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2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Really sharp security camera video shows package thief


Now the victim and Stockton police hope someone will put a name to the woman taking the package from the victim's porch.

The victim has a security camera mounted on the front of his home and as video from it on Thursday, Dec. 11, shows, a woman in an older model white Nissan pickup truck pulls up to the house, picks up the brown box and hurries back to the truck which is then driven away.

The theft was in the Brookside West neighborhood.

The woman taking the package was described as white or Hispanic, with a light complexion and long red hair. She wore black high-top boots, white pants, a pink shirt, black jacket, and some type of red hat or bandanna.

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced

New regulations to ridesharing services introduced


There was talks of adding new regulations to ridesharing services including Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar.Taxi cab drivers, who feel those services create an unfair market, called on state lawmakers to do something to help their cause.

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation this week that will address that. The exact details of his bill won't be released until the early part of the new year, but Nazarian's chief of staff told the Sacramento Business Journal that the legislation will add new regulations.

Stockton police are looking for a suspected gang member after he resisted arrest

Stockton police are looking for a suspected gang member after he resisted arrest


Police are looking for a suspected gang member after he resisted arrest and fled from police Sunday afternoon according to Stockton Police Department's Facebook post.

The post stated that Crensenico Lua, 33, resisted arrest, stole a car and nearly struck a Stockton police officer when officers tried to take him into custody while responding to a disturbance call.

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities

Super Bowl tickets raffle in Stockton aids charities


STOCKTON - At every Super Bowl, you can be certain there's a dozen or so people from the Stockton area -- and they didn't spend much getting that Super Bowl experience.

That's because they took part in the annual raffle of Super Bowl tickets in Stockton, tickets donated by the family of Alex Spanos so agencies like the St. Mary's Dining Room can raise much-needed funds.

"This year we're looking to raise about $50,000 from the event, which will help us provide meals in our dining room, that's about 14,000 meals per year, " St. Mary's Director Edward Figueroa said.

Spanos is the owner of the San Diego Chargers. For years, the Spanos Family has donated the game tickets and $2,000 in cash to give to people who win the raffle.

Stockton police: Man arrested for attempted murder of girlfriend

Stockton police: Man arrested for attempted murder of girlfriend


The boyfriend of a young woman is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

The 27-year-old woman was found with a gunshot wound on the 3200 block of Farmington Road in Stockton at 5:35 Thursday evening, according to Stockton police. She was rushed to an area hospital for surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Investigating detectives arrested 24-year-old Jorge Luna, the victim's boyfriend, for the shooting.


Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap

Senate layoffs resulted from $4 million budget gap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate faces a budget shortfall of up to $4 million this fiscal year, helping explain why it laid off 39 of its roughly 1,000 staff members last month.

Senate officers had previously said that fiscal problems were to blame for the cutbacks.

Dan Reeves, chief of staff in the Senate president pro tem's office, tells The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/15QTIdl ) that the deficit resulted from slow budget growth during the recession, higher health care costs and having too many employees.

He says the constitutional formula that the sets the Legislature's budget provided a smaller than expected increase this year.