August 4, 1948 — June 28, 2015Floyd passed away peacefully surrounded by family early Sunday morning at Mercy Southwest, in Bakersfield, at the age of 66 after a brief but admirably fought battle with cancer.

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November 13, 1922 — June 25, 2015Miriam Iva Phillips was born November 13, 1922 on her father’s ranch in Mojave, CA. She was the youngest of three daughters born to Victor and Bertha (Cuddeback) Phillips. She passed away, Thursday, June 25, 2015, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

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January 13, 1931 — June 22, 2015Jerrold Ernest Fisher passed away peacefully, on the morning of June 22, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Jerry was 84 years old.

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June 30, 1928 — June 25, 2015Husband, Father, Papa, Papa Eddie, Son, Brother, Passionate Pie Maker and Cook, Fisherman,

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At this point in his career, Neil Young has traveled so many paths that his oeuvre is its own game of Choose Your Own Adventure. Need some acoustic-based comfort? Head to “Harvest.” Hardened introspection?

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“Old, but not obsolete.”

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Colleges and universities are teaming up with technology entrepreneurs in an effort to keep students safe – on and off campus – by using their smartphones.

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She fled the Nazis. Escaped a Siberian prison camp.

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June 8, 1940 — June 27, 2015Patricia (Pat) was born June 8, 1940, in Pampa, Texas, to Claude and Geraldine Coble. They moved to California in 1947. Pat was a 1958 graduate of Shafter High School.

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It was 1967 when U Win Mra, Burma’s most successful Elvis impersonator, relinquished his dream of a singing career.

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We’re disappointed. In signing a bill for mandatory school vaccinations two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement carving out “a separate religious exemption.” But when he signed a tougher bill Tuesday, his statement allowed only for…

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide the constitutionality of compulsory union dues being challenged by 10 California public school teachers – including lead plaintiff Rebecca Friedrichs, who teaches fourth grade at Holder School in…

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Let’s stipulate that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was wrong to dissent in last week’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.But Scalia was right when, in the same dissent, he suggested that California is a different place than the American West.

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When you set big goals, sometimes you set yourself up for big failure. President Barack Obama’s lofty plans to put more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roads crashed headlong into the realities of the marketplace. Even so, there is value in striving to attain a noble end, especially a difficult one.In 2011, the president shared his vision of a future in which the nation’s cars emitted far less greenhouse gases

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Luiza Martins, a recent Cal State Bakersfield graduate from Rio de Janeiro, is a lot more comfortable directing a volleyball offense on the court than she is making a sales pitch on the phone.“It’s different; it’s a little bit hard, and I get a little nervous, because English is my second language,” Martins said. “What if they don’t understand me or say something I don’t understand?

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MONTREAL — After four games that amounted to a warmup in the World Women’s Cup, the United States team improved in the quarterfinals, then kicked its offense into gear Tuesday in the semifinals.The result was a 2-0 win over Germany at Olympic Stadium and a berth in the championship match Sunday.

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The Bakersfield Blaze lost 5-4 to the Modesto Nuts in 10 innings, committing three errors and allowing a run in each of the ninth and 10th innings Tuesday at John Thurman Field.The Blaze (1-4 second half, 27-48 overall) led 4-3 after an RBI double from Guillermo Pimentel and a long two-run home run from Tyler O’Neill in the eighth inning. But Modesto (4-1, 37-38) rallied when Dillon Thomas tripled with one out in the ninth and then came home on Austin Wilson’s throwing error.

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PHOENIX — Howie Kendrick homered to open the 10th inning, and Yasmani Grandal added a two-out, two-run double in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Chase Field.Kendrick, whose four hits included a game-tying single in the seventh inning, hit a 1-0 pitch from David Hernandez (0-1) for his seventh homer of the season.

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ANAHEIM — Andrew Heaney gave up just two hits in seven innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.It was just the second big league start of the season for the 24-year-old lefty, who was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on June 24. The only run he allowed came on a home run from first baseman Mark Teixeira in the second inning. It was Heaney’s first big league win.

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KEY MOMENT: Albert Pujols slammed Ivan Nova’s first pitch of the sixth inning over the center-field wall for his American League-leading 24th homer of the season and a 1-1 tie. Two pitches later, Erick Aybar drove his second homer of the season over the center-field wall for a 2-1 lead, and the…

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Fellow cooks, For Los Angeles chef Farid Zadi, Ramadan means baghrir, thin pancakes spread with butter and his own “North African-Canadian” mixture of maple syrup and orange. It’s a taste of home, something eaten by his Algerian family every year to break the fast. And it’s almost as delicious…

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The Lakers introduced themselves to LaMarcus Aldridge the moment free agency began Tuesday night, hoping to sign that still-elusive free-agent big man after being rebuffed the previous two summers.

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The clock struck 9:01 p.m. PDT on Tuesday night, and there was little suspense as to what would happen next for the Clippers.

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In right field, Yasmany Tomas drifted back, toward the wall. Howie Kendrick had sent a line drive sailing across Chase Field.

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On the next night, all was well. The bullpen delivered.

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KEY MOMENT: Second baseman Howie Kendrick broke a 3-3 tie with a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning. The Dodgers improved to 4-3 in extra-inning games.

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Mike Richards was held at a Manitoba, Canada, border crossing for at least four hours last month after he was allegedly found to be carrying OxyContin pills, and the former Kings center remains under investigation in connection with the alleged possession of a restricted substance, according to…

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Nearly 9,000 DWP customers in Silver Lake and Westlake remained without power late Tuesday evening, and officials say electricity will not be restored until about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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