A row of old motels and businesses line West 16th Street in Merced, calling little attention to the area during the daytime. But when the sun sets, the street comes alive with activity. Women wearing short skirts and ripped tights stand in the doorways of motel rooms. An open curtain in another room reveals a half-naked woman waiting inside.
An Atwater man was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in state prison for the beating and attempted rape of his partially paralyzed wife when she refused to have sex with him, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his water legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.
California’s almond farmers have been criticized in some quarters for using too much water. A new report says growers will continue to expand their orchards. The Almond Board said the industry shouldn’t be blamed for the drought.
Shea McNeely received the best gift for her 17th birthday – a new first breath.
During her sophomore year at Buhach Colony High, McNeely was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, a rare disorder in which arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked. The constriction causes the heart to work harder to pump blood through those arteries. This causes strain on the heart and the condition may become life threatening.
On Dec. 18 of last year, she received her heart-lung transplant, and three days later, she took her first unassisted breath with her new lungs.