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Driving along Coffee Road these days, you can't miss the signs that a long-neglected part of town is finally catching up with the times.

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Reader: Sorry to see our Bakersfield paper go off the anti-Trump cliff with the other 300-plus lemming national papers this past Thursday ("Our View: Media here for the people," Aug. 15). If 10 of your friends call you a jerk, maybe you're a jerk. Likewise, if tens of millions of people call…

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A packed house attend the Community Baby Shower for expectant parents and moms who recently had children hosted by Omni Family Health to inform parents of the need for regular mother and child preventative-care appointments. Speakers, games, prizes and healthy food were also part of the even…

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Highway 99 was shut down for hours Thursday after a pedestrian Bakersfield Police later identified as Frank Javier Ruelas, 50, was spotted hanging off the eastbound White Lane overpass at about 10:45 a.m. The situation was peacefully resolved, BPD said, at about 2:45 p.m. when Ruelas came do…

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Black cats don't have the best reputations. But if anyone learned anything from "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," black cats are the best.  

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Kern County firefighters late Thursday afternoon reported a vegetation fire near the unincorporated community of Woody, which is west of Glennville.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

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GENOA, Italy (AP) — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame.

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Today is the first day of school for many local students, and we want to see you celebrating the beginning of a new school year. Did you take a photo of your child with his or her new teacher? Or did your teens snap a photo of your first-day-of-school outfit? What about reuniting with your f…

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A man trimming palm trees in Delano was clinging to the tree's trunk 40 feet above ground when firefighters arrived to rescue him Tuesday morning. The tree trimmer was not injured but was reportedly feeling numbness in his arms and legs and was exhausted from holding onto the tree after his …