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Tuesday, Nov 19 2013 07:08 AM

'First Look': First News for Nov. 19

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

AIRPORT BUS: The new airport bus between Bakersfield and Los Angeles International won't operate out of the Amtrak station on Truxtun Avenue after all. Instead, the service set to debut Sunday plans to pick up and drop off passengers at the Golden Empire Transit District bus stop on Truxtun by S Street, just east of Beale Memorial Library. The Bakersfield Californian reports Interstate Bus of Brooklyn, N.Y. decided to open the service after the Aug. 31 closure of a line that ran between Bakersfield and LAX for more than 20 years. The former service, offered most recently by Dallas-based Horizon Coach Lines, picked up passengers at the Golden State Mall on F Street. Interstate has begun selling tickets online at a price of $32 each way. It is contracting with a Visalia-based bus company to drive six trips per day each direction. Read the full story here.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE: Trial is set in a sexual harassment case in California City. A set an Aug. 25 trial date Monday for California City Water Department employee Dawn Ferguson's sexual harassment lawsuit against city Mayor Patrick Bohannon. The lawsuit filed March 18 by Ferguson, 50, accuses Bohannon, the city, and 20 unidentified defendants, of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and creating a hostile work environment. Bohannon, 70, is a licensed contractor. The city manager and the city's attorney have denied the allegations. Ferguson's attorney says his client seeks $1 million in damages, but will settle for $100,000 if Bohannon leaves office, either by resigning or being removed. Read the full story here.

STABBING VICTIM DIES: One of the teenagers stabbed over the weekend in Arvin has died. Arturo Astorga, 15, was pronounced dead of multiple stab wounds at 8:23 p.m. Saturday at Kern Medical Center. About an hour earlier, he and two other boys were reportedly attacked in the area of South Hill and Hood Streets in Arvin. Astorga was found at a home in the 700 block of Haven Drive. A teenage girl was also punched. Police continue to look for suspects, and anyone with information is asked to call Arvin Police.

STREET RACING: A crack-down on illegal street racers in Southwest Bakersfield. On Saturday night police contacted 87 drivers at Ming and Wible, and on Gosford Road near Walmart. Sixty-two were ticketed for equipment violations, unsafe vehicles, and license and registration violations. Five cars were impounded and 29 were pulled off the road due to illegal modifications. The crackdown comes after numerous complaints about, racing, loitering, littering and loud music. 

TEEN STRUCK BY CAR AND KILLED: A Mojave teen is dead after being struck by a car. It happened just before 7 a.m. Monday at Highway 58 and Leslie Street. According to the Bakersfield Californian, 16-year-old Raven Crystal Knight was walking her younger brother to school through a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a Toyota Corolla driven by a 51-year-old Meixing Lu of Artesia. The car was traveling at 50 miles per hour, and Raven was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither the boy nor Lu were injured, and the accident remains under investigation. Read the full story here.

LOCALS RAISE MONEY FOR TYPHOON: Local Filipinos raise big money and big support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Folks in Delano spent four hours Sunday raising $30,000 including a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo. Regina Flores is a volunteer. Flores was unable to find her relatives for days after the typhoon struck her hometown. On Sunday morning, she finally received good news that they're okay. Two fundraisers by the Filipino Community of Delano have netted over $170,000 for the victims of Haiyan. 

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

BAKERSFIELD TOPS LIST OF DRUNK CITIES: We're not sure exactly why, but the December issue of Men's Health magazine ranks Bakersfield as America's drunkest city. "It sounds like a Merle Haggard song: Blue collars, beer, and bad decisions. But that's business as usual in Bakersfield, California, home of great country music -- and a collective boozy breath that blows it to the top of America's most dangerously drunk cities," the magazine said. Men's Health didn't explain its methodology, but some of the magazine's previous Metrograde surveys have been far from scientific. Bakersfield ranked last of 100 cities nationwide. Read the full story here.

AIRPORT BUS MOVES STOP TO TRUXTUN AVENUE: The new airport bus between Bakersfield and Los Angeles International won't operate out of the Amtrak station on Truxtun Avenue after all. Instead, the service set to debut Sunday plans to pick up and drop off passengers at the Golden Empire Transit District bus stop on Truxtun by S Street, just east of Beale Memorial Library. Joel Azumah, an executive at Interstate Bus, the Brooklyn, N.Y. bus company running the service, said that the company's move out of the Amtrak station "makes our operation substantially simpler." Interstate decided to open the service after the Aug. 31 closure of a line that ran between Bakersfield and LAX for more than 20 years. Read the full story here.

TEENAGER ON WAY TO SCHOOL KILLED BY CAR IN MOJAVE: A 16-year-old girl walking her younger brother to school was killed Monday morning in Mojave while crossing Highway 58 business. The CHP said Raven Crystal Knight was in a marked crosswalk with her 12-year-old brother east of Leslie Street. She was struck by a 2007 Toyota Corolla traveling 50 mph driven by 51-year-old Meixing Lu of Artesia, at 6:55 a.m. Neither the boy nor Lu was injured. The investigation is continuing. Read the full story here.

POLICE SAY SUICIDAL MAN DROVE CAR INTO TRUXTUN LAKE: Police say a man attempted suicide Monday afternoon by driving his car into Truxtun Lake, closing traffic lanes on westbound Truxtun Avenue at Mohawk Street for 30 minutes. The man was uninjured and is being held at Mary K. Shell Mental Health Center for 72-hour observation. Statements made by the man and witnesses indicated he meant to kill himself. Police received calls at 12:54 p.m. regarding a car in the lake and arrived to find a gray 2009 Toyota Corolla submerged, with only the top of the vehicle's roof showing. Read the full story here.

AUGUST TRIAL DATE SET IN SUIT AGAINST CAL CITY MAYOR: A Kern County Superior Court Judge on Monday set an Aug. 25 trial date for California City Water Department employee Dawn Ferguson's sexual harassment lawsuit against city Mayor Patrick Bohannon. The lawsuit filed March 18 by Ferguson, 50, accuses Bohannon, the city, and 20 unidentified defendants, of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and creating a hostile work environment. Bohannon, 70, a licensed contractor, has declined to comment on the case. The city manager and the city's attorney have denied the allegations. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

CNBC: CNBC said Monday that it launched a new app for Apple's iPad and iPhone that will offer a live feed from its cable network to subscribers of several major distributors, including Comcast, Dish Network, Cablevision, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV and Charter Communications subscribers. The network hasn't yet reached deals with Time Warner Cable or DirecTV. The new CNBC app for iOS devices also offers access to on-demand versions of original series such as "The Suze Orman Show" and "Mad Money." CNBC said it is also developing an Android version of the app.

APPLE V. SAMSUNG: Apple can pursue a ban on sales of some Samsung Electronics products found to infringe its patents on smartphone features, after winning a U.S. appeals court ruling. The patents cover features that Apple says make its iPhone unique, such as multitouch technology. The ruling gives Apple another chance to curb sales of its top competitor. Apple must prove the features were a factor customers used in selecting which smartphone to buy, though it doesn't have to show that it was the single driving factor, the court ruled. While many of the phones in this case are no longer sold, Apple has another case against Samsung going to trial in March over newer models, including Samsung's Galaxy S III. Should the U.S. District Judge, who is presiding over the case, impose a ban on the older models, Apple could argue that newer phones are the same products gussied up with new names.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

PHARMACY RULES: The U.S. Senate approved the Drug Quality and Security Act Monday that clarifies the law regarding drug compounding and creates a new category of compounding pharmacies known as "outsourcing facilities." The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama within days. Traditionally, pharmacists who compound medications mix tailored doses for individual patients in response to a specific prescription. Over the last decade the practice has mushroomed, with some pharmacies selling thousands of doses of common mixtures without prescriptions for physicians to keep on hand. The new law creates a category of compounding outsourcing facilities that will be able to sell to hospitals in bulk.

WORKER DRUG USE: The share of U.S. workers testing positive for drugs has dropped sharply since 1988, according to an analysis of millions of drug tests by medical-testing company Quest Diagnostics Inc. Positive workplace tests for cocaine and marijuana have gone down sharply over the past two decades. Meanwhile, data suggest that abuse of prescription drugs is a growing worry for employers. Quest reviewed more than 125 million drug tests administered from 1988 to last year. Overall, 3.5 percent of samples came back positive last year compared with 13.6 percent in 1988. Quest found Methamphetamine rates fell after 2005, amid a government crackdown on clandestine labs, but recently have begun to rise again, especially among workers in safety-sensitive industries such as trucking and railroads. Positive tests for painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin rose 172 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2005 to last year.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

CSUB TOPS NEVADA, 74-66: Cal State Bakersfield won the game of attrition Monday night. In a game that featured 68 free throws, 57 fouls and four players who fouled out, the Roadrunners took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up in a 74-66 win over Nevada before 1,612 at Rabobank Arena. Another three players ended the game with four fouls. With the NCAA instructing officials to call tighter games this season, these type of games will be more common. Read the full story here.

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