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Monday, May 19 2014 07:16 AM

'First Look': First News for May 19

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

INCREASED OIL TRAIN TRAFFIC RAISES POTENTIAL FOR SAFETY CHALLENGES: First responders think of the rail yard by Bakersfield High School when they envision the worst-case scenario in Kern County's drive to become a major destination for Midwestern oil trains. If a derailment there punctures and ignites a string of tank cars, the fireball's heat will be felt a mile away and flames will be a hundred feet high. Officials who have studied the BHS derailment scenario say more time and money should be invested in coordinated drills and additional equipment to prepare for what could be a uniquely difficult and potentially disastrous oil accident. Read the full story here.

APOCRYPHAL NAZI WALLET AN 'HEIRLOOM' WORTH BUYING: Remember the story about the person who claimed to be selling a wallet made of human skin supposedly from a victim of the Holocaust? Well, the wallet is real. Dan Glass, 32, said his father's oldest brother was in the Army during World War II and a soldier gave it to him. The Craigslist ad's asking price was $12,000. Californian columnist Lois Henry talked to both Glass's mom and sister and they both confirmed the existence of the wallet. Glass in currently being held at Lerdo Jail, on charges unrelated to the wallet. Read the full story here.

CALIFORNIA CHROME WINS PREAKNESS, ONE STEP CLOSER TO TRIPLE CROWN: California Chrome has won the Preakness to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown. As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman's horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish Saturday. With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history and the first since Affirmed in 1978. 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.

FOUR ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DUI AT CHECKPOINT: Bakersfield police arrested four motorists on suspicion of DUI during a checkpoint held Saturday in the 5000 block of California Avenue.Police impounded 22 vehicles after also discovering 21 drivers without a valid license, including seven driving on a suspended license. Read the full story here.

WOMAN BOOKED ON SUSPICION OF MURDER IN STABBING DEATH: A 48-year-old Bakersfield woman was arrested on suspicion of murder in the stabbing death of a man she'd been dating. Bakersfield police say Connie Vaughn stabbed the man at 6:40 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of 33rd Street, just northeast of downtown. Vaughn is being held without bail pending her arraignment Tuesday. Read the full story here.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CAR: A pedestrian suffered moderate injuries after being struck by a gray Lexus in southwest Bakersfield Saturday evening. Maninder Singh, 24, was hit at 9:55 p.m. as he crossed southbound outside a marked crosswalk in the 6400 block of Panama Lane, Bakersfield police said. He was taken to a local hospital. Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

AT&T IS SET TO BUY DIRECTV: AT&T said on Sunday that it had agreed to buy DirecTV in a cash and stock deal worth $48.5 billion, marking the second proposed deal this year to shake up the pay-television business a CNET report said. The acquisition, which the companies expect to close within 12 months, creates a powerhouse for services in the home, allowing AT&T to pair its own wireless network with DirecTV's satellite TV service, which is available nationwide. According to CNET, The deal comes as AT&T faces a slowdown in growth in its core wireless business, as well intense competition for its wireline service, a factor in the proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

DR. SEUSS ART: Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has just received $100,000 worth of Dr. Seuss serigraphs paid for with a gift from the Aera Energy Fund at the Kern Community Foundation. There are 38 pieces in the newly acquired collection of art by beloved children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Twenty-four Dr. Seuss serigraphs are now hanging in the Lauren Small Children's Medical Center, but they'll be relocated when the center moves to a newer, larger pediatric wing now under construction. Scheduled to open in January, the new unit will be licensed for 35 beds. Five more pictures were sent to the hospital's high-risk infant follow-up clinic. An outpatient services facility got another seven pieces, and two more went to the Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center infusion center, which also treats pediatric patients. Read the full story here.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

GOAL IN OT HELPS CONDORS SPLIT FIRST TWO GAMES: Bakersfield's Gary Steffes sent a wrist shot over the glove of Alaska goaltender Gerald Coleman, under the crossbar and into the back of the net as the Condors bounced back with a 3-2 victory to even the ECHL Western Conference Finals at a game apiece. Read the full story here.

 

CHECK OUT SCOTT IN :60 — today with Louis Amestoy:

 

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