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  • BY HAROLD PIERCE hpierce@bakersfield.com

A 21-year-old man suspected of gang ties pleaded not guilty Monday to prostituting a minor over the age of 16 and two counts of human trafficking — a rare charge that the Bakersfield Police Department has leveled against suspects just eight times in three years.

  • BY Kasey Meredith kmeredith@bakersfield.com

A 12-foot-long, 10-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall inflatable colon with polyps and healthy tissue was Kaiser Permanente's way of starting the conversation on colon health and colon cancer prevention on Monday. 

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There are many reasons Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political appointment positions at State with competent Republicans. But it was his insubordination to the president …