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DHS counselor Ochs taught self-confidence in his students

Details What: Davis High School Hall of Fame induction dinner for Doug Arnold, Rachel Moore, Paul Ochs, Marcy Place Sheehan and Wanda Winton When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 Where: ARC Ballroom, UC Davis Tickets: $65 per person, or a table of 10 may be reserved for a $1,000 sponsorship; in addition, locals are asked to thank a teacher […]

Fruits of their labor: Grape crush a learning experience

“Be wary of forklift traffic,” Chik Brenneman announced to the throng of reporters and photographers at UC Davis on Thursday morning.

The crowd assembled at UCD’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science came to see viticulture and enology students crush chardonnay grapes. Brenneman, winemaker and winery manager at UCD, explained that the grapes are ready a couple of weeks sooner than usual because of weather conditions.

When asked if it was a “big deal” that these grapes were ripe ahead of schedule …

IRS scam calls on the rise

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig is warning residents to be wary of fraudulent telephone calls from people posing as Internal Revenue Service representatives. In the current scheme, the callers claim that an arrest warrant has been issued by the IRS for unpaid or delinquent taxes, and that unless a fine is paid immediately, the […]

School district welcomes bumper crop of new staff as school year begins

The Davis school district welcomed about 90 new teachers and staff — the largest group of new hires in many years, perhaps the most ever — at a gathering Friday morning at the district’s administrative office. The sun was shining, the district’s central kitchen had provided a breakfast buffet and the superintendent and the school board […]

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to Gaza. The violence signaled that a speedy resumption of truce talks is unlikely, despite […]

A fabulous feast

Jessica Friedman, standing at right, talks with guests including Lisa Camacho, left, and Kim O’Bryan, right, at the 2014 Village Feast on Saturday. All are with the Woodland Joint Unified School District. The 10th annual feast, a long, leisurely meal served under the sycamore trees in Davis’ Central Park, raises funds for Davis Farm to […]

Marsh trial starts Monday; sanctions request denied

Come Monday morning, potential jurors will file into the Yolo County Courthouse in Woodland for jury selection in the Daniel William Marsh double-homicide case. The 17-year-old from Davis is being tried as an adult in connection with the April 14, 2013, fatal stabbings of local attorney and musician Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and his wife […]

Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano burst forth with a small eruption Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, scientists said, prompting the country to close airspace over the area. Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the last week. Icelandic Meteorological Office vulcanologist Melissa […]

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting. Ahead of a much-anticipated meeting on Tuesday between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela […]

Kick it at city dance Friday

The city of Davis’ teen programs will host a Back-to-School Dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. The dance is open to all seventh- through ninth-graders. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at http://community-services.cityofdavis.org (click the register online link and search for […]

Meet Fire Department staff at ‘office hours’

The shared fire management team of the Davis and UC Davis fire departments kicks off its “community office hours” program from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Panera Bread, 609 Third St. in downtown Davis. “In today’s technological environment there is really little excuse not to take the office outside of the traditional structural walls and […]

Emergency scene

Davis police and firefighters respond to the scene of a two-car collision Friday morning at Fifth and E streets, which might be the first injury accident on the newly redesigned stretch of road. Fire officials said one person was injured in the 8:40 a.m. crash, the cause of which remains under investigation. Courtesy photo

Bob Dunning: When the bill keeps going up and up

It used to be if you wanted to save money on your water bill, you would cut back on your water usage and be richly rewarded when the next bill arrived. That age-old truism is now standing on its head with what the City of Davis gently refers to as a “Water Shortage Surcharge.” From […]

For the record

Thursday’s column on the Forum page, “The trouble with tenure,” was erroneously attributed to David Brooks of The New York Times. It was written by Brooks’ colleague at The Times, Frank Bruni. We regret the error.

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