U.S. adults fare poorly in a study of skills

By Richard Pérez-Peña American adults lag well behind their counterparts in most other developed countries in the mathematical and technical skills needed for a modern workplace, according to a study released Tuesday. The study, perhaps the most detailed of its kind, shows that the well-documented pattern of several other countries surging past the United States […]

Two physicists win Nobel for particle mass

STOCKHOLM (AP) — François Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their theory on how the most basic building blocks of the universe acquire mass, eventually forming the world we know today. Their concept was confirmed last year by the discovery of the so-called […]

Bob Dunning: How they’ll play while I’m away

The things that happen when you take a couple of weeks off: TOUGH TIMES ALL AROUND … you know, I leave this post for a few days and all hell breaks loose … first, Davis doesn’t make the list of 10 Most Livable College Towns, then the Sacramento Kings get ranked as the “worst” big-time […]

Hay truck fire sparks crash, arrest

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of a hay fire on a big rig that occurred Sunday night in Woodland, an incident that also led to a crash and a drunken driving arrest. Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said the chain of events began at about 9:15 p.m., when the driver of the […]

Tips on troubleshooting a bad Internet connection

By Vince Hiriuchi If your Internet service is down or slow, don’t automatically assume that the provider’s service is down or bad. Q. My Comcast connection seems awfully slow. How can I determine if my Internet service or equipment is to blame or if my router is at fault? My old router was designed for […]

Retailers use ‘loyalty’ programs to track consumer habits

By Tyrel Linkhorn Let’s say you start your day off at a coffee shop, swiping your loyalty card to get a cappuccino. Over lunch, you log into Facebook and like a page for your favorite brand of skin-care products. Later, on your way home from work, you stop at the grocery store to pick up […]

‘The city I sing of is Davis’

A new piece of public art was unveiled Sunday evening in Central Park, paying tribute to “The Davis Song” written in 1987 by local artist Heidi Bekebrede. The ceramic-tile mural illustrates the lyrics of the song, which was declared Davis’ official tune by then-Mayor Don Saylor in September 2010. It measures 22 feet long by 5 feet tall and covers one of the walls of the new restroom building in the park.

The mural also features a large, smiling sun at its center, the names and mascots of all the schools in town and even a QR (quick response) reader code that people can scan with their phones to hear the song or learn about its history.

Catch more Twitter followers with honey, not snark

By Katie Humphrey On the Internet, snark reigns supreme — or so it seems. Just ask Ben Affleck. After the recent announcement that he would be the next Batman, Twitter erupted in a roar of criticism, one wisecrack piled on top of the other. On social media, everyone wants to be the most clever. Twitter, […]

Tech industry comes under microscope for treatment of women

By Nellie Bowles The women at San Francisco’s recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference for startups had every right to be angry. The “boys will be boys” mantra was regularly invoked as presentations by male counterparts were crude, sexist and offensive. In Silicon Valley, women earn 49 cents for every $1 a man earns, according to Catherine […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Scruffykins (No. 119125), a 1-year-old neutered male border terrier mix with a tan coat. Also hoping for a good home is Walter (No. 118523), a 3-month-old neutered male domestic short-haired […]

Top 10 job search mistakes, and how to avoid them

By Marvin Walberg Ford R. Myers, career coach and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,” offers the top 10 job search mistakes that many people make, and explains how to avoid them: 1. Relying on online job postings. Some of the best chances for jobs from ads are in […]

UC professor awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for illuminating how tiny bubbles inside cells shuttle key substances around like a vast and highly efficient fleet of vans, delivering the right cargo to the right place at the right time. Scientists believe the research could someday lead […]

Uncovering traumatic brain injury in the NFL

Learn more What: “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” a PBS “Frontline” documentary featuring Bennet Omalu, a UC Davis associate clinical professor of pathology When: 9-11 p.m. Tuesday Where: KVIE, Channel 6 Bennet Omalu began investigating brain tissue changes in athletes when he was working as a young pathologist in the Allegheny County coroner’s office […]