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Tuesday, Dec 03 2013 08:19 AM

'First Look': First News for Dec. 3

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

FOOD COMPANY SHUT DOWN: A local food company has agreed to stop processing and distributing goods until it takes steps to improve sanitation at its Bakersfield facility. Inspectors with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week noticed unsanitary conditions at Alfred Louie's facility at 4501 Shepard Street dating back to 2000. The company makes and distributes ready-to-eat mung bean and soybean sprouts and wheat flour noodles. The company also packs and distributes other food products such as flour, nuts and spices from other manufacturers. Read the full story here.

HOUSE FIRE IN ROSAMOND: A house fire in Rosamond is blamed on batteries used in a remote control aircraft. It was reported around 12:15 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of Cobblestone Lane. Authorities say someone in the house happened to be walking by the room where the battery fire started and alerted everyone to get out. It looks like the smoke alarms weren't working. Kern County Firefighters limited damage to $20,000 and rescued four dogs in the process. No one was injured. 

HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: A local high school goes on lockdown. It happened at South High School Monday after a possible person with a shotgun was reported on campus. Bakersfield Police investigated and didn't find a gunman, so the lockdown was lifted at about 3:30 p.m.

IMMIGRATION REFORM: Immigration activists plan to camp out at a local congressman's Bakersfield office. For 11 days, proponents of immigration reform will stay at Republican Kevin McCarthy's Empire Drive offices in an effort to get the congressman to use his influence as majority whip to force a vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Activists claim McCarthy has dragged his feet on the issue. McCarthy says immigration is an important issue. The sit-in called "11 Days for 11 Million" starts Tuesday and runs through Dec. 13.

CHURCH FIRE IN DELANO: Fire damages a church in Delano. Shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, Kern County Fire crews were called to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Clinton Street. They found flames coming from a room next to the sanctuary and called in reinforcements. Twenty six firefighters fought to keep the flames from spreading and they spent several hours looking for hot-spots. Damage was limited to a $100,00 for the $1 million structure. Nobody was injured, and the cause is under investigation. Read the full story here.

SAVE YOUR HOME FROM FORECLOSURE: Afraid you might lose your home to foreclosure? A program called Keep Your Home California could help. Evan Gerberding is the market manager who said there are four different programs available, but you must own and occupy your home -- and there are income limits. Applicants must also be facing serious financial hardships. You can apply online at keepyourhomecalifornia.org.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

FOOD COMPANY SHUTS DOWN TO IMPROVE SANITATION: A local food company agreed to stop processing and distributing goods last week until it takes steps to improve sanitation at its Bakersfield facility, according to a court agreement. U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors noticed unsanitary conditions at Alfred Louie Inc.'s facility at 4501 Shepard St. dating back to 2000. The company makes and distributes ready-to-eat mung bean and soybean sprouts and wheat flour noodles. The company also packs and distributes other food products such as flour, nuts and spices from other manufacturers. Read the full story here.

LOCAL CHILDREN, FAMILIES SICKENED AT LAS VEGAS YOUTH FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: The agony of stomach cramps blocked the thrill of victory for more than a dozen young local football players and their families last week at a Las Vegas tournament. Organizers estimate about 100 people -- including 17 of 19 members of Bakersfield's Far West Freedom Football's sophomore team -- became ill during the four-day western division of the National Youth Football Championships. Nevada public health officials confirmed that the wave of sickness was due to norovirus, an extremely contagious virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps. About nine of the roughly 100 teams participating in the four-day tournament from across the western U.S. were directly impacted by the virus. Read the full story here.

RAIDERS FAN ATTRACTS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT FOR EXOTIC COSTUME: There are Oakland Raiders fans, and then there are Raiders fans like Andrea Sedano of Bakersfield. Sedano's hardcore love of the Raiders is so extreme it's landed her in the pages of ESPN The Magazine. The teenage Bakersfield student is included in an extensive photo feature titled "Raider Nation: Behind the Makeup" that captures more than a dozen Oakland fans who take on new identities in support of their NFL team. After two hours of prep time, Sedano turns into Drea of the Dead, an exotic character straight out of a Tim Burton movie -- all in hopes of inspiring the Raiders to victory. Read the full story here.

BODY FOUND IN AUGUST IDENTIFIED AS LOCAL MAN: The Kern County Coroner's office released the name Monday of a Bakersfield man whose body was found nearly four months ago by firefighters putting out a brush fire in Arvin. The body of 37-year-old Oscar Garcia was found Aug. 11 in a field on the north side of Bear Mountain Boulevard east of Deer Trail. Cause of death was blunt force head trauma and asphyxiation. Read the full story here.

KERN LAWMAKERS TURNING AWAY EXTRA PAY: Kern County's state legislators are largely eschewing the pay raises that just took effect for them and a slew of other lawmakers, with one saying flat-out they don't deserve the money. State Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, say they will donate their extra pay to charity. Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, says she's refusing the pay bump, but she hasn't made it onto an official list of those doing so being kept by the state controller's office. A spokeswoman for state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, said her boss was unavailable for comment Monday on her plans for the money. California lawmakers received a 5.3 percent pay raise effective Sunday, something approved by the citizen panel that determines state officials' compensation. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

AMAZON DRONES: Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos said the company is testing delivering packages using drones. Bezos said the drones could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds. That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers. But the drones, which would pick up items from Amazon's distribution centers and fly them to customer's homes, probably won't be put into use for four or five years, pending Federal Aviation Administration approval. Bezos said, "It will work, and it will happen, and it's gonna be a lot of fun".

ON DEMAND PROGRAMMING: Comcast is teaming with Nielsen to determine a way for advertisers to insert current ads into on-demand episodes that are being viewed by consumers days after they originally air. The companies are working in conjunction with some of the networks to determine a measurement for on-demand commercial ratings that would find out if the audience that is watching V-O-D content is useful to companies that sponsor TV programs. Comcast also believes that the tests it's conducting with Nielsen may help TV networks gain more ground in the overall ratings race. According to Variety, since 2007 advertisers have paid only for viewers who watch the commercials that accompany the program when it first airs. But TV networks, which are seeing audiences watch shows several days beyond that window, think they ought to be paid for more. According to Comcast, 43 percent of on-demand viewing of a current episode takes place within three days of the show's original air date.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

ENERGY DRINKS: Researchers warn that energy drinks packed with caffeine can change the way the heart beats. A team from the University of Bonn in Germany imaged the hearts of 17 people an hour after they had an energy drink. The study showed contractions were more forceful after the drink where the amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages.

MULTIPLE BIRTHS: Doctors are reporting an epidemic -- of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new federal numbers show. In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Twins aren't always twice as nice; they have much higher risks of prematurity and serious health problems. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One. A growing number of couples are attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo, helped by new ways to pick the ones most likely to succeed. The new guidelines urge doctors to stress this approach.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BOWLING PRO SHO CHRISTMAS RAFFLE IS OFF AND ROLLING: The annual Bowlers Edge Pro Shop Christmas Raffle is off and rolling. It started Sunday and will run through Dec. 23, when the grand prize winners will be drawn. This year's added feature will be (20) EBI bowling balls given away -- one every night during league play Sunday through Friday! EBI includes Hammer, Columbia, Track and Ebonite bowling ball brands. Tickets are on sale at the front desk at Regency Lanes every day and evening through December 23. Tickets are 3 for $1, 20 for $5 and 50 for $10. Read the full story here.

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