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'First Look': First News for July 30

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:

POPE FRANCIS: As Pope Francis reached out to the gay community, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation, local Catholic devotees applauded him for his honest and accepting manner. That's according to Bakersfield Californian writer Laura Liera. In his first news conference, Pope Francis said gay clergyman should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked during Monday's interview as he returned from his first foreign trip in Brazil. Read the full story here.

DON HARRISON: A longtime popular coach and educator has died. Don Harrison, coach at Bakersfield High School and then a noted administrator for the Kern High School District and the Central Section of the California Interscholarsic Federation, died Monday after a lengthy illness. Harrison coached at BHS from 1956-1979, then moved to the KHSD in the fall of 1979 until retiring in 1992. He was the Central Section South Area Commissioner from the fall of 1979 until the early 2000s. Harrison's son is Monsignor Craig Harrison of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Bakersfield. Don Harrison suffered from four kinds of cancer. Don's wife and Craig's mother, Dorothy, also has terminal cancer. They celebrated their 59th anniversary in December. Don Harrison was 82. Read the full story here.

BC ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Two sources close to the athletic department at Bakersfield College say Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith will resign from that post, possibly as soon as today. Beckwith was hired as BC's athletic director on July 27, 2011. The sources say Sandi Taylor, who has been BC's softball coach for more than 20 years and has also served the past several years as BC's associate athletic director, will become athletic director. Beckwith said his attorneys have advised him not to discuss the matter and declined to comment. BC has been rocked by sanctions against its football program that were levied by the Southern California Football Association on May 14. Read the full story here.

POT SHOPS: Opponents of Bakersfield's new ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits failed Monday in their attempt to force a referendum on the issue. Financed by a political action committee calling itself Patients for Compassionate Use Policies, organizers had until 5 p.m. Monday to collect at least 15,326 signatures from registered Bakersfield voters and deliver them to the City Clerk's office, but failed to do so. The Bakersfield City Council approved the ordinance at its June 26 meeting. It takes effect Thursday. Read the full story here.

SEX OFFENDER: A McFarland registered sex offender gets 15 years behind bars. On Monday, 30-year-old Cass Mitchell was sentenced in U.S. District Court, for receiving images of child pornography. Mitchell already served four years on a previous child porn conviction, followed by another term for violating the terms of release. Then he reportedly did it again by using a controlled substance and downloading child porn between 2011 and January of this year. Since March, Mitchell has been detained as a flight risk and a danger to the community. Read the full story here.

BABY'S DEATH: The death of a baby in north Bakersfield has been ruled accidental. On Monday the Kern County Coroner said 5-month-old Chloe Marie Webb died from positional asphyxia. In the early morning hours of March 21, the baby was rushed from a home on Harding Avenue to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy was completed the next day, and further studies were done to determine the cause of death. Read the full story here.

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FRIENDS REMEMBER MAN KILLED IN GOSFORD CRASH: Friends of Angel Reyna Cabrera say the 20-year-old enjoyed pushing his car to the limit. That love of speed may have led to Cabrera's death early Monday after he drove into the center median on Gosford Road, hit a tree and was thrown from his white Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. He died at the scene north of Camino Media. "He loved to go fast," said J.R. Vasquez, a friend of Cabrera and owner of auto shop Redline Performance in Oildale. Police said Cabrera was the only person in the car and it's unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Read the full story here.

GARCES PUTS FOOTBALL COACH JIM MAPLES ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE: Garces football coach Jim Maples has been placed on paid administrative leave. That's according to athletic director Lela Steiber. Steiber said any further comment must come from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, as is the norm for personnel matters at Garces, a Catholic school. Reached via text message, Maples said he couldn't comment. A year ago, in his first season as the Rams' head coach, Maples led Garces to a 12-1 season and the Central Section Division II championship. He served as the team's defensive coordinator under John Roberts for the two previous years. When asked if the disciplinary action had any relation to the race-related incident Garces acknowledged in a statement last week, Steiber had no comment. Read the full story here.

INFLUENTIAL BHS COACH, COMMISSIONER DON HARRISON DIES AT 82: Don Harrison, a longtime coach at Bakersfield High School and then a noted administrator for the Kern High School District and the Central Section of the California Interscholarsic Federation, died Monday after a lengthy illness. The 82-year-old Harrison coached at BHS from 1956-1979, then moved to the KHSD in the fall of 1979 until retiring in 1992. He was the Central Section South Area Commissioner from the fall of 1979 until the early 2000s. "He had Driller blood," said the Rev. Craig Harrison, Don Harrison's son and the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church on H Street. "He spent most of his time dedicated to Bakersfield High. And that's how we were raised. That was the only school." Don Harrison suffered from four kinds of cancer, his son said. Don's wife and Craig's mother, Dorothy, also has terminal cancer, Craig said. They celebrated their 59th anniversary in December. Read the full story here.

MISSING JUVENILE MAY BE IN COMPANY OF REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER: Bakersfield police are asking for help finding a juvenile last seen July 20 who is possibly in the company of a registered sex offender who has removed his ankle monitor. Fifteen-year-old Patsy Lopez was last seen in the 400 block of Whitlock Street, police said. She may be with parolee at large John Gonzales, a 37-year-old Hispanic man described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Lopez is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, police said. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, green shorts and sandals. Read the full story here.

BECKWITH EXPECTED TO RESIGN AS BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: Two sources close to the athletic department at Bakersfield College say Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith will resign from that post, possibly as soon as today. Beckwith was hired as BC's athletic director on July 27, 2011. The sources say Sandi Taylor, who has been BC's softball coach for more than 20 years and has also served the past several years as BC's associate athletic director, will become athletic director. The sources also say that Zav Dadabhoy, BC's vice president for student affairs, will provide more oversight for the athletic program moving forward. Beckwith said his attorneys have advised him not to discuss the matter and declined to comment. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

IS AUSTRALIA THE NEXT ENERGY BOOM LAND? Forget North Dakota! The world's next great energy provider may be the land down under -- Australia. The United States' Energy Information Agency recently estimated that one region of Australia has between 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of shale oil, nearly six times larger than the Bakken Fields of North Dakota. By comparison, Saudi Arabian oil reserves are estimated at 263 billion barrels. Australia was the world's second largest exporter of coal in 2011, and the third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in 2012. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

BIOMETRIC SCANNING IN iPHONES: Apple's long been rumored to be working on adding fingerprint scanning technology to its gadgets, something that appears to be confirmed in a new version of its iOS software that went out Monday. iOS 7 beta 4 was released to developers Monday morning and has some new code, but not a visually available feature, for biometric scanning. According to cNet, the code includes instructions for fingerprint recognition. Apple spent $365 million on Authentec last year. The company specializes in developing fingerprint sensors. It's worth pointing out that versions of Apple's code do not always come to fruition immediately. Lines of code for a panorama camera feature were spotted as far back as 2011, but the feature didn't make it into Apple's iOS software until late 2012.

300GB DISC: Sony and Panasonic are teaming up to create the next step in data archiving: optical discs with a storage capacity of at least 300 gigabytes. The companies hope to have units available by the end of 2015. While the discs aren't so important for media playback with the increasing push for streaming content, Sony and Panasonic are targeting professionals who need long-term, large capacity storage. Flash storage and hard disk drives don't have the same sort of long-term reliability you can expect from an optical disc. Currently, the largest disc commercially available holds 100 gigabytes.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

CHOCKING ON CANDY: Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they're most likely to choke on is candy, according to a new study. Hard candy accounted for more than 15 percent of the nonfatal choking incidents. No. 2 was other candy, which caused an additional 13 percent of choking incidents. What else are kids choking on? In order: Meat other than hot dogs; bone; fruits and vegetables; formula or milk; seeds, nuts or shells; chips, pretzels or popcorn; and biscuits, cookies or crackers. Only 2 and a half percent of the nonfatal choking incidents involved hot dogs. However, the researchers noted that hot dogs frequently appear on lists of foods most likely to be involved in fatal choking cases. The findings are based on nearly a decade's worth of data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

CANCER DIAGNOSIS: The definition of cancer should be narrowed to exclude some forms of the disease that are unlikely to cause harm, U.S. cancer experts propose. U.S. National Cancer Institute researchers say that use of the term "cancer" should be reserved for describing lesions with a reasonable likelihood of lethal progression if left untreated. Researchers say doctors, patients and the general public need to recognize that overdiagnosis is common and occurs after the detection of tumors which, if left untreated, would not cause harm during the patient's lifetime.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BLAZE FALL: David Kandilas and Taylor Featherston had three hits apiece to lead the Modesto Nuts to a 7-3 victory Monday over the Bakersfield Blaze at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Kandilas, Tyler Massey and Jared Simon had two RBIs apiece for Modesto, which built a 6-1 lead after three innings. Massey and Simon each had two-run homers. The series continues tonight and Wednesday at Sam Lynn. Read the full story here.

LONGTIME BHS COACH REMEMBERED: Don Harrison, a longtime coach at Bakersfield High School and then a noted administrator for the Kern High School District and the Central Section of the California Interscholarsic Federation, died Monday after a lengthy illness. Harrison, 82, coached at BHS from 1956-1979, then moved to the KHSD in the fall of 1979 until retiring in 1992. He was the Central Section South Area commissioner of athletics from the fall of 1979 until the early 2000s. Read the full story here.

BC AD: Two sources close to the athletic department at Bakersfield College say Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith will resign from that post, possibly as soon as today. Beckwith was hired as BC's athletic director on July 27, 2011. The sources say Sandi Taylor, who has been BC's softball coach for more than 20 years and has also served the past several years as BC's associate athletic director, will become athletic director. Read the full story here.

 

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