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Fres-Know: 13 links to start off 2013

COULD THIS BE HAPPENING FINALLY? Fresno Public Market. [Facebook]

WOOT: Fresnan wins national contest for cheeseburger recipe. [The Bee]

YUCK: 14 Valley men arrested in international child porn case. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: The latest episode of “Nothing to Do.” [Gotta Love Fresno]

WATCH THIS TOO: Highlights and bloopers from CBS 47′s morning show. Hi Zara. [YouTube]

WHERE’S WALDO, ERR … ROLANDO? Witness against Fresno PD goes missing. [The Bee]

WORST SONG OF THE WEEK: “I’m From Fresno” by Karr Lokz & Boo Boo Tha Foo. [YouTube]

INSIGHTFUL YELPER OF THE WEEK: Little Caesars. Five stars. Will write more later. [Yelp]

YELP WISDOM OF THE WEEK: Don’t get fooled by Ruth’s Chris. [Yelp]

READ THIS: Year ahead in 2013 entertainment, from Bee features writers. [The Bee]

AND THIS: Stories to watch in 2013 in Fresno. [Fresno Famous]

LISTEN TO THIS: New Flowing with Famous podcast w/ Josh and Mikey. [Fresno Famous]

ABOVE PHOTO: From #Fresno Instagram of the Day collection. [Instagram]

Fres-Know: Ranked No. 1 on the list of most dangerous blogs about Fresno

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno State named a top 20 “dangerous” university. School objects. [The Bee]

BUT WAIT: List gets revised. Fresno’s not on it anymore. *facepalm* [The Bee]

OTHER SURVEY SAYS: Fresno is the 11th most diverse city. [Men’s Health]

WTF FRESNO: Woman carrying heroin pulls gun on dog. [The Bee]

OMG FRESNO: OMG Facts, followed by five million, shares a Fresno fact. [OMG facts]

THIS HAPPENED: Famed vlogger Bethany Mota Black Friday’ing in Fresno. [YouTube]

COMING SOON: Walmart Neighborhood Market … which apparently is a real thing. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: The newest episode of “Nothing To Do.” [GottaLoveFresno]

(DON’T) WATCH THIS: Fresno “Gangnam Style” flash mob. [YouTube]

READ THIS: Fresno Famous talks to King Tuff. [Famous]

SPORTS: Fresno State b-ball adds explosive dunker. [Sports Buzz]

ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Jacob H. hates Landmark and, well, everything. [Yelp]

TWEET OF THE DAY: Actor Donal Logue wants CSI: Fresno. [@donallogue]

THE MORE YOU KNOW: When in Fresno, rapper Chingo Bling goes to Al Rico’s. [YouTube]

Our five favorite people who were pissed off about Sunday’s marathon

Sunday’s Two Cities Marathon & Half, by most accounts, is a great event for our city. But each year, there’s always a group of people who complain about how much of a pain it is for the people who live near Woodward Park because of the road closures and detours. You’ll probably see an angry letter to the editor on the Bee’s opinion pages soon. People, of course, turn to Twitter and Facebook to voice their frustrations too. One person even made it sound like they were braving Hurricane Sandy. Totally legit, right?

Here are five of our favorites — and one tweet at the end that made us chuckle.

WTF Fresno news of the day

Because you can’t make up some of the stuff that happens in this town …

Here’s the odd news item of the day from The Bee’s Jim Guy:

A drunken man was attacked by a female karate master after he stumbled into the wrong Fresno-area apartment, authorities said.

On Sunday, the 18-year-old man broke into what he thought was his own apartment unit at a complex in the 2500 block of North Maple Avenue, Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Chris Curtice said.

The man was in the bathroom about 1 p.m. when the 20-year-old woman returned from a karate tournament where she had taken first place in her division.

Read the rest here.

Fres-Know: And the song you’ll be singing all weekend is …

GREEK FEST PROMO OF THE WEEK: Don’t Drop that Baklava. [YouTube]

IF YOU MISSED IT: Valley meat plant under fire for abusing animals. [The Bee]

THE LATEST: Congressmen want meat plant re-opened. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: Video review of Fresno’s Ani Jam. [YouTube]

(DON’T) WATCH THIS: It’s good school is back in session. [YouTube]

GET INVOLVED: Citizens Academy looking for its next class. [City of Fresno]

CANCELED: This year’s Tri-Tip Cook-Off. [TasteFresno]

HAPPENING: Drink beer to benefit IBikeFresno. [The Fresnan]

YUM: Food-centric events coming this weekend. [TasteFresno]

NEWS: Work has started on Highway 180 renovation. [The Bee]

BLOGGINGS: He’s excited for Taco Truck Throwdown. Are you? [Fresno Bites]

Fres-Know: Stiffer than your grandpa’s moonshine

WATCH: Promo video for FLYP’s Prohibition Party this Saturday. [YouTube]

NEWS: B-ball coach LeBeau has first court appearance. [The Bee]

KNOW THIS: Where the cooling centers are in the Fresno area. [The Bee]

VOTE: Fresno, Sanger or Los Banos for baseball field makeover. [Toyota]

WTF FRESNO NEWS OF THE WEEK: Meth is a helluva drug. [The Bee]

BLOGGINGS: Huge casino on the Fulton Mall? Jim Boren ponders. [Opinion Talk]

SPORTS: It’s almost football season, so the ‘Dogs blog is busy. [‘Dogs Blitz]

EVENT: Can the Valley become a top cultural tourism capital? [Eventbrite]

WIN: Tickets to Dino Nite at Chaffee Zoo on Sept. 8. [Lennar]

NEW EATS: Grillmasters BBQ in Clovis is open. [The Bee]

ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: “Good luck if he washed his hands.” [Yelp]

FRESNO MEME OF THE WEEK: Our own ecard. [Facebook]

FRESNO MEME OF THE WEEK 2: On Fresno haters — NSFW. [@brodiemash]

Timmy T gets upset about Conan bobblehead, renounces key to the city

Timmy T — the local crooner who found the No. 1 spot on Billboard with his 1991 hit “One More Try” — isn’t too happy about all the attention the city has given Conan O’Brien and his bobblehead gag. And he’s doing something in protest: giving up the key to the city he was given back in ’91.

I realize this sounds like it could be some fake new story from The Onion, but it’s not. Those of you who follow The Beehive know that Timmy T has become something of an Internet jester in recent years, so this all could be some attention-grab for him. Whatever his motivation, the Facebook posts are priceless:


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Fres-Know: Bloggers & Tiaras edition

BEHIND THE SCENES: At this week’s Miss California pageant. [YouTube]

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Cat fight on the morning news. [CBS 47]

GOOD NEWS: Gas prices on the decline lately. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: BMX program helps local kids. [The Bee]

THUMBS UP: Simonian Farms’ new Old Town attraction. [What Fresno Wants]

RECAP: Tech conference/competition 59 Days of Code. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: Mayor’s address at 59 Days of Code. [That Social Media Blog]

COOL: National recognition for local theaters. [Fresno Famous]

SADS: Mike Scott says goodbye to his dog. [CBS 47]

WTF FRESNO: Drunk 14-year-old tries to walk across 41, gets hit. [The Bee]

IT COULD BE YOURS: The I Heart Sushi food truck. [Craigslist]

FOUND: Hole-in-the-wall eats downtown. [Biz Blog]

GO TO THIS: Fresno Indie Artisans’ American Picnic. [Facebook]

Fres-Know: Audra McDonald rules!

YAY FRESNO: Audra McDonald wins another Tony, makes history [The Bee]

SAD: Dad dies trying to save drowning son in Kings River. [The Bee]

COOL: Warren Armstrong in D.C. to interview President Obama. [ABC30]

SPORTS: Margie Wright’s legacy celebrated. [The Bee]

MMM BEER: A look at Fresno’s craft brew scene. [The Bee]

CROSS YOUR FINGERS: Interesting raffle from The Grizzlies. [Business Journal]

ARE YOU HUNGRY? More for the ‘Fresno Eateries to Try’ list. [The Cured Ham]

LISTEN: Local podcast jumps into that conversation too. [The View Looks Good]

ANGRY YELPER O’ THE DAY: Cracked Pepper needs e-mail reservations. [Yelp]

GOOD READ: Day trips around Central California. [The Full Moxie]

WTF FRESNO: Teens fighting and an irate mom. Not safe for humanity. [YouTube]

Is human sexuality at Fresno State too sexy?


UPDATE: A few interesting follow-up links to share on this story, that’s really become more of a silly non-story.

The L.A. Times has written about it. Meanwhile, The Collegian at Fresno State put together the most comprehensive story on this that I’ve seen — getting the teacher to talk and clarifying that the whole thing was more of an “lol” moment for the anonymous student, who has since apologized to the teacher. Another student in the class had a letter published in The Bee today defending the teacher as well.

So just to recap: It sounds like the only person actually upset about this is conservative blogger/activist Oliver Darcy, who isn’t in the class, doesn’t attend Fresno State, isn’t even in the state and is jumping on his moral high-horse based on an “lol” tweet and an online synopsis. Way to go, Oliver. *eyeroll*

ORIGINAL POST, 4/17: The human sexuality class at Fresno State has ruffled the feathers of some conservative activists because of a video shown in class last week. The story went national, getting some words on The Huffington Post and the Glenn Beck-started website The Blaze. It was recently covered locally by The Bee’s Alex Tavilan.

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Rome Nightclub in for ‘drastic’ change?


Oh, Rome Nightclub, you’re always there for some good ol’ drama whenever I need you.

The latest: The general manager who recently took over is out, so he tells me. Further, the rumblings are that another “shake-up” in the works. So I called the club’s owner, John Janda, looking for answers.

This is exactly how the phone call went:

“This is Mike from The Fresno Bee …”

“Why do I want to talk to you?”

“Well …”

“If you are a spin doctor, I don’t want to talk to you. I’m going to do something drastic and you will hear about it.”


Wow. Not that I’ve never gotten hung up on before — but as far as characters go, Rome and Granite Park seem to have a never-ending supply. Janda eventually called me back and we had a more pleasant chat, though still totally unproductive. He didn’t hang up on me, but he also wouldn’t tell me what “drastic” change he was planning. So I thought it would be fun if we all guessed.

At this point, given that club’s tumultous history, what “drastic” change would work? What would surprise you? I say: He’s hiring Sammy Hagar as GM. *chuckle*

PREVIOUSLY: Yes, Rome Nightclub is still open — but for how long?

Fresno makes the front page of Yahoo! … and not for a good reason

Fresno and its 15.7% unemployment ranks No. 2 on U.S.News & World Report’s “Top 10 Worst Cities to Find a Job” list — which hit the national spotlight today when it was prominently featured on Yahoo!’s. front page

Even more troubling: Six of the top seven cities are from the San Joaquin Valley with Merced at No. 1, Modesto at No. 3, Stockton at No. 4, Visalia-Porterville at No. 5 and Bakersfield-Delano at No. 7.


There’s got to be at least a little bit of sad irony in this happening on the same day an estimated 1,500 Fresno County employees walked out of their jobs as part of a three-day strike to protest a 9% paycut.

[UPDATE] Kasey Kahl: Still making Fresno proud … on TMZ this time


UPDATE II: And the train keeps on wrecking. Now, Kasey’s camp has released a statement about his arrest. Kasey’s lawyer calls it a fame-grab. Here’s what he told CBS 47:

We’re confident when all the facts are brought forth that Kasey will be completely vindicated in the situation. There’s no charges filed and I think this is just a case of someone looking to grab their 15 minutes of fame. Very Jersey Shore-like if you ask me.

UPDATE, 1/17: Oh, the story gets more salacious. The Bee’s Jim Guy got a hold of the police report, which tells a more complete and, for Kasey, a more sad story. Fighting with a couple, giving a girl a bloody nose and pulling out his “celebrity” card, according to police.

From The Bee:

[Kahl] was described in a police report as “very intoxicated and belligerent.” He was taken into custody because officers determined he was “unable to care for himself in public.” Kahl protested to officers that he was a “celebrity.

Read the full story for more, and read the police report for yourself.

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Fres-Know: Anybody seen our car?


WEIRD NEWS: Airborne car lands on Fresno rooftop at 1 a.m. [The Bee]

VIRAL FRESNO: Story, subsequently, has landed all over the web. [CBS News]

LISTEN TO THIS: Locals The Quiet Americans get love from Filter Mag. [Filter]

DID YOU KNOW? Local chocolatier creates for Target, Fresh & Easy. [The Bee]

VOTE: For Dusty Buns Bistro Bus in online food truck contest. [Eat St.]

YAY FRESNO: Chaffee Zoo’s 2011 attendance breaks 1989 record. [The Bee]

HAPPENING: A marathon built around Robertito’s locations? [Dead in 60 Years]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: DSW, Carter’s opening in Fresno in July. [The Bee]

COOL PICS: No snow = ice-skating in Yosemite. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: Side-by-side of DumbDrum’s “Dark Knight Rises” swede. [YouTube]

THIS TOO: An evening with the Fresno Swing Dance club. [Kyle Lowe]

[photo: CBS News via CBS 47]

Ladies of Fresno, looking for cash? Good with words? Like to be naked?

Here’s a random person on Craigslist looking for a women to assist in naked-poetry writing. Now, wait, I know what you’re thinking, but the ad assures it’s not very sexual. So just semi sexual? Like just the tip … of the pen?

Bless you, weird Fresnans.


[Spotted on the Facebook of Niilo Smeds — he of rad local music and impressive facial hair.]

This is why we can’t have nice things


Ya know, Fresno, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear news about someone getting stabbed at the mall or the fair or outside of the Walmart. But Christmas Tree Lane?!? Is nothing sacred to the hooligans in this town?

In case you missed the news:

One person was stabbed at Christmas Tree Lane on Tuesday night after a fight escalated, Fresno County sheriff’s deputies said.

One person was in custody in connection with the stabbing, a sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday morning. There was no immediate information about the suspect’s age or identity.

Around 8 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Griffith Way and Van Ness Boulevard for a call about a stabbing. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, officials said. The condition of the victim is unknown.

Perhaps you should count this as another reason — aside from it being just a better light display — to visit Cindy Lane in Clovis.

PREVIOUSLY: Hey, Christmas Tree Lane, is that what we think it is?

Talking points: Is a marathon a menace to north Fresno?

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This weekend is the annual Two Cities marathon, which has gone from a start-up event to a big deal in a short time.

It’s also a nuisance to the people of north Fresno, if you believe this recent Letter to the Editor, which echoes similar sentiments from marathons past:

It is time for all of Fresno’s residents to share the marathon. Each year, residents of Fresno living near Woodward Park are severely inconvenienced with road closures.

Many residents affected by this would like the rest of Fresno to support the marathon, by hosting the marathon in their neighborhoods. It’s their turn to be locked up for a day with road closures.

For the first time I can remember, I actually agree with (almost) all the commenters on this one. They gave the letter a hefty mocking.

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SkyWalk’s marketing jumps over the head of some Fresnans

SkyWalk — the indoor trampoline arena opening soon along Highway 41 just north of town — announced last night there had been a “break in” at its facility. I use quotes because the “news story” SkyWalk posted about the “break in” is so obviously fake that I question the intelligence of anyone who watched it for more than 15 seconds and thought it was real.

Judge for yourself:

I watched this and thought it was a fun attempt at viral marketing — something we don’t see a whole heck of a lot of around here. Then I went over to SkyWalk’s Facebook page and saw how it bounced right over the head of a bunch of people. See below. Sigh, Fresno. Sigh.

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Rome Nightclub gets busted, fires off ALL CAPS rant in response

UPDATE: Today’s Bee has a bigger story on Rome’s booze shenanigans. You should read it. The general manager drops a number of gem quotes. Among them, he blames people being on medication and antidepressants, and ladies not being able to walk in high heels. Can’t make this stuff up.

ORIGINAL POST: Did you notice that everything seemed quiet over at Granite Park’s Rome Nightclub lately? So we knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time.

CBS 47 reported this week that the club got dinged by Alcoholic Beverage Control. for a number of violations and will have to serve a 15-day suspension of its liquor license and two years of probation.

[T]he investigation into Club Rome’s possible violations began back in March, a month after it opened. It includes 16 allegations, like patrons fighting, urinating inside the club, vomiting because of consuming too much alcohol, and attacking a police officer. Fresno police met with the club owner to talk about the 42 times officers have had to respond to incidents.

Rome’s response? An ALL CAPS rant that said it would serve the suspension in December and then said the club the victim in all this.

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Fres-Know: If ya don’t know, now ya know

WATCH THIS: The Fuse Fest promo bonanza has begun. [The Fresnan]

GOOD READ: A promising move for downtown farmer’s market. [The Bee]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno 9th “miserable” city. Vegas No. 1. Eh? [Business Insider]

NEWS: Warner Co. Jewelers files Chap. 11. [The Bee]

WACKY NEWS: Fresno lady drives stolen car to police meeting. [The Bee]

GOOD READ: Valley-bred trio walks high speed rail route. [The Bee]

EATS: Get introduced to Waa’s Kitchen. [Fresno Bites]

VOTE: For the Valley’s most darling dog. [Central Valley Moms]

BLOGGINGS: The Dead in 60 Years crew does comedy night. [Dead in 60]

SHOWDOWN: Fashionably Bombed vs. Kasey from “Bachelor Pad.” [FB]

YUM: “Armenian pizza?” How you can make it. [Fresno Flavor]

GOOD READ: Update on Fresno’s piece of “Strong Cities” plan. [City Beat]

Timmy T grows his online ‘empire’

If you thought Timmy T was just kickin’ back enjoying the Fresno heat these days, counting that “One More Try,” money, reveling in the 20-year anniversary of his song hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Pop charts, you’d be sorely mistaken.

From his throne as Fresno’s favorite son (sorry, K-Fed, if you came to visit once in a while …), Timmy has been quite busy doing ummm, stuff, on the internet. Yeah, “stuff” is the best word for it. You might recall his fondness for oversharing on Twitter and him trying to be a local reality show star.

Nowadays, he’s really putting in work on his YouTube channel, releasing lots of videos, most of them starring his model/actress wife Mia Torres. They’ve also got a dizzying Facebook group with 20,000 people in it. Timmy is becoming the Rupert Murdoch of Fresno — and I’m sure Mia would take a pie to the face for him.

The crux of a lot of their work is a woman-on-the-street show called “Like It or Lump It,” where Mia visits businesses and events and interviews people. Here’s one at local eatery Mama Mia. Watch out, Taste Fresno.

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DeShawn Stevenson is having too much fun


DeShawn Stevenson, your team just won the NBA Finals, what are you going to do now? “Starting acting a damn fool as soon as possible.”

It ain’t Disneyland, but Fresno-bred NBAer Stevenson has been on a tear since his Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat on Sunday night to clinch their championship run.

The latest news is that Stevenson has proven comic Daniel Tosh right and gotten himself arrested for public intoxication. While wearing a “Free Weezy” T-shirt, no less.

From ESPN:

Irving police were called to the Grand Venetian apartment complex at about 10:30 p.m. CT after receiving a call to report an intoxicated person walking in the area. Officers reported that Stevenson, who does not live at the complex, appeared intoxicated and did not know where he was.

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