‘Art Couture Party’ celebrates Bastille Day

Francophiles, unite! A Bastille Day-inspired “Art Couture Party” is planned at The Wardrobe, 206 E St. in downtown Davis, from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 15. Owner Heather Caswell invites all fashionistas to dress up in French-inspired fashions. The evening will feature French hors d’oeuvres and desserts, dancing to the Sound of Fashion and […]

French language speakers will gather

Come fête la Bastille with the owners of Logos Books when La Table Française gathers for its monthly French conversation circle from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The French conversation circle meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the bookstore, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis. To find out more about the discussion […]

Police investigate copper wire thefts

Davis police reported this week the thefts of more than 2,000 feet of copper wire from two local bike paths last month. About 1,500 feet of wire, valued at $510, was taken from the Mace Ranch bike path. The Putah Creek bike path in South Davis had about 500 feet, worth $200, ripped from the […]

Learn chess strategies at summer camp

A Davis summer chess camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Adobe at Evergreen Clubhouse, 1500 Shasta Drive in Davis. The program includes an introduction, rules, explanation of openings, “Tactics 101,” endgame strategy, game analysis, top 10 tips and a question-and-answer session. There will be activities such as Bughouse, […]

Hundreds of state workers earn six figures

By Marisa Lagos SACRAMENTO — As California’s elected leaders took drastic steps to cut spending last year, the state was paying hundreds of its workers six-figure earnings that far exceeded base salaries, according to newly released compensation data for public employees. The data, compiled by state Controller John Chiang, show that more than 500 state employees made more than […]

CSU chancellor to seek 12% tuition increase

By Nanette Asimov SAN FRANCISCO — California State University Chancellor Charles Reed will ask trustees next week to raise tuition by 12 percent, or $588 a year, to help offset a cut in state funding of at least $650 million. The new prices would take effect immediately for the fall semester, the university reported. Tuition is already set to […]

Garage sale will benefit YCCC

Yolo Community Care Continuum will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 3208 Curlew Street in Northstar. Proceeds from the garage sale will benefit YCCC’s Farm to Mouth project, which was initiated to develop the agency’s 10-acre property into a working farm. This project will create a business enterprise that […]

Chavez’s health a concern to Cuban economy, too

HAVANA — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s battle with cancer has high stakes not only for his country but for Cuba, which relies on its South American ally for billions of dollars in preferential trade. If Chavez had to leave power, some Cubans even fear a possible return of conditions they endured during the 1990s when […]

Man killed by grizzly in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A killer grizzly is roaming Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry after mauling a man who apparently surprised the female bear and its cubs while hiking with his wife, in the park’s first fatal grizzly attack in 25 years. Officials closed remote campgrounds and trails near the scene of Wednesday’s attack close […]

Casey Anthony to be freed in late July or early August

ORLANDO, Fla. — A judge sentenced Casey Anthony on Thursday to four years for lying to investigators but says she can go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior. While acquitted of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, Anthony was […]

Lawmakers visit White House for budget talks

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is pressing Democrats to support a higher deficit reduction proposal that could win Republican support for new tax revenue while reducing costs for major benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security as the price to reach a deal on raising the government’s debt limit. Congressional leaders from both parties […]

Testimony begins in Davis sexual assault case

WOODLAND — A former employee of Davis’ Cafe Mediterranee took the witness stand Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court, where she described an alleged sexual assault that led to the cafe owner’s arrest. Ashot Manukyan, 58, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, penetration with a foreign object, false […]

Use more water, pay more — and how

SHED A LITTLE TIER … we’ve heard that the city plans to “triple our water rates” enough times that it’s accepted as fact … except that it’s not a fact at all … right off the bat let’s just say that when base rates go from $11.50 a month to $38.30, that’s more like three […]

Livestrong Challenge brings bike ride, Armstrong to Davis

Less than a week after the Criterium bike races zipped through downtown, an estimated 1,400 bicyclists will descend on Davis this weekend to participate in the city’s first Livestrong Challenge fundraiser. In conjunction with the bike ride, festivities are planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Central Park. The free-admission Livestrong Challenge Village […]