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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
BAKERSFIELD BLAZE: The Bakersfield Blaze are back in the hands of their former owner. On Monday, the baseball team sent out a press release Monday reporting D.G. Elmore of the Elmore Sports Group has reclaimed ownership of the club. This is just a few days after local businessmen Chad Hathaway and Gene Voiland announced lack of funding halted plans to build a new stadium to replace Sam Lynn Ballpark. Elmore said he had every hope the new park would become a reality, and moved back into control after Voiland and Hathaway decided not to repay a loan for the purchase of the team. The Blaze will continue playing at Sam Lynn, where the now-former owners made hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations. No word on whether the Blaze will continue to be an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Read the full story here.
WASCO SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: An elementary school in Wasco is locked down after deputies receive a call regarding a possible threat against a student. It happened Monday morning. Sheriff's deputies say no attempt was made to hurt the student at Palm Avenue Elementary. Authorities say the caller told deputies the student and several other family members of a man involved in a recent homicide might be targeted for retaliation. The school was on lockdown for about an hour before the decision was made to continue with classes. Deputies are continuing to investigate. Read the full story here.
NEW CHARTER SCHOOL: A new elementary charter school is one of the options the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is considering to ease overcrowding on some campuses. The Bakersfield Californian reports Panama wants to revise its school attendance boundaries in an effort to even out a district where some schools are overcrowded and others are underutilized. The district in southwest Bakersfield presented three draft maps for review Monday night at the first of three community forums it is holding over several weeks. Read the full story here.
KMC BUDGET: Kern County supervisors have prescribed a whole new budget for the county's ailing hospital. The board Monday directed County Administrative Officer John Nilon Monday to rebuild a real budget for Kern Medical Center. KMC is in crisis because financial managers mis-estimated the amount of money the hospital would be reimbursed annually for serving Media-Cal and indigent patients by millions of dollars since 2005. Supervisors fired CEO Paul Hensler in September after the problems came to light. Read the full story here.
CAR ROLLS OVER EAST OF DELANO: A woman is dead after her car rolls east of Delano. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Garces Highway east of Highway 65. Authorities say the woman was westbound in a 2000 Toyota at an unknown speed, when for some reason she lost control. The car overturned and the driver died at the scene. Her name was withheld by the Highway Patrol pending notification of relatives. Read the full story here.
INFANT DEATH IN BAKERSFIELD: Police are investigating the death of a baby in southwest Bakersfield. Shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a home in the 3000 block of Stine Road, where an infant less than two months old was pronounced dead at the scene. She's been identified as Ellie Ann Weber. An autopsy is being scheduled. 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.
CALLER WARNS DEPUTIES OF POSSIBLE RETALIATION AGAINST FAMILY OF MAN INVOLVED IN HOMICIDE : An elementary school in Wasco was locked down Monday morning after deputies received a call regarding a possible threat against a student. No attempt was made to hurt the student at Palm Avenue Elementary, Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. The school was on lockdown for about an hour before the decision was made to continue with classes. Pruitt said the caller told deputies the student and several other family members of a man involved in a recent homicide might be targeted for retaliation. Deputies are continuing to investigate. Read the full story here.
PREVIOUS OWNER RECLAIMS THE BLAZE; LEAGUE LOOKING FOR A NEW CITY: The California League began looking for a new home city for the Bakersfield Blaze Monday after failed efforts to build a new stadium here prompted an Indiana businessman to reclaim ownership of the team. D.G. Elmore announced Monday he is retaking possession from Bakersfield oil executives Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway, who said last week they were unable to raise enough money to build a $30 million, 3,500-seat stadium at Coffee and Brimhall roads. That means the California League will immediately begin looking for a new home for the Blaze outside Bakersfield because Sam Lynn Ball Park does not meet professional baseball standards, league President Charlie Blaney said. Read the full story here.
WOMAN DIES AFTER OVERTURNING HER CAR: A Bakersfield woman died Sunday night after her car overturned on Highway 155, a little more than a mile east of Highway 65 in Woody. At about 7:30 p.m., 31-year-old Marina Frances Garcia was driving her 2000 Toyota west on Highway 155 and lost control of her vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said. Garcia died at the scene. Read the full story here. Read the full story here.
RETRACING OF JOADS' JOURNEY ENDS IN KERN: Their westward journey to honor the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" began in Sallisaw, Okla., and ended here Monday, at a migrant labor camp in the farm fields of Kern County. Three artists and a film crew from the Salinas-based National Steinbeck Center retraced the journey taken by the Joads, the fictional family at the center of Steinbeck's 1939 novel. Along the 11-day journey through Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona and California, they talked with dozens of people as diverse as the countryside they traversed. Read the full story here.
CHARTER SCHOOL, NEW BOUNDARIES CONSIDERED AT PANAMA-BUENA VISTA: A new elementary charter school is one of the options the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is considering to ease overcrowding on some campuses. Panama wants to revise its school attendance boundaries in an effort to even out a district where some schools are overcrowded and others are underutilized. The southwest Bakersfield district presented three draft maps for review Monday night at the first of three community forums it is holding over several weeks. Panama expects to refine the maps in coming weeks as it looks for the best way to balance competing interests. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
DRIVING MODE: Microsoft is updating its Windows Phone software to make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. The new Driving Mode will automatically silence incoming calls and texts so that you can focus on the road. You also can configure the feature to automatically send out a reply to say that you're driving. It can be activated automatically when the phone is linked wirelessly with a Bluetooth device in the car, such as a headset. Apple has a Do Not Disturb feature for iPhones, which can be activated via its Siri voice assistant. What the Driving Mode won't do, however, is block outgoing calls or texts. And there will be ways to override it. The feature won't stop a teenager from texting while driving, but it will help reduce distractions.
NETFLIX: Netflix is in talks with cable TV companies, including Comcast and Suddenlink Communications, to get its streaming app on their set-top boxes, according to a person familiar with the situation. If the deals happen, that would represent a major thawing in the historically frosty relationship between Netflix and the traditional TV industry. Netflix has already cut similar deals with companies in the U.K. and Sweden.
THE HEALTH REPORT
SPORTS METH? A popular and controversial sports supplement widely sold in the US and other countries has been found to contain a chemical similar to methamphetamine, according to new tests by scientists in the USA and South Korea. The test results on samples of Craze, a pre-workout powder made by New York-based Driven Sports and marketed as containing only natural ingredients, raise significant health and regulatory concerns, the researchers said. Craze was named 2012's "New Supplement of the Year" by Bodybuilding.com. A USA TODAY investigation published in July reported on other tests detecting amphetamine-like compounds in Craze. While Walmart.com and several online retailers have stopped selling Craze in the wake of USA TODAY's investigation, the product has continued to be sold elsewhere online and in GNC stores.
BEDTIMES: Struggling with a difficult kid? You might want to take a hard, honest look at how often he or she actually gets to bed on time. Researchers have found a clear link between the lack of a regular bedtime and behavioral difficulties in children, and it is just what moms and dads know intuitively: Irregular bedtimes often lead to bad behavior in kids. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers also found that, on average, children's behavior got worse as the number of nights they did not get to bed on time increased.
THE SPORTS REPORT
BC'S HUSER SHOOTS 77, WINS GOLF TOURNAMENT: SANTA BARBARA -- Kendell Huser shot a 77 on the par-72 Santa Barbara Golf Club on Monday at the WSC Match No. 5 to take top individual honors, the first time this season for BC. The team finished in fourth place at the tournament. Santa Barbara City College won the tournament with a team score of 323. Read the full story here.
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