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Life in the 'hood: Can lasting change come?

Touré Tyler, pastor of Cross Christian Church, is shown here at Lowell Park in central Bakersfield. Tyler is one of several leaders who have agreed to work with the Bakersfield Police Department in a two-year effort to reduce gang violence and repair the relationship between police and Bakersfield's black community.

Ruby Thomas is 63, too damn old to be dropping to the ground like a soldier in a firefight, too old to crawl in a blind panic across the ground, trying to stay lower than the bullets punching holes in metal and plaster — and, yes, people.

But Thomas had no choice the night of Aug. 16 when three men in a pickup rolled up in front of her daughter’s house on Donna Street and started shooting.

“We were sitting out in the front yard talking, getting ready to go home,” she said.

One man got out of the cab. Two more jumped from the bed of the pickup.

The southbound Highway 99 on-ramp from eastbound Ming Avenue is closed for renovations, which have been slowed due to kit fox dens discovered in the construction zone.

Endangered kit foxes dig in, delaying road project

In this round, it’s Vulpes macrotis mutica over homo sapiens by technical decision. Multiple dens of protected San Joaquin kit foxes along a former Ming Avenue on-ramp to southbound Highway 99 have caused a delay of several weeks for Bakersfield’s Beltway Operational Improvements Project. Storm

Jaz and Laura McKay in early July. Laura was diagnosed with liver failure in February while she also suffered a broken back. The McKays have been dealing with the difficulties of getting Laura on a transplant list for months.

LOIS HENRY: Liver transplants hard to come by in California

When Laura McKay was diagnosed earlier this year with end-stage liver disease and told she had one, maybe two, years tops, that was bad enough. Then she went down the bleak and confusing rabbit hole that is the liver transplant world only to arrive at what appears to be a dead end. Not because

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