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    HERB BENHAM: Moths flame out - finally

    By HERB BENHAM, The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, May 04 2015 09:59 AM

    For weeks, moths everywhere and now barely one besides the moth at work beating its wings against the windowpane. What happened?

    I asked Scott Begin, vice president and manager at Citizens Business Bank, who is a banker by necessity but an entomologist by training, having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in entomology.

    "They only live for a couple of weeks and this hatch is finished," Begin said. "Having laid their eggs, there might be another hatch later on in the year.

    "In a sense, we are like moths too." If Scott is any indication, bankers can be deep. He said that to me at 7:30 a.m., which is early for deep.

    "I was interviewing candidates for a job and I had about 10 moths in the corner of my office," Begin said,...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    SQUATTERS: The proposed widening of 24th Street downtown has led to a mess as squatters take over vacant homes on the north side. Just this weekend, Bakersfield police busted up a family of squatters on one house near Elm Street,...

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    HERB BENHAM: Educator wins top honor for helping students help selves

    Jose Garza is one of those people you hear about now and will hear about five years from now. Nothing he has done or will do surprises. Success is in his DNA. Recently the 36-year-old counselor at Foothill High School was awarded a...

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    HERB BENHAM: What in the name of Gary have I done?

    I discovered recently I’ve been calling somebody by the wrong name for the last year. Perhaps longer because I’m not sure I’ve ever called him by his right name. I’ve been calling him Gary. His name is Daniel. I wasn’t close unless his...

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    HERB BENHAM: Senior discount not worth cost to pride

    I was at the checkout stand at Floyd's, and a friendly woman with her hair pulled back, wearing a red Floyd's vest, rang me up. I bought a broom made from real corn straw, a white switch plate and several half sprinkler heads. "Do you...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    AIR TRAVEL: I got a glimpse at the future of air travel and, trust me, it's not pretty. On a flight from Denver to Chicago last week, I boarded a beautiful spanking new United Boeing 737 800/900, richly trimmed with leather seats and...

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    HERB BENHAM: Youth not wasted on the young in this case

    Vernedene looks so good, she almost made me want to give up drinking. She doesn't drink, smoke, eat sweets or, for that matter, sit down. Most people her age -- 96 -- do. They're not only sitting down, they're lying down. Lying down and...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Whose freedom of religion? Mine or yours?

    Recent quantities of ink spilled and blogs shared over the topic of religious freedom invite the question: What is it we mean when we talk about this particular issue? In America's simplest terms, religious freedom means that no one can...

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    HERB BENHAM: On a television quest

    Recently I went TV shopping, which led to TV buying, which led to TV euphoria. "Euphoria" because buying a TV qualifies as a big purchase, something that might get you over the hump by slaying the double-headed dragon of depression and...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    HALL OF FAME: Former homebuilder Kyle Carter has purchased American Sound Recording Studios and is looking at creating a Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame to recognize our area's rich musical past. Carter, who incidentally is eyeing a run for...

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    HERB BENHAM: Forget the flame -- what a moth really wants

    When I woke up Friday morning, there were three moths in my office at home -- two small ones and a big one. The small brown ones are harmless. You can feed the to the cats, if they don't catch them themselves. But the big one required a...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    VETERINARIAN: This is one of those stories that makes you cringe and wonder what makes some people tick. A veterinarian in Brenham, Texas, has been fired after she posted a picture online of herself holding up a dead, orange tabby cat that...

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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...