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    Eyewitness describes deadly SpaceShipTwo disaster

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Friday, Oct 31 2014 11:13 AM

    SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-powered space plane that was expected to usher in an era of routine commercial space flight in the 21st century, exploded in mid-air during a test flight out of Mojave Air and Space Port Friday morning, killing one test pilot and seriously wounding another. There are several debris sites over a two-mile area of the Mojave Desert, about a mile from the intersection of Cantil Road and Redrock Randsburg Road, Kern County sheriff’s officials told reporters near the scene. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating but authorities from the Kern County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the FBI were also part of the inquiry, said 1st District Kern County‚ÄąSupervisor Mick Gleason. The diaster was also...

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    Kern fire chief lifts Arvin evacuation order but residents wary

    The more than seven month long mandatory evacuation of eight Arvin homes was lifted Thursday by Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall, who delivered letters to evacuees stating that "the explosive gas is no longer present." Some of the...

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    Feds: No prosecution warranted in David Sal Silva death

    The criminal investigation into the death of David Sal Silva has been closed after an independent FBI inquiry determined there was not enough evidence to support a federal prosecution against local law enforcement officers, federal...

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    BC football: Gades beat Cerritos 34-31

    Bakersfield College extended its season-long winning streak to three with a 34-31 win over Cerritos College Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium. The Renegades evened their record at 4-4 and kept alive their post-season bowl hopes....

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    Two dead in plane crash near Randsburg identified

    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...

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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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