Legislators support federal gun control

The California Legislature Thursday gave its final stamp of approval to Senate Joint Resolution 1, a measure urging Congress and the president to support comprehensive gun violence prevention policy at the federal level. “The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other recent mass shootings, as well as the daily carnage on streets and in […]

Second trial ordered in J Street death

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge Thursday ordered a second trial in a Davis homicide case. Already convicted of attempted murder, James Elron Mings will be retried on allegations that the crime was premeditated, a finding that would determine the length of his prison sentence. The jury in Mings’ first trial in May deadlocked […]

Bus driver convicted of rape

A former bus driver for Yolo Employment Services was convicted of rape and other charges last week following a trial in Yolo Superior Court, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Thomas Vukodinovich, 74, faces up to 27 years in state prison at his Sept. 20 sentencing hearing. A jury found Vukodinovich, a Woodland […]

Group urges further scrutiny of lab animal treatment

A San Rafael-based animal protection organization is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further investigate UC Davis’ treatment of animals undergoing lengthy procedures under general anesthesia. The complaint by In Defense of Animals is based on the results of a June 5 report based on a routine USDA inspection of records in the office […]

Davis women are back on the radio

They’re back! Judith Plank, former host of “A Broad Perspective,” and Gitane, “Dr. G” of “Heart to Heart,” return with “Through the Looking Glass” at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM. Beginning Sept. 5, Plank will offer a closer look at current affairs, local events, views and factors playing a part in our approach to daily […]

Play date planned at Waldorf School garden

Parents and caregivers with preschool-aged children are invited to a play date from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Davis Waldorf School’s garden, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis. The group will enjoy playtime outside, with a light snack and a craft for parents. Preschool teacher Trisha Lambert will be in attendance. “It will […]

Bacteria pair form link in nitrogen cycle

Two species of bacteria living on the ocean floor have teamed up in a unique symbiotic relationship to form a critical link in the Earth’s nitrogen cycle, reports a research team that includes two UC Davis microbiologists. The scientists, led by researchers affiliated with the University of Southern California, published their findings about the novel […]

Gene sequencing targets parasitic plants

An international research team, including a UC Davis plant scientist, is using the molecular magic of gene sequencing and transfer to break the stranglehold of witchweed and other parasitic plants that annually cause billions of dollars in crop losses around the world. Joining forces through the Parasitic Plant Genome Project, funded by the National Science […]

Health insurance is available to all Yolo County kids

There is no reason a child should be without health insurance in Yolo County. This is because organizations such as the Yolo County Children’s Alliance have specially trained staff to help local families find and enroll their children in a health plan that best fits the family’s financial situation. Available plans for income-qualifying families, including […]

Essay contest highlights U.S. Constitution

Local residents, from sixth-graders to adults, are asked to write essays on the topic of “How Does the U.S. Constitution Affect My Life?” as part of a contest this fall recognizing the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The contest is sponsored by We the People of Davis, a group of women interested […]

Lyon Real Estate hosts blood drive

Lyon Real Estate invites community members to join its employees in helping save lives by donating blood. Sacramento BloodSource’s mobile unit will be parked outside Lyon’s Davis office, 401 Second St., from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Appointments are necessary; call 530-758-0720. Donors are asked to provide the Lyon Real Estate donor number […]

‘Die Laughing with Cathy Speck': an ALS musical one-woman show

Laugh, cry, buy tickets and help raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as well as funds for the ALS Therapy Development Institute at the one-woman musical show “Die Laughing with Cathy Speck.” The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Trish and Kim Timothy’s, 37687 County Road 18 in rural […]

UPS plane crash rattles residents near airport

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Residents in a hilly neighborhood near Birmingham’s airport worried about the possibility of a plane crashing into their homes for years before a UPS cargo jet nearly did just that. The A300 jet headed from Louisville, Ky., to Birmingham, Ala., landed in a field near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport around daybreak Wednesday, […]

Bay Bridge opening date expected

OAKLAND (AP) — California transportation officials were expected to announce Thursday whether the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open on Labor Day as planned or be delayed for months as feared because of broken safety bolts. The announcement from the Toll Bridge Oversight Committee, a joint committee of the three […]