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Latest crime, courts and fire news.

City Beat

The latest scoop on City Hall.

Condors Talk

Sports reporter Mike Griffith on Bakersfield's hockey team.

Evans On Sports

Sports writer Jeff Evans tackles local and national sports.

The Health Beat

Californian reporters blog on health and wellness issues in Kern.

It's A Wheel Thing

From dirt tracks, to drag strips, salt flats, to paved bullrings, staff writer Mike Griffith weighs in with thoughts, news, and maybe even a little insight.

Kern Gusher

News for Kern County's oil industry.

Quirks of the County

County reporter James Burger on Kern news.

B Varsity

News and notes from Bakersfield, Kern County and California high school sports.

The Grade

The ins and outs of K-12 and college education in Kern County.

Topp Stories

Bits and pieces from one of Kern's news geeks.

Recent Blogs

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    THE GRADE: Frontier High students launch service projects

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 06:00 PM

    STUDENTS TO GIVE BIG: Kathryn Morales, a junior honor student at Frontier High School, sketched a picture of her left hand on paper before she began redrawing the penciled image on a 6-by-6-inch wooden block.

    She drew the creases on her palms and three groups of thin lines on each finger like sideways tally marks. A half circle formed parenthesis around the hand that Morales said she would recreate with yellow acrylic paint that glows in the dark.

    The words "Human Kindness is powerful..." were printed in the background.

    It is the theme of a student service project to deliver artwork to patients at the Lauren Small Children's Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, and part of a broader service effort that students in the National Honor Society (NHS) at Frontier High School organized.

    Morales said NHS students will partner with their peers in robotics club, advanced art, wrestling and service clubs to hold about 20 community service events April 24-May 10. Organizers coined the festivities -- fundraising, educational and service events -- the Big Give.

  2. Man arrested in connection with attempted firebombing

    A Bakersfield man was arrested on six counts of attempted murder early Wednesday in the throwing of a Molotov cocktail through the front window of a southwest home occupied by two adults and four children.

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    Motorcyclist on Highway 178 suffers major injuries in crash

    A 56-year-old motorcyclist sustained several broken bones and abrasions Wednesday when he lost control and crashed on Highway 178.

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    Motorist identified in hit-and-run crash that injured motorcyclist

    Investigators have identified the driver of the van that witnesses say ran a stop sign and struck a 90-year-old motorcyclist as Juan Armando Cortez.

  5. Drugs and ammunition found in Bakersfield man's home following chase

    A search of a Bakersfield man's home following a chase through the outskirts of Delano turned up methamphetamine, rock cocaine and ammunition.

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    Winter sports All-Area summary

    The winter sports season officially came to an end Monday when the last of the BVarsity All-Area teams was published in The Californian. Here's a quick recap of the selections, with a reminder that you can see interviews with Braxton Huggins and C.J. West, the Boys and Girls Basketball Players of the Year, from last week's BVarsity Live show right here.

  7. Three arrested on drug charges

    Three people were arrested Monday after deputies found about 7.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe in a Taft man's car, authorities said.

  8. Coroner awaits toxicology results in baby's death

    The cause of a 1-month-old Bakersfield baby's death remains unknown as the coroner waits for toxicology study results.

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    Police seek man wanted for Wal-Mart theft

    Bakersfield police need the public's help locating the man wanted on suspicion of robbery and criminal threats in Wal-Mart at 5075 Gosford Road.

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    Police seek two suspected of robbery, theft

    Bakersfield police are seeking the community's assistance in identifying two people wanted on suspicion of theft and robbery.

  11. Fire department to have rescue drill Wednesday

    Bakersfield Fire Department crews will perform a drill Wednesday with a mock rescue of a school bus and passenger vehicle.

  12. Fire department ends open burning in Kern County

    A mandatory end to open burning in Kern County was activated Monday, according to a Fire Department news release.

  13. Motorcyclist suffers major injuries in hit-and-run crash

    A 90-year-old motorcyclist suffered major injuries Monday after being struck by a van that witnesses say ran a stop sign in a crash that occurred east of Beale Avenue and north of East California Avenue. Daily Deal!

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