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    Haggard happy about resurgence of his music

    BY ROBERT PRICE The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Apr 18 2015 10:59 PM

    Merle Haggard hasn't yet decided who he is supporting for president. He wants to learn more about Rand Paul and he has a generally favorable impression of Jeb Bush.

    But if he bases his vote on the candidates' grace in potentially awkward situations, he'll give one politician special consideration.

    "I met Hillary Clinton a couple times," Haggard said, calling from his home in rural Northern California. "She came on Willie's bus one time and the smoke was thick. And she didn't even mention it. She fit right in and acted like a class citizen.

    "Some people make me uncomfortable but she doesn't have that problem. Her leadership ability -- I don't know anything about that. But she's an easy one to talk to."

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    HERB BENHAM: Coming to an Accord on beloved car

    I sold the 1991 Honda Accord with 165,000 miles on it last week. "You'll get another 10 years of service from the car," I included in every pitch I made. I didn't know if that was true, but it sounded true and almost patriotic. It's like...

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    Do elephants belong at the fair? Board to decide

    You can't accuse Ned Dunphy of not going the extra mile -- 370 of them to be exact. When the new Kern County Fair Board director casts his vote Monday on whether to allow an elephant ride to return to the fair in September, he will have...

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    Bloom's still on this Rose for veteran musician

    Hit the road, pop in a CD because there may be no better traveling music than the Desert Rose Band. When "Love Reunited" plays don't be surprised if you roll down the window, tilt your head into the "Summer Wind" and "Start (singing) All...

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    THE DISH: Local diners can go Greek or celebrate Earth Day with dinner

    This is Greek week in Bakersfield, but the only fraternity involved is that of dedicated diners. Along with the annual Spring Greek Food Festival at St. George Greek Orthodox Church April 25, Athena's Greek Cafe & Bakery will make its...

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    PETE TITTL: Johnny on the spot at Guy's Bako restaurant

    Most restaurants should reflect the personality of the owner, and Johnny Garlic's, co-created by TV personality and long-time restaurateur Guy Fieri, certainly does that. It's a place that is loud but not necessarily in volume (you can...

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    HERB BENHAM: Worse than an empty wallet? A lost one

    I lost my wallet Monday morning. My black wallet, black like the dread in my wallet-losing heart. Losing your wallet is an uh-oh moment. It's akin to dropping your compass into a raging stream. There is a sense of displacement. The where...

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    NICK STROBEL: Take note for Globe at Night citizen-science campaign

    With tax returns all done, we can now relax under a starry sky and enjoy the sights. April is Global Astronomy Month and one way to participate is Globe at Night, an international citizen-science campaign to measure the night sky...

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    Art show going all in

    For those who believe Bakersfield doesn't support the arts, a very vocal group is prepared to prove them wrong -- not with a protest but a celebration. This weekend's All of Us, taking place at Blacktop Cyclery downtown, brings together...

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    Bakersfield playwright a hit with critics

    Bakersfield can add another feather to its artistic cap thanks to playwright Tom Coash, whose play "Veils" just won the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for 2014 from the American Theatre Critics Association. The only national association of...

  11. Fundraiser will remember lost contributors

    Supporting cancer research and patients is a cause close to the hearts of Wine Tasting & Auction's organizers but Saturday's event has added poignance the second year in a row. "One of our key players we lost just last month," said Theresa...

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    MATT MUNOZ: Bakersfield gets sounding board

    After more than a decade helping artists capture their personal best recordings, Aum Studio owner Brian Boozer now has his mind set on sharing his musical den of Zen with the community. During a recent interview, Boozer was seated at his...

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    It's a green thumbs-up for Garden Fest at BC

    Bakersfield College's Garden Fest is adding some Iron Chef-style action in celebration of its 10th anniversary Saturday as well as a demonstration of BC's new aquaponic system, which has been installed in the horticulture lab's greenhouse...

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