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Unsung no more: 2013 Tri-Valley Heroes award recipients named

The Tri-Valley Heroes selection committee had a very difficult task selecting only one recipient per category. Again this year the committee had an opportunity...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 12, 2013
Last comment by Tri Valley, on Mar 10, 2014 at 2:30 am | 1 comment | 17501 Views

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Rules of engagement: FCC vote will affect your future

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin wants a vote in December to conclude the matter of media ownership rules. Overturning the current ownership...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 25, 2007
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 15, 2008 at 5:36 pm | 1 comment | 16406 Views

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Citizen editors: New solution to an old problem?

I've heard of citizen journalists, and now there are citizen editors. Or at least that's the descriptor I'm using for the folks in a program Delinda Fogel, publisher...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 29, 2014
Last comment by John, on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:56 am | 49 comments | 11854 Views

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Shall we trample the rose because of the thorns?

I recently received an email from a frequent Town Square contributor that said, "This morning I discovered that someone has falsely posted using my online identity."...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 2, 2008
Last comment by Suzy Q, on Nov 15, 2010 at 9:57 am | 14 comments | 11569 Views

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Delaney: 2-year-old with serious medical condition is 'little but fierce'

The photos show a beautiful, typical, happy 2-year-old with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a radiant smile. Delaney likes chocolate milk, Cheerios, her pink blankie...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 15, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:29 pm | 5 comments | 10685 Views

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Good grammar should not be relegated to one day a year

Darn. I had National Grammar Day marked on my calendar March 4 but was so busy working, it completely slipped my mind. I'm almost positive Hallmark makes a card...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Mar. 14, 2008
Last comment by Some Dude, on Aug 10, 2012 at 7:29 am | 15 comments | 10641 Views

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Contest: No hanging chads or box stuffing, but lots of questions

"Tired of smug jerks" writes on the PleasantonWeekly.com's Town Square forum that he (or she) could not believe a particular business was again voted Best of Pleasanton....

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 1, 2007
There are no comments yet. 9986 Views

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Virginia Tech tragedy

I am horrified by the events surrounding the tragedy in Virginia. And that includes everything from the failure of the administration, parents, classmates to stop...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 19, 2007
Last comment by anonymous, on Apr 23, 2007 at 9:15 am | 3 comments | 9814 Views

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Residents are the eyes and ears of the newspaper

The Internet age has brought us a completely new vocabulary. We know a "blog" is not an amphibian and a "wiki" is not a Hawaiian dance. These words are commonplace...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 11, 2007
There are no comments yet. 9585 Views

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The year's most regrettable of the regrettable

Most good journalists try to get things right and abhor corrections, clarifications and the like, particularly for what is considered a "stupid mistake." Every...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 10, 2009
Last comment by Annon, on Sep 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm | 5 comments | 8741 Views

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New column answers readers' questions

Newsflash! We are living in an ever-changing, evolving media climate. How we get our news, when we get our news and who provides our news has morphed into something...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 1, 2007
There are no comments yet. 8574 Views

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We acknowledge an error in judgment was made

As was noted in a Town Square forum by frequent poster "Stacey," the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics includes being "honest, fair and courageous...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 7, 2009
Last comment by Start Afresh, on May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | 38 comments | 8400 Views

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Investigative reporting: pay now or pay later?

This morning I read that the New York Times earned five Pulitzer Prizes, including awards for breaking news and investigative reporting. Three stories above that...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 21, 2009
Last comment by DoUgLaS kEnDaLl, on Sep 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm | 27 comments | 8297 Views

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Newsroom consolidation means loss of public 'watchdogs'

Aug. 13 will mark a day that will change the landscape of media in the East Bay. The sale of The Contra Costa Times by the McClatchy Company in April 2006...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 8, 2007
Last comment by booster, on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:26 am | 7 comments | 7899 Views

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Talk to me! What would you do differently?

Welcome to the new Pleasanton Weekly Online! I hope you are enjoying the new site. As the new publisher, I'd like to know what you like or dislike about the site...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Feb. 5, 2007
Last comment by Al, on Aug 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm | 12 comments | 7815 Views

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Honor those who have served and those currently serving

When I was in elementary school, one assignment I could always expect is the essay on "What my country means to me" or something along those lines, usually in conjunction...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 5, 2013
Last comment by Cholo, on Nov 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm | 4 comments | 7513 Views

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Special holiday memories about family and traditions; do you have one to share?

A Facebook friend posted a photo on Black Friday that I found poignant and disturbing. It was titled "Perspective," and the text said, "A missionary points out the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 7282 Views

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Tri-Valley Heroes: We're looking for a few good men and women . . .

Daniel Boorstin wrote, "In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 2, 2012
Last comment by Mike, on Aug 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm | 1 comment | 7226 Views

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Anonymity allows open and diverse dialogue

The Weekly's online Town Square forum within the past week or two has been filled with supportive, informative and cathartic dialog. Some of the posts, however,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 15, 2007
Last comment by Opague, on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm | 11 comments | 7082 Views

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Removing stories from Web sites is like unringing a bell

We recently received a request that other media groups across the United States are receiving at least daily, sometimes hourly. We were asked to remove a story from...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 11, 2008
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm | 12 comments | 6999 Views
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Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions
By Elizabeth LaScala | 1 comment | 2,277 views

New heights for NIMBYs
By Tim Hunt | 31 comments | 1,479 views

Weekly, TV30 to host Pleasanton mayoral, city council candidates' forum
By Gina Channell-Allen | 2 comments | 1,004 views

Earthquake Insurance
By Roz Rogoff | 4 comments | 810 views