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Monday, Apr 28 2014 07:17 AM

'First Look': First News for April 28

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

KHSD INVESTIGATING UNAUTHORIZED USE OF RESOURCES: The Kern High School District is investigating allegations that without the district's knowledge or consent, some of its special education employees used district vans and other resources to operate a private, for-profit business on the side. The case involves employees from KHSD's AIM Program, which provides special education programs for disabled students with behavior problems. The district said the for-profit company being operated on the side "used district facilities and vehicles in order to operate its business without providing any compensation or reimbursement to the district for the use of its property and without obtaining any approval from the district's board of trustees. Read the full story here.

UNSOLVED 1978 MURDER OF TEEN HAUNTS FAMILY: The death of 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Walker -- who was found dead April 30, 1978 -- still haunts her family. Walker was on her way to Memorial Hospital in her fiancee's truck to visit a friend and her new baby, but she never made it inside the hospital. Walker's body was found in an almond orchard at 7:40 a.m. the next day. She'd been shot once behind the right ear with a small-caliber handgun. There were indications she'd been sexually assaulted, and a sweater she'd been wearing, as well as two buttons from her blouse and her shoes, were found in the area. But the question of who her killer is remains unanswered 36 years later. Read the full story here.

CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY MAY GET A CHALLENGER AFTER ALL: When you walk into the voting booth on June 3 you're sure to see only one name on the 23rd Congressional District ballot.Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, doesn't have an opponent in this year's primary election. As reported by the Californian's James Burger this weekend, Abbe Shugart, Kern County elections program coordinator, said three people have taken out papers to run as write-in candidates in June. They pay no filing fee. All they need to do is have 40 registered voters sign their nomination papers and meet the basic requirements to run for the job. Read the full story here.


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

BAKERSFIELD WOMAN, CHILD KILLED IN CRASH: A 36-year-old Bakersfield woman and a 6-year-old girl were killed Friday night when the woman lost control of her vehicle, which was then hit by a big-rig truck. Jamie Robertson was merging onto southbound Highway 99 from Rosedale Highway when she lost control of the 1995 red Ford Mustang she was driving. Merging in front of the 2010 Freightliner at a speed CHP officials said was "greater than reasonable" for Friday's cloudy and wet conditions, Robertson's vehicle was hit on the left side by the truck driven by 51-year-old Michael David Costa. Read the full story here.

WHAT WILL BLOCK DRIVERS FROM VEERING INTO THE NEW DOWNTOWN CUL-DE-SACS?: The controversial 24th Street widening is still in its early stages. City officials are beginning to buy the pieces of property they'll need to widen the street from two and three lanes in either direction to three and four lanes. Acting Public Works Director Nick Fidler said permanent curbing will prevent 24th Street drivers from turning onto streets with cul-de-sacs. Alleys will remain open in part because city trash trucks need them to pick up garbage. They'll get a better turning radius, though -- altering the mouths of the alleys where they intersect 24th Street to make them easier for drivers to enter. Read the full story here.

FELON BOOKED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES: A convicted felon not allowed to possess ammunition was booked into the Kern County Jail early Sunday morning on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine for sales. Michael James Parker, 60, hit 50-year-old Jimmy Woods in the head with a hammer twice at the 4200 block of Huth St. in Lake Isabella at 4:52 p.m, authorities said. Woods was taken to a hospital. Read the full story here.



PINTREST: With more than 30 billion pins and 750 million boards, Pinterest -- as a self-described discovery platform -- has been grappling with a central problem. According to CNET, within the ever-flowing sea of user-generated items, it's become increasingly difficult to find what you may be looking for, or something useful that you didn't even know was there. With Guided Search, a unique type of search engine unveiled Thursday and built exclusively for its mobile iOS and Android apps, Pinterest hopes it can help users not only home in on the information you might be seeking out, but also explore new corners of Pinterest in the serendipitous spirit of the social network, the report said.



VOICES OF INSPIRATION THIS THURSDAY: Actor, author and Parkinson's disease research advocate Michael J. Fox will be the keynote speaker at the 20th annual Hoffman Hospice Voices of Inspiration dinner this Thursday. It will be held at Cal State Bakersfield's Icardo Center. Fox will share his life with Parkinson's and his message to "live today, reach for your goals, and don't be intimidated by your diagnosis." Money raised at the event supports end-of-life services for people in Kern County and the Antelope Valley. Call 410-1010 for tickets and information. 



LIVELY'S PITCHING PACES BLAZE TO VICTORY: SAN JOSE -- Ben Lively pitched six scoreless innings and kept his perfect record intact as the Bakersfield Blaze beat the San Jose Giants 10-2 on Saturday in at Municipal Stadium. Lively (5-0) allowed five hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He has allowed only one earned run in his 29 innings pitched this season. The Blaze (17-7), which put the game away with a six-run eighth inning, begins a four-game home-stand tonight at 7 against the Stockton Ports. Juan Perez and Yovan Gonzalez had two hits and a run apiece, and Ryan Wright had a double and three RBIs for the Blaze. Juan Silva and and Marquez Smith drove in two runs apiece. Read the full story here.




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