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Friday, Feb 07 2014 06:45 AM

'First Look': First News for Feb. 7

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

AIR QUALITY ADVOCATES LOBBY SCHOOLS TO RAISE COLORED FLAGS: Air quality in central Bakersfield was "moderate" Thursday, and parents with children at schools with a yellow flag out front knew it. The flag signaled to educators and parents that it was OK for students to play outside, information that is particularly important for campuses in Kern County, where one in five children has asthma. On Thursday, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District held news conferences across the valley to remind principals and the public about its three-pronged Healthy Air Living Schools Program. Green equals "good," yellow is "moderate," orange is "unhealthy for sensitive groups," red is "unhealthy" and purple is "very unhealthy." Read the full story here.

STUDY: VALLEY FEVER KILLED 3 PRISON WORKERS: Valley fever killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others, according to a federal health care agency report made public Thursday. Employees at Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons near Fresno appear more likely to contract the illness than adults in the surrounding population. The state requested the report after nearly three-dozen inmate deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations at the prisons were blamed on the fungus that causes valley fever. Read the full story here.

PG&E UPGRADING WESTSIDE TRANSMISSION LINES: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. alerted the public Thursday that it is -- and for a few months will continue to be -- doing highly visible electrical work on the west side of town. The company is upgrading 12 miles of transmission lines from Bear Mountain Boulevard north to Rosedale Highway roughly along Coffee Road. Read the full story here.


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

BUS DRIVER MADE RIDERS FEEL LIKE FAMILY: She was short of stature yet maneuvered a 40-foot-long, 20-ton whale of a bus safely across Bakersfield for 33 years. Hundreds of friends, family members and Golden Empire Transit bus drivers squeezed into Rising Star Baptist Church on Thursday to share stories and personal memories of Debrah Ann Fisher. The veteran -- and some say, legendary -- bus driver died Jan. 24 when her car, for unknown reasons, veered into parked vehicles near Brundage Lane and P Street. Read the full story here.

CHILD IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER MOTHER SOUGHT ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL CARE: A child brought to a hospital after supposedly choking on a potato chip had suffered an apparent accidental fall 10 days earlier and is in critical but stable condition. Bakersfield police said the 2-year-old was unresponsive when the mother brought the child to Mercy Hospital on Tuesday. She said the child had choked on a potato chip, but physicians determined the child was suffering from suspicious injuries. Detectives served a search warrant at the child's home in the 400 block of Whitlock Street and discovered the child had fallen in the back yard of the residence, and the mother and her boyfriend took the child to a private residence for medical care. Read the full story here.

BODY DISCOVERED WEST OF TEHACHAPI: A ranch employee discovered the body of a man west of Tehachapi on Thursday morning. Deputies said the employee found the man's body at 8:05 a.m. on the shoulder of a dirt roadway about a quarter of a mile southeast of the Highway 58 and Broome Road intersection. The body was of 21-year-old Arvin resident Ricky Perez, and had suffered trauma. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110. Read the full story here.



SONY CORP.: Sony Corp. is exiting the PC market, announcing Thursday that it was selling its Vaio personal computer division. The Japanese company said the move came after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry." The sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said. Sony also announced that it would spin off its TV business, noting that it was struggling with reforming the division and that its target of returning the TV business to profitability would not be achieved by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31. As part of the PC and TV moves, Sony said it expected to cut about 5,000 jobs overseas

AUTOCORRECT UPDATE: Autocorrect could be getting an update with an option many iDevice users will welcome: a re-do. According to a new Apple patent, users will be able to edit a message already sent, but before it has been transmitted. The paperwork describes a method for making a last-second correction while the iPhone is still relaying the message to the other user. The chance to edit the message will be brief, however, so that the exchange of comments is not disturbed.



BIVENS POWER RIDGEVIEW: It's a little late in the boys basketball season for introductions, but in case you hadn't heard about Ridgeview senior Richard Bivens, this is a good time. Bivens scored 27 points, including a rim-rattling dunk at the buzzer to punctuate a 75-69 Ridgeview victory Thursday at South, keeping the Wolf Pack in the South Yosemite League race. "It was great," said Bivens, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Lancaster-Eastside who also pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked six shots. "The intensity was so high, and that just pumps us up." It ended a big week for Bivens, who had 24 points and 29 rebounds in a win over Mira Monte on Tuesday. Read the full story here.

ARMIJO'S GOAL LIFTS SCOTS: While her Highland soccer teammates stood just a couple of feet away smiling, laughing and basking in the afterglow of a hard-fought victory, Payton Armijo's eyes welled up with tears. The sophomore forward was emotionally drained after scoring a second-half goal that lifted the Scots to a 1-0 victory over Garces in a showdown between the Southeast Yosemite League's top two teams Thursday night at Sam Tobias Field. Read the full story here.





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