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Tuesday, Mar 11 2014 06:47 AM

'First Look': First News for March 11

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

COUNTY EXPANDS CONTRACT WITH KMC MANAGEMENT COMPANY: Kern Medical Center's new management company is assuming more control over the county owned hospital -- and being paid more to do it. Kern County supervisors on Monday moved three top KMC jobs into hospital CEO Russell Judd's privately owned KMC Management Inc. They also gave Judd's business a 59 percent pay boost, increasing total compensation from $7 million under a five-year agreement approved in December to $11.2 million. Read the full story here.

NORRIS MIDDLE SCHOOL SEVENTH GRADER WINS SCRIPPS SPELLING BEE: Eesha Sohail, a seventh-grade student at Norris Middle School, beat 22 competitors after more than 20 rounds of intense competition to win the 31st Kern County Scripps National Spelling Bee Monday night. Eesha, 12, spelled the winning word, "frangibility," without pause and waited for the announcer to give her a final word. Read the full story here.

COUNTY FLIPS SWITCH ON ENERGY-EFFICIENT FINANCING: Homeowners in unincorporated Kern could be able to turn down the dimmer on their power bills, under a new finance program that began Monday. Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, headquartered in San Diego, is the latest of several so-called Property Assessed Clean Energy programs statewide. These are designed to let homeowners beat monthly energy bills with energy-efficient upgrades ranging from new weatherstripping to solar panels, paying on their property tax -- and, officials say, coming out ahead. 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.

LOCAL DOCTOR ORDERED TO STOP PRACTICING: The Medical Board of California has issued a cease practice order to Bakersfield doctor Savita P. Shertukde, who until a few years ago was a contract pathologist at Kern Medical Center. Shertukde is accused of failing to follow through on the terms of five years of probation imposed last year for repeatedly misinterpreting pathology slides, according to the order. Read the full story here.

SHERIFF PLANS FOR RETIRING UNDERSHERIFF TO RETURN ON LIMITED BASIS: Sometimes it's hard to walk away from a longtime job. And sometimes it's just as hard for an employer to see a talented employee go. So Sheriff Donny Youngblood, facing that situation with the retirement of Undersheriff RoseMary Wahl, has hashed out an agreement with her that he will present to the county Board of Supervisors March 25. The plan is for Wahl to retire, but then return as an "extra-help" undersheriff. She would continue working in the position and receive a salary but no benefits. Youngblood said 51-year-old Wahl would be paid $76,000 a year. Read the full story here.

SECURITY GUARDS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING AT MERCADO LATINO: Two security guards at Mercado Latino interrupted a vehicle burglary Sunday night and fired at the vehicle. At 7:47 p.m. deputies went to the shopping center at 2105 Edison Highway on a report of a shooting. They found that as the suspects in the vehicle burglary were fleeing, they pointed a handgun at the guards and tried to run over one of them. Then both guards fired at the gray Honda. It's not know if the suspects were hurt, but the sheriff's office says the car should have damage from the shooting. Anyone with information is asking to call the sheriff's office at 861-3110. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

APPLE RELEASES iOS7.1: Apple's website announced Monday that it has released iOS 7.1, which it describes as being "packed with interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features." Among the upgrades, you can better control when Siri listens by pressing the Home button while you speak. Apple says you can get the update by going to "settings," selecting "general" and picking "software update."

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

LOCAL DOCTOR ORDERED TO STOP PRACTICING: The Medical Board of California has issued a cease practice order to Bakersfield doctor Savita P. Shertukde, who until a few years ago was a contract pathologist at Kern Medical Center. Shertukde is accused of failing to follow through on the terms of five years of probation imposed last year for repeatedly misinterpreting pathology slides, according to the order. Read the full story here.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

EAGLES CRUISE IN SOCAL REGIONAL SOCCER OPENER: It didn't take record-setting Hannah Rehkopf and Bakersfield Christian's girls soccer team long to ensure that their remarkable season would continue. BCHS scored three goals in the first five minutes at home Monday -- and Rehkopf added to her Central Section record with three goals -- and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Van Nuys-Fulton College Prep in the CIF Southern California Division III quarterfinals. Rehkopf had a foot in all three early goals, starting 16 seconds after the opening kickoff. Read the full story here.

 

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