Man dies of gunshot wound after taking police on I-80 pursuit

By Danny Bernardini VACAVILLE — A man died Friday after being shot by a Vacaville police officer on the side of the freeway, then leading officers on a pursuit and slamming into another vehicle. Lonnie J. Taylor, 21, of Sacramento, died of his injuries after being taken to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, the California […]

Tuleyome Tales: Early civilization at Clear Lake

By John Parker It is a calm, cold fall morning. The sounds of a barking dog and the voices of children echo across the lake. From somewhere, the low-pitched drumming of a stone pestle pounding soft nuts can be heard. Wisps of smoke are seen rising from dome-shaped houses that cover the south end of […]

DHS Class of 2003 gathers for reunion

Davis High School’s Class of 2003 will host its 10-year reunion on Saturday, July 6, starting at 5 p.m. under the Community Park solar panels. The event will feature dinner catered by Dos Coyotes along with beverages, games and good times. A $20 donation is requested from all attendees; any profits will be donated to […]

Work will start soon on First Street

As part of the First Street improvement project approved by the Davis City Council, construction crews will begin work on First Street, between A and G streets, starting in July. This project is planned to coincide with UC Davis’ summer break, and is expected to last into the fall. The project provides improvements to the […]

Prostate cancer survivors discuss their experiences

Men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer will gather on Monday, July 8, to describe their treatment choices, the decisions they made and their resultant experiences. The discussion will be hosted by the Yolo Prostate Cancer Support Group, which includes more than 70 prostate cancer survivors, some of whom were diagnosed as long as 20 […]

Kids learn about the birds and bees, and more

It’s not just about the birds and the bees — the BioBoot Camp at UC Davis focuses on biological science and research. Sixteen junior high school students spent the week of June 17-21 absorbing all things science at UCD. Ranging in age from 12 to 14, they came from the greater Sacramento area and as […]

Gibson House open for tours next week

The historic Gibson House, 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday, July 7. Docents will guide visitors through the museum, which depicts life as it was in the mid-1800s. Admission is $5 general, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. […]

Use common sense to deal with the heat

As the extreme heat wave is forecast to continue through Friday, Yolo County officials are reminding all county residents to take measures to protect themselves. Those especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures include senior citizens, children younger than 4, people who work outdoors and people who are overweight, ill or on medications that affect their ability […]

Poison from illegal marijuana crops threatens wildlife

Rat poison used on illegal marijuana grows is killing fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada, according to a recent study conducted by a team of scientists from UC Davis, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, UC Berkeley and the Integral Ecology Research Center in Humboldt County. A study published last summer by a […]

Gene discovery may halt wheat epidemic

A team of researchers from UC Davis and Kansas State University has identified a gene that enables resistance to a new race, or strain, of stem rust, a disease that is producing large wheat yield losses throughout Africa and Asia and threatening global food security. By transferring this gene to commercial wheat varieties, wheat breeders […]

Scientists link stress, weight

By Diane Nelson It’s not just our imagination: We really do eat differently when we’re stressed. Nutritionists at UC Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center are shedding light on the important link between stress, our brain and body weight — discoveries that could help society fight obesity and improve […]

Grant helps UCD boost STEM teaching

UC Davis will further its work to improve teaching in the nationally important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — including redesigning introductory courses that enroll thousands — as part of an Association of American Universities initiative announced last week. UCD is one of eight universities each receiving $500,000 over three years through the […]

Skibbins takes reins of Elderly Nutrition Program

Christi Skibbins has been named executive director of the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels of Yolo County, board chairman Deborah Glaeser has announced. The mission of the organization is to nourish and enrich the lives of individuals in Yolo County with emphasis on those age 60 and older, by providing nutritious meals to active and […]

Schools: Goodbye, chocolate; hello, granola bars

By Connie Cass and Mary Clare Jalonick WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is on to you. For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The […]