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Danay Gonzalez and I sat alone in the conference room of the prestigious Rodriguez & Associates law offices where she is an attorney. During our 15-minute conversation she was very professional and lawyerly. She was cordial, always friendly and to the point.

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Kern County is filled with numerous Spanish-speaking radio stations that generally offer a range of musical formats. Depending on your tastes, you can hear traditional regional Mexican music, "rancheras and norte帽o," which are closely related and somewhat similar to country music. Other genr…

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We find ourselves here again, where a man who would be president has referred to an alleged murderer as "an illegal alien animal" at a political rally. "The Democrats say, 'Please don't call them animals. They're humans,'" Donald Trump elaborated. "I said, 'No, they're not humans, they're no…

What a difference a month makes. In March, Arvin city officials were poised to create a new post of assistant city manager and had offered the position to its human resources manager, Meagan Miller.

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At a recent event, 日韩无码 defense attorney H.A. "Beto" Sala was the main speaker, addressing a group of budding Latino entrepreneurs to offer encouragement in their new venture. For more than 30 years I've mostly heard Sala speak in court, passionately defending clients. This time was v…

A friend who lives a hundred miles away texts me most weeknights during "Jeopardy!" Since neither one of us has cable, we only text if we are both home and watching the half-hour show live at 7 p.m., but honestly, at our ages, that is just about every weeknight. We may comment on one contest…

A Kern County grand jury report released Tuesday criticized the Delano-based North Kern South Tulare Hospital District for alleged out-of-control spending, improper approval of contracts, lack of transparency and meddling by primarily one board member in the district's day-to-day operations,…

How is it as soon as we empower our representatives to serve us, they give that authority away? Why do intelligent, free-thinking people like Assemblyman Vince Fong and Rep. David Valadao, to name a few of our local candidates, discard their independence so quickly under party pressure? For …

Jeff Pickering was in town last week. Jeff now lives in Vero Beach, Fla., where he runs the Indian River Community Foundation. In addition to Jeff and his family 鈥 wife Stephanie and kids Colin, Olivia and Grant 鈥 Indian River is home to some of the best citrus in the country, especially the…

Halleujah: He is risen! A foundational tenet of Christian faith is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without it, Christianity is just another story of a kind and ineffective prophet put to an early and tragic death by crucifixion.