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All About Lawns

This Old House: Latest - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:00
We lined up the experts to help you choose the right turf and the best way get the greenest lawn in the neighborhood

Shop Smarter: Charcoal Smokers

This Old House: Latest - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:00
If you're truly passionate about BBQ, you may want to invest in your own smoker. Get yourself the right cooker with these five tips

Color of the Month, June 2014: Cayenne

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Add zest to your rooms with inspiration from these 28 examples of this year's sensational red

How to Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

This Old House: Latest - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:00
Offer guests cocktails and brews by wheeling out this dedicated serving station

A Kitchen Renovation Adds Charm Using Smart Savings

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A few well-priced nips, tucks, and fixes gave a dated cook space a new look and lots more function

CITY BEAT: More Mohawk work ahead, Arena manager 'not satisfied' - Bakersfield Californian

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CITY BEAT: More Mohawk work ahead, Arena manager 'not satisfied'
Bakersfield Californian
"I realize that compared to some of your other operations in other cities in California and elsewhere that Bakersfield is kind of small stuff, but are you guys satisfied with the results as far as your company?" Ward 5 Councilman Harold Hanson asked ...

Remembering D-Day

RSS | KGET TV 17 - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:36

BAKERSFIELD, CA - June 6, 1944 marks 70 years since Allied troops stormed the shores of western Europe, known as D-Day. While we prepare to commemorate the pivotal date in U.S. and World History, World War II veterans who were there reflect back.

Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Willis Shepard was 24 years old.

"Sometimes I think that it was yesterday," laughed Shepard, "But, again, it has been a long time."

Shepard was on board the U.S.S. Texas off the coast of Normandy.

"We came in with our 14 inch guns and came in from the side and blew them open," said Shepard.

His job was to target roads and rails, blocking German access to supplies. But, he couldn't help but focus a mile in as Americans and Allies tried to charge the beach.

"The first wave that went ashore, they mutilated them. The Germans just shot up the landing craft and guys were in the water. It was pretty blood thirsty when the first wave went in," said Shepard. "I hope they remember it was the turning point of the war, turning point of humanity really. It was the biggest undertaking that probably ever will be taken."

In the air, Air Force pilot, Keith Bratton, was in a B-24.

"It was the longest and the most, hardest ordeal I've ever been through," said Bratton.

Bratton was ordered to fly the liberator, loaded with bombs, and head toward the beaches.

"Right after takeoff, my number one engine caught on fire. And, I had to feather, shut down the engine and feather, of course," said Bratton.

Unable to keep up with formation, Bratton was forced to turn back to home base.

"No, I was not happy at all because I lost a lot of friends who were in the infantry tank commanders storming the Omaha Beach," said Bratton. When asked if he wondered if his bombs could have protected them, Bratton, with emotion building, said, "Yes."

On the ground, Army Staff Sergeant Ernest Roberts faced the Germans on Omaha Beach.

"There was a ship come in right in front of me and not one soldier got off of it. Not one. Not one. Nothing but arms, legs, and equipment went just like that," said Roberts waving his arms around him.

Of the 72 soldiers on Robert's landing craft, only seven survived.

"I crawled around there and I got a rifle from a dead soldier was laying there, and I went in and got started," said Roberts. "Whew," he continued with tears in his eyes. "You can't ever get it out of your system. It's too much."

It is too much to ever forget and ever take for granted. What are stories now, were reality to these veterans who faced the unthinkable for our freedom.

"It bothers me when the National Anthem (is playing) and you see people turn their backs and walk or talk or skip or jump instead of standing at attention and listen to what it is saying. It means lots. It means everything," said Roberts.

On Friday, you can thank these three men as well as four other local veterans who survived Normandy, at a special ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It is at 10 a.m. at the Kern Veterans Memorial Plaza and is organized by Kern County Veterans Service and Honor Flight Kern County. The public is encouraged to attend.

June 6 fish report - Bakersfield Californian

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June 6 fish report
Bakersfield Californian
LOCAL WHITE SEABASS: The white seabass all along the Southern California bite has been excellent according to a number of anglers fishing action. CORONADO ISLANDS UPDATE: The yellowtail are still at the Coronado Islands in good numbers, but the ...

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Judge delays sentencing for man convicted for infant's death

RSS | KGET TV 17 - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 23:40
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- A judge has delayed sentencing for a man convicted in the death of a 10-week-old baby.  In March, Kylor Smith-Sims pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and first-degree burglary for the death of 10-week-old Travion Smith-Sims in March 2012.

The father iniitally said he dropped his infant son.   But the coroner found the infant suffered 12 broken ribs, three skull fractures, and bleeding in the brain.

In exchange, first-degree murder and assault on a child causing great bodily injury charges were dropped.

Smith-Sims faces 12 years and four months in prison.  Sentencing is now set for July 8. 

Enriching inmates with art

RSS | KGET TV 17 - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:18
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Kern Valley State Prison in Delano is among 14 prisons statewide receiving grant money for arts-in corrections programs. 

Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation say the programs will offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines such as theater, music, dance, creative writing, poetry, storytelling, painting, drawing and sculpture.

“Structured arts programs have proven results,” said CDCR Secretary Jeff Beard. “Not only are inmates channeling their energy into constructive, creative projects, they are also learning new skills and expressing themselves in positive ways.”

CDCR committed $1 million to the Arts-in-Corrections program for fiscal year 2013-2014 and has committed to provide $1.5 million next fiscal year.

“Arts engagement is a valuable rehabilitation method that can provide positive change for inmates and for communities across our state,” said Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The Arts Council is pleased to award contracts to these exceptional organizations, in partnership with CDCR. The arts are a powerful tool that can address many of the challenges facing the state of California.”





Two arrested in connection with park shooting - Bakersfield Californian

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Two arrested in connection with park shooting
Bakersfield Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN. Two people were arrested Wednesday evening in connection with firing a gun in the area of Lowell Park. Darrius Burton, 18, and a 17-year-old male were arrested on suspicion of recklessly discharging a gun, being ...

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Volunteers teach people life-saving skill

RSS | KGET TV 17 - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:08
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The theme at the Market Place Thursday was saving a life and the theme song, was "Staying Alive." San Joaquin Community Hospital and the Bakersfield Fire Department teamed up for Sidewalk CPR Day.

Volunteers taught people the basic life-saving skill of hands-only CPR, to the tune of the Bee-Gee's song "Staying Alive." "Anyone can learn it. It only takes 5 minutes. And what it does, in the past you think of CPR, you think of people doing mouth to mouth, and the compressions and stuff. And most people don't want to get involved with a situation like that because they're afraid to do mouth to mouth. But with the latest research and stuff just by doing compressions only, they're realizing that's as effective as what they thought was better years ago," said Cpt. Mike Lencioni with the Bakersfield Fire Department.

Learning hands-only CPR does not mean you are certified in CPR, but officials say knowing the technique could save a life.

If you missed the training but would like to learn hands-only CPR, you can call the public education department with the Bakersfield Fire Department. The number is 661-326-3696.
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