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Din of hammers, oil wells signal Bakersfield boom

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — For most of its existence, Bakersfield has inhabited that awkward in-between place. Not as sophisticated as Los Angeles, just over the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, not as wealthy as its longtime economic rival Fresno, equidistant to the north. But as many communities continue to struggle economically, good things are happening in this place best known for endless...

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