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Court: Police used excessive force

A federal court of appeals has upheld a jury decision that Sonora police violated the constitutional rights of an 11-year-old boy by handcuffing him at school in 2008. 

The City of Sonora was ordered to pay $265,000 to the boy’s family, although no payment has yet been made pending a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to John F. Martin, the family’s attorney. 


Science in schools: Students learn from the best

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Columbia College science teacher Glen White talks to students about the water cycle at Columbia Elementary School on Tuesday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Educators are looking for more local people with science and engineering backgrounds to come into classrooms to share their knowledge and show that real people can get exciting jobs. 

The Tuolumne County Office of Education is expanding its existing program called “TOPS” — Teaching Opportunities for Partners in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


Angels council rejects clinic plan

Plans for a proposed medical clinic near the intersection of highways 4 and 49 were shot down Tuesday night by the Angels Camp City Council.

Councilmen Bert Sobon and Wes Kulm voted in favor of Mark Twain Health Care District’s plans to construct a two-story, 15,416-square-foot clinic on Dogtown Road, saying it would benefit the city as a whole.


Residents without water to get help

Tuolumne County is working to provide assistance for residents who are currently without access to running water due to the drought.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county staff to sign a landmark agreement that will enable the county to obtain state or federal financial relief for providing temporary water to households that have run dry.


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