Down on the farm, investors see big potential

By Bernard Condon Braden Janowski has never planted seeds or brought in a harvest. He doesn’t even own overalls. Yet when 430 acres of Michigan cornfields was auctioned last summer, it was Janowski, a brash, 33-year-old software executive, who made the winning bid. It was so high — $4 million, 25 percent above the next-highest […]

Borders seeks approval to liquidate, close stores

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start shuttering its 399 remaining stores — including one in downtown Davis — as early as Friday. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept, is seeking court approval to sell off […]

MIND Institute names new director

Leonard Abbeduto, an expert on the development and use of language by people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, has been named director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, effective Aug. 1. At University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, Abbeduto served as associate director of behavioral science, chairman of the department of educational psychology and director of the University […]

Have dog, will travel

Want to travel with your dog? First, consider the following. Does your dog enjoy riding in a vehicle? If so, for how long? Does your dog get along with other dogs or animals? Is your dog comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings? If you decide to take a dog trip this summer, you’ll need some essentials and […]

Happy Thursday features Gwyneth & Monko

Rominger West Winery will feature live music by Gwyneth & Monko during its “Happy Thursday” event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. “Happy Thursday” features special prices for wines by the glass. For more information, visit or call (530) 747-2044.

Brooks man killed in weekend DUI crash

Authorities say alcohol was to blame for a pair of weekend crashes, one of them killing a Brooks man, the other sending a Davis man to the hospital. The first crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on County Road 23 west of County Road 89 south of Madison, where 21-year-old Joel Lowell struck a […]

Sign up now for summer theater camp

A few spots remain in the Davis Art Center’s Youth Theater Camp, which will be offered Aug. 1-12 at the center, 1919 F St. Students will produce an adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Each participant is guaranteed a significant speaking part in this fast-paced play that features magic and mystery. The class runs from […]

Public meetings

The following is a list of public meetings of local governmental agencies for the week of July 18: Monday: The Davis Social Services Commission meeting has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19. Tuesday: Davis City Council/Redevelopment Agency board of directors, 6:30 p.m., Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Thursday: Davis […]

Syrian massacres are subject of talk Friday

International House, Davis, will host a presentation Friday evening on the current upheaval in Syria. Speakers Salem Ammar of Elk Grove and Mahmud Khtab will shed light on the massacres committed by the Syrian regime, and discuss ways to help the Syrian people. They will speak at 7 p.m. I-House is at 10 College Park. […]

As predators vanish, ecosystems face ‘top down’ changes

The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, an international team of scientists reports in the journal Science. The study, published Friday, reviewed research on a wide range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and concluded that “the loss of […]

UCD study: Protein may help treat cancer in people, dogs

A protein that appears to play a key role in the formation of lymphoma and other tumors by inhibiting a tumor-suppressing gene has been identified by a team of veterinary and human medicine researchers at UC Davis. The researchers suggest that the newly identified protein may be a potential target for diagnosing and treating lymphoma […]

Mondavi recruiting high school jazz musicians for performance next year

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, in conjunction with SFJAZZ, is recruiting young musicians for an eight-person ensemble composed of high school students called the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. The ensemble will prepare a performance at the Mondavi Center on March 29, opening for the SFJAZZ Collective. Applications must […]

Climate change’s effect on mussels may shake coastal life

Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems, UC Davis researchers reported Friday in the Journal of Experimental Biology. California mussels (Mytilus californianus) live in beds along the western coast of the United States from Alaska to California. […]

Babies’ vision has speed limits, research finds

Babies have far less ability to recognize rapidly changing images than adults, according to research from the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. The results show that while infants can perceive flicker or movement, they may not be able to identify the individual elements within a moving or changing scene as well as an […]