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Sikh-Americans protest detainment of Punjabi migrants seeking asylum

fresnobee.com — A caravan of collegiate Sikh-Americans will leave Fresno on Friday en route to El Paso, Texas, protesting the detainment of 37 Punjabi migrants on hunger strike who are seeking political asylum. The 12 students will hold seven public events at places of worship in California and Arizona before meeting the detainees from India at El Paso's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center.
Sikh-Americans protest detainment of Punjabi migrants seeking asylum bit.ly/1ps3732
RT @FresnoBee: Sikh-Americans protest detainment of Punjabi migrants seeking asylum: fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389… via @nadia_pearl_
RT @FresnoBee: Sikh-Americans protest detainment of Punjabi migrants seeking asylum: fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389… via @nadia_pearl_

Court shooting sheds light on 'Tongan Crips'

fresnobee.com — This week's fatal shooting of a gang member by a U.S. marshal inside Salt Lake City's federal courthouse during the man's trial has put the spotlight on his relatively unknown street gang.
RT @BradyMcCombs: Fatal shooting of gang member in Utah court sheds light on relatively unknown 'Tongan Crip Gang.' Story w/@latams fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…
RT @BradyMcCombs: Fatal shooting of gang member in Utah court sheds light on relatively unknown 'Tongan Crip Gang.' Story w/@latams fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…
RT @BradyMcCombs: Fatal shooting of gang member in Utah court sheds light on relatively unknown 'Tongan Crip Gang.' Story w/@latams fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…

Clovis Rodeo to be added to ProRodeo Hall of Fame

fresnobee.com — Clovis Rodeo, celebrating its 100th year this week, has another honor to look forward to: induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. The Clovis Rodeo Committee is one of four that will be honored Aug. 6 in Colorado Springs for contributions to the sport.

Retired Fresno State professor Harry Costis, who loved Greece, dies

fresnobee.com — Retired business professor Harilaos "Harry" Costis taught statistics for 34 years at Fresno State. But his real love was knowing everything about his homeland of Greece. He spoke Greek, made his own wine and olive oil, danced like Zorba the Greek, and even built a replica of the Parthenon in the backyard of his north Fresno home that overlooks the San Joaquin River.
RT @beecourts: Retired Fresno State professor Harry Costis, who loved Greece, dies fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…

Girl Scouts luncheon to recognize Fresno women

fresnobee.com — Girl Scouts of Central California will recognize three women at the sixth annual Women Inspiring Girls event. The three women who will be recognized are: Susie Bartlett, a past Girl Scout council board chair and active volunteer and philanthropist; Beth Dooley, president and CEO of Educational Employees Credit Union; and Dora Westerlund, the CEO of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.

Fresno County supervisors won't change rules for farmland subsidy

fresnobee.com — A commercial farming operation is not defined by the amount of agricultural product it sells, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors determined on Tuesday. Supervisor Henry R. Perea asked supervisors to consider a recommendation by county Assessor Paul Dictos to place a retail value on crops to qualify farmland for Williamson Act tax reductions.

One of two men shot dead north of Exeter identified

fresnobee.com — A man found dead with gunshot wounds to his upper body last week north of Exeter has been identified as David Rico, 36, of Strathmore, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday. The other victim was a Hispanic male in his mid-20s who hasn't been identified.
RT @FresnoBee: Man shot dead north of Exeter identified; second victim still unidentified: fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…

Fresno State softball: Compton's no-hitter keeps Bulldogs in first

fresnobee.com — Fresno State sophomore Jill Compton pitched the second no-hitter of her career and the 71st all-time at the school as the visiting Bulldogs beat San Jose State 2-0 on Wednesday and held on to a share of the Mountain West Conference lead.

After $1 million 'America's Got Talent' prize, performing dogs go big

fresnobee.com — Since a father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring of a circus to the stage of a reality show, where they won "America's Got Talent" and $1 million, people pack their performances at large venues and they have been tapped to star in short films bankrolled by Ellen DeGeneres' pet food company.
RT @FresnoBee: After $1 million 'America's Got Talent' prize, performing dogs go big: fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…

Valley's seasonal farmers markets start to open, offer bounty of produce

fresnobee.com — One of the benefits of living in the central San Joaquin Valley is the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. The region's small and large-scale farmers grow hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables and nuts. And while Valley farmers help feed the world, they also supply plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to the area's many farmers markets.
Looking for a real Farmers Market, go where farming is No. 1 -- San Joaquin Valley bit.ly/1rl5MJ9 #ag

Fatal hit-and-run snarls traffic on southbound Hwy. 99 near Herndon

fresnobee.com — A California Highway Patrol investigation of a fatal hit-and-run has backed up traffic for several miles on southbound Highway 99 near Herndon Avenue. According to CHP Sgt. Leonard Sherman, an elderly woman walking on 99 south of Herndon was hit and killed about 4:50 a.m. A tipster called 911 about 5 a.m.
RT @FresnoBee: Details on fatal hit-and-run that's snarling traffic on SB Hwy. 99 near Herndon Ave. fresnobee.com/2014/04/23/389…

Judge waits to make decision on Fresno County marijuana growing ban

fresnobee.com — A Fresno County Superior Court judge will consider arguments heard Tuesday before ruling on a Fresno County medical marijuana cultivation ordinance that will impose heavy fines on its first violators in the next few days. Judge Bruce Smith said he expects a ruling by the first week of May.

Pot grower sues Fresno County, saying cultivation fines excessive

fresnobee.com — A woman whose medical marijuana plants were removed from her mother's back yard is suing Fresno County, contending that its new medical marijuana cultivation ban has excessive fines and is unconstitutional. Phaeth Holapatiphone, a medical marijuana card holder from Manteca, was growing 43 plants on her mother's Del Rey property when deputies ordered them removed in February.