Unemployment applications drop slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, a sign the job market isn’t getting much better. Applications ticked down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 404,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average declined for the third straight week to 408,000. That’s the lowest average in […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Gunman kills 8 at beauty salon

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Every hair-dressing station was full at Salon Meritage Wednesday when a gunman burst through the door and began shooting, sending terrified customers diving for cover in the upscale salon tucked just blocks from the beach in this quaint seaside town. The shooter then stepped outside, shot a man sitting in […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Train vs. car crash leads to DUI arrest, but no injuries

Wednesday proved no good for a 29-year-old Sacramento woman, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a train slammed into her abandoned car. The collision occurred at 7:50 p.m. on County Road 32A near County Road 105A east of Davis, where Alexius Russell had been traveling westbound in her 2005 Honda Civic. “Due […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Topete penalty phase: ‘A tale of two men’

The same jury that convicted Marco Topete must decide whether he should receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Topete was found guilty last week of first-degree murder with four special circumstances in connection with the death of Jose “Tony” Diaz on June 15, 2008.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig launched the prosecution’s case with a comparison of Topete and Diaz — men who were close in age but whose lives took dramatically different paths.

“This really is a tale of two men,” Reisig told the jury during his opening statement.

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

In Davis, you’ll find folks on all sides

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION … wow, where but in Davis would we find organized opposition to the organized opposition? … first we had the City Council steamrolling to a dramatic increase in our water rates and declining a motion to allow the citizens of Davis to vote on the plan … next, predictably, we had a […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Gibson House seeks crafters for gala

The Gibson House Museum is looking for crafters and decorators for the fifth Gibson House Christmas Gala (formerly the Festival of Trees) on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the historic Gable Mansion. At the gala, holiday decorations made by local artisans are auctioned during an evening of music, food and fun. The Simas Family Vineyard will be […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Judge denies bids for new trial, charge dismissal in hit-and-run case

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a Dixon woman’s bid for a new trial on charges stemming from a hit-and-run collision west of Davis. Noelle Marie Warren, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7 for her role in the Aug. 27, 2007, crash that seriously injured Davis motorcyclist Jonathan Pinkerton. […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Halloween costume rentals benefit UCD theater, dance department

Need a Halloween costume? Look no further than the UC Davis department of theater and dance’s Enchanted Cellar. UCD students, faculty, staff and community members may choose from dozens of detailed and whimsical costumes inspired by history, popular culture, fantasy and more. New offerings this year include Superman, Catwoman, Spectra from Watchmen, Captain America, Raggedy […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Chávez’s values live on

Join in What: Grand opening of César Chávez Plaza, unveiling of Susan Shelton’s mural and dedication of the Helen M. Thomson Community Room When: Noon Saturday Where: 1220 Olive Drive The basic rights of life according to César Chávez, the late farm labor leader — agriculture, health, shelter and work — are the key features […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Housing & Growth | Tagged ,

They need a home

Paula is a friendly, 1-year-old spayed female, purebred Rottweiler who is intelligent, loves people, plays well with other dogs and would make a great family dog. Frankie is a 7-month-old neutered male Labrador/Weimaraner who loves water, kids and other dogs. They are two of nearly 50 dogs and cats available for adoption through Rotts of Friends Animal […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Solar co-op celebrates housewarming

All are invited to a housewarming party from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the completion of the Solar Community Housing Association’s project at 233/239 J St. The new low-income housing cooperative was built by saving two old Davis historic houses, retrofitting them using green building practices, and bringing together community volunteer support. The […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Housing & Growth | Tagged ,

Do I need a flu shot?

I was having coffee at the hospital a few weeks ago and overheard colleagues at the next table talking about the influenza vaccination that is mandatory for all health care workers. “I have never been sick a day in my life,” one said. “I don’t see why I need it.” His friend chimed in, “the […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Lewis brings his caring full circle

The Rev. Ernest L. Lewis was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church at a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin in Davis. Lewis is a professor emeritus of clinical urology and associate dean emeritus of medical education at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Lewis has been active […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘First 30 Days’ author on radio show

Ariane de Bonvoisin, “chief change optimist,” founder of First30Days.com and author of “The First 30 Days,” will be the guest on “How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show. The show, hosted by Koren Motekaitis, airs from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday on KDRT, 95.7 FM. “We will discuss defining spirituality, living consciously, self-inquiry, […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,