Workshop offers tips for growing herbs

A Free Master Gardener workshop will run from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Central Park Gardens, Third and B streets downtown. Master Gardener Karen Slinkard will guide participants through “Tips for Growing Herbs.” Some herbs like it hot, some like it cool, some like it moist, some like it dry. Learn which herbs […]

Businesses, UCD students to receive Climate Solution Awards

During “Music to Our Ears,” the final theater program of the Cool Davis Festival 2011 on Sunday in the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, local businesses and group will be honored with Climate Solution Awards. Recipients were selected for forging and implementing new ways to take care of Earth by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their environmental […]

Choir members preparing for Community Idol

Details What: Davis Community Idol competition When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Tickets: $6 in advance, available at Watermelon Music, 207 E St., or $8 at the door Members of the Davis High Advanced Treble Choir were pulling double duty this week, both preparing for […]

Explorit Science Center: Make art with colorful rice

By Lisa Justice The rice we eat usually comes in only two colors — white and brown. But what if we had rice in lots of different colors? Imagine the cool designs we could make. Today we’ll be using some simple supplies you probably have at home to take plain, white rice and transform it […]

Learn how to create a web video at DCN class

The Davis Community Network is offering a free new class designed to take participants through the process of creating a web video for their nonprofit organization. Instructor Teri Greenfield will discuss ways to define your audience, solicit ideas, draft a script, select visuals and music and choose a style that suits your organization. This is […]

Unemployment applications drop slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, a sign the job market isn’t getting much better. Applications ticked down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 404,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average declined for the third straight week to 408,000. That’s the lowest average in […]

Gunman kills 8 at beauty salon

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Every hair-dressing station was full at Salon Meritage Wednesday when a gunman burst through the door and began shooting, sending terrified customers diving for cover in the upscale salon tucked just blocks from the beach in this quaint seaside town. The shooter then stepped outside, shot a man sitting in […]

Train vs. car crash leads to DUI arrest, but no injuries

Wednesday proved no good for a 29-year-old Sacramento woman, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a train slammed into her abandoned car. The collision occurred at 7:50 p.m. on County Road 32A near County Road 105A east of Davis, where Alexius Russell had been traveling westbound in her 2005 Honda Civic. “Due […]

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Topete penalty phase: ‘A tale of two men’

The same jury that convicted Marco Topete must decide whether he should receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Topete was found guilty last week of first-degree murder with four special circumstances in connection with the death of Jose “Tony” Diaz on June 15, 2008.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig launched the prosecution’s case with a comparison of Topete and Diaz — men who were close in age but whose lives took dramatically different paths.

“This really is a tale of two men,” Reisig told the jury during his opening statement.

In Davis, you’ll find folks on all sides

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION … wow, where but in Davis would we find organized opposition to the organized opposition? … first we had the City Council steamrolling to a dramatic increase in our water rates and declining a motion to allow the citizens of Davis to vote on the plan … next, predictably, we had a […]

Gibson House seeks crafters for gala

The Gibson House Museum is looking for crafters and decorators for the fifth Gibson House Christmas Gala (formerly the Festival of Trees) on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the historic Gable Mansion. At the gala, holiday decorations made by local artisans are auctioned during an evening of music, food and fun. The Simas Family Vineyard will be […]

Judge denies bids for new trial, charge dismissal in hit-and-run case

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a Dixon woman’s bid for a new trial on charges stemming from a hit-and-run collision west of Davis. Noelle Marie Warren, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7 for her role in the Aug. 27, 2007, crash that seriously injured Davis motorcyclist Jonathan Pinkerton. […]

Halloween costume rentals benefit UCD theater, dance department

Need a Halloween costume? Look no further than the UC Davis department of theater and dance’s Enchanted Cellar. UCD students, faculty, staff and community members may choose from dozens of detailed and whimsical costumes inspired by history, popular culture, fantasy and more. New offerings this year include Superman, Catwoman, Spectra from Watchmen, Captain America, Raggedy […]

Chávez’s values live on

Join in What: Grand opening of César Chávez Plaza, unveiling of Susan Shelton’s mural and dedication of the Helen M. Thomson Community Room When: Noon Saturday Where: 1220 Olive Drive The basic rights of life according to César Chávez, the late farm labor leader — agriculture, health, shelter and work — are the key features […]