U.S. economy adds 96K jobs, rate falls to 8.1 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow the momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech Thursday night to the Democratic National Convention. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up […]

Shooting at house, car lands Woodland man in jail

Woodland police arrested a 57-year-old man Thursday after he allegedly shot at a house and car. The shooting occurred at about 3:45 p.m. outside a home in the 400 block of Johnston Street, where five bullets struck the car and a sixth hit the garage door. The victim, who knew the suspect, said the shooter […]

Bagging the question for now

WOLKING AROUND THE ISSUE … Dandy Dan Wolk — city councilman, mayor pro tem and die-hard Stanford football fan — sounded a bit like a baby doctor when he said “It feels a bit premature.” … he was talking not about babies, however, but about that ill-advised ban on plastic bags being proposed by our […]

‘Sweethearts’ trial homes in on physical evidence

SACRAMENTO — The blue-and-red blanket at the heart of a 32-year-old murder case made its first appearance Thursday in a Sacramento courtroom. It was called the “Bundle Up,” billed on TV as “the body garment for all seasons.” Sabrina Gonsalves had purchased it as a birthday present for her sister and roommate, Andrea, whose surprise […]

Jewish Food Festival features treats and tunes

The Davis Jewish Food Festival rolls out the honey cake, bagels, kugel and many other delectables from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Central Park as part of the 50th anniversary festivities of Congregation Bet Haverim. The festival also will feature Jewish art, culture and entertainment, including rock music by Dan Nichols […]

Explorit: The music of the spiders

By Sarah Thomas Damian O. Elias, assistant professor of environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley, was the featured guest speaker at Explorit Science Center’s “Spiders in Your World” lecture at Mori Seiki. The extremely amusing courtship dances of the jumping spider got all the kids laughing at Explorit’s educational lecture on the complex […]

Youth leadership group kicks off new year with new ideas

During its inaugural year last year, the Youth Leadership Institute at Davis Community Church focused teen members’ efforts on serving the homeless of Davis. The teens, all high school students in grades 10 through 12, aimed to build their leadership skills through both hands-on experience and education during the year-long program. To that end, they received intensive shelter […]

Woodland cops arrest two after stabbing

Two people are in Yolo County Jail custody on attempted murder charges in connection with a man’s stabbing Wednesday outside a Woodland elementary school. Lt. Anthony Cucchi said officers responded at about 12:45 p.m. to reports of a stabbing in the 600 block of Elm Street, near Dingle Elementary School. They arrived to find the […]

Physical evidence unveiled on Day 3 of ‘Sweetheart’ murder trial

SACRAMENTO — The blue-and-red blanket at the heart of a 32-year-old murder case is expected to be unveiled this afternoon in a Sacramento courtroom. Sabrina Gonsalves purchased the blanket as a birthday present for her sister and roommate, Andrea, whose surprise party she looked forward to attending on the night of Dec. 20, 1980. Instead, […]

Low interest rates throw wrench into retirements

By Jennifer Bjorhus Minneapolis Star Tribune John Folsom holds a solid job in medical device sales and has put two children through college. He has lived his life, as he sees it, “trying to play by the rules.” He and his wife invested for retirement by socking money into safe mutual funds to build a […]

Program helps families protect seniors from scams

Local senior care experts urge Yolo and Upper Solano County area families to be alert for scammers who may be targeting their senior loved ones with a variety of clever cons that could jeopardize not only their life savings but their independence. “Scam artists are specifically targeting seniors because they are the fastest-growing segment of […]

Girl spent eight hours beneath bodies in French Alps

CHEVALINE, France (AP) — French investigators struggled Thursday to explain how a 4-year-old girl could go undetected for eight hours in a car full of corpses in the French Alps. They also acknowledged that they still don’t know why a family of British vacationers were slain in a BMW on a remote mountain road near […]

Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters and get them to come out on Election […]

Rain aids battle against forest fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters braced for drier weather Thursday after remnants of a tropical storm helped them gain ground on a 4,180-acre blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Crews were able to double containment Wednesday to 48 percent, working in favorable weather on steep slopes in the Angeles National Forest […]