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Evelyn Elliott of Bakersfield, a retired pharmacist, stepped up to the plate when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

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Members of the community came out to show their support Wednesday for local victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, as well as their families.

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A memorial service held for Las Vegas shooting victim Bailey Schweitzer on Wednesday portrayed a young, giving woman who treasured her family — and they her.

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A Celebration of Life service for Bailey Schweitzer is held at Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield Wednesday. Bailey Schweitzer was killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1, 2017.

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A friend of attorney Ben Greene said his friend was on prescription medication — not illegal drugs — when he collapsed June 20 during a 5k run in 107-degree heat.

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Reacting to depressed crude oil prices that dropped by half in 2014 and have still not recovered, Chevron will reassign or lay off 26 percent of its Central California workforce — about 300 employees — the company announced Wednesday.

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Joe Aleman, who announced in May he planned to run against Kevin McCarthy for his 23rd Congressional District seat, is accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl, according to court documents.

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The 2017 Kern County Fair has broken its own attendance record.

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Jan awakened the household last Friday morning with a terse, “Get up! Time to evacuate!” Her voice told me this was no joke. As our household assembled downstairs – daughter Alex and her family of five, plus Jan and me and our two dogs -- the phone rang and it was an updated advisory.

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We often hear back from readers — with both good and bad news — and it's far preferable when it's positive. So it was a welcome email this week from Doris Duquette, who has proven herself both a friend (actually capital F Friend) of the Kern County Library as well as local theater.

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Kids love many things but two of the top ones have got to be candy and zoo animals. They can enjoy both of those this weekend at CALM.

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Turning 21 is always cause for a celebration and when "party" is already in the name, it's a recipe for joy. That's exactly what the Cal State Bakersfield Alumni Association is cooking up this Friday for its annual Party in the Park.

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Denny's calls itself America's Diner but thanks to a remodel, one local restaurant in the chain is now more like Bakersfield's Diner. Of course, we can share it with anyone who visits.

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Most opportunities to support the arts in Bakersfield are on a smaller scale — an exhibition opening, art walk or festival. But when you're gathering more than 400 artists to create work at the same time, you can only be talking about Via Arte.

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Even though local Latin indie-rock heroes Velorio recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary, their recent output has been minimal, with no new recordings since 2009. That dry spell officially ends Saturday when they host a release party at Elements Venue for their new single, “Tus Labios."

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A few weeks ago, the printer at home stopped working. I am the IT man in our house, which sounds good but it isn’t. Dante’s description about the entrance of hell also applies to me being the IT man: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

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I’ll get this out of the way right off the bat. Hats off to Josh Bennett for a solid week of picks and beating me last week. Josh went 13-2 last week, beating me by two games.

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He ran his first race here, both on the street and at the drag strip, and he had his last crash here.

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Can the 26th annual edition of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion recapture some of the magic that slipped away during last year’s Silver Anniversary?

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