Join the Dog N Jog on Oct. 15

Join the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at its annual Dog N Jog event, which features 10K, 5K and 1.5-mile runs events Saturday, Oct. 15, through the UCD Arboretum. Participants are invited to bring their four-legged canine companions on all three races. The School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Public Health Organization is also hosting […]

October 06, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holy Land documentaries continue

“Tragedy in the Holy Land — Other Ways to Peace with Justice?” is the theme of a series of documentaries to be shown in Davis during October. Each show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $10.50 general, $8 for senior citizens and students. The remaining […]

October 06, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Early fall storm brings rain to California

SACRAMENTO (AP) — An early fall storm snarled California roadways early Wednesday and threatened gusty winds and heavy snow in the mountains. Showers hit Southern California, causing scattered fender-benders on roads during the morning commute. No other problems were reported but the Los Angeles Fire Department had sandbags available for anyone concerned about flooding. The […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his U.S. research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough. While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City Council steps back on parking garage

Parking is a precious resource in downtown Davis, especially as populations grow and merchants strive to attract more customers, both local and from out of town. One possible solution is a five-story parking garage at Third, Fourth, E and F streets. The Davis Downtown Business Association supports the project. But the City Council at its meeting […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

I’m just proud to be in Hall of Famers’ midst

Come Saturday night, I’ll be joining several hundred other well-groomed and nicely dressed folks in Freeborn Hall for the fourth annual Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame banquet. Given the credentials of the six honorees for the evening, I’ll be surprised if they let me in the door, no less actually serve me dinner. […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Wolk announces re-election bid

State Sen. Lois Wolk on Tuesday declared her candidacy to represent territory that redistricting solidified as a Democrat stronghold. Wolk, D-Davis, launched a campaign for re-election, this time to represent the newly minted District 3. The primary election for the seat is next June while the general election is the following November. The Central Valley […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Jury convicts Topete of murder, special circumstances

A Yolo County jury took less than a day to decide that Marco Antonio Topete committed first-degree murder when he fatally shot Sheriff’s Deputy Jose “Tony” Diaz on a darkened county road on Father’s Day 2008.

Jurors also ruled that Topete, 39, shot the peace officer as an active gang participant, to avoid arrest and while lying in wait — all special circumstances that qualify him for either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Jurors rejected the defense theory that Topete suffered an “emotional explosion” on the night of the shooting in a “perfect storm” of mental disorders, severe stress and intoxication.

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Textbook solution

Sindhu Gollamudi, a senior neurobiology student at UC Davis, signs a petition Monday presented by a mascot for Textbook Rebellion, a national coalition lobbying for lower textbook prices. Gollamudi said she plans to attend graduate school, perhaps medical school, so she’s looking at several more years of textbook purchases. UCD was the last of 10 […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

School board to discuss homework policy, possible budget cuts

The Davis school board will review the results of a voluntary survey regarding the district’s homework policy on Thursday, and ponder a set of budget cuts it might have to implement if a parcel tax renewal fails. The district’s homework policy was approved, after much discussion, in June 2010. The policy identified standards regarding how […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Free pumpkins at Saturday farm tour in Capay

Farm Fresh to You, an organic produce home delivery service, invites community members to its farm in Capay in Yolo County on Saturday for a farm tour and Halloween pumpkin giveaway. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 23800 State Highway 16 in Capay. Visitors will be able to pick their own […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Space hacker will speak in Davis

The Linux Users’ Group of Davis will host a presentation Monday, Oct. 17, by Ariel Waldman, founder of Spacehack.org and the Science Hack Day SF. Her talk will be about what it means to hack space exploration and science, why it’s important, the motivations behind it, and what it means for the future of science. The event, which is […]

October 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

How green ($) is your yard?

What: Cool Davis Festival When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Info: www.cooldavis.org By Gus Yates With water rates going up, you might be wondering how much your garden is costing you. Don’t worry; there are more alternatives to green than just brown. Experts on […]

October 06, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

City seeks vendors for bridal fair

The city of Davis Community Services Department is seeking vendors for its 2012 Bridal Show. The cost of renting a vendor booth is $60 for a 6-by-6-foot booth, or $120 for a 6-by-12-foot booth. Vendors are required to bring their own decorations, signs and any additional equipment they will need for their booth. The Bridal […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,