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    Merle Haggard's birthday celebrated in favorite songs

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Monday, Apr 06 2015 12:56 PM

    On the occasion of Merle Haggard's 78th birthday Monday, we thought we'd challenge ourselves by recommending just a few essential songs from the country music legend's long career. Impossible to reduce a catalog of such towering greatness to a dozen or so songs you say? To that we'd respond ... you're right! But, fools that we are, we attempted it anyway.

    Californian Editor Robert Price, an authority on all things Bakersfield Sound (just ask him), offered his six favorites: "Fightin' Side of Me" "Mama Tried" "Okie From Muskogee" "Big City" "The Bottle Let Me Down" "Sing Me Back Home" The eponymous host of "First Look with Scott Cox," whose regular rendezvous with Haggard in the parking lot of Zingo's Cafe (don't ask) are...

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    The different sides of Kevin McCarthy

    Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy has garnered headlines around the country this past week in ascending to the powerful post of House majority leader. The Californian's Christine Bedell and Henry A. Barrios have been in Washington the...

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    Bakersfield restaurant chain expanding to Nashville

    Nashville apparently can't get enough of Bakersfield. The Tennessee city, whose Country Music Hall of Fame has hosted a fabulous Bakersfield Sound exhibit the last few years, is adding a Bakersfield restaurant. The Nashville restaurant...

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    Former NFL player selling Bakersfield mansion for $2.8 million

    Former NFL quarterback David Carr has put his Bakersfield mansion -- complete with "Star Trek"-themed theater -- on the market for $2.8 million. The Seven Oaks home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a 10-car garage and an impressive...

  5. Import Face Off rocks Famoso

    The second running of the Import Face Off at Auto Club Famoso Raceway rocked the track as hundreds of import cars rocketed down the quarter-mile track. Here's a look at some of the photos and videos that those in attendance share via...

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    Financial Times publishes in-depth story on Carl Cole, massive fraud

    The international business newspaper Financial Times has published a lengthy article on Carl Cole, the Bakersfield real estate broker headed to prison for his part in a massive mortgage fraud. Cole, his business partner David Crisp and a...

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    Vince Gill releasing expanded version of "Bakersfield" album via Cracker Barrel

    Cracker Barrel, the countrified chain of restaurants and gift shops, is the driving force behind an expanded version of "Bakersfield," the album of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard songs Vince Gill and Paul Franklin released last year....

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    Russo's reaction: What does closure mean for local authors?

    The pending closure of Russo's Books' physical store in Bakersfield is a blow to readers who love the experience of browsing, interacting and buying in an independent brick-and-mortar bookstore. For authors, the closure prompts a...

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    Raiders fan attracts national spotlight for exotic costume

    There are Oakland Raiders fans, and then there are Raiders fans like Andrea Sedano of Bakersfield. Sedano's hardcore love of the Raiders is so extreme it's landed her in the pages of ESPN The Magazine. The teenage Bakersfield student is...

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    Bakersfield tops list of drunk cities

    We're not sure exactly why, but the December issue of Men's Health magazine ranks Bakersfield as America's drunkest city. "It sounds like a Merle Haggard song: Blue collars, beer, and bad decisions. But that's business as usual in...

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    Social media images from LAX shooting

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police and paramedics have surrounded a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport because of a reported shooting. The following images have been curated from social media, including Twitter and Instagram: [View the...

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    LIVE VIDEO: West Kern Petroleum Summit

    Watch our live stream of the West Kern Petroleum Summit from Taft College. The Taft College Foundation is delighted to present the West Kern Petroleum Summit – a one day conference, Featuring energy experts, policy makers, academic and...

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    Mystery woman dies, leaves trail of questions that include ties to Bakersfield girl who died in 1971 fire

    A 2-year-old Bakersfield girl who died in 1971 is at the root of a stolen-identity mystery that has caught the attention of readers nationwide who are trying to answer a simple question: Who was Lori Ruff? A recent story by Seattle Times...

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