

Stockton Thunder topple Utah 5-1

Captain Craig Valette scored a pair of goals, Ryan Constant collected three points (1g-2a) and goaltender Bryan Pitton’s 32 stops boosted the Stockton Thunder (30-21-9, 69 points) to a 5-1 victory over the Utah Grizzlies before a crowd of 2,776 at Maverik Center on Wednesday night.

And as one of the Thunder players Tweeted the day after the game: "Day off in utah...needed this," the team definitely deserved to relax for at least one day after their stellar performance!

For the first time in team history, the Thunder won four straight games at Utah in one season and used three unanswered goals in span of 5:38 to break open a 2-1 lead.

Stockton woman admits role in scam targeting prisoner

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A Stockton woman faces up to five years in prison after admitting her role in a scheme that had her pose as a Drug Enforcement Administration official to dupe a southern Illinois prison inmate out of more than $36,000.

Twenty-four-year-old Catherine Sims of Stockton, Calif., pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy, wire fraud and falsely assuming the identity of someone with the DEA.

Authorities say co-defendant Michael Ussery Jr. supplied the inmate with Sims' home telephone number, telling him she was with the DEA.

Sims falsely told the inmate he could get his sentenced pared by taking part in and funding DEA operations.

The inmate gave Ussery the money in small increments.

Ussery is serving a five-year prison term.

Sims is to be sentenced June 10.

Asian Pacific Islander Stockton community meeting March 10

Asian Pacific Islander Stockton community meeting March 10

STOCKTON - The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)- Central Valley chapter will hold its Stockton community bi-monthly civic meeting on Thursday, March 10 at the APSARA Community Center, located at 3830 Alvarado Avenue.

The free event will begin with a dinner reception at 5:30 p.m., the civic meeting and speakers program from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and networking until 8 p.m. Invited speakers include Maria Pallavicini, PhD, provost at University of the Pacific and Monica Hart "The Marketing Coach."

For more information about the association or event, call the Stockton office at (209) 470-2490 or visit www.apapa.org.

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Stockton officials to plant trees in celebration of Arbor Day March 10

Stockton officials to plant trees in celebration of Arbor Day March 10

STOCKTON - The City of Stockton will host an Arbor Day ceremony at Stribley Park, 1706 East Sonora, on Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. The Arbor Day program of speakers will include Mayor Ann Johnston, Councilwoman Susan Eggman and Public Works Director Bob Murdoch.

A performance by The Advocates, a musical performance groupo from Person Centered Services, is also scheduled. The group participates in weekly activities at Stribley Community Center.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. Interested guests may join The Advocates and members of the Public Works Department Tree Division to plant trees in Stribley Park after the ceremony.

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe the day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.

Panda Express offers free shrimp today

Panda Express offers free shrimp today

Chinese food eatery Panda Express is offering customers a free serving of Golden Treasure Shrimp today only. Print out the coupon before heading to the restaurant for your free dish.

Alaska beats Stockton Thunder in weekend series

Alaska beats Stockton Thunder in weekend series

STOCKTON - Garry Nunn scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Alaska Aces clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff berth and defeat the Stockton Thunder (29-21-9, 67 points), 5-2, in front of a crowd of 5,029 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday night.

Curtis Fraser added another goal and an assist to spell the Aces in scoring. Kelly Czuy and Craig Valette recorded the only two Stockton goals. The Thunder saw its magic number stay at 5 to clinch a playoff spot. Alaska took two wins in the three game weekend series in Stockton.

"We need to stop playing so inconsistently," said head coach Matt Thomas. "We are making too many mental mistakes and unfocused mistakes that are costing the team momentum and the mindset that we can win this hockey game."

Still hopeful for a possible win Sunday night, one of Thunder's players tweeted this at halftime:

"Down 2-1 after two..need a 4lokos kinda third...crazy energy"