Community

Victims of violent crimes remembered

Thursday’s Victim’s Rights Ceremony memorialized victims of violent crimes as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Families brought photos of victims and wrote remembrance cards that were hung in a tree on Courthouse Park

UC Merced

UC Merced makes conservation fun

UC Merced celebrated Earth Day with educational games. The campus will get biodegradable cutlery next year. It’s also working to be recognized as Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Merced County CEO pulls the plug on training videos

Merced County employees will stop filming videos for a national organization following a Merced Sun-Star article that revealed the practice. Dozens of workers acted, sang and danced in videos for a national training organization. Also, a contract between two county agencies is under review for double dipping.

Nation & World

After drone killings, pressure for a new hostage strategy

The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

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