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    Bakersfield man critically injured in zip-lining accident

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer
    Thursday, Jul 24 2014 03:49 PM

    Shimeaka Hodges spent her 39th birthday Thursday near the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But instead of sitting beachside the Bakersfield resident has been praying for her husband Brian in Blue Medical Net Hospital — Cabo San Lucas.

    Brian Hodges, 36, remained in critical condition Thursday after suffering a severe head injury and broken neck in a zip-lining accident Sunday.

    Shimeaka Hodges watched her husband, whom she has known since age 17 and been married to for about a year, crash into a cliff at Wild Canyon Adventures.

    “My heart was beating out of my chest,” she said in a phone interview. “I was helpless. I felt hopeless, and I panicked,” she added. “I didn’t know what to do.


    City to close spray parks early, consider tiered rates

    The taps at nine Bakersfield spray parks will be turned off Aug. 1, more than a month ahead of schedule, as part of the city’s latest efforts to grapple with the ongoing drought, the municipal Water Board learned Wednesday. The city will...


    LOIS HENRY: Consider this resident’s unsafe, insane Fourth

    Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July popping off all those super-fun fireworks. So sad it’s over so soon, huh? Well, not for Beth Kurtz it’s not. Not by a long shot. Some nameless, faceless moron’s inane need to see something go...

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    DENTAL DANGERS: Local dentist's invisible complaint file underscores dental board's shortcomings

    Over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist’s shoddy work left them with issues varying from bone loss and excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth or other problems. Some have stated it would take thousands...

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    PETE TITTL: No need to catch a flight for a Bit of Germany

    Couldn’t afford a trip to Europe this summer? I’m in that club. But I can always take comfort from the transatlantic escape afforded by Bit of Germany. The restaurant is celebrating a big anniversary this year — 35 years, all at the same...

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    STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore

    With another heat wave in the San Joaquin Valley this week, scores of people will once again be trekking to the Central Coast to cool off. That's a given, but a lot of folks are also heading over there simply to wet their lines. The entire...

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    Local report: New pro football league places team in Bakersfield

    Professional football is coming back to Bakersfield. The Professional Football Showcase, a new league that will play its first season in the spring, has given a franchise to Bakersfield that likely will play its games at Bakersfield...

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    Spray parks likely victim of state water crackdown

    Complying with a state crackdown on water wasters will likely require closing Bakersfield’s nine spray parks Aug. 1 and upgrading to a Stage 3 drought condition, city water board members are expected to learn Wednesday. “Unfortunately, it...

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    Violent, serious crime down 9 percent over 2013

    Part 1 crimes in Bakersfield -- serious, violent offenses against people and property -- declined 9 percent compared to this time in 2013, according to mid-year statistics released by the Bakersfield Police Department. Data comparing the...

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    Big task ahead for Siegfried as interim athletic director at CSUB

    Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried has had his hands full trying to generate money for Cal State Bakersfield's athletic department since his arrival in Bakersfield 2-1/2 years ago. That's expected. After all, his official title is CSUB's associate...


    PHOTO GALLERY: KidsFest provides a break from summer doldrums

    Imagine some of the things the 12-and-under set would find interesting — water slides, kettle corn, wild nail polish, puppies, balloons — and chances are it was on hand, in one form or another, Saturday at the Kern County Museum. This was...


    PETE TITTL: Great burgers, yes — and so much more

    Eureka! is the kind of restaurant that can be quite torturous after too many visits, kind of like 24th Street Cafe. They put new things on the menu. You try them. You love them. You have new favorites on the next visit, and after a half...


    Commission unanimously recommends land swap for Mesa Marin expansion

    The 11-acre park site at the City in the Hills that was never developed was unanimously recommended as part of a land swap by the Bakersfield Planning Commission. During its Thursday meeting at City Hall South, the commission recommended...

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