Want to conserve? Follow these tips

Conserving water seems to be the order of the day in our friendly hometown, at least for those folks on some semblance of a budget. This is especially true as the calendar turns to November, when the city of Davis starts a four-month period during which it determines your sewer rate for the entire year. […]

Spotlight on Ohio vote on union-limiting law

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot battle in Ohio that pits the union rights of public workers against Republican efforts to shrink government and limit organized labor’s reach culminates Tuesday in a vote with political consequences from statehouses to the White House. A question called Issue 2 asks voters to accept or reject a voluminous […]

Christmas tree for US Capitol on its way from California

SONORA (AP) — A 65-foot white fir tree selected as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was cut down and removed from a picturesque setting in the Sierra Nevada mountains on Saturday, then loaded on a truck for a 4,500-mile journey from Northern California to Washington, D.C. When crews arrived at the tree Saturday morning they […]

Souza rolls toward re-election in 2012

A third candidate for the June Davis City Council election rolled into the race Saturday, when incumbent Stephen Souza led a bike parade of supporters on a tour through Davis to announce his candidacy. “I’m entering my 24th consecutive year of service to this community, the community that I’ve lived in the longest in my […]

Billionaire N.Y. mayor grapples with Wall St. protest

NEW YORK (AP) — It would seem that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be a natural foe for protesters now in their seventh week on Wall Street’s footstep. He is not only the 1 percent, he was named the 30th richest person on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. He is a man who has used […]

Greek premier struggles to end political deadlock

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister struggled Saturday to form a temporary coalition government in the near-bankrupt country, extending a political deadlock threatening billions in international rescue funds. In an impassioned plea to parliament late Friday, George Papandreou agreed to step aside as premier if necessary to help hammer out a coalition, offering to […]

Dome sweet dome: Volunteers revamp UCD landmark

Hundreds of volunteers have pivoted from their rallying cry of “Save the Domes!” to actually fixing the funky student housing cooperative that bulldozers were supposed to crush in July.

About 250 UC Davis students, faculty and former residents of the Baggins End Domes, aka “Domies,” picked up hammers, hoes and saws over the past three days to repair the 14 dwellings that sprawl across 3 1/2 acres.

Project leaders hope to have the repairs finished and students living in the 39-year-old cooperative by Jan. 1, said organizer Margareta Lelea. Fixes and upgrades include replacing foam insulation that’s rotted over the decades and making two of the Domes wheelchair-accessible.

City of Davis found guilty of unfair labor practices

The California Public Employment Relations Board found the city of Davis guilty of unfair labor practices last week for imposing a contract on the Davis City Employees Association last year after negotiations had reached impasse. The City Council — which consisted of Mayor Ruth Asmundson, Mayor Pro Tem Don Saylor, Sue Greenwald, Stephen Souza and Lamar […]

Andy Rooney, wry ’60 Minutes’ commentator, dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Rooney so dreaded the day he had to end his signature “60 Minutes” commentaries about life’s large and small absurdities that he kept going until he was 92 years old. Even then, he said he wasn’t retiring. Writers never retire. But his life after the end of “A Few Minutes […]

School board refines calendar options for next year

The Davis school board narrowed down the calendar options for the 2012-13 academic year on Thursday night, telling staff to look into two “status quo” options under which the first day of school would be either Aug. 22 or Aug. 29. The board plans to revisit the issue sometime during 2012, and perhaps consider starting the 2013-14 […]

Decline in book sales spells the end for Sweet Briar

Davis is about to bid farewell to yet another bookstore. Sweet Briar Books, the 15-year-old used bookstore in the G Street Shopping Center, will shut its doors by the end of December, the result of a significant decline in business over the past year. Sweet Briar is the second Davis bookstore to close in recent months […]

Trouble returns to Notre Dame Drive

A West Davis home hit by home-invasion robbers last summer was the scene of another break-in early Friday morning — again while the house was occupied, according to Davis police. At about 2 a.m., an unknown masked man entered the rental house in the 1400 block of Notre Dame Drive and snatched a cell phone […]

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All smoke, no fire at Bike Hall of Fame

Smoke and a bad stink brought the Davis Fire Department out to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on Saturday morning. An unknown object overheated at about 10 a.m. in the utility room of the museum, which sits at the corner of Third and B streets, said Joe Herget, executive director. “It smelled and looked […]

FCS roundup: Portland State tops Sac State

PORTLAND, Ore. — Connor Kavanaugh passed for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown to lead Portland State to a 29-20 victory over Sacramento State on Saturday. Kavanaugh’s 28-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter gave Portland State (6-3, 4-2 Big Sky) a 26-14 lead. Kavanagh finished with 271 yards passing and 89 rushing. […]