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FFX: Kern County high school football scores Sept. 24, 2021

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Poor air quality forced many teams in the district to postpone or cancel their games Friday. But some schools were able to avoid the smoky skies and get in four quarters of football Friday night.

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Here are the scores for this week:

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

BCHS 7 – Tulare Union 17, Final

Shafter 34 – Taft 13, Final

Stockdale 10 – Moorpark 7, Final

Golden Valley 28 – Matilda Torres (Madera) 13, Final

Frontier vs. North, Canceled

Foothill vs. BHS, Canceled

South vs. West, Canceled

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

Kennedy vs. Arvin

California City vs. Mira Monte

Nationalizing her governor run? ‘You bet I am,’ Sanders says

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CABOT, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders might be running for governor of Arkansas, but she’s not talking much about the state. Sanders acknowledges she’s nationalizing the race. Her approach to the campaign is transforming politics in a state where voters are used to talking about Arkansas taxes, Arkansas roads and Arkansas schools in state level-races. Arkansas is not the only state where candidates are focused more on President Joe Biden than on their rivals. Two Republicans, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, are also focusing on national issues. It shows how polarized the country has become in recent years.

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Biden: Budget talks hit ‘stalemate,’ $3.5T may take a while

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says talks over his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan have hit a “stalemate” in Congress. Biden delivered off-cuff remarks Friday at the White House as Democrats in the House and Senate are laboring to finish drafts and overcome party differences, The president’s remarks were a reality check as congressional leaders tried publicly to show progress, Biden cast the road ahead as long, and said talks are at the “hard part.” His big “Build Back Better” plan would make sweeping investments in federal programs for Americans of all ages, paid for by higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

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Israel says US booster plan supports its own aggressive push

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is pressing ahead with its aggressive campaign of offering coronavirus boosters to almost anyone over 12 and says its approach was further vindicated by a U.S. decision to give the shots to older patients or those at higher risk. Israeli officials credit the booster shot with helping suppress the country’s latest wave of COVID-19 infections. They say the differing approaches are based on the same realization that the booster is safe and effective, and expect the U.S. and other countries to expand their campaigns in the coming months.

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German election to set direction after 16 years under Merkel

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s closely fought election on Sunday will set the direction of the European Union’s most populous country after 16 years under Angela Merkel. The chancellor’s party is scrambling to avoid defeat by its center-left rivals after a rollercoaster campaign. The environmentalist Greens also are eyeing at least a share of power. About 60.4 million people in the nation of 83 million are eligible to elect the new parliament, which decides who will be the next head of government. Recent polls point to a neck-and-neck race between Merkel’s center-right Union bloc and the Social Democrats, with the latter marginally ahead going into Election Day.

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CVS locations now offering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Eligible Kern County residents can now get a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after the CDC recommended the third doses Friday.

The CDC recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for some groups of the population and others considered high risk of infection because of occupational and institutional settings. The FDA authorized a booster of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this week.

The CDC recommends a booster shot six months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people age 65 and older, residents in long-term care, and people aged 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

Some residents may be eligible for the third dose, six months after their second if they are 18 to 49 years old and have underlying medical conditions and people aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

CVS pharmacies said Friday eligible residents can get their third doses at participating locations. Making an appointment is recommended through its website, cvs.com. CVS says you can check to see which locations are offering the Pfizer vaccine.

People making an appointment with CVS will be asked to provide the dates of their first two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses at least six months prior.

Kern County Public Health said it and Kern Medical are providing COVID-19 vaccinations at 1700 Mount Vernon Ave. and at the Kern County Fair. You can schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting myturn.ca.gov.

10 years after ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ cadets see progress

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Military academy students are marking the 10th anniversary of the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” this week. They say there is now wide acceptance of gays, lesbians and bisexuals, but not as much for transgender students. More work needs to be done. Prejudice remains. There are occasional homophobic or ignorant comments, including online postings, which can be hurtful. Active military personnel and veterans who served during “don’t ask, don’t tell” are remembering a darker time when they feared having their sexual and gender identities revealed. In its history, the military dismissed more than 100,000 service members due to their sexual or gender identities, including 14,000 during “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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US police departments clamoring for de-escalation training

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Since the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed, police departments around the country are increasingly pushing for de-escalation training. The Police Executive Research Forum, the foremost policing think tank in the country, offers such training, and requests have skyrocketed. It’s a mix of classroom training and scenarios played out with actors to give officers time to work through what they’ve learned. Officers are taught to keep a safe distance and slow things down. One trainer says: “The most common mistake is rushing a situation that you don’t need to rush.”

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Bloomington aldermen to vote Monday on 2.5% pay raise for city manager

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – Bloomington’s city manager continues to get glowing reviews from elected leaders, who are scheduled to vote Monday night on giving him a raise.

Tim Gleason, who used to run city governments in Washington and Decatur, received the highest performance ranking for his work in Bloomington.

The city council is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposed 2.5% raise, retroactive to July 23, that will boost Gleason’s annual salary to $202,149.

If the council approves, the city will also contribute $550 per month into Gleason’s retirement account. Until now, the city paid him that amount each month as reimbursement for driving his car on official business.

Gleason was hired in 2018 as Bloomington city manager.

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The quirky corner: KC Fair’s collectibles exhibit a showcase for the unusual

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — County fair-goers tend to devote most of their attention to the food, the rides, the livestock and the music. but just off the beaten path, just a little, is the Fine Arts building, which is where you’ll find, in addition to fine arts, one of the quirkiest parts of the fair.

Participants in the fair’s various competitions have in many cases been working all year in preparation for this 10-day run of the fair  But in the collectibles competition, many contestants have been working their entire adult lives, or their adolescence, in some cases. What do they collect? There’s where quirky comes in.

In a covered patio adjacent to the Fine Arts building, near the carnival end of the fair promenade, you’ll find collections of miniature school buses, Pink Floyd souvenirs, miniature buildings handcrafted from scratch, rubber duckies, thimbles, lip balm (that’s right — lip balm – new and unopened, thankfully} and enough one-24th scale replica classic cars to create a major traffic jam on a miniature commuter bridge.

James Vickers, a Bakersfield electrician and replica car collector,. is the man behind that entry.

He started his collection more than 30 years ago when family members started gifting him two or three cars for each birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day —  and now he has 60, twice as many as will fit on his 8 foot long arch bridge.

“When my sons wanted to display their Hot Wheels cars here at the fair, I thought, Well, how can I display my cars? So I came up with this idea to build a bridge to display the cars on,” Vickers said.

Traffic on the bridge is bumper to bumper.

“You don’t mind when you’re sitting in a pink Cadillac,” he said.

22-year-old Charles Golnick builds all kinds of things — model ships and aircraft, big-rig-type trucks, miniature buildings. And he collects skulls. Yes, skulls.

“Each person has their own view of what they (enjoy),” he said by way of explanation.

The judges had to give this guy a blue ribbon: He collects memorabilia from and about the Kern County Fair itself from  over many, many years. Aaron Eaton won some of these ribbons himself, others he purchased. 

“I like to collect the history of the fair so kids today could come and see the history,” he said.

Why do people feel a need to collect things, anyway? Does it fulfill some kind of primordial urge to store up for the long, hard winter? Nah. 

“People identify with the things that they collect, you know,” Vickers said. “I like cars and boats and planes, ever since I was a kid.”

That’s not the only reason people like to collect things.

“It’s fun,” said Eaton.

If you’re still too dizzy from the Tilt-a-Whirl to go for that corn dog you’d been thinking about earlier, the collectibles exhibit, the first building south of the carnival area, might be a good place to get your bearings.

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