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END-OF-LIFE CARE FOR BELOVED PETS
  Marilyn
Stewart walks between the cages in the far corner of her Alpha Canine Sanctuary,
north of Bakersfield. She calls out greetings, naming each dog as she passes by.
They wag their tails and stick their noses through the fence, hoping to get a
pet...

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BLIND PLAYER WINS AT SLOTS
  It
was like the squealing of an orchestra tuning up. The random noise that filled
Eagle Mountain Casino, northeast of Bakersfield, Calif., seemed to have no
meaning, no pattern. It was mostly just the ringing and clanking from rows of
slot machines. M...

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DOMINGO'S HAS THE 'RIGHT STUFF'
  On
a hot summer day, you can hear the leaves crackling on the trees in Boron. It’s
not just because the triple-digit heat shrivels up nearly everything it touches.
It’s because little else is moving on the often deserted streets of this eastern
Kern C...

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VOLUNTEERS PROTECT ELEPHANT SEALS
  It's
7 a.m. George Larson slides behind the wheel of his white Toyota Camry. His
wife, Sandra, makes herself comfortable in the passenger seat. She knows she
soon will be dozing off, leaving her husband to drive them safely to their
destination, more ...

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BECOMING A WAL-MART GREETER
  If
it gets any worse, I can always look into the possibility of becoming a Wal-Mart
greeter. Retirement seemed like a good idea when I cut my goodbye cake
earlier this year in The Bakersfield Californian's newsroom. But then
came reports of 401(k) los...

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BOOMER DEATH 'DIFFERENT'
  News
stories about “selfish” baby boomers hogging scarce jobs, breaking the nation’s
pension piggy bank, or throwing their weight around proliferate. Finally, along
comes an industry that is downright happy to see boomers coming. However, most
boomers...

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NEVER TOO LATE TO GET INKED
  Three
years ago, Gary DeSutter made a promise to his grandson. It was a promise he
hoped the Bakersfield, Calif., boy would forget. But Patrick McCord, who
graduated in June from Stockdale High School, remembered and held DeSutter to
his word. DeSutte...

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GILMORE'S TOUGH FIRST YEAR
  The
California state budget was awash in red ink and legislators were bitterly
battling over program cuts this spring when two Bakersfield mothers walked into
Danny Gilmore's Sacramento office. One mother pushed a frail young boy in
a wheelchair. The ...

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POW GROUP GETTING SMALLER
  Once
there were more than 30. Now there are only two. And when they are gone, likely
the Cessna-Sergeant Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War will cease to
exist. There is a faint hope that the Bakersfield organization of mostly
World War II ve...

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WAR HORRORS STILL FRESH
  James
Wilson can't bring himself to talk about it. He can talk about growing up in New
York and enlisting as an 18-year-old in the Army infantry. He can even talk
about being discharged from the Army in 1945, getting married, moving to
California, rai...
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