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NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.

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The majority of the Canadian public has long held a progressive view on medical assistance in dying. But an asinine law has resulted in too much red tape. How long will patients, those dying in pain, have to endure the political nonsense surrounding the law? The government has announced it w…

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In the 1960s my older brother Willie and I would drive to downtown Bakersfield and visit Booth’s Records and Appliance Store on H Street. Our intent wasn’t to purchase any appliances, it was to listen to music. Mixed in with the latest Westinghouse washers, dryers and other modern-day applia…

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Two important changes — one a proverbial carrot, the other a stick — have been introduced to Covered California ahead of Friday’s deadline for getting health insurance through the Golden State’s version of Obamacare.

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Bernardo Zapien, 28, was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary and assault charges and to a local hospital after suffering multiple stab wounds and lacerations on Saturday night in the 4100 block of Parker Avenue, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

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Kern County's jobless rate went from a revised 6.4 percent in November to 7.2 percent in December, according to seasonally unadjusted data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

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An inaugural "meet and grow" for Kern's burgeoning hemp industry Thursday night drew a standing room-only audience that included representatives from some of the county's most prominent farming families.

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With political division at an all-time high, and society abundant with crime, tragedy and economic challenges, it can be hard to find and make peace in our day-to-day lives. But that's what local leaders prayed for, and called on fellow citizens to strive for, early Thursday at the 40th annu…

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Another ranking of U.S. metros is out, and Bakersfield has assumed its usual spot — at the bottom. We're so accustomed to occupying the lowest rung in studies of health, education, prosperity and economic mobility, it's almost disappointing, in a resigned, jaded kind of way, when we're not. Almost.

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The Bakersfield Police Department will conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. until midnight Friday at an undisclosed location within city limits, the agency has announced.

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The Law Office of Chain, Cohn and Stiles has launched the Guided Partners in Safety Scholarship, which is aimed to financially support local high school students through their driver’s education training while keeping safety at the forefront.

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Closing arguments wrapped up and the jury began deliberations Wednesday in the murder trial of former school principal Leslie Chance, with the defense questioning the integrity of the investigation and the prosecution acknowledging some detective work was “sloppy” but insisting the facts sti…