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

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Jan 23 2015 06:23 PM

    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.

    It includes allegations that teachers planned to strangle Oliver with purse straps if he attacked them. "But for the Taft Union High School's and the District's abdication of its obligations to Bryan Oliver, Bowe Cleveland, their fellow students, none of them would have suffered the events of January 10, 2013," attorney Thomas Anton wrote in the answer to the cross complaint filed Friday.

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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. In an opinion released Friday,...

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    McKeown steps down as Independence football coach

    Sean McKeown has stepped down as the head football coach at Independence and accepted a teaching position at Bakersfield High and will become an assistant coach for the Drillers. McKeown stated that the decision to step away as the head...

  4. East, West forced to forfeit next SYL games after bench-clearing fight

    As a result of a bench-clearing fight between the East and West boys basketball teams during the South Yosemite League opener Wednesday night at East High, both teams are forced to foreit the next game for each.  Under CIF rules, any...

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    Teen pleads guilty to murder in pot shop shooting

    The teen accused of robbing a Bakersfield pot shop during which two people were killed pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of murder and will be eligible for parole in five years in exchange for testifying against her co-defendant in his...

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    School shooter takes plea deal, eligible for parole in less than 13 years

    In a stunning turnaround, the teen who had faced a life sentence for shooting and seriously injuring a student in a Taft Union High School classroom instead Friday pleaded no contest to two counts of unpremeditated attempted murder and...

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    2 men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered the world's most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 3,000-foot vertical wall on El Capitan, the...

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    Oildale man sentenced to death for 2009 murders of wife, mother-in-law

    A Kern County judge sentenced Robert Dale Fuller to death Wednesday for the “violent, calculated and horrifying” murders of Fuller’s estranged wife and mother-in-law in August 2009. The 61-year-old Fuller had no reaction as Judge John S....

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    Men who exploded acetylene-filled balloons accept plea deal

    Two men who detonated explosive devices that injured themselves and others during a July 4 party accepted plea deals that will spare them from further time in custody. James Patrick Trino pleaded no contest Tuesday to possession of an...

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    Raiders set to hire Del Rio as head coach

    The Oakland Raiders are set to announce Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach, ESPN reported today. The team told interim coach Tony Sparano, the other finalist, that he was no longer a candidate for the...

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    Family of Bryan Oliver files $5.5 million claim against Taft Union High School District

    The family of school shooter Bryan Oliver has filed a claim against the Taft Union High School District seeking $5.5 million on the basis of what its attorney said is the district’s “indifference in dealing with the protection of children....

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    2 Charlie Hebdo suspects killed, hostage freed

    PARIS -- Three terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed Friday along with three of their hostages as the gunmen clashed with thousands of French security forces. City officials...

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    Boston will be American bidder for 2024 Olympics

    DENVER -- U.S. Olympic leaders surprisingly cast their future with Boston, hoping a compact, college-centric bid will overshadow the city's organized protest group and convince international voters to bring the Summer Games to America...

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