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    Two dead after plane crash near Randsburg

    BY RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Oct 24 2014 12:13 PM

    The Director of Business Operations at the National Test Pilot School at the Mojave Air and Space Port, was one of two men who died Friday morning in the fatal crash of a T-67 Firefly aerobatic plane during a training flight northwest of Randsburg.

    Michael Hill, 68, of San Diego and Ilam Zigante, 27, of Lancaster died in the crash of the two-seat, single engine plane, according to the Kern County Sheriff's office coroner's division.

    Hill was a director and instructor at the school, where flyers are trained as test pilots for propeller-powered airplanes, jets and helicopters, according the non-profit company's website. He was a former Navy test pilot.

    The other person in the plane — Zigante  — was a student according to Kern County...

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    Gas line rupture a reminder: 'Call before you dig'

    The rupture of a 30-inch gas transmission line in southwest Bakersfield early Friday morning forced creation of an 8-square-mile exclusion zone and the temporary closure of schools as pressurized gas spewed into the air. The line, which...

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    Bumgarner brilliant as Giants roll in Game 1 of World Series

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants...

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    BC football: Vickers' 5th TD catch gives BC 50-47 win

    Derrick Vickers caught five touchdown passes, including a 14-yard score with 15 seconds left to give Bakersfield College a 50-47 win over Moorpark College Saturday night. Vickers had TD catches of 9, 10, 37, 29 and 14 yards from...

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    Ishikawa hits walkoff 3-run HR to lift Giants to World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night. These every-other-year Giants...

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    School lockdowns lifted following double burglary

    A man who forced his way into a northeast Bakersfield home Wednesday was able to wrest a handgun from a resident of the home after she had armed herself. Minutes later the man likely used the same gun in a second attempted burglary less...

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    Dust storm's message: Stay indoors

    Bakersfield-area residents were taking cover Tuesday afternoon as thick plumes of dust were enveloping much of the southeastern San Joaquin Valley, including much of south Bakersfield. At 5:30 p.m. the National Weather Service in Hanford...

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    Harvick moves into 3rd round with victory at Charlotte

    CONCORD, N.C. -- Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick moved into the third round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where tempers flared after the race and two drivers had to be restrained...

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    BC football: Renegades beat Citrus 17-14

    Bakersfield College snapped its three-game losing streak and won its second game of the season 17-14 over Citrus College Saturday night. The difference was a 47-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Marquise Johnson to WR Derrick...

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    Region's ninth bear is tranquilized, removed

    State Fish and Wildlife officials removed yet another small black bear Thursday morning from the back yard of a residence near Hillcrest Memorial Park -- the ninth such animal found in an inhabited area of the county in the past month....

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    Wild pitch in 7th lifts Giants to series win over Nationals

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett's bases-loaded wild pitch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night to return to the NL Championship Series. The...

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    Cardinals sink Dodgers' Kershaw again, head to another NLCS

    ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals tagged Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning for the second straight time, riding Matt Adams' go-ahead, three-run homer to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday and a fourth straight...

  13. BC closes due to water main break

    Bakersfield College's main campus in northeast Bakersfield is closed until 6 p.m. today due to a water main break. Restroom facilities and food services have been closed and staff and students evacuated from campus due to the loss of...

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