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    STEVE FLORES: Scott did a 'Giant' job of emceeing

    BY STEVE FLORES For The Californian
    Sunday, Apr 12 2015 03:00 PM

    In front of a sold-out crowd, Jim Scott, popular news anchor for KGET Channel 17, demonstrated an extraordinary sense of team loyalty or displayed a temporary loss of sanity. You gotta love him either way.

    Whichever you choose, Jim performed a classy job of emceeing that remarkable night at the recent Hoffman Hospice "Voices of Inspiration" dinner at Rabobank Arena last month. Nancy Hopkins, a close family friend and rabid baseball fan whose Dodgers enthusiasm is equal to my family's, treated me, my daughter Nikki and son-in-law Carlos to the event.

    According to The Californian, the event helped raise a record $358,000 to help with the new Hoffmann Hospice home in Bakersfield.

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    Alleged child abuser released from jail

    Justin Whittington, the man police say was caught on a convenience store's surveillance camera punching a toddler in the face, was scheduled for release from jail Saturday after police reduced the charges expected to be filed in the case....


    Athletes, families camp out and compete to fight cancer

    Brian Johnson's daughter, Cassidy, got a great present Saturday, a day after her 15th birthday. She beat her dad at laser tag, with 45 hits to his 44, at the second annual Camp Out Against Cancer at State Farm Sports Village. The event...

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    ASK EMILY: How to find medical care if you're uninsured

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act.   About 5 million Californians have new health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both through the Covered California...

  5. Worth Noting in Health: Brain injury treatment and more

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract to the Centre for Neuro Skills to provide residential rehabilitation services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The contract grew out of a 2011 Assisted Living Pilot...

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    Bakersfield medical student wins medical ethics fellowship

    A Stanford University student from Bakersfield is among 14 medical students chosen to study medical ethics in a prestigious fellowship that includes travel to sites of some of the most notorious failures of bioethics in history. Jason...


    Hospital donates breast surgery to patient

    Sarah Smith isn't a breast cancer survivor, but she feels a great deal of empathy for women disfigured by the disease. She knows what it feels like to live without a breast. On Thursday, the Bakersfield mother of four underwent surgery,...

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    Cancer center to announce expansion

    An expansion of services at Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center on Truxtun Avenue will be announced Tuesday, both for patients undergoing treatment and the increasing number who are surviving their illnesses. CBCC and partner Dignity...

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    Boy battles rare disorder usually found in girls

    Braylon Galloway is 5 years old, but functions almost like an infant. He can't talk, so he communicates with non-verbal vocalizations such as whining. His vision is impaired. And his low muscle tone and seriously hampered motor skills...

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    'Unsung heroes' of emergency medical services are recognized

    Two emergency medical service providers who know first-hand what it's like to be in an accident are among six local people the California Ambulance Association will honor at a ceremony in Sacramento on Monday. The trade association honors...

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    ASK EMILY: Obamacare's tax-time lessons

    Another in a series of Q&A columns answering consumers' questions about the Affordable Care Act. The second round of Obamacare open enrollment is over, but your paperwork may not be. It's tax time. And as I suspected, this is shaping...

  12. Kern heath safety net scores well in new study

    A new study that looks at health care safety nets after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act generally praises Kern County's indigent care, but calls on all counties to do more to provide services to undocumented immigrants....


    KMC looking to replace 'class of the 1970s' physicians

    Kern Medical Center is working with mixed success to bring more doctors to Bakersfield. Russell Judd, the CEO of the county-owned hospital, told Kern County supervisors that Kern continues to be troubled by a chronic lack of physicians -—...

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