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'First Look': First News for July 16

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

ABORTION DEBATE: Members of a new pro-abortion rights Facebook group say they plan to speak against the proposed Human Life ordinance at Wednesday's Bakersfield City Council meeting. Pro-Choice Kern County says it's targeting the ordinance, which would have restricted abortion in Bakersfield, and its creator, Tim Palmquist, administrator of LifeSavers Ministries. The proposed ordinance was considered May 20 by the City Council's Legislative and Litigation Committee. It would have placed "Restrictions on Termination of Human Life," making it "unlawful within the city ... for any entity to receive any form of consideration for the purpose of killing any inhabitants of the city." The committee voted 3-0 to table the discussion indefinitely. Some 40 Pro-Choice members are expected to attend Wednesday's meeting. Read the full story here.

FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED: A probationary firefighter will be recognized by the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday for saving a Tehachapi woman from a burning building last month. Kern County Fire Department rookie Paul Abarquez had been working for the fire department for six months and was working overtime in Tehachapi when firefighters were called to a house fire on June 30. He heard screaming coming from inside the house and made a hole in the siding with his gloved hands. Inside he saw a woman's bare feet and he grabbed and pulled the woman out by her ankles. Abarquez will receive the honor at the board's 9 a.m. session. Read the full story here.

CRASH: Authorities are sorting out an Oildale crash that left two people injured and a Veterans Association van on its side. It happened Monday morning at the corner of Airport Drive and Decatur Street. 23-ABC reports a Volkswagen Beetle collided with the van, leaving two people with minor injuries. No one was hospitalized. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

RUNAWAY: A Bakersfield teen with a history of running away is missing again. Fifteen-year-old Delaney Regan was last seen June 22. She lives on Orchid Drive and she's known to frequent the Oildale area. Regan stands 5'7" and weighs 120 pounds with green eyes and dyed strawberry blond hair. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, black tank top, denim shorts and black leather shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office. You can send an anonymous text at TIP411, key word KCSO. Read the full story here.

BURNING CARS: Some Oildale residents wake up to find several cars burning outside -- and authorities say something's fishy. About 4 a.m. Sunday, the Kern County Firefighters were called to Blue Mountain Way where seven vehicles went up in flames. Neighbors tell 23-ABC they heard a loud noise and went outside to find the cars burning. Mitchell Shepard says two of his were damaged and he suspects arson. Authorities are investigating the cause. Read the full story here.

PEDESTRIAN FATALITY: A man kneeling in the street dies after being hit by a driver in Oildale. Authorities say a GMC Envoy driven by Joseph Moralez of Bakersfield was southbound on Manor Street just north of West Day Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. That's when the front of the SUV reportedly hit a man who was kneeling in the number two lane. He died at the scene and his name has not been released. Moralez was not injured. 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

ABORTION RIGHTS GROUP FORMS TO OPPOSE ORDINANCE: Five days after its founding, members of a new pro-abortion rights Facebook group said they plan to speak against the proposed Human Life ordinance at Wednesday's Bakersfield City Council meeting. "The war on women has come to Bakersfield -- and we refuse to let our home be one that violates the Constitutional liberties of half the population," Pro-Choice Kern County said in a news release Monday targeting the ordinance, which would have restricted abortion in Bakersfield, and its creator, Tim Palmquist, administrator of LifeSavers Ministries. "It feels like there's a lot of focus on what the women do with their bodies. Whereas, there's way less focus on what men do with their bodies," said Jennifer Smith, who founded the group with a friend on July 10.. "... it's beginning to feel like a war." She estimated that about 40 Pro-Choice members might attend Wednesday's meeting. Read the full story here.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY SUV DIES: An unidentified man died Sunday after he was hit by an SUV while he was kneeling in the road. The California Highway Patrol says two witness and Joseph E. Moralez, the vehicle driver, told investigators that the man was in a southbound lane of Manor Street north of West Day Avenue. Thirty-nine-year-old Moralez was heading south in a maroon GMC Envoy at about 4:30 p.m. when the front of the SUV hit the man, who did not move, in the road. The man died at the scene. Read the full story here.

DEPUTIES LOOKING FOR GIRL MISSING SINCE JUNE: The Kern County Sheriff's Office is seeking help finding a missing 15-year-old girl last seen in June. Sheriff's deputies say Delaney Regan has a history of running away and frequents the Oildale area. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, with green eyes and hair dyed strawberry blond. She was last seen wearing a black sweater, black tank top, denim shorts and black leather shoes on June 22. Her last known address was 616 Orchid Drive. Read the full story here.

HERB BENHAM WRITES: BEACH GOERS CHECK OUT BEFORE LEAVING: Californian columnist Herb Benham writes about friends who are going to the beach have already checked out before they even leave. Herb says: In July and August, there are two kinds of people in Kern County: those who are going to the beach and those who are not. This is true not only for Kern County but for Stanislaus, Tulare, Merced, Kings, Madera and Fresno counties -- any place that shares our weather and topography. Read the full story here.

LOSING SHAWN AUSTIN STINGS KENNEDY FOOTBALL: Californian prep sports writer Zach Ewing writes that head coach Shawn Austin has left the Robert F. Kennedy football program for a job as the defensive coordinator of Concordia College in Selma, Ala., after just one year with the Thunderbirds. Austin, who has been a coordinator at the junior college and NAIA levels before, said he couldn't pass up an opportunity to get back into college coaching. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

OIL PRICES SHOULD DROP BY HALF BY END OF YEAR: Oil prices should be about half of today's $105 a barrel by the end of the year, Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski predicted on Monday. He stressed that this trend is mostly on the supply side because record amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced in the United States and in Canada and OPEC supplies are higher. But $50 a barrel does not translate into $2 gasoline he said, because it still has to be refined and transported. In the past three months, the price of oil has risen 20 percent.

 

THE TECH REPORT

iPHONE DEATH: A 23-year-old Chinese woman picked up her iPhone 5 to answer a call while the battery was charging and was electrocuted last week. Apple is looking into the report and has said they will fully investigate the incident. According to a Chinese news service, the woman bought the iPhone in December at an Apple store and was using the original charger to charge it. Donald Johnson, a professional engineer who deals with stray voltage and electrocution investigations, said that many factors could be at play in this particular incident, but said others shouldn't be concerned about it. There have also been recent reports of safety issues with the iPhone's closest competitor -- the Samsung Galaxy S. Last week a Swiss teenager said she had suffered third-degree burns after a the phone exploded in her pocket. Samsung has also promised to investigate.

FOX SPORTS: Fox Networks is asking pay TV distributors to shell out 80 cents per monthly per subscriber to carry new national sports network Fox Sports 1. Comcast signed a broad distribution deal earlier this year for FS1, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 17. But the network hasn't yet signed major distributors Time Warner, DirecTV and Dish Network Fox is converting auto racing channel Speed into FS1, a network that will be programmed with NASCAR races, college football and basketball games, UFC events and sports news shows. Affiliates reportedly pay about 23 cents monthly for Speed, and some are balking at the increase.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

MOSQUITOES: It seems mosquitoes swarm the moment a warm body walks outside. But the Smithsonian reports mosquitoes actually have a preference when choosing their next meal. According to Smithsonian.com, there is a definite hierarchy. The top choices are Type O blood, wearing colors that stand out, high amounts of bacteria on the skin and pregnancy. Adults also get bitten more than children because they exhale more carbon dioxide, which is another attractive force for the bugs.

ADHD TEST: Diagnosing someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often a tricky science because it relies heavily on psychiatric and behavioral examinations. For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that could aid doctors by providing physical evidence for diagnosis. The Neuro-psychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid System is the first medical device of its kind to help diagnose the neuro-behavioral disorder in children and teens. It uses an EEG test to look at the patient's brain waves. FDA officials stress diagnosing ADHD is a multistep process based on a complete medical and psychiatric exam of which the NEBA System can be a part of.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BLAZE'S RALLY FALLS SHORT: The Blaze lost a contentious 7-5 game at Rancho Cucamonga on Monday despite a four-run rally in the ninth inning. Bakersfield third baseman David Vidal, manager Ken Griffey, Sr. and pitching coach Rigo Beltran were all ejected in the first eight innings, which were dominated by the Quakes (42-54). Four different Rancho Cucamonga players homered, and the Quakes had out-hit the Blaze 14-2 and led 7-1 headed to the ninth inning. But a walk, two singles and a wild pitch got Bakersfield (37-59) two runs, and Juan Duran homered to cut the lead to 7-5. Read the full story here.

 

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