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    HERB BENHAM: It's any porch in a storm for disloyal outdoor cats

    By HERB BENHAM, Californian columnist
    Saturday, Jul 19 2014 09:00 AM

    Our cat disappeared recently. Vanished. Left, as if she had met with a better offer. Blueberry is a porch cat, her world consisting of a green rocking chair, a flat cat scratcher, a soft bed, and a four-foot high porch wall from which to survey the goings- on in the street and sidewalk.

    She was named Blueberry because she is round, has blackish-blue fur and a friend had given us a flat of blueberries at the time she came to live with us. Blueberry fit.

    Cat names can be situational and food related. Sam, when called upon by Lauren to name his porch cat, was eating pretzels and guess what that cat is named.

    Blueberry was not alone long. A few months ago, she was joined by Marshmallow, a cat named for its golden fur, a color that...

  2. VALERIE SCHULTZ: Big news — voters on the right don’t like our president

    Big news on the right: President Obama is rapidly falling out of everyone’s favor! He can’t do anything right! Here’s proof: A recent poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that a third of the survey respondents think that President Obama...

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    NICK STROBEL: Thank goodness for Jupiter, Earth’s huge guardian

    This past week marked the 20th anniversary of the giant impacts of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 onto Jupiter. The comet had been pulled apart by tidal forces from a previous close passage by Jupiter into 22 ice-rock chunks that struck...

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    The Chew Review: Eat, stay, love at Grand Central Market

    Bakersfield has some great places to eat, but when a twinge of wanderlust combines with hunger, I head south to satiate those cravings. An average day trip may entail visits to as many as three restaurants in all corners of sprawling Los...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Big news -- voters on the right don't like our president

    Big news on the right: President Obama is rapidly falling out of everyone's favor! He can't do anything right! Here's proof: A recent poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that a third of the survey respondents think that President Obama...

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    HERB BENHAM: Cyclists send thoughts, and photo, to injured pal

    At 6 a.m. Thursday we took a group shot of more than 40 cyclists to send to fellow rider Mike Aldridge, who is in the ICU at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno after being hit on July 9 by a commercial truck while riding in the Nevada...

  7. Nibbles & Bits: Mammoth craft brew is just peachy

    As the 19th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza draws near at the end of July, so does the release of this year's new, limited-availability craft beer. Along with the four-day festival, which includes more than 80 craft...

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    Love pop culture? It's your summer

    In a summer of transformers, guardians of the galaxy and outlanders, people have their pick of larger-than-life stories, many of which started on the page. Barnes & Noble has launched its own adventure with a Get Pop Cultured event,...

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    Nibbles & Bits: Hungry? Let's go to BC

    Bakersfield College is making an interesting pitch -- thought up by marketing students? -- for dining at the Renegade Room over the summer. The restaurant, run by the culinary department, under the tutelage of chef Suzanne Durst, is...

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    The Chew Review: Taco Bell formula decoded!

    I sat next to a Taco Bell corporate executive on a two-hour-plus flight this week and she shared some interesting nuggets about the company. She also confirmed for me something I've long believed about Taco Bell's menu development strategy...

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    Bakersfield film school reels them in

    Filmmaker Dale Oprandy isn't kidding when he tells you, with great enthusiasm, what he sees in our city's future. "Part of our mission is to make Bakersfield the next Hollywood," he said with a broad smile, spreading his arms wide while...

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    Wee ones may get a kick out of KidsFest

    Parents usually tell their children not to kick and punch, but that's kind of the point in martial arts class -- though it would be a mistake to think it's the only thing students learn. Master Earl Absher, owner and instructor at Order...

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    Bakersfield's Peck ties the knot

    Bakersfield native Tiler Peck was still ecstatic about her marriage to Robert Fairchild when I spoke to her by phone a few days after the couple returned from their honeymoon on the South Pacific island of Bora Bora. "It was fairy-tale,"...

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