McConnell blocks Senate vote on payroll tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiations over a bill extending a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits can begin as soon the Senate rejects a version the House approved despite a White House veto threat, the Senate’s top Democrat said Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants his chamber to vote quickly on the House payroll […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Auditions set for Winters’ ‘Leading Ladies’

The Winters Theatre Company will hold auditions for Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11-12, at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Roles will be available for several adult women and men. The show will be presented on the weekends of […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Celebrate Christmas with music at Atria

Two nights of holiday music are planned next week at Atria Covell Gardens, a Davis retirement community. Community members are invited to both free concerts at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Local musicians Donna Wren on harp and violin and Ken Kemmerling on piano and guitar will perform holiday classics at 7 p.m. Friday, […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Euro under pressure as summit optimism fades

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The euro slid below $1.30 on Wednesday for the first time since the early days of 2011 and Italian borrowing rates rose ominously, as the optimism from a dramatic European summit last week fades with the realization that the continent’s underlying debt problems remain unsolved. Italy’s last bond auction of the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Lawmakers investigate campus pepper-spraying

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are investigating how colleges responded to non-violent protests that sprung from the Occupy movement, including the pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis. Top officials from the UC  and California State University systems will testify at a hearing in the state Capitol today. They include UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi, who came under […]

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Long live the Central Park bathrooms

THE OLDEST URINAL IN THE WEST … yes, we have yet another activist group with a clever acronym forming in town, this time by the name of S.O.B. (Save Our Bathrooms) … my friend Mary Lee at, who may or may not be a charter member, says she’s “worried that the issue of retaining/demolishing […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Supervisors vote in favor of radio tower, wind turbine

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for a 356-foot-tall radio tower to be built at the Yolo County Landfill northeast of Davis. The board originally voted in favor of the tower in September 2010 and the county Planning Commission approved a one-year extension of the use permit in […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Masked robbers hold up Dunnigan truck stop

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday afternoon at a Dunnigan truck stop. Sgt. Lance Faille said two masked men entered the United Petroleum Truck Stop, 29770 County Road 8, at about 3 p.m. Monday. One of them pointed a handgun at the clerk and ordered him to the […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

UC among losers as state revenue falls short

The University of California will shoulder $100 million of $981 million in automatic midyear budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday. The latest cuts were triggered by revenue falling $2.2 billion short of the sunny $88.5 billion the Legislature counted on when it enacted the 2011-12 budget. Effective Jan. 1, the cuts also will include: […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Economy | Tagged ,

Come to open gym over winter break

The Davis Police Department will host open gym at Davis High School’s South Gym, 315 W. 14th St., on Monday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 22. From 10 a.m. to noon, kids are invited to come for some rousing rounds of dodgeball. From noon to 3 p.m., the gym will be open for basketball. On Tuesday, […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Candy Cane Court celebrates Friday

Come to Candy Cane Court — aka Henri Court in Wildhorse — on Friday for a lively celebration. In its ninth year, the beautifully decorated neighborhood will welcome Santa from 6 to 8 p.m., and members of the Holmes Junior High Band and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh will be there to perform. Visitors are […]

December 15, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Don’t light tonight for Dec. 13 and 14

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has declared Don’t Light Tonight conditions in effect through midnight Wednesday, Dec. 14. Don’t Light Tonight is a voluntary wintertime air pollution reduction program. Wednesday’s particle matter pollution (PM 2.5) is forecast to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter or higher and burning wood is discouraged. On winter nights […]

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Culture at church

Adelita Serena, capitana of Dance Azteca, performs to the drumbeat with her group Monday afternoon at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. The pre-sunset performance was in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A Mass and reception followed.

December 14, 2011 | Posted in Dance | Tagged ,

Pianist plays Wednesday at Our House

Jason Whitcomb — who once owned Mousie’s, a nightclub and restaurant at 212 F St. — will play piano beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Our House Restaurant and Lounge, 808 Second St. in downtown Davis. Whitcomb played at Jilly’s in Palm Springs for several years, accompanying Frank Sinatra on his many performances there. Jilly […]

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