Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs down to Brian Calhoun for portraying himself as a victim in an email to colleagues after losing his teaching position at Fresno City College because of a physical confrontation with a student last spring. Calhoun, a former Fresno City Council member, would still be teaching if he had held his temper after a female student cursed him. According to witness statements to police, Calhoun slammed her to the floor before other students pulled him away. In the email, Calhoun said that he wasn't supported by the college and the college district.

Thumbs up to Allbritten Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for giving a home energy makeover to Rhonda and Steve Thomas of Fresno. The family was chosen from more than 100 nominations for the project. Renovations to their 57-year-old home include a new air conditioner, furnace, ducts and windows; electrical repairs, insulation in the attic and walls, weather-sealing and roof repairs. Steve Thomas fights neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer that wracks his body and breathing, and 29-year-old son J.J. copes with physical and cognitive disabilities from cerebral palsy.

Thumbs up to Fresno fourth-grader Zachari Levy of Valley Oak Elementary School for writing a theme for Fresno County's 30th annual History Day competition that earned him a visit with Ford Motor Co. CEO Bill Mulally at company headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. Zachari sat in Mulally's chair and received a die-cast Model T. His report was on Henry Ford and the founding of the company.