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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
HERO CATS, OWNERS STILL LIKE CATNIP TO MEDIA: First things first: Tara the cat doesn't have an agent, isn't in rehab, and won't be taping an episode of "Oprah's Master Class" this season. Three days after making headlines from Taiwan to Australia for saving 4-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo from being bitten by a dog and dragged away, the courageous mixed breed cat is "being incognito" according to her human spokes-mom. After sitting for interviews with "Good Morning America," and waking up in the wee hours Thursday to greet the "Today" show, owners Roger and Erica Triantafilo of southwest Bakersfield are feeling equally drained and in need of some quiet time. Read the full story here.
ONE IN THREE HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS ARE DIABETIC, ACCORDING TO STUDY: Patients with diabetes comprise nearly a third of all hospitalizations in both Kern County and the state of California, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. In Kern, patients with diabetes accounted for 32 percent of overall hospitalizations, or 17,427 of those admitted for treatment in 2011. Kern's hospitalizations for diabetics were the 14th highest of the state's 58 counties and added $38.3 million in additional costs to the hospital stays. Read the full story here.
RESCUED HART PARK PELICAN DIES FROM INJURIES: The American White Pelican that was rescued Friday by CALM staff died Thursday. The pelicans bill and body were damaged by fish hooks and a large lure, zoo manager Lana Fain said. The origin of three major wounds on the bird's left side wasn't clear. If you see an injured wildlife, call authorities, the zoo manager said. Information is available from CALM at 872-2256. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending on bakersfield.com.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY KILLING WOMAN FOUND IN FIRE PIT: A 30-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing the woman whose remains were found in an east Bakersfield fire pit earlier this week. Alejandro Leon became a suspect in the death of 31-year-old Evelynn Chuca after her body was found in the 3600 block of Edison Highway. Leon is being held without bail. Read the full story here.
TOERNER'S GEM LIFTS BULLDOGS PAST BCHS: Junior Austin Toerner tossed a two-hitter, striking out 10 to lift fifth-seeded Golden Valley to a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Bakersfield Christian in Thursday's Central Section Division IV baseball quarterfinals at BCHS. The Bulldogs (21-11) backed Toerner's outstanding performance by pushing across two runs. Golden Valley had other chances but BCHS worked out of those jams. The Bulldogs stranded seven runners. Read the full story here.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MISLABELING 24 TONS OF SYNTHETIC SMOKABLE DRUGS: A Hillsborough man pleaded guilty Thursday to allowing at least 24 tons of misbranded synthetic drugs to be sold in the U.S. through smoke shops, one of which was in Bakersfield. Between April 1, 2011, and June 26, 2013, 51-year-old Victor Anthony Nottoli generated more than $20 million by distributing the synthetic drugs, commonly known as K2 or spice, in retail outlets throughout the U.S. and from his six smoke shops under the name The Stuffed Pipe. In pleading guilty, Nottoli agreed to forfeit drug proceeds of more than $6.4 million in cash and $191,000 in other assets, including a truck and an Airstream trailer. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
XBOX ONE: Microsoft has slashed the price of its Xbox One console and is offering the device without the accompanying Kinect motion-control system, a CNN report said. Beginning on June 9, Microsoft will offer the Xbox One for $399 in all markets where it's sold -- a $100 price cut from the bundled version with Kinect. Customers can place preorders now. In a post Tuesday morning, Microsoft also announced the Xbox One and older Xbox 360 console will no longer require a Live Gold subscription, which cost $60 a year, to access streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO Go.
THE HEALTH REPORT
HEALTHY LUNGS FOR WOMEN: The American Lung Association has launched Lung Force, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding. Lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as any other cancer, including women who have never smoked or have stopped smoking. As part of this week's launch, the American Lung Association in California is mobilizing a "turquoise takeover" in Kern County. The historic Beale Clock Tower, Memorial Hospital and the Padre Hotel are illuminated turquoise this week. And The Marketplace is decorated with turquoise ribbons to raise awareness about Lung Force as well as National Women's Lung Health Week. The Mark is serving signature turquoise cocktails for the entire month of May, and Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall proclaimed the second week of May as National Women's Lung Health Week.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CLOVIS WEST RALLIES PAST FRONTIER IN BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: One big inning wasn't nearly enough to carry the Frontier baseball team to a playoff victory Thursday night. The Titans scored five runs in the first inning of their Central Section Division I quarterfinal against Clovis West, but nothing after that and lost 9-5 to the Golden Eagles at Gerry Collis Field. Read the full story here.