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    Taft Union High civil trial set for next year

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Oct 21 2014 03:43 PM

    A trial date has been set for next year in a civil suit tied to the Taft Union High School shooting that left a student critically injured last year.

    On Tuesday, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe set the trial for next Aug. 3. The family of Bowe Cleveland, the injured student, sued the district for damages April 30, 2013.

    Cleveland has undergone 24 surgeries and racked up more than $1.5 million in medical costs, his family's attorney, Daniel Rodriguez, said Tuesday.

    He claims the district, which has $51.75 million in liability insurance coverage, failed to keep students safe despite several warning signs about alleged shooter Bryan Oliver's behavior.

    Rodriguez wrote in an email the district ignored "numerous red flags"...

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    Kendrick kids raise $3,000 for former student's cancer treatment

    Hundreds of Kendrick Elementary School students shouted "Jovan!" in unison and watched as their peers took turns dumping buckets of orange ice water over their principal's head Friday. The dousing was a reward for the school of some 800...

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    Investigator looking into Taft parent complaints

    Taft school officials are looking into parent complaints accusing administrators of bullying and negligence in its response to hazing allegedly involving eight high school football players. Twenty-seven parents launched the complaint Sept...

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    Tentative contract gives CSUB teachers 1.6 percent raise

    Cal State Bakersfield teachers are a couple nods of approval away from getting a 1.6 percent raise this year with teachers throughout the Cal State University system. CSU and the California Faculty Association approved a system-wide...

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    Facts in Taft hazing, Yik Yak threat, clown arrest still vague

    Three unrelated criminal cases involving minors have intrigued, alarmed and outraged the broader community this school year. The alleged offenses are wildly diverse. The specific nature of the three incidents is not clear, but this much...

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    THE GRADE: Fundraisers underway to replace Endeavour's burned playground

    PLAYGROUND BURNED DOWN: A breeze picked up scents of tarred wood chips, melted plastic and blackened metal Wednesday outside of Endeavour Elementary School. It smelled like barbecue, kids told Principal Matt Diggle. Three days had passed...

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    Ag summit expert: Expect fewer crops and farm jobs

    A decrease of 185,200 acres in irrigated Kern County crops could mean 12,400 fewer farm jobs and a $631-million loss in farm income. Kern County could come close to those numbers in 21 years, a water storage expert explained at the first...

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    College board candidates talk priorities

    Five candidates are vying to represent a community college enrollment area that dips into most parts of Bakersfield. Nestled in the middle of four other trustee areas, Kern Community College District's Area 1 has portions of downtown...

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    One clown down and more Yik Yak

    Clowns and Yik Yak-ers were in the news this week, but it wasn't always funny. Bakersfield police on Thursday arrested both an anonymous social media user who authorities believe threatened Liberty High School, and a pseudo-clown who...

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    Police arrest teen on suspicion of making Yik Yak threat

    A 16-year-old Liberty High student was arrested Thursday for allegedly posting the anonymous social media threat that led parents to flock to the school in fear for their children's safety earlier this week. The Liberty student threatened...

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    KHSD honors retired teacher

    Jim Wooster, a retired Bakersfield City School District teacher, received the Kern High School District's Jim Burke Light and Liberty Award for service Wednesday at the DoubleTree Hotel. Former recipients of the award include physician...

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    Lawsuit alleges discriminatory discipline in Kern high schools

    Civil rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Kern High School District saying the district used discriminatory discipline practices targeting black and Latino students. The advocates, a group of 13, include nonprofits such...

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    THE GRADE: State schools superintendent campaigning in town

    STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF VISITS: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, up for re-election this year, stopped in Bakersfield Wednesday on the campaign trail. Speaking Wednesday at a town hall meeting held at the Kern High...

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