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Chemistry professors in top hats and tails have fun with chemistry

Chemistry professors in top hats and tails have fun with chemistry

Honoring a tradition that was started in the 1820s at the Royal Institution, two Pacific chemistry professors dressed as 19th century chemists will carry out experiments that explode, change colors and delight an audience of all ages.

The event is FREE and open to the public, but admission is limited. Tickets are available at the Pacific Box Office.

The tradition comes from the Royal Institution of Great Britain’s Christmas Lecture. The Royal Institution has offered a science lecture to children in the London community every year since 1825, with the exception of the years during World War II when the series was suspended. The lecture series was founded by Michael Faraday, considered one of the great scientists of modern history.

During Pacific’s event, the two chemistry professors will make liquids change colors, set things on fire and blow stuff up simply by mixing liquids together, then explain how they did it all.

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1 dead, 1 hurt in Stockton highway crash


A man died and a woman was taken to the hospital after the man crashed his car Thursday shortly after noon on Highway 120 near Union Road in Manteca.

The man was driving west, when he veered into the shoulder after reaching slower traffic, said Ofc. James Smith, California Highway Patrol. Smith said the man tried to avoid the dirt shoulder, but ended up overturning his car. He died in the crash. A female passenger was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital with major injuries, Smith said.

The crash caused some lanes to be closed on Highway 120, but all lanes have since reopened, Smith said.

The names of the victims have not been released.


Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. It's time to decorate in beautiful warm colors, bring out your favorite 'comfort food' recipes, and throw your cozy afghan quilt over the sofa. It's also time to prepare your home, office and properties for the upcoming weather. All of us in California are hoping for a wet year to help us with our ever-looming drought - yet we also know with wet and stormy weather comes potential water damage and drafty rooms.

We've provided a few tips that can be used for your home, business and commercial properties.

1. Window and doors: Check for cracks, leaks and air coming through the sills and doorframes. A tight seal is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill & maintain a comfortable interior.

2. Heating Units: Have your heating units cleaned & serviced, which will keep your environment healthy and extend the life of your heating system.

Celebrate the Holiday Season in Yosemite/Mariposa County

 Celebrate the Holiday Season in Yosemite/Mariposa County

Yosemite/Mariposa County invites visitors to come experience unique, family-friendly events and activities being hosted this holiday season. Holiday calendar listings include: Thanksgiving at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Thanksgiving Feast at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops, Yosemite Holiday Craft Bazaar, 87th Annual Bracebridge Dinner, Merry Mountain Christmas Parade, Kid’s Dinner with Santa, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at the Tenaya Lodge. 

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Man shot in downtown Stockton


A man was shot in downtown Stockton near the Stockton Police Department.

The victim, who police say was shot in the chest, was found in his pick-up truck a few blocks north on El Dorado Street, according to police. He was transported to an area hospital but able to talk to officers. His condition was unknown.

There was no preliminary information on the shooter.

Two lanes of El Dorado Street were cordoned off for the investigation.

The shooting occurred at about 3:30 p.m.


Dollar cost of proposed Delta tunnels determined


The proposed Delta tunnels project would divert water from the Sacramento River to Southern California water users.

It took analysts over two years the compile the affordability report which factors in building costs such as start date, materials, and construction delays.

Water contractors and their customers would foot the bill for the ambitious water project.

"The cost of constructing the tunnels and related costs would be about $19 and a half billion," said Tim Gage of Blue Sky Consulting Group. He was a consultant on the tunnels' affordability and financing report.

Stockton police ask for help in identifying suspect


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Stockton police released a video on YouTube Monday showing a man suspected of attempting to break into a residence in Stockton.

In a release police said on Nov. 8, a man tried to break into a residence in the 7000 block of Oakcreek Drive while the victims were asleep.