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Wednesday, May 14 2014 06:59 AM

'First Look': First News for May 14

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

DISTRICT ATTORNEY WINS FIGHT TO HIRE MORE PROSECUTORS, INVESTIGATORS: Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green claimed victory Tuesday in a pitched battle with the County Administrative Office over her request to beef up staffing. Supervisors, brushing aside concerns about the county's troubled budget, told Green she could spend $864,059 to hire new attorneys and investigators to prosecute in-prison crimes. But if her budget is still larger than it should be when the DA's office budget comes in during the summer, cuts will be made. Read the full story here.

AGENCIES PREPARE FOR ANTI-PANHANDLING LAW: When the city's anti-panhandling law takes effect Friday, Bakersfield police will take a back seat to homeless advocates and downtown merchants, who are gearing up to warn the public against panhandling. City staff recommended the ordinance as a legally defensible way to help downtown business owners, who have said panhandlers are driving away their customers. In comparison with life-or-death crimes, however, aggressive panhandling will be a low priority call for Bakersfield Police Department officers, who must observe a violation before writing tickets or unholstering handcuffs. Read the full story here.

NEWLY APPROVED HIGH-SPEED TRAIN ROUTE HAS 'UNAVOIDABLE' EFFECTS ON VALLEY: The latest section approved from Fresno to Bakersfield for California's proposed high-speed train project would displace hundreds of homes and businesses and take as much as 5,000 acres of farmland out of production on at least a temporary basis during construction. The route generally follows the BNSF Railway freight tracks that run through rural Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties between the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield. The final route is one of more than 100 possible combinations of various options that were evaluated by consultants over more than two years. 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.

TEHACHAPI BASEBALL COACH IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LINE DRIVE: Tehachapi High baseball coach Chris Olofson was struck in the head by a line drive during Tuesday's Division III playoff game and was taken to Kern Medical Center. Tehachapi High athletic director Pat Snyder said Olofson was in critical condition with a fractured skill and bleeding on the brain. He said Olofson was sleeping and heavily sedated. Olofson was struck by the line drive in the bottom of the fourth inning of Tehachapi's 10-5 home playoff win over Highland. Read the full story here.

INMATE ESCAPES FROM KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON: A 22-year-old inmate from Los Angeles County escaped from the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano Tuesday. Pedro Avellino Reyes was incarcerated Feb. 18 for attempted carjacking and was serving an 18-month sentence. The circumstances of his escape were unclear Tuesday night. Reyes is described as a Hispanic male, 6 feet tall and 165 pounds with a thin build, black hair, hazel eyes and a blemished complexion. Read the full story here.

BOY, 2, DIES AFTER BEING FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN POOL: A 2-year-old boy found unconscious and not breathing in a backyard pool Monday afternoon died later, and deputies are continuing investigating his death. Dutch William Shirley was found in an above-ground pool in the 900 block of El Tejon Avenue in Bakersfield just before 5 p.m. According to sheriff deputies, the boy had been left in the care of 28-year-old Ashley Martin, while his mother was at work. He was allowed to play in the pool with another toddler. Martin left the children under her boyfriend's supervision while she left to pick up Shirley's mother. When she returned, Shirley was found floating in the pool. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

INTERNET CENSORSHIP: Don't like what pops up in Google if you type in your name? If you're in 28 European countries, you'll now have more say. Europe's highest court on Tuesday issued a ruling that experts say could make Google and other search engines remove information. The Associated Press says it's called "the right to be forgotten," and the Court of Justice of the European Union believes people should have a say. But others argue that it could lead to censorship and block the flow of information. The ruling does not have any impact in the United States or other non-European countries.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

DIGITAL BIKING IN BAKERSFIELD: A nonprofit organization has developed free electronic apps designed to promote good health through bicycling, and it's rolling out one especially for Bakersfield later this month. My City Bikes brings together all of a community's beginner-friendly commuter, road, mountain and recreational biking options in one centralized, localized free smartphone app. For a preview of what we're getting, you can check out apps for cities throughout the United States and Canada at http://mycitybikes.org/.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

TEHACHAPI BASEBALL COACH IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LINE DRIVE: Tehachapi High baseball coach Chris Olofson was struck in the head by a line drive during Tuesday's Division III playoff game and was taken to Kern Medical Center. Tehachapi High athletic director Pat Snyder said Olofson was in critical condition with a fractured skill and bleeding on the brain. He said Olofson was sleeping and heavily sedated. Olofson was struck by the line drive in the bottom of the fourth inning of Tehachapi's 10-5 home playoff win over Highland. Read the full story here.

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