Thumbs up to Selma High School graduate Bobby Cox for being named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. When he was inducted this week, an impromptu tomahawk chop and chant started among Braves fans when commissioner Bud Selig introduced him, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox is a former Atlanta Braves manager.
Thumbs up — or paws up — to the owners of The Meat Market, a chain based in Fresno, for donating 5,000 pounds of dog-food patties to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Each dog adopted goes to its new home with a free coupon for 10 pounds of patties. (The limit is 500 dogs.) The patties are made of beef, lamb, rice, carrots and squash. The contribution goes toward the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge, which enables families to adopt a pet this summer for the discount price of $28.80. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, de-worming, microchip, Fresno City dog license (if applicable), flea/tick treatment, complimentary exam at the CCSPCA Small Animal Hospital and a free gift of up to $750 in pet insurance. View adoptable dogs online at ccspca.com or at the adoption center at 103 S. Hughes Ave.
Thumbs up to Mohamed Kassem, 43, for winning $5 million in the California Lottery's Million Match scratcher game. He bought a $20 ticket from the Country Corner Market in Reedley, where he works. Kassem said he plans to use the prize money to help put his children through college. The store also receives $25,000 for selling the ticket. Something tells us a lot of universities will be recruiting those Kassem children.