By The Bakersfield Californian
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OLIVER TO STAND TRIAL: A Taft teenager accused of opening fire in a high school classroom will stand trial for attempted murder. At a hearing Tuesday, 23-ABC reports a judge ruled there’s enough evidence for Bryan Oliver to be tried on two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm. Oliver, who was 16 at the time of the incident in January, will be tried as an adult, and he’s pled not guilty. Classmate Bo Cleveland was severely wounded. Oliver’s lawyer says his client snapped after being bullied, and Cleveland’s family has filed a claim against the school district, which they say knew or should have known Oliver was dangerous. His next hearing is July 31st.
MISSING CHILDREN: Authorities hope you can help locate two missing kids. David and Michelle Garza were last seen around 11 o’clock Monday night in the 1100 block of Watts Drive. They have no history of running away. David Garza is 11 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing white shorts and an Angry Birds T-shirt. Michelle is 14 with brown hair and green eyes, last seen in red and white shorts and an unknown colored shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police
WOMAN RAPED IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD: A woman is chased down and raped in south Bakersfield. Police say around ten o’clock Monday night, a woman was walking in the 2100 block of Bradley Avenue, near Ming and South H. After a car pulled over and a guy came out the passenger door, she started running. Police say the man caught up with her, dragged her back to the car, and sexually assaulted her in the back seat. He then reportedly pushed her onto the pavement before the car took off southbound on H. The car is described as a white Kia Sportage 4-door, missing the rear spare tire. The license number may include Y-5 or Y-8. The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, mid 20’s, 5-8 and 160 pounds. He wore plaid short and had a tattoo on his right forearm. The victim did not get a look at the car’s driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police.
BODY FOUND AT HART PARK: Authorities are trying to identify a body found at Hart Park. Deputies were called to the park around 11:30 yesterday (tue) morning after a body was found by the water wheel near the Kern River. A Kern County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team then got involved. An autopsy is scheduled.
BAKERSFIELD GIRL TRAVELS TO DC TO FIGHT DIABETES: A Bakersfield girl with Type 1 Diabetes is one of 150 delegates to the Children’s Congress in Washington D.C. Eleven-year-old Eileen Roux has to test her blood sugar and take insulin every time she eats. Eileen and the other delegates are meeting with government officials to advocate for more federal spending to find a cure for Diabetes. The Congress ends today (Wednesday). You can find out more at jdrf.org.
THEATER ROBBED: A local theater is unfortunately living up to its name. The Empty Space at 706 Oak Street is literally empty after thieves broke in last week and took cash and several props. Founder Brian Sivesind says there wasn’t anything unusual at first on the day after it happened... He says the prop manager noticed the things missing from a back room. The Empty Space is one of the few donation-based theatres left in the United States. To donate to the Empty Space theatre, go to es online.org.
Also from today's First News newscast:
STATE OF THE CITY: Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall gave his annual state of the city address on Tuesday, and he mapped out the city’s successes over the last year, especially when it comes to the economy. Hall told the crowd at the Bakersfield Marriott that there were plenty of economic signs of progress, including retail sales:
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CAMPAIGN AD RAISES OBJECTIONS: Reporter James Burger writes the rhetoric in the 16th Senate District race has officially grown noxious. "Leticia Perez has a case of bad gas," says the female narrator of a radio ad that hit the airwaves in Fresno and Bakersfield Tuesday. The last word in the sentence is punctuated with a whoopie-cushion sound, one of three such sound effects in the advertisement. "No. Not that kind of gas," the woman goes on, "but the kind that happens when a politician sells out to big oil, which smells just as bad." Perez, a Democrat and former staffer for state Sen. Michael Rubio, denounced the advertisement Tuesday, two weeks before the July 23 special election to replace Rubio. Read the full story here.
BODY FOUND IN THE KERN RIVER: A body was found floating in the Kern River in the area of Hart Park Tuesday morning. Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said the body had not yet been identified and may be an unreported drowning victim. It didn't appear as if the body had been in the water long.
SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO TRY BRYAN OLIVER: A judge ruled Tuesday there was sufficient evidence to try suspected school shooter Bryan Oliver on charges including attempted murder following a preliminary hearing that featured a chilling description of the shooting and discussion of whether merciless bullying played a role in his alleged actions.
The decision came after the testimony of several law enforcement officials, including a sheriff’s deputy who said Oliver told a school official he “snapped” as a result of bullying.
The 16-year-old Oliver has pleaded not guilty. He’s being tried as an adult. Read the full story here.
FEDERAL AUDITORS QUESTION ENERGY PROJECT: Federal auditors have raised red flags over the Obama administration's 2011 decision to invest an extra $100 million in the Hydrogen Energy California power and fertilizer plant proposed in western Kern County. A June 6 audit report by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General found that agency officials neglected to gather supporting documentation from HECA's owner before raising the project's federal subsidy to $408 million after the project changed hands two years ago. The audit also determined that the department failed to verify that $737,544 in labor costs claimed by HECA were eligible under a "cost share" agreement with the federal government. As a result, the report says, taxpayers now bear a bigger share of the project's upfront costs. It warns that $133 million of their investment could be lost if the controversial and still-unapproved project fails to attract the financing it needs to begin construction. Read the full story here.
LOIS HENRY: The resignation of a UCLA professor from a state environmental board has the attention of The Californian’s Lois Henry. Henry writes: Well, many of the air regulations we deal with every day that increase our cost of living and keep us cold on winter nights, can be traced directly back to that panel and the work of this particular professor, John Froines.
But more than that, this is a tale of how Froines has unethically, I believe, used his position to bend society to his views, while hiding behind the facade of an unbiased scientist.
It's also a story of how he's been protected in his efforts by the publicly funded University of California system, which apparently doesn't understand that it does, in fact, serve the public and is bound by our laws. Read Lois Henry's column here.
THE FIRST LOOK ENERGY REPORT
OIL SHIPMENTS BY RAIL TO BE EXAMINED: The Oil and Gas Journal reported Tuesday that the federal government may examine tank car standards in the wake of recording shipping by rail and a Canadian derailment and explosion that’s left at least five dead.
The American Petroleum Institute says the standards reviews were under way before the deadly explosion, but Department of Transportation officials said the events in Canada provide greater focus to examine the standards.
In the first quarter of this year, U.S. rail companies moved a record amount of oil across the country -- a 166 percent increase from the first quarter of 2012.
THE FIRST NEWS TECH REPORT
DROPBOX: Aiming to replace the hard drive altogether, Dropbox is making moves to expand operating as just a simple cloud storage app to a fully-fledged platform of services. Introduced at the cloud storage provider's first developer conference Tuesday, the Dropbox Platform was touted by the company's C-E-O and founder Drew Houston as "a new foundation to solve the problems of sync." Last November Dropbox stood at approximately 100 million users. Today the service has 175 million users.
BLACKBERRY NAME CHANGE: Research In Motion has won formal approval to change its name to BlackBerry.
The Canadian company announced plans for the name change in January, when it unveiled new phones running a revamped operating system called BlackBerry 10. The company hopes the new devices will be more competitive with iPhones and Android devices.
The new name comes as BlackBerry faces questions about how its growth and survival.
The company’s CEO told shareholders that BlackBerry is in the second stage of its turnaround. Stage three, he says, includes profitability.
THE FIRST NEWS HEALTH REPORT
CHILDREN'S BEDTIME: Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.
Researchers found that going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime.
The effect was most striking in three year olds, where boys and girls scored lower on reading, maths and spatial skills tests than children of the same age who kept to a more rigid schedule.
ASPIRIN AND CANCER: The use of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs significantly reduces the risk for cancer, but no one has ever been able to explain why.
Now researchers have found that these drugs slow the accumulation of a type of DNA abnormalities that lead to uncontrolled cell growth.
The scientists studied 13 people over 12 years who had a previously diagnosed condition that leads to DNA mutations. Overall, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs was associated with a 90 percent reduction in the rate of gene mutations.
Doctors note that the study is very small and has yet to be reproduced in a larger population. But one researcher notes that since most cancers take decades to develop, just slowing it down could be enough to never see it fully develop.
THE FIRST LOOK SPORTS REPORT
BLAZE WIN 6-2: Steve Selsky had two hits and three RBIs, Chris Berset had a solo home run, and Carlos Contreras pitched effectively for six innings Tuesday to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 6-2 victory over the Modesto Nuts in a California League baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Contreras (5-7) struck out eight in six innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs. Sean Lucas pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Pat Doyle pitched a scoreless ninth for Bakersfield.