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One year ago, Barack Obama’s presidency came to an end. His election as the nation’s first black president was a major accomplishment for him and for the nation. Time will never erase that achievement.

  • By James Gibney

For anyone who thinks it's a major diplomatic breakthrough to have the two Koreas march under one flag at the Winter Olympics and field a joint women's' ice hockey team … well, I have a DMZ to sell you.


It took five games, but Cal State Bakersfield’s men’s basketball team finally got its first Western Athletic Conference win. The Roadrunners (8-12, 1-4 WAC) beat Chicago State, 89-78, on the road on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.

  • By Jennifer Rubin

The Associated Press reports that Gallup shows President Trump "has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump's, at 49 percent." AP explains: "Recent surveys show mo…


For the third straight game the Bakersfield Condors went to overtime, and on Friday it was Ethan Bear who was the hero in a 4-3 road win against the Iowa Wild.

  • BY ROBERT PRICE rprice@bakersfield.com

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  • BY HERB BENHAM hbenham@bakersfield.com

Three times a week, I take the dogs for a walk. A walk, if you can call it a walk. The “walk” includes leashes, collars and a sweatpants’ pocketful of plastic, newspaper bags. The only thing lacking is the brisk, walking portion of it.

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