By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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STUDY WARNS OF OIL ACTIVITY-INDUCED EARTHQUAKES: Environmental groups released a report Thursday intended to return public attention to earthquake risks associated with underground injection activity in oilfields near Bakersfield and other California population centers. Without pointing to any seismic activity caused by hydraulic fracturing, acidization or wastewater disposal in the state, the report sounds an alarm that these operations pose special dangers in California because they often take place near earthquake faults. It says 54 percent of active or new wells in the state are located within 10 miles of a recently active fault, and 6 percent lie within just one mile of such a fault. Read the full story here.
AIR FORCE RELEASES REPORT ON DEADLY TANKER CRASH THAT KILLED BAKERSFIELD MAN: An air tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing a Bakersfield man and others, was rolling to the left and right so violently that the tail section tore free, causing the aircraft to plunge toward the ground and explode in mid-air, an Air Force report said Thursday. The accident last May 3 killed a three-member crew from Fairchild Air Force Base, including 30-year-old Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III of Bakersfield. Read the full story here.
URBAN WATER FORUM TALKS SUPPLY, CONSERVATION, INNOVATION: The purpose of a forum of urban water purveyors held Thursday at Bakersfield City Hall was "to share ideas and best practices, and talk about where we are in our urban water supply." The forum featured a discussion panel made up of managers from seven of the city's largest water purveyors. Water managers advised local to be water-wise but not to expect mandatory water rationing in neighborhoods anytime soon as supplies have not fallen to critical levels. Read the full story here.
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MAN SHOT THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN OILDALE: A man was shot once in the back Thursday when three men confronted him in Oildale. Kern County Sheriff's deputies responded around 2 p.m. to the 1300 block of Wilson Avenue where three Hispanic men in their 20s were believed to have confronted a white male in his 20s The three Hispanic men had two handguns and shot the victim once. They fled in an unknown direction in a black full-size Toyota Tacoma pickup with an extended cab driven by a woman. The victim was in stable condition at Kern Medical Center. Read the full story here.
MAN KILLED ON MONTEREY STREET HIT-AND-RUN IDENTIFIED: The 31-year-old man struck and killed Monday has been identified as Moon Rainbow Ernesto Cortez. Cortez, of Bakersfield, was hit by a car on the 1100 block of Monterey Street and declared dead at the scene. Mario Martinez, 20, of Bakersfield was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving the car that killed Cortez. Martinez remains in the Kern County Jail without bond on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver. Read the full story here.
SERVICES SATURDAY FOR EX-DRILLER FOOTBALL STAR FANNING: William Fanning, Jr., who died last week at age 81, had two nicknames when he played football for Bakersfield High, Bakersfield College and Army in the 1940s and 1950s. One was "Junior," which became so common that it became Fanning's called name. The other was "Choo-choo train," given because of the way Fanning, a running back, ran over defenders on the football field. Visitation for Manning will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at The Chapel of Rucker's Mortuary. Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with interment at Union Cemetery. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
NEW LOOK FOR GOOGLE: The Google experience looks a little different on personal computers now. The Associated Press reports that the changes include larger font sizes and different markings for ads. The AP quoted lead search designer Jon Wiley as saying the changes present a "cleaner look."
THE HEALTH REPORT
HEALTHY HABITS FOR KIDS: Kids at Bakersfield's Noble Elementary School checked out a special health fair Thursday put on by pharmaceutical interns from the University of the Pacific. They explored health issues at 11 booths, including one with cups of liquids, pills and other products that looked the same but were not -- candy that resembled medicine, for example, and juice that resembled household cleaners. Best not to confuse, say, chocolate and chocolate-flavored ex-lax, said pharmacy student Kelly Chan. "That one will make you have to go to the bathroom," she said, inspiring a chorus of "eeeuuuuw." Other booths had exhibits on health and safety topics such as nutrition, stranger danger, ultraviolet rays and hand-washing. Read the full story here.
THE SPORTS REPORT
ROADRUNNERS WIN WAC TOURNEY OPENER: Sixth-seeded CSUB rode Grayson's 29 points to a 68-62 win over third-seeded Chicago State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Orleans Arena. The Roadrunners (13-18) advance into tonight's 8:30 semifinals against second-seeded New Mexico State, which beat No. 7-seed Seattle on Thursday night. Read the full story here.
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