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Characters lacking depth in new Rowling adult novel

Hannah Breeland, Reporter

October 17, 2012

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It’s hard to believe “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has come out with a book for adults. After reading the book, I can’t stress the “adult” part enough, no joke. “The Causual Vacancy” expresses a world of sex, drugs, addiction, and suicide.  The only similarity to Rowling’s previous books is that it takes place in England. The book is about a small...

Burritos given a political flavor

Angel Villagomez, Photographer

October 3, 2012

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Well, it’s campaign season and President Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning all over the country to win your vote. Because it is voting season, some people might notice that an establishment in Bakersfield is selling burritos named after President Obama and Mitt Romney. Hmm, was one better than the other? So I tried both at El Taco Fresco on the corner of Chester Avenue...

Green Day’s new album catchy but lacks depth

Martin Chang, Opinions and Features Editor

October 3, 2012

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Let me tell you why Green Day is a band people still talk about. For me, there is not a band that I feel gets me more than Green Day. When the lead singer Billy Armstrong sings about boredom and lack of motivation on songs like “Burnout” and “Longview,” it was like he was ripping pages out of my nonexistent diary. I didn’t need one with his songs. It may...

No Doubt a bad album

Patricia Rocha, Editor in Chief

October 3, 2012

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After listening to the new No Doubt album, “Push and Shove,” I am extremely disappointed. However, I wasn’t disappointed from the start. When I first heard the single “Settle Down” online I was really excited for what else was coming. The song had the right hook and the rocksteady-influenced sound that everyone’s used to, and I could not have been more excited...

‘Black Mesa’ mod gets a graphical facelift

Robin Shin, Photographer

October 3, 2012

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After the destruction of Black Mesa Research Corporation 14 years ago on “Half-Life,” the PC gamers are taken back to the year of 1998 with the help of the “Black Mesa Modification Team.” “Black Mesa” was an eight-year long modification (also known as: Mod) project which many fans of the Half-Life franchise have been waiting and looking forward to. Although...

‘Obama’s America’ a weak attempt at conspiracy theories

‘Obama’s America’ a weak attempt at conspiracy theories

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

September 19, 2012

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“2016: Obama’s America” is a documentary film by Dinesh D’Souza, which is based on D’Souza’s book “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American...

Blu’s lyrics and music show poetic possibilities of hip-hop

Blu’s lyrics and music show poetic possibilities of hip-hop

September 19, 2012

In July of 2007, rapper Blu and producer Exile released their first album as the duo Blu & Exile. That album, titled “Below The Heavens,” became...

Village Grill offers fresh sandwiches and dining

Luis Garcia, Reporter

September 19, 2012

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If you like to avoid chain restaurants and grease pits then the Village Grill in downtown Bakersfield is the place for you. For the past 12 years the Village Grill has been serving up a wide array of American cuisine, offering a long list of salads and sandwiches, open-flame burgers, seafood and vegetarian options. They are open seven days a week 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. It...

Book on Paterno ignores scandal

Jason Reed, Reporter

September 6, 2012

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I have a very strong opinion about Joe Paterno and his role in the Penn State scandal, but I’m not going to share that.  What I will talk about is the recently released book, “Paterno,” written by Joe Posnanski. After reading this book, it was very clear to me that Posnanski is trying to preserve the name of Joe Paterno. Posnanski, a former senior columnist for...

CS: GO adds graphics and guns

Robin Shin, Photographer

September 6, 2012

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It has been almost eight years since the release of “Counter-Strike: Source” in November of 2004. Valve Corporation on Aug. 21 brought it back with “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.” PC players, who are a fan of first-person shooters, have been expecting this game for quite a while, and a lucky few had the chance to test out the beta version after they were able...

‘Our House’ showcases lyrical talents, impressive featured artists and good beats

Esteban Ramirez, Sports Editor

September 6, 2012

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The very anticipated, “Welcome to: Our House,” second album of rap group Slaughterhouse is finally out. It was officially released on Aug. 28 through Shady Records. For all those who don’t know who Slaughterhouse is, they are rap group that consists of Joe Budden, Royce da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I. They joined together to make this supergroup about four...

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a good time with technical caveats

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a good time with technical caveats

September 6, 2012

Let me get this out of the way, this game is in no way, shape or form related to the Michael Bay cinematic garbage that was the live action Transformers...

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