BART shuts down cell service to thwart protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decision by San Francisco Bay Area transit officials to cut off cell phone service at some of its stations to thwart a planned protest drew angry response Saturday from one transit board member who said she was shocked that officials acted as “this type of censor.” Bay Area Rapid Transit […]

Davis home builder brings ‘urban flair’ downtown

Eco-conscious design, high-end finishes and a prime location are what will set the new Central Park West single-family homes apart from other dwellings in Davis, said Sherman Homes president Steve Sherman.

The seven homes are being built downtown on B Street just west of Central Park. The first house is slated for completion in mid-September.

Davis posts high graduation, low dropout rates

A little over 95.5 percent of Davis students in grades 9-12 graduate with a high school diploma, and about 4 percent of Davis students in those grades drop out, according to data released last week by the California Department of Education, covering the 2009-10 school year. “We are very pleased with the low dropout rate […]

Free yoga classes on Thursdays

Free yoga classes will be offered Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. throughout the summer at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. The ACI-Davis/Sacramento Buddhist Group is sponsoring these beginning-level classes. A variety of styles will be taught, and students of all levels are welcome. For more information, visit

Clarity of Lake Tahoe declined in 2010

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The clarity of Lake Tahoe declined last year to its second lowest level since record-keeping on the “jewel of the Sierra” began in the 1960s, researchers said Friday. In the annual “state of the lake” report, scientists with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center said Tahoe’s waters last year […]

Miranda Cosgrove date at Mondavi scrubbed due to broken ankle

Teenage pop star and actress Miranda Cosgrove, who suffered a broken ankle last Thursday during a tour bus accident in Illinois, will not be able to perform at her scheduled Aug. 26 appearance in Davis. Cosgrove’s tour is on hold for the moment, and Another Planet Entertainment, which had rented the Mondavi Center for her […]

Trial begins Tuesday in 2008 slaying of Yolo deputy

More than three years after his alleged crime, the man accused of killing a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy in 2008 is slated to face a jury starting Tuesday. Marco Antonio Topete, 39, has pleaded not guilty to a lengthy list of charges, including a murder count with special circumstances that could bring the death penalty […]

Woman, 78, convicted of vehicular manslaughter

A 78-year-old West Sacramento woman has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with a 2009 parking lot incident that left another woman dead, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Donna Marie McClure faces anywhere from probation to up to six years in state prison for the Oct. 2, 2009, […]

Time to dust off the iambic pentameter

The headline told me all I needed to know. “Poems about Davis sought for book.” And before you get any bright ideas, “Davis: More Nuts than Winters,” is a slogan, not a poem. “The Davis Poetry Book Project is accepting submissions for an anthology of poetry about the city of Davis, written by current and […]

Make your Grad Night reservations now

Hey, seniors! It’s time to buy your ticketless reservation for Davis Grad Night 2012! Davis High School seniors can purchase reservations Tuesday between 1 and 3:30 p.m. when they pick up their class schedules in the South Gym on campus, 315 W. 14th St. Da Vinci seniors can buy Grad Night reservations during class registration days […]

World premiere set for Davis Farmers Market film

Downtown Davis will host the world premiere of “Farmers’ Markets: Love at First Bite,” a 26-minute documentary about the nationally recognized Davis market, on Sunday, Sept. 18. The event will begin with a 7:30 p.m. reception featuring food and drinks from Davis Farmers Market farmers and sellers in front of the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second […]

Yolo County Fair is a diamond in the rough

Check it out What: Yolo County Fair When: Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 21 Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1250 E. Gum Ave., Woodland How much: Admission is free, but carnival coupons are $15 until 5 p.m. opening day. Tickets for the Motocross Extreme Show, demolition derbies and opening night gala are on sale at the fair office, 1125 […]

CreekSpeak talk affirms local historical legend

Local residents are invited to join soil scientist Dave Kelley at 7 p.m. Thursday to learn about how soils along Putah Creek affected the farming and European settlement along the creek. Kelley’s talk is part of Putah Creek Council’s CreekSpeak program, a six-month series of community talks about the art, culture and nature of our […]

Fundraiser to help buy wreaths to honor the fallen at national cemetery

A barbecue to raise funds for the annual holiday wreath-laying project at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is planned Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Yin Ranch in Vacaville. Tickets are $40 each, and include a tri-tip dinner, a silent auction and live music from the California Cowboys. For more information or tickets, call (707) 249-5852 or […]