Merced puts ‘fairness’ policy on hold

The Merced City Council put a hold on a policy meant to create a level playing field during competitive bidding on city contracts, according to its supporters, after business advocates said they wanted a closer look.

Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms

Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

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Selma beats Chowchilla for Valley title

Selma defeated Chowchilla 39-7 to win the Central Section Division IV title game. (Sean Lynch/slynch@mercedsunstar.com)
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Selma beats Chowchilla for Valley title 2:51

Selma beats Chowchilla for Valley title

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash 0:16

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash

Shawn & Sean Show: Alex Pittz on Chowchilla's title game 3:36

Shawn & Sean Show: Alex Pittz on Chowchilla's title game

Shawn & Sean Show: Valley Championship Preview 4:24

Shawn & Sean Show: Valley Championship Preview