Red Cross honors community heroes

WOODLAND — California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Tatum had just merged onto Interstate 80 in West Sacramento when a typical shift took a decidedly dramatic turn. It was 9:30 a.m. on April 14, 2014, and westbound traffic near the Reed Avenue onramp was unusually backed up that Monday morning. “There must be a wreck up […]

Knights Landing Clinic celebrates third year serving the rural community

Amid streamers, balloons, and tables full of tortilla chips, the Knights Landing One Health clinic celebrated its third year in the rural Yolo County community. Presentations that weaved back and forth from English to Spanish celebrated the UC Davis students who run the clinic: five co-directors from the medical school, three from the veterinary program […]

Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities […]

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

By Peter Leonard The Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. […]

Abe ‘speechless’ after video claims IS hostage dead

By Yuri Kageyama The Associated Press TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister said Sunday he was “speechless” after an online video purported to show one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and demanded the release of the other. Shinzo Abe said on NHK TV that the video was likely […]

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

By Ray Henry and Kathleen Foody The Associated Press ATLANTA — A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics fear could allow businesses to discriminate […]

Abortion opponents express renewed hope at California rally

By Lisa Leff The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress. Thousands […]

Four days of unusual, adventuresome music

A four-day festival titled “Music and Words” will be held at the Mondavi Center from Wednesday through Saturday, featuring an adventuresome mix of performances by notable visiting artists and UC Davis faculty and ensembles. The festival — which includes several free events — is based on an intriguing question: “When does a sound become meaningful: is there […]

Yolo animal shelter seeking rawhide donations

Its supply depleted, the Yolo County Animal Services shelter is seeking donations of chew sticks for its canine population. “Our stash of long-lasting chewies is empty, which means our dogs don’t have any distractions from the boredom,” staff posted on the Woodland shelter’s Facebook page Friday. “Rawhides, bully sticks, and others keep our pups sane […]

Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?

According to the California League of Cities, Yolo County would need $27 million to repair and replace all the bridges in its queue. But like the rest of California, there just isn’t enough money to attend to all the repairs at once.

“There’s always prettier or sexier projects than replacing a bridge,” said Panos Kokkas, the public works director for the county.

Caltrans is mandated to inspect bridges all around California every two years, to see if the bridges can withstand natural events like floods and earthquakes, and hold the weight of everyday commuters.

Fake schools draw federal scrutiny

By Sudhin Thanawala SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master’s degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San […]

Music and Words Festival events

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.: Nelson Gallery, Della Davidson Dance Studio and Courtyard (all in Nelson Hall). David Coll’s new work, “Construction,” is a two-part project that addresses the combination of music and installation art. Through fusion, gyration, alternation, dissolution, “Construction” is a two-hour event that will open the “Music and Words” festival. Free, non-ticketed Thursday, Jan. […]

Thorp receives UCD’s Distinguished Emeritus Award

World-renowned native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology, is the recipient of UCD’s 2015 Distinguished Emeritus Award for his outstanding scholarly work and service accomplished since his retirement in 1994. He will be honored in February at a chancellor’s luncheon where he will receive a plaque and a cash award. […]

UCD Student Health Center docs will strike Tuesday

Doctors at the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services — along with physicians from the nine other University of California student health centers — are planning to strike on Tuesday. A news release from the Union of American Physicians and Dentists stated that “this will mark the first time in 25 years that fully licensed […]