Pets of the Week

Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call (209)385-7436.

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In Depth

Plenty claim to be Uncle Sam, but few can prove the lineage

An upstate N.Y. butcher known as Uncle Sam is considered the inspiration for the national symbol.

‘One of the surprising things was that the family had this patriotism running through them.’

After lobbying by New Yorkers, Congress officially anointed Samuel ‘Uncle Sam’ Wilson in 1961.

After more than a year behind locked gates while sitting unused, McNamara Park's soccer pitches are open for business after a ceremony there on Tuesday.

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