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Monday, Apr 07 2014 07:18 AM

'First Look': First News for April 7

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

SOLE TRIAL IN CRISP & COLE CASE SET TO START: The only trial to come out of Bakersfield's $30 million Crisp & Cole Real Estate mortgage fraud case is expected to focus on whether the woman who prosecutors say was the firm's No. 3 person understood what she was doing there was illegal. Julie Dianne Farmer denies preparing the fraudulent mortgage applications at the heart of the case, saying she had a limited role in a very busy office. She maintains her biggest fault was putting too much trust in her bosses. Farmer is the only one of 15 defendants in the case without a plea deal. She is scheduled to go to jury trial Tuesday. Read the full story here.

JUDGE UPHOLDS BAKERSFIELD'S MARIJUANA DISPENSARY BAN: A Kern County Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a challenge to Bakersfield's ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries. The decision by Judge Kenneth C. Twisselman will allow the city to sue in civil court businesses and locations where medical marijuana is sold or distributed. Jamie Hall, a Long Beach-based attorney for a group called Concerned Citizens of Bakersfield, argued the ordinance changes the law and the city's practices, thereby making it subject to an environmental review before it may be approved by the court. Read the full story here.

GARCES NAMES ANTONGIOVANNI ITS NEXT FOOTBALL COACH: With its program at a crossroads, Garces reached back into its past for the next coach of the Rams football team. The school announced Saturday that Tim Antongiovanni, a 1992 Garces graduate and former assistant coach at the school, would replace Jim Maples as Garces' head coach. Antongiovanni most recently was an assistant coach at Liberty. He has also coached at Garces, Bakersfield College and the University of San Diego, but this is his first job as a varsity head coach. Garces also named Antongiovanni its Director of Facilities. Read the full story here. 


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

LOCAL DEMOCRATIC LEADER AND UNION ORGANIZER DIES: Duane W. Moore traveled around the country as the boots on the ground for local union organizing and negotiations. Closer to home, he resurrected the somnambulant Kern County Democratic party central committee in the early 2000s. Moore, 58, died Tuesday of complications from cancer. Three years ago he was diagnosed with liposarcoma cancer. Doctors found a 5-pound tumor in his abdomen the size of a football, but were unable to remove it completely. He believed he'd outlast the disease but he couldn't. Read the full story here.

HAG'S BIRTHDAY BASH FUN EVEN WITHOUT THE ICON: Hag wasn't there but hundreds of his fans flocked to Oildale and Bakersfield Sunday to honor his 77th birthday and his major contributions to the Bakersfield Sound. A plaque unveiled at the Bakersfield Harley-Davidson store on Merle Haggard Drive commemorates the naming of the eponymous road in 2008. Later, at the Kern County Museum, a free music show featuring, among others, the Bluetooth Cowboys, entertained a large crowd that also enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream. Read the full story here.

KERN'S MEDIOCRE DISPLAY WINDOW IN THE CAPITOL: Many Kern County locals who have made a trip to the Capitol building in Sacramento have been disappointed with the display window that represents Kern County, some even calling it, "embarrassing." The office of Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield said that giving that window a makeover was a pet cause of theirs. The plan is to change out the display window in the next year, to something three-dimensional showcasing Kern's renewable energy growth, economic drivers like ag, oil and aerospace and tourism opportunities. Read the full story here.



NEW STREAMING DEVICE: Amazon is introducing a new streaming device called Amazon Fire TV. The Associated Press reports that Amazon says its speed, performance and search functions are better than other streaming devices like Apple TV and Google Chromecast. It costs $99, comes with a Bluetooth remote and is about the size of a CD case, the news service reports.



WAL-MART CLINIC: A Kaiser Permanente Care Corner clinic has opened in the southwest Bakersfield Wal-Mart on Gosford Road. The Californian's Courtenay Edelhart reports in a Sunday story that Kaiser members and Wal-Mart employees can walk in, no appointment necessary, and have minor ailments assessed by a healthcare provider via a high-resolution webcam in a private room. A registered nurse in San Diego does an initial screening, followed by an urgent care doctor in Bakersfield. The clinic is open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. It is a two-year pilot project of Kaiser -- which has about 102,000 members in Kern County -- and the nation's largest retailer. Customers who are not Kaiser members or Wal-Mart employees can't take advantage of the telemedicine exams, but they can use self-service options such as health research or checking their weight or blood pressure. Read the full story here.



CONDORS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT: Seeing a potential victory slipping away early in the third period on Sunday afternoon, Condors coach Troy Mann called a timeout and summoned his troops to the bench. Two Las Vegas goals in the span of 37 seconds had erased Bakersfield's two-goal lead and Mann was stewing. Bakersfield responded. Chase Schaber scored the first of two goals three minutes after the timeout and the Condors beat the Wranglers 4-2 at Rabobank Arena for their fourth straight win. Read the full story here.




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