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June 22, 2013 

Thumbs up to ValleyPBS (KVPT, Channel 18.1) for devoting two hours of programming to the far-reaching effects of mental illness on May 30. The station will re-air two of the shows Sunday: "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness" at 6 p.m. and "Great Valley: A Mental Health Special" at 7 p.m.

Thumbs up to Domus Mitis, a foundation set up by Sharon Levy and Stan Oken to assist in the care of abused and dependent women and children. Since its inception, the foundation has given $2 million to the Fresno Rescue Mission, $250,000 to Exceptional Parents Unlimited, $235,000 to the Evangel Home, $231,000 to the Marjaree Mason Center and $125,000 to Infant of Prague.

Thumbs up to Michael Mejia, a Sunnyside High School Doctor's Academy graduate, for winning Georgetown University's "1789" scholarship. Mejia will leave Fresno in August for Georgetown. He also was accepted by UC Berkeley, Cornell, UCLA and New York University. Mejia is the recipient of three other scholarships: Association of Mexican-American Educators, Doctor's Academy and North/South Rotary.

Thumbs up to Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Rep. Devin Nunes, Rep. Jim Costa, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein for leading a bipartisan effort to save the 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno. Tuesday marked the arrival of the long-awaited F-15 Eagle fighter jet at the California Air National Guard base.

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