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

    By Richard Beene
    Monday, Oct 20 2014 08:31 AM

    POLITICS: Is anyone else sick of the political attack ads that have flooded the airways? You'd think there would be weightier issues than how many times Pedro Rios voted while serving on the Delano City Council or if Andy Vidak had suddenly "sold out" to the Sacramento politicians. But polling shows attack ads work, so get ready for another couple of weeks of the incessant negativity.

    SEVEN OAKS: Hats off to the Seven Oaks homeowner who took things into his own hands after someone's dog kept leaving unwanted presents behind on his lawn. The homeowner put a small sign in the yard reading: "Is it really that difficult to pick up your dog's poop? Be a good neighbor!!" Ah, first-world problems behind the gates.

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    SCAMS: I can’t get enough of these scams ­going on around town. Listen to this reader who had an encounter at the downtown AMPM gas station where a nicely dressed young man was seen using a plastic container to pour gas into his own car....

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    SCAMS: Here is yet another example of the scams going on around town. The person who submitted this asked not to be named. Here is his story: “A few weeks ago, I was filling up at a gas station near Taft Highway and Highway 99. Two young...

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    CANCER:October is breast cancer awareness month, and a brief look at the statistics are humbling. For example, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an...

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    VIA ARTE: Make sure you remember that Via Arte is set for this weekend over at The Marketplace in the Southwest. This is always an amazing experience as chalk artists line up to show off their talents in the parking lot. The event is free,...

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    DEATH: The law firm representing the family of Nancy Joyce Garrett, the 72-year-old woman killed in an early morning crash with a Kern County sheriff's deputy, is waiting for a Highway Patrol investigation before deciding whether to file...

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    SCAMS: There are few things more annoying than being the victim of telephone scams involving fake pitches from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax collectors and "friends" stranded in Europe. Gary Schneider wrote that he, too, was...

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    CSUB: There is some good news out at Cal State Bakersfield, where the university is welcoming its largest freshman class ever. President Horace Mitchell said more than 1,400 freshmen are registered to start classes, boosting total...

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    RIP ERIC: I was saddened to hear of the death of Eric Matlock, Bakersfield's first African-American police chief who led an exemplary life inside and outside the department. I got to know Eric 15 years ago and had the pleasure to dine with...

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    REBIRTH: It's nice to see so much commercial and retail activity on California Avenue in what old timers know as the "old Mervyn's" shopping center. Hobby Lobby opened last year with a bang and business was so good it almost immediately...

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    COMMON CORE: I clearly touched a nerve last week in writing about what I considered an extremely difficult science question on the Common Core testing at Fruitvale Jr. High School. There were too many responses to list, and most readers...

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    COMMON CORE: Think you are smarter than an eighth-grader? Then consider this ridiculously hard question that ­appeared on a Common Core exam at Fruitvale Junior High School, along with the witty response from the student. The question: “A...

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    FRACKING: There is yet more evidence that the practice of hydraulic fracturing is not contaminating groundwater supplies. A new study, conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that leaky pipes, not fracking,...

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