Noon Hour Update: Fourth of July happenings; Auburn Wildcats far from home; teaching in the UK and Cold War supplies

What's happening and what we're working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal's "Noon Hour Update," where we'll present you with stories and updates on what's going on in the news and what we're working on for our Sunday and online editions.

What we're working on: As we enter the month of July, we celebrate our Independence as a country on July Fourth. The Journal is your go-to source when it comes to finding out how you can celebrate in Auburn and the surrounding communities. Reporter Sara Seyydin will let us know where to have some fun as she profiles local happenings.
Sara also examines the world of teenage driving and what challenges teens face when they get behind the wheel. She talks to youth and their parents and finds out how they best prepare for time behind the wheel of a car.

What's it like to leave home and go to a strange community to play baseball? Reporter Amber Marra finds out as she sits down with an Auburn Wildcats player. The team, which plays at James Field in Auburn, is in a wooden bat league for collegiate players from all over the country.
Amber catches up with a local couple who decided to celebrate 35 years of marriage by riding their tandem bicycle from Colorado to California, she shares their journey.

Reporter Gus Thomson's story on the discovery of Cold War-era supplies in a storage room at Placer High School has sparked national media attention. Gus is now looking into what's next for the supplies that have been unearthed. Read Gus' first report here.
Placer County's newest CEO, David Boesch, sits down with Gus to talk about his new position and he also addresses his departure from San Mateo.

In Lifestyle, Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili profiles a teacher exchange program that is sending an instructor from Sierra Hills School to teach in the United Kingdom for a year, while a teacher from UK comes here.

What do you think?: Does the thought of nude sunbathers on the American River bother you? Let us know in this week's online poll. Go to the lower half of our homepage next to sports and cast your vote. Please note, this poll is not scientific. Head over now and vote as the poll closes at 5 p.m.

What you're talking about: The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act has many local readers sharing their thoughts on the topic. Read the story, "Locals react to big health care changes" and let your opinion be heard.
Our story on one couple's efforts to warn of the dangers of the choking game, which took their son's life, has readers commenting. Read "Auburn couple who lost son to choking game work for awareness on deadly danger" and share your thoughts.

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