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At the pond: Migration time is here

It’s happening again. The great migration is in full swing. Now begins the peak time of the year to see huge numbers of birds — in your own back yard if you have provided some feeders, water or habitat landscaping — or out at our wetlands, creeks and ponds. Birder extraordinaire Steve Hampton reported that he generally gets maximum […]

Russian aid convoy reaches war-torn Luhansk

LUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Declaring it had lost patience with Ukraine’s stalling tactics, Russia sent at least 130 aid trucks rolling into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without the approval of the government in Kiev. Ukraine called the move a “direct invasion” that aimed to provoke an international incident. The unilateral move sharply raised the […]

Confidential report of pepper-spray incident gives cops’ perspectives

After winning a court case in which The Sacramento Bee and The Los Angeles Times pushed the University of California to release the names of the officers involved in the November 2011 pepper-spray incident at UC Davis, details have emerged about the officers’ mindset. Quotes from 14 different campus police officers paint a picture of […]

Bob Dunning: Should we be worried about the cops’ new toy?

Just when I think I’ve run out of things to write about, the Davis Police Department reveals it now has in its possession a $689,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle to keep Davis residents safe from falling walnuts, flying tomatoes, rabid bats and, presumably, land mines. Davis, the town that keeps on giving. The good news, according […]

Record drought saps California honey production

By Terence Chea LOS BANOS — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey. But the lack of rain […]

School district ramps up for new academic year; deal on Grande, Wildhorse properties could be coming

The Davis school board heard an update on preparations for the start of the new school year, and also offered feedback on a proposed new logo for the school district, during Thursday’s meeting. In addition, it appears that the school board could be talking about a real estate transaction involving the school district’s Grande and […]

Governor signs Yamada’s dog dining bill

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed AB1965, allowing dogs on restaurant patios. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will give restaurants the option to allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise. “It will soon be legal to take your beagle with you to dinner,” […]

Davis indecent-exposure suspect pleads no contest

On the eve of her scheduled trial, a Folsom woman pleaded no contest Thursday to charges filed after she allegedly exposed herself to young boys in a Davis park while a man photographed her. Wenyi Xu, 31, is due back in Yolo Superior Court on Oct. 27 for sentencing in the case, which stems from […]

Not-guilty plea entered in Woodland homicide case

Nearly three weeks after her alleged crime, a Woodland woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and weapon charges stemming from the shooting death of her husband. Susan Kathleen Hoskins’ arraignment was delayed several times while the Yolo County Public Defender’s Officer determined whether the 59-year-old Woodland Healthcare nurse qualified for its legal services. After […]

Name Droppers: DHS alum named one of ’35 Innovators Under 35′

Davis High alumnus and University of Southern California engineering professor George Ban-Weiss was named one of this year’s “35 Innovators Under 35” by the MIT Technology Review. Ban-Weiss uses global and regional climate models to study the influence of aerosols and land cover change on global and regional climate for the depart. He made the list as a […]

City to overhaul its sprinkler heads, other water-wasters

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander when it comes to the city advising residents on how to conserve water. Owning up to multitudinous errant sprinkler heads and watering methods that end up flooding fields, washing sidewalks and providing a steady stream for gutters during a record drought, the city has added […]

World travelers

Charming street cafés are part of the Italian scene as members of the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble tour through some of Europe’s great cities.

DHS musicians back from summer in Italy

“What did you do on your summer vacation?”

That question will be asked hundreds of times on Wednesday, as local students go back to school.

For the returning members of the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble, the answer will be, “We went to Italy! And we played music by Vivaldi and Bach in beautiful historic churches that are hundreds of years old.”

No easy task: History buffs still trying to save building

Sometimes in a partnership with government agencies, there is more involved than meets the eye for private groups. That’s what local historical preservationists are finding out about their joint effort with the city to remodel the so-called WPA restrooms in Central Park. As it stands now, the restroom building, which is more than 70 years old, […]

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