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    Lancaster rallies past Blaze, 4-3

    The Lancaster JetHawks rallied for two runs in the seventh before plating another in the eighth to complete the rally in a 4-3 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze on Thursday at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Drew Jackson was 4 for 4 with a home run and scored two runs for Bakersfield, and Tyler Marlette hit a

  • The Angels' Daniel Nava celebrates with Cam Bedrosian (68) and Kole Calhoun (56) after reaching base on a throwing error in the ninth inning to allow two runs to score in a 2-1 walk-off victory against the Red Sox on Thursday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

    Angels edge Red Sox on two-run, walk-off error

    ANAHEIM — Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez’s two-run throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning handed the Los Angeles Angels a 2-1 victory over Boston on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. David Price threw eight scoreless innings to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead heading to the ninth.

  • A motorist drives past the vandalized payment machine on Thursday at the City of Bakersfield’s public parking structure downtown.

    CITY BEAT: Both vandalism, profits up at downtown garage

    Monthly income from the downtown parking garage at 18th and Eye streets has nearly doubled since the City of Bakersfield began charging to park late last year, but the structure suffered its most expensive recent act of vandalism to date at around 4 a.m. Sunday. That’s when three men — who were

  • A sign remains unscorched where the the South Lake Museum once stood.

    South Lake loses another structure to flames

    The South Lake community, recently devastated by the Erskine Fire, lost another structure to fire Wednesday night. The so-called South Lake Museum, on Highway 178 and Larsen Road, caught fire about 9:45 p.m. The structure and about six acres of adjacent grassland burned, according to the Kern

  • In this file photo, two North High graduates find family and friends in the crowd during graduation at Bakersfield College.

    Schools banking on $9 billion state bond this election

    When Kern High School District trustees approved a $280 million bond measure for the November ballot, they included a project list totaling close to $390 million in projected expenses. Like other districts throughout Kern County, they were banking on voters also passing a state school construction

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    Johnson takes over girls basketball program at Independence

    Nate Johnson quickly realized that he isn’t one for relaxation, well, not just yet. After stepping down as the athletic director at Independence at the end of the school year, it was announced on Thursday that he will take over the girls basketball program on campus. “I couldn’t sit at the house.

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    MERLO: Summer boyhood adventures

    Growing up in Buttonwillow, the scorching hot summer days never really bothered my friends or me. Even when the temperature stayed over 100 degrees for days on end, Larry Johnson and I would think nothing about grabbing our guns or fishing rods and taking off on foot or bicycle to the nearest canal

  • River Horton, Will Folk, and Evan Glende enjoyed a successful day fishing at Isabella Lake.

    Fishing report for July 28

    KERN COUNTY CATFISH DERBY: Bob’s Bait Bucket’s annual month-long catfish derby is ongoing through July. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest catfish

  • Jimmy Walker lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament.

    Walker leads PGA Championship by 1

    SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Jimmy Walker aimed to reclaim some of his 2014 magic entering this weekend’s PGA Championship. After opening with a 5-under-par 65 Thursday, the 37-year-old American is well on his way. “There were shades of (2014) for sure,” said Walker, who sank six birdies opposite

  • FEMA is out but some Erskine Fire victims could still get housing

    Erskine Fire victims won’t receive full FEMA aid. That ship has sailed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration last week. And the state said Thursday it will not appeal that denial. But some of those displaced by the deadly fire may

  • Oilfield water handling to change under settlement agreement

    An oil and gas wastewater disposal company agreed to change how it handles oilfield produced water at two facilities east of Bakersfield under a settlement reached with three environmental groups, those groups announced Thursday. Valley Water Management Company, which had disposed of the

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    Man armed with knife robbed downtown drugstore

    A man armed with a knife attacked a drugstore employee during a robbery in downtown Bakersfield, police said. The suspect entered the Rite Aid at 1601 23rd St. June 30, grabbed some items and tried to leave without paying, according to police. Confronted by a store employee, the suspect swung a

  • Funeral services for July 29, 2016

    Services scheduled Evelyne Louise (Hogan) Dykes, 92, El Dorado Hills, July 23, Visitation 10 a.m. Aug. 4, Erickson & Brown Funeral Home; service noon Aug. 4, Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft. George Giboney, 86, Bakersfield, July 27. Service 10 a.m.

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    Prisoner's death a homicide, coroner says

    An inmate found dead in his cell at a Delano prison last week died from asphyxiation caused by neck compression and his death has been ruled a homicide, coroner’s officials say. Kern Valley State Prison staff found Jason M. Christner unresponsive about 8 p.m. July 21 and were unable to resuscitate

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    Chelsea Clinton challenged Ivanka Trump's speech

    Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump have been friendly for years, but since both women have a parent running for president, it's family first now. This week, Chelsea challenged a part of Ivanka's convention speech that proposed things her father would do for equal pay, reports CBS News

  • Gabby Douglas,  Laurie Hernandez  and Simone Biles, left to right, won’t be plugging in their smartphones from their bedside tables. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

    USA Olympic athletes worried about Rio's Olympic Village

    The Summer Olympics begin Aug. 5, and Rio's Olympic Village is in no way ready for the athletes. Australian athletes are staying in nearby hotels after a stress test resulted in flooding and power outages, says Business Insider, calling the housing for the Olympic teams “uninhabitable.” And in

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    Bradley Cooper criticized for attending the DNC

    Some people haven’t been happy with Bradley Cooper ever since the “American Sniper” star attended the Democratic National Convention. In “American Sniper,” Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, a right-wing icon, according to The Daily Beast. Many people were apparently unaware that Cooper is actually a

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    PROGRESS: A new project to bring semi-luxury apartments downtown looks like it is entering the final stretch. Siding has gone up on the new 17th Place, a 44-unit complex that sits between N and O streets off 17th, just a block from the Rice Bowl. The project, targeted to millennials with