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Wednesday, Jun 26 2013 08:19 AM

'First Look': First News for June 26

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

BC SANCTIONS: A local college will appeal to a higher power. Bakersfield College officials have announced that the Southern California Football Association has denied the college's appeal of athletics sanctions, so they're going to the Community College Athletic Association instead. BC filed the appeal on June 12 after the football team's wins and title were vacated because of alleged rules violations. President Sonya Christian has called the sanctions "unfair, unreasonable and unwarranted." Read the full story.

MADRIGALI CASE: Bail is reduced for the Bakersfield attorney accused of shooting his wife. Bail for 57-year old Mark Madrigali was reduced Tuesday from $2 million dollars to $1.525 million. Madrigali is charged with attempted murder, assault with a gun on a person and spousal abuse. He has pleaded not guilty. Bakersfield police have accused Madrigali of shooting his wife with a shotgun early June 12. She survived her injuries. His next court hearing is July 18. Read the full story.

RESCUE: A family from Pennsylvania is rescued from the hills east of Bakersfield. Walter Sinsley and five family members were visiting from Pittsburgh. On Monday, they were touring the trails off Rancheria Road when they got lost about 20 miles east of town. They called 9-1-1 and it wasn't long before the Kern County Sheriff's Air 5 Helicopter located the family and landed about a mile away. The crew gave 'em some water while waiting for Glennville Search and Rescue Volunteers, who escorted the family out to Highway 178. No one needed medical attention. Read the full story.

TEHACHAPI SEWAGE: Kern County supervisors will tend to a sewage problem in Tehachapi when they take up a plan to pay off a contractor and reimburse the trustee that has kept the Golden Hills Sanitation Company going. The owners of the company, which serves 142 homes, an apartment complex and a hotel in the Golden Hills section of Tehachapi, abandoned the district and -- if the county and the trustee hadn't stepped in -- the homes would have been declared uninhabitable. Read the full story.

FIRE: Folks in Oildale are coming to the aid of a family who lost a child in a tragic house fire. The Oildale Church of Christ is hoping to relieve some of the stress and pain for the family of 21-month old Aiden McDonald who died last week in a fire on Washington Avenue. The church is collecting clothes, toys and other items the family needs. Donations can be dropped off at the Oildale Church of Christ at 2912 N. Chester Ave. Read the full story.

WANTED: Bakersfield Police are hoping you can help them find a guy with lots of tattoos. Thirty-year-old Julian Bazan is a parolee and registered sex offender who's on the run after his GPS tracking monitor stopped working. Bazan is Hispanic, 5-8 and weighs about 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair that may be shaved. Bazan's neck, forehead and parts of his cheeks are covered with tattoos. Anyone with information is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story.


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

LOIS HENRY: QUIT THE SOBBING, BC -- YOU KNOW YOU SCREWED UP: Californian columnist Lois Henry says when you're caught with your pants down, best to pull 'em up and move along. Not holler at everyone that "There's nothing here to see!" which, unfortunately, seems to be Bakersfield College's strategy in the ongoing Helmet Club/football debacle. On Monday, the school lost its first appeal of sanctions, including being stripped of its 2012 state football championship, for favoring and subsidizing some student athletes. There are at least two more appeals and an arbitration that BC could drag us all through, if so inclined. Just stop, Lois says. The violations were not technicalities. Schools can't give athletes special favors, such as free meals, special housing arrangements or pay them for work not offered to other students. BC did all three, Lois writes. Read the full column.

HARVICK JUMPS INTO ULTIMATE FIGHTING: Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick has been known to throw a punch or two as a fierce competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Now he's taking that love of a good fight to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. No, no, he won't be throwing punches in the ring. Instead, his Kevin Harvick Inc. will manage UFC fighter Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Harvick's KHI was originally set up to run his race car teams but has since diversified into personal management, with clients that include NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and PGA golfer Jason Gore. Read the full story.

FAMILY RESCUED AFTER GETTING LOST IN MOUNTAINS: Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue was notified Monday of a family that was lost in the mountains off of Rancheria Road about 20 miles east of Bakersfield. The sheriff's office said Walter Sinsley and five of his family members, who were visiting from Pittsburgh, Pa., became lost while driving on trails off of Rancheria Road. They stopped and called 911 from a cell phone. A rescue helicopter located the family and landed just over half a mile from where the family had stopped. The family was escorted out of the mountains to Highway 178. No one was injured. Read the full story.

MURDERER SENTENCED TO 51 YEARS TO LIFE: A defendant convicted of murder and attempted murder in the shooting of two people in September was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison. Twenty-eight-year-old Aloysius Asberry was sentenced Monday in connection with the death of 23-year-old Christopher Gonzales. Gonzales and another victim were shot in the 3300 block of Panama Street. The other victim survived. Co-defendant Peter Collins has a re-trial scheduled for July 1 after jurors acquitted him of murder and hung on charges of attempted murder and participating in a criminal street gang, according to court records. A third defendant, Gary Asberry, is scheduled to go to trial July 18. Read the full story.

CANDIDATES TAKE AIM AT VOTING AND FINANCIAL RECORDS AHEAD OF SENATE RACE DEBATE : Republican cherry farmer Andy Vidak claims to be in favor of bringing cheap, reliable water to the Central Valley -- but the 16th Senate District candidate's voting record doesn't support that, his opponent, Leticia Perez, charged Tuesday. In a preview of what she is expected to say during a one-hour debate the candidates will record Thursday evening at KGET Channel 17 studios in Bakersfield, Perez accused Vidak of failing to vote in six elections since March 2000, and missing key votes on water. Perez referred to water votes in 2000 and 2002, and Kings County voting records indicate she is correct. But as it turns out, neither candidate has a perfect voting record. Read the full story.



OBAMA SAYS PIPELINE WILL NOT BE APPROVED IF IT RAISES CARBON POLLUTION: During a major environmental speech Tuesday, President Obama said the Canada-to-Texas Keystone Pipeline will not be approved if it raises carbon pollution here in the U.S. Many say the controversial pipeline will create thousands of construction jobs and lessen U.S. dependence on oil from OPEC, but environmentalists argue that the pipeline is fraught with danger. The pipeline has even divided the U.S. Government. The State Department has come out in favor of it, while the EPA has blasted the environmental assessments supporting the pipeline. CNN reported that Obama said the United States must use less "dirty energy," waste less, and transition to cleaner sources, and improve efforts to reach a new global agreement to reduce carbon emission. Read the full story.



iOS 7: Apple released i-OS 7 beta number 2 to developers this week with bug fixes, a new welcome screen, and the return of a very technical looking Voice Memos app. The biggest change? Siri's now a man. Or at least she can be. Other new features include Siri seeming to load faster, a slight update to the Reminders design, and quicker search.

BLACKBERRY: Now a distant fourth behind even Microsoft, BlackBerry is hoping its acclaimed security software might be its ticket to success -- even if it means supporting rivals' devices. BlackBerry introduced a new service called "Secure Work Space," which allows business iPhone and Android users to toggle between personal and corporate modes. Secure Work Space is aimed at giving companies control over the data that flows over their networks, even on a user's personal phone. Corporate email, calendars, contacts and intranets are cordoned off, and I-T departments can add or remove other apps from that corporate section without affecting any personal information. That separation ensures that users can't copy a message from the corporate profile and paste it into the personal one, and malware infecting the personal side of the phone won't make its way into corporate data.



HEPATITIS C: Hepatitis C is a liver-damaging disease that can live in the body for decades before it causes serious health problems. That's why a U.S. panel of medical experts is now urging older Americans to get a one-time blood test to see if they have the infection. A task force issued recommendations Tuesday for all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested. One expert noted that even though they may have no symptoms yet, the evidence is convincing that one-time screening will help find millions of Americans with the infection before they develop a serious liver disease. The Task Force also urged adults who are current or past users of injectable drugs or those who received a blood transfusion before 1992 to get a hepatitis C blood test.

CIGARETTES: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday allowed two new cigarettes from Lorillard onto the market, adding that while they are not safe, they are no worse than products already being sold. It was the first time the agency gave the green light to a cigarette since it received legal authority in 2009 to regulate tobacco products. The FDA said it rejected four other applications for new tobacco products, saying they were not proven to be essentially equivalent to an existing, benchmark product.




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