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    Black bear dies following capture in east Bakersfield Wednesday morning

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Sep 10 2014 11:17 AM

    A black bear captured in east Bakersfield Wednesday morning died shortly afterward and California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating why.

    Fish and Wildlife wardens placed the bear aboard a vehicle about 9:15 a.m. after it was tranquilized and immobilized in a drainage ditch near Potomac Avenue and Oswell Street. The wardens and wildlife biologist Vicky Monroe drove the animal about 15 to 20 miles away and then stopped to examine it.

    The bear had died. “You could have knocked me over with a feather,” Monroe said. She said Fish and Wildlife officials are still assessing whether they can determine a cause of death. The animal has been placed in a freezer at an undisclosed location and a necropsy may be performed...

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    Taft police issue 8 citations against HS football team in hazing incidents

    As part of its investigation into the Taft High varsity football team, the Taft Police Department has issued citations — including some for battery and sexual battery — to eight juvenile students. Those eight students have also been...

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    Fire damages Magic Mountain's Colossus

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A fire on the recently closed Colossus ride at Southern California’s Magic Mountain park has collapsed part of the famous wooden roller coaster but there are no reports of injuries. Los Angeles County firefighters...

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    NFL's Ravens terminate Ray Rice after abuse video surfaces

    BALTIMORE  — Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released that appears to show the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. The grainy video, released by...

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    Taft coach Prosser 'given option to resign'

    Taft coach Jarudd Prosser said the Taft High School District has given him 'the option of resigning' as the Wildcats' varsity football coach. Prosser, whose team had players involved in an apparent hazing incident earlier this week and...

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    Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

    NEW YORK — Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers...

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    Staff and wire reports Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died. She was 81, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday. Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic...


    At sentencing, deputy apologizes for crash that killed two pedestrians

    Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy John Swearengin on Thursday gave an emotional apology in court to the families of the two pedestrians he struck and killed while responding to a call in December 2011, and said it was never his intention to...

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    Kern County judge censured for sexual relationship

    Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward had a lengthy affair with his court clerk, misled his bosses about the relationship when confronted and fought to keep the woman in his courtroom when administrators tried to move her to...

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    Carr named Raiders starting QB

    ALAMEDA — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the...

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    Harvick wins Nationwide race in Atlanta

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win an unusually wreck-free NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Harvick, who will start from the pole Sunday night in...


    GET board members: We won't quit

    Two longtime Golden Empire Transit board members refused to resign Thursday despite mounting pressure to do so, setting up a potential fight between them and the Bakersfield City Council. At a press conference at GET offices, Norris...


    CPUC may fine PG&E for 2012 demolition fatality

    The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to consider penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the June 2012 death of a demolition worker at the company's former power plant at Coffee Road. The decision came... Daily Deal!

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