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    New hearing on old molest case postponed

    Gerardo Gonzales' quest to undo his plea deal from nearly 30 years ago will have to wait another two months. His motion to withdraw his plea from 1987 will be heard Feb. 23. Gonzales pled no contest in 1987 to one count of felony lewd...

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    LOIS HENRY: And what were you doing when you were 14?

    When I was 14 years old, my biggest concerns were pimples and whether I could con my mother into buying me a pair of the latest Chemin de Fer jeans. (It was the '80s, don't judge.) Homeless kids ranked as low as you could get on my...

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    LOIS HENRY: Rail shipments of volatile oil should be transparent

    So, 140,000 barrels of potentially explosive crude oil chugged through the heart of Bakersfield on two separate mile-long trains in the past few weeks, or days, and no one seems to have alerted local safety folks, you know, just in case...


    LOIS HENRY: Key molestation case figure deserves a do-over

    This coming January it will have been 28 years since Gerardo Gonzales made the mother of all plea deals. By copping to one felony count of 288(a) lewd acts with a child on Jan. 22, 1987, Gonzales wiped away more than 200 charges against...

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    EGGS: If you are of a certain age, you were raised that eating eggs would increase your risk of heart disease. But now, according to The New York Times, scientists are rethinking all that. Said The Times: “Clinical studies show that...

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    LOIS HENRY: Carrot or stick for groundwater management?

    California's groundwater hit the big time Sunday night, starring as the lead item in the "60 Minutes" television news program. Upshot of the piece: Cali's been in a prolonged drought and our groundwater is being tapped like never before....

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    LOIS HENRY: Looky here! An 'unlimited' supply of new water

    Emergency drought funding announced last spring by Gov. Jerry Brown may soon be making its way into local hands. Four Kern County agencies landed a combined $12 million, according to the State Department of Water Resources. They four have...

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    LOIS HENRY: Finally, progress on fireworks restrictions

    Those who love their stupidly dangerous illegal fireworks best pay attention. Come March, Kern County will likely impose much higher fines on those who repeatedly break the law. It will crack down on hosts where party guests light off...

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    LOIS HENRY: Fireworks set to go off at county meeting (sort of)

    If you're like me and feel fireworks have become a menace in this county, you'll want to listen in on the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall will be giving a report on illegal fireworks,...

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    LOIS HENRY: Judge justified in closing Oliver jury selection

    Portions of two high-profile criminal trials were closed to public view recently. That's a big deal. Our open judicial system is, after all, one of the primary things that sets us apart from truly crummy countries. (Well, that and...

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    LOIS HENRY: How mustangs and PTSD vets can 'gentle' each other

    I admit it's hard to understand how this works -- wild horses easing PTSD for combat veterans simply by their proximity. But for veterans who've lost hope and been lucky enough to stumble on equine therapy, it has worked. Just ask them....

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    LOIS HENRY: Theater may soon be able to flush again

    Earlier this year, Lucy Spohn was going about life as best she could following the tragic suicide of her husband, Jim Spohn. The historic Granada Theater on Kentucky Street, which they owned, was going through probate. She was working...


    LOIS HENRY: Healing veterans with a wet nose and a tail wag

    One of the cruelest legacies of war is that the very thing soldiers crave most -- home -- is something they can often never truly regain. I've heard veterans explain their feeling as war seeming more "normal" than home. How do you go to...

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