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Tuesday, Mar 04 2014 07:13 AM

'First Look': First News for March 4

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

KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMES SCHAEFER NEW SUPERINTENDENT: The Kern High School District chose a popular, veteran administrator as its 21st superintendent Monday, a decision lauded by many but decried by others who had wanted a wider search. The district board tapped Bryon Schaefer, assistant superintendent for personnel, for the top job, effective Aug. 1. The 50-year-old former math teacher and principal will replace Superintendent Don Carter, who is retiring after 38 years with the district, the last 10 as its head. Read the full story here.

COUNTY TO PAY $2.3 MILLION OF SETTLEMENT IN 2011 DEPUTY DRIVING CASE: Kern County will pay approximately $2.3 million of the $8.8 million settlement going to the families of two people killed when a Kern County Sheriff's deputy's car hit them while they were crossing Norris Road in December 2011. The two cases were resolved for $4.8 and $4 million to the families of Daniel Hiler and Chrystal Jolley, respectively. The county's insurance company will pay the remaining $6.5 million. Read the full story here.

A RUSH OF PEOPLE AND MONEY DESCEND ON BAKERSFIELD THIS WEEKEND: With two major events in town this weekend, local hotels are expected to be sold out and businesses are prepping for a rush of people estimated to bring nearly $5 million to Bakersfield. The annual March Meet, held Thursday through Sunday, and the CIF State Wrestling Championship, held Friday and Saturday, will bring a combined 23,000 visitors to the city, said David Lyman, manager at the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. With the spike in visitors, local restaurants and hotels are preparing to play host. Read the full story here.


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

OVERFLOW CROWD AT KHSD MEETING PROTESTS PAY, SUPERINTENDENT CHOICE: Between activists critical of a superintendent search process and a major show of force by unions vying for raises, the Kern High School District board room was packed beyond capacity Monday night with protesters, many waving signs and wearing their school colors. Teachers, bus drivers and other staff members were demanding their first pay increase since before the recession. District employees gave up raises and paid more for health insurance in the lean years of the economic downturn. With the economy improving and state funding to school districts rebounding, unions are asking for more favorable contracts. Read the full story here.

MAN'S SHOOTING DEATH WAS HOMICIDE : The Feb. 27 shooting death of a man in south Bakersfield man has been ruled a homicide by the coroner's office of the Kern County Sheriff's office. Jimmie Wallace, 57, was found dead at 700 Watts Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. Wallace was dead when police arrived at the scene around 8:40 p.m. Read the full story here.

A FUNNY THING IS HAPPENING: NOSTALGIA CARS ARE REPLACING TOP-FUEL DRAGSTER: There is no doubt about it, Funny Cars now reign supreme in nostalgia drag racing. Performance-wise, the two classes are close. The dragsters can generally run a tick quicker and get into the 5.60-second range a bit more than the Funny Cars. The Funny Cars generally run a bit more mph, though both classes are capable of pushing 260. But when it comes to close competition, the Funny Car class is the hands-down winner. Read the full story here.



DISH NETWORK: The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Dish Network would be disabling its commercial skipping program on its "Hopper" devices for Disney-owned content. The device allows users to automatically skip commercials. but has drawn scorn from content owners dependent on advertising for revenue.



ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OFTEN COME FROM FRIENDS: A new government study says most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them for free from people they know -- not from drug dealers. Only 15 percent of the most frequent abusers said they got the drugs from dealers or strangers, the Associated Press reports. The study published Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine said two-thirds of drug abusers claim they used the drugs "infrequently" and more than half got them from friends or relatives, the AP said. Also, the study found that the biggest abusers doctor-shop, getting prescriptions from more than one doctor.



PATRIOT POWER: Justin Nieto's three-run homer highlighted a five-run third inning Monday for Liberty High, which rolled to an 11-4 victory over Stockdale in the American Division championship of the 28th Terrio Therapy Spring Classic at Sam Lynn Ballpark. It was the first title in the tournament for Liberty, which was a runner-up in 2005. Read the full story here.




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