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Where Bakersfield and the web collide.


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Breaking News

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.

Business Matters

Observations on Kern County's working life.

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.

Renegades Gameday

Tune in for liveblogging from the Renegades' games.

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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    New Star Wars trailer dazzles

    Strong reaction is coming in on the newest Star Wars trailer, which was released Thursday morning. Here's a sampling from around The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield and our media partners:


    BCSD board to discuss how to fill trustee spot

    The Bakersfield City School District could be short a school board member come May.

  3. D.A.'s office creates Family Violence Unit

    District Attorney Lisa Green announced Thursday the formation of a Family Violence Unit within her officer that will prosecute all cases of felony domestic violence, sexual assaults, physical child abuse and elder abuse.

  4. Sacramento man arrested in Bakersfield on suspicion of human trafficking

    A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offenses including human trafficking for allegedly forcing a woman into prostitution in several cities throughout California, including Bakersfield.

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    End of an ‘Aera’ as CEO of oil company set to change

    The head of Bakersfield-based Aera Energy LLC is stepping down this summer after leading one of California’s biggest oil producers for more than seven years.

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    THE GRADE: Teachers approve tentative raises

    BCSD TEACHERS PASS RAISES: Most of the 933 Bakersfield City School District teachers who voted Tuesday on a new contract gave it and the two 3.5 percent raises it comes with an overwhelming yes during voting at Sequoia Middle School.

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    Attorney: Serial rapes the work of multiple perpetrators who remain at large

    The series of rapes in east Bakersfield during the summer of 2013 were perpetrated by at least three, probably four people, Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman told jurors Wednesday.


    Westside Parkway's final phase opens to drivers

    The freshly strewn wood chips along its broad shoulders are a little browner, the drought-resistant seed cover on its median a little more tan, and its chain link fences much more silvery.

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    Alon stock deal won't impact Bakersfield refinery for at least one year

    A stock transaction announced this week will give a Tennessee-based company a 48 percent stake in the ownership of the refinery on Rosedale Highway, but the deal is not expected to have any immediate effect on plans to upgrade the plant.

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    Three injured after vehicle crashed into tree

    A woman and two juveniles suffered major injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in left the roadway and crashed into a tree Monday evening.

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    Two local Vons stores set to close next month

    Two Bakersfield supermarkets -- the Vons stores on Olive Drive and Stine Road -- will close within about a month as part of a cost-cutting measure following the acquisition of their parent company by Idaho-based Albertsons LLC.

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    Debate over libraries, and a possible tax vote, heats up

    The debate about how to improve Kern County's libraries is collecting momentum.

  13. Child porn suspect previously pleaded no contest to aiming laser at airplane

    A Tehachapi man who pleaded no contest in February to aiming a laser at an airplane has been charged with possession of child pornography.

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