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'First Look': First News for Dec. 16

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

DRILLERS, EAGLES SECURE SPOTS IN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: Bakersfield High left with a 35-28 victory over Mission Hills Friday night, securing their spot in the CIF Southern California Division I regional bowl game. The Drillers play the Northern Cal champion, Loomis-Del Oro, in the Division I state bowl championship at 8 p.m. Friday at the StubHub Center in Carson. Bakersfield Christian won their 12th straight game and secured a spot in Friday's Division IV championship game with a 40-8 win over previously unbeaten View Park of Los Angeles Friday night at Centennial High School. BCHS (12-2) faces Modesto-Central Catholic at 4 p.m. Friday at the StubHub Center in Carson. Read the full story here.

MORNING FIRE KILLS PREGNANT WOMAN: A 30-year-old pregnant woman died in an early morning fire in central Bakersfield on Saturday. Bakersfield firefighters were called to the 700 block of Eye Street at about 4:40 a.m. The fire had started in a detached back building that was illegally converted to a living space. Firefighters quickly put out the flames but found the woman dead behind the door. Some wood in a wood burning stove had fallen out, setting blaze to the interior. Fire officials said the converted living space had numerous violations. Read the full story here.

RUSSO'S BOOKS TO CLOSE; WILL MAINTAIN ONLINE PRESENCE: Russo's Books, for nearly a quarter century Bakersfield's beacon bookseller and the only independent general bookstore between Santa Clarita and Sacramento, is closing its store at The Marketplace. The store's final day will be Jan. 31, although it will maintain an online presence and may open at a new site in the future. Changes in reading habits, the growing popularity of e-books and online retailers, and an impending lease increase wrote the final chapter for Russo's 24-year run. 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.

BAKERSFIELD MAN SHOT WHILE DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 99: A Bakersfield man driving on Highway 99 was shot by occupants of a second car Sunday morning, but was able to exit and call for help from a gas station. Police said 20-year-old Christopher West was traveling south on Highway 99 at the Highway 58 interchange when occupants of a 1990s green Ford Mustang with a tan or brown top fired numerous shots. West's vehicle was struck several times, and West was wounded in a hand. He drove to an Arco/ampm to seek help. He was transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Read the full story here.

SATURDAY NIGHT DUI CHECKPOINT NETS 5 ARRESTS: A DUI/Driver License checkpoint Saturday night in the 8600 block of Hageman Road resulted in five arrests and the impounding of 10 vehicles. As part of the Avoid the 18 Kern DUI Task Force, the checkpoint on eastbound Hageman ran from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Bakersfield Police said 3,139 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 2,963 were screened. There were four arrests for DUI, one felony arrest, and nine drivers found with invalid licenses -- six of those suspended licenses -- in addition to the impounded vehicles. Read the full story here. 

MORNING FIRE KILLS PREGNANT WOMAN: A 30-year-old pregnant woman died in an early morning fire in central Bakersfield on Saturday. Bakersfield firefighters were called to the 700 block of Eye Street at about 4:40 a.m. The fire had started in a detached back building that was illegally converted to a living space. Firefighters quickly put out the flames but found the woman dead behind the door. Some wood in a wood burning stove had fallen out, setting blaze to the interior. Fire officials said the converted living space had numerous violations. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

SPRINT T-MOBILE MERGER?: Sprint is working toward a possible bid for rival T-Mobile said people familiar with the matter, setting the stage for a giant telecom merger that if permitted by regulators would leave the U.S. wireless market dominated by three big companies. Sprint is studying regulatory concerns and could launch a bid in the first half of next year. A deal could be worth more than $20 billion, depending on the size of any stake in T-Mobile that Sprint tries to buy.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

ANTIBIOTICS IN ANIMALS: The Food and Drug Administration took steps last week to try to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in livestock and ensure that drugs given to animals on factory farms are prescribed by veterinarians to prevent and treat diseases, rather than merely to boost growth. The agency finalized recommendations asking animal drug manufacturers to voluntarily alter their labels so that farmers would no longer be allowed to use antibiotics merely to make animals grow faster. In addition, the agency wants to curb over-the-counter sales of antibiotics and require farmers to get approval from a veterinarian before administering the drugs to livestock. The announcement comes amid growing concern that the widespread use of antibiotics in animals is helping to create resistant "superbugs" that sicken and kill thousands of Americans each year.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

USC RALLIES PAST CSUB: LOS ANGELES -- The game was there for the taking. But Cal State Bakersfield saw USC score 13 of the game's last 16 points to rally for a 63-59 win at the Galen Center on Sunday night. It was the fifth straight loss for CSUB (5-6), which falls to 0-14 all-time against Pac-12 schools. Issiah Grayson's 3-pointer with 4:25 left gave the Roadrunners a 56-50 lead, and Grayson's 10-foot hook shot over two taller defenders put Bakersfield ahead 58-54 with 2:45 left. But that was CSUB's last highlight. CSUB missed its final four shots and hit only 1-of-3 free throws the rest of the way. Read the full story here.

 

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