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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
COUNCIL APPROVES 24TH STREET WIDENING: The long-awaited widening of 24th Street was approved 6-1 by the Bakersfield City Council Wednesday over the opposition of a small but vocal number of residents. The council certified the project's Environmental Impact Report over objections from speakers who variously accused the city of damaging Bakersfield's most historic residential area and not solving traffic problems. The city's next steps in the $62-million project are completing its design and spending an estimated $13 million to purchase the land for the project. Read the full story here.
HELP SOUGHT FOR ARVIN PUPS DOUSED IN MOTOR OIL: An Arvin Police Department officer found puppies covered in motor oil after a man called the department asking for help. Mindy Poulton, a board member for H.A.L.T. (Helping Animals Live Tomorrow) Rescue, said the oil was some kind of wives tales to cure parasites. H.A.L.T. got the pups into a foster home Monday night where they were bathed in Dawn dishwashing soap and enjoyed a very big meal. They're now at All Critters Pet Hospital on Rosedale Highway being evaluated. Read the full story here.
KERN COUNTY'S FLU DEATH TOLL REACHES 18: Two more Kern County residents have died from the flu. The total number of fatalities this season is now 18. The health department said 102 people have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and 53 of them were admitted to an intensive care unit during their illness. Of the 81 cases of flu confirmed so far, 32 were of the H1N1 or "swine flu" type. Read the full story here.
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CAR STRIKES, KILLS 4-YEAR-OLD BOY: A 4-year-old boy died Wednesday afternoon north of downtown when he was hit by a car. Bakersfield police said the accident occurred just after 5 p.m. when a woman was driving a 1998 Ford Expedition southbound on Q Street and made a turn west onto 30th Street. Witnesses said the boy, Gregorio Edward Leyva, ran in front of the SUV in the 800 block of 30th Street and was struck. Neither drugs, alcohol nor speed appear to be a factor. Leyva was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died. Read the full story here.
INMATE DIES AFTER BEING FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN CELL: A 56-year-old man who found unresponsive in his cell at the downtown jail died at San Joaquin Community Hospital Wednesday morning. The cause of death of Rosamond resident Robert Lee Moore has not been determined. Moore was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday afternoon. Read the full story here.
STEREO STOLEN FROM VEHICLE IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD: Two men stole a stereo from a vehicle parked in northwest Bakersfield late last month. One suspect removed the stereo from a vehicle in the 4750 block of Coffee Road at 3:25 p.m. Jan. 29 while a second suspect drove them from the scene, police said. The first suspect is described as Hispanic, 30, heavy build, short dark hair, wearing a white T-shirt. The second suspect is described as Hispanic, 30, slim build, short dark hair, wearing a yellow jacket and dark pants. Anyone with information, call BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
FLAPPY BIRD: Flappy Bird's takedown by its creator has given malware creators a new outlet to exploit unsuspecting users. According to security firm Sophos, it has discovered several applications claiming to be Flappy Bird in third-party Android app marketplaces. The trouble, however, is that the games in some cases contain malware and in others force users to send a text message to a given number, effectively giving the malware creators all they need to potentially exploit users. Flappy Bird has become a hot-button issue in the mobile world after the game soared to popularity and was subsequently taken down by its creator.
THE HEALTH REPORT
MAMMOGRAM SCREENING: A new study has added to growing evidence that yearly mammogram screenings do not reduce the chance that a woman will die of breast cancer and confirms earlier findings that many abnormalities detected by these X-rays would never have proved fatal, even if untreated. The findings echo research such as a 2012 study in The New England Journal of Medicine which found that screening mammography "is having, at best, only a small effect on the rate of death from breast cancer."
THE SPORTS REPORT
CONDORS STAY HOT, KNOCK OFF IDAHO STEELHEADS 2-1: Spencer Bennett scored eight minutes into the third period and Laurent Brossoit stopped 32 shots as the Condors beat the Idaho Steelheads 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Condors (22-20-1-3) have now won five straight games, their longest winning streak since a six-game stretch in November 2009. The victory left the Condors one point behind Stockton in the ECHL Western Conference. Read the full story here.
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY: Wrestling's march to Rabobank Arena for the CIF State Championships begins this weekend with league championships across California. Three of those are in Kern County on Friday: The South Sequoia League meet opens festivities at 10 a.m. at Wasco, with the Southeast Yosemite League meet at East at noon and the South Yosemite League meet at Mira Monte at 12:45. On Saturday, the Southwest Yosemite League meet begins at 9 a.m. at Frontier, featuring three-time state champion Bakersfield High. Read the full story here.
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