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  • Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 06:00 AM

    The Human Scene: What do you want from Christmas?

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    Christmas, American Style, is upon us once again. It's a rather strange mix of disparate elements: Trees and tinsel, neighborhoods aglow with LED lights and plastic reindeer, Black Friday and Midnight Mass, Silent Night and Rudolph, hot cocoa by the fireplace and shop 'til you drop, family gatherings at Grandma's house and traffic jams ten miles long.

  • Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 06:00 AM

    Baseball star Tommy John to speak Feb. 8

    It was announced last week that Tommy John will be the featured speaker at CSUB Baseball's "Hot Stove Dinner" set for Feb. 8 at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

  • Wednesday, Dec 18 2013 06:00 AM

    A golden year for Golden Hills

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    As 2014 approaches, families everywhere sit down to reflect on the year that has passed and begin looking to the New Year. In the same spirit, Golden Hills Community Services District is engaged in this annual ritual. We've had a great year and are already working on plans to make 2014 even better.

  • Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 11:30 AM

    Golden Hills Sanitation saga continues

    Those of you following the sewer chronicles may remember that I wrote in April 2013 of the positive accomplishments of the Receiver, Clifford Bressler, in the year following his appointment in April 2012 by Kern County Superior Court to keep the wastewater plant operating.

  • Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 11:30 AM

    Record-breaking blood donations in 2013

    The blood donors of Tehachapi can be so proud of their efforts in 2013! With two blood drives remaining, they have already collected more units this year than ever before!

  • Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 11:30 AM

    Then and Now: Why the third time 'is a charm'

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    We have all heard the old saying, "the third time is a charm" and in the weekly newspaper business over the years I've observed the truth of this.

  • Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 11:30 AM

    Tech Wire: Holiday tech shopping: computers

    Now that the holidays are right around the corner, you may find yourself wondering which tech gadget you should buy your loved-one. While the world may be migrating toward tablets, phones and other more portable devices, perhaps the person you have in-mind still wants a plain computer instead. Portable devices may be growing rapidly in popularity, but there are definitely computers that you can purchase that are efficient for any need.

  • Thursday, Dec 05 2013 09:50 AM

    'Kindness in Motion'

    Last week in this space I introduced Kim, a woman who I have not met. We had a telephone conversation and it seemed to me that the bottom line was that she was asking for my kindness in the world.

  • Wednesday, Dec 04 2013 06:00 AM

    Trainer Talk: Equine rescue: time to put my money where my mouth is

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    I'm delighted my last column engendered such deep emotions in so many people and I'd like to thank them for talking the time to write in. If every one of those people gave $40 to a local rescue, they could be instrumental in helping stop slaughter in America.

  • Wednesday, Dec 04 2013 06:00 AM

    Tech Wire: Ransomware and 'CryptoLocker'

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    We have all probably heard of term "malware." This term, however, is only an umbrella to many sub-categories of malware types. Under the general term "malware" are Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Adware, Spyware, Logic Bombs and Ransomware. While all of these perform very different malicious activities, ransomware generally takes assets (in most cases: files), locks them up and them demands money from you (ransom).

  • Tuesday, Dec 03 2013 06:00 AM

    Roadrunner Connection: Holidays are challenging for college athletes

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    Now the holidays are in full swing -- not that they weren't already since retailers now elect to skip right over Thanksgiving the start blasting Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. We find ourselves preparing for yet another holiday season full of discount prices, shopping headaches and then eventually Christmas itself, which always comes with a welcome relief.

  • Tuesday, Nov 26 2013 06:00 AM

    How could it happen? The awful surprise

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    A loving mother drowns her children. A decorated soldier prowls through homes in Afghanistan, killing people in their beds. A quiet, popular community leader kills himself and his wife. A respected minister runs away with his secretary. How could it happen?

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