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Scott Michael Foster and Miranda Rae Mayo in ABC's "Blood and Oil."
Scott Michael Foster and Miranda Rae Mayo in ABC's "Blood and Oil." ABC

Thumbs up to Miranda Rae Mayo, Roosevelt High School graduate and Clovis native, for being cast in “Blood & Oil” as the daughter of the character played by Don Johnson. It is on Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC30. “Blood & Oil” is about an oil boom in North Dakota, where Hap Briggs (Johnson) is the biggest player. Mayo told The Bee’s Rick Bentley that her character, Lacey Briggs, is a “super feisty” woman and the writers have been trying to make her personality fit her more. Mayo started acting at age 8 in the Junior Company at Good Company Players and Children’s Musical Theaterworks, and performed in other productions while attending University and Roosevelt high schools. She has made guest appearances on TV shows, including “Law & Order: LA.” Her biggest acting break was a five-episode arc on the BET series “The Game.” Break a leg, Miranda.

Thumbs down to Assembly member Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, who got married earlier this month in Hollywood in a ceremony officiated by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez. Calderon and his bride, who evidently have a well-stocked home, offered this doggerel on their wedding registry: “To save you shopping, sit back and rest. A gift of currency is our request. Don’t go overboard or rob any banks. Any little thing will make us smile with thanks.” We are great fans of the institution of marriage, and know there is a long tradition of giving newlyweds well-stuffed envelopes. But if you’re in the Assembly, you probably shouldn’t solicit cash, especially if your wedding guests include lobbyists.

Thumbs up to Kaiser Permanente for providing free flu vaccinations to the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its Shop KP retail store at Shaw and Brawley avenues in Fresno. The store, which is near a Walmart, will have a limited supply of vaccines available to anyone 18 years or older. Kaiser reminds folks that flu season begins Nov. 1, but it takes a couple of weeks for a flu shot to become effective. Details: (559) 274-9473 or visiting www.shopkp.org

Thumbs up to Carl Dorris, who noticed four Marines at the Fresno airport. They were talking with a cab driver, who was going to charge them $120 to take them to Naval Air Station Lemoore. “Not on my watch!” Dorris explained later to KMPH Channel 26. He gave them a free ride – at 11 p.m. on Oct. 16. “We don’t say ‘Support our troops’ – we do it!” Dorris told the station.

Thumbs up to the inmates at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla for donating more than $4,000 to the Craycroft Cancer Center at Valley Children’s Hospital. Prison officials said inmates participated in several fundraisers and events this past year to help people battling cancer, including donating hair to Locks of Love and hosting a walk-a-thon to collect donations. “As the warden of Valley State Prison, I strongly encourage the inmates that are housed here to give to nonprofit organizations that contribute to the betterment of those in need, be it here in the local area or to nationwide organizations,” Ray Fisher Jr. said. “I believe giving to others that are in need is vital to the rehabilitation process, and the vast majority of the inmates seem to exhibit a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that they have given something back to society.”

Thumbs up to Madeline Loya for working to get October recognized as “Dysautonomia Awareness Month” by the city of Fresno. “I felt that it was important to … raise the profile of this little-known, yet common, illness in our local community,” said Loya, a Fresno resident. “I also wanted to give dysautonomia patients here and elsewhere hope for the future.” Dysautonomia is an umbrella term describing various medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nerves control the “automatic” functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of eye pupils, and temperature control. In severe cases, death can result.