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  1. Kern's Past: It's okay to stand as you cut turkey, Papa

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 02:28 PM

    WASHINGTON -- This is a Thanksgiving story for men only -- men who never have been able to decide whether to carve the turkey from a sitting or standing position. The agriculture department has made a long study of the situation and has decided that either attack will do. However, don't try to mix the two. A change of pace is fine for baseball and football, but it won't do for the dining room.

    The department says that many a man has messed up the festive bird and has received frowns, scoldings and wifely abuse when it really wasn't his fault.

    After the turkey reaches the table, the cook no longer has jurisdiction over the bird, yet she can be a big help if she will remember to:

  2. Taking Bakersfield to Marin County

    "Bakersfield and Beyond," the Marin County-based radio program/podcast that celebrates the alt-country, hillbilly, country, folk and Americana music of the past and present, will feature The Californian's Robert Price this Thursday. Price,...

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    STEVE E. SWENSON: I'm 'going to go out' happy, grateful and comforted

    The plan after I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than a year ago was to write a triumphant article about how I beat it. Well, that didn't happen. The cancer won, and I'm on my way out. The cancer had an unfair advantage. It won...

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    HERB BENHAM: Urban adventure a heavy burden for uninitiated

    Recently I bought a pair of walking shoes and borrowed a backpack from a friend. We had a trip planned and rather than break both in on foreign soil, it made sense to test-drive them in order to diminish the chance of foot and back...

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    Redhumped caterpillars on the prowl in the fall

    In autumn, the redhumped caterpillar reaches its greatest numbers and may be seen as a nuisance pest, especially of liquidambar (L. styraciflua) (sweetgum) trees. The insect does not result in long-term injury to trees as the adult is an...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Society's rules can stop us from being true selves

    Oh, the joy of a bookworm working in a library: I am surrounded every day by more books than I could read in my lifetime. I also stumble upon books that I wouldn't otherwise choose for myself, like a book I've been reading called "Real...

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    RICHARD SHIELL: Here's some sage wisdom to improve your garden

    October is planting season for the winter garden, for seeds, herbs and ornamentals. Due to the drought, I'd recommend passing on the leafy vegetable seeds. Lettuce, arugula, and other nonsucculent leafy greens need constantly moist soil....

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    NICK STROBEL: Safe viewing key to upcoming solar eclipse

    As a follow-up to the total lunar eclipse early-risers experienced 10 days ago, a partial solar eclipse is set for Thursday when the new moon will cover up to 36 percent of the sun's surface. The inset of the accompanying star chart...

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    Fair pig melee: 'Buck stops here'

    The Kern County Fair's top executive took responsibility Wednesday night for fighting that broke out during the fair among pigs penned together after auction, saying "the buck stops here." The skirmishes, captured on digital recorders,...

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    Dude, where's my apocalypse? Right here

    If "Mad Max" and "Return of the Living Dead" had a baby, that rowdy, tricked-out off-roader would be the Bakersfield Tuff Apocalypse Halloween Truck Festival. Completely taking over Bakersfield Speedway on Oct. 24 and 25, the festival has...

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    Bakersfield shop to host Trainor -- no treble at all

    Meghan Trainor, who owns the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "All About That Bass," the diabolically catchy hit you can't dislodge from your head with a sledgehammer, is, as the song goes, bringing booty back -- in this case to...


    Proud to be an Okie (still)

    All due respect to John Steinbeck, but the historic Sunset Labor Camp, built in 1935 to house migrants coming West during the Great Depression, wasn't the miserable slum depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, according to many who...

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    Lowriders with a higher calling

    Carnales Unidos bills itself as a car club that does philanthropy on the side, but a half-hour chat with the group's president makes it clear this is a philanthropy club that does cars on the side. "The bottom line is that we look for...

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