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BY THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
EARTHQUAKE IN THE MOUNTAINS: Shaking in the mountains of eastern Kern. A 4.2 magnitude earthquake hit 25 miles northeast of Tehachapi at 11:50 a.m. Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was 12 miles south of Weldon. A second quake measured at 3.6 magnitude followed shortly afterward. No injuries or damages were reported. Read the full story here.
BODY IDENTIFIED: Positive ID on a body found on a Kern County dirt road. The body of 45-year-old Todd Chance was found Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. by a field worker on the dirt extension of Noriega Road east of Enos Lane. Sheriff's deputies say Chance suffered "obvious trauma" but declined to provide additional information. Investigators determined that Chance's 2011 black Ford Mustang was missing. It was found a short time later abandoned near the intersection of Tigerflower Drive and Wheatland Avenue, about 17 miles southwest of his body. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.
DOWNTOWN HOUSE FIRE: A complete loss-- that's how fire investigators describe what happened to a house on M Street. Fire broke out Sunday at around 1:30 p.m. at 904 M St. and brought out crews from both Bakersfield City and Kern County Fire. Two people and several animals escaped from the house, but a litter of seven puppies died. Firefighters were able to save one puppy. Investigators call the fire accidental. Damage is set at $120,000. Read the full story here.
VALLEY FEVER: If you've had Valley Fever, you can attend an upcoming reception in East Bakersfield. It happens Sept. 23 in the Hans Einstein Center at Kern County Public Health on Mount Vernon Avenue, at 4:30 p.m. Valley Fever survivors, their family and friends will take part in the reception. Congressman Kevin McCarthy will kick off a community forum with input from some medical heavyweights. On hand will be Dr. Thomas Friedan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Francis Collins MD of the National Institutes of Health.
MCFARLAND FIRE: Fire in McFarland leaves twenty people without a place to live. Flames broke out Sunday at about 1:30 a.m. at a house in the 200 block of San Pedro Street, forcing the occupants-- twelve of which are kids -- to go without shelter. Kern County Fire says the cause is electrical. Damage is set at 85-thousand dollars. The Red Cross is helping the victims with food, clothes, and other items. Read the full story here.
DRUG BUST: A Bakersfield man is behind bars after a drug bust. Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested 43-year-old Robert Delap and confiscated drugs and a handgun during a probation search at a an apartment complex in the 400 block of White Lane around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies say they found more than one pound of suspected methamphetamine at the complex, plus a loaded handgun, metal knuckles and an unidentified electronic control device. Delap was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sales plus several other charges. 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
PG&E FIRES DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR: Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has terminated its contract with the company it hired to manage the power plant demolition job that critically injured a Bakersfield man this month and last year killed a Los Angeles man. The San Francisco-based utility fired Covina-based Cleveland Wrecking Co. Friday "because they failed to perform to our satisfaction on the project," PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said. Cleveland declined to comment. Read the full story here.
BEVMO COMING TO TOWN: Specialty alcohol retailer BevMo expects to open a Bakersfield location by the end of next year. A executive at the Concord-based chain said his team is looking at a couple of different locations in town measuring about 9,000 square feet. "We get calls and emails from Bakersfield residents asking us to bring a store here," he said. This was also the talk of social media with 1,955 people seeing the post on Facebook, where it earned 49 likes and 9 comments. Of course some people admitted they have never heard of the alcohol retailer. Read the full story here.
SCHOOLS, PARENTS WORK THROUGH PRACTICALITIES OF NEW TRANSGENDER LAW : Two weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial decision to sign Assembly Bill 1266, Kern County parents and schools are scrambling to figure out what it will mean for students and how it will be implemented. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, mandates that K-12 schools allow transgendered students access to the restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams of the gender with which they identify, regardless of their physical anatomy. Some parents have threatened to home school their children or put them in private school if their districts don't fight to have the statute modified or repealed. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD MAN'S BODY FOUND IN COUNTY FIELD : The body of a man found on a Kern County dirt road Sunday morning by a field worker has been identified as Todd Chance of Bakersfield. Sheriff's deputies said 45-year-old Chance suffered "obvious trauma" but declined to provide additional information. The body was found on the dirt extension of Noriega Road east of Enos Lane about 9:30 a.m. Investigators determined that Chance's 2011 black Ford Mustang was missing. It was found a short time later abandoned near about 17 miles southwest of his body. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.
WASCO AND GARCES MEET IN PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE : Football fever heated up Saturday after BVarsity's first live webcast of Friday's scrimmage between Wasco and Garces. The YouTube videos of Wasco's impressive effort against Garces were one of the Californian's most viewed pieces of content all weekend. Watch the video here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
OIL COMPANIES TO USE DRONE AIRCRAFT IN ALASKA: Oil companies surveying for oil in Alaska will now have limited use of drones to do the work. In what is being called an aviation milestone, the FAA has approved the use of drones to be launched from ships to monitor arctic ice floes and wildlife migration, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
THE TECH REPORT
AMAZON: Amazon.com Inc. has recently tested a new wireless network that would allow customers to connect its devices to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Businessweek reports the wireless network was tested in Cupertino and used spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. The trial underlines how Amazon is moving beyond being a Web destination and hardware maker and digging deeper into the underlying technology for how people connect to the Internet.
DELTA: Delta Air Lines is providing 19,000 flight attendants with Windows-based Nokia Lumia smartphones to process credit cards for onboard purchases. With an app developed by Microsoft the smartphone enables flight attendants to offer credit card processing for on-board purchases, including seating upgrades; eReceipts that can be emailed to customers; and, in the future, the ability to read coupons displayed on passengers' mobile devices.
THE HEALTH REPORT
E-CIGARETTE: The Food and Drug Administration has been in discussions with the e-cigarette industry about a possible online-sales ban of the product, as it prepares a package of proposed regulations for the increasingly popular devices. The FDA has been meeting with e-cigarette makers in recent weeks and is expected to formally unveil its proposals in October. Company executives have discussed with the FDA an online-sales ban to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors and whether the minimum legal age for buying them should be 18 or 19. The agency is also reviewing television, radio and print advertising standards for the products. Analysts estimate e-cigarette sales in the U.S. will reach $1 billion this year.
NEW DEVICE: A new device, Vitek MS, can rapidly identify nearly 200 different types of bacteria and yeast known to cause disease in people, allowing doctors to treat the infection quickly and with the correct antibiotic. When researchers receive a sample from a sick patient, they grow a small amount of the pathogen on a lab dish, which can take around 18 to 24 hours. Traditionally, researchers would then have to go through several other steps to identify the pathogen, taking about one to three days. But with the new device, researchers can name the culprit bacteria within an hour of growing it. Researchers say a test with the new device costs a whopping 20 cents.
THE SPORTS REPORT
KESSLER, WITTEK WILL BOTH PLAY IN USC'S OPENER: Quarterbacks Max Wittek and Centennial High graduate Cody Kessler both will play for No. 24 USC in its season opener against Hawaii on Thursday. Coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday that he couldn't pick a starting quarterback after a full offseason of evaluation, so both sophomores will get snaps Thursday at Hawaii.
BIG INNING BOOSTS GIANTS PAST BLAZE: Mac Williamson highlighted a four-run fourth with his 24th home run of the season -- a solo shot -- that erased an early 1-run deficit and sent the San Jose Giants to a 4-2 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze in Sunday afternoon's California League game at Sam Lyn Ballpark. The Blaze had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning with consecutive one-out singles by Julio Morillo, Junior Arias and Juan Silva. Read the full story here.
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