By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
AIR FORCE WORKERS RETURN TO WORK: An estimated 900 workers at the Air Force Material Command at Edwards Air Force Base in eastern Kern County who were furloughed as part of the government shutdown will return to work this week. According to a spokesman for the base, the furloughed workers will return to their normal duties Monday and Tuesday. The Pentagon announced Saturday that nearly all of its 350,000 furloughed civilian employees would return to work this week in order to support military readiness. Workers at Edwards were furloughed October 1 as part of the idling of about 800,00 "non-essential" federal workers. Read the full story here.
GRANDMOTHER SHOT: A man allegedly shoots his grandmother in northwest Bakersfield. Police rolled out to the call in the 10900 block of Mohican Drive around 1:40 p.m. Sunday where they found 19-year old Dylan McNabb walking away from the house. They arrested him without incident. Once inside, police found the body of an elderly woman suffering from a gunshot wound. McNabb was booked for one count of murder. The woman's identity hasn't been released. Read the full story here.
WILDFIRE: Kern County firefighters have contained a wind-driven wildfire west of Tehachapi in the Stallion Springs area. A department spokesman said Sunday that crews were mopping up hot spots left from the 7 1/2-acre fire near the 19900 block of Jacks Hill Road. Crews are expected to remain in the area because of high winds and above normal temperatures. The fire began after 1 pm Saturday. The cause is under investigation. Read the full story here.
WASCO SHOOTING : One man is dead and a second injured in a shooting in Wasco. It happened Saturday around 11:47 p.m. in the 300 block of Mesquite Court where Sheriff's deputies found 29-year old Paulo Pergis suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he died about 12:30. Alejandro Rosiles, 27 had a minor injury from a gunshot and turned down medical treatment. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office or Secret Witness at 322-4040. Read the full story here.
SPOUSAL ABUSE: A Bakersfield man is behind bars after police arrive at a Brundage Lane apartment and find a woman there not breathing. Maria Cortes, 40, was taken to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital where she later died. A subsequent investigation revealed she had been in a domestic dispute with her husband prior to police being called to the apartment in the 700 block of Brundage Lane at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police arrested 39-year old Jorge Aceves-Cortes on suspicion of murder, spousal abuse and child endangerment. Read the full story here.
NEW HOTLINES: Local authorities want you to be their eyes and ears for certain crimes. The Kern County Sheriff's Office announced Friday they have two new hotlines set up. One is to report drug Activity. That number is 392-6000. If you know of gang activity going down, you can dial 392-6003. Officials say they want to work with the community to make our county as safe as can be.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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SOUTH BEATS NORTH, STAYS UNDEFEATED: South beat host North 20-7, Friday night, holding the Stars to 230 yards and forcing six three-and-outs as the Rebels improved to 5-0 for the first time this century. South's Asonte Johnson was responsible for the two biggest plays of the night, a 43-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring early in the second quarter and a 90-yard interception return for another score just before halftime. "People forget that we have a good defense," South coach Cary Mills said. "We may not be real big, but we can cover the field." Read the full story here.
CITY, COUNTY HISSING OVER ANIMAL INTAKE RULES: The Kern County-Bakersfield animal sheltering divorce is now final, but the bickering continues. On Tuesday, Kern County supervisors will review a terse series of communications between the county Animal Services Department and the Bakersfield city manager's office over how to divvy up stray and unwanted animals in the metropolitan Bakersfield area. Bakersfield has taken a "city only" stance. City residents will need to show identification with an address -- a driver's license or utility bill --before the city will take the animal. Read the full story here.
GUNFIRE IN DELANO LEAVES ONE MAN DEAD, ANOTHER WOUNDED: One man was killed and another wounded after gunfire rang out in Delano early Saturday morning. At 1:21 a.m., Delano police and emergency medical personnel were called to the 1500 block of 10th Avenue where they found two shooting victims. The Kern County Coroner's Office later identified the man who suffered fatal injuries as 22-year-old David Issmael Morales of Delano. The second victim, 21-year-old, Juan Ceja, also of Delano, was taken by family members to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition, police said. The shooting is being investigated by the Delano Police. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 721-3356. Read the full story here.
GRANDMOTHER SHOT IN NORTHWEST BAKERSFIELD: Police are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday afternoon in northwest Bakersfield involving a man who allegedly shot his grandmother. Bakersfield Police received a call at 1:40 p.m. of a shooting at a home in the 10900 block of Mohican Drive. A man was taken into custody but not additional information has been released. Read the full story here.
BIG-RIG DRIVER KILLED IN HIGHWAY 99 CRASH : A big-rig driver died early Sunday when he lost control of his truck and crashed into a tree along Highway 99. The Californian Highway Patrol reported that 50-year-old Hugh Michael March of Santa Cruz was killed at 4:05 a.m. when his northbound big-rig crashed into a tree just north of Taft Highway. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
COULD U.S. FINISH THE YEAR NO.1: The U.S. Energy Information Agency says the U.S. could become the world's No. 1 producer of oil and gas by the end of the year. That means surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia. It's a dramatic turn, fueled by the explosive growth of shale-oil extraction in North Dakota, Texas and here in California. Fracking operations, especially in Pennsylvania, have seen a huge increase in natural gas production.
THE TECH REPORT
READING: Lots of apps have offered the promise of reading text faster, but a Chrome extension called Beeline Reader is using an unexpected tool to get there: colored text. Built on top of the Readability code, the extension works by reformatting the text on a page into a single stripped-down column, then color-coding alternating lines of text to ensure readers never get lost. According to a recent study, that's enough to get the average person through a block of text ten percent faster. While the trick itself is simple, there's a surprising amount of psychological background to it. The developer tells Fast Company that he was inspired by the Stroop Test in psychology, which shows that readers inevitably perceive the color of the text they're reading, whether they mean to or not. That means the color can be used to transmit extra information, like your position in a paragraph, with almost no extra effort on the reader's part.
THE HEALTH REPORT
HOSPITALS: Bacterial infections can imperil the fragile patients at hospitals' intensive care units. And a new study reveals an unlikely spreader: the health care workers who treat them. The standard sterile hospital garb typically thought to prevent infections isn't helping. Physical barriers are the most effective way to block invisible intruders like the bacteria responsible for MRSA and V-R-E infections, which are among the most common hospital-acquired pathogens. Such strains, which are resistant to most antibiotic treatments, contribute to more than $4 billion in health care costs for treating the skin lesions, respiratory symptoms and sepsis that the bacteria cause. Researchers recently asked health care workers at 10 ICUs around the country to wear gowns and gloves every time they cared for a patient. Workers at another 10 hospitals with similar ICU settings followed existing protocols of suiting up only for patients with known infections. By the end of the study period, the hospitals that adopted the universal contact precautions showed a 40 percent drop in MRSA infections, but no significant change in the spread of VRE.
THE SPORTS REPORT
HARVICK WINS IN KANSAS: Bakersfield's Kevin Harvick captured the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway Sunday, earning his third victory of the season. More importantly, Harvick moved to third in the Sprint Cup Standings. Harvick sat on the pole to start the race and defeated Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon.
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