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    STEVE E. SWENSON: I'm 'going to go out' happy, grateful and comforted

    BY STEVE E. SWENSON For The Californian
    Saturday, Oct 18 2014 03:00 PM

    The plan after I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than a year ago was to write a triumphant article about how I beat it.

    Well, that didn't happen. The cancer won, and I'm on my way out. The cancer had an unfair advantage. It won before we knew it was there. That's the deal with pancreatic cancer. It sneaks up on you and by the time it shows symptoms, it's too late.

    But we didn't know that last August when we first suspected cancer was rearing its ugly head again. (I had throat cancer in 2007, but I whipped that one in about six months).

    This time we discovered a lime-sized tumor on my pancreas. And there were a couple of small spots on my liver that were unexplained.

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    Dropping oil prices: Good for consumers, potentially crippling for Kern

    The plummeting oil prices bringing relief at fuel pumps around the country could soon have the opposite effect on Kern County's economy. Thousands of local jobs and millions of dollars in property tax revenues may be on the line if oil...

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    From the ashes of homecoming heartache, unity

    They've got spirit, yes they do. Wasco High School has spirit -- even in the face of ill-timed arson -- how 'bout you? Wasco students remained upbeat and cheerful Friday in celebration of their annual homecoming football game, despite the...


    PETE TITTL: New outlet available when hunger strikes

    It's highly unlikely that the customers at Outlets at Tejon mall at the base of the Grapevine will be driving there for the food. But the evolution of the American mall virtually requires dining choices, and many of them, because in the...

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    Golla gets 100th with Drillers in win over Frontier

    For a while, win No. 100 looked like it would have to wait for another week. But big plays in the second half, on offense and defense, put the demons of the first half to rest as Paul Golla became the fourth Drillers coach and 41st in...

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    Vickers' 5 TDs power 'Gades in shootout

    MOORPARK -- Bakersfield College coach Jeff Chudy has said much of this season the Renegades need to get Derrick Vickers the ball more often. Mission accomplished, for one night anyway. Vickers caught five touchdown passes, the final one...

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    Mariscal dominant for Liberty in win over Stockdale

    There was a distinct turning point in Liberty's 49-21 victory at Stockdale on Friday night, and it came somewhere around midfield. That's where Liberty senior Anthony Mariscal ran past the last Mustangs defender, freeing him to run up the...


    Kendrick kids raise $3,000 for former student's cancer treatment

    Hundreds of Kendrick Elementary School students shouted "Jovan!" in unison and watched as their peers took turns dumping buckets of orange ice water over their principal's head Friday. The dousing was a reward for the school of some 800...

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    Kern unemployment rate lowest in years

    Kern County's economy posted its best mark since the Great Recession as a hiring surge in local education and food processing combined last month with continued strength in construction and business services. State data released Friday...

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    CraSh Lounge: Setting the bar for sophistication

    If James Bond had a little brother, he's exactly the kind of guy CraSh Lounge -- with its sophisticated feel and $42-per-pour single malt scotch -- is looking to attract when it opens Wednesday. The cosmopolitan bar/restaurant is yet...

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    Fair pig melee: 'Buck stops here'

    The Kern County Fair's top executive took responsibility Wednesday night for fighting that broke out during the fair among pigs penned together after auction, saying "the buck stops here." The skirmishes, captured on digital recorders,...

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    Zach Ewing's Week 7 previews and predictions

    The accelerator is being pressed to the floor on this high school football season. It seems like we wait all summer for the year to begin, then we fret and argue over non-league results with half an eye on league play beginning. Then...

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    Drillers can earn Golla's 100th BHS victory on Friday against Frontier

    After practice this week, Bakersfield High coach Paul Golla watched the dust settle on another football practice run at a dizzying pace. In his 10th season at the helm for the Drillers, Golla is one win away from adding his name to...

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