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Join us weekdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Back Story is an online journal of fact (original reporting) and opinion. It is specifically intended to be an alternative to the local newspaper, where certain news items are under-reported (or not reported at all), where not all points of view make it into print, and where current economic conditions have rendered investigative reporting all but extinct. The emphasis will be on the Stanislaus County area: political, economic, social, cultural that affect those of us who live here. We are not suggesting that we are going to supplant the daily newspaper, but we ARE stating that there is a considerable gap between what happens in and around our communities and what is reported, and we propose to fill that gap. There are individuals, groups and concepts that are considered untouchable, and we think that is very unhealthy and downright dangerous to the concept of representative democracy. There’s a lot going on in our city that affects you – events and issues you need to know about. The Bee has failed us as a reliable news source. You have to look further than the Modesto Bee. Fortunately, you have a choice with news and comment by Mayor Sabatino. You can get the REAL facts about important local issues on The Back Story. Streaming to your computer @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebackstory – from 11:30 to noon daily. Again – that is The Back Story – daily from 11:30 to noon. You will notice the difference. Local call-in number (209) 846-1814.

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Withrow too late to abstain Supervisor Terry Withrow is too late to abstain on the vote to support the downtown Modesto community benefit district. He has already voted by investing $1000 in the NEW CITY CLUB, which is a group... more

District Attorney's office chief prosecutor, Dave Harris and investigator, Steve Jacobson are facing contempt charges. The charges were filed because of a declaration by Judge Scott Steffen, who presided over the AJ Pontillo bail bonds... more

DA OFFICE EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH CONTEM[T FOR TAMPERING WITH THE JURY IN THE AJ BAIL bONDS AND WITHHOLDING EXCULPATORY EVIDENCE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A STAY BY THE APPELAATE COURT,... more

The Modesto Bee reports that Martin Martinez will be charged with the murder of five people and has no criminal history. Martinez was arrested in San Jose recently for the killing of his girl friends two-year-old son in October. Ten... more

COLOR OF LAW U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to... more

election for downtown development is in trouble

Another election scandal The City of Modesto and Stanislaus County are involved in another election scandal. Working with New City America Incorporated, Josh Bridegroom at the city of Modesto has brought the Council the idea of creating... more

THE JULY 15TH WATER FORUM AT THE GALLO CENTER MODERATED BY FORMER MAYOR CAROL WHITESIDE AND SPONSORED BY THE MODESTO BEE IS NOT FREE. AFTER ALL. THE MODESTO IRRIGATION... more

Modesto councilman settles credit card lawsuit By Kevin Valine kvaline@modbee.com Modesto Councilman John Gunderson has settled his lawsuit with Citibank, which sued him last year over $14,578 in credit card debt.... more

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