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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
FOUR-YEAR-OLD KILLED BY SUV LOVED DANCING, MUSIC: Four-year-old Gregorio Edward Leyva decided for himself when it was time to go to bed. But he listened to his mother when it came to crossing the street near their home. His mother always had the children walk with her about 20 feet outside of the crosswalk at 30th and Q streets so they could get home more quickly. On Wednesday, Gregorio was walking ahead of his mother north across 30th Street at 5:09 p.m. when a 1998 Ford Expedition turned right onto Q Street and struck him. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later. Read the full story here.
POTTERY BARN OUTLET COMING TO KERN: The Outlets at Tejon has added another prestigious retail name to the 28 stores that have already committed to the planned outlet center south of Bakersfield. San Francisco-based Pottery Barn, a high-end home furnishings retailer, confirmed in a news release Thursday that it will join Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic and more than two dozens other retailers at the new mall being built near the base of the Grapevine. The new center is under construction and is slated to open in August. Read the full story here.
THEN THERE WAS ENERGY-SAVING LIGHT: The bright light that suddenly shone inside First Presbyterian Church Thursday morning wasn't a miracle, but it was pretty impressive nonetheless. Bulky fluorescent lighting hanging from the ceiling of the church's activity room had just been switched out for more compact lights using a third less energy. Thanks to a statewide program administered locally by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the church on 17th Street got the lights -- some $30,000 worth -- for only about $2,000 after rebates. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
CALIFORNIA CITY RUNNER ESCAPES ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING: A female jogger in California City escaped a potential kidnapping Wednesday, police said, after fighting the man and running away. At about 4 p.m. the woman was jogging east on South Loop when a black Toyota Tacoma extended cab with tinted windows pulled beside her. The woman turned the corner at the intersection but the suspect, described as a black male about 6 feet tall, blocked her path. When she tried to run past he grabbed her wrist and tried to pull her away. She struggled and escaped. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call California City police at 760-373-8606. Read the full story here.
SUSPECT WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED GRAND THEFT: Bakersfield police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted for attempted grand theft auto and possession of stolen property. At 9:40 a.m. Sunday, the suspect drove into the Sears parking lot at 3001 Ming Ave. in a black Honda Civic where he parked next to a white Honda. The suspect got in the Honda and tried to steal the vehicle but was prevented from doing so because it was equipped with a steering wheel anti-theft device. The suspect is described as white, mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, thin build. Anyone with information call BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
THREE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DRUG OFFENSES: Marijuana and methamphetamine were found Wednesday during a search of a residence in east Bakersfield. More than 20 pounds of processed marijuana, 19 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia were found in a residence in the 300 block of Oswell Street. Manuel Ambriz Jr., 20, Manuel Ambriz Sr., 41, and 43-year-old Jose Carrillo were arrested on suspicion of several drug-related offenses. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
GOOGLE: Google is becoming more secretive about its acquisitions. The Associated Press says the subtle change surfaced this week in Google's annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing. It marks the first time that the Mountain View, Calif., company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004. The Internet company is hunting for promising innovations and engineering talent to help shape the future of technology.
THE HEALTH REPORT
SUGARY DRINK LABELS: California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal in the state Legislature. Democratic Sen. William Monning announced the bill Thursday and gathered the support of several medical groups. According to the Associated Press, the bill would require the warning on the front of beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would say that drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. The senator says there's overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and health problems. But the industry says there are already enough labels on drinks, and most sugar comes from food.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CSUB BASEBALL OPENS SEASON AGAINST WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE TODAY: Taylor Aikenhead gets his first opening-day start for Cal State Bakersfield today, but the senior lefthander doesn't figure to be around very long. CSUB coach Bill Kernen said he's putting more emphasis on mid-week games this season than in the past to hopefully improve the Roadrunners' postseason chances if they don't win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Because of that, he wants Aikenhead to come back and pitch next Wednesday when CSUB travels to highly touted UC Irvine from the Big West Conference. Today's season-opener against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Hardt Field will open a four-game weekend series for the Roadrunners. Read the full story here.
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