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Wind Wolves: Tarantula Hawk by Wayne Wong on Capture Kern County // Taken at the Hacienda at the Wind Wolves Preserve. The bring orange wings caught my attention from afar. It was very cooperative, and I was able to get several shots. It is fairly large (about 2 in. long), and the ranger at the center identified it as a Tarantula Hawk.

Multi-period Historical Re-enactment, Living History & Experimental Archaeology Group County Clare, Tipperary, Cork. Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Celtic, Viking Age, Norse, Hiberno-Norse, Gaelic, Medieval, Kern, Gallowglass, Brian Boru, Battle of Clontarf 2014.

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The County: the story of America's deadliest police

The County: the story of America's deadliest police - Police in Kern County, California, have killed more people per capita than in any other American county in 2015. The Guardian examines how, with little oversight, officers here became the country’s most lethal

from the Guardian

The County: the story of America's deadliest police

A Guardian series examines Kern County, California, where police have killed more people per capita than anywhere else in the US this year

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Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County

California: Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits...one-third of the region’s active disposal pits are operating without permissiom...water quality concerns in a region where agricultural fields sit side by side with oil fields and where California’s ongoing drought has made protecting groundwater supplies paramount.