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  1. OUTLAWS: Check out the 1978 souvenir team program
  2. OUTLAWS: Check out the 1978 souvenir team program
  3. OUTLAWS: Tulacz and the bus, all part of the fun
  4. OUTLAWS: A look back at the hijinks that made Bakersfield's 1978 team
  5. OUTLAWS: A look back at the hijinks that made Bakersfield's 1978 team
  6. Dining Out: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean
  7. Dining Out: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean
  8. The Dish: Cult-status brew still hard to get
  9. Bakersfield area rates low for access to produce
  10. Bakersfield area rates low for access to produce
  11. Have we turned a corner? Local animal euthanasia rates plummet
  12. Have we turned a corner? Local animal euthanasia rates plummet
  13. Century-old treasure was slated for demolition
  14. Century-old treasure was slated for demolition
  15. Defendant pleads not guilty to attempted murder in connection with throwing Molotov cocktail
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  1. Drillers' Shelton helps Kern All-Stars to win

    Bakersfield High's B.J. Shelton dominated in Kern County's 102-63 win over Antelope Valley in the Valley High School All-Star game on Saturday night at Stockdale High, while the girls team lost 59-58. "We knew going into this year that we were going to have a really good team," said Kern County coach Elbert Watkins,...

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    OUTLAWS: Tulacz and the bus, all part of the fun

    Pitcher Mike Tulacz, according to John Moncier, was "an absolute Elvis freak." Tulacz worshiped Presley's music and Presley, not necessarily in that order, and was a regular performer with teammate Bob Madden, when the duo would entertain fans before games with Elvis imitations while hits like "Hound Dog" blared from...

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    OUTLAWS: A look back at the hijinks that made Bakersfield's 1978 team

    M ore than three decades ago, the tone was pretty well set for the new, minor-league baseball team on its season-opening, six-game homestand at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The locals lost all six, giving up 68 runs in the process. And it got worse. When the guys gathered at 8 a.m. April 20 at the ballpark, excited for the...

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    Heckman gets elusive win at Speedway

    After finishing in second place three times during the first four races of the year, Kyle Heckman was more relieved than excited to finally win an IMCA Modified feature race. Heckman passed Rodger Holder with four laps remaining to win an exciting 25-lap IMCA main event Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. "It's...

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    Dining Out: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean

    One of the most impressive new restaurants to open last year was Seoul Korean on Coffee Road. We visited with my in-laws and their boys since they had spent over a year in South Korea with the military. 'They were just as impressed with the variety and authenticity of the small restaurant as I was. Alas, in the...

  3. Mayhew cruises in depleted Pro Late Model feature race at KCRP

    Just eight cars showed up for the first Pro Late Model race at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night. Half of them were still running 10 laps into a 50-lap feature. That made it easy pickings for veteran driver David Mayhew of Bakersfield. Mayhew started seventh, had the lead on the third lap, and sailed to...

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    Bakersfield area rates low for access to produce

    Gema Perez says her southeast Bakersfield neighborhood doesn't have a lot of supermarkets, and the few there are either too expensive or have an extremely limited selection. "When I want fruits and vegetables, I have to drive far away, or I go to a community garden where I grow my own," she said in Spanish through a...

  2. Prison realignment requires more cells, programs, counseling

    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown has been quietly visiting California counties -- including Kern -- since the start of the year to see how they are faring under his 3-year-old realignment law that dramatically altered the state's criminal justice system by increasing the burden on local governments. He gave his verdict...

  3. Explosion report yields arrest

    A 25-year-old South Lake man is being held without bail for failing to appear on three felony charges after being arrested in rural northeast Kern County, a Kern County Sheriff's Office official said Saturday. Some details on the arrest of Isaiah Daniel Stead remained sketchy Saturday as KCSO reports were still being...

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    Have we turned a corner? Local animal euthanasia rates plummet

    Every year for 11 years, The Californian has reported the grim tally of cast-off animals that had to be killed by the county of Kern and city of Bakersfield -- more than 250,000 total. This year there's something remarkable to report: a 19 percent year-over-year drop in the number of dogs, cats, livestock, birds and...

  2. Funeral services for April 20

    Services scheduled Edna E. Chancellor, 92, Long Beach, April 12 in Long Beach. Visitation 10 a.m.-noon April 21, Greenlawn Funeral Home; funeral service 2 p.m. April 21, South Kern District Cemetery. Greenlawn Funeral Home. Robert McKinney Childress, 33, Bakersfield, April 11. Chapel service 1 p.m. April 25, Basham...

  3. SOUND OFF: Enough lies! Sic BLM on border and leave rancher alone

    Reader: I'm calling about your article in today's (April 15) paper in the Opinion section about the Nevada showdown by Debra Saunders ("Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle"). I want to say it's a shame that you are printing lies and distortion on your Opinion page. Because this person (Saunders) did not go to Nevada...

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    Farmer loses her composure during cross-examination

    FRESNO — Defense attorneys for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer rested their case Thursday following hours of intense testimony by the former Crisp & Cole Real Estate office manager, including her brief but dramatic breakdown under withering cross-examination by the lead federal prosecutor. Into the...

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    Defense witnesses: Farmer had limited authority, was ‘truthful and honest’

    FRESNO — Lawyers for Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer opened their defense case Wednesday with testimony that the former office manager had limited authority at Crisp & Cole Real Estate, and that she has proved herself honest and dependably hard-working. On the trial’s sixth day of testimony, Jack...

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    Prosecution rests in Farmer fraud trial; defense up next

    FRESNO — After five days of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses, federal prosecutors rested their case Tuesday against Bakersfield mortgage fraud defendant Julie Farmer. As the day’s court proceedings were drawing to an end and the jury had been excused, the former office manager’s Fresno defense attorney,...

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    Account manager: Farmer knew about all sorts of fraudulent activity

    FRESNO — A former loan officer for the mortgage brokerage of Crisp & Cole Real Estate testified Friday that fraud defendant Julie Farmer was aware of four primary methods used by company officials to secure big home loans fraudulently. But under cross examination, Jerald Allen Teixeira, who did work for Tower...

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    Witness: Farmer helped move money to deceive lenders

    FRESNO — A former loan officer at Tower Lending — the mortgage brokerage of disgraced Crisp & Cole Real Estate — detailed in federal court Thursday how he believes defendant Julie Farmer deceitfully used money and straw buyers to secure home loans. Christopher Lance Stovall was testifying during the third day of...

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    Crisp & Cole defendant fingered as part of the "scheme"

    FRESNO — A key figure in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud ring testified Wednesday that Julie Farmer — the lone defendant in the case to go to trial — was definitely part of the “scheme” to buy and sell local properties with falsified documents, something that later cost banks millions. Onetime company financial...

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    Dining Out: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean

    One of the most impressive new restaurants to open last year was Seoul Korean on Coffee Road. We visited with my in-laws and their boys since they had spent over a year in South Korea with the military. 'They were just as impressed with the variety and authenticity of the small restaurant as I was. Alas, in the...

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    The Dish: Cult-status brew still hard to get

    You have to beg, steal or borrow it, but we're here to report that the hard-to-get Citra at Kern River Brewing company lives up to the hype. The award-winning double Indian Pale Ale, the most popular beer at the Kernville brew pub, has inspired a cult following in Los Angeles and beyond, partly because it's so good...

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    HERB BENHAM: Duo take mission of caring global

    How is this for a pickup line? "I said no the first time Clark asked me out because he told me he was not looking to have fun, but for a wife to go to India with him," said Jennifer Jensen. That wouldn't work with a lot of girls. However, if working to abolish human trafficking sounds like a better use of time than...

  1. SOUND OFF: Enough lies! Sic BLM on border and leave rancher alone

    Reader: I'm calling about your article in today's (April 15) paper in the Opinion section about the Nevada showdown by Debra Saunders ("Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle"). I want to say it's a shame that you are printing lies and distortion on your Opinion page. Because this person (Saunders) did not go to Nevada...

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    SHERRY DAVIS: Love is only part of plan to rehabilitate dogs

    Over the past few years there seems to have been an overabundance of books and short stories written about dogs, some not so good and perhaps only hoping to strike some "Marley & Me" Hollywood gold, as well as some truly engaging stories written about rescues or dogs that have survived abusive situations. While these...

  3. Steve Merlo: Memories of our first Upper Kern camping trip

    Every kid should have the opportunity to grow up in a small town like I did, but while the hunting and fishing were great in Buttonwillow back then, the little farming community had limitations on what we could catch or kill. For instance, valley quail were everywhere, but none of us had ever chased down their close...

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    OUTLAWS: A look back at the hijinks that made Bakersfield's 1978 team

    M ore than three decades ago, the tone was pretty well set for the new, minor-league baseball team on its season-opening, six-game homestand at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The locals lost all six, giving up 68 runs in the process. And it got worse. When the guys gathered at 8 a.m. April 20 at the ballpark, excited for the...

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    OUTLAWS: Tulacz and the bus, all part of the fun

    Pitcher Mike Tulacz, according to John Moncier, was "an absolute Elvis freak." Tulacz worshiped Presley's music and Presley, not necessarily in that order, and was a regular performer with teammate Bob Madden, when the duo would entertain fans before games with Elvis imitations while hits like "Hound Dog" blared from...

  3. Grizzlies grab lead late, split with Condors

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- Michael Pelech scored off a rebound midway through the third period on Saturday night as the Utah Grizzlies rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Condors. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 as the teams head to Bakersfield for the next three games. Game 3 is Tuesday night at Rabobank Arena....

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    Heckman gets elusive win at Speedway

    After finishing in second place three times during the first four races of the year, Kyle Heckman was more relieved than excited to finally win an IMCA Modified feature race. Heckman passed Rodger Holder with four laps remaining to win an exciting 25-lap IMCA main event Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. "It's...

  2. Mayhew cruises in depleted Pro Late Model feature race at KCRP

    Just eight cars showed up for the first Pro Late Model race at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night. Half of them were still running 10 laps into a 50-lap feature. That made it easy pickings for veteran driver David Mayhew of Bakersfield. Mayhew started seventh, had the lead on the third lap, and sailed to...

  3. Mike McCarthy: Great men are made from a strong work ethic

    New Britain, Conn. The other day I had a fan waive me over at the ballpark. Most people who do this at a game are asking for autographs that they sell online or to ask for a baseball. This makes players reluctant at times to talk to fans because of the frustration that comes with saying, "No, I can't give you a ball...

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    Dining Out: Tofu House sure to satisfy craving for Korean

    One of the most impressive new restaurants to open last year was Seoul Korean on Coffee Road. We visited with my in-laws and their boys since they had spent over a year in South Korea with the military. 'They were just as impressed with the variety and authenticity of the small restaurant as I was. Alas, in the...

  2. BREWTWOCC.JPG

    The Dish: Cult-status brew still hard to get

    You have to beg, steal or borrow it, but we're here to report that the hard-to-get Citra at Kern River Brewing company lives up to the hype. The award-winning double Indian Pale Ale, the most popular beer at the Kernville brew pub, has inspired a cult following in Los Angeles and beyond, partly because it's so good...

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    Guests treated like VIPs at luncheon

    Although the wait staff is top-billed, at the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon it's the attendees who are getting the star treatment. The popular fundraiser, put on by the Bakersfield Association for Retarded Citizens, is in its sixth year and fits a lot of fun in a slightly extended lunch break. "It's a pretty...

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    Zuckerberg blazing her own trails

    Though she recently crossed off the top item on her bucket list -- at age 32 -- Randi Zuckerberg isn't the type to coast. As founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor in chief of a technology and lifestyle website and author of two books, the wife and mother is always on the lookout for new worlds to conquer. Like...

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    Youth Connection off to races for Dinner at the Derby

    The Kentucky Derby won't be run until May 3 but Bakersfield's Youth Connection will be off to the races April 25 with its annual Dinner at the Derby fundraiser. The early date is no problem for the event, held at Seven Oaks Country Club. That's because the races on which guests wager are pre-recorded. "We have...

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    Working at different angles for The Apparat

    By definition, an apparat is an existing power structure, but The Apparat in Bakersfield is something a bit different. A collective of recent Cal State Bakersfield art grads, the group heads to its alma mater's Todd Madigan Gallery for a show opening Thursday. The Apparat's four artists -- Emily Becerra, Karen Dever,...

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  1. ESTHER CEPEDA: Questioning levels of parental involvement

    There will always be bad schools. And the same can be said for underperforming students. Why? Because there will always be bad, misinformed or clueless parents. Not just the ones who abuse their children, keep loaded guns around the house, ignore their offspring or barely manage to dole out a few bucks before school...

  2. Schnur's autonomy suits Secretary of State

    Whether Americans have the opportunity to participate in fair, corruption-free elections should not be subject to the whims of a political party. That is particularly true in these troubled times: Three Democratic state senators accused of corruption have taken the "perp walk" or its humiliating equivalent; the U.S....

  3. Frank hasn't forgotten us; let's not forget him

    With all of the suggestions for street names and monuments, in my opinion there is no one more deserving than Frank Gifford. Everyone over the age of 50 immediately recognizes his name. Those of us who are lifelong residents know he has never forgotten Bakersfield. He was a star football player for the Bakersfield...

  1. Rancher is more a traitor than a hero

    I really wish that Mr. Cliven Bundy and his cohorts out in Nevada ("BLM halts seizure of rancher's cattle, citing safety concerns," April 13) could meet President George Washington in the same fashion that their historical predecessors met him during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791 -- leading an army of 13,000 citizen...

  2. Christians do fight for social justice

    Leonard Pitts ("Again, Christianity is the last to get it right," April 7) takes an angry, broad swipe at Christianity for its "sins of omission" on a wide range of subjects. Lashing out only increases racial tensions and does little good in the continuing struggle. Significant change doesn't come as swiftly as we may...

  3. Kern County is in denial over drought

    I recently drove through drought-parched Kern County and had dinner at a local restaurant. I was thirsty but asked, using my fingers, for a "little" water. I was served more than a pint. I went into the men's room and saw a guy brushing his teeth with the faucet full on and the basin draining. I was astounded people...

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  1. Explosion report yields arrest

    A 25-year-old South Lake man is being held without bail for failing to appear on three felony charges after being arrested in rural northeast Kern County, a Kern County Sheriff's Office official said Saturday. Some details on the arrest of Isaiah Daniel Stead remained sketchy Saturday as KCSO reports were still being...

  2. Young bicyclist suffers minor injuries in collision

    A young bicyclist was struck by a vehicle near east Bakersfield and suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP Officer Kirk Arnold said CHP officers responded at approximately 12:15 p.m. Saturday to a report of a traffic collision with an ambulance en route, in...

  3. Alleged wrong-way driver causes injury crash

    A man suspected of traveling the wrong way while allegedly driving under the influence caused minor injuries to a motorist and three passengers Friday afternoon on Highway 58. According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Justin Lonero of Bakersfield was allegedly driving west in the eastbound lanes of...

  1. Man accused of sexually abusing four children

    A 57-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing four children. Daniel Holthaus is being held on $1.4 million bail. He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Deputies said the victims are as young as six years old, and were abused over a 15-year period.

  2. Killer to return to prison after pleading no contest to gun charges

    Released from prison last year for a brutal murder he committed when just 13 years old, Trayvale Gentry-Carlson is again headed for a stint behind bars. Gentry-Carlson, now 24, was sentenced to four years and four months in prison Friday after pleading no contest to possession of a gun with a juvenile prior offense....

  3. Defendant pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in 2011 stabbing

    A 23-year-old man pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Friday in connection with the 2011 stabbing of a man who'd been trying to break up a fight. Jacob Kephart is scheduled to be sentenced May 21. He's been held without bail since his arrest in the Dec. 20 stabbing. Police said witnesses reported that Kephart...

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Editors' picks from the last week

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    Art museum loses director -- again

    Just a year after being hired to run the Bakersfield Museum of Art -- a beacon of culture in a city often derided for having too little -- the executive director has tendered his resignation, effective June 1. Citing concerns over his wife's health, John Lofgren, 70, announced his decision to the museum's executive...

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    Winged warrior returns to Bakersfield

    When the nearly 70-year-old Boeing B-17 took flight above Bakersfield on Monday, engines rumbled and seats vibrated just as they would have in 1945. The interior of the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress remained the same, with Army green seats, original buckles and wooden machine gun mounts. The hatches on the floor...

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    Construction of water tank has neighbors feeling powerless

    Linda Burton has lived for two decades in a quiet neighborhood in northwest Bakersfield, where the lawns are green, the neighbors are friendly and the homes are in fine repair. It's not perfect, of course, but it's her version of the American Dream. Now she believes that dream is being threatened and she's "filled...

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    Zuckerberg blazing her own trails

    Though she recently crossed off the top item on her bucket list -- at age 32 -- Randi Zuckerberg isn't the type to coast. As founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor in chief of a technology and lifestyle website and author of two books, the wife and mother is always on the lookout for new worlds to conquer. Like...

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    Don of the 'dale honored

    You never know what you'll find by delving into old newspaper clippings -- for me it's an adventure that often leads to unexpected pleasures. Apparently Jan Gary feels the same way. Her research has turned into a reason to honor the man she credits with founding Oildale. "We should honor this man -- he really got...

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    Kessler holds onto USC starting QB job

    LOS ANGELES -- Centennial graduate Cody Kessler is still USC's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from freshman Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts. New coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed Kessler's spot Tuesday night, saying the junior will start the Trojans' spring game at the Coliseum on...

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  1. Explosion report yields arrest

    A 25-year-old South Lake man is being held without bail for failing to appear on three felony charges after being arrested in rural northeast Kern County, a Kern County Sheriff's Office official said Saturday.

  2. Young bicyclist suffers minor injuries in collision

    A young bicyclist was struck by a vehicle near east Bakersfield and suffered minor injuries Saturday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

  3. Alleged wrong-way driver causes injury crash

    A man suspected of traveling the wrong way while allegedly driving under the influence caused minor injuries to a motorist and three passengers Friday afternoon on Highway 58.

  4. Man accused of sexually abusing four children

    A 57-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexually abusing four children.

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