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Monday, Feb 10 2014 06:50 AM

'First Look': First News for Feb. 10

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

TWO 'PERSONS OF INTEREST' NOT RULED OUT IN 2001 MURDER OF LOCAL WOMAN: Wendy Kyle was a regular in the Bakersfield bar scene. Arriving after work, she'd make a few stops at different bars and then head home to Oildale. The night of May 28, 2001 she visited the VIP Lounge on California Avenue and The Mint in downtown Bakersfield. But no one remembers if the 24-year-old left The Mint by herself that night. In the early morning of May 29, smoke was seen coming from her Oildale house. Someone had stabbed her to death and set the house ablaze. It's been nearly 13 years, and no one has been charged with her killing. But there's no statute of limitations for murder. Read the full story here.

DROUGHT CRISIS TO BRING OBAMA TO FRESNO: The White House announced Friday that President Obama will come to Fresno on Feb. 14 to discuss the drought and federal efforts to deal with it. A White House official said further details about the president's trip to the central San Joaquin Valley will be made public in coming days. The trip will mark Obama's first visit to the Fresno area. The only other time he visited the region was in October 2012 when he traveled to the United Farm Workers headquarters at Keene in Kern County to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. Read the full story here.

CENTRAL VALLEY'S LUCRATIVE ALMOND POLLINATION: All is not well in the almond pollination, and it hasn't been for several years. Diverse threats are weakening honeybee populations, from viruses and mites to pesticide sensitivities and lack of forage. The almond bloom is expected to start this week in Kern County and the rest of the Central Valley. California's drought, however, is a separate issue weighing heavily on beekeepers' pocketbooks. With fewer places to let their bees forage in the state, beekeepers are either having to travel farther to find natural sources of pollen or spend more on nutritional supplements. Read the full story here.


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

MAN FOUND DEAD IN EAST BAKERSFIELD: A 29-year-old man was found dead Sunday morning in east Bakersfield. The body of Bakersfield resident Enrique Velasquez was discovered at 9:55 a.m. in the 5000 block of Weedpatch Highway. A department spokesman told television station KBAK that Velasquez, a father, apparently died from a gunshot wound, and that there was no sign of gang involvement. Read the full story here.

TAFT MAN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM MOVING VEHICLE: A Taft man died early Sunday after falling from a moving vehicle. Jacob Foust, 24, died from his injuries at about 1:49 a.m. at the scene of the accident in the 800 block of Philippine Street. Read the full story here.

ESTRANGED HUSBAND ALLEGEDLY DROVE OVER WIFE, CHILD: Police say a woman and her 20-month-old child were run over three times Thursday evening by a vehicle driven by her estranged husband. Both victims survived. The husband, 29-year-old Traven Duane Buchholz was arrested on suspicion of crimes including attempted murder and spousal abuse, according to police. The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. in the 10 block of Morrison Street, west of Highway 99 and north of Stockdale Highway. Read the full story here.



SONY CORP.: Sony Corp. is exiting the PC market, announcing last week 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



CAT BITES: A recent Mayo Clinic study shows that one out of three people who sought treatment for a cat bite to the hand were hospitalized. The study looked at 193 patients and two thirds of those hospitalized required surgery to flush out the infection in the wounds. One researcher said cat's fangs penetrate the skin and push bacteria deep into joints and tissue, causing infection. People tend to ignore cat bites because they are so small, but they can lead to a laundry list of medical treatments. One woman said a bite on her hand turned into an eight-week hospital ordeal and $150,000 in medical bills.



CONDORS FINALLY ABOVE .500: LAS VEGAS -- It took 45 games over the span of 113 days, but the Bakersfield Condors are finally above .500 for the first-time this season. Chris Collins scored a pair of goals and Andrew Carroll had the other as the Condors ended a perfect week with a 3-1 win over the Las Vegas Wranglers on Sunday afternoon at the Orleans Arena. The Condors started the week with a 4-1 win over Stockton at home on Tuesday. They won 4-1 in Ontario on Friday night; beat Ontario 6-4 on Saturday night in Bakersfield and finished a busy week on Sunday. Bakersfield, which was 1-10-1 on Nov. 16, is now 21-20-1-2. Read the full story here.




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