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Thursday, Feb 06 2014 06:50 AM

'First Look': First News for Feb. 6

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOLLOWING SOUTHWEST BAKERSFIELD BURGLARY: Four burglary suspects were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after trying to evade police and, in the case of one of them, entering police headquarters to report his vehicle as stolen. The incident began at 12:08 p.m. when a witness reporting seeing suspects leave a residence in the 9500 block of Bracken Oak Way with pillow cases that appeared to be filled with items. Suspecting a burglary had been committed, the witness followed the suspect vehicle as it traveled through the neighborhood and eventually stopped at Haggin Oaks Park. Two suspects ran from the vehicle discarding items including the burglary victim's passport and cash. They were taken into custody after they tried to get away by running through a pond. The suspect vehicle, occupied by two others, left the area and was found abandoned a short time later. Read the full story here.

ANTI-PANHANDLING ORDINANCE HEADED FOR COUNCIL: A draft city ordinance that would legally equate panhandlers with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army bell-ringers in an effort to stamp out aggressive solicitation downtown got a positive reception Wednesday from a Bakersfield City Council committee. The council's Legislative and Litigation Committee voted 3-0 to have the full council give the ordinance its first reading at its March 5 meeting, after sections of the ordinance defining false solicitation -- saying you need money for gas, for example, when it's really for something else -- and solicitation on public vehicles, such as buses, are added. If not delayed, it could become law by the end of March, after a second reading and approval. Read the full story here.

PUPPIES, MAMA DOG SURVIVE HARROWING DELIVERY: Kern County Animal Services Officer David Boyd could hear the little rat terrier yelping and crying in pain in the back of his truck as he roared back toward Bakersfield. The three mix-breed puppies she was trying to birth were too big for her tiny body. Boyd quickly realized he couldn't help her. But he got to county's shelter on time. Venus, as the mama dog would later be named, and two puppies are healthy and doing great. Only one puppy didn't make it. 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.

SIGNING BONANZA FOR LOCALS: There was no drama in national signing day Wednesday in Kern County, no pick-the-hat ceremonies, no recruits flipping their commitments, no snafus faxing the all-important letters of intent. Stockdale's Blake Haney, the biggest distance-running star in the state, quietly signed his letter and faxed it to Oregon, with nothing but a tweeted photo to show for it. Five local high school football players all signed to play Division I college football in locations they had previously announced. Read the full story here.

EFFORT TO RENAME PARKWAY AFTER COMMUNITY ACTIVIST UNDER WAY: Wendy Wayne was so beloved in Bakersfield that since her passing, she's had libraries, a scholarship fund and even an ethics award named in her honor. Now the president of Cal State Bakersfield is pushing a petition -- and enlisting the help of at least one local lawmaker -- to rename the Westside Parkway after the late community activist. President Horace Mitchell released to the public Wednesday a letter to Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, requesting that the new east-way thoroughfare be called the "CSU Bakersfield Alumna Wendy Wayne Memorial Parkway." Read the full story here.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY PICKUP TUESDAY EVENING: A pedestrian suffered major injuries after being struck by a pickup while crossing Gosford Road at White Lane Tuesday evening. Police said 70-year-old Adolph Henry was listed in critical but stable condition at Kern Medical Center. He was crossing Gosford outside the crosswalk when the pickup hit him. The driver of the pickup was uninjured. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111. Read the full story here.


THE TECH REPORT

AT&T MOBILITY: AT&T Mobility has developed an application-aware system designed to restrict customers from engaging in "non-permissible" bandwidth-intensive activities such as file sharing or movie downloading. The company applied to patent the system, labeling its approach as "Prevention Of Bandwidth Abuse Of A Communications System." The carrier proposes a system of credits for data. If the data activity is deemed a "non-permissible" use under the customer's subscription terms, the carrier would reduce credits. Other proposed restrictions include the levying of extra fees for non-permissible activities. While there is no indication that AT&T intends to implement such a scheme anytime soon or even at some point in the future, the carrier's patent application will likely raise red flags for net neutrality advocates.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

TOBACCO FREE CVS: As announced yesterday, CVS Caremark pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The announcement drew swift praise from President Barack Obama, who said the move would save lives. The 7,600 CVS stores will have tobacco products off the shelves by October 1. The move will cost the company about $2 billion in annual revenue but the CEO said it's "the right thing to do."

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

SIGNING BONANZA FOR LOCALS: There was no drama in national signing day Wednesday in Kern County, no pick-the-hat ceremonies, no recruits flipping their commitments, no snafus faxing the all-important letters of intent. Stockdale's Blake Haney, the biggest distance-running star in the state, quietly signed his letter and faxed it to Oregon, with nothing but a tweeted photo to show for it. Five local high school football players all signed to play Division I college football in locations they had previously announced. Read the full story here.

 

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