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A 19-year-old man who had been swimming in the Kern River about three miles east of the mouth of the canyon drowned Friday, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials said Friday the Cedar Fire, which exploded Aug. 16 and burned more than 29,000 acres, is now fully contained.

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Kern High School District Trustee Jeff Flores has raised more than $21,000 for his re-election bid, some of it from construction outfits the district has dealings with, campaign finance filings show.

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The two main backers of the Kern High School District’s $280 million bond campaign are a construction company and architecture outfit that have captured more than $140 million in district projects since 2006, campaign finance filings released this week show.

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Lois Henry wants to blame the Bay Area for a big chunk of our dirty air (“Soberanes smoke illustrates one piece of the valley’s air pollution puzzle,” Sept. 25).

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I couldn’t agree more with the Bakersfield Californian’s editorial calling for a no vote on Proposition 64, the initiative that would legalize marijuana use in California. Many of the article’s points are shared by prosecutors and law enforcement across the state.

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It’s become increasingly clear that Donald Trump does not intend to follow the precedent established over the last 40 years by every presidential candidate and release his tax returns. He has used an ever-changing set of excuses to explain his lack of transparency.

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E ureka!, with its mixture of retro cocktails, craft beers and high-end hamburgers, has been one of the fastest growing regional restaurant chains in recent years. Now it has its first locally owned imitator, Flame Burger, which opened earlier this month in the old Juicy Burger location near…

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