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Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 06:41 AM

'First Look': First News for Jan. 15

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

NHL'S OILERS SET TO BUY CONDORS: A story posted late Tuesday night on the Edmonton Sun website stated the Edmonton Oilers are poised to announce the purchase of the Bakersfield Condors. Condors president Mathew Riley could not be reached for comment. Vice President of Communications Kevin Bartl gave a "no comment" in a text message. The Condors became the ECHL, or AA, affiliate of the Oilers this season. The Condors have been owned by Jonathan Fleisig, a Wall Street trader, for all 16 years of their existence. Prior to his purchase, the team was known as the Fog for three seasons. Read the full story here.

CITY BOARD REJECTS ASSISTED-LIVING DOWNTOWN, BUT ISSUE SURVIVES: A city board vetoed a permit Tuesday that would have allowed an assisted-living home for 12 residents downtown, but its project manager said he'll still be able to open a smaller version without local approval. Jose Luis Vargas, project manager for Bakersfield Living CLHF, a proposed assisted-living home at 2525 18th St., pointed out that his employer only needs a conditional use permit from the city to care for more than six people. Vargas said he intends to secure state licensing allowing workers to care for up to six terminally ill people, and open as soon as this summer. Read the full story here.

ALLEGED RAPIST'S ATTEMPT TO CHANGE VENUE DEFEATED: A motion for a change of venue in the case of a man accused of a series of east Bakersfield rapes was deferred Tuesday until his May trial date. In the interim, Billy Ray Johnson Jr., 33, will remain in jail on $5 million bail. He's charged with 21 felonies, including five counts of rape. Johnson's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman, said later Tuesday that law enforcement arrested the wrong person, and that police had looked at numerous possible suspects. Read the full story here.


HIGH-SPEED RAIL AGENCY REJECTS IDEA OF BYPASSING DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD: A proposed high-speed rail route bypassing central Bakersfield to the west instead of crossing through downtown was quietly rejected late last year by project officials. The CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Jeff Morales, said in an interview Tuesday that the bypass alignment now is "not under active consideration." He would not discuss the proposal in detail or say why the rail authority rejected it in favor of the current plan to cross downtown. Read the full story here.

SEVERAL PG&E OUTAGES AFFECT BAKERSFIELD: Several Pacific Gas & Electric company power outages affected hundreds of customers Tuesday around Bakersfield. Outages were reported at Pioneer Drive and Oswell Street; near Akers Road between Hosking Avenue and Panama Lane; and off Ashe between Panama Lane and Harris Road. According to PG&E, each of the outages affected fewer than 50 customers. Read the full story here.

TEEN SHOT SEVERAL TIMES ON E. 3RD STREET: A 17-year-old male was shot multiple times near downtown Tuesday afternoon. Bakersfield police said the victim had multiple wounds to his upper body when they found him in the street about 4 p.m in the 1300 block of E. 3rd St. He was taken to Kern Medical Center with moderate injuries. The possible suspect vehicle is described as a gray SUV by witnesses, who told police it was occupied by at least two black males. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.



NET NEUTRALITY: A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out Federal Communications Commission rules that require Internet service providers to give all traffic equal access through their networks. The decision could pave the way for Internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T to charge content companies such as ESPN or Facebook to deliver their data to consumers at a faster speed. It is unclear how the F.C.C. will respond.



GREEN TEA: Drinking green tea may lessen the effects of the medication nadolol, used to treat high blood pressure, a new small study suggests. Researchers gave 10 volunteers a single dose of 30 milligrams of nadolol after they had consumed either water or about three cups of green tea daily for 14 days. When researchers tested blood levels of the drug, they were 76 percent lower in the group that drank green tea compared to the water-drinking group.



CONDORS CRUISE PAST STOCKTON: Playing with the intensity that was missing in a loss on Saturday night to Las Vegas, the Condors bounced back in impressive fashion Tuesday. Captain Joe Broda scored a pair of goals as did Jordan Knackstetdt and three other Condors had goals in a 7-2 win over the Stockton Thunder at Rabobank Arena. Read the full story here.




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