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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
TEJON RANCH PLANNING: Tejon Ranch Company has launched plans to build 12,000 homes, condos and apartment units at the foot of the Grapevine as part of a phased, master-planned community that would house what the company expects will be a large influx of industrial and retail workers in coming years. Executives with the Lebec agribusiness and real estate development company said this week the proposal fits into its long-term development plan, laid out in a landmark 2008 agreement with five environmental groups, to conserve 90 percent of Tejon Ranch's 270,000 acres in southwestern Kern County. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD CUL-DE-SACS: The Bakersfield City Council will get an update Wednesday on plans to build cul-de-sacs on two so-called "tree streets" in its historic downtown, independently of widening 24th Street immediately north. Residents on Spruce and Pine streets between 22nd and 24th streets have agreed unanimously that they want cul-de-sacs regardless of whether 24th Street is widened. The city will foot the bill. The Bakersfield City Council meets at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall council chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave. Read the full story here.
DRAMATIC 911 CALL: Alan Luther has spent 30 years in the oil fields and seen many serious accidents, including terrible head wounds. But his 14-year-old son’s injuries on Oct. 13 after his motorcycle crashed into a tree and a knobbed branch was driven into his face, was one of the worst. He thought his son would die. Luther called 911. Obviously distraught and shouting unintelligibly while at the same time trying to comfort his son, his 11-minute call starkly shows how critically important a skilled emergency dispatcher is to coordinating a rescue, and how agonizingly awful a parent’s terror can be. That remarkable call was released Tuesday by Shafter Police at Luther’s request, who hopes it will serve as a cautionary tale for motorcycle and off-road vehicle riders of all ages. Read the full story here.
STUDENT SHOT WHILE WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL: A boy is shot and wounded while walking home from school in Delano. It happened Tuesday about 1 p.m. as the 16-year-old was outside the grounds of North Kern Community School on Cecil Avenue. Police say the boy, who hasn't been identified, went back to the school to report being shot by someone in a passing car. He was taken to Kern Medical Center where he's listed in stable condition. Police didn't have any suspects right away, nor a description of the car. If you know anything, you're asked to call Delano Police. Read the full story here.
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CAUGHT: Authorities have captured a registered sex offender who was on the run. On Tuesday, Kern County Probation officials said 22-year-old Theodore Steele was booked into the local jail. No word on where he was when officers caught up with him. Steele was recently reported at large after he failed to report to his probation officer. Read the full story here.
IMMIGRATION PROTEST CONTINUE: More immigration activists are coming to Bakersfield to put the pressure on a local Congressman. On Wednesday afternoon, more than one hundred women and their families from around the state will converge on the office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said they'll stay as long as they have to in order to get McCarthy's attention. Among others taking part are members of the group Activating the Immigrant Vote. At 12:30 p.m. they'll gather at Yokuts Park, then they'll march to McCarthy's office on Empire Drive for a rally. They hope to present McCarthy with a pledge card demanding that he advance immigration reform.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
TEJON RANCH PROPOSES 12,000-UNIT RESIDENTIAL PROJECT AT FOOT OF GRAPEVINE: Tejon Ranch Co. has launched plans to build 12,000 homes, condos and apartment units at the foot of the Grapevine as part of a phased, master-planned community that would house what the company expects will be a large influx of industrial and retail workers in coming years. Executives with the Lebec agribusiness and real estate development company said this week the proposal fits into its long-term development plan, laid out in a landmark 2008 agreement with five environmental groups, to conserve 90 percent of Tejon Ranch's 270,000 acres in southwestern Kern County. Read the full story here.
AUDIOTAPES REVEAL TRAUMA, RELIEF OF FAMILY, 911 DISPATCHER: Alan Luther has spent 30 years in the oil fields and seen many serious accidents, including terrible head wounds. But his 14-year-old son's injuries on Oct. 13 after his motorcycle crashed into a tree and a knobbed branch was driven into his face, was one of the worst. Luther called 911. His 11-minute call starkly shows how critically important a skilled emergency dispatcher is to coordinating a rescue. That call was released Tuesday by Shafter Police at Luther's request, who hopes it will serve as a cautionary tale for motorcycle and off-road vehicle riders of all ages. Read the full story here.
THREE CLASSIC CARS STOLEN A DECADE AGO IN LA RECOVERED IN MOJAVE: Authorities say Mojave resident John Robinson took good care of his cars. Robinson kept a 1965 Buick Riviera, a 1984 Cadillac Coupe De Ville and a 1987 Buick Grand National. Together, the vehicles are worth about $70,000. But all of them were stolen out of Los Angeles between July and October of 2002. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Enfield said a tip from an informant led investigators to Robinson's home. They served a search warrant Oct. 23, arrested Robinson and recovered the cars. "They were actually in pretty decent condition," Enfield said of the vehicles. Read the full story here.
STUDENT SHOT WHILE WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL: Delano police say a 16-year-old student was shot Tuesday while walking home from North Kern Community School. The student's injuries are not life-threatening, police said. He returned to the school and reported the 1 p.m. incident before being taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center. Cpl. Ryan Wilson said the victim hasn't been cooperating with the investigation. He said it's unconfirmed whether the shooting is gang-related. It's believed one shot was fired, Wilson said. Read the full story here.
OIL INDUSTRY TREATED LEGISLATORS TO $13K DINNER: SACRAMENTO -- As negotiations heated up in September over a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, oil companies poured millions into lobbying the California Legislature, quarterly reports released last week show. The three interest groups that spent the most money from July 1 to Sept. 30 were oil and gas companies: Chevron, Western States Petroleum Association, and Aera Energy LLC. Nearly $13,000 of the Western States Petroleum Association's spending went toward hosting a dinner for 12 lawmakers and two staff members at The Kitchen, one of Sacramento's poshest venues. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
APPLE PLANT: Apple has announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs amid a push by the tech giant to bring some manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Apple did not disclose what will be made at the Mesa factory. But GT Advanced Technologies said in a statement late Monday that it had struck a $578 million deal to produce the "sapphire" material that Apple uses to protect sensors such as its phone cameras and the fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5s. The company said the work would be done in Arizona.
VERIZON: Verizon is making the jump from wireless carrier to hardware vendor with the Ellipsis 7, the first tablet bearing the brand name. It's a typical-looking Android tablet with last year's tech specs, priced at either $250, or $150 with a two-year contract. The Ellipsis 7 won't be Verizon's only hardware venture. A press release says the tablet is "the first product from Verizon Wireless in the Ellipsis family."
THE HEALTH REPORT
EATING DISORDERS IN MEN: Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed with their appearance and go to extremes to enhance their bodies. The problem can resemble a traditional eating disorder or involve use of drugs and supplements, according to U.S. researchers. It has been estimated that one in every 10 cases of an eating disorder occurs in men. For the new study, researchers surveyed 5,527 boys between ages 12 and 18 and found that 31 percent of the teens had - at some point - binged on food or purged. About 9 percent reported a high level of concern with their body's muscularity and about 2 percent were both concerned about muscularity and had used some type of supplement to enhance it.
FAST FOOD: It's not often that the food cops have kind words for the fast-food industry, but there are a few of them in a new report. Analysts from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity analyzed the menu offerings from 18 fast-food chains. They considered all the possible combinations of main dishes, sides and drinks. Eleven out of 12 of the restaurants with kids' meals had at least one option for a side dish that the Rudd Center considered "healthy," such as sliced apples or salads. In addition, more than three-quarters of the restaurants offered a healthy drink choice, usually unflavored milk, 100% juice or bottled water. McDonald's got a special shout-out for changing its Happy Meal menu to include only a half-serving of French fries and adding sliced apples.
THE SPORTS REPORT
STOCKDALE'S PARK SECOND IN SECTION GOLF: MADERA -- Stockdale junior Jessica Park is a 4.0 student with three Advanced Placement courses and an honors course as well. So naturally, when she gets out on the golf course, she tries not to think about much. She succeeded Tuesday at the Madera Golf Club, shooting a 6-over-par 78 that made her the runner-up at the Central Section Individual Golf Championships. "It was probably the biggest tournament of the year, but I wasn't nervous because I thought of it as just another tournament," Park said. "I don't want to psych myself out." Park shot a tournament-best 37 on the front nine, then grinded out a 41 on the back that left her two strokes behind champion Hannah Facchini of Hanford West, who shot 76. Read the full story here.
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