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LOCAL PHILANTHROPIST REMEMBERED AS KIND, INTELLIGENT: As a humble, quiet, generous and kind man, Norman Levan most importantly loved helping others. Dr. Levan, a longtime Bakersfield dermatologist and philanthropist, died in his home Sunday at age 98. The Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning at Bakersfield College was named in his honor, who had donated nearly $20 million to the college. Levan was a dermatologist for 73 years, 55 of which were in Bakersfield, and he continued to treat patients until he was 96. Read the full story here.
The city council that just voted to sue the high-speed rail authority to keep the bullet train out of downtown is the same council that once fought to bring it there. This past Wednesday, the council voted 6-1 authorizing the city attorney to sue the rail agency. The city's lawsuit will be filed by June 6 and could cost $350,000 to $500,000. It will challenge the rail agency's environmental report for the Fresno-Bakersfield route, approved May 7. .
FORMER WASCO STATE PRISON INMATE SUIT BLAMES ATTACK ON GUARD'S NEGLIGENCE: A former Wasco State Prison inmate is suing the facility and state department of corrections alleging that a correctional officer's negligence led to him being attacked by three inmates who were supposed to be banned from his area of the prison. Rory Jordan, 52, was serving a two-year sentence for inflicting corporal injury when the June 23, 2013, attack occurred. Jordan was released from prison in December after serving eight months and now lives in Fresno. Jordan claims three inmates attacked him, injuring his right shoulder, right elbow, right ribs and lower back. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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TWO OCCUPANTS ESCAPE MAJOR INJURY IN TEHACHAPI PLANE CRASH: A pilot in Tehachapi flew past his targeted runway Monday, crashing his single-engine private plane headfirst into the road at the end of the airport. The pilot and his passenger were able to evacuate themselves from the airplane, which crashed at 1:45 p.m. at Goodrick Drive and North Dennison Road. Firefighters and the occupants of the plane contained a 10-gallon fuel leak from the aircraft, preventing it from spreading into storm drains. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Read the full story here.
MOTORCYCLIST SUFFERS MAJOR BURNS ON HWY 99 COLLISION: A Bakersfield motorcyclist was badly burned after colliding with an SUV Saturday morning on southbound Highway 99 north of South Union Avenue. The accident happened at about 8:40 a.m. when 24-year-old Arturo Salgado moved from the No. 1 lane of traffic to the No. 3 lane "at a high rate of speed." Salgado's 2014 Ducatti then struck the back of a 2005 Jeep Cherokee being driven at about 70 mph by 86-year-old Erla Coulston of Bakersfield. Upon impact, the motorcycle burst into flames and the force of the impact caused the driver of the SUV to lose control, veering to the right off the roadway and overturning in the field. Read the full story here.
MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF SUNDAY RAPE AND CAR THEFT: The 21-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was asleep in her bed, then stealing her car and fleeing from law enforcement was arrested Sunday in Lamont. At about midnight, deputies responded to a home in the 11200 block of Santa Paula Avenue to investigate the alleged sexual assault. The suspect, Gerardo Alvarez, was found when a Kern County Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted the stolen vehicle. He was booked into the downtown Bakersfield jail on suspicion of rape, burglary and vehicle theft. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
ADIDAS miCOACH: If you want to brush up on your soccer skills ahead of the World Cup, you can now be coached by the ball itself with the Adidas miCoach Smart Ball, according to a CNET report. It is filled with sensors that record your kicks and talk to your iPhone to track your progress as you work on your passes, penalties and free kicks. The ball bristles with sensors that detect and relay data on where and how hard it has been struck, enabling the app to show the amount of spin and map the ball's trajectory as it arcs through the air, the report said. The ball and app are designed for training on precision shooting and long passes or dead-ball plays such as penalties, free-kicks, corners, and goal kicks.
THE HEALTH REPORT
3-D MEDICAL IMAGES: Medical imaging has advanced exponentially in recent years, improving diagnosis and treatment. The Californian's Courtenay Edelhart reports that Bakersfield is enjoying a flood of new technologies allowing doctors to see inside the body like never before, and helping patients stay near home for medical care. On the prenatal front, several places have sprouted offering elective ultrasounds of fetuses in either 3-D still pictures or 4-D videos, including Baby Sightings, Baby Glimpses and Baby's First Photos. Bakersfield Memorial Hospital earlier this year hired the county's first neuro-interventionalist, and he's begun using 3-D images to diagnose and plan treatment for brain aneurysms, abnormal connections between arteries and veins, and other anomalies. Bakersfield Heart Hospital just got new equipment allowing it to do two different types of 3-D echocardiograms, which obtain images using ultrasound waves. Central Cardiology Medical Clinic uses cardiac computed tomography, or CT, technology to obtain detailed X-ray pictures in 3-D. And in January, Quest Imaging began offering 3-D mammography for breast cancer screening.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CONDORS GOING BACK TO ANCHORAGE: T he task is Herculean: Go to Anchorage and beat the Alaska Aces. The Condors did that in their last game there on May 17. If they can do so again tonight, they will stay alive in the ECHL Western Conference Finals and force a Game 7 on Wednesday. If not, the season ends six wins short of the ultimate goal -- the Kelly Cup. Bakersfield had the opportunity to take command of the series after taking a 2 games to 1 lead with a victory at home on Friday night. But the Aces came back with three goals in the first four minutes on Saturday night and steamrolled the Condors that night and Sunday, outscoring them 8-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. Read the full story here.
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