More than 300 killed in Honduras prison fire

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday. Some 475 people escaped from the prison in the town of Comayagua and 356 are missing and presumed dead, said Hector Ivan Mejia, a spokesman for the Honduras Security […]

Lawmakers close to deal on payroll tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are gauging lawmakers’ reactions to a tentative deal extending a 2 percentage-point payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, a pact bargainers reached after House Republicans conceded that the tax cut would not have to be paid for with spending cuts. Both sides cautioned late Tuesday that the […]

Police: Alcohol may have contributed to fatal crash

WOODLAND — Harlan McAnelly was sitting on the front porch of his College Street home Monday afternoon when he first heard the sound he described as being “like a tornado.” A dark-blue Range Rover had slammed into a tree in his neighbor’s front yard, sending broken glass and vehicle parts — including the car battery […]

Um, well, let’s see … his position is …

VOTE FOR JOHN, HE’S OUR MAN … the home phone rang on an otherwise delightful Friday afternoon … the caller wanted to speak with “Robert,” which is a name I’ve been called only by my mother, and then only when I was in trouble … I figured maybe it was somebody offering me a deal […]

E Street Plaza parking lot still a point of contention

While Sacramento considers funding a new arena for its beloved Kings by privatizing its parking garages, the city of Davis continues to manage its own parking situation downtown.

The centerpiece of discussion when referring to downtown Davis parking is the E Street Plaza parking lot on the 200 block of E Street, which the city transformed into a paid lot a little more than three years ago.

It was the first of its kind in the downtown core and remains the only metered parking in the city.

According to Bob Bowen, the city’s public relations manager, one of the main reasons for converting the site into a paid parking lot was to give downtown visitors who wanted to park for longer than two hours a place where they could do so.

Five from GOP auditioning for new district’s voters

Esparto farmer and retired Marine Corps officer Charlie Schaupp is one of five Republican candidates elbowing for attention in the new 3rd Congressional District. Others include airline pilot Rick Tubbs of Vacaville, prosecutor Tony Carlos of Yuba City, real estate agent and karate instructor Eugene Ray of Vacaville and Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann of […]

Explore suffering to take charge of destiny

“Beyond Suffering: A Conversation with Richard Darsie” will be offered from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in the library at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. Darsie, a Shambhala guide at the Davis Shambhala Meditation Center, will lead a Buddhist exploration of suffering, helping participants to understand suffering in order […]

Bird tests positive for West Nile

A house finch has tested positive for West Nile virus in Sacramento County, officials with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District report. This is the first bird to test positive in California and the first sign of West Nile virus activity for the 2012 season. “Finding the first positive bird is significant because it […]

Tree sale benefits Winters Library

The Winters Friends of the Library will hold their annual fruit tree sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3, rain or shine, in the parking lot on Railroad Avenue between Baker and Edwards streets in Winters. The sale will end when the last tree is sold. Featured this year are bare-root fruit and nut trees […]

Literary salon examines German books

Lesen Sie Deutsch? Local residents are invited to a literary salon from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, 2710 E. Fifth St., for an informal discussion of originals and translations of German books. Discussion will be in English and German. Those interested in attending are asked to register online at http://kaffeehausgespraeche.de.

Beer-tasting, auction benefits drama students’ trip

The Episcopal Church of St. Martin will host a silent auction and beer-tasting event with Charlie Bamforth, UC Davis professor of brewing and malting sciences, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 640 Hawthorn Lane. Tickets must be purchased in advance; the suggested donation is $25. All proceeds will help Davis High School drama students […]

Court hears challenge to affirmative action ban

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California’s 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the state’s elite campuses. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal heard arguments in […]

Davis’ Eunghee Cho to solo with Sacramento Philharmonic

Check it out Who: Cellist Eunghee Cho performing with the Sacramento Philharmonic When: 8 p.m. Saturday; a pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m. Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Tickets: $15-$97, www.tickets.com, (800) 225-2277 or (916) 808-5181 Cellist Eunghee Cho — a 17-year-old senior at Davis High School — is enjoying some time in […]

Explore Cache Creek at Nature Preserve

The Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Visitors are invited to come out and observe the natural area along Cache Creek, hike along the trails and see wildlife. The preserve is at 34199 County Road 20 west of […]