Thousands gather in snow to mourn Kim Jong Il

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Tens of thousands of mourners packed Pyongyang’s snowy main square Wednesday to pay respects to late leader Kim Jong Il as North Korea tightened security in cities and won loyalty pledges from top generals for Kim’s son and anointed heir. Women held handkerchiefs to their faces as they wept and […]

Soyuz bound for space station blasts off

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, an American and a Dutchman to the International Space Station blasted off flawlessly from Russia’s launch facility in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Mission commander Oleg Kononenko and his colleagues, American Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are to dock with the space station on […]

Chamber dinner tickets on sale now

Time is running out to purchase tickets at a discounted rate for the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s gala installation dinner, planned for Friday, Jan. 20, at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis. Rose Cholewinski, owner of SwimAmerica, will be installed as chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors at the Academy Awards-themed event, which features a […]

City Council repeals water rates; other decisions pending

For the moment, it’s done. The City Council officially rescinded the higher water rates it approved on Sept. 6 to fund Davis’ share of a $325 million surface water project. The project would pull water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to the cities of Davis and Woodland to shift the two […]

Sing or give to help a Davis family

TIS THE SEASON FOR HELPING ONE ANOTHER … in this season of giving, it has come to my attention that some kind-hearted souls have put together a unique plan for helping a struggling Davis family at Christmas time … and they’re doing this is conjunction with that most wonderful of Davis charities, STEAC, so you […]

Boy dies from chair lift fall at ski resort

SODA SPRINGS (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has died after falling about 60 feet from a chair lift at the Sugar Bowl ski resort west of Lake Tahoe. Resort spokesman John Monson says the boy, a member of the Sugar Bowl Ski Team, died Tuesday due to injuries sustained in the fall. He was practicing […]

Davis police seek bearded bank robber

A bearded man who robbed the U.S. Bank branch in downtown Davis on Tuesday may have committed a similar crime in Elk Grove about an hour before, authorities said. Davis police Sgt. Paul Doroshov said the suspect entered the bank at 304 F St. at about 1 p.m., handed the teller a note, then fled […]

Mondavi event focuses on chocolate

The Robert Mondavi Institute hosts the event “Chocolate” on Saturday, Feb. 4, featuring lectures, tastings and displays of all things chocolate. Lou Grivetti, author and professor emeritus of the UC Davis department of nutrition, will discuss “Chocolate: Heritage of the Americas,” to be followed by a guided chocolate and wine tasting. The event takes place […]

Woodland man convicted of molesting housemates’ child

A Woodland man faces a hefty prison sentence after being convicted last week of molesting his housemates’ 6-year-old daughter, Yolo County prosecutors announced this week. Efrain Amed Vasquez Martinez, 29, was found guilty Friday of four child-molestation counts following a four-day jury trial in Yolo Superior Court, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said. He […]

Be among the first to buy a market cookbook

Gift cards — redeemable for a signed copy of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” (Mirabelle Press, $24.95) — will be on sale Saturday at the market shed at Third and C streets downtown. “When it makes its debut in March, ‘The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook’ is going to rate a top spot on bookshelves of […]

City wrestles with parks tax as budget decisions loom

As major budget decisions draw near, one line item the City Council must keep an eye on is the parks tax, which expires in June.

The tax — which pays for maintenance of pools, community parks, streetscapes and vandalism repairs, among other things — generates $1.36 million each year, or about 20 percent of the money the city dedicates toward general parks maintenance. The other 80 percent comes directly from the city’s general fund.

That $1.36 million may sound like a lot of money, but the figure hasn’t changed substantially since 1998 when the current vintage of the tax was first introduced at $49 per year per single-family household.

Recently, the city has had to close Community Pool and eliminate …

Drifting snow makes travel tough in Great Plains

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A deadly storm that halted travel throughout the Great Plains weakened Tuesday as it headed east into Missouri and toward the Great Lakes, and officials reopened interstates in areas where motorists had been forced to adjust holiday plans mid-trip. Authorities still were reporting snow drifts of up to 10 feet high […]

Yuletide’s best

Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Weimar, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Weimar won the ranking of the U.S. news channel CNN as the world’s best Christmas market. CNNgo, the travel magazine of CNN, “Germany gave the world the first Christmas market, and Weimar the first public Christmas tree, put up by a bookseller Hoffmann […]

Holiday flying to fall slightly, trade group says

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer people will fly this holiday season, but flights will still be packed. That’s according to a forecast released Tuesday by the main trade group representing U.S. airlines. Airlines for America predicts that about 43.3 million travelers will fly on U.S. carriers over the three-week holiday period, a 1 percent decline […]