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  1. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    By Richard Beene
    Sunday, Mar 29 2015 05:40 PM

    WEATHER How great has our weather been the past week? I slept with my windows open (making my tabby a happy cat), and I picked up the unmistakable scent of meat on the grill throughout my downtown neighborhood. But it won't last long. On a bike ride to Woody on Saturday, I spotted no fewer than six snakes (two dead and four alive) sunning on the Granite-Woody Road, a sure sign that heat is on its way. Closer to home, Californian photographer Felix Adamo snapped a picture of a rattlesnake on -- where else -- but the bike path extension called Rattlesnake out at Hart Park.

    HOMELESS Homeless encampments are cropping up in the dry Kern River bed west of Yokuts Park, the first time in my memory that this has happened that far toward Cal State...

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

    OIL PRICES: Oil producers have sharply curtailed drilling as the price of crude has plummeted, but it may not last for long. At least that is the opinion of oil magnate T. Boone Pickens, who predicted this week that oil prices would...

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

    MONTGOMERY WARD: It's amazing how quickly rumors circulate in this age of social media and instant messaging. On Monday, rumors were flying that the old Golden State Mall on F Street was about to be turned into a homeless center run by its...

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

    FRACKING: Gov. Jerry Brown launched a no nonsense defense of hydraulic fracturing on "Meet the Press" Sunday, dismissing host Chuck Todd's concerns that the practice uses too much water and could be dangerous. Brown noted California oil...

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

    MARCH MADNESS: It turns out that our obsession with the NCAA Tournament has to do with a lot more than simply college basketball. According to researchers, doctors report up to a 50 percent rise in the number of vasectomies during the NCAA...

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

    R.I.P., SHORTY: Every death is accompanied by a personal story and most of them go unnoticed by the public. John Sacco wanted me to know that the death of 66-year-old Lauren "Shorty" Bristol was not one of them. Bristol was killed in a...

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

    KINDNESS: Two talented musicians will make an appearance in town this week, but it is what they will do before their concert that should be noted. Tom Scott and wife Hannah Alkire will be playing as part of Rick Kreiser's "Guitar Masters"...

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

    SUICIDE: The tragic apparent murder-suicide in Stockdale Estates (the grisly details of the story and names of the victims hardly need to be repeated) serves as a sober reminder of the emotional pain and anguish that so many of us...

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

    MAYOR: Mayor Harvey Hall's term in office doesn't expire for another year, but already folks are lining up to replace Hall if he chooses not to seek re-election. One name mentioned frequently is Kyle Carter, the former residential home...

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

    SLEEP: That good night's sleep may not be so good for you after all. According to a new study published in Neurology, sleeping more than eight hours a day may put you at a higher risk for stroke. That's right: Folks who get more than...

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    ISRAEL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a blunt, 40-minute speech to Congress laying out the risks that Iran poses to the very existence of Israel. Was it political theater or an honest attempt to warn the world of the...

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

    OIL BY RAIL: Environmentalists applauded when President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, but what did it accomplish? Not much, according to experts, who point out the oil extracted from our resurgent fields will simply find its way...

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

    SMOKING: If you smoke cigarettes, you suddenly have a lot more to worry about than simply dying of smoking-related diseases. A major new study has added a host of new ailments liked to smoking: kidney failure, intestinal blood vessel...

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