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'First Look': First News for Dec. 9

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

DRILLERS SELECTED FOR BOWL GAME: The California Interscholastic Federation has selected Bakersfield High School to play in the Division I Southern California regional bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Marcos-Mission Hills High School in northern San Diego County. It's the first bowl game berth for the storied program since the CIF started the state bowl system in 2006. Bakersfield (11-2) extended a state record by winning its 36th Central Section title with a 60-21 victory over Clovis North at Griffith Field on Friday. Read the full story here.

SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CADILLAC IN BAKERSFIELD: An aging 36-inch sewer line on 1st Street that was already scheduled for repair failed and opened a sinkhole Friday morning, swallowing a parked Cadillac. The 20-foot-by-10-foot hole opened sometime after 5 a.m. near the corner of 1st and L streets, witnesses said. Bakersfield officials said the reinforced concrete line -- estimated to be 60 to 70 years old -- was to have been repaired in less than a month. The top of the sewer pipe failed and dirt and asphalt collapsed into the open line. It just so happened that David Williams' silver 1996 Cadillac de Ville was taken with it, back end first. "I came over here and seen my car in the hole. Oh my god," said Williams, who lives across town and was alerted by his father. Read the full story here.

PRINCIPAL GOES BALD IN SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENT FIGHTING CANCER: Columbia Elementary School Principal Bill Jager is prematurely bald, but it's for a good cause. Earlier this year, he told students that if they met a $3,000 fundraising goal to help the family of a classmate battling cancer, he would shave his head in front of the whole school at a morning assembly. The school raised $5,000 selling yellow, $2 pediatric cancer awareness bracelets -- including a $1,000 gift from a single donor -- and on Friday, Jager proudly and gladly kept his word. The beneficiary of the fundraiser is Ben Martinez, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Columbia who is battling a type of soft tissue cancer. Read the full story here.

NEW COMPANY TO OFFER AIRPORT SHUTTLES: Bakersfield's on again, off again romance with shuttle service to Los Angeles International Airport has rekindled. A local businessman has said he will pick up where two other carriers left off. Phil Rudnick, who owns a local dispute mediation company, on Saturday announced the formation of Airport Valet Bus, a locally owned and operated shuttle between Bakersfield and LAX to begin operation Dec. 19. For an annual fee, the Valet Club members will have access to added amenities of WiFi, TV, Netflix, zero-gravity reclining chairs, complimentary beverages, a quiet room with desk table, valet luggage service, discount parking and home pickup and return service, Rudnick said. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER HOME BREAK IN, ASSAULT: The Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested a 21-year-old man after a home invasion and assault in Oildale Friday afternoon. A woman called Kern County Sheriff's deputies about 2:47 p.m. Friday about a possible burglary in progress in the 100 block of McKelvey Avenue in Oildale. The woman reported hearing glass break at the front of her residence. As she approached her front door, she saw the glass to her front door had been broken out and an unknown adult male, later identified as Marcus Gray was running away. As the homeowner went to another room, Gray re-entered the residence and told her to deactivate an alarm that was going off. When the homeowner refused, Gray assaulted her and fled. The homeowner sustained minor injuries. Gray was located and taken into custody. Read the full story here.

INMATE DISTURBANCE AT LERDO CANCELS WEEKEND VISITS: An inmate disturbance Saturday night at the Sheriff's Office Lerdo Jail caused officials to cancel Sunday visitation at the facility. According to a sheriff's release, the disturbance began at 11:05 p.m. in the male minimum-security portion of the jail. Deputies separated the responsible inmates, the release stated, with help from deputies from the sheriff's metropolitan division. Several inmates sustained minor injuries but none required hospitalization. No deputies were hurt. 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.

DRILLERS SELECTED FOR BOWL GAME: The California Interscholastic Federation has selected Bakersfield High School to play in the Division I Southern California regional bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Marcos-Mission Hills High School in northern San Diego County. It's the first bowl game berth for the storied program since the CIF started the state bowl system in 2006. Bakersfield (11-2) extended a state record by winning its 36th Central Section title with a 60-21 victory over Clovis North at Griffith Field on Friday. Read the full story here.

SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CADILLAC IN BAKERSFIELD: An aging 36-inch sewer line on 1st Street that was already scheduled for repair failed and opened a sinkhole Friday morning, swallowing a parked Cadillac. The 20-foot-by-10-foot hole opened sometime after 5 a.m. near the corner of 1st and L streets, witnesses said. Bakersfield officials said the reinforced concrete line -- estimated to be 60 to 70 years old -- was to have been repaired in less than a month. The top of the sewer pipe failed and dirt and asphalt collapsed into the open line. It just so happened that David Williams' silver 1996 Cadillac de Ville was taken with it, back end first. "I came over here and seen my car in the hole. Oh my god," said Williams, who lives across town and was alerted by his father. Read the full story here.

PRINCIPAL GOES BALD IN SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENT FIGHTING CANCER: Columbia Elementary School Principal Bill Jager is prematurely bald, but it's for a good cause. Earlier this year, he told students that if they met a $3,000 fundraising goal to help the family of a classmate battling cancer, he would shave his head in front of the whole school at a morning assembly. The school raised $5,000 selling yellow, $2 pediatric cancer awareness bracelets -- including a $1,000 gift from a single donor -- and on Friday, Jager proudly and gladly kept his word. The beneficiary of the fundraiser is Ben Martinez, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Columbia who is battling a type of soft tissue cancer. Read the full story here.

NEW COMPANY TO OFFER AIRPORT SHUTTLES: Bakersfield's on again, off again romance with shuttle service to Los Angeles International Airport has rekindled. A local businessman has said he will pick up where two other carriers left off. Phil Rudnick, who owns a local dispute mediation company, on Saturday announced the formation of Airport Valet Bus, a locally owned and operated shuttle between Bakersfield and LAX to begin operation Dec. 19. For an annual fee, the Valet Club members will have access to added amenities of WiFi, TV, Netflix, zero-gravity reclining chairs, complimentary beverages, a quiet room with desk table, valet luggage service, discount parking and home pickup and return service, Rudnick said. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER HOME BREAK IN, ASSAULT: The Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested a 21-year-old man after a home invasion and assault in Oildale Friday afternoon. A woman called Kern County Sheriff's deputies about 2:47 p.m. Friday about a possible burglary in progress in the 100 block of McKelvey Avenue in Oildale. The woman reported hearing glass break at the front of her residence. As she approached her front door, she saw the glass to her front door had been broken out and an unknown adult male, later identified as Marcus Gray was running away. As the homeowner went to another room, Gray re-entered the residence and told her to deactivate an alarm that was going off. When the homeowner refused, Gray assaulted her and fled. The homeowner sustained minor injuries. Gray was located and taken into custody. Read the full story here.

THE TECH REPORT

MICROSOFT: In response to reports that the feds are spying on tech firm's data as it moves between servers, Microsoft has pledged to step up encryption across the services. If true, NSA spying could "seriously undermine confidence in the security and privacy of online communications," according to Microsoft's general contact. Microsoft pledged t pursue a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen the encryption of customer data across networks and services.

REVERSE AUCTION: The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has delayed a planned revers auction of TV airwaves until 2015, a decision that reflects the commission's intent on getting the complex proceeding right. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he hopes the auction will take place in mid-2015. The FCC had set a goal of completing the auction in 2014. At the auction, TV stations will consider bids to relinquish their airwaves and either go out of business or be placed in another channel. The spectrum will then be put up for licensing by wireless carriers, who covet the low-frequency airwaves because they can cover greater distances and travel more easily through physical barriers. Observers have called the spectrum auction the most complex proceeding ever undertaken by the FCC.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

HEALTHY EATING: Healthy eating is constantly urged by health officials, but they're not the ones typically footing the bill. A new study finds eating a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts costs significantly more than a typical U.S. diet filled with processed foods, meat and refined grains. Americans would pay approximately $1.50 extra a day, which is about $550 a year, to eat the way health officials recommend to stave off chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

PREGNANCY RATES: New numbers out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that fewer women in the United States are having children. Between 2000 and 2009, pregnancy rates for U.S. women fell by 12 percent, or nearly 6.4 million pregnancies. The pregnancy rate is the lowest it has been in 12 years. In fact, the rates for teenage pregnancy reached historic lows in 2009 But while pregnancy rates for women younger than 30 fell, rates for women older than 30 have increased steadily since 1990. In fact, the number of women between the ages of 35 to 39 becoming pregnant has jumped by 30 percent since 1990.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

DRILLERS EARN STATE BERTH: The Bakersfield High football team is ready to drill on a state-championship level again, nearly 90 years after the storied program won its last California title. The CIF selected Bakersfield High on Sunday to play in its Division I Southern California regional bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Marcos-Mission Hills High in northern San Diego County. The winner of that game will play the Northern California Division I bowl winner in the D-I state championship Dec. 20 at the StubHub Center in Carson. "It's an exciting day," Drillers coach Paul Golla said. "It's exciting for our kids, and that's the first thing, more than anything. This is a group of kids that works hard. But I'm excited for our alumni. Bakersfield High is such a special place, and we have so many fans. I don't know how many emails and phone calls I got today. For us to be here, and for the state to think we're good enough to be in this spot, it's special." Read the full story here.

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