John Steinbeck's novel was banned by Kern County in 1939, a prohibition that would stay in place for a year and a half. Various residents called John Steinbeck's 'Wrath' a 'libel and lie' as well as 'obscene in the extreme.'
Forecasters expect 2014 to be the driest year yet of a three-year drought in California. Water managers say they can no longer supply annual allocations to the 29 million people who take from the San Joaquin River Delta.
Recounting the suspect's words, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the confrontation with the teacher was enough of a distraction to give 28 students time to escape their classroom Thursday at Taft High School.