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Q: In regard to Emma [whose parents allow her to go to school but not “anywhere else, ever” http://bit.ly/EmmaAgain]: Please look at it from all angles. Maybe the mother suffered abuse at the hands of a friend’s brother or father or grandfather and they are being vigilant and protective of …

Darin Roam spends most of his waking hours in a Selma cemetery, removing dirt from headstones with a paintbrush and meticulously clipping grass with kitchen scissors. It’s a labor of love and grief that started after the death of his wife in 2014 and has expanded to about 30 gravestones. …

Coin-operated arcades began to fade years ago. But a new wave of virtual reality arcades could grow into a multibillion-dollar industry. And the first one has arrived in the Fresno area. Imm3rse.in opened in November at 4010 N. Chestnut Diagonal. Its popularity has started to pick up, with children of …

If you are outgoing and fun, recently bought a fixer-upper in Fresno and have $100,000 to spend, a Los Angeles television and movie production company is looking for you. Karga Seven Pictures is shooting a pilot in Fresno for a new home remodeling show with a nationally-recognized designer. But the …

If you are staying away from romaine lettuce because of an outbreak of E.coli, it’s understandable. But at least one food safety expert says it may not be necessary. The latest foodborne illness outbreak has caused the deaths of two people and made nearly 60 people sick in the United …

Officially it is Oriental paperbush; others call it Chinese paperbush or just paperbush. While some describe it as a mounding, suckering deciduous shrub, I think it is like a beautiful piece of art in the garden. Like the names suggest it has been used to make fine paper. Botanically speaking …

Got boxes from online gift purchases over the holidays and wondering what to do with them? You can stuff them in your blue recycle bin like I did, twice already, or you can fill them up with unwanted toys, slightly used clothing and household items for donation. Charities and retailers …

Local nurseries and garden centers will be stocking dormant bare root trees and bushes until the end of January. Bare root plants really have bare roots. They are young plants, usually less than a year old, with small root systems. Because the roots are not growing, they can be temporarily …

Rodeo champion and clown Wilbur Plaugher never considered himself retired. A month ago, the 95-year-old cowboy was still riding horseback on his large cattle ranch in the foothills outside Sanger. “The secret to a long life is to stay busy,” Plaugher told the Bee in 2012. “I have no intention …

For three years, Becky Davis made plans to leave her corporate job at an optical retailer, but each time her exit date arrived, she struggled to take the leap. Next year, she’d tell herself. Then as 2011 faded into the new year, Davis found herself flat on her back in …