Hogwarts in Davis? Art Center presents Harry Potter camp

“Incendio!” “My potion is fire-resistant.” “Aguamenti!” Students pointed their wands, shouted spells and clutched their jars of potion protectively, getting a small taste of Hogwarts at the Harry Potter Wizard Camp at the Davis Art Center last week. Taught by art teachers and “Professors” Diana Taylor, Jill Bowlus and Margaret Kelly, the popular camp ended […]

Libyan rebels set sights on Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan rebels said they launched their first attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO late Saturday, and Associated Press reporters heard unusually heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital. The fighting erupted just hours after opposition fighters captured the key city of Zawiya nearby. Gunbattles and mortar rounds were heard clearly […]

Friday’s coming; get your entries in

In racing this is known as the homestretch. In football, the two-minute warning. Crunch time. Gut check. To journalists, a pressing, drop-dead deadline. Yes, entries to the much heralded, much imitated and much anticipated Contest to Replace the Above-Pictured Columnist are due Friday. This Friday. Anytime before midnight Pacific Daylight Time. The Large Judging Body will […]

Iran sentences American hikers to eight years in jail

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two American men arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges that include espionage, state TV reported Saturday, a sharp blow to hopes their release was imminent. The announcement seemed to send a hard-line message from Iran’s […]

Fire destroys condo’s roof in North Davis

The cause of a blaze that partially destroyed a condominium at 2444 Sycamore Lane remained under investigation Saturday night. According to Dave Stiles, acting battalion chief, at about 11:35 a.m. Saturday, the Davis Fire Department received a 911 call reporting the fire in unit No. 5, just north of the Marketplace shopping center. Flames burned […]

Cat’s meow: Local trapper helps control feral colonies

John R. has trapped 1,330 feral cats, then released them back to the great outdoors after getting them spayed or neutered.

He started the gig in January 2009 and has been so successful at it, he asked that his last name not be published. He said he learned the hard way that without some anonymity, people will track him down and leave boxes of kittens at his doorstep.

John, a big guy with wire-rim glasses, black sneakers and a fanny pack, is not your average cat lady.

In fact, he and his wife …

Davis district welcomes new teachers

Some are newly credentialed, and teaching for the first time. Others are returning to the classroom after raising children. Some are new to town, others have been living in Davis for a while. But each and every one of the new teachers that are joining the Davis school district in time for the first day […]

DDBA lunch discussion set on parking structure plans

The Davis Downtown Business Association will host a brown-bag lunch discussion Wednesday on the proposed retail and parking structure project on the city-owned surface parking lot bounded by Third, Fourth, E and F streets. The informal lunchtime forum, presented by the DDBA’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the […]

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes possible in South Sacramento

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor the Wilton and Elk Grove areas of South Sacramento, and is considering aerial spraying in those areas, the agency announced Friday. The district also reported 34 new mosquito samples and four dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Sacramento County. That […]

Writing workshop on Sunday

The Davis Cemetery District will host a free writing workshop on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Gallery 1855 in the office of the Davis Cemetery District.

Davis Art Center exhibits images of grief

Immediately following the events of 9/11, “missing persons” signs covered New York City — later becoming shrines to the victims of the horrific events. According to local artist and Davis Art Center patron and teacher Marcia Ruth, these shrines — though temporary — continue to act as the emblematic artwork associated with the tragedy, living […]

Second trial sought in Davis hit-and-run case

Yolo County prosecutors want to re-try a Dixon man accused of aiding his daughter following a 2007 hit-and-run collision that injured two Davis motorcyclists. A jury voted 10-2 earlier this month to acquit 52-year-old Lorin Warren on a charge of being an accessory to a felony. But Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish has said a […]

DUI checkpoint, patrols planned tonight in Yolo County

California Highway Patrol officers will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint somewhere within the unincorporated area of Yolo County tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. Officer Cindy Leal said the purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and apprehend intoxicated and unlicensed drivers. The checkpoint coincides with DUI saturation patrols planned for the city […]