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Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as Prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as one of America’s greatest failed experiments, today we’re seeing something of a revival of prohibitionist thinking among those in the public health community who are attacking even moderate alcohol consumption.

Editorials

Presidential tests Trump is already failing

President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference in nearly six months displayed how he is trying to redefine acceptable behavior for the leader of the free world. What he’s doing is not OK. It isn’t good for the next commander in chief to be at war with the nation’s intelligence agencies, to accuse them of acting like Nazi Germany. And his plan to avoid conflicts of interests falls far short of what is required.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Merced Union High School student Mina Lopez, 14, has her wish granted by The Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic, during a ceremony at Yosemite High School in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Lopez, who is battling leukemia, will travel to San Francisco to meet Yankovic.
Andrew Kuhn Merced Sun-Star
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet 1:50

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Atwater High's Valencia Twins 2:48

Atwater High's Valencia Twins

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children 1:26

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase 2:51

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase