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Friday, Sep 20 2013 06:49 AM

'First Look': First News for Sept. 20

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

LEGLESS LIZARDS IN KERN COUNTY: Legless Lizards are found living in Kern County. Scientists from U.C. Berkeley say new and separate species were located in a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among some oil derricks in the region, and at the edge of the Mojave. Another legless lizard was found hanging out at LAX. Seems the snake-like critter likes to burrow into sand or soil. The question now is, do they deserve protected status like the kangaroo rat? Read the full story here.

FASTRIP SHOOTING: Five are injured during a shooting at a Bakersfield convenience store. A little after ten Wednesday night, police were called to the Fastrip at 805 34th Street, where they found a shooting victim with moderate to major injuries. Three others with minor injuries were taken to the hospital in private cars, and a fifth victim showed up at the hospital hours later. No word on what led to the shooting. Police are now looking for two guys wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. They're both described as black, 17 to 20 years old, 130 pounds, wearing tank top and jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the BPD. Read the full story here.

IMMIGRATION PROTEST: More immigration activists gather outside the office of a Bakersfield Congressman. On Thursday, it was veterans making the plea to House Majority Kevin McCarthy to support a Senate plan to secure America's borders. That's Vietnam vet Duane Goff. He was with a group called Veterans for Citizenship that rallied in front of McCarthy's office on Empire Drive. 23-ABC reports the congressman has opposed the Senate plan. He's currently in Washington D.C. dealing with the GOP''s efforts to defund government programs.

SHOOTING IN EAST BAKERSFIELD: Sheriff's deputies went to the 1700 block of Flower Street Thursday around 11:10 p.m. and found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds to the upper body and legs. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are described as two black men wearing black hoodies. The investigation is ongoing.  Read the full story here.

MISSING MAN: Authorities need your help to find a missing Delano man. 88-year old John Espinoza has been missing since noon on Wednesday. He was last seen at his house but was on his way to the 1000 block of Dover Place. Espinoza is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, gray hair, brown eyes and wearing glasses. He has a skull and crossbones tattoo on his right shoulder. He was driving a gray 2013 Hyundai Sonata with California license plate 6-YJC-633. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Delano Police. Read the full story here.

SECOND TRIAL SCHEDULED: A second trial has been scheduled for a defendant charged with murder in a March 2012 shooting after the first trial ended in a hung jury earlier this week. The next trial for 24-year old Charles Martin is scheduled to begin Nov. 4th. A mistrial was declared Monday after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision. Martin is charged with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Marquette Green in the 1900 block of Hasti Acres Drive. A gun was recovered, and police said Martin and Green knew each other. Read the full story here.


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

FIVE SHOT OUTSIDE CONVENIENCE STORE: Five people were shot outside a north Bakersfield convenience store late Wednesday evening. Bakersfield police said one victim suffered moderate and the others minor injuries in the 10:11 p.m. shooting at the Fastrip at 805 34th St. Police said one victim was taken by ambulance and three others by private means shortly after the incident. The fifth victim arrived at the hospital hours later. Two male suspects are at large. The first is described as black, 17 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, wearing a tank top and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as black, 17 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, 130 pounds, wearing a tank top and gray jeans, according to police. Read the full story here.

NEW LIZARD MAY BE FIRST SPECIES NAMED FOR BAKERSFIELD: Scientists at UC Berkeley and Cal State Fullerton have identified four new species of legless lizards in Kern County. Their discovery, the purple-bellied Bakersfield Legless Lizard, is believed to be the first new lizard species in California in 27 years. It's also the first-ever announcement of four new and separate species found at the same time in state history. These four new colored-bellied critters live mostly underground. They eat small insects, are harmless to humans and can spend their entire lives in a habitat the size of your bathroom. Read the full story here.

TEACHER WITH THREE DUI CONVICTIONS ARRESTED THURSDAY: A Kern County teacher busted three times for drunken driving since 2011 was arrested again early Thursday on a warrant charging her with two felonies and a misdemeanor. Brandi Lynn Sherman, 38, was booked shortly after midnight on charges of DUI with three or more convictions within 10 years, DUI with an enhancement and driving with a license that was suspended or revoked because of a DUI, according to court records. Sherman is on paid administrative leave from Sillect Community School and was scheduled to resign effective Sept. 30. She's being held on $117,500 bail. Read the full story here.

WEEK 3 PREDICTIONS: Check out Californian sports reporter Zach Ewing's week three football game predictions on bakersfield.com. Plus, make sure to tune in for tonight's live stream online, as BHS takes on Long Beach Poly, starting at 6:30 p.m. Read the full story here.

STATE MANDATES ADDITIONAL GROUNDWATER MONITORING IN VALLEY: State water regulators approved landmark groundwater rules Thursday for 850,000 acres of farmland across Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties. About 7,200 growers will be regulated in the program, which is part of a larger effort called the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Monitoring Program. Each farm must go through an evaluation. Areas with a history of contamination problems will have to do additional monitoring and paperwork. That might include drilling monitoring wells, hiring consultants and testing water. Read the full story here.



HULU: More British TV shows are coming to Hulu Plus. The online video site struck a deal with BBC involving non-exclusive rights to some 144 titles. The deal will bring shows including "Sherlock," "Doctor Who," and "Luther" to the site.

GOOGLE: Google is poised to add offline viewing features to its YouTube mobile video applications. The feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch when an Internet connection is Not available. YouTube said the offline viewing option will launch in November.



CHEMO: Obese people are less likely to survive cancer, and one reason may be a surprising inequality: The overweight are undertreated. Doctors often short them on chemotherapy by not basing the dose on size, as they should. They use ideal weight or cap the dose out of fear about how much treatment an obese patient can bear. Yet research shows that bigger people handle chemo better than smaller people do. Even a little less chemo can mean worse odds of survival, and studies suggest that as many as 40 percent of obese cancer patients have been getting less than 85 percent of the right dose for their size. Now, the largest organization of doctors who treat cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, aims to change that. The group has adopted guidelines urging full, weight-based doses.

ALZHEIMER'S: After a number of major letdowns in Alzheimer's research in recent years, a promising new study reports that P-E-T imaging may have the capacity not only to diagnose the disease in a living person, but also to track its progression. This new research tags a protein called tau, which forms the well-known "tangles" in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia and neurodegenerative disease. The researchers feel that using PET scans to visualize what's going on in the brain may help diagnose the disease very early on -- before symptoms even occur. While there is no effective treatments to stop its progression, the National Institutes of Health has just designated $45 million to test potential medications for Alzheimer's.



CSUB, UC RIVERSIDE PLAY TO DRAW IN MEN'S SOCCER: Cal State Bakersfield's men's soccer team is quickly gaining experience. But it wasn't enough to get a win in Thursday's home opener. The Roadrunners and UC Riverside battled to a 1-1 draw on CSUB's Main Soccer Field. CSUB junior Alex Flores scored his first collegiate goal on a header from Joe Masumiya's corner kick in the 23rd minute. The Highlanders (4-0-2) tied in when a foul on CSUB inside the box set up Aaron Long's penalty kick in the 42nd minute. Read the full story here.



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