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    By Richard Beene
    Sunday, Aug 31 2014 05:31 PM

    ACCIDENT: The madness of reckless and drunken driving continues, with the latest incident claiming two lives on Rosedale Highway and Verdugo Lane. In that case, early Saturday morning, police said 29-year-old Dontrell Collins was speeding going west on Rosedale when he slammed into a compact white car, causing it to burst into flames. Two passengers were killed and a third was hospitalized with burns. These kind of tragedies are all too common, and in fact some folks in the Southwest have taken to calling Ming Avenue "blood alley" because of the high number of accidents involving alcohol or simply reckless driving.

    HOMETOWN BOYS: How fun was it to watch the USC-Fresno State game this weekend featuring two outstanding quarterbacks from...

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    SCAMS: A local physician shared yet another telephone scam that I simply must share with you. He was at his office when he received a telephone call from someone warning, “We have your daughter in the trunk of our car.” At that point, the...

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    MCCARTHY: There is no greater threat to peace on the world stage than the Islamic State terrorist group that has carved out a caliphate in a large swath of Syria and Iraq. This is the same group that videotaped the beheading of American...

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    SCAM: Here is yet another scam that leverages our obsession with social media. A friend's nephew is vacationing in Mexico, and the lad mentions it on Facebook. Someone sees this, and calls the nephew's grandmother (how he got the number, I...

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    MUSIC: I stopped by a free concert at Imbibe Wine and Spirits this weekend and was wowed by the vocals of Emily Danger, a band whose lead vocalist, Emily Nicholas, hails from Bakersfield but now lives in Brooklyn. Her concert before a...

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    SHOOTING: The shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., and the unrest and rioting that followed has triggered a lot of soul searching about behavior by both the police and regular citizens. I found this advice about "how to avoid being...

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    HOME: If you ever doubt the goodness that exists in this community, notes like the following should serve as a wake-up call. Amanda Vallette and her husband are from Edmonton, Alberta, and were touring the United States on motorcycles when...

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    YOGA: This is for all you yoga fanatics out there: New research shows that yoga really doesn’t do much for overall muscle strength or cardiovascular fitness. That’s according to a study published in The New York Times that followed two...

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    OUTLETS: I stopped by the Outlets of Tejon the other day and left impressed with the design, location, convenience and of course, the retailers. These are outlet stores after all, but the Tejon Ranch Company did a remarkable job with the...

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    OVERHEARD: The VIP opening of the Outlets of Tejon on Wednesday evening was a huge success, at least judging from the crowd that paid $25 each to get a sneak peek. One friend likened it to “a big party” even though she was stranded on...

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    FRACKING: Keep an eye on a movement in Colorado to restrict hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction method that has led to a boom in production across the country, including here in Kern County. There may be two initiatives on the...

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    HOUSING: The housing rebound continues with its fits and starts, and now comes word that a slowdown may be underway. On the national level, The Wall Street Journal notes that home prices rose 9.3 percent in May compared to the same period...

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    HOUSING: Another sign that we are far from recovering from the recession came this week when it was revealed that the share of Americans who own homes had dipped to its lowest level in almost 20 years. The Commerce Department said just 64...

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