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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
TWO OF SUSPECT'S ALLEGED HIT MAN KILLINGS WERE IN KERN: An alleged hit man for a Mexican drug cartel has been charged with six Tulare County murders and three other slayings in California in a killing spree spanning more than three decades. Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, is in custody in Alabama on a murder charge. Six of the nine murders took place in Tulare County between 1980 and 2011, two in Kern County in 2007 and 2009, and one in Santa Barbara County in 1980. Read the full story here.
MARCH DOWNTOWN CELEBRATES CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS: An estimated 400 people gathered outside by the Liberty Bell Tuesday evening, to honor loved ones who had been killed as part of the second annual Victims' Rights March. They waved signs with pictures of the deceased and their dates of birth and death. They marched from the courthouse to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on H Street. Every year, one week in April is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The theme this year is "Restoring the Balance of Justice." Read the full story here.
COUNTY MOVES TO SHUT DOWN POT DISPENSARIES: The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin civil lawsuits seeking the closure of 10 medical marijuana dispensaries, including five in unincorporated Bakersfield. Its unanimous vote comes less than two months after a Kern County Superior Court judge invalidated Measure G, the county's 2012 voter-approved ordinance limiting where storefront marijuana operations may locate on unincorporated land. Deputy County Counsel Devin Brown, an author of Measure G, said its Feb. 14 invalidation by Judge Kenneth Twisselman leaves no legal way for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in unincorporated Kern County. Read the full story here.
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TWO KILLED IN TUESDAY CRASH THAT CLOSED HWY 178: A Lake Isabella woman and a Caliente man were killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision that closed both lanes on Highway 178 near Paradise Cove for more than two hours. Theresa Ann Bell's, 48, vehicle struck a second car driven by a 65-year-old man. Bell died just after 2:30 p.m. at Kern Valley Hospital. The man died at about 2:45 p.m. at Kern Medical Center. Read the full story here.
NORDSTROM RACK CONFIRMS BAKERSFIELD PLANS: Nordstrom Inc. announced Tuesday it plans to open a 35,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack next spring at The Shops at River Walk. Real estate developer Castle & Cooke Inc. also confirmed Sprouts Farmers Market and T.J. Maxx as tenants at the 48-acre project on Stockdale Highway west of Calloway Drive. The Rack, as the chain is sometimes known, is Nordstrom's off-price store brand. It sells clothing, accessories and shoes at discounts of 30 percent to 70 percent off regular prices. Read the full story here.
AFTERNOON CRASH BLOCKING EASTBOUND HIGHWAY 58 CLEARED AFTER 1 HOUR: A crash involving a big rig and two other vehicles closed eastbound Highway 58 near Cottonwood Road for more than an hour Tuesday. The crash occurred at 1:25 p.m. and blocked all lanes. According to Robert Rodriguez with the CHP, four vehicles, two passenger vehicles and two rigs crashed near a construction zone. Two occupants of one of the passenger vehicles were transported to KMC with minor injuries. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
TWITTER UNVEILS NEW LOOK: Your Twitter profile is about to have a new look. Calling the changes "a whole new you," Twitter announced Tuesday that it will be rolling out a fresh design and new features to user profile pages, according to a CNN report. The company says the changes will make self-expression on the social network "even easier" and "more fun." The report said the new design gives Twitter users a much larger profile photo and a customized header image. Twitter says the new profile will highlight specific tweets and allow people searching through profile pages to find the kind of tweets they want.
THE HEALTH REPORT
OMNI FAMILY HEALTH GROWING: Omni Family Health is growing, and will hold an open house April 24 for its newest clinic at 4131 Ming Ave. The 3,800-square-foot clinic has nine examination rooms and offers family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN and behavioral health services. The Ming facility is the first of two new clinics to open. Omni Family Health broke ground in December on a 15,600-square-foot clinic in Oildale at 210 N. Chester Ave. Omni provides healthcare to the underserved and uninsured and already has 17 sites throughout Kern County. Read the full story here.
THE SPORTS REPORT
FRONTIER POWERS PAST LIBERTY: It's not very often that a baseball team wins a game when its pitchers issue 11 walks, hit two batters and hurl two wild pitches. Then again, if a team hits the ball the way Frontier did Tuesday, it's understandable. Despite allowing 17 Liberty batters to reach base, the Titans slugged their way to an 11-4 victory in a game between the Southwest Yosemite League's top two teams. Read the full story here.
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