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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
WARD 1: Willie Rivera is the new city councilman for Bakersfield's Ward One. The 22-year old beat out five other candidates to win the seat in Tuesday's special election to replace Rudy Salas who went to the State Assembly. With all precincts reporting at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Rivera had 711 votes, followed closest by Efren Martinez, with 384 votes. There were just 263 vote-by-mail ballots and 36 provisional ballots left untallied. The results were not expected to alter the outcome of the election. Read the full story here.
WASCO SCHOOLS: Voters in Wasco voted not to merge the Wasco Union Elementary School District and the Wasco Union High School District. With all 12 precincts reporting, the vote was 836, or 65.6 percent, no versus 438, or 34.4 percent, yes. Supporters said merging the districts would eliminate duplication and smooth students' transition from middle to high school. Opponents worried the move would decrease local control of schools. Read the full story here.
LAWN MOWERS: You can trade in your old lawn mower for an electric one and help in the fight against the valley's ailing air quality. Jaime Holt with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says they are collecting old gas guzzlers and offering a discount on electric mowers in an effort to cut down on pollution. Read the full story here.
PRISON DEATH: A prisoner who died during a local prison riot was killed by a gunshot. The coroner's office says a prison's guard's single shot during a riot Monday morning at Wasco State Prison killed 21-year old Angel Torres of Wasco. Torres was pronounced dead at 10:13 a.m. at the Delano Regional Medical Center The source of the gunshot wasn't listed but the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said earlier a guard had fired one round from a rifle to stop the riot in an exercise yard. About 40 inmates were involved. Two other inmates were seriously injured. The coroner has ruled Torres' death a homicide. Read the full story here.
MISSING TEENS: Bakersfield Police are asking for your help locating a pair of runaway juveniles considered at risk due to their age. Annalynn Chay is a 13-year-old Asian female, 5 feet, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Chay was last seen June 3 at 8 a.m. in the 3800 block of Valley Vista Avenue. Thirteen-year old Jermaine Owensis described as black, 5 feet 2, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Owens was last seen at 9 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of Chaney Lane. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt and blue and orange gym shorts. Anyone with information is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read about Chay here. Read about Owensis here.
ATTEMPT KIDNAPPING: A man is wanted for trying to kidnap a child in Bakersfield. A girl was riding her bicycle Saturday afternoon in the 4800 block of Baybrook Way when a man in a car asked her to get into his vehicle. He tried to grab her hand but the child was able to hide and the guy left. He is described as Hispanic, in his 20s with a stocky build and short brown spiked hair wearing a light brown T-shirt. He was driving a dark navy blue older model four-door vehicle with scratches on the driver's side door. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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PHOTO OF LICKED TACO SHELLS AT KERN COUNTY TACO BELL GOES VIRAL: A photograph of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of taco shells at one of the chain's Kern County locations in Ridgecrest has made national news and prompted a strong rebuke by the company. A statement from the Irvine-based company said: "We do not believe these employees harmed, or intended to harm, anyone. But we deplore the impressions this has caused to our customers, fans, franchisees, and team members." Read the full story here.
RIVERA JUMPS OUT AHEAD IN COUNCIL RACE: Willie Rivera, a 22-year-old, up-and-coming local Democrat, easily outstripped five other candidates Tuesday to claim the Ward 1 Bakersfield City Council seat. Rivera, who is more than 30 years younger than four of his competitors, bested candidates Efren Martinez, a marketing consultant; Marvin Dean, a construction consultant; Stephanie Campbell, a grant writer; Tomeka Powell, an analyst; and Donald Vereen, director of the Bakersfield City School District Educational Foundation. Read the full story here.
KMC RESIDENTS PROTEST LOW PAY, SLOWED CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE COUNTY: Physician residents at Kern Medical Center, who have been hailed as key to securing new doctors for the community, protested canceled labor negotiation meetings and low pay Tuesday. "Kern County is unfair, all we want is our fair share," chanted dozens of residents and hospital staff dressed in white coats and blue scrubs. They carried signs declaring "Saving lives for $8.00 an hour," and "Kern County it's time to deliver," while circling the lawn on Flower Street outside the hospital's fence. KMC's first-year residents are paid $1,557.65 biweekly, just shy of $40,500 a year, according to their current contract with the county. The salaried residents said they often work 80 hours or more a week, which translates to just more than minimum wage. County Administrative Officer John Nilon said Monday he couldn't comment on the ongoing negotiations with KMC residents. Read the full story here.
INMATE APPARENTLY SHOT DEAD BY GUARD: A prison's guard's single shot during a Wasco State Prison riot Monday killed an inmate, the coroner's office indicated Tuesday. Angel Torres, 21, of Wasco, was shot during the 9:30 a.m. disturbance. The coroner said he was pronounced dead at 10:13 a.m. at the Delano Regional Medical Center. The source of the gunshot wasn't listed but the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said earlier a guard had fired one round from a rifle to stop the riot in an exercise yard. About 40 inmates were involved. Two other inmates were seriously injured. Read the full story here.
CALIFORNIAN COLUMNIST LOIS HENRY SAYS THE READERS TALK BACK, AND SCOTT COX JUST TALKS: Californian columnist Lois Henry says she gets all kinds of positive emails, letters and phone calls. But the negative ones stick in her mind, because authors disagree with her, or because of their flair with words. Lois says people have asked what it's like working with SCOTT COX, which she does every Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. And yes, that was meant to be as loud as it looks. Because, with Cox, that's where the volume is stuck. All. The. Time. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
HYBRIDS AND ELECTRICS: Are hybrids and electric cars hurting roads, highways and freeways? That's the claim by some, including an Arizona state senator, who says that the gas sipping vehicles are not paying their fair share when it comes to road maintenance. Bloomberg reports State and local gas-tax revenue has declined every year since 2004, falling 7 percent to $37.9 billion in 2010, according to inflation-adjusted data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group. Much of that is blamed on the rise of fuel-efficient or electric cars. Arizona state senator Steve Farley has written a bill that would tax hybrid and electric car owners to pay for road maintenance and improvements, which are currently covered by gas taxes. Other states to consider taxes on hybrids and electric vehicles are Washington, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
IBM: IBM is buying Web hosting company SoftLayer Technologies to create a new division for clients interested in cloud services. Dallas-based SoftLayer is the world's largest privately held website hosting service. Customers include AT&T and Citrix Systems and competes with Amazon.com's Web services business and Rackspace Hosting. Executives with IBM and SoftLayer declined to comment on the terms of the deal.
.WHAT?: The largest-ever expansion of the Internet's naming system, beyond trusty old dot-com and dot-org, is almost here: Hundreds of dot-anything websites are slated to roll out this year, starting as early as this summer. The list of proposed new domains includes dot-google, dot-apple, dot-nyc and dot-book. It's the first major expansion in more than a decade.The nonprofit group Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers oversees the process. Supporters of the move agree that the dot-coms and dot-nets of the world have become saturated, and expansion could make it easier to score a "good" web address.
THE HEALTH REPORT
MEDICAL BILLS: When times are tough, medical care may suffer. That according to a new report out that suggests Americans are skipping necessary medical care or not getting prescriptions filled because of cost concerns. Statisticians for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 20 percent of U.S. adults younger than 65 had troubles paying medical expenses in 2012. Expenses include medication, equipment, home care, or trips to doctors, dentists, hospitals and therapists.
LOW TESTOSTERONE: The percentage of middle-aged men in the United States taking testosterone supplements has tripled in recent years, a new study suggests. The trend has been driven by marketing campaigns that have targeted middle-aged men, and the expansion of clinics specializing in the treatment of low testosterone. While testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, testosterone treatments have been shown to increase energy levels and muscle strength. Some studies have suggested a link between testosterone therapy and prostate cancer.
THE SPORTS REPORT
PREP ALL-STARS DEFEAT SANTA CLARITA TEAM: Frontier High's Eddie Torres doubled and tripled and West High's Hunter Villanueva hit a bases-loaded double to help rally the Bakersfield All-Stars to a 13-8 victory over the Santa Clarita All-Stars on Tuesday night at Bakersfield College's Gerry Collis Field in the third annual Senior High School Baseball All-Star Challenge. It was Bakersfield's third consecutive victory over Santa Clarita in the challenge. Read the full story here.
BLAZE BEAT HIGH DESERT: James Allen allowed just two hits in eight innings, and Juan Silverio homered in the top of the ninth to account for the game's only run in the Bakersfield Blaze's 1-0 victory over the host High Desert Mavericks, in Tuesday's California League game. Read the full story here.