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  1. Young, physical Chaminade girls get best Stockdale, 1-0
  2. Young, physical Chaminade girls get best Stockdale, 1-0
  3. PHOTO GALLERY: CBCC Foundation brings Christmas to kids
  4. PHOTO GALLERY: CBCC Foundation brings Christmas to kids
  5. CSUB loses another close one
  6. CSUB loses another close one
  7. SOUND OFF: Stick to just being a newspaper, not a TV station
  8. Judge finds county pot fine excessive
  9. Action Line: Protect yourself when buying a used car
  10. Trailer donated to Magdalene Hope for HIV testing service
  11. Trailer donated to Magdalene Hope for HIV testing service
  12. Threshold Choir caters to the sick
  13. Threshold Choir caters to the sick
  14. New bullet train path to be developed
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  1. Zach Ewing

    RT @MitchMashMax: OK, wiping egg from face. Folsom's 915 points not national record. NFHS record book not updated from 2013 - Aledo (Texas)…

    2 minutes ago via Twitter
  2. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Field of 49 determined for Web.com Tour

    There were a total of 49 players that earned some form of exemption in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens this week.

    39 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  3. Dec. 19 high school roundup

    Football CIF State Bowl Championships Division IV Modesto-Central Catholic 31, San Juan Capistrano-St. Margaret's 19 Division I Folsom 68, Oceanside 7 Boys basketball Mission Prep Invitational Gardena-Serra 68, Centennial 62 CHS (5-2): Johnson 23, Ross 2, Melton 8, Green 3, Woody 9, Grantz 2, Check 15.

    47 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  4. Zach Ewing

    RT @TBCwire: Saturday's TBC: High-speed rail route may shift, threatening almost no homes. Want more? See http://t.co/q3fWcoKFlT. http://t.…

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  5. Condors fall 5-2 in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Bakersfield Condors dropped their second consecutive game in Alaska, 5-2, Friday night despite out-shooting the Aces 38-24.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  6. DANA MILBANK: Marco Rubio's fury over Obama's Cuba shift

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  7. Panel hosted a lively debate on Prop. 47

    The Kern County Human Relations Commission thanks the expert panelists from law enforcement, corrections, the courts and community-based organizations, and the 50-plus Kern residents who joined us Dec. 9 for a lively community meeting on Proposition 47.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  8. Young, physical Chaminade girls get best Stockdale, 1-0

    Over the past five years the Stockdale and West Hills-Chaminade girls soccer programs have established a friendly rivalry that has featured several tight games.

    about 1 hour ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  9. Zach Ewing

    @Pizzle93710 Washington

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  10. Zach Ewing

    RT @Condors: FINAL: Condors fall 5-2 after an empty-net goal. Goals from @joshcurrie19 & @ryanwatson_15

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  11. Zach Ewing

    RT @CalHiSports: Final Folsom 68 Oceanside 7. Laolagi scores on pick six to end game.

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  12. Zach Ewing

    RT @MitchMashMax: With six TD passes, Browning now has tied the national single-season record for touchdown passes with 91. Plenty of time …

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  13. Zach Ewing

    RT @MitchMashMax: Folsom now has 909 points, breaking the national single season record of 903 set in 2001 by Albermarle (N.C.).

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  14. Tehachapi News

    To get the latest THS sports information....check out the Dec. 19 high school sports roundup .... http://www.tehachapinews.com/highlights/x34742239/Dec-19-high-school-sports-roundup http://bit.ly/1JxqsYv

    about 1 hour ago via Facebook
  15. Zach Ewing

    RT @MitchMashMax: Folsom is within point of tying the national record for points in season - it now has 902. Browning has 90 TD passes, one…

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  16. Dec. 19 high school sports roundup

    Girls varsity basketball at Arvin Varsity Girls Basketball Tourney Tehachapi 33, Wasco 16 THS: (6-1): Jakstaite 11 (3 blocks), Kroeger 6 (5 rebounds), Ricker 5.

    about 2 hours ago via TehachapiNews.com
  17. Zach Ewing

    @jsbutters Only thing I'd say is the winner of that game goes 3-1, better than all but three teams.

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  18. CIF to move bowl games to Sacramento

    The CIF announced Friday that its state bowl championship games for high school football will move to Sacramento beginning next year.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  19. Zach Ewing

    RT @MitchMashMax: Halftime: Folsom 41, Oceanside 7.

    about 2 hours ago via Twitter
  20. Dickson, Riviere lead 'Gades over L.A. Pierce

    WOODLAND HILLS-- Jameik Riviere and Deandre Dickson each scored 16 points to lead the Bakersfield College men's basketball team to a 72-54 victory over host L.A.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
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    PHOTO GALLERY: CBCC Foundation brings Christmas to kids

    Snow, toys, ponies, dinner and Santa awaited Friday evening as the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center Foundation held its second annual Christmas Celebration and Toy Giveaway. More than 200 children and family members from the foundation's transportation program and pediatric treatment program were expected,...

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    SOUND OFF: Stick to just being a newspaper, not a TV station

    For the first time ever, TBC Media live-streamed wall-to-wall coverage of the Dec. 4 Bakersfield Christmas Parade. Louis Amestoy made like Ryan Seacrest and, with Olivia Garcia valiantly attempting to soften his unrefined edges, called the action. It was The Californian's latest, and possibly most ambitious foray into...

  3. County ranks high in tobacco sales to minors

    The rate of illegal sales of tobacco products to minors in Kern County is almost twice higher than that of the state, according to a report the Kern County Public Health Services Department released Friday. In an effort to evaluate the willingness of local retailers to sell tobacco to children, 13 high school students...

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    Judge finds county pot fine excessive

    Superior Court Judge David Lampe struck a blow Friday to the Kern County ordinance that prevents medical marijuana patients from growing more than 12 marijuana plants on a single parcel of land. In a verbal ruling, Lampe found the county can only fine violators of the ordinance up to $1,000, said County Counsel...

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    Action Line: Protect yourself when buying a used car

    Dear Action Line, I just bought a used car. It was the worst experience of my life. I traded in my old car. Now, they told me my credit was denied. I just want to give the car I bought back and get my old one returned. The dealer told me I could not cancel. I didn't even sign the pink slip from my car, so can they...

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    Trailer donated to Magdalene Hope for HIV testing service

    With its pastel pink and white exterior, an outsider would never guess that a 1960 vintage camping trailer, nicknamed Bunny, would be used for HIV testing. But the trailer was donated to Magdalene Hope Ministry, a nonprofit organization that does outreach to prostitutes and women who are being trafficked through sex...

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    Kern's unemployment rate creeps upward again

    Kern County joblessness grew again in November as farming companies shed another 3,700 jobs, or 5.6 percent, outweighing strong gains in professional and business services and other sectors, the state reported Friday. The county's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent last month, up from a...

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    RUSS ALLRED: What leaders do to motivate

    The term is over, finals are graded, it's dark in the Bakersfield College parking lot, but a light is shining in one of the classrooms. The BC Chamber Singers are warming up for another gig, still polishing their tone and perfecting the phrases. They all started practicing before the semester started and they'll be...

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    Moorhouse appoints daughter associate publisher of The Californian

    The Californian moved toward its fifth generation as a family-owned and run newspaper Monday as Publisher Virginia F. "Ginger" Moorhouse named her youngest daughter associate publisher. The announcement puts Virginia "Ginny" Cowenhoven, 39, a former advertising account executive now studying business leadership, next...

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    County: Storm damages no more than about 5 percent of local almond trees

    Preliminary reports indicate last week's storm destroyed between half a percent and 5 percent of Kern's almond trees, the county agricultural commissioner's office said Monday. That assessment, developed from conversations rather than any official count of uprooted trees, suggests the strong winds that hit Thursday,...

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    ROBIN PAGGI: Business lessons from a Christmas story

    Just before Christmas when I was 8 years old, my dad brought home a big cardboard box that he painted to look like a fireplace. Our house was small, so the big box in the living room was a bit of an inconvenience. My three brothers and I grumbled among ourselves as we put the Christmas tree on top of it, piled the...

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    Almond growers lose trees to storm damage

    Be careful what you wish for, right? The storm that hit the Central Valley late Thursday and early Friday may have helped ease the drought, but it also brought heavy winds that uprooted thousands of Kern County almond trees. In what some called the worst damage to California almonds in a decade or more, growers...

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  1. ROBERT GAUTNEY: Field of 49 determined for Web.com Tour

    There were a total of 49 players that earned some form of exemption in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens this week. Local pro Bhavik Patel wasn't one of them, but more on him a bit later. After six grueling rounds (and qualifying through First and Second Stage...

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    SOUND OFF: Stick to just being a newspaper, not a TV station

    For the first time ever, TBC Media live-streamed wall-to-wall coverage of the Dec. 4 Bakersfield Christmas Parade. Louis Amestoy made like Ryan Seacrest and, with Olivia Garcia valiantly attempting to soften his unrefined edges, called the action. It was The Californian's latest, and possibly most ambitious foray into...

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    HERB BENHAM: Face it: Women harsh judges of own beauty

    A friend told me his wife had been to the hairdresser and when she returned, she was quiet. It was Saturday. Saturday is a happy day. A day filled with soccer games, bike rides and, occasionally, wives deep in thought. There is quiet and there is the Joycean quiet of deep snow falling over a country cemetery. The I...

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    The Dish: A smashing deal at Coco's and all natural at Carl's Jr.

    Coco's Bakery Restaurant is offering a steak and pie combo with a 14-ounce rib eye and pie for $19.99, or sirloin with either shrimp scampi or lobster for $15.99. Children eat free every day with the purchase of an adult meal ... Carl's Jr. is offering as a permanent item the All-Natural Burger, made with ground...

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

    THE INTERVIEW: The idea that threats from a rogue North Korean state could force Sony Pictures to cancel the release of the Seth Rogan comedy "The Interview" should concern us all. Who cares about the quality of the movie -- early reviews have not been kind -- but Americans hate the idea of caving to any dictator,...

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    HERB BENHAM: He just rolled up his sleeve and gave - and gave

    If someone gave me a license plate frame for my birthday, I'd be frothed, tell them to take it back and remind them I could go to Pep Boys and buy one for $4.99. However, a license plate frame from Houchin Blood Bank packs a punch when it is stamped with a 25 as in 25 gallons. As in blood. As in somebody donated that...

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    Wallace leads Cal to best start in 55 years

    BERKELEY -- Bakersfield High graduate Tyrone Wallace had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Christian Behrens scored a career-high 20 points, including eight late in the second half, and California beat Eastern Washington 78-67 on Friday night to match its best start in 55 years. "My teammates found me in the right...

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    Kobe misses last-second jumper as Lakers fall to shorthanded OKC

    LOS ANGELES -- Point guard Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center. Guard Reggie Jackson came off the bench to score 25 points as the Thunder (13-14) won for the eighth time in nine...

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    Clippers rally from 18-point deficit, fall short to Nuggets, 109-106

    DENVER -- Doc Rivers applauded the Denver Nuggets for pulling one out against his Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers coach reserved judgment on the referees who called five technicals on his team. "I'll let you guys say it," Rivers said of the officiating in the game. "I keep saying, coaches and players get...

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    Hoffman powers Senators to 6-2 victory over Ducks

    OTTAWA, Ontario -- Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris seem to have found their scoring touch again, and that's good news for the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman had one goal in his last 15 games before scoring twice Friday night to lead the Senators in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Turris, who had just two goals in his...

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    Harbaugh quiet about position at Michigan

    SANTA CLARA -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is declining to respond to reports that he is weighing an offer from Michigan to become the new football coach at his alma mater. Harbaugh has one season remaining on the $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011. Several media outlets, including ESPN and the...

  3. Bakersfield one of many options for AHL affiliate

    Patrick LaForge, president and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers, said Friday there is indeed a good chance that the Bakersfield Condors become an American Hockey League franchise. But, he added, the Oilers could choose to remain in Oklahoma City even after the team there announced Thursday it would fold at the end of the...

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    The Dish: A smashing deal at Coco's and all natural at Carl's Jr.

    Coco's Bakery Restaurant is offering a steak and pie combo with a 14-ounce rib eye and pie for $19.99, or sirloin with either shrimp scampi or lobster for $15.99. Children eat free every day with the purchase of an adult meal ... Carl's Jr. is offering as a permanent item the All-Natural Burger, made with ground...

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    PETE TITTL: Italian place just not what it used to be

    Taste memory can be a funny thing. You walk into a restaurant you've visited before, one that inspires fond memories of good experiences, and that night it's not the same. Did you change? Did they? Is nostalgia inaccurately coloring what the place was? Maybe a combination of all of that. That's what we talked about...

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    The Dish: 2 new beers in bottles at Kern River Brewing

    Kern River Brewing Company will be offering two new beers in bottles soon now that the labels have been approved: Gravity Check Session IPA and Shuttle Bunny Double White IPA. The Kernville-based craft brewery/restaurant is also expanding and expects work to finish by next summer

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    Music and a balloon o' money on NYE

    The New Year's Eve party at Elements will bring together three veterans of the Bakersfield music scene in a venue that's as rhythmically rockin' as the artists themselves. In a NYE first, Latin/reggae/ska/ cumbia masters Mento Buru will join forces with roc en espanol quintet Velorio and HOT 94.1 radio personality Noe...

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    Padre in Wonderland on NYE

    To ring in the new year, the Padre Hotel will bring Wonderland to downtown Bakersfield, inviting guests to "fall down the rabbit hole" like Alice with an evening of deejays, hookahs midnight snacks and surprises. The fanciful fete is the creation of Matt Howell, the hotel's food and beverage director, and his team,...

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    Krush pops corks on first NYE

    Popping bottles is the order of the evening for New Year's Eve, but Krush Wine Bar plans to bump up the bubbly for the big night. "At midnight, there's a giant bottle of champagne I'll be pouring -- a salmanazar, a nine-liter bottle," said general manager Jason Moronnolte. It's no surprise that the Rosedale wine...

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  1. DANA MILBANK: Marco Rubio's fury over Obama's Cuba shift

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban-American legislator, addressing a roomful of reporters and photographers in the Capitol,...

  2. Panel hosted a lively debate on Prop. 47

    The Kern County Human Relations Commission thanks the expert panelists from law enforcement, corrections, the courts and community-based organizations, and the 50-plus Kern residents who joined us Dec. 9 for a lively community meeting on Proposition 47. The "Reduced Penalties for Certain Crimes Initiative," which was...

  3. Immigration action applauded

    The children of about five million illegal immigrants thank you, President Obama, for the executive action. Many don't agree with you, but it's about time that you put your foot down about something you've been trying to do since your first term. All those people are now going to be able to work with no fear....

  1. MICHAEL GERSON: It's a global conspiracy of health

    In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the population increased by about 1 billion. Shout it from the rooftops. Or, more...

  2. KERRY MCGILL: Our tradition of individual rights has moved 'outta here'

    Leave me alone! Well, not me, exactly. But others who differ from others, such as homosexuals, atheists, creationists, evangelists, extremists and the like. It seems as though many people have a chip on their shoulder about someone with whom they strongly disagree. America used to be a "live and let live" society --...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Castro regime gets new lease on life from US

    The outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was recently growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to its refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse, the accelerating economic collapse of Venezuela meant that the huge subsidies...

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  1. Woman who injured fiance's child sentenced to six years

    A woman who pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse in connection with harming her fiance's 2-year-old child was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday. Ashlynn Westbrook, then 18, was arrested in August after the child's mother noticed bruising, scratches and multiple bit marks on the boy after he...

  2. Bakersfield woman who died in traffic accident is identified

    The woman who died in a Tuesday accident has been identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Lopez. Lopez, of Bakersfield, lost control of her vehicle in the 8200 block of Camino Media and struck a tree, according to the Kern County coroner. She was transported to Kern Medical Center where she died at 11:04 p.m. Bakersfield...

  3. Boy, 16, accused of indecent exposure at Plantation Elementary

    Bakersfield police arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday who was found with his pants down in front of a computer at Plantation Elementary School. School staff said the boy was in front of the computer during a lunch break and was found around 1:45 p.m. by an employee of the school, at 901 Plantation Ave., according to...

  1. Missing person located

    Karen Ortiz, who was reported missing Thursday, has been located, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Ortiz, 26, had been considered an at-risk missing person.

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    Fire season ends, but vigilance still urged

    Kern County's mountain areas will be able to transition out of fire season Friday thanks to recent rains and cooler temperatures, but residents still need to be vigilant and prevent sparking blazes, the Kern County Fire Department said Thursday. CAL Fire and firefighters from many local agencies battled more than...

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    Deputies seek missing person

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing person. Karen Ortiz, 26, was last seen at 7 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Sunshine Avenue. She is 5 feet tall, 115 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a gray shirt and purple pants....

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Editors' picks from the last week

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    Report finds high child abuse, neglect in Kern

    Kern County children ages 5 and younger are twice as likely as their statewide peers to be victims of abuse and neglect, according to a new report. The findings were part of the Children's Data Network project at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, which followed children born in 2006 and...

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    Mistrial declared in Oliver shooting trial; retrial set for Jan. 26

    The trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver featured students recounting the terror they felt as Oliver entered a classroom armed with a shotgun, contentious battles between attorneys over Oliver’s intent and strong disagreement between psychologists about whether Oliver was aware of his actions. But its end was...

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    35 new BPD officers to hit the streets

    Bakersfield will add 30 newly trained police officers to its ranks by Dec. 29, and another five with more experience by the third week in January, Police Chief Greg Williamson said Tuesday. The increases are the result of 30 new officers, recently graduated from police academy, completing 22 weeks of field training,...

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    HERB BENHAM: He just rolled up his sleeve and gave - and gave

    If someone gave me a license plate frame for my birthday, I'd be frothed, tell them to take it back and remind them I could go to Pep Boys and buy one for $4.99. However, a license plate frame from Houchin Blood Bank packs a punch when it is stamped with a 25 as in 25 gallons. As in blood. As in somebody donated that...

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    KELLY ARDIS: Jingle all the way to Christmas Town

    Bakersfield's climate renders many of the most picturesque and classic winter moments impossible: No snow, no sledding, no outdoor ice skating. Norman Rockwell would be horrified. But just because the town can't produce a winter wonderland on its own doesn't mean we don't deserve one. Enter the second annual...

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    STEVE MERLO: Great last-minute gift ideas for outdoors enthusiasts

    Need a last-minute gift for the outdoor, sports-oriented people in the family? Here are some great ideas to help select the perfect present: 1. Any hunter would love a brand new battery-powered spinning wing decoy. These look-alike devices attract doves and ducks from afar, bringing them close enough for easier,...

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  1. Woman who injured fiance's child sentenced to six years

    A woman who pleaded no contest to a felony count of child abuse in connection with harming her fiance's 2-year-old child was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday.

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    The woman who died in a Tuesday accident has been identified as 22-year-old Elizabeth Lopez.

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    Bakersfield police arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday who was found with his pants down in front of a computer at Plantation Elementary School.

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