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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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DA investigator Steve Jacobson has been charged with contempt based on his conduct in connection with the people versus audio Pontillo. Jacobson is accused of tampering with the jury in a declaration by judge Scott Steffen in the... more

Mayor Marsh wants community leaders to put pressure on his city Council to support a ½% sales tax in the next election. Marsh claims that 80 to 90% of the tax will be spent on public safety. Surely the pressure on the Council will... more

The Back Story is asking the Department of Justice to review domestic violence complaints concerning Sheriff Adam Christiansonan's enforcement. ******************** The Back Story makes a public records request: Stanislaus... more


Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Sheriff Adam Christianson and Coroner Public records request: Carmen Sabatino There is some dispute as to whether or not the killer of Glen Engert and Sheriff Bob Paris actually committed... more

Coming up… Attorney Frank Carson on the Back Story During her campaign for re-election DA Birgit Fladager said, ?Frank Carson defended Mayor Sabatino.? Frank Carson was not elected, but Fladagers office failed to convict... more

?Prosecutors drop charges against former cop in Modesto sex abuse case? RAHUMADA@MODBEE.COM


STEFFEN TO SILVIERA TO McFADDEN Stanislaus County Dist. Atty. Steve Jacobson was arraigned in Department 2 on April 14, 2015, that would be the courtroom of Judge McFadden. The case number is 1492609. On March 3, the... more