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The bond between a boy and his dog is a strong one, and so well-known there have been countless movies and books about it. What might make that bond even stronger, though, is the boy’s life-saving dependency on that dog.

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Kern County firefighters stopped a fast-moving grass fire near Lebec early Friday afternoon with an aggressive campaign that included four airplanes, one helicopter and about 50 personnel.

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MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on Friday and his teammate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay 35,000 reais ($11,000) to a charity after Brazilian police said they lied about being robbed at gunpoint at the weekend.

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An attempted traffic stop early Thursday morning ended with one man’s death and the arrest of two other individuals following a gun battle with officers, the Bakersfield Police Department said in a news release.

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This week my husband found a note about a neighbor who had experienced mailbox theft. This is an extremely disappointing note to see. As a victim of mailbox theft as well, I almost hoped it was an isolated incident, or that something just got lost in the mail. To see that it is not only happ…

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Kern High School District officials began allowing non-employee concealed carry weapon permit holders to bring firearms on campus Wednesday, but with a cost that at least one trustee said presents “obstacles” to armed citizens.

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Maybe it was first-day-of-school jitters, but it took Centennial a few minutes to get into the swing of things before the Golden Hawks prevailed with a sweep of Ridgeview in the first volleyball match of the 2016 season, 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 on Wednesday at Ridgeview.

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People tend to hate computer passwords, that often nonsensical jumble of letters, numbers and special keystrokes said to be essential for digital security, the Washington Post tells us. The secret codes can seem impossible to remember. It’s why every login page has a “Forgot password?” life …

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When Bakersfield Community Theatre hosts its cleanup day this weekend, there may be a bit more pep in the steps of its volunteers.

The article regarding overtime payments to certain ranking Kern County Fire Department members and other County employees was enlightening (“Kern scrutinizes fire overtime pay,” Aug. 7). Our police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters are our frontline responders to emergencies and …

The Democratic Party, the media, the president, the American educational system, American unions and Hollywood have all latched onto a new mantra with a perverted hope it will stick. It is a slogan that chants Donald Trump is a danger, he is unfit for the presidency and he cannot be trusted …

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On Tuesday’s “First Look with Scott Cox,” contributing columnist Jose Gaspar talked about why the Kern High School District is in hot water. Gaspar’s last column covered Kern High School District administrators and other employees who were accused of misusing a criminal database to investiga…

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In order for students to get the most out of the education system and be able to maintain an acceptable level of self-sufficiency as adults their school attendance is vital. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for a student to learn. Students who attend school regularly at an early age…

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According to a recent statement by Donald Trump, President Obama and Hilary Clinton are the founders of ISIS. A prognosis of insanity, or at least serious mental instabilities, can be based on a loss of contact with reality. Has Trump, on the basis of this statement, and many others that are…

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Tom Savage threw two second-half touchdown passes as the Houston Texans overcame a sluggish first half en route to a 24-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams at Santa Clara.

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CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor had three hits and former Angels farmhand Mike Clevinger took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and won his first major league game as the Cleveland Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

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Back when I was a kid, a British-American rapper named Slick Rick had a hit song entitled "Teenage Love." No, you won't find this somewhat obscure song inside the jukebox of your local dive bar, but it resonated with many an adolescent back then.

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The Olympic diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio turned inexplicably green this week, a turn of events that surprised both competitors and viewers.

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Art will be in full bloom Friday at the Access Center Gallery. The downtown space will present the first display of “1,000 Wildflowers and the Women of Arvin,” a three-year community art project made possible in part by the Arts Council of Kern.

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Many a dog lover has waged an internal war between wanting to help dogs in need by adopting them all and realizing their home cannot sustain another. Luckily, there’s another way to help local dogs even if you can’t take one more yourself: attending a fundraiser for Alpha Canine Sanctuary Thursday.

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There is something inherently wrong about certain Kern County Firefighter’s overtime pay as reported by James Burger in the Aug. 7 Californian. One firefighter earned more than three times his base salary. It embodies much of what is wrong with public unions, in my opinion. With the private …