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The Stones rolled into Bakersfield 50 years ago: Our report then

Remember when the Rolling Stones came to the Civic Auditorium in Bakersfield in 1966? The Californian was there.

On their 1966 U.S. tour, the Rolling Stones — the bad-boy British Invasion counterparts to the slightly-cleaner-cut Beatles — stopped in several major cities: Washington, DC, New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston. Sandwiched between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles was a July 24 tour stop in Bakersfield, not a sprawling metropolis 50 years ago, but packed with enough Mick and Keith fans to justify two shows at the Civic Auditorium, now called Rabobank Theater.

We were tipped off to the 50th anniversary of the concerts by Nick Wynne, marketing director for the Rabobank

Merle Haggard on stage in Oakland Feb. 13, the date of his final public performance. At left is his son Ben on guitar. Ben and his brother Noel will perform in Bakersfield on Oct. 6, six months to the day of their dad's death.

Singing themselves back to Dad's home: Merle's sons to perform

Performing Dad’s hits is one thing. Performing them in Bakersfield for the first time since Merle Haggard’s death should be an emotional experience for Ben and Noel Haggard, not to mention hometown fans of their legendary father. The two will join Haggard’s longtime band the Strangers at a concert

Nicole Parra, Mary K. Shell and Pauline Larwood. As Hillary Clinton is poised to become the first woman nominated to run for president by a major political party, The Californian took the opportunity to catch up with Kern's trailblazing women in politics. “Gender does make a difference,” said Larwood, the first women elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors. “The board — any board — works better when there are women members.”

They, too, were first: Shell, Larwood, others on women in politics

American women have been allowed to vote since 1920, but their election to political offices has been slow and sporadic. Writing recently in The Sacramento Bee, Rachel Michelin, chief executive officer of California Women Lead, noted the dearth of women now serving in national, state and local

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