Courthouse parking site purchase gets state approval

Planning for a new Yolo County Courthouse reached another milestone Friday with the State Public Works Board’s approval of a land purchase for off-site parking, court officials announced Monday. The land purchased from Union Pacific Railroad will be used to construct an estimated 226 parking spaces southeast of the courthouse, which is slated for the […]

UC inks deal with clerical workers

The University of California on Monday announced a new five-year agreement with clerical workers. The pact with the Coalition of University Employees calls for a 3 percent wage increase for 2011-12, retroactive to July, 3 percent annual raises for the next three years and then a 2 percent raise in 2015-16. The average salary for […]

Fibromyalgia support group will meet

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the conference room of the VacaValley Hospital, at 1000 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville. All who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or have a member of their family or a friend with fibromyalgia are welcome at these meetings. There is no […]

SoCal storm leaves behind heavy rain, 1 death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A winter storm is heading out of Southern California after dumping an inch or more of rain in some areas and contributing to at least one traffic death. The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will linger through part of Tuesday. The mountains in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego […]

New data narrows hunt for elusive particle

GENEVA (AP) — Scientists hunting for an elusive subatomic particle say they’ve found “intriguing hints” that it exists, narrowing down the search for what is believed to be a basic building block of the universe. The Higgs boson — popularly referred to as the “God particle” — is more likely to be found in the […]

Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more on autos, furniture and clothing at the start of the crucial holiday shopping season, boosting retail sales for a sixth straight month. Retail sales rose 0.2 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That’s lower than October’s gain, which was revised higher to show a 0.6 percent increase. […]

Two dead after Belgian grenade attack

LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — Belgian media are reporting that 64 people have been injured, and two killed, in a hand grenade and gunfire attack in the eastern city of Liege. The attack took place at midday Tuesday near a courthouse in a busy central square. The scene in the city center is chaotic, and news […]

Protesters halt operations at some Western ports

OAKLAND (AP) — Heady with their successful attempts to block trucks and curb business at busy ports up and down the West Coast, some Occupy Wall Street protesters plan to continue their blockades and keep staging similar protests despite requests to stop because they’re hurting wage earners. Thousands of demonstrators forced shipping terminals in Oakland, […]

The buzz here is wrong on water issue

COUNCIL HAMMERED BY OUT-OF-TOWN PRESS … they say if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes fact … and while I’m not suggesting that the Major Metropolitan Daily east of the Causeway intentionally fabricated anything, The Bee did fall for the city’s long-ago discredited “14 percent” rate hike figure in an editorial blasting our […]

Residents have concerns about doggie day care in their neighborhood

Neighbors of the proposed site for a doggie day care at 212 I St. in downtown Davis say their concerns about the business have not yet been resolved. On Saturday, about a half-dozen residents showed up at a meeting hosted by John Buck, CEO of Turning Point Community Programs, a mental health support organization. The […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the 
Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Whiskers (No. 101243), a 3-month-old neutered male black-and-white domestic medium-haired kitten. Also hoping for a good home is Willy (No. 100764), a 5-year-old neutered male cream-and-tan-colored, long-haired Chihuahua mix dog. […]

Supreme Court to rule on Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer says she’s confident the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Arizona’s favor by allowing the state to fully implement its controversial law targeting illegal immigration. The high court on Monday agreed to consider the state’s appeal challenging a trial judge’s order blocking implementing some provisions of the 2010 law known […]

War nearly over, Obama says Iraq won’t stand alone

WASHINGTON — Eager to put the long and divisive Iraq war to rest, President Barack Obama declared Monday “those days are over” with the last American troops heading home, but he pledged the U.S. would remain committed to the fledgling government they leave behind. He and Iraq’s leader somberly saluted America’s war dead at Arlington […]

In their memory

From left, Andreas Albrecht and his wife Melissa Lyans light a candle for their son Will and Sally Sweat lights another for her daughter Lara on Sunday evening as part of a worldwide 24-hour virtual circle of light in memory of children who have died. The annual event was organized by the Yolo Compassionate Friends and […]