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Products recalled over concerns about broccoli

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California company is voluntarily recalling products sold at supermarkets across the West because they could contain contaminated broccoli.

Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall this week after a random test by agricultural officials came up positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The broccoli is in cooked and fresh products with expiration dates from February 7, 2011 to March 7, 2011. The products were distributed in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. They were sold at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N' Save stores.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the broccoli.

Ripon holds 49th annual Almond Blossom Festival

RIPON, CA. - Ripon's 49th annual Almond Blossom Festival continued Saturday at the Mistlin Sports Park.

The day started off with breakfast at the Ripon Grange Hall from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a 1 mile fun run at Mavis Stouffer Park at 8:30 a.m.

The carnival has food, rides, crafts and vendors.

The festival ends Sunday at 6 p.m.

Parking is $5.

5 sleep tips for school kids

MANTECA, CA — Our kids aren’t getting enough sleep. And it’s not just making them tired at school. It might be making them fat.

A new study in the February issue of Pediatrics found that obese kids usually don’t get enough weekend sleep. Kids who are obese don’t seem to have a good weekend sleep routine. They don’t get enough “catch-up" sleep.

Kids need at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Kids need good sleep on the weekends too, not just school nights.

The combination of less sleep and and random sleep patterns is apparently linked to slower metabolism. Slower metabolism means more chubsiness. More fat.

Here are 5 health tips to help school kids sleep better (and preserve parents’ sanity):

USO Tribute and Modern Dance this weekend at the Grand.

USO Tribute and Modern Dance this weekend at the Grand.

This weekend brings modern dance and old-time classics to the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

Children's Dance Theatre shows us the limitless boundaries of dance in Imagination Exploratorium this Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

This Sunday, Feb. 27 @ 2:00 p.m. come see the Swing Dolls. This famous trio brings us the music made famous by The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters and more as they pay tribute to the USO. Tickets are $27 - $37.

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is located in historic downtown Tracy.  For tickets call (209) 831-6859 for the box office or find us on-line www.atthegrand.org

715 Central Avenue, Tracy, CA 95376

 

Almond Blossom Festival starts today, rain or shine

Almond Blossom Festival starts today, rain or shine

RIPON- No matter if it rains, shines, hails or snows The Ripon Chamber of Commerce has announced the 49th Annual Ripon Almond Blossom festival will open today at noon.

Vendors arrived at Mistlin Sports starting at 6:00am this morning to unload and begin the setup process even though the weather wasn't on their side.  California Carnival Company arrived at the site of the festival on Wednesday and officially opened up for family fun last night for $1.00 ride night.

Mistlin Sports Park is located on the corner of Jack Tone Road and River Road.  For more information visit www.riponchamber.org or www.kidredentertainment.com.

Is your pet cuter than this?

Is your pet cuter than this?

Lisa Genereux sent in this photo of her two dogs, Tanner and puppy Joey. She said her family rescued collie Tanner in Stagecoach, NV four years ago when he was just a puppy with a severely infected eye. His eye was eventually saved and he's become a great dog.

Genereux said Joey is the border collie aussie mix puppy in the photo with Tanner.

"A man said he was the ugliest of a litter and was going to take him to the pound. We think he is adorable and brought him home," she said.

Think your pet is cuter than Tanner and Joey? Send us a photo to writer@news10.net and we'll feature your furry friend!

D-III Girls Section Playoffs: (2) El Dorado 50, (7) East Union 41

PLACERVILLE, CA - The El Dorado Cougars stretched their winning streat to 23 games by defeating the East Union Lancers 50-41 in the second round of the Girls D-III Sac-Joaquin section playoffs Thursday night.

The Cougars (24-3) will face third seeded Vanden in the semifinals Wednesday night at Cosumnes River College.

Celebrate Tracy's Children citywide event March 8

Celebrate Tracy's Children citywide event March 8

TRACY - On Tuesday, March 8, an event will be held in honor of the memory of Sandra Cantu on the date of her birth. Cantu was kidnapped and killed by a family acquaintance in Tracy in April 2009.

"Celebrating Tracy's Children" will take begin at 10 a.m. and end around 8 p.m. featuring various activities, participating business specials and events around the city. All of the events are free and open to the public.

What is your cellphone doing to your brain?

MANTECA, CA — Many have long suspected that cellphones may be linked to brain cancer. The latest research from the National Institutes of Health has some clues for us.

The good news: no link to brain cancer or any other other health problems has been proven yet.

The bad news: cellphones do affect our brains.

We just don’t know what the long-term effects are yet.

The latest study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows for the first time a direct link between cell-phone radiation and brain-cell activity.

50 minutes of cell phone usage (with the phone muted to avoid any effect from sound stimulation) raised brain glucose levels in the parts of the brain closest to the phone’s antenna.

San Joaquin foster care system needs more long-term parents

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, CA - Rosie is 7 years old. She found her family when she was three weeks old as a foster child.

Her mother, Patty Lamar, originally never intended to adopt. Lamar and her husband have two biological children and started foster parenting 15 years ago. Throughout the years, Lamar provided a home to 75 foster kids.

"I just wanted to be a mom to more kids, but we always only had the kids for six months at a time," said Lamar. "Rosie was the exception. It became where we didn't pick her, she picked us."

The San Joaquin County Child Protective Services, which places removed or surrendered children with foster homes, needs more parents to adopt foster children or to be foster parents for longer periods of time.

Currently, the agency has a good roster of temporary foster homes, but needs more long-term families.