By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
SHOPPING CART THEFT STILL A PROBLEM -- BUT NOT LIKE FRESNO: A Fresno clampdown on shopping carts has caught the eye of Ward 1 Councilman Willie Rivera, who said the discarded grocery getters remain a blight on southeast Bakersfield. Changes to two city ordinances that were approved by the Fresno City Council and become law April 25 would make it illegal to take shopping carts into city parks and fine store owners $50 whose carts are found abandoned more than three times in six months. The revised ordinances would also mandate cart owners put signs on carts citing municipal code forbidding their removal, and maintain an "on-site cart containment program" -- such as chains, locking wheels, or on-site security -- unless they employ a cart retrieval service. Read the full story here.
KHSD APPROVES 5 PERCENT RAISES FOR TEACHERS: The Kern High School District Board of Trustees approved a package of salary raises for five groups of union workers Monday at the KHSD district office. District representatives ratified collective bargaining agreements that include a 1-percent raise this year and a 4-percent hike next year for workers in two classified unions as well as teachers, supervisors and trade union workers. The bump for educators alone will cost the district about $10.8 million. Read the full story here.
CLOVIS RESIDENTS TRY TO GET BARISTAS TO COVER UP: It isn't the coffee that's too hot, but the nearly bare baristas of Bottom's Up, a Clovis drive-through coffee shop that has trouble brewing with neighbors who oppose the business. Residents are walking the neighborhood near Peach and Shaw avenues, seeking signatures to tell the Clovis City Council they want the servers to cover more skin, or the business should be told to leave. They're the kinds of concerns that have been raised in Bakersfield, where another branch of the business is slated to open but hasn't yet. The business concept started in Washington state, where Ireland worked four years as a bikini barista in Kitsap County. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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NEW PRINCIPALS APPOINTED FOR FOOTHILL, WEST HS: The Kern High School District Board of Trustees has appointed Gail Bentley as the new principal of Foothill High School and Terrie Bernardin as the new principal of West High School. Bentley was formerly an assistant principal at Stockdale High School. Bernardin was an assistant principal at West. Read the full story here.
POLICE SEEKING TWO SUSPECTED VEHICLE BURGLARS: Bakersfield police are seeking help identifying and locating two suspects wanted for an alleged April 2 vehicle burglary. At 3:30 p.m. the suspects entered Rusty's Pizza restaurant at 40 Bernard St. After leaving, one suspect approached a vehicle, smashed the front passenger window with a hammer and removed a backpack. The suspects fled in a 1990s blue Chevrolet pickup. The suspects are described as Hispanic males, age 18 to 22, with a thin build. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD'S B.J. SHELTON WINS DUNK CONTEST: If you've watched much high school basketball in Kern County in the past three years, you know that Bakersfield High's B.J. Shelton is one of the most entertaining players around. He proved it again Saturday at the All-Valley Basketball All-Star Game in Reedley, where he won the dunk contest before the all-star game. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
WINDOWS XP SUPPORT ENDING: Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP today. The Associated Press says an estimated 30 percent of computers used today use Windows XP. You can still use Windows XP after today, but Microsoft won't offer security and technical content updates, and the company won't fix non-security problems. The operating system is 12 years old.
THE HEALTH REPORT
BUTTERFLY RELEASE TO REMEMBER DECEASED: A butterfly release later this month will remember people who have died. Their names will be read during the ceremony at 5:30 p.m. April 22 and community participation is welcome. It will take place in the garden at Mercy Southwest Hospital. Dr. H. Norman Wright, a well-known Christian counselor and author of books on grief, will speak at the event. Call the Friends of Mercy Foundation at 663-6700 to purchase a butterfly for the event. Or call Mercy Hospice at 632-5050 to have a loved one's name read at the ceremony.
THE SPORTS REPORT
PORTS HAND BLAZE FIRST LOSS: After averaging 13 hits and nine-plus runs during its first four games, the Bakersfield Blaze offense was shut down for the first time this season on Monday night. Bakersfield managed just a pair of hits in 4-1 loss to the Stockton Ports in front of a crowd of 659 at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The loss snaps the Blaze's season opening four-game winning streak, which tied for the best start in team history. Read the full story here.
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