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  1. Ben Carson addresses San Joaquin Community Hospital physicians
  2. Ben Carson addresses San Joaquin Community Hospital physicians
  3. PHOTO GALLERY: Carnales Unidos brings out hundreds of vehicles
  4. PHOTO GALLERY: Carnales Unidos brings out hundreds of vehicles
  5. ASK TBC: Can people blow greenwaste into the street?
  6. ELECTION 2014: Chiang seeks shuffle from controller to treasurer
  7. 2014-15 Condors player capsules
  8. 2014-15 Condors player capsules
  9. Top-ranked Fresno-Edison loses, so who's the new No. 1?
  10. Vickers' 5 TDs power 'Gades in shootout
  11. Stockton rallies from 2-goal deficit to beat Condors
  12. Stockton rallies from 2-goal deficit to beat Condors
  13. LOIS HENRY: More intrigue in the (say what?) assessor's race
  14. LOIS HENRY: More intrigue in the (say what?) assessor's race
  15. BC football: Vickers' 5th TD catch gives BC 50-47 win
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  1. Zach Ewing

    RT @JoshDubowAP: Derek Carr is the only QB since the merger to start and lose the 1st 6 games of his rookie season #Raiders

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  2. OTHER VIEWS: Fault-finding, not fact-checking, on Ebola scare

    The ebola virus reached this country at the height of the 2014 campaign, so perhaps it was inevitable that the political parties would try to exploit it.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  3. OTHER VIEWS: HBO blazing trails, but will others follow?

    In the mid-1990s, HBO made a strategic decision to invest more in original programming and make it the network's selling point, as opposed to the second-run movies that dominated its lineup in the early years.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  4. AUDREY CHAVEZ: Gays and lesbians are gifts; show them the love that God commands

    Positive assessments of gays, same-sex relationships, a recent statement from the Vatican that gays have "gifts to offer," and the Christian community acknowledging same-sex couples can give "precious support" to one another make me respond: Gays and lesbians are gifts from God.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  5. Robert Price

    RT @JoshDubowAP: Derek Carr is the only QB since the merger to start and lose the 1st 6 games of his rookie season #Raiders

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  6. Steve Levin

    Ben Carson addresses San Joaquin Community Hospital physicians - http://t.co/KGuvY2gghI http://t.co/XF5tiC2lEH #BCali

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  7. Logan Molen

    @scout_robb Yep, that's a steep ticket but memories for a lifetime for those with big wallets.

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  8. Logan Molen

    I miss reading Jim Murray in @latimes. This @packers historian unearths some brilliant deadline writing: http://t.co/kXgsAfXtFc @jarthur47

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
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    Captive audience indeed: Antique rail cars filled w/music legends, open bar, seven days of music and scenery: http://t.co/oYIJTFK1Hx

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  10. Louis Amestoy

    RT @nytimes: H.B.O. and C.B.S.'s streaming plans signal a rapid fading of people paying $90 a month for bundles of TV channels http://t.co/…

    about 3 hours ago via Twitter
  11. Louis Amestoy

    RT @TheNextWeb: The content marketing trends your business should be implementing http://t.co/QMJ6C0CGXE

    about 3 hours ago via Twitter
  12. Ben Carson addresses San Joaquin Community Hospital physicians

    Last year's annual San Joaquin Community Hospital medical staff meeting drew 50 people.

    about 3 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  13. Bartone, Horan notch titles at California Hot Rod Reunion

    Tony Bartone served notice that he would be tough to beat back in March when he spanked the Nostalgia Top Fuel field at the March Meet.

    about 3 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  14. Theo Douglas

    More importantly, why am I watching a Doris Day movie? Yikes!

    about 4 hours ago via Twitter
  15. Theo Douglas

    "If we arrested every husband who threatened his wife, we'd need a jail the size of the Pentagon." — 1956 Doris Day movie.

    about 4 hours ago via Twitter
  16. Thunder rallies past Condors again, 4-2

    STOCKTON -- The Bakersfield Condors failed to a hold a two-goal lead for the second straight day, and the Stockton Thunder rallied for a 4-2 victory Sunday at Stockton Arena.

    about 4 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  17. Trevor Horn

    RT @HistoryInPics: Andy Warhol shopping for Campbell's Soup, 1965 http://t.co/grOjMrrCso

    about 5 hours ago via Twitter
  18. Mike Griffith

    Championship wrap up from #NHRA #CHRR at @FamosoRaceway https://t.co/YbDJ18ONAm

    about 6 hours ago via Twitter
  19. Trevor Horn

    No one will touch this record. He will hit 600.

    about 6 hours ago via Twitter
  20. Louis Amestoy

    Dan Horan discusses his win in the Funny Car class at the 2014 California Hot Rod Reunion http://t.co/BnMj8r5UCD

    about 6 hours ago via Twitter
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    Ben Carson addresses San Joaquin Community Hospital physicians

    Last year's annual San Joaquin Community Hospital medical staff meeting drew 50 people. Sunday night nearly 300 attended to hear celebrated pediatric neurosurgeon, best-selling author, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Benjamin Carson share recollections...

  2. Funeral services for Oct. 20, 2014

    Services scheduled Frankie Maie Scott, 93, Bakersfield, Oct. 16. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20, Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St. Graveside service 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Haven of Rest at Historic Union Cemetery. Basham Funeral Care. Services pending Carmen Barraza, 84, Bakersfield, Oct. 18. Greenlawn River Boulevard....

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Carnales Unidos brings out hundreds of vehicles

    The Carnales Unidos show featured an array of vehicles -- motorcycles, classic rides, tricycles -- and entertainment. Organizers estimated about 300 entries participated in the event held Sunday at the Kern County Farigrounds. Californian photographer Felix Adamo shares these images from the day.

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    ASK TBC: Can people blow greenwaste into the street?

    Q: Why are gardeners allowed to just blow clippings and leaves into the street instead of onto the property they are tending? This happens daily by private and both city/county landscaping crews. Last week I was driving through my neighborhood with my windows down enjoying the weather and got pelted by clippings and...

  2. Mountain biker rescued after crash near Kernville

    Michael Gruszczynski was bombing downhill Saturday afternoon near the bottom of the Cannell Trail as part of the Kern Mountain Bike Festival Shuttle-Fest when his left pedal clipped a rut. Gruszczynski felt his Specialized Stumpjumper bike jolt to the left before he was thrown to the ground and skidded about 10 feet....

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    ELECTION 2014: Chiang seeks shuffle from controller to treasurer

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the issues and people on the November ballot. Previous installments can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. LOS ANGELES -- Termed-out as state controller, Democrat John Chiang is playing political musical chairs by running for state treasurer and appears to be a...

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    Dropping oil prices: Good for consumers, potentially crippling for Kern

    The plummeting oil prices bringing relief at fuel pumps around the country could soon have the opposite effect on Kern County's economy. Thousands of local jobs and millions of dollars in property tax revenues may be on the line if oil continues the free fall that has cut barrel prices by about a quarter since June....

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    Worth noting in business: More record earnings at Valley Republic Bank

    Valley Republic Bank reported net income of $689,000 in the three months ending Sept. 30, a 28 percent increase from the year-ago period and the Bakersfield institution's third consecutive quarter of record earnings. Total loans were up 25 percent year-over-year at $210 million, while assets increased 11 percent to...

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    Kern unemployment rate lowest in years

    Kern County's economy posted its best mark since the Great Recession as a hiring surge in local education and food processing combined last month with continued strength in construction and business services. State data released Friday estimated the county's September unemployment rate at a seasonally unadjusted 8.9...

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    Worth noting in business: Solar showroom opening at Town & Country Village

    Bland Solar & Air plans to unveil a showroom it says will be the first of its kind in Kern County on Oct. 25 at the Town & Country Village Shopping Center. Featuring detailed simulations, the store at 8200 Stockdale Highway will showcase solar power systems for residential, commercial and agricultural customers. It...

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    RUSS ALLRED: Ice bucket bonanza holds lessons for business

    Most everyone is tired of the incessant ice bucket videos, but what a "brainchild." Every entrepreneur yearns for the big idea that will go viral and launch their enterprise to new heights. But wait, the craze was so intense that it seems to have suffered a "brain freeze." An almost instantaneous push-back has dried...

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    Ag summit expert: Expect fewer crops and farm jobs

    A decrease of 185,200 acres in irrigated Kern County crops could mean 12,400 fewer farm jobs and a $631-million loss in farm income. Kern County could come close to those numbers in 21 years, a water storage expert explained at the first Kern Agriculture Summit Tuesday. Eric Averett, general manager of Rosedale...

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    LOIS HENRY: More intrigue in the (say what?) assessor's race

    I feel like this column should come with a diagram, a portable fan and a stiff drink. Sigh. After a week of looking into this particular subject, here's my conclusion: The closer you get to election day, the stinkier things get. And the stinkiest race, by far, is for Kern County assessor. The assessor, for cripes...

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    HERB BENHAM: Urban adventure a heavy burden for uninitiated

    Recently I bought a pair of walking shoes and borrowed a backpack from a friend. We had a trip planned and rather than break both in on foreign soil, it made sense to test-drive them in order to diminish the chance of foot and back disparagement. "Those look like sensible shoes," said my friend Sally. When somebody...

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    SOUND OFF: Why didn't you cover Panetta book's criticism of Obama?

    Reader: If you're a real newspaper you will print this. I received my subscription renewal for the newspaper. I sent it in today with (the note), "You have become too liberal for my taste. Enjoy your slowwww death!" From this newspaper supporting the idiotic ban on all personal fireworks (legal included), to not...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Society's rules can stop us from being true selves

    Oh, the joy of a bookworm working in a library: I am surrounded every day by more books than I could read in my lifetime. I also stumble upon books that I wouldn't otherwise choose for myself, like a book I've been reading called "Real Boys," by William Pollack. As the mother of four daughters, I have never raised a...

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    STEVE MERLO: Faced with dwindling quail growth, hunters should give birds a break

    Saturday marks the opening day of the general California quail season. While the shooting outlook in most parts of the state are only rated fair, at best, the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding hills still remain dismally poor due to the continuing historical drought. Very few, if any, chicks were...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    SCAMS: I can’t get enough of these scams ­going on around town. Listen to this reader who had an encounter at the downtown AMPM gas station where a nicely dressed young man was seen using a plastic container to pour gas into his own car. “While I was filling my car, I saw him talking to another customer and heard him...

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    Bartone, Horan notch titles at California Hot Rod Reunion

    Tony Bartone served notice that he would be tough to beat back in March when he spanked the Nostalgia Top Fuel field at the March Meet. On Sunday he put the exclamation point on a perfect season by winning the 23rd annual NHRA California Rod Reunion at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. His final run was his worst of the...

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    Manning sets career record for TD passes in 42-17 win over 49ers

    DENVER -- Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508 and threw four...

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    Chiefs snap Chargers' 5-game winning streak

    SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers were slapped back to reality by Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs. After five straight wins, the last three of which came against teams with inexperienced quarterbacks, the Chargers lost to the Chiefs on Sunday, 23-20. Now it's on to Denver, where the Chargers...

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    Raiders drop to 0-6

    OAKLAND -- There have been plenty of low points in a decade of losing for the Oakland Raiders. This just might be the lowest one yet. Carson Palmer threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in his return to Oakland and the Arizona Cardinals sent the Raiders to their 12th straight loss with a 24-13 victory Sunday. The...

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    Galaxy ties in Donovan's regular-season home finale

    CARSON -- Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle scored in the second half, rallying the Seattle Sounders to a 2-2 tie with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night. Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas scored for the Galaxy, but the Sounders' comeback means the Supporters' Shield will be awarded after Saturday's season finale between the...

  3. Oct. 19 high school roundup

    Boys water polo Clovis West Tournament at Clovis West High Friday's results Garces 4, Fresno-Central 7 GHS--goals: Birchfield 1, Burke 2, Stewart 1. Saves: Smith 11. Garces 8, Clovis West B 2 GHS--goals: Burke 7, Starkey 1. Saves: Smith 10. Saturday's results Garces 5, Fresno-Edison 2 GHS--goals: Burke 2, Starkey...

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    PETE TITTL: New outlet available when hunger strikes

    It's highly unlikely that the customers at Outlets at Tejon mall at the base of the Grapevine will be driving there for the food. But the evolution of the American mall virtually requires dining choices, and many of them, because in the American mind shopping is firmly associated with eating -- to say nothing of the...

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    CraSh Lounge: Setting the bar for sophistication

    If James Bond had a little brother, he's exactly the kind of guy CraSh Lounge -- with its sophisticated feel and $42-per-pour single malt scotch -- is looking to attract when it opens Wednesday. The cosmopolitan bar/restaurant is yet another concept from the visionary mind of Shawna Haddad-Byers, who owns Muertos...

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    For the love of Buck: Guitarist returns to Palace

    When Dwight Yoakam embarked on what appeared to be a one-man mission to revive the Bakersfield Sound in the '90s, few people knew the task actually took two men. By his side was guitarist and producer Pete Anderson, who loved Buck Owens every bit as much as Yoakam did -- and Buck loved them both right back. "Even in...

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    Dude, where's my apocalypse? Right here

    If "Mad Max" and "Return of the Living Dead" had a baby, that rowdy, tricked-out off-roader would be the Bakersfield Tuff Apocalypse Halloween Truck Festival. Completely taking over Bakersfield Speedway on Oct. 24 and 25, the festival has something for everyone who loves fun on four wheels: truck and Jeep time...

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    Bakersfield shop to host Trainor -- no treble at all

    Meghan Trainor, who owns the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "All About That Bass," the diabolically catchy hit you can't dislodge from your head with a sledgehammer, is, as the song goes, bringing booty back -- in this case to Bakersfield (though a compelling case can be made that it's been here all along)....

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    Proud to be an Okie (still)

    All due respect to John Steinbeck, but the historic Sunset Labor Camp, built in 1935 to house migrants coming West during the Great Depression, wasn't the miserable slum depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, according to many who grew up there. "The ones who lived here say, 'Yeah, the work was hard but I don...

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  1. OTHER VIEWS: HBO blazing trails, but will others follow?

    In the mid-1990s, HBO made a strategic decision to invest more in original programming and make it the network's selling point, as opposed to the second-run movies that dominated its lineup in the early years. That programming -- from "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under" to "True Detective" and "Game of Thrones" -- not...

  2. AUDREY CHAVEZ: Gays and lesbians are gifts; show them the love that God commands

    Positive assessments of gays, same-sex relationships, a recent statement from the Vatican that gays have "gifts to offer," and the Christian community acknowledging same-sex couples can give "precious support" to one another make me respond: Gays and lesbians are gifts from God. Every loving relationship provides...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Fault-finding, not fact-checking, on Ebola scare

    The ebola virus reached this country at the height of the 2014 campaign, so perhaps it was inevitable that the political parties would try to exploit it. To Republicans, the situation proves once again that President Obama has failed to protect Americans. Some Democrats say, meanwhile, that we wouldn't have to worry...

  1. MEG PENROSE: Executions might be too costly to carry out

    There may be many reasons to support the death penalty, but economics is not one of them. Fiscal conservatives are hard pressed to explain how a punishment that is empirically three to five times more expensive than life in prison, without any opportunity for parole, provides an economically viable solution to crime....

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: Ebola outbreak: Exposing our darkest thoughts

    Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately. It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as beheadings by the Islamic State and Syria's terrorist tactics, among other...

  3. Kamala Harris: Only practical choice for AG

    The California attorney general's race demonstrates just how thin the state's bench of Republican candidates is. Seeking a second four-year term, incumbent Democrat Attorney General Kamala Harris easily should be re-elected. She faces Republican Ron Gold, a little-known, underfunded private attorney who promotes...

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  1. Man crashes, dies while driving self to hospital

    An 81-year-old Bakersfield man who suffered an unknown medical problem while driving himself to the hospital Saturday afternoon crashed into two parked cars and died later that day at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. According to the California Highway Patrol, the man's 2005 Honda Civic was traveling south at about 50...

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    BC's Vickers 5 TDs fire up Renegades

    When his team needed it most, Bakersfield College all-purpose standout Derrik Vickers turned in a huge game with five touchdowns for the Renegades in a 50-47 win over host Moorpark on Saturday night. Here's a look at all five touchdowns   [View the story "5 Touchdowns for Bakersfield's Derrik Vickers" on Storify]

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    BC football: Vickers' 5th TD catch gives BC 50-47 win

    Derrick Vickers caught five touchdown passes, including a 14-yard score with 15 seconds left to give Bakersfield College a 50-47 win over Moorpark College Saturday night. Vickers had TD catches of 9, 10, 37, 29 and 14 yards from quarterback Tarek Yaeggi, who threw for 350 yards. BC also ran for 199. Moorpark showed...

  1. Man arrested on suspicion of weapon and drug possession

    A 20-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly possessing multiple weapons and drugs. Isaac Ortiz was stopped while driving near Niles Street and West Drive at 10 p.m. by deputies, who found Ortiz with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Deputies...

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    Dropping oil prices: Good for consumers, potentially crippling for Kern

    The plummeting oil prices bringing relief at fuel pumps around the country could soon have the opposite effect on Kern County's economy. Thousands of local jobs and millions of dollars in property tax revenues may be on the line if oil continues the free fall that has cut barrel prices by about a quarter since June....

  3. Three people exposed to toxic chemical

    Three individuals had to be decontaminated Friday morning after digging in their McKittrick backyard and accidentally striking a glass container holding a toxic chemical. The three people arrived at a Kern County Fire Station around 10 a.m. seeking medical treatment. They were decontaminated and transported to a local...

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    STEVE E. SWENSON: I'm 'going to go out' happy, grateful and comforted

    The plan after I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than a year ago was to write a triumphant article about how I beat it. Well, that didn't happen. The cancer won, and I'm on my way out. The cancer had an unfair advantage. It won before we knew it was there. That's the deal with pancreatic cancer. It sneaks...

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    Dropping oil prices: Good for consumers, potentially crippling for Kern

    The plummeting oil prices bringing relief at fuel pumps around the country could soon have the opposite effect on Kern County's economy. Thousands of local jobs and millions of dollars in property tax revenues may be on the line if oil continues the free fall that has cut barrel prices by about a quarter since June....

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    From the ashes of homecoming heartache, unity

    They've got spirit, yes they do. Wasco High School has spirit -- even in the face of ill-timed arson -- how 'bout you? Wasco students remained upbeat and cheerful Friday in celebration of their annual homecoming football game, despite the fact that vandals had just burned the junior and senior classes' parade floats...

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    PETE TITTL: New outlet available when hunger strikes

    It's highly unlikely that the customers at Outlets at Tejon mall at the base of the Grapevine will be driving there for the food. But the evolution of the American mall virtually requires dining choices, and many of them, because in the American mind shopping is firmly associated with eating -- to say nothing of the...

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    Golla gets 100th with Drillers in win over Frontier

    For a while, win No. 100 looked like it would have to wait for another week. But big plays in the second half, on offense and defense, put the demons of the first half to rest as Paul Golla became the fourth Drillers coach and 41st in Central Section history to reach 100 wins as the Drillers beat Frontier 19-7 Friday...

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    Vickers' 5 TDs power 'Gades in shootout

    MOORPARK -- Bakersfield College coach Jeff Chudy has said much of this season the Renegades need to get Derrick Vickers the ball more often. Mission accomplished, for one night anyway. Vickers caught five touchdown passes, the final one a 14-yarder with 15 seconds left in the game that gave the Renegades a 50-47 win...

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    An 81-year-old Bakersfield man who suffered an unknown medical problem while driving himself to the hospital Saturday afternoon crashed into two parked cars and died later that day at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.

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    A 20-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly possessing multiple weapons and drugs.

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