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Thumbs down to Foster Farms for not responding more quickly after its chicken processing plants in Fresno and Livingston were implicated in a salmonella outbreak. President and CEO Ron Foster defended the company's decision not to recall the contaminated chicken. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that sanitary conditions at their facilities "could pose a serious ongoing threat to public health." On Thursday, the USDA gave the company clearance to continue operations -- but with intensified sampling.

Thumbs up to Fresno State professor Yongsheng Gao and postdoctoral researcher Harinder Bawa. The physicists were among U.S. scientists who helped advance the theory and discovery of the particle proving the existence of the Higgs boson. Fresno State was the only CSU system school involved in the effort that earned the Nobel Prize in physics for Peter Higgs and Francois Englert.

Thumbs up to the Rotary Club of Fresno for donating $3,075 to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center at 5340 N. Fresno St. The money will go to upgrade lighting in the community room.

Thumbs up to Central Valley Friendly Landscaping Awards winners John and Ivadele Hughes, David Boos, Manley Haltom, Donna Howard, Sue and Newton Seiden, Gene Richards, Karen Robinson and Rose and Ivan Rowe. They will be recognized at 10 a.m. today at the Clovis Botanical Garden.