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    Newly released documents from Taft High indicate Bryan Oliver was bullied in 2011

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 22 2014 01:02 PM

    Proceedings in the trial of alleged school shooter Bryan Oliver came to an abrupt halt Wednesday morning after attorneys disclosed Taft Union High School turned over documents Tuesday evening indicating Oliver was bullied during his freshman year.

    Judge John W. Lua said the case will be postponed until Monday to give the prosecution and defense time to investigate the matter.

    “It’s an absolute outrage,” Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman said afterward of the high school’s tardiness in providing the materials.

    Cadman said school officials were subpoenaed in 2013 to turn over all documents related to Oliver and bullying he allegedly suffered. He said he suspects they withheld the documents because of the civil trial they face in...

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    LOIS HENRY: A comparison to Bakersfield? Ah, the kiss of death

    Whoa, whoa, WHOA! I've gotta call time out when a political campaign in a totally different county tosses Bakersfield under the bus. Yeah, that's right, a candidate running for San Luis Obispo County supervisor has put out mailers urging...

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

    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...

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    Minimize chance of encounter with bears

    Bakersfield-area residents may have experienced the last in a string of close encounters with drought-affected black bears this year -- or not. Just in case we haven't seen the end of these visitations, it would pay to listen to wildlife...

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    Padre has a few tricks - and treats - up its sleeve

    If the circus is the greatest show on earth, then the Circus of Souls aims to be at least the greatest show in Bakersfield on Halloween. In an effort to brand itself the ultimate party destination, the Padre Hotel will offer "a completely...

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    Frontier volleyball flips script against Centennial

    Every year since Frontier joined the Southwest Yosemite League in 2007, it has made a visit to the Centennial gym for a volleyball match against the Golden Hawks. Until Tuesday night, those meetings always ended the same way, with...

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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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    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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    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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    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...

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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...

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    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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