By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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CORONER: DEATH OF NEWBORN FOUND IN TRASH BIN A HOMICIDE: Someone knows how a battered, burnt newborn baby girl ended up in an Oildale trash bin on the first day of summer. They're just not coming forward. Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said investigators have tried to identify the parents of the girl, whose death was classified Wednesday by the coroner's office as a homicide. She died of blunt force trauma, burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. Reggie Groves discovered the infant's body at about 6 a.m. June 21 in the 500 block of Beardsley Avenue. He told deputies he had been moving the bin from the curb back toward his office when he saw her. Read the full story here
COUNCIL TO ALLOW DOWNTOWN CUL-DE-SACS: Downtown residents were reassured Wednesday by a unanimous Bakersfield City Council that the city will still build cul-de-sacs at their request and its expense, offering a shield from 24th Street traffic to part of Bakersfield's historic core. On a 7-0 vote, the council decided to receive, file and amend a city report to allow construction of cul-de-sacs on Beech, Myrtle, Spruce, Pine, Cedar, A, B and C streets at 24th Street. The city's cost is estimated at $18,026 per cul-de-sac. Read the full story here.
COUNTY SUSPICIOUS OF L.A. WASTE DUMPING: Mysterious piles of steaming organic material on a lot just west of Interstate 5 near Lebec, and city of Los Angeles trucks dumping them there, have triggered an investigation by the county of Kern. A man involved with transporting the material says it is just mulch -- chopped up green waste. But Kern County officials had no idea the practice was occurring. Supervisor David Couch is suspicious because of Kern's long battle with the city of Los Angeles to stop it from spreading sewage sludge here. Read the full story here.
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POLICE: BODIES FOUND IMPROPERLY STORED AT FUNERAL HOME: Nine bodies were removed from Beloved Care Funeral Home Tuesday after it was determined they were not adequately housed. The coroner's office is working to identify the bodies and contact next of kin. The California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau and Bakersfield Code Enforcement are also conducting investigations into the funeral home. Read the full story here.
DOG ATTACKS WOMEN INSIDE ROSEDALE HOME: Two women were bitten inside a Rosedale area home Wednesday after a medical emergency excited one of the homeowner's three dogs. Deputies said both women were taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment. A 21-year-old woman suffered "severe" dog bites to both arms, and a 22-year-old woman suffered a single bite to her left arm. The incident happened at 8:55 a.m. in the 1900 block of Kathryn Court. Kern County Animal Control officers took custody of the family's dogs and placed them in quarantine. An investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.
TEN YEAR SENTENCE FOR MAN CONVICTED OF FATAL 2012 SHOOTING: A man convicted in the fatal 2012 shooting of a friend was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday. Charles Carnelius Martin, 24, pleaded no contest in November to voluntary manslaughter after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second-degree murder charge. Police said Martin shot 17-year-old Marquette Demetrius Green in the 1900 block of Hasti Acres Drive, south of Ming Avenue and east of Stine Road. The two had argued before the shooting. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
ONLINE MOVIES: Sales of movies online increased 47 percent from a year earlier to $1.19 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, which tracks home entertainment sales. Far more was spent on subscription streaming and video on demand, but online movie sales, which the industry refers to as electronic sell-through, had the biggest year-over-year increase. Part of the reason for the boost is that many titles are now available for sale online for weeks before they are released on DVD or for online rental, according to the Wall Street Journal.
THE HEALTH REPORT
NESTLE: Nestle, the maker of baby food and instant coffee, is deepening its research into the link between diet and disease with a biotechnology partnership. Under the deal, Nestle will obtain brain and liver cells from Cellular Dynamics International and study how nutrients found in foods affect these human cells. Nestle aims to use the insights to develop nutritionally enhanced drinks, smoothies and other products that it can market as having medical benefits. Government regulators such as the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, meanwhile, have been cracking down on the health claims for some nutritionally enhanced foods, asking for supporting evidence or barring the claims.
THE SPORTS REPORT
WASCO HIGH RUNNING BACK TRANSFERS TO FRONTIER: Isaiah Sharp, a star at running back for Wasco High the past two seasons, has transferred to Frontier and will play for the Titans as a senior. Frontier coach Rich Cornford confirmed Wednesday that Sharp had enrolled at the school this week. Sharp ran for 1,349 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season despite missing three games because of a shoulder injury. As a sophomore, he ran for 2,317 yards and 34 touchdowns as Wasco went 14-0 and rolled to a Central Section Division IV championship. Read the full story here.
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