Judge Thomas M. Goethals (left). District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (right).  (Pool photos)

Judge Again Issues Rebuke to DA’s Office

Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said two former DA prosecutors, who are now judges, engaged in “serious misconduct” in a murder case. But he stopped short of barring the entire office as he did in the jailhouse snitch case.

Dr. Tom Frieden, center, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answers questions from valley fever patients during a community forum at the Valley Fever Symposium held in Bakersfield at the Kern County Department of Public Health. At left is Dr. Royce Johnson, professor of medicine at UCLA and Kern Medical Center's chief of infectious disease. At right is Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Federal Funding Fuels New Valley Fever Research

The National Institutes of Health long ignored valley fever, a disease that mostly affects people in Arizona and California. But it is now providing critical support and researchers say they are “on the cusp of doing some very exciting things.”