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  1. Julie Johnson and Sparky

    'First Look': Playful and energetic shepherd mutt mix featured as 'Pet of the Week'

    Sparky is a face licker. But it's just the way the 6-month-old shepherd mutt mix shows his love for those who play with him.

  2. Ray Sadolsky

    'First Look': Band to help Mended Little Hearts of Bakersfield

    Mended Little Hearts of Bakersfield is hosting its annual Groovestock Fundraiser to spread awareness of congenital heart defects in children.

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    HERB BENHAM: My vest-laid plans, poked full of holes

    Cold outside. It's sweater vest time -- what a look -- although there are friends who think vests are dorky and would prefer not to be seen with people who wear them.

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    'First Look': First News for Nov. 26

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

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

    GIVING THANKS: Life can be chaotic and challenging, and sometimes heartbreaking, but we all have our lists of things to be ­thankful for in this world.
    Among mine this Thanksgiving: I am blessed with a core group of friends who have been there to listen, support, guide and challenge me; I have two grown daughters, Bakersfield girls them both, who are off making their own way in the world; I have a rewarding job and live in a town I proudly call home; I have my health that I work every day to maintain; I have the memories of a mother who had no equal; and, finally, I have a 9-year-old tabby cat whose soft purr and head nudges wake me each morning. To ask for more would border on pure greed.

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    State wants to preserve 5,000 acres of farmland to replace acreage lost to high-speed rail

    Central Valley farmland owners will soon be eligible for $20 million from the California High-Speed Rail Authority in exchange for a commitment not to develop their agricultural property.

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    Kern County animal services director leaving for Nevada job

    Kern County Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull is leaving Kern County to become director of Washoe County Regional Animal Services in Reno, Nev.

  8. Funeral services for Nov. 26

    Services scheduled

  9. Holly Culhane

    HOLLY CULHANE: Plan ahead: No boss, employee is indispensable

    Do you believe you are indispensable at work? Would the world fall apart if you took some time off? Would your business stop running?

  10. KBAK restored after 24-hour-plus outage

    About a quarter of KBAK-TV viewers went without their fix of "NCIS: Los Angeles" and television news broadcasts when the local CBS affiliate went black for more than 24 hours, starting Monday morning.

  11. CASA of Kern County

    'First Look': Gift of time sustains CASA work

    Imagine reaching the age of 12 and never trying a root beer.

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