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'First Look': First News for Feb. 27

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

YOUTUBE ORDERED TO TAKE DOWN ANTI-MUSLIM FILM: A federal appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in many parts of the Middle East. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube by a Bakersfield actress who appeared in the video. The 9th Circuit said the YouTube posting infringed actress Cindy Lee Garcia's copyright to her role, and she, not just the filmmaker, could demand its removal. The 14-minute film, "Innocence of Muslims," depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and womanizer. Read the full story here.

BASS PRO MAY BE ONE THAT GOT AWAY FROM HOSKING AVENUE PROJECT: Bass Pro Shops has pulled out of a long-delayed shopping center project south of Panama Lane, even as the Missouri-based sporting goods chain indicated Wednesday it remains interested in opening a store in Bakersfield. Word of the retail chain's withdrawal from the proposed 93-acre Bakersfield Gateway development comes as the city is preparing to accept bids on a public works project considered key to the shopping center: a $25 million interchange at Highway 99 and Hosking Avenue, the Californian's John Cox reports. Read the full story here.

RAIN STORMS WELCOME, BUT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: It's raining, Bakersfield. Or it's about to. Have you turned off your automatic sprinklers? The valleys and mountains of Kern County appear to be in for some real weather on Friday and Saturday. As much as a half-inch of rain is predicted, with up to 8 inches of snow in the higher elevations. But don't even think about celebrating the end of the drought, water managers caution. California is in a water deficit so deep, it would require catastrophic flood conditions throughout March just to break even this year. The natural aquifer below Bakersfield held 2 million acre-feet of water last year. After a year of pumping -- and virtually no water added to recharge the supply -- the aquifer is down to approximately 1.7 million acre-feet, equal to three full Isabella Lakes. 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.

COUPLE ACCUSED OF TYING UP, BURNING 5-YEAR-OLD: A Bakersfield couple pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges including torture in connection with allegedly beating, burning and tying up a 5-year-old girl. Jesse Joe Brown and Virginia Susanna Rodriguez are the father and stepmother of the victim. Police said the child was unconscious and had suffered numerous injuries when officers arrived at a residence in the 200 block of Cedar Street early Sunday morning. The girl -- severely malnourished and weighing only 25 pounds -- went into cardiac arrest on the way to Mercy Hospital. She was transferred to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Read the full story here.

THREE ARRESTED FOLLOWING DRUG INVESTIGATION: A month-long investigation into a group of people allegedly dealing large amounts of methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area resulted in three arrests. Deputies said they served a search warrant Tuesday in the 1300 block of Chattahoochee Lane in east Bakersfield and seized 2 1/2 pounds of meth, 82 marijuana plants and a stolen handgun. They also seized a quarter-ounce of cocaine and $1,400 in cash. Read the full story here.

GARCES GIRLS SOCCER REACHERS D-II FINAL AGAIN: The Garces girls soccer team dismantled the No.3 seed Fresno-Edison 3-0 on Sam Tobias Field Wednesday night, reaching Division II Central Section finals again. Up next for Garces is a chance to defend its title Friday. To do so, the Rams will have to take down No. 1 seed Frontier on the road. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

FREE INTERNET: Imagine having free Internet access. About 400 houses in the San Francisco Bay area city of Richmond are getting it because of a grant that aims to expand Internet service to low-income areas, the Associated Press reports citing a Contra Costa Times story. It's funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund to improve digital literacy among the poor. AP says the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors is interested in expanded the free access throughout the county.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

DROP IN OBESE TODDLERS: A government study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association says toddler obesity dropped in the last decade. The Associated Press reports that obesity among kids ages 2 to 5 decreased to 8 percent, compared to 14 percent a decade ago. That represents a 43 percent drop. But only preschoolers saw a decline. Obesity didn't decline in older children. Study author Cynthia Ogden told the Associated Press that, "There's a glimmer of hope."

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

GARCES GIRLS SOCCER REACHERS D-II FINAL AGAIN: The Garces girls soccer team dismantled the No.3 seed Fresno-Edison 3-0 on Sam Tobias Field Wednesday night, reaching Division II Central Section finals again. Up next for Garces is a chance to defend its title Friday. To do so, the Rams will have to take down No. 1 seed Frontier on the road. Read the full story here.

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