Most of the time, most people are reasonable, except, perhaps, when it comes to their most cherished fictions; that’s where permanent blind spots reside. Politics is like an ointment that fogs our perceptions, making what should be clear as opaque…

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MESA, Ariz. — A big question for Cal State Bakersfield Friday was James Barragan’s effectiveness in his first pitching appearance in 13 days.Two pitches into the game, it was clear Barragan wasn’t sharp.

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This feedback forum is designed to give readers a way to voice criticisms and compliments or ask questions about The Californian’s news coverage. Your questions — which may be edited for space — are answered here each Saturday.Mark Powell wrote a May 19 column about some of the, um, unique individuals around the country, including one in Bakersfield, who are running for president.

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February 3, 1920 — May 19, 2015Ofelia Carrasco, 95, our beloved mother, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2015. She was born February 3, 1920.

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December 16, 1925 — May 19, 2015Together again

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December 4, 1938 — May 19, 2015Born in Bakersfield, California on December 4th, 1938 to Ralph Lloyd and Gertrude (Trudy) Pewitt, went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2015 after complications of cardiac surgery.

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September 25, 1923 — May 16, 2015Ila M. Clark, 91, of Galt, passed away on May 16, 2015 in Elk Grove, CA. She was born in Mannsville, OK on September 25, 1923 to Clyde and Bertha Priddy

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September 15, 1943 — May 11, 2015Kathy Crawford was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She went home to be with Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, on May 11, 2015 in Bakersfield, California with her family by her side.

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BaseballCentral Section championships

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Two Garces coaches have resigned this week, according to a release from the school on Friday.Tod Denison resigned as girls basketball coach, as did longtime softball coach Mike D’Amato.

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BOSTON — Garrett Richards said it was no big deal pitching at Fenway Park for the first time since suffering a devastating knee injury there last August.Instead, the Los Angeles Angels ace was thinking more about the runs he gave up after his team scored nine in the fifth inning en route to a 12-5 win over the struggling Boston Red Sox.

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VISALIA — Chavez High senior David Gil, who had just battled through a sore biceps to pitch a shutout in a Central Section championship game, suddenly had an issue with his head.That’s because he was in the middle of a celebratory dogpile after the Titans beat Visalia-Central Valley Christian 2-0 on Friday at Rawhide Ballpark for the section’s Division V baseball title — the first section championship in any sport for the 12-year-old school in Delano, according to section historian Bob Barnett.

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LOS ANGELES — Rookie Joc Pederson hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres before a crowd of 48,514 at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.Pederson, who went 2-for-4, drilled an 0-2 fastball from reliever Joaquin Benoit (4-2) and parked it in the right-center pavilion as Los Angeles (25-16) prevailed. It was Pederson’s 11th homer this season.

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Scrambling to prevent a shutdown of a program used to track terrorists, the Senate pulled an all-nighter but failed early Saturday to resolve a standoff over the National Security Agency system of collecting and storing U.S. telephone records.Lawmakers had hoped to leave town for a weeklong Memorial Day recess, but were stuck in Washington to figure out a way keep the spy program running past its June 1 expiration date after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) forced the midnight votes.Unable to reach an agreement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called it quits early Saturday and told senators to return to work May 31, hours before the program shuts down.“We’ll have one day to do it,” said McConnell, who declined to answer questions as he left the building. “So we better be ready next Sunday afternoon to prevent the country from being endangered by the total expiration of the program.”NSAPatrick Semansky / Associated PressA sign stands outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. A sign stands outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md…

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The Dodgers’ streak of scoreless innings, the historically inept stretch of baseball that spanned parts of six days and one bleak series in San Francisco, died Friday at Dodger Stadium. It was 35 innings long.The cause of death was a toe extended by Justin Turner that touched home plate after an Andre Ethier double in the fifth inning of the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.Dodgers finally break through for 2-1 victory over San Diego Padres Zach Helfand KEY MOMENT: Joc Pederson couldn’t hold in a smile while rounding third base. In the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, Pederson had just crushed an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bleachers to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead…

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KEY MOMENT: Joc Pederson couldn’t hold in a smile while rounding third base. In the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, Pederson had just crushed an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bleachers to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. It was the team’s first home run since last Thursday, and it was timely. Pederson knew it. As he turned toward home, he flashed a thumbs-up.lRelated DodgersTwo runs is a big night for Dodgers in win over PadresSee all related8Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford still not close to returning for Dodgers Steve Dilbeck Can you hear it? …

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The San Diego Union-Tribune returns with the classic nameplate

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Runs, the Dodgers scored precious runs. Two of them even. …

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What started well did not end that well for Angels right-hander Garrett Richards on Friday night.Richards held the Boston Red Sox to three runs in the first six innings of an eventual 12-5 victory at Fenway Park, a game in which a struggling Angels offense busted out for nine runs in the fifth inning, sending 13 batters to the plate, amassing six hits, including two home runs, three walks and batting for 39 minutes.Angels’ Mike Trout hitting high pitches with more authority Mike DiGiovanna R.A. Dickey went up and in with a fastball to Mike Trout in the seventh inning Thursday night, and the Angels center fielder lined it to the gap in left-center for a double, one of two hits Trout had in an 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. R.A. …

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AT THE PLATE: The bruised left hand that caused Albert Pujols to miss Thursday night’s game in Toronto is better. The first baseman lined a solo homer to left-center field, his eighth of the season and 528th of his career, in the fourth inning, and blooped a double to right and scored in the eighth. Mike Trout had three hits, and Matt Joyce, who entered with a .150 average, reached base four times with a double, a single, a walk and a hit by pitch, raising his average to .164…

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Alan Gordon insists he is merely a reserve player and his role is to provide a spark off the bench. He did more than that for the Galaxy on Friday night — he started a postgame fireworks show.lRelated Sports NowGalaxy reminds Los Angeles FC who owns soccer in this townSee all related8It took more than 90 minutes for the Galaxy to break through. Early in stoppage time, Gordon leaped high over a defender to head a feed from Robbie Keane into the far corner of the goal and lift the Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo before a crowd of 20,195 at StubHub Center in Carson.Galaxy falls at Orlando City, 4-0 — Kaka had a goal and an assist and expansion Orlando City beat the Galaxy, 4-0, on Sunday for the first home win in team history. — Kaka had a goal and an assist and expansion Orlando City beat the Galaxy, 4-0, on Sunday for the first home win in team history.Read the storyGordon replaced forward Jose Villareal in the 69th minute and immediately set up a scoring chance with a break down the right wing, but the play was broken up by Houston’s Nathan Sturgis.”When you play with somebody long enough you pick up on their tendencies and you know if Robbie’s not going to shoot it he’s going to look for me on the back post and he played a wonderful ball,” Gordon said of his game-winner.The Galaxy snapped a five-game winless streak that included a 4-0 loss Sunday at Orlando City — the Galaxy’s most lopsided defeat in almost two years.cCommentsGot something to say…

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UC has promised health coverage to retired workers. But rather than set aside money to cover the costs, the university has only paid the insurance premiums when they come due, creating a $15 billion shortfall.

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Anyone brave enough to launch a massive outdoor festival in Bakersfield this time of year already knows the score.One could easily get burned. Literally.

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Kern County has long been a hotbed of some of the top shot put and discus throwers in the state.Since Lonnie Shelton of Foothill won the boys discus at the CIF State Track and Field meet in 1973, the county has housed 16 athletes that have won 30 state titles in the boys and girls shot and discus.

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Bakersfield College will add sand volleyball to its intercollegiate athletic offerings next spring, provided the Renegades can find a conference, athletic director Sandi Taylor said."I’m very excited about that," said Taylor. "The sport is growing tremendously."

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FRESNO — One thing was for certain on Friday, the experience of being at the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships exceeded the expectations of the local swimmers present.That despite none of the Bakersfield swimmers advancing to the second day of the inaugural event at Clovis West.

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You don’t got it, dude.lRelated Show TrackerFrom ‘Full House’ to ‘Fuller House’: What has the cast been up to?See all related8It appears Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be reprising their role as Michelle Tanner in Netflix’s “Fuller House,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.The Hollywood Reporter cited a statement from executive producer Robert L. Boyett about the absence of the 28-year-old twins in the sequel to the popular sitcom “Full House.”Katie Holmes on ‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion: ‘I don’t want them to grow up’ Nardine Saad Don’t plan on seeing Joey and Pacey rekindle their angsty teen romance any time soon. Or Joey and Dawson, for that matter. Katie Holmes has seemingly shut down any plans for a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion. Don’t plan on seeing Joey and Pacey rekindle their angsty teen romance any time soon…

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Defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the veteran of 673 regular-season NHL games and member of the Ducks’ Stanley Cup championship team in 2007, reached high to describe his brothers on the blue line.”I’ve never been on a team that deep on D,” he said of the Ducks’ stable, six-man defense corps.The ability to travel deep into the postseason with three set pairs has to do with skill and good fortune in avoiding fluke injuries in a long and grueling run. In 2012, the Kings rolled through the playoffs and won the Cup using six defensemen.Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf is happy to share (the puck) with others Helene Elliott Everywhere he has played and from just about every coach he has played for, Ryan Getzlaf has been told he should shoot the puck more often. Everywhere he has played and from just about every coach he has played for, Ryan Getzlaf has been told he should shoot the puck more often. ( Helene Elliott )What the Ducks have been doing is reminiscent of that effort…

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California lawmakers advanced a measure that would require workers in day-care centers to be vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases such as measles.Lawmakers also acted on proposals to expand carpooling, ban plastic microbeads and give counties the ability to increase fines for large unpermitted events, a bill sparked by the 2011 wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.We must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care.- Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) The vaccine bill would apply to workers in commercial day-care centers and those operated in private homes. It is partly a response to a measles outbreak that involved visitors to Disneyland, according to state Sen. …

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