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The longest lines on Black Friday often lead to big-box retailers, which isn't surprising given the resources they invest in the start of the holiday shopping season. But they're hardly the only stores looking to rack up big sales this week.

Everybody can agree on Thanksgiving. If we can’t agree on Thanksgiving, we’re probably not going to agree on much. It’s an uncomplicated holiday or at least for someone like me, whose contribution is subliminal, rather than honest labor in the kitchen.

The Condors juggled their lines and made a goaltender change but came up empty on Friday night in San Diego in a 4-1 loss against the Gulls. The Condors, who had won four straight entering the game, avoided a shutout when defenseman Ryan Stanton scored his first of the season with 4:15 remaining.

Not everyone is headed for a turkey meal with the fam or a Friendsgiving feast with pals. Or maybe you and your loved ones want someone else to do the cooking (and cleanup). Rest assured, there are a number of places that will be open for Thanksgiving. 

For those in a holiday frame of mind, tickets are on sale for the seasonal favorite “Season of Light," showing at the William M. Thomas Planetarium on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6. After those showings, the planetarium will be closed during Bakersfield College’s winter break.

Kern County’s 16th Annual National Adoption Day celebration was held Friday, beginning with a press conference at 1 p.m. Forty adoptions were expected to finalize Friday in the Kern County Superior Court, Juvenile Division and 21 as private adoptions completing in the Family Law Division.