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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
HISTORIC GRIFFITH FIELD TO UNDERGO DRAMATIC RENOVATION: Change is a-comin' to the most storied high school football program in the state. Bakersfield High School announced Tuesday that historic Griffith Field, its on-campus football stadium, will undergo a dramatic modernization beginning late this year. Artist renditions of the new stadium show an extreme facelift to the existing structure, including elevators, new seating and new structures that could house restrooms or concessions. Most renovation details are yet to be determined, but tentatively, plans include an all-weather track -- among KHSD schools, only Liberty has one -- and an artificial-turf field, which would be the first in the city. Read the full story here.
KERN LOBBIES FOR MORE PRISON REALIGNMENT MONEY: Kern County has launched a campaign to grab more prison realignment money as a statewide organization reconsiders the formula for distributing more than $1 billion between the state's counties. That includes lobbying Central Valley and Inland Empire counties -- and even Gov. Jerry Brown -- to their cause. Their biggest challenge may be selling Kern County's hard-charging criminal justice system as adaptable and committed to rehabilitating criminals instead of just locking them up. Read the full story here.
HOUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER TO JOIN MCCARTHY, OTHERS IN KERN WEDNESDAY: Three San Joaquin Valley Republican congressmen will join House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday afternoon north of Bakersfield, where they will announce emergency drought legislation intended to bring more water to the region. If approved, the bill would allow the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps to operate as long as water is available. Accompanying Rep. Devin Nunes- Tulare and Boehner will be Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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THREE WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH EAST BAKERSFIELD ROBBERY: Kern County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help identifying three suspects who robbed a Dollar General store in east Bakersfield. Deputies said the suspects entered the Dollar General in the 200 block of Bernard Street at about 2 p.m. Oct. 12. All three suspects removed items and tried to leave without paying. Deputies said one of the suspects assaulted a store employee who tried to detain him. The suspects then ran from the business. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110. Read the full story here.
COUNCIL CONSIDERS 24TH STREET WIDENING: Two road improvement projects on a street that sees nearly 60,000 vehicles per day will be considered Wednesday by the Bakersfield City Council. One is a public hearing on the Environmental Impact Report on widening 24th Street through downtown and improving its intersection with Oak Street. Widening 24th Street through downtown, the project's most controversial area, would require demolishing 23 single-family homes. The Bakersfield Planning Commission voted 7-0 last week to recommend the council certify the Environmental Impact Report, which would allow actual design of the project and property acquisitions to begin. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD WOMAN SENTENCED FOR COUNTERFEITING MONEY: A Bakersfield woman was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for counterfeiting money that she spent at retail stores and a casino in Kern County. Shannon Nicole Johannsen, 35, counterfeited U.S. currency from October 2012 to March 2013. She possessed computers, printers, paints, powders, cleaning agents and numerous digital images of U.S. currency. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
LTE: LTE users in the world's most advanced mobile markets consume considerably more data than 3G users, even eschewing Wi-Fi networks in order to stick with their LTE connections, according to new analysis. Verizon Wireless announced that 38 percent of retail customers connected to its LTE network were responsible for 65 percent of total data traffic during the third quarter of 2013.
THE HEALTH REPORT
DRESS CODE: Do you know what's on your doctor's lab coat? The answer might literally sicken you, say experts who are suggesting a new, voluntary, dress code for health workers in hospitals. The concern is based on studies that have found all sorts of nasty germs on clothing and jewelry worn by health workers. Strict guidelines exist mostly in operating rooms. The new recommendations say hospitals should ask doctors, nurses and other health workers to: Wear short sleeves and no jewelry; skip neckties or keep them tucked under lab coats; wash lab coats in hot water and bleach at least once a week; and disinfect or replace items such as lanyards and identification tags if they come in contact with patients.
THE SPORTS REPORT
FIELD OF DREAMS: Change is a-comin' to the most storied high school football program in the state. Bakersfield High School announced Tuesday that historic Griffith Field, its on-campus football stadium, will undergo a dramatic modernization beginning late this year. "We just received word before Christmas break that the (Kern High School District) will approve renovations," BHS principal David Reese said. "We thought this was a good time to get it out there." Griffith Field opened in 1923 and has since hosted the Drillers, who own state records for victories, section championships and state championships. Read the full story here.
BUSY ECHL MEETING THIS WEEK: The Condors are asking for an ownership change, the Las Vegas Wranglers are looking for a temporary home in Vegas and the San Francisco Bulls will most likely fold within a week if an ownership change and move to a new location is not approved. It's safe to say the ECHL Board of Governors has a lot on its plate during the annual winter meeting today in Philadelphia. Of those three situations, the easiest decision could well be the transfer of ownership of the Condors from Jonathan Fleisig to the Edmonton Oilers, Bakersfield's National Hockey League affiliate. Read the full story here.
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