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June 29, 2013 

Thumbs up to Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall for sponsoring the Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp for children 10 to 14 years old at the Ted C. Wills Center in Fresno. Marshall, a former Fresno State star who is building a home here, has committed $75,000 for three years of the camp. At the kickoff on Monday, he threw passes to participants and signed autographs. The camp teaches overweight children how to shed pounds through sports, workouts, dancing, recreation and games. Sara Hamilton of Fresno PARCS put together the camp.

Thumbs up to state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, for crossing party lines and voting for a compromise bill that will overhaul California's largely ineffective $750 million a year enterprise zone programs. The bill, which also was passed by the Assembly, will direct future credits to areas with the highest unemployment and worst poverty. In addition, there will be a sales tax exemption for manufacturing and bioresearch companies. After Gov. Jerry Brown said he wanted to eliminate enterprise zones, Berryhill led the fight on the GOP side to improve them instead.

Thumbs up to Kyle Kirkland, president of Club One Casino in Fresno, for donating $24,000 to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The money is for medical equipment and supplies for 61 animals rescued June 19 from a shelter in Squaw Valley. The CCSPCA remains in need of help for the animals. The nonprofit is asking for pot belly pig, pigeon, dove and cockatiel feed and chicken scratch. Details: (559) 233-4782.

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