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    PHOTO GALLERY: Residents rally for law enforcement, first responders

    They rallied, reflected and prayed. Residents did all this Friday at an event dubbed the Law Enforcement and First Responders Support Rally.

  2. Wasco project would treat oil wastewater for reuse

    In another sign oil field wastewater treatment is gaining steam locally, an Arizona company plans to build a $10 million processing plant in Wasco.

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    UP, UP & AWAY: Vintage T-38 on its way to Shafter

    Atlas Crane & Rigging donated labor and equipment Friday to move a vintage T-38 trainer aircraft over a fence at Meadows Field and onto a trailer for transport to Minter Field Air Museum in Shafter.

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    BEYOND BAKERSFIELD: News from around Central California

    DELANO: A multi-campus private community college is slated to open later this year in Delano.

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    Court filing: Taft teachers, aware of bullying, planned to strangle Oliver if needed

    The attorney representing Bryan Oliver and his mother in a multimillion dollar claim against the Taft Union High School District has filed a scathing response to the district's cross complaint seeking money from the Oliver family to pay for injuries shooting victim Bowe Cleveland suffered.

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    Appeals court reverses verdict in Harb lawsuit

    A state appeals court has ordered a new trial for the family of a Bakersfield doctor who was handcuffed by police and forced to wait more than an hour for treatment after suffering a massive stroke in 2007.

  7. Builders 'top off' new medical development in northeast

    Ancient pagan Scandinavians were big believers in trees. They plopped them on top of new buildings all the time, a tradition that persists today in the form of "topping off" ceremonies commemorating the installation of the last structural beam in a new building's framework.

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    Action Line: Offers of financial aid require scrutiny

    Dear Action Line, I received a solicitation in the mail from a company called College Admissions Assistance.

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    SOUND OFF: Bravo for republishing that Charlie Hebdo cover

    Reader: Sound Off continues to brighten Saturday mornings. Thank you. It is so refreshing to read fact-based, well-written responses to misinformed, irate readers. It most likely does nothing to influence their thinking, but it is satisfying.

  10. Bakersfield's private hospitals earn Bs, Cs in new study

    Other local hospitals said they support transparency in safety assessments, but they're a little dubious about the Leapfrog report.

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    Hospital 'grades' not always a fair measure

    A new report on the safety of care at hospitals across the nation put Kern Medical Center at the absolute bottom of Bakersfield's hospital pile.

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