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Thursday, Jun 13 2013 07:14 AM

'First Look': First News for June 13

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:

SHOOTING: A Bakersfield attorney is behind bars for allegedly shooting his wife. Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Madrigali was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and spousal abuse. Police rolled out to his house in the 1200 block of Telegraph Avenue near Bakersfield College around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after gunshots were heard coming from the home. Madrigali called 911 himself and reported his wife had been shot. Neighbors say there's been trouble at the house before. The 51-year old woman is in critical condition at Kern Medical Center. Madrigali's bail has been set at $550,000. Read the full story here.

FIRE: Bakersfield Fire investigators are piecing together clues to determine the cause of a garage fire. The fire erupted shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of South King Street. Fire crews arrived to find heavy flames pouring from the garage. They battled the blaze for 10 minutes before bringing it under control. A firefighter suffered a cut to his arm from a broken piece of glass. Damage is estimated at $25,000. Read the full story here.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT: It's official -- the Panama-Buena Vista School District has a new superintendent. Fifty-four-year old Kevin Silberberg was unanimously approved by the board Tuesday night. His three-year contract begins July 1 and gets him a base salary of just over $180,000 a year, a car allowance of $540 per month, health and welfare benefits and 22 working days of paid vacation a year, plus 12 sick days. Silberberg comes from the Standard School District in Oildale. He takes over for Kip Hearron who's retiring at the end of this month. Read the full story here.

RUNAWAY: Another local teenager decides to run away from home. Bakersfield Police are asking for the community's help finding 16-year-old Brooke Cruz. She's described as Hispanic, 5-6, 240 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at about 5 a.m. June 4 in the 700 block of Hidalgo Drive. Anyone with information about her is asked to call Bakersfield Police. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Erin Coffman of Bakersfield has been located, and the Bakersfield Police Department has canceled its search for her. Read the full story here.

GRADUATION: Despite facing a great amount of opposition when first opening its doors, the Paramount Bard Academy salutes its first graduating class. PBA opened its doors in August of 2009 and on Tuesday 55 seniors made it to the finish line. Students like Hector Gonzalez say even though the community was against the charter school in the beginning they are grateful the school set up shop and prepared them for college. The academy is currently accepting student applications for the 2013-2014 school year.

TEEN PARENTS: A hundred teen parents from around Kern County will be getting their high school diplomas. The Department of Human Services will award the GED degrees to the young parents who were motivated to complete their education. Many of them are going on to Cal State Bakersfield, Bakersfield College and other programs. Two earned scholarships. The ceremonies take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hodel's.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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LOCAL ATTORNEY ARRESTED IN SHOOTING OF HIS WIFE: A Bakersfield attorney's rocky marriage, marked by a divorce suit and a history of loud, public arguments, reportedly erupted into violence early Wednesday morning when police say he turned a gun on his wife and fired. Fifty-eight-year-old Defense attorney Mark J. Madrigali was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and spousal abuse after the incident. His 51-year-old wife was rushed into surgery at Kern Medical Center in critical condition. Her status was unclear later in the evening. Bakersfield police said Madrigali called 911 at about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday and told dispatchers, "My wife has been shot." Read the full story here.

NASCAR'S LEFFLER DIES AFTER ACCIDENT IN DIRT CAR EVENT: NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway. The 37-year-old Leffler is a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars. New Jersey State Police said he was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. NASCAR said in a statement: "NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed." Read the full story here.

AGING SCHOOLHOUSE GETS LONG-NEEDED MAKEOVER: The sun has damaged the exterior paint of the historic Standard School, but a new face-lift will soon have the school looking like it did in 1911. Located in Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum, the school is getting a new paint job and repairs, courtesy of Sturgeon Services International, which donated the hours of labor for painting and repairing the school. Sturgeon provides construction and maintenance services for oilfield companies throughout the state. The company asked the museum what it would cost to have a company picnic at the museum and the two came up with an agreement benefiting both. Read the full story here.

IT'S A BIRD ... IT'S A PLANE ... IT'S EDWARDS AFB: If buzz and anticipation are any indication, the new Superman is about to conquer the world. But first he had to survive Edwards Air Force Base. "Man of Steel," which hits Bakersfield screens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, was shot on location at the east Kern military base in early 2012. That's according to Joanie Haenelt, film liaison with the Board of Trade, which oversees filming in the county. "I think the reason is that Edwards is film friendly," Haenelt said. "That's why they get used quite a bit. You'll see the fighter planes, and Edwards personnel actually were extras." Read the full story here.

BPD LOOKING FOR RUNAWAY TEEN: Bakersfield Police are asking for the community's help finding a runaway juvenile. Police said 16-year-old Brooke Cruz is Hispanic, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 240 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at about 5 a.m. June 4 in the 700 block of Hidalgo Drive, according to a BPD news release. Anyone with information about her is asked to call police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

POWER STORAGE: Bloomberg reported late Wednesday that California power companies may invest $3 billion in power storage systems in order to meet state requirements around renewable energy. PG&E, Sempra and Edison International would need to invest in storage capacity that would save more than 1,300 megawatts of power. Much of that storage would be in large capacity batteries and fuel cells. With the state requiring utility companies to obtain one third of their energy from renewable resources (wind, solar), storage become an important element in the plan. Bloomberg reported that public comments on the plan would be heard in July. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

HASHTAGS: Facebook is looking to become more of a public forum, the company said Wednesday, by introducing hashtags to the site. Following the lead of rival social network Twitter, Facebook is adding the ability to tag your posts with phrases noting that it's part of a larger conversation. Facebook hashtags will be denoted with a "pound" sign. When you see a hashtag in a post, you can click on it and see a feed of public posts that use the same conversation marker. Users can also search for specific hashtags of topics they are interested in.

CABLE: With the rise of the smart television sets, the need for a separate cable box has apparently come to an end -- at least, for one cable company and one television manufacturer. Time Warner Cable has announced that it will launch a new app later this year that'll allow owners of Samsung Smart TVs to stream content directly to their televisions. The Time Warner app will give those with compatible Samsung TVs the opportunity to access local programming and 5,000 video-on-demand titles at no additional cost. Only the 2012 Samsung Smart models are compatible with the app although the 2013 models will be added later this summer.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

BPA: Unhealthy diets and limited physical activity are leading causes of obesity in children, and now new research adds to growing evidence that the chemical BPA found in food packaging may be partly to blame. The study shows girls between ages 9 and 12 with high BPA levels had double the risk of being obese than girls with low BPA levels. BPA is a chemical laced in everything from plastic bottles to metal food containers. Experts say the chemical can alter the body's metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.

SOFT DRINKS: Three months after a state court judge barred New York City from limiting the sale of large sugary drinks, the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was back in court asking an appellate court to approve the rules. The city argues that a prohibition on high-calorie beverages is an innovative way to fight obesity. The soft drink industry says the restrictions are a bureaucratic overreach. No ruling has been issued.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE WILL APPEAL: Bakersfield College on Wednesday formally appealed the sanctions and penalties assessed by the Southern California Football Association against the BC football team that led to the forfeit loss of all games the last two seasons and of BC's state football championship in 2012. During a May 14 press conference, BC President Sonya Christian called the SCFA sanctions and penalties "understandable and appropriate." On Wednesday, the college said an additional investigation "has uncovered several points of correction to the findings." In a prepared statement Christian said: "The immaterial, technical infractions did not put our students at a competitive advantage and further would not have made any student athlete on the Bakersfield College football team ineligible. If the athletes are not ineligible, logic follows that the wins should not be forfeited and the championship should not be vacated." Read the full story here.

BLAZE FALL TO VISALIA: In a contest that took nearly four hours, and featured six batters walked with the bases loaded, the Visalia Rawhide got out to a big lead, nearly lost it, and then prevailed late, 14-9, over the Bakersfield Blaze on Wednesday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The first half of the season wraps up with the Blaze heading to Modesto for a four-game series starting today with the Nuts.

 

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