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    SOUND OFF: What was your restaurant reviewer trying to accomplish?

    Reader: After reading Pete Tittl's review of Sorella Ristorante Italiano, recently opened in a new location, I am finding it difficult to understand exactly what his review was about ("Sorella has a new home, and some growing pains," Nov. 16). Was he encouraging his readers to visit this new and beautiful restaurant or discouraging them by writing a terrible review on service and food? In his own words he states that this restaurant was very busy and reservations would be beneficial. Yet he, on two occasions, did not make reservations.

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    National Adoption Day yields laughter, tears

    For all the dignitaries and proclamations from local politicians, it was Kacie Valdez who stole the show at Friday's 12th annual National Adoption Day celebration.

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    Local immigration advocates simultaneously celebrate, worry

    A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups gathered in front of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office Friday to celebrate President Obama's executive action on immigration and to call on Congress to address the issue permanently through legislation.

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    Business roundup: Valley Plaza releases Thanksgiving schedule

    A majority of retailers at Valley Plaza plan to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and keep their doors open until midnight, then reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.

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    Firefighters offer turkey cooking tips

    The Bakersfield Fire Department is offering a list of cooking tips this week on the best ways to stay safe while frying traditional holiday birds.

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    Red Cross asks for nominations for local heroes

    The American Red Cross Kern Chapter is again accepting nominations for community members who have shown extraordinary courage and kindness throughout the year.

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    Oliver trial so far: Battery allegations, disturbing videos and the return of sketch artistry

    The trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver has generated plenty of tension, tears and arguments following five days of testimony -- and it's not over by a long shot.

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    Kern unemployment rose slightly in October, to 9 percent

    Kern County's unemployment rate inched up to 9 percent in October, from a revised 8.8 percent in September, as local farming shed some 5,600 workers and other industries were mixed, the state reported Friday.

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    Action Line: For online dating, practical trumps emotional

    Dear Action Line, I lost my husband three years ago and have decided that after the first of the year I am going to actively start dating again.

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    High-speed rail agency seeks builders for Kern County route segment

    The California High-Speed Rail Authority Friday issued a request for qualifications to contractors that might be interested in building Construction Package 4, a 30-mile stretch of the bullet-train route through Kern County northwest of Bakersfield.

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