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'First Look': First News for Dec. 11

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

TEJON RANCH OFFICIALS REVEAL 16 RETAILERS AT OUTLETS: Tejon Ranch Company officials on Tuesday revealed 16 of the 70 retailers coming to The Outlets at Tejon Ranch, when the first phase of the 320,000-square-foot, $90 million shopping center opens Aug. 7. The tenants, whom officials said had signed lease agreements with Tejon Ranch Company, are: Aeropostale, A'gaci, Auntie Anne's, Carlisle, Chico's, Coach, Hot Topic, Lids, O'Shoes, Perfumes 4U, Puma, Rack Room, Skechers, Tilly's, White House Black Market, and Wilsons. Tejon Ranch Company believes it will generate $400 in sales per square foot of retail space per month -- or $128 million in sales per month. Read the full story here.

FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS WEST OF TEHACHAPI: Seven cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derailed about four miles west of Tehachapi Tuesday morning, sending one down an embankment and leaving mangled track along the side of the mountain. It happened between 6 and 6:15 a.m. along tracks hugging the side of the mountain just south of the Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Pass. About 200 feet of track was damaged in the derailment. An estimated 70 feet of track ended up below the railbed. The cause of the derailment is not yet known. Read the full story here.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS VOTE TO SHIFT ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES: Responding to growth and development, two of the region's largest school districts voted Tuesday night to revise their attendance boundaries. The Bakersfield City School District is shifting students around to make way for next year's opening of two news schools. Fletcher Elementary School and Cato Middle School are scheduled to open on adjacent campuses in northeast Bakersfield in August. The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is trying to even out enrollment in a southwest Bakersfield district where some schools are overcrowded and others are underused. 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.

FOUR SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH BURGLARY AT THE MARKETPLACE: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help identifying four suspects wanted for burglary and conspiracy. Police said the crime occurred at 8:10 p.m. Sept. 16 at The Marketplace on Ming Avenue. The suspects entered a business and stole several items. Police said the suspects are all black women. For descriptions and photos visit bakersfield.com. Read the full story here.

KHSD PUTS AEDs ON HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUSES: On Tuesday, the Kern High School District began putting automated external defibrillators on all 18 of its high school campuses. Corinne Ruiz, mother of 14-year-old Olivia Hoff who slipped into a coma and died from an undiagnosed heart defect in 2004, was very emotional but happy to see AEDs being installed on campuses. AEDs are electronic devices that check the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electric shock to restore a regular heartbeat. The devices purchased cost about $1,500 each. Read the full story here.

FRONTIER LINEMAN FOSTER COMMITS TO COLORADO STATE: Frontier defensive lineman Colton Foster verbally committed to Colorado State on Tuesday, becoming the third Kern County football player to commit to a Division I school so far this fall. Foster chose the Rams over a number of Football Championship Subdivision offers (schools like Cal Poly and UC Davis) and one FBS offer, Texas El Paso. Verbal commitments are non-binding; Foster can sign an official letter of intent starting on Feb. 5. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

13 PLEAD GUILTY AT ATTACKING PAYPAL SERVERS: Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to helping briefly disable online payment service provider Paypal as part of a protest that authorities say was organized by the hacking group Anonymous. The Associated Press says 10 of the defendants pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer. If they stay out of legal trouble, the U.S. Department of Justice plans to drop the felony charges, and the defendants will be sentenced to probation a year from now. Three other defendants pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in San Jose federal court and face similar sentences. Authorities say the 13 defendants acknowledged taking part in a protest organized by Anonymous in December 2010 after the eBay-owned Paypal cut ties to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks when it released more than 700,000 leaked government documents.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

JUDGE SAYS DEATH ROW LACKS CARE FOR MENTALLY ILL: A federal judge ruled Tuesday that California is failing to provide adequate psychiatric treatment to mentally ill inmates on death row. The Associated Press says U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered state officials to work with a court-appointed monitor to find solutions. Options include creating a specialized inpatient psychiatric facility at San Quentin State Prison, which houses condemned inmates. An attorney who represents mentally ill inmates in an ongoing class-action lawsuit called the ruling "a very significant victory."

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

CSUB LOSES FOURTH STRAIGHT: OMAHA, Neb. -- Issiah Grayson scored a career-high 29 points but Cal State Bakersfield's frantic late comeback attempt came up short Tuesday in a 93-88 loss to Nebraska-Omaha at Ralston Arena. The loss was the fourth straight for CSUB (5-5), which trailed by 18 points with 6:30 left. The Roadrunners cut the deficit to three with just 26 seconds remaining. Omaha widened its lead to four with a free throw from Alex Phillips before the Roadrunners missed their last 3-point attempt with seven seconds remaining. Read the full story here.

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