Comedy, drama, animation, documentaries featured at film festival

Check it out What: UC Davis Film Festival When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26 Where: Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. Tickets: $7, available at the Varsity Theatre box office Info: View past years’ winning films at http://theatredance.ucdavis.ued/season/videos.aspx UC Davis students will present their short films to the public at the 11th annual UC […]

UC tuition could soar under worst budget scenario

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Student tuition at the University of California could rise more than 30 percent next year if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan doesn’t pan out, school administrators said Wednesday. The governor earlier this year signed legislation reducing state support for UC by $500 million to roughly $2.5 billion for the coming fiscal […]

Chancellor named at UC Merced

MERCED (AP) — The University of California’s youngest campus has a new chancellor. The UC Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the appointment of Dorothy Leland to head the Merced campus. She becomes the school’s third chancellor on July 1. The Southern California native has led Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville since 2004. […]

Call ‘em Selectmen, give ‘em half a vote

FIVE ALIVE … you know, if you have five people of like mind and above-average athletic ability, you might have the makings of a decent basketball team … and if you have five people of like mind and above-average intelligence, you might have the makings of a decent City Council … as the four members […]

Top ag official pushes youths to farm

One of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people lobbied 250 people at UC Davis, many of them in their 20s, to start farming. Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, tried Wednesday to galvanize young people to farm or to get a job with the USDA as she plugged Know Your […]

Council moves to demolish tankhouse

Citing major structural rot, an awkward location and diminished historical significance, the Davis City Council on Tuesday opted to destroy the Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer tankhouse rather than invest money in its rehabilitation. The unanimous council directed staff to begin the demolition process under the California Environmental Quality Act. The council will need to take formal action at a […]

In West Sac, LaHood backs fuel-cell research, port expansion

WEST SACRAMENTO — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he disagreed with a cabinet colleague on how hydrogen fuel cell research should be prioritized, lauded efforts to expand the port here and defended California’s high-speed rail plan. LaHood did so during a Wednesday visit to the California Fuel Cell Partnership after riding a hydrogen-powered bus […]

Universities study sustainable chicken housing

UC Davis and Michigan State University have received $6 million from the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply to support research on the sustainability of laying-hen housing in the United States. The first study of its kind, the three-year “CSES Laying Hen Housing Research Project” will explore the interactions and tradeoffs among food safety, worker safety, […]

Judge reduces bail in Davis sexual assault case

WOODLAND — Citing the defendant’s community ties and lack of criminal history, a Yolo Superior Court judge Wednesday reduced local restaurateur Ashot Manukyan’s bail by more than half to $100,000. The 58-year-old owner of Cafe Mediterranee was no longer in Yolo County Jail custody as of this morning. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations […]

Girl Scouts holding book drive for children in need

Girl Scouts from Troop 647 are collecting new or gently used books for children and teens to donate to the Yolo Crisis Nursery and Families First. They are asking for everything from picture books to young adult books (but not adult books). Donations may be dropped off at the Patwin Elementary School office, 2222 Shasta Drive, or […]

Causeway crash blamed on unsafe speed

California Highway Patrol officers say unsafe speed caused a collision Tuesday on the Yolo Causeway that snarled traffic in both directions. Officer Ken Walter said the crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as 21-year-old Bryan Chafee of El Macero drove a 2001 Lexus eastbound on Interstate 80 “well above an unsafe speed.” He reportedly lost control […]

Alberts will discuss science education

Bruce Alberts will give a talk on “Science and the Future of the World” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Vanderhoef Studio Theater at the Mondavi Center. Alberts is editor-in-chief of the journal Science, a former two-term president of the National Academy of Science, professor emeritus of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco and one […]

Manor Pool will open for swimming

Manor Pool, 1525 Tulip Lane, will open its doors to the community for recreational swim on Tuesday, May 31. Spring recreational swim hours are 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Swimmers should bring last year’s key fobs with them to the pool to renew their swim passes. Arroyo Pool, 2000 […]

Farmers, nurseries and sustainable cities

One of the things I like best about writing this column is that it sends me in search of new and interesting projects and efforts related to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. This column is about three such interesting efforts I had the opportunity to observe in the last couple weeks. DIXON RIDGE FARMS: […]