‘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 […]

Scale model aircraft will compete at national championships

Radio-controlled scale model aircraft replicas of full-sized aircraft from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam war and modern planes can be seen in action this weekend at the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers Club field. The event, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, features more than 60 pilots and model builders who have qualified […]

UC Davis College of Agriculture honors seven at its annual celebration

Seven people will be honored Friday at UC Davis with an “Award of Distinction” during the 25th annual College Celebration for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The honorees include faculty, staff, alumni, administrators and a friend of UCD’s founding college. The awards are presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the […]

Journalism prof kicks off ‘Conversations With Writers’

Sam Freedman, an author, journalist and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will be the first speaker in the 2013-14 “Conversations With Writers” series presented by the UC Davis University Writing Program. Freedman will speak about his new book, “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game […]

Scholar links obscure conflict with start of WWII

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s 2013 Kangas Lecture will focus on a critical early battle that shaped the course of World War II. Stuart D. Goldman, a scholar-in-residence at the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, will discuss his book, “Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army’s Victory That Shaped World War II,” at 2 […]

Celebrate ‘Oaktober’ at the Arboretum

It’s acorn time in the oak grove at the UC Davis Arboretum. Guests are invited to explore the Shields Oak Grove to see signs of how these massive trees prepare for winter. A free guided tour is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday. Parking is free along Garrod Drive near the gazebo or in nearby Visitor […]

Learn the ins and outs of contracting

Staff members from the California Contractors State License Board will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, on how to avoid contractor scams. “Learn how to select a licensed and qualified contractor, check a contractor license, negotiate a clear contract, prevent disputes and […]

Tuleyome expands its outdoors program

Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventures program is offering hikes and outings for all ages and fitness levels. The hikes are free to the public, but donations are accepted with gratitude. The national award-winning Home Place Adventures program provides children, teens and their families with fun and educational outdoor experiences. The program is made possible by the […]