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

    By Richard Beene
    Thursday, Mar 05 2015 05:15 PM

    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 eight hours of shut-eye a night were 46 percent more likely to have had a stroke. The results came from 356 people studied over a 10-year period.

    BIOSOLIDS: Retired oil executive F. Lynn Blystone raised a good point with this note to me: "Does anyone wonder why injection wells are being shut in despite no adverse results to the aquifers for decades while Los Angeles can truck tons of waste every day and spread it on the surface to percolate?"

    GIRL SCOUTS: You know it's the season for Girl Scout cookies...

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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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    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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    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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    MEMORIAL: There's an important event this week that promises to usher in a new era of medical treatment for young children in our community. On Wednesday, Memorial Hospital will hold a groundbreaking for the Robert A. Grimm Children's...

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    FRACKING: The anti-fossil fuel movement has largely succeeded in depicting hydraulic fracturing as a dangerous new drilling technique that poisons the underground water table. But the U.S. Geological Survey has once again debunked that,...

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    WRESTLING: The storied McFarland High School cross-country runners are getting some well-deserved attention with the release of the Kevin Costner movie chronicling their success, but Mike Stricker reminded me the school also boasts another...

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    HELL'S ANGELS: I recently posted some pictures on my online blog of the day in 1965 when the Hell's Angels roared into town, triggering this response from Ron Derbyshire: "As an avid Harley rider here in Kern County I have attended a...

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    MUSIC: Local attorney George Martin is at it again, this time bringing a huge music festival to Bakersfield on May 23. There is no doubt that Martin, brains behind the highly successful Bakersfield Business Conference, knows what he is...

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    KAYLA: One of the most emotional, and inspiring, messages I have read recently was penned by Kayla Mueller, the 26-year-old Arizona woman who died at the hands of Islamic State militants. After her death was confirmed (she was kidnapped...

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    ANCHOR: "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, caught in a lie about being on a helicopter that came under fire in Iraq a decade ago, is off the air for now as the network conducts an internal investigation. And now comes word that...

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    DOUBLE WHAMMY: If you aren't following the twin threats of the ongoing drought coupled with falling oil prices, you should. Michael Turnipseed, head of the Kern County Taxpayers Association, said Kern County is at the epicenter of a fiscal...

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    HOOVERVILLE: Here’s a history question from reader Bryan Kelly: “In ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ there is a scene where the Joad family first arrives in Bakersfield and goes through a ‘Hooverville.’ Does anyone remember if that was the real...

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