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BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE'S ADVANCES ITS APPEAL: Officials at Bakersfield College are ramping up their case against the sanctions that cost them the state football title. On Tuesday, they appealed to the California Community Athletic Association with the same arguments presented earlier to the Southern California Football Association. That appeal was denied. Last May the two bodies said BC violated the rules by subsidizing players through a booster club. BC's president says the penalties are overly broad and excessive. The football program was stripped of all its wins over the last two years and had to surrender the state championship. They’re also ineligible for post-season competition this year.
MAN SHOT IN BOTH FEET: A Bakersfield man is recovering after being shot in both feet. It happened Tuesday night shortly after 11 in the 3500 block of Pioneer Drive in East Bakersfield. When officers arrived, they said they found a 30-year-old man suffering gunshot wounds. He was taken to Kern Medical Center. His injuries are non-life threatening. No word if the shooting is gang related.
PCS METRO ROBBERY: Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies are on the lookout for a man who robbed a phone store in East Bakersfield. It happened just after 11 Wednesday morning when a man went into Metro PCS at 2231 Niles Point, brandished a gun and demanded cash. The clerk cooperated and the guy ran off southbound on Mount Vernon Avenue. He’s described as Hispanic, 18 to 20 years old, 5-8 to 5-10, and 180 pounds. His face was covered with a dark cloth and he wore a black baseball cap, black hoodie and blue jeans. The employee was not injured.
CHAMBER PALOOZA: Big doings at the Kern County Museum Friday night when the Chamber of Commerce holds its first annual Chamber Palooza. CEO Cynthia Pollard says the mega networking event kicks off from six to eight p.m. with more food than you can imagine, and entertainment from the likes of the Crazy Rhythm Jazz Band and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. Ticket are 50 dollars at the door, forty dollars in advance from the Chamber office at 18th and Eye streets.
ANKLE MONITOR ABANDONDED: Another ankle monitor silenced, another Bakersfield sex offender on the run. This time police are looking for Philip Williams who either removed or disabled his GPS tracking monitor. Williams is described as black, 32 years old, 5-11 and weighing in at 190. He has black hair and brown eyes. No word on where he was last seen. If you know anything, call Bakersfield Police.
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WIFE OF ACCUSED ATTORNEY DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS: The wife of a local attorney accused of shooting her in their northeast Bakersfield home last month died Wednesday morning, according to the county coroner's office.
Trivia Jean Madrigali, 51, died at 10:34 a.m. in the 7700 block of Ryan Drive, a news release said. A death investigation has begun and an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of her death. Mark Joseph Madrigali, 57, is being held on $1,525,000 bail and has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a gun and spousal abuse. Mark Madrigali was quoted in police reports as saying the shooting was "an accident, a complete and total accident."
BODY IDENTIFIED: The body found floating in the Kern River Tuesday morning has been identified as Bakersfield resident Clayton Carl Hurst. The 44-year-old Hurst was found in the river in an area of Hart Park at 10:41 a.m., according to a coroner's office news release.
MAN SHOT: At 11:03 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 3500 block of Pioneer Drive in east Bakersfield and found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to each of his feet. The 30-year-old man was taken to Kern Medical Center. There is no suspect information and it's unknown if the shooting is gang-related.
MILL CREEK’S MILL BEGINS CRANKING: With the turn of a large, metal crank Wednesday morning, downtown Bakersfield got something it hasn't had in decades: a working mill. Mill House, a 1,001-square-foot, reservation-only activity center with a working, 12-foot by 3-foot metal mill wheel attached, generates about 2 kilowatts of power at peak production, according to Richard Meyer of Meyer Civil Engineering, which designed the project. Mayor Harvey Hall said he is thrilled at "what a positive asset this is going to be to the Mill Creek area" before he and Ward 2 Councilman Terry Maxwell rotated the slightly Rube Goldberg-ian crank, opening a weir gate and sending thousands of gallons of Kern Island Canal water flowing through the mill wheel. City officials toured similar canal projects in San Antonio, Texas, and Scottsdale, Ariz., to gain inspiration for this piece of the decade-long Mill Creek project.
BHS ALUMNI PLAY PICK-UP FOOTBALL GAME: Bakersfield High football continued a cool Wednesday when they had past players take on the current Drillers squad in a little 7-on-7 action on a practice field at BHS. The current team whipped the alumni pretty soundly, though that comes with several caveats. The biggest one is that there were only eight alumni present, while the current team had 25 or 30 players cycling in and out of plays on offense and defense. Considering who the alumni had playing, it's safe to say this year's Bakersfield team is pretty talented. Starring in the defensive backfield for the alumni was none other than 2006 BHS graduate Phillip Thomas, a recent fourth-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins. He was joined by several others, including Baylor's Silas Nacita (class of 2011), BC quarterback Chris Hannible (2011) and 2011 Frontier graduate B.J. Nard (Cal Poly), who suited up for the elder statesmen.
THE ENERGY REPORT
OIL PRICES TOP $106 PER BARELL: Gas prices are expected to rise throughout the summer, as future oil prices continue to climb. On Wednesday, prices for West Texas Intermediate Crude climbed past $106 barrell for August delivery. Analysts continue to insist that the rise in prices is attributed to the improving U.S. economy, and, in turn, creating a greater demand for petroleum products. The Associated Press reported Wholesale gasoline prices have risen 20 cents to 40 cents per gallon in some markets since June 28. Another factor is a tightening of U.S. supply. The Energy Department said Wednesday that crude supplies fell by 9.9 million barrels in the week ended July 5. Gasoline supplies fell by 2.6 million barrels.
OPEC MARKET SHARE TO BE CUT: Another key report suggests that the rise of U.S. shale oil will weaken OPEC’s market share. On Wednesday, news agency Reuters reported the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast demand for its oil in 2014 would average 29.61 million barrels per day (bpd), down 250,000 bpd from 2013 and 770,000 bpd less than it produced in June. The news agency said the report is further evidence that shale oil extraction is eroding dependence on OPEC imports.
THE TECH REPORT
T-MOBILE: T-Mobile has announced a new upgrade plan called "Jump" where subscribers on installment plans will be able to trade in their phones for new devices every six months. T-Mobile's CEO said two years is too long to wait for a new phone. Jump will cost $10 per month over the phone's monthly installment plan price, and that will include phone insurance as well. When you bring your phone back in, it'll be checked for damage and you'll be able to pick a new phone at the current installment-plan rate.
TIVLI: Cable operators nationwide could soon face new competition in college towns. Tivli, an IP-based video platform for college campuses, said Wednesday that it raised more than six-million dollars from a group of investors that include HBO and businessman Mark Cuban. Tivli launched at Harvard University in 2011 and uses cable programming captured and transcoded for internet delivery over the broadband network connected to dormitories and other campus buildings. It also sells advertising on Web browsers that display the programming. The service is bundled with the residential fees students pay for cable and satellite programming. It's also available at Yale, Texas A&M University, the University of Washington and Wesleyan University.
THE HEALTH REPORT
LIFE EXPETANCY: Americans are living longer, but that longevity includes more aches, pains, and disability according to a new study. The overall life expectancy in the U.S. increased from 75 to 78 years during the period of 1990 to 2010. Only Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and Chile have a higher percentage of people living with disability. The most common disabilities include low back pain, major depressive disorder, neck pain, and anxiety disorders.
DIAPERS: Next up for QR codes: Your baby's diapers. Pixie Scientific has created a Smart Diaper that tests a baby's urine. Parents can then scan the QR code on the diaper and receive information about their child's health. The device claims to track changes in a baby's urine, potentially showing signs of a urinary tract infection, dehydration or risk for kidney problems. When a baby goes, test strips surrounding the QR code will start the testing process.Parents scan the QR code located on the back of a baby's Smart Diaper and the app's algorithms will instantly analyze the contents. Since urine test strips are part of the diaper it's technically a medical device, so the Smart Diaper still needs approval by the Food and Drug Administration before it hits the market.
THE SPORTS REPORT
FORMER STAR THOMAS VISITS THE DRILLERS: Former Bakersfield High and Fresno State star football player Phillip Thomas visited with BHS players and played some 7-on-7 football with other Driller alums and current players. Thomas was drafted in the 4th round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He will report to camp later this month.
BLAZE FALL IN LAKE ELSINORE: The struggling Bakersfield Blaze dropped their seventh game in their last 10, with a 5-3 road loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm. The loss drops the Blaze back to a season low-water mark of 19 games under 500. The series continues at Lake Elsinore tonight.