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Back Pain and Gardening

Though we are in the middle of winter, many local gardeners have already begun looking through seed catalogs and planning which plant varieties they will begin cultivating in the next couple of months.  Gardening has many mental benefits – it is an activity that promotes mindfulness and can reduce stress and anxiety.  However, for those who suffer from chronic back pain, the physical movements involved with tending a garden may make symptoms worse.  Fortunately, there are adaptations that can be made.

Fill Your Winter Home with Houseplants

By the second week of January, most households have taken down their festive holiday decorations, and the winter doldrums have begun to set in.  National Houseplant Appreciation Day is on January 10th and is a good reminder that the vibrancy and energy that natural greenery brings into our home does not have to be limited to December’s Christmas tree.  If you are experiencing a bout of post-holiday sadness, here is a reason to liven up your home spaces by adding some new houseplants.  

Medical Malpractice Can Cause Wrongful Death

Medical malpractice can result in the death of a patient.  If that happens in California, the deceased’s heirs may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  There are some distinct differences between medical malpractice lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits.  

Stockton Woman Killed in Accident in Livermore

A woman from Stockton was killed in a single-vehicle accident in an unincorporated area of Alameda County just north of Livermore on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. The fatal car accident occurred on North Livermore Avenue near Interstate 580 just south of Hartman Road at approximately 5:25 p.m. Julie Ownbey, 52, of Stockton, and a teacher at August Knodt Elementary School in the Manteca Unified School District, was driving a 2006 Lexus ES 330 southbound on N Livermore Ave., when she reportedly lost control of her vehicle, exited the roadway, and struck a barbed-wire fence.

The Thanksgiving with an Asterisk

Thanksgiving 2020 will probably be one of a kind for many families.  California has issued recommendations that we limit the number of people in our gatherings.  Essentially, the advice is to keep to your own household.  For those that intend on following the recommended guidelines, there are ways to make the best of this year’s celebration of gratitude.

Car Accident Involving CHP Officer in Stockton

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported a Stockton car accident involving a CHP officer on Highway 99 on the afternoon of Monday, November 9, 2020. The Stockton car crash occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on northbound State Route 99 just south of Arch Road. A CHP traffic spokesperson said a grey Honda Civic was headed northbound on SR-99 when the vehicle reportedly lost control, struck the center divider, veered to the right, and struck a silver Toyota Highlander. The impact propelled the Toyota in a northeast direction toward the guardrail and into a CHP traffic officer and motorcycle that was parked along the righthand shoulder of the highway. The Toyota continued for a short time before overturning and coming to a rest upside down on the shoulder of the roadway.

Two Killed in Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Stockton

Two people were killed in a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Stockton on the afternoon of Sunday, November 8, 2020. The motorcycle accident occurred on West March Lane between Pacific and Claremont avenues at approximately 2:45 p.m. The incident involved a 2002 Toyota Sequoia SUV and a motorcycle. According to the Stockton Police Department (Stockton PD), a man was riding a motorcycle westbound on March Lane when the eastbound Toyota made a turn in the path of the motorcyclist into the parking lot of Weberstown Mall.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Discovery Bay

The Contra Costa California Highway Patrol (CHP) was notified of a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a big rig and a motorcycle in the Discovery Bay area. The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020, on Highway 4 in the vicinity of the Old River Bridge and Discovery Bay Boulevard. Upon the arrival of CHP traffic units and emergency personnel, a 2012 Volvo tractor-trailer was involved in a collision with a 2015 Yamaha motorcycle. The driver of the Volvo truck was uninjured in the incident. Sadly, the motorcyclist, a 17-year-old male from Stockton, suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The release of the identity of the decedent will be handled by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office. Further details on the incident were not immediately available.

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