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FresnoJanuary 24, 2014 

Thumbs down to the cities of Fresno and Clovis for getting Fs on the American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2014" report card. Grading was based on three criteria: smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. Neither city has adopted an ordinance that puts a fee on tobacco retailers and then uses that money to pay law enforcement to make sure that retailers don't sell tobacco to minors.

Thumbs up to Fresno County sheriff's detectives Sergio Toscano and Hector Palma for their years of work in solving the 2001 execution-style killing of sporting goods store owner Gary Flynn in Oakhurst. The case, initially investigated by Madera County sheriff's detectives, turned cold until Toscano and Palma conducted a 2008 prison interview of Kenneth James Wilson, a convicted killer. Wilson confessed to being involved in Flynn's murder, and the detectives then worked to develop evidence confirming Wilson's confession.

Thumbs up to the 80 Kaiser Permanente Fresno employees who honored the legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping package and distribute food boxes to needy military families and veterans on Monday. This is the ninth consecutive year that Kaiser Permanente staff have taken part in the event.

Thumbs up to Barnes & Noble, which presented 8,227 books to First 5 Fresno County for distribution to children in the organization's mobile classes. The books were donated by Valley residents during Barnes & Noble's annual Holiday Book Drive.

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