• BY DOROTHY MILLS-GREGG dmgregg@bakersfield.com
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Former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, who played in "In the Heat of the Night," will speak along with a Fresno councilman at a Bakersfield event on Thursday celebrating the national motto, "In God We Trust."

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On today's edition of TBC's 5@4, columnist Lois Henry takes a look at what needs to be done now to keep people out of Kern River, McFarland residents back at the polls and Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball ticket sales on the rise.

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In today's edition of TBC's 5@4, a man allegedly took his own life in the parking lot at the Bakersfield Police department, Kern High School District settled a lawsuit and Los Angeles Dodgers ace is reportedly out 4-6 weeks.

  • By DARLA A. BAKER dbaker@tehachapinews.com
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Post-traumatic stress disorder has taken a toll on many of the nation's combat veterans. One local veteran, however, took his strong sense of patriotism and traded ashes for beauty.

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Two teenage boys were pulled from a fast-moving canal near the 7700 block of White Lane at 6:25 p.m. on Saturday, the Bakersfield Police Department said. 

  • BY STEVEN MAYER smayer@bakersfield.com
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He performed in Seattle on Friday, Los Angeles on Saturday, and London on Sunday with multi-instrumentalist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner. On Tuesday, he'll gig in Poland with the group Knower, and on Wednesday, he'll kill it again in Riga, Latvia, opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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A pedestrian was struck and badly injured by a 2003 Toyota as he was walking across the crosswalk of Bernard Street approaching King Street Thursday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

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Three unrestrained passengers of a 2004 Toyota sustained major injuries after the vehicle's driver lost control and overturned at Old River Road south of Houghton Road Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said. 

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A man suffered fatal injuries after colliding into a power pole at an unknown speed at Copus Road west of Joseph Road on Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said. 

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A 51-year-old female driver and her 19-year-old passenger, both from Taft, died when another driver hit them head-on on Taft Highway Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

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The Bakersfield Police Department arrested four people and cited 68 drivers for driving without a driver's license at a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint Saturday night, according to an agency news release.