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  • Internet gaming cafes have opened up around Bakersfield despite laws prohibiting their practice.

    High court ruling on Internet cafes could be big

    A case now being considered by the state Supreme Court could have major implications for legal gambling offered by the California lottery, card houses, tribal casinos and sweepstakes operations. And, oh yes, Internet cafes -- the cause of this legal battle, which are popping up again in

  • Californian columnist Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: Child death records must remain open to the public

    I was outraged to read in the Los Angeles Times Thursday that the State Department of Social Services planned to sneak a measure into a budget trailer bill that would have increased secrecy regarding the deaths of children who die of abuse or neglect. The proposed measure, as described by The

  • Chubby Checker swept fans off their feet — literally — at the Classic Rock stage. The crowd at the Bakersfield Rock & Country Music & Art Festival on Saturday went crazy for the 73-year-old "Twist" performer.

    The day the music thrived: Bakersfield festival hits the right notes

    The schedule had Chubby Checker on the Legends stage at 8:40, the big finish to the inaugural Bakersfield Rock & Country Music and Art Festival at the Kern County Museum. But when Chubby Checker wants to go on at 3:40 on the Classic Rock stage, Chubby Checker goes on at 3:40 on the Classic Rock

  • Randy Fulce and Chrisy Keplinger dance together to music provided by Bakersfield's Blonde Faith at the Bakersfield rock stage.

    STEVEN MAYER: The festival from a golf cart - the only way to go

    Anyone lucky enough to have a golf cart at the Rock & Country Music & Art Festival in Bakersfield on Saturday recognized one important fact in about 39 seconds: Golf carts are GOLD. I was one of the fortunate few because, and I won’t lie, I cried to organizers days ahead of the event

  • Robert Price is The Californian's executive editor. Email him at rprice@bakersfield.com.

    SOUND OFF: Even political jokes need bipartisan balance

    This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday. Mark Powell wrote a May 19 column about some of the, um, unique

  •  California Chrome on a morning run with exercise rider Alberto Delgado before the 2014 Belmont Stakes. The horse fell short of winning the Triple Crown at the race.

    HERB BENHAM: California Chrome still shining brightly

    Steve Coburn's been there and “there” is good but the backside of “there” isn’t bad either. A year ago, Foothill grad Coburn had the hottest horse on the planet. Coburn, along with Perry Martin, own California Chrome, the electrifying thoroughbred that came from nowhere (not that Coalinga is

  • Brandon Gonzales married his longtime friend Sara McGaha in November. He died May 9 after a three-year battle with cancer.

    Brandon Gonzales, 26, dies following three-year battle with cancer

    Brandon Gonzales didn’t let cancer stop him from enjoying his wedding day. Nor did he let the increasing toll it took on his body dim his spirit in the months afterward. His wife said Gonzales was strong in his faith and believed whatever happened “was in God’s hands.” Gonzales, 26, died May

  • THE DISH: Serve your country, get a deal at a restaurant

    Along with providing a three-day weekend, Memorial Day serves as a time to honor fallen heroes and pay respect to veterans and active military members. And what better way to say thanks for your service than with some free food? Here are a couple of deals to consider. Domino’s is offering a free

  • HERB BENHAM: The awful truth - the shirt is awful

    Lauren, my daughter-in-law, dropped off a bag of shirts. New shirts. Never-worn-before shirts. “These were my uncle’s,” she said. “If you like any of them, they’re yours and you can give the rest away.” I meant to ask what happened to her uncle, but I was so excited about the shirts that I didn’t.

  • Anne Santer with her stallion, Dream. Santer is being inducted into the Dressage Foundation's Century Club, an honor eligible to dressage riders whose age, combined with their horse's age, totals 100. Santer and Dream will complete a test Sunday that is required for Century Club membership.

    Stallion and owner: The ride of their lives is Sunday

    Anne Santer has loved horses since she was a little girl. Though she grew up without one to call her own, she often rode her uncle’s horse, offering to clean stalls in exchange for lessons. Many of her neighbors in Fresno had horses, and she’d ride any horse she could, she said. “By the time I was

  • Herb Benham

    HERB BENHAM: Artisanal stumps have been benched

    By the back gate is a stump bench. It has sat there for 15 years. I made it myself. “Do you think we can get rid of the stump bench?” Sue said. “I think it would look better if it wasn’t there for the party.” The “party” is Dad’s 90th. We’re hosting and it appears there is no role for a stump

  • Sunny skies due for holiday weekend

    The weather system that has been keeping Kern County cool and cloudy for the past few days will hit us with one more burst of clouds and maybe a little rain on Friday. Then it will fade away to sunny skies and warming temperatures over the weekend. And, at least for now, it will be the last

  • Planning Commission approves northwest retail center

    The Bakersfield Planning Commission unanimously approved a controversial shopping center proposed for an upscale northwest neighborhood Thursday evening over the objections of residents who worried traffic, noise and lighting would disrupt their “tranquility.” Area neighbors said they will appeal

  • Larry Flores was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and Iwo Jima veteran. This photo is undated.

    STEVE FLORES: Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough

    My dad, Larry, would hand me The Bakersfield Californian and say, “Read this and tell me what you think.” It was a test my father would often use to gauge my awareness of social circumstances, political injustices or sense of how current events resonated and impacted our daily life in our small

  • Reports: Shooting of pregnant woman and her husband gang related

    The shooting of a pregnant woman and her husband earlier this month was a result of an altercation between associates of two Bakersfield criminal street gangs. The three men charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting are associates of the Eastside Bakers criminal street gang,

  • Bakersfield Police investigate the scene of a traffic collision involving three vehicles at 8:35 a.m. Aug. 18 at Old River Road and Ming Avenue.

    Police response times down, council learns

    Bakersfield’s conservative proposed city budget contains as usual a variety of major road projects — and the promise improved police response times could get quicker still, the Bakersfield City Council learned Wednesday. Here’s what to keep in mind as the council continues to debate the nearly