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Monday, Aug 25 2014 07:06 AM

'First Look': First News for Aug. 25

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

MAN, 60, FOUND DEAD IN HEMPSTEAD LANE HOME: A southwest Bakersfield man was found dead in his home Friday morning in what police are calling a homicide. The man was identified as 60-year-old Carl Aaron Crawford. He was found by his girlfriend at 8:32 a.m. in a house he lived in by himself in the 2600 block of Hempstead Lane. Police described the man as "obviously deceased" but did not provide further details about the trauma he suffered, whether weapons were involved or how long he may have been dead. An autopsy is pending. Crawford worked as a correctional officer at a facility in Delano. Read the full story here.

FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR, TREASURER FINED FOR MISUSE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS: Former Kern County Supervisor Jon McQuiston and the treasurer for his unsuccessful 2012 California Assembly campaign were fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission Thursday for using funds from the campaign for personal use. McQuiston was dinged by the state regulatory agency for using $1,872.92 in campaign money to buy a computer, scanner and iPhone after he lost the 2012 primary election for the 32nd District seat. He told state investigators he didn't know the action was illegal, but cooperated with the investigation. McQuiston was fined $3,500 for the violation. Read the full story here.

PACT SAVED BILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER FOR CITY: An agreement between Bakersfield and Southern California Edison saved about 1.5 billion gallons of Kern River water for city customers instead of using it to make electricity, officials said this week. That much water is considered enough to supply more than 4,600 families for a year. Two agencies agreed SCE would send 1.5 billion gallons less river water from the Isabella Lake reservoir through Kern River 1 power plant, from April 8 through June 30 -- and Bakersfield would pay it to make up for the lost power. Read the full story here.


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

EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NAPA: Ninety to 100 homes in Northern California have been red-tagged -- that is, labeled unfit to enter -- after a 6.0 earthquake struck near Napa early Sunday, and there have been more than 50 aftershocks, but a large follow-up earthquake is now unlikely. The main quake damaged buildings, cut off power to tens of thousands, sparked fires, broke water mains, caused gas leaks, sent more than 120 people to a hospital and led Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. Read the full story here.

BC'S STARTING QB SPOT STILL OPEN, CHUDY SAYS: The first Bakersfield College football game of the season is coming up fast and coach Jeff Chudy said the team is on overdrive, working hard to be ready for the Sept. 6 game. The Renegades take on Riverside, who was in the fourth-team state playoff last year. Chudy said the quarterback spot is still wide-open and he has yet to determine who will take the spot. Read the full story here.

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH IDENTIFIED: The Kern County Sheriff's Coroner's office has released the name of a Bakersfield man killed Friday when his motorcycle was hit by another vehicle on Highway 58. Julio Rodriguez, 59, died at 4:15 p.m. at the scene of the crash on westbound Highway 58 near Chester Avenue. Read the full story here.



FASTER NETFLIX: Netflix is opening up its wallet once again to improve streaming speeds on one of the country's largest Internet providers. The online video company has reached a deal with Time Warner Cable to connect directly to the telecom giant's network, rather than delivering its traffic through a third-party service. That should improve streaming quality for Netflix subscribers whose Internet service is provided by Time Warner Cable. Netflix has already reached direct-connection agreements this year with Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, but not without a lot of complaining.



SURGICAL 'BLACK BOX': Inside the operating room, video cameras track every movement. Outside, a small computer-like device analyzes the recordings, identifying when mistakes are made and providing instant feedback to surgeons as they operate. This is the dream of the surgical "black box." Operations could become flawless. Post-operative complications could be significantly reduced. Surgeons could review the footage to improve their technique and prep for the next big case. Such a device isn't far from reality. Researchers in Canada are working on a surgical tracking box -- like the ones placed in airplanes -- that records surgeons' movements and identifies errors during an operation.



ROADRUNNERS WOMEN'S SOCCER: The CSUB women's soccer team dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 3-0 loss at home Sunday to Eastern Washington. Read the full story here.



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