Ruling due on release of gay marriage trial videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will announce if it will unseal video recordings of the landmark trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban, but it’s not ready to rule on whether a lower court judge properly struck down the voter-approved ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Snow paralyzes northern Japan; 3 die in avalanche

TOKYO (AP) — An avalanche has killed three bathers at a hot spring in northern Japan, where heavy snow also has paralyzed traffic and forced schools to close. The deadly avalanche hit Thursday in Akita. Officials say snowstorms have battered coastal cities along the Sea of Japan and large parts of northern Japan since late […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rodent predicts 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. But, at this rate, that might not be so bad. The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

The Dunning family is living on the cheap

Please, all bow your heads and pray for our humble family as we attempt to do the impossible: make it through the entire month of February without spending a penny. Or a dollar. Or anything in between. The Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams came up with this idea after hearing about it from another family […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Students ask UC: Why armed cops on campus?

By Nanette Asimov BERKELEY — Why in the world does the University of California employ an armed police force on its campuses? That question, and the anger implied in its wording, was asked repeatedly Wednesday night by UC Berkeley students and faculty of top UC brass. Berkeley was a whistlestop on their tour of campuses before they prepare UC’s […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

UC Davis celebrates seven distinguished alumni and friends

Bruce Edwards, retired president of the March Development Co., will be honored Saturday evening with the Jerry W. Fielder Memorial Award by the Cal Aggie Alumni Association. The Fielder award is the highest honor bestowed by the alumni association and honors a UC Davis graduate who has provided extraordinary service to CAAA, the UC Davis […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Almost 10K raised to fund water referendum petition

The Committee to Confirm Davis Voters Rights, led by Davis resident Michael Harrington, received $9,248 in contributions for the referendum petition that forced the Davis City Council to overturn the higher water rates it passed on Sept. 6. The group spent about $7,000 on its efforts to gather the 3,705 valid signatures that were needed to […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Wolk leads the way in money raised for June City Council campaign

Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk has begun amassing a substantial campaign war chest, leading the field of confirmed candidates in the June council campaign, according to finance statements filed this week. Wolk, 34, who was appointed to the council a year ago and is facing his first election, already has collected $13,319. A Stanford graduate […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Yolo judicial candidates disclose early fundraising efforts

Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire raised about five times as much money as his challenger, Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish, during the first few months of the judicial campaign, according to documents filed this week with the Yolo County Elections Office. During the six-month reporting period of July 1 to Dec. 31, Maguire collected […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Aggie ReStore is about more than just bargains

In the new Aggie ReStore, cast-off jeans and dresses intermingle with DIY crafts made out of items diverted from the landfill — worlds apart from the grunge and grime that the word “trash” usually conjures up.

Each item was donated to the store, which opened last month in the Memorial Union at UC Davis.

It’s all part of a concept that began a year ago in one of UCD design professor Ann Savageau’s classes. Savageau often salvaged “post-consumer” material for use in her sustainable design class, but the amount of consumer waste far outstripped her classes’ demand for material to “repurpose” …

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Statistics show we’re using sun’s energy

How are we doing? Environment California recently released a report on the state of photovoltaic solar energy systems in California cities. The report included some surprises and some points of local interest. They looked at “distributed solar” systems installed on rooftops of homes and businesses by owners or third-party financing companies; utility scale solar systems […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Hot jazz, cool evening at the Coconut Grove

For one magical evening in March, the Davis High School Band Boosters will recreate the ambiance of the legendary Coconut Grove jazz club, where patrons can relax and enjoy dinner and a full evening of jazz entertainment. “An Evening at the Coconut Grove” is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Emerson Junior High […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Judicial candidate hosts campaign kickoff party tonight

Clinton Parish, a candidate for Yolo Superior Court judge, will hold a campaign kickoff party tonight in Woodland. The party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 2070 Freeway Dr., just east of County Road 102. Parish, 40, is challenging Dept. 15 Judge Dan Maguire, who was appointed to his […]

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Give the gadwall his due at Wildlife Area tour

Amid the endless sounds and striking colors of dabbling ducks in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area are the quieter, less noticeable but subtly interesting gadwalls. Join Yolo Basin Foundation docents on a free public tour from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11, as they look for variation in color, size and shape of wintering […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,