BART workers authorize strike

OAKLAND (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers moved a step closer to a work stoppage after voting overwhelmingly to allow union officials to call a strike if contract negotiations fail, union leaders said Wednesday. Members of BART’s two largest unions representing train operators, mechanics, station agents and maintenance workers voted Tuesday to […]

Investigator: No sign progressives mistreated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department watchdog who detailed Internal Revenue Service mistreatment of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status says he has no evidence the IRS also mishandled progressive groups’ applications. In a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, the inspector general for tax administration, J. Russell George, acknowledged that the term “Progressives” […]

UCD graduate dies from crash injuries

Loreto Godoy, who earned a doctorate from UC Davis, died on Wednesday from injuries suffered in a head-on collision. The June 21 crash on Interstate 5 near Santa Nella earlier claimed the lives of three others, including Godoy’s father- and mother-in-law. Godoy, 32, and her husband, Fernando Mardones, also a UCD graduate, were traveling to Southern […]

Bob Dunning: Football handoff took us all by surprise

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN … wow, one day Blue Devil fans are looking forward to great things in the upcoming football season, and the next thing you know they’re stunned by the sudden resignation of their head coach and wondering what the future will bring … When Steve Smyte abruptly announced his resignation earlier this […]

Genes discovery could help children with Prader-Willi syndrome

SACRAMENTO — Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Agilent Laboratories have found that Prader-Willi syndrome — a genetic disorder best known for causing an insatiable appetite that can lead to morbid obesity — is associated with the loss of non-coding RNAs, resulting in the dysregulation of circadian and metabolic genes, accelerated energy expenditure […]

Practice makes perfect

The FBI gathered 22 regional SWAT teams for special training Wednesday at the Northern California Public Safety Training Center in Sacramento. Teams were put through various scenarios, including hostage rescue. The Solano County Sheriff SWAT team successfully rescued Channel 13 reporter Ron Jones during a drill at McClellan Tactical Village. Other teams ran through everything […]

Qigong classes offered this summer

Renee Dryfoos, a practitioner of qigong and a clinical psychologist, is offering a new five-week class, “Qigong as Part of Your Spiritual Practice,” for the Davis community. Utilizing the gentle movements of qigong, and meditations informed by the Taoist tradition, students receive an introduction to a body-based spiritual practice. Classes run Fridays, beginning July 12, […]

Breast Cancer Open Door educational meeting planned

Patrick Hall will speak on “Treatment of Early Breast Cancer and Genomics” at the Breast Cancer Open Door educational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 8. Hall, genomic science liaison manager at Genomic Health Inc., will discuss the use of genomic information in making treatment decisions in early breast cancer. There will be a time […]

Supervisors OK purchase of property near landfill

Yolo County supervisors this week approved the acquisition of nearly 300 acres of property adjacent to the Yolo County Central Landfill over the objections of landfill neighbors. The county wants the land — located directly west of the landfill — for a number of future reasons, including to create a buffer between the landfill and […]

CHP report on fatal Sacramento River accident released

A March 13 accident that claimed the life of a West Sacramento woman whose car plunged into the Sacramento River was the result of the vehicle leaving the roadway, California Highway Patrol investigators have ruled. That’s according to an attorney representing the late Musarrat Parveen Chaudhary’s family. On Wednesday, the CHP released a collision report […]

UCD graduates flock in unprecedented numbers to Teach for America

Members of the UC Davis Class of 2013 have shown an unprecedented level of interest in the Teach for America program. Teach for America is a national corps of graduate students and professionals who commit to teach for two years in public schools, and its purpose is to ensure that children in low-income communities can […]

Joy — and waiting — for same-sex couples hoping to marry

For those who have been waiting years, that day can’t come soon enough.

Oakley’s office was already getting calls Wednesday morning from couples hoping to tie the knot. She’s advising them to call back later.

“Wait and call us back when things are moving again,” she said.

Just hours earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California …

Take a tour of the Davis wetlands

By Ann Bryce The city of Davis wetlands offers important habitat for avian summer residents. Tree and cliff swallows, marsh wrens, great egrets, killdeer and a variety of gulls are a few of the bird species that utilize the wetlands during this dry season. The wetlands provide the food, water and shelter needed for them […]

Homeless man attacked along Second Street

Davis police are investigating an assault on a homeless man that occurred Tuesday night. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the victim was sleeping in a tent along Second Street near the railroad tracks when he awoke to a male voice at about 10:45 p.m. The suspect reportedly punched and kicked the victim and demanded his property, […]