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Newman soldier memorialized

NEWMAN, CA - Tony "T.J." Gonzales, who died in Iraq two years ago, was memorialized with a plaque structure Tuesday at the Newman Police Department in Stanislaus County. SLIDESHOW: Tony Gonzales memorial 

Gonzales was 20 years old when he died Dec. 28, 2008, during a roadside bombing.  He was the first and only person from Newman to die in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

Gonzales hoped for a career in law enforcement when he finished with the military.  The memorial, unveiled before a large group of Newman residents, sits outside the Newman Police Department.

His parents and three sisters were in the audience.

"Every time I read about a casualty, I relive that feeling.  I've walked in their shoes.  My heart cries for them," said father Tony Gonzales.

CSU Stanislaus faculty members win Fulbright awards

CSU Stanislaus faculty members win Fulbright awards

TURLOCK – Two California State University, Stanislaus faculty members are among the first scholars to take part in a newly created Fulbright award program.

Dr. Phyllis Gerstenfeld of the Criminal Justice Department and Dr. John Sumser of the Communication Studies Department are among the 1,200 U.S. experts traveling abroad this year on a flagship Fulbright Scholar academic exchange program.

Fulbright offers several different kinds of grants, and is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished award programs in the world.

Dr. Gerstenfeld will spend five months studying in Croatia. She will also teach classes on research methods and criminal justice in film at the University of Zagreb. The Fulbright Scholars program makes it easy for faculty to bring their families along on their travels, so Dr. Gerstenfeld will be accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter.


The Un-Retweeted Masses

If you’re a Twitter user who is discouraged by the lack of retweet and reply action happening… you’re not alone.

According to Sysomos, a maker of social media analysis tools who looked at 1.2 billion tweets over a two-month period, 71% of all tweets produce no reaction in the form of replies or retweets. In fact, most replies and retweets happen in the first hour after a tweet has been published — 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets happen within those first 60 minutes. There’s only a 5.97% chance for getting a retweet in or after the third hour, and just a 2.22% likelihood you’ll garner a reply in that time.

Sysomos’ findings also show that retweets are an especially rare commodity: only 6% of all tweets produce a retweet. And, even if you’re lucky enough to get a response, 85% of tweets only get one.