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    Doctor's wife had to 'become strong' following husband's stroke

    BY STEVEN MAYER The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 07:40 PM

    Jordanian-born Fatima Harb was a traditional Muslim wife and mother. Her husband was the family's sole breadwinner. The bank accounts were all in his name. He paid the bills, made most of the purchases and handled the finances.

    Then on Nov. 24, 2007, everything changed. "I saw my husband almost die in front of my eyes," she recalled this week.

    "I had to become strong, not like before," she said. "I had to become tough for my kids." With the help of her attorney, Harb was appointed conservatorship to manage the financial affairs of her family and her four children. Suddenly, she was balancing the checkbooks, watching over the family's budget and making difficult decisions about her husband's medical care -- all without his regular...

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    Musical identity update: a new anthem for Bakersfield?

    The "Bakersfield Sound" -- inland California's answer to Nashville country music -- traces its roots to the dusty streets of the Great Depression, when Okies headed West to find work in the oil fields. Buck Owens, a figurehead of the...


    PG&E suit says contractor's desire to profit played role in demolition accident

    A demolition company's desire to profit from favorable conditions in the scrap metal market contributed to the botched demolition of an old power plant along Coffee Road in 2013, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. alleged last week in a lawsuit...

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    Supervisors declare fiscal emergency amid plummeting oil prices

    Kern County supervisors declared a fiscal emergency Tuesday and endorsed a plan for navigating the treacherous budget wilds ahead. Falling oil prices are expected to strip about $61 million from county property tax revenues in the fiscal...

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    Lillian Haggard Rea: Out of her brother's shadow

    Apologizing that her home looks like it was cleaned with an eggbeater, Lillian Haggard Rea welcomes a visitor with an offer of water -- "or would you rather have a beer or champagne?" -- and a misgiving that the slightly tardy newspaper...


    Bakersfield High routs SWYL opponents at league meet

    Even with a day on the beach looming, the Bakersfield wrestling program continued to dominate, winning the Southwest Yosemite League title with ease in the league dual meet Wednesday at Centennial. The Drillers wrestle Clovis West today...

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    Frontier girls soccer beats Stockdale, continues to lead SWYL

    It is possible, we found out Tuesday night, to score on Frontier's girls soccer team in Southwest Yosemite League play. But that feat wasn't enough for Stockdale, which lost 2-1 at home to the Titans despite becoming the first team to...

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    Evans goes the distance as Drillers edge Hawks

    At some point, Bakersfield High senior Colby Evans figured he would have to pass the ball. At some point, BHS coach Archie Parks wanted Evans to pass the ball. But at no point did Evans ever pass, and that's a good thing for the...


    CSUB women win 18th straight at home, beat Chicago State

    It was slow going in the early minutes Saturday afternoon. But once Cal State Bakersfield got rolling, the rout was on. The Roadrunners cruised to an 83-58 Western Athletic Conference win over Chicago State, keeping the Cougars winless...

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    Inside the Common Core classroom

    Public schools are in the thick of a wholesale shift in both how students are instructed and how they're tested. That shift largely involves implementation of new federal learning guidelines known as Common Core State Standards. Common...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare

    There are times when it seems like there's a humble Mexican restaurant on every corner, but if you've never even heard of it, why risk visiting the unknown instead of Del Taco or Taco Bell? In a word: authenticity. I've stumbled upon two...


    Section champ Rebels maintain momentum in coach's absence

    Last season, the South boys soccer team came out of anonymity to go from being the No. 9 seed in the playoffs to a Central Section Division III championship. With a host of returning starters from that squad back, there is a swagger about...

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

    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...

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