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  1. JOSE GASPAR: Records laws let the sun shine in
  2. Errors hurt CSUB softball in loss to UMKC
  3. Errors hurt CSUB softball in loss to UMKC
  4. Barragan throws 152-pitch gem as CSUB beats Utah Valley
  5. Barragan throws 152-pitch gem as CSUB beats Utah Valley
  6. VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video
  7. VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video
  8. LOIS HENRY: Money, politics and nature conspire against Kern ag
  9. Documents reveal long trail of library privatization talk
  10. BEYOND BAKERSFIELD: News from around Central California
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  12. Bakersfield Police Department struggles to diversify
  13. ASK EMILY: Millions need to be alert for Medi-Cal renewal
  14. It's flying time again for adoptable Kern dogs
  15. It's flying time again for adoptable Kern dogs
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  1. Louis Amestoy

    RT @NHRA: Jack is Fast today! @FastJackBeckman is the #4Wide Funny Car Champ! #NHRALive @shoeracing http://t.co/FlHVTzvP9k

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    RT @PrepCalTrack: A record 670 schools signed up for the 2015 Arcadia Invit'l !! #LargestHighSchoolSportingEventInTheNation #WhenTheLightsG

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    RT @jeff_gluck: Danica Patrick's fifth career top-10 finish ties her with Janet Guthrie for the most career top-10s by a female. #NASCAR

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  5. Firefighters face tough blaze in commercial building

    A fire in a vacant commercial structure on Union Avenue presented a challenge to Bakersfield Fire Department crews Saturday afternoon.

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    RT @NWSHanford: Looks like #Bakersfield will tie its record high minimum temp of 58 for today. Record was set in 1978, not 1957 as tweeted …

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  8. JOSE GASPAR: Records laws let the sun shine in

    "Public commissions, boards, councils and other legislative bodies of local government agencies exist to and in the conduct of the people's business.

    about 2 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  9. Louis Amestoy

    And @KevinHarvick into the lead at Martinsville, @CJMearsGang running well in 18th

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    RT @FresnoBee: Billboards recognizing the 100th anniversary of the tragic #ArmenianGenocide will be placed throughout the Valley: http://t.…

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    Ask TBC: What in the heck is going on with gas prices?

    Editor's note: We've received several questions from readers about what's going on with local gas prices. This is an example of one that pretty much summed them up: Q: There's a glut in the global supply of oil. Some 2 million barrels per day are being produced in excess of demand. The price of crude remains low....

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    JOSE GASPAR: Records laws let the sun shine in

    "Public commissions, boards, councils and other legislative bodies of local government agencies exist to and in the conduct of the people's business. The People do not yield their sovereignty to the bodies that serve them. The people insist on remaining informed to retain control over the legislative bodies they...

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    VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video

    A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day. The man died at the scene and was later idendified as Adrian Hernandez, who police say raped a woman and set...

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    LOIS HENRY: Money, politics and nature conspire against Kern ag

    Perhaps you were busy last Wednesday and couldn't attend the water panel I moderated at the Kern Economic Summit. No worries, I'll recap the juicy stuff for you now. (Oh, read it, you'll sound all smarty pants at your next cocktail party!) I was joined by a great group of experts who covered just about all aspects...

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    Documents reveal long trail of library privatization talk

    A lot of ground work went into plans to privatize Kern County's libraries long before the concept came to the public's attention earlier this month, documents obtained by The Californian show. They reveal that Library Systems & Services LLC Vice President Robert Windrow was talking to Kern County Board of Supervisors...

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    Bakersfield Police Department struggles to diversify

    The Bakersfield Police Department is twice as white as the city it serves. More than 69 percent of BPD's sworn force is Caucasian. Hispanics comprise just 25 percent of a police department that protects and serves a city that's almost half Hispanic. And it's only 4 percent black, about half of the city's 8 percent...

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    JOHN COX: A roadmap pointing toward a stronger economic base

    What timing! The Milken Institute's analysts nailed it when it decided this was the month to release recommendations for strengthening Kern County's economy. The report's key suggestion -- that four important things can be done to lessen the region's dependence on oil and agriculture -- might have fallen flat a year...

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    Hundreds of joyous shoppers at Nordstrom Rack's opening

    Hundreds of shoppers -- the vast majority of them women -- descended on the Nordstrom Rack department store Thursday morning in Bakersfield. For many of them, the grand opening was the fulfillment of a long-rumored and, once confirmed, long-awaited dream. The retail chain, which opened as a clearance center in the...

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    Summit examines pain in oil, ag, related industries

    Local business and government leaders got a close look Wednesday at the cracks forming in Kern County's economy as a result of drought and sharply lower oil prices. At an annual meeting that was much less optimistic than in recent years, economists and local specialists predicted substantial reductions in the county...

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    Rack 'em up: Coveted retailer finally arrives in Bakersfield

    Nordstrom Rack will open its highly anticipated first store in Bakersfield Thursday, and the grand opening will feature prizes, food and other incentives for shoppers. The store at the Shops at River Walk is already generating a lot of buzz. The store has its own Facebook page, with glowing reviews. "Thanks for...

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    Barnes named head of the Kern Community Foundation

    Kristen Barnes, a longtime champion of local philanthropy, has been named president and CEO of the Kern Community Foundation, it was announced Wednesday. Barnes, who takes over the job April 6, replaces Jeff Pickering, who is leaving to take a job in Florida. The foundation board chose Barnes out of a pool of more...

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    VIDEO: Kern County Economic Summit

    From the Kern County Economic Summit at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield, video presentations of today's events. Today's agenda:   7:40am – Panel:  Local Economic Conditions and Trends Moderator, Mark Evans, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Economics Department, CSUB Richard Gearhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Records laws let the sun shine in

    "Public commissions, boards, councils and other legislative bodies of local government agencies exist to and in the conduct of the people's business. The People do not yield their sovereignty to the bodies that serve them. The people insist on remaining informed to retain control over the legislative bodies they...

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    LOIS HENRY: Money, politics and nature conspire against Kern ag

    Perhaps you were busy last Wednesday and couldn't attend the water panel I moderated at the Kern Economic Summit. No worries, I'll recap the juicy stuff for you now. (Oh, read it, you'll sound all smarty pants at your next cocktail party!) I was joined by a great group of experts who covered just about all aspects...

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    PETE TITTL: Deli Delicious seeking niche in tough market

    It's not often that we have a restaurant born in Fresno move south to our fair city, but Deli Delicious has done just that, opening a Rosedale store in the always-competitive sandwich restaurant market. What helps Deli Delicious stand out? The meats and cheeses are sliced fresh every day, and the tri-tip and chicken...

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    SOUND OFF: Why not speculate about future of decrepit mall?

    Reader: This (March 24 article, "Concerns grow over the future of empty building") is the single most useless story I've read in years. Not only does it not say, or even speculate, what use might be made of the (Golden State Mall) building, it doesn't even say what the rumors or speculation are in regard to its...

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    HERB BENHAM: Family flocks around their feathered friend

    Jimmy has a pet bird. Not a $1,200 Congo African grey parrot preening in a fancy cage, but a plain brown sparrow he found five years ago on the ground at his family's ranch on Stockdale Highway. "I asked Mom and Dad if we could keep it," Jimmy said. "I was so happy when they said yes." Now Tweety is the Man -- or,...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: God is a God of change

    The stories of the Bible often serve as proof that, no matter how many thousands of years pass, our fundamental human distaste for change has endured. We humans don't like change. This struck me anew while I was reading a daily Lenten passage from the Hebrew Scriptures. The Israelites had been subjugated and enslaved...

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    Sargeant holds off Mayhew to win Napa Auto Parts 150 at KCRP

    A month ago, Dalton Sargeant left Kern County Raceway Park a bit disappointed with a third-place finish in the Winter Showdown for Super Late Models. He'll be heading back to Boca Raton, Fla. today with a big smile and some healthy hardware after racing to victory in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA Auto Parts 150...

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    Barragan throws 152-pitch gem as CSUB beats Utah Valley

    Cal State Bakersfield is still struggling to string hits together, but James Barragan more than made up for that Saturday night. Barragan tossed a 152-pitch complete game and the Roadrunners beat Utah Valley 5-2 to even their Western Athletic Conference series at one win apiece. The rubber match is today at noon at...

  3. Jam falls at Santa Cruz

    SANTA CRUZ -- The Santa Cruz Warriors pulled to with a half game of the first-place Bakersfield Jam with a 120-101 victory Saturday night at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Ognjen Kuzmic had 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack for Santa Cruz, which had eight players score in double figures. Jerel...

  1. CSUB's Grimes wins javelin

    SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Cal State Bakersfield senior Karnell Grimes earned his second javelin win of the season Saturday at the Cal Poly Invitational. Grimes' mark of 193 feet, 7 inches was a personal best and moved him from 10th to eighth on CSUB's all-time list. Freshman Joselito Flores won the high jump (6-7) and was...

  2. Fresno CC rolls past Taft

    TAFT -- Fresno City College broke open a close game with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth en route to a 10-2 Central Valley Conference baseball win over Taft College Saturday afternoon. Fresno starter Jorge Alvarado (7-1) took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh. Jeff Gilstrap ended the no-hit...

  3. CSUB third in sand VB tourney

    SANTA CRUZ -- Cal State Bakersfield went 2-1 at Saturday's SCU-USF Collegiate Sand Volleyball Challenge. The Roadrunners lost 5-0 to No. 2-ranked Hawaii, then beat San Francisco 4-1 to conclude pool play and advance to the third-place match against the University of California. CSUB (9-4) downed the Bears 5-0. The...

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    PETE TITTL: Deli Delicious seeking niche in tough market

    It's not often that we have a restaurant born in Fresno move south to our fair city, but Deli Delicious has done just that, opening a Rosedale store in the always-competitive sandwich restaurant market. What helps Deli Delicious stand out? The meats and cheeses are sliced fresh every day, and the tri-tip and chicken...

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    Head to preserve for Spring Nature Festival

    Spring has sprung and the Wind Wolves Preserve is celebrating with its second annual Spring Nature Festival today and Sunday. The preserve, owned by the Wildlands Conservancy, will host events from morning until night both days. From a birding event and a reptile presentation to a wildflower walk and lesson in basic...

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    HERB BENHAM: Be prepared to fall in love, Grandpa Herb

    Columns about pets -- especially cats -- usually find an receptive audience, but Sunday's piece on the birth of Andrew Hunter Oliver, our new grandson, was overwhelming. I learned this: Those who have grandchildren may love them more than they do their pets. The column triggered an avalanche of good will. If that...

  1. Cinertain back in business

    Full of hope, setbacks, disappointment and now a triumph, Cinertain's story could be fit for a movie. After nearly giving up on its fledgling drive-in theater two months ago, Cinertain recently announced a new partnership. Teaming up with the Bakersfield Blaze, Cinertain will kick off its summer season April 4 with...

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    Stars show us their moves in dance contest

    Cue the coordinated outfits, smooth moves and toe-tapping beats: Although the trophy is not a mirror ball, 10 local celebrities will go for glory Saturday night in a "Dancing With the Stars"-style contest at Stars Theatre Restaurant. Response to the first-ever Dancing at the Stars, a fundraiser benefitting Stars and...

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    CESAREO GARASA: In Bakersfield, outlaws are in

    In the last few years, our town has become a go-to destination to a new school of outlaw country groups that -- with their mix of bluegrass, metal, even gothic -- place as much emphasis on Black Flag as Hank Williams. In other words, they've been to the crossroads and brought a chainsaw. Enter Texas-based duo the...

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  1. DANA MILBANK: The end of the White House's insularity?

    In the early days of the Obama administration, my Washington Post colleague Shailagh Murray and I used to trade tales of the arrogance of White House officials more interested in their insular club and the prestige of their positions than in the responsibility they had. "They think they're in the movie of their job,"...

  2. SCOTT LEMIEUX: Are conservatives going to rally behind Cruz's bid for presidency?

    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he may have been born in the Canadian city of Calgary -- an unusual birthplace for a...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Keeping them safe from gay marriage

    Alarmed at the prospect that the Supreme Court will sanction same-sex marriage in every state, conservative state lawmakers are intensifying efforts to provide legal cover for evangelical Christians and others who regard homosexual unions as an affront. There can be legitimate debate on the balance between religious...

  1. OTHER VIEWS: Time to bring back the firing squad

    The likelihood that a state might execute an innocent person -- something that has almost certainly already happened in the U.S. -- is reason enough to abolish the death penalty. But while states continue to use it, they could at least be honest about what it means and choose a method that doesn't inflict additional...

  2. MICHAEL GERSON: World might not be ready for 'the next epidemic'

    "Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world," writes philanthropist Bill Gates in The New England Journal of Medicine, "the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or bioterrorism." Beginning with this blunt and clinical assessment, we are given a detailed...

  3. AL SANDRINI: Remembering highs and lows through presidential libraries

    During Sunshine Week, a reprinted editorial from the Kansas City Sun advocated that funding for presidential libraries needed to be more transparent. The Sun reported that funding for presidential libraries came from millions raised by friends and supporters. They accurately reported that buildings are later turned...

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  1. Firefighters face tough blaze in commercial building

    A fire in a vacant commercial structure on Union Avenue presented a challenge to Bakersfield Fire Department crews Saturday afternoon. The problem was the vacant structure wasn't empty. According to fire department reports five fire engines and two trucks responded at just after 4 p.m. to the blaze at 3207 Union Avenue...

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    VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video

    A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day. The man died at the scene and was later idendified as Adrian Hernandez, who police say raped a woman and set...

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    Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night. The county coroner's office confirmed Saturday that the man who police killed in a hail of gunfire in the 4000 block of Union Avenue was Adrian Hernandez, the...

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    Panama-Buena Vista teachers OK 7 percent raise

    Teachers in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District approved a tentative agreement Thursday that would, if approved by the school board, mean a 4 percent raise next school year and a 3 percent raise the following year. The first would go into effect July 1, the second one year later. Lauri Heffernan, president...

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    Attorney: There may be more victims of guards accused of sexual assault at Juvenile Hall

    An attorney who filed claims against Kern County this week on behalf of two girls allegedly sexually assaulted by correctional officers at Juvenile Hall says he knows of a third victim -- and there may be even more. Neil Gehlawat of Chain Cohn Stiles said Friday morning he hopes the civil claims he's filed encourage...

  3. Bakersfield man indicted for aiming laser at helicopter

    A 51-year-old Bakersfield man was indicted Thursday for allegedly aiming a green laser at a Kern County sheriff's helicopter in September. Barry Lee Bowser Jr. fled Bakersfield following the incident and was recently arrested in San Luis Obispo, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B....

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    Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night. The county coroner's office confirmed Saturday that the man who police killed in a hail of gunfire in the 4000 block of Union Avenue was Adrian Hernandez, the...

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    Bakersfield Police Department struggles to diversify

    The Bakersfield Police Department is twice as white as the city it serves. More than 69 percent of BPD's sworn force is Caucasian. Hispanics comprise just 25 percent of a police department that protects and serves a city that's almost half Hispanic. And it's only 4 percent black, about half of the city's 8 percent...

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    Kern County native shows his talent for Mater Dei basketball

    A Bakersfield team hasn't been to a CIF State Basketball Championship since 1993, but that doesn't mean Kern County won't have a presence at the Open Division boys title game tonight in Berkeley. Bailey Stout, who grew up in Delano and Bakersfield and was once slated to play at Liberty, will start at point guard...

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    Hospital donates breast surgery to patient

    Sarah Smith isn't a breast cancer survivor, but she feels a great deal of empathy for women disfigured by the disease. She knows what it feels like to live without a breast. On Thursday, the Bakersfield mother of four underwent surgery, not to reconstruct a breast removed surgically, but to construct one that was...

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    PETE TITTL: Deli Delicious seeking niche in tough market

    It's not often that we have a restaurant born in Fresno move south to our fair city, but Deli Delicious has done just that, opening a Rosedale store in the always-competitive sandwich restaurant market. What helps Deli Delicious stand out? The meats and cheeses are sliced fresh every day, and the tri-tip and chicken...

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    Driver from Idaho giving it the old college try

    At 17 years of age, Hannah Newhouse had reached a crossroads in her life. She was finishing high school in Twin Falls, Idaho, a year early and planned a full schedule on the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series. But college was looming, and she knew the family finances could not support racing and college. Now she's...

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  1. Firefighters face tough blaze in commercial building

    A fire in a vacant commercial structure on Union Avenue presented a challenge to Bakersfield Fire Department crews Saturday afternoon.

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    A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day.

  3. Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night.

  4. Bakersfield man indicted for aiming laser at helicopter

    A 51-year-old Bakersfield man was indicted Thursday for allegedly aiming a green laser at a Kern County sheriff's helicopter in September.

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