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    Kern among counties receiving 'unaccompanied minors'

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials released 71 unaccompanied minors to Kern County in the first seven months of this year, part of a flood of undocumented children detained by immigration officials at the U.S. southern border.

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    New KHSD superintendent: Midwestern roots, Bakersfield branches

    Bryon Schaefer learned to love school and appreciate the importance of a bonded community when, at the age of 16, tragedy thrust him into challenging circumstances.

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds 'Walk like MADD' against drunken driving

    Fifteen people died from DUI-related incidents in Kern County in 2013.

  4. Motorcyclist suffers major injuries in crash near PMC

    A 56-year-old Santa Maria man suffered major injuries early Saturday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed near Pine Mountain Club, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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    Two arrested for allegedly operating large pot farms

    After a five-month investigation near Delano, law enforcement reported finding more than 140 pounds of marijuana and pot grows with 3,770 plants with an estimated street value of $15 million.

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    DEFINING CASES: An offer of help -- followed by kidnapping, rape and death

    Steve E. Swenson covered crime and courts for The Californian for 33 years. We recently asked him to list the 10 most memorable cases of his journalism career. In typical fashion, he gave us 11.

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    SOUND OFF: 'Bachelorette party gone wrong' was pure click-bait

    Reader: Really, did you have to use that click-bait title on the homepage, Californian? "Bachelorette Party Gone Wrong" sounds like there was bad behavior, not the rather tame poor timing of happening to vacation where there's a hurricane.

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    Bear captured in southeast Bakersfield -- yes, another one

    A small, tired- and hungry-looking baby bear that wandered into a southeast Bakersfield neighborhood was tranquilized and captured by wildlife officials Friday night after spending a few hours curled up behind a trash can in a couple's side yard.

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    Police study recommends adding 14 positions at $2 million cost

    A much-anticipated study of the Bakersfield Police Department was released Friday and its most urgent recommendations would cost about $2 million and require adding 14 positions.

  10. KHSD Spanish teacher still teaching after alleged assault

    A Centennial High Spanish teacher arrested Sept. 13 on suspicion of assaulting another man will remain in the classroom for now, according to the Kern High School District.

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    Action Line: You're stranded in Spain, or are you?

    Dear Action Line: My email has been hacked! All of a sudden my family and friends are calling to tell me that they received an email from "me" saying I was in Spain, and that I was robbed, had no money and no passport, and needed them to send money right away! Well, I'm not in Spain, I wasn't robbed and I didn't send the emails. How in the world can this happen? How do I stop it?

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