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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
SWIMMER CHALLENGES CITY OVER NO T-SHIRT POOL RULE: Seven Oaks resident Scott Whyte is taking on the city of Bakersfield over its policy on wearing T-shirts in city pools. Rules on the city's website require "(s)wimsuits" and say "Shirts, shorts, denim or cut-offs are not permitted." But 64-year-old Whyte who wears a T-shirt when swimming because he has scars from open-heart surgery and past issues with precancerous skin, believes the rules are unclear, and thinks city officials have been arrogant in their responses to him. City officials say the rules are clear, and so long as Whyte follows them -- he was briefly expelled from all city pools in January -- he's welcome to take a dip. Read the full story here.
SIX OF SEVEN COUNTY RACES UNCONTESTED: WHY?: Two Kern County supervisors, the sheriff, the district attorney and the auditor-controller have already won re-election to their respective offices. And the hand-picked successor to Treasurer-Tax Collector Jackie Denney will be handed her job without a fight. Candidates for six of the seven open elected positions in county government are getting a free ride this year. Only in the Kern County assessor-recorder race will there be more than one candidate. It will feature Bakersfield City Councilman Russell Johnson and two mid-level managers in the tax-setting agency. Read the full story here.
FORMER BAKERSFIELD WOMAN WHO STABBED HER CHILDREN TO DEATH IN SCOTLAND FOUND DEAD: A former Bakersfield woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing her three children to death while living in Scotland has died. Theresa Riggi, about age 50, was found dead Monday local time in a high-security psychiatric hospital in Nottinghamshire, a county in the East Midlands of England. Riggi had pleaded guilty to culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility in the August 2010 deaths of 8-year-old twin brothers Augustino and Gianluca and their 5-year-old sister Cecilia. 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.
FATAL HIGHWAY 58 CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION: The 29-year-old McKittrick man killed in an early morning crash on Highway 58 Saturday had lost control of his vehicle and struck a power pole, according to California Highway Patrol officers. Gerald Unruh was about five miles west of Lokern Road when the 4:10 a.m. crash occurred. Unruh died at the scene. Officers said Wednesday the crash remains under investigation and it's unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved. Read the full story here.
MAN FOUND GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN PARKING LOT ASSAULT: A single punch thrown in March of last year could land a Bakersfield man behind bars for 18 years. Travis Michael Lamb, 28, was found guilty Tuesday of charges including involuntary manslaughter in connection with a punch that knocked a man to the ground and caused injuries leading to a coma and, ultimately, death. Eighteen years would be the maximum Lamb faces but the judge could sentence him to a lesser term. Read the full story here.
THREE NEW COACHES FOR DELANO FOOTBALL TEAMS: High school football in Delano -- all of it -- is getting a major renovation. All three public schools in the city have hired new football coaches since the beginning of December: Rick Stewart at Delano, Dennis Moody at Kennedy and Casey Quinn at Chavez. All three coaches were bought out of contracts at other school districts and brought to Delano mid-semester. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
STARBUCKS DIGITAL TIPS: Are you leaving a tip when you pick up that caramel flan latte at Starbucks? Starting next Wednesday, you can use the coffee behemoth's mobile payment app to leave a tip of 50 cents, $1 or $2. The Associated Press says you'll be able to do this at the 7,000 locations in the United States that are owned by the company. The AP says about 1 in 10 Starbucks purchases are made with a mobile device.
THE HEALTH REPORT
COLORECTAL CHECKS: Some American Cancer Society big shots are in town as Bakersfield prepares to host one of the largest Relay for Life events in the nation, and they're using the occasion to remind people that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Chief medical and scientific officer Otis Brawley said there's still some aversion to getting screenings, even though everyone middle-aged and older should get checked regularly. The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age, and more than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50 or older. That's why everyone aged 50 and up who has no family history of colorectal cancer should get one of three simple screenings every five years, or a colonoscopy every 10 years. Screenings should occur more frequently for people with a personal or family history of the disease.
THE SPORTS REPORT
ROADRUNNER WOMEN WIN WAC TOURNEY OPENER: LAS VEGAS -- Second-seeded CSUB rallied from behind to edge seventh-seeded Utah Valley 65-63 in overtime in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in the Orleans Arena. Read the full story here.
GARCES GIRLS SHINE IN FIRST ROUND OF STATE PLAYOFFS: Maybe it's a good thing Garces' girls basketball players are getting used to this state playoff thing. The Rams have at least one more game to play after beating Riverside-Patriot 59-34 at home Wednesday in the first round of the CIF Division II state playoffs. Read the full story here.
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