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    Local Habitat for Humanity director dies

    Dennis Vincent Wallace, who spent a lifetime making sure people had a home, including as executive director of Habitat for Humanity's Golden Empire affiliate, died Thursday of cancer.

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    City manager to be periodically out due to illness

    City Manager Alan Tandy has let staff and elected leaders know he will periodically be out of the office for "personal medical reasons" he does not disclose.

  3. Lawsuit filed against pawn shop alleges harassment and discrimination

    A Bakersfield pawn shop is being sued by a former employee for alleged harassment and discrimination including threats and derogatory comments regarding the plaintiff's sexual orientation and pointing a gun at him.

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

    FOODIE: Another privately owned restaurant has opened downtown, this one a cozy bistro that features soft leather couches, a comfortable, homey interior, a wide selection of drinks, and light salads and sandwiches. It's called CraSh Lounge and it is located on Eye Street next to the Caribbean eatery Mama Roomba. Check out the Mephistopheles panini, but be warned: It is spicy. Opened by Muertos Lounge owner Shawna Haddad-Byers, CraSh should not be confused with another relatively new wine bar and restaurant called Krush, located in the northwest off Hageman Road. Both are excellent choices for a quick bite.

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    Rabobank renews arena complex naming rights

    Bakersfield and Rabobank N.A. have renewed their vows for another decade, and the Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center complex will be keeping its name.

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    Commission recommends trial of swimming on Lake Ming

    The Kern County Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend the county allow swimming in Lake Ming for a one-year trial period.

  7. Funeral services for Oct. 24, 2014

    Services scheduled

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    SOUND OFF: Try to criticize Democrats and Republicans equally

    Reader: With some trepidation I'm writing you. My observation has been if a writer is complimentary of The Californian then the writer is enlightened. If critical, a mouth breather.

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    'First Look': Celebrating Bakersfield's architecture

    Have you ever stopped while walking and just looked around and admired the architecture Bakersfield has to offer? For all you know that building that caught your attention is a historic landmark.

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    'First Look': Big Chair Chess Club of Bakersfield seeks help for D.C. trip

    Chess is more than a two-player strategy game. The one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops and eight pawns teach players to think before making the next move, all while having fun.

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    'First Look': Bakersfield National Cemetery begins wreath project

    The Bakersfield National Cemetery is a landmark in Kern County. It recently attained National Shrine status, becoming one of only 17 of 131 national cemeteries to receive the recognition.

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