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    ROBERT PRICE: RIP to a great institution: democracy

    By ROBERT PRICE, Californian editorial page editor
    Monday, Nov 11 2013 10:26 AM

    This democracy thing was fun while it lasted, but you know the saying: All good things must come to an end. Acknowledging that it’s over is always hard. You don’t want it to end. You’re proud of what the country has accomplished in its 237 years of existence. We created a society where every voice counted. Well, even if that wasn’t really true, it was a society where one could at least express that idealistic hope without fear of arrest. America was the model for 100 coups against tyranny around the world, some of which actually resulted in freer societies. We were the standard to which most nations aspired. A more perfect union.

    But we’ve evolved into something else — a post-democratic society of contradictory, mutually exclusive...

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    TBC Mobile apps now available

    It's been almost five years since The Bakersfield Californian launched 661411, providing mobile-optimized news and classified advertising to Bakersfield and Kern County. But it's time to step up our game, and we have launched new TBC...

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    Vidak and Shaw Thursday on 'First Look'

    Wednesday's show just flew by and it's looking like Thursday's will, too, with former Hanford farmer and Congressional candidate Andy Vidak. Vidak has announced his candidacy for the 16th state Senate District recently vacated by Michael...

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    'First Look' Instagram Contest

    If you listened to the show on Monday morning, you know that Scott Cox doesn't care much for Instagram. And then if you listened on Tuesday, you know we showed him how great photos edited in Instagram can look. Alas, he isn't quite a...

  5. 'First Look' will add new dimension to local media

    There has been a lot said about the future of newspapers, and whether they can survive in an era of readership shifting to nimble and niche digital publications, declining revenues and shorter attention spans. Newspapers around the world...

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    New book details Bakersfield's best dining spots

    An e-book version of "Bakersfield's Best Dining of 2012" by Californian restaurant reviewer Pete Tittl is now available for Kindle readers. The 54-page e-book includes 39 color photos and Tittl's thoughts and recommendations on...

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    LIVE VIDEO: President Obama in Kern County

    9:05 a.m. - We'll be livestreaming video from La Paz where President Barack Obama is dedicating the Cesar Chavez National Monument.  Update: President Obama finished speaking shortly after noon Monday. An archived video of the entire day...

  8. CONTEST: Win tix to Village Fest from Bakersfield Life Magazine

    Hey BLifers! It's time to kick-off the contest where you can win a pair of tickets to Village Fest on Saturday, Sept. 8. What's Village Fest? Well, it's a ton of fun with oodles of Kern County restaurants and breweries, 25 Central Coast...

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    iPad e-book highlights BHS' 'Unbeaten' season

    The Californian has just released "Unbeaten," an iPad-only celebration of Bakersfield High School's undefeated 2011 football season. The Drillers' 13-0 season was the latest in a long string of titles for the state's most consistently...

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    March Meet e-book available for iPad, Kindle and Nook

    We have good news: It's taken far too long, but the iBookstore has finally published the enhanced iPad version of "March Meet: Bakersfield's Love Affair with Speed, Nitro & Good Times." This special e-book from The Bakersfield Californian...

  11. Video trailer for our upcoming March Meet iPad book

    A small team in The Californian newsroom is working on an iPad book chronicling the world-famous March Meet, held annually at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield. "March Meet: Bakersfield's Love Affair with Speed, Nitro & Good Times"...

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    Changes to

    We're continuing to add new features and tweaks to the new Here are a few of the latest: * Pick 6 : We know some of our readers don't visit every day, so the Pick 6 feature on the News homepage highlights six...

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    Terrific 'Capture Kern' book powered by the people

    "Capture Kern County" the book debuted at an invite-only release party last week and it's as good a portrait of our region that's ever been published. Why? Because it was shaped through 21,993 submissions from 1,084 amateur and... Daily Deal!

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