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26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin 'Tree of Lights' ceremony Tues. Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta College

26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin 'Tree of Lights' ceremony Tues. Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta College

The Hospice of San Joaquin and Delta College will illuminate the holiday sky at the 26th Annual Hospice of San Joaquin "Tree of Lights" Ceremony, Tue., Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Delta’s main Pacific Avenue entrance. As is tradition, a local hospice services family will flip the giant PG&E switch, coloring the tree with 1600 multicolored lights. Last year, the family of Ramon "Ray" Vigil had that honor.

A seasonal Stockton favorite, this popular and festive ceremony rings in a dazzling opening to the holiday season. It's always a magnificent sight as one of Delta’s huge Pacific Avenue evergreens blooms to colorful life. The college likes to boast: “We believe Delta has the best holiday tree in Stockton!”

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Manteca food bank gets donation from Foster Farms

Manteca food bank gets donation from Foster Farms

MANTECA — Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca was among six food banks on the west coast that received 750 turkeys from Foster Farms for this Thanksgiving... Read More

Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

Expanding California’s water supply: You can’t store what isn’t there

California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20... Read More

Girl seen being dragged by teacher in video recounts incident


STOCKTON - An Edison High School freshman seen on video being dragged toward a pool by a physical education teacher spoke about the incident Friday.

Sandra Garcia said the teacher seemed obsessed with her getting completely wet, after she declined to fully submerge in the pool.

"I wasn't going all the way under water to get my hair wet,and he wanted my hair wet. He was doing hand motions saying he'd splash me. He wanted kids to jump in where I was at to get me wet," the 14-year-old Garcia said.

Another student recorded the struggle that ensued on her cellphone. The teacher, Denny Peterson, is seen for more than 90 seconds grabbing and trying to force Garcia into the pool.

Peterson was placed on paid leave shortly after the incident but then was eventually assigned to another Stockton school. That's when Garcia and her mother spoke to an attorney and then to News10.

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Some still left out under Obama's immigration reform plan


STOCKTON - Some immigration reform supporters don't think President Barack Obama's new immigration plan will change enough.

California ranks 9th in the nation for undocumented immigrants who are now eligible for deportation relief under the new immigration plan. Pew researchers, using the number of undocumented immigrants in 2012, calculated that 38 percent of California's 2.45 million immigrants will now be able to lawfully stay.

But what about the other 62 percent?

Jessica Cabrera has been in the U.S. since she was five years old and would receive some deportation relief. Cabrera is part of a 2012 program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allowed her to gain a work permit. Her deferral period could be expanded under the president's plan. But her long-term prospects are less certain.

Junior League, Lodi Food Bank team for Thanksgiving

LODI — The Junior League of San Joaquin County and the Lodi Food Bank are teaming up to raise donations to feed 250 families Thanksgiving dinner.

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Stockton teacher charged, put on leave after struggle with student

Stockton teacher charged, put on leave after struggle with student


STOCKTON - A Stockton Unified School District physical education teacher is facing a charge of corporal injury to a child, and is on paid leave, after video surfaced of him trying to force a 14-year-old girl into a pool during a P.E. class.

Denny Peterson, employed by the school district for more than 10 years, is seen on video for 95 seconds using strong force to drag the girl toward the pool at Edison High School. The incident happened in late August, and much of it was captured on video by another student.

Gilbert Somera is a Stockton attorney representing the girl and her family.

"Regardless of her participation (in the class) it should disgust you how this man put his hands on a 14-year-old girl. She said multiple times, 'my top is falling down,'" Somera said. He is preparing a claim and likely a lawsuit over the struggle.