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Lead stories from “First Look with Scott Cox’s” Top Stories:

LAST-MINUTE EFFORTS TO PROTECT SNAILS, BATS FAIL TO HALT 200-JOB MINING PROJECT: Mining executive Lutz Klingmann says he might have made special accommodations if the environmentalists had spoken up sooner about endangered snails. But at this point, he wasn't about to just walk away from Soledad Mountain. His company had spent nearly 30 years preparing to mine gold and silver at the butte outside Mojave. But it all suddenly came to a halt after the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity filed for an emergency endangered species: the Mohave shoulderband snail. Environmentalist want additional analysis of the area done but Klingmann said he is moving forward exactly as planned. Read the full story here.

A LESSON, NOT A LETDOWN FOR HANEY AT PREFONTAINE CLASSIC: Stockdale senior Blake Haney won't attend classes at Oregon until the fall, but his first valuable lesson came a few months early, on the track at Hayward Field on Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic. Haney, with hopes of becoming the sixth American high schooler ever to break four minutes, ran a 4:10.41 in the International Mile, well behind the rest of a fast pack. Read the full story here.

SHELTER DOGS TAKE FLIGHT TOWARD FREEDOM: More than 100 dogs from local shelters were loaded aboard three planes bound for the Pacific Northwest on Friday. Thanks to Wings of Rescue — a volunteer nonprofit — 107 dogs were in the air and on their way to what organizers say are secure, loving homes in Oregon and Washington. In the four years since its founding, Wings of Rescue pilots have flown more 6,500 dogs and cats to safety, many from Kern County, where the record of abandoned and unwanted pets has not always been a happy one. Read the full story here.


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

BAKERSFIELD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN UC DAVIS TORTURE: Bakersfield police arrested a 41-year-old Bakersfield man for the alleged sexual assault and torture of an unidentified UC Davis victim. Michael Lenoir, the suspect, was taken into custody after local detectives interviewed the victim Friday and confirmed that a sexual assault, torture and kidnapping took place at a motel in Bakersfield. UC Davis police notified Bakersfield authorities Thursday that the assault took place at an "unknown motel in the Bakersfield area." Authorities have not released any other details in what is an ongoing investigation. Read the full story here.

ATTORNEY, OTHERS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST: Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested a defense attorney and two others as part of a narcotics investigation. On Thursday, authorities went to the 2500 block of Diamond Street and found 32-year-old Kimberly Stowers and 58-year-old Jesus Carillo both of Rosamond, working inside a vacant duplex. A search of the duplex uncovered a small amount of methamphetamine, deputies said. Another suspect, 62-year-old Craig Elkin, a local defense attorney, was contacted just outside the duplex. Elkin was displaying signs of drug influence and was subsequently arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Read the full story here.

DUI CHECKPOINT NETS ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE ARREST: A DUI checkpoint Saturday night on southbound Union Avenue led to two drivers arrested for felony warrants -- one of which was for attempted homicide.The checkpoint also resulted in four arrests for driving under the influence and 27 people cited for driving with suspended licenses. Read the full story here.


ELECTRONIC BIKE: Claiming your bike is the "smartest in the world," is a bold statement to make, but Visiobike founder Marko Matenda isn't all talk, according to a CNET report. His Visiobike, currently looking for funding on IndieGogo is packed full of technology, from its design to its deep smartphone integration. The Visiobike is a carbon-fibre e-bike that uses your Android phone as a screen for a rear-view camera, as a security lock, and even to send a distress call in case of a crash, the report said. To even turn the bike's motor on, you'll need to connect your phone over Bluetooth and input a security code.


WHOOPING COUGH: California health officials say whooping cough cases are up again and they expect the number of cases to keep rising. The Associated Press reports there were 2,649 cases from Jan. 1 to May 27 this year. The California Department of Public Health says that’s more cases in the first five months of the year than in all of 2013. According to the AP report, health officials say pertussis peaks every three to five years.


MAVERICKS RALLY PAST BLAZE: ADELANTO — The High Desert Mavericks ripped five doubles and erased a four-run deficit on the way to an 8-4 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze Sunday in a California League baseball game. Marquez Smith had a two-run homer and Seth Methias-Brean had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI for the Blaze, which led 4-0 after four innings. After High Desert starter Jochi Ogando allowed all four Blaze runs in the fourth, relievers Will Mavis (4-1) and Grady Wood held Bakersfield scoreless. Mathis worked 2-⅓ innings, and Wood got the save, working three innings. Read the full story here.