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Dr. Naomi Bick

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Dr. Naomi Bick, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, was quoted on the trend among cities to develop public-private partnerships as a way to reduce expenses and increase the speed of operations. Read more...

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How Katie Porter harnesses her blunt style and single-mom experience in her Senate campaign

One busy morning last summer, Rep. Katie Porter timed her flight back to Washington with one to Oregon so her three kids could visit their father, whom they had not seen in months. Read more...

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California banned a slur from geographic place names. Fresno County won’t let go

For years, Native American residents in Fresno County have campaigned to remove the word “squaw” from the name of an unincorporated town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The word, many Native Americans say, has been used as a slur and insult against Native women, part of a broader perpetuation of violence against them. Read more...

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Why is water in the west so complicated? Fresno State professor dives in with new book

Dec. 8– Water policy in the west is complicated and convoluted. And, according to Fresno State political science professor Tom Holyoke, there’s a reason for that. In his new book, Water Politics, Holyoke explores the political pressures as well as competing interests from industrial water users, developers and Read more...

Maka Palu, back, looks on as his wife, Jessica Palu, and three of their children, Lini, 5; Bubba, 4; and Fine, 7, look at a video on her phone at their home in Eagle Mountain on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.

Inflation, mental health, jobs. Why are U.S parents so stressed?

Dec. 4– American adults believe the cost associated with raising a family is the biggest challenge facing American families overall, with concerns about technology, including social media and video games, tied with “high work demands and parental stress” for second place. Read more...

Rabbi Rick Winer speaks at the opening of the “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit at the Fresno Central Library on Nov. 5. Photo by Peter Maiden

“Americans and the Holocaust” Arrives in Fresno

Dec. 1– The traveling exhibit “Americans and the Holocaust” comes from the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. It is circulating among only 50 libraries in the United States. Two are in California: the Fresno Central Library and the library at UC Irvine. Read more...

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Anna Rosenberg receives recognition for her contributions to World War II

Oct. 12– “The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America,” written by Christopher C. Gorham, is a biography about the fascinating contribution of Anna Rosenberg, the daughter of Jewish immigrants. Read more...

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Cal State University, Fresno Professor is Tuned in to Hmong Students’ Needs in Higher Education

Sept. 29– When Professor Yang Sao Xiong of the Anthropology Department and Asian American Studies Program at CSU, Fresno was in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students who were his fellow Hmong shared with him about hurtful and hate-filled occurrences on campus and elsewhere in Wisconsin. Read more...

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Newsom draws contrasts with Biden as he leads Democratic debate counterprogramming

Sept. 27– Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) is up to something. The question is, what? Newsom has long been rumored to be gearing up for a presidential run, with 2028 the supposed target. But a series of recent moves has raised speculation he could be setting up to try next year, or at least getting in position in case of emergency. Read more...

Ukrainian servicemen fire with a French self-propelled 155 mm/52-calibre gun towards Russian positions at a front line in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 15, 2022

Ukraine: Which Way Out?

Sept. 23– The American Left’s relative silence regarding US involvement in the Ukraine War, while surprising, is also understandable. Read more...

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Fresno’s urban sprawl policies linked to decades of poverty, blight in new study

Sept 18– To outside observers, the divide between Fresno’s northern outskirts and its aging downtown – of poverty, infant mortality, failing public infrastructure and premature death – seem to derive from another time or place. Read more...

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Water experts encourage solution to flooding and drought challenges

Sept 21– The Public Policy Institute of California, in partnership with the California Water Institute at Fresno State, hosted an event on campus Sept. 20 to share the findings of its report, “Managing Water and Farmland Transitions in the San Joaquin Valley.” Read more...

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Earning bachelor’s degrees behind bars on the rise in California

Aug. 24– For years, incarcerated people in California’s state prisons have been able to earn associate degrees. But a movement to award bachelor’s degrees has been rapidly expanding. Since 2016, when California State University, Los Angeles, became the first public Read more...

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Fresno County voters asked to weigh in on changes to election cycles

Aug. 22– A state law that went into effect earlier this year could change when Sheriff and District Attorney's elections are held. The Fresno County Board of Supervisors wants to prevent that change, and they're asking voters to weigh in. Read more...

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Hate crimes rise in Fresno region. Why, and who are most frequently targeted victims?

July 26– In Fresno County and Valleywide, race or ethnicity was the most common motivation for hate crimes in each of the past eight years. Read more...