Man reports kidnap, robbery in Woodland

A Sacramento man reported being kidnapped and robbed in his own vehicle Tuesday morning in Woodland, police said. According to Sgt. Aaron Delao, the man told officers he had left his Woodland workplace at about 2 a.m. and was at the intersection of East Main Street and County Road 102 when two men stopped his […]

Meditation master offers daylong teaching

Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, wraps up his monthlong Davis visit this week. An authentic Drikung Kagyu yogi, he will offer teaching and practice on Prajna Paramita from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at A Shared Awareness loft space, 105 E St., Suite G. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. While […]

Natsoulas hosts Holiday Gala

The John Natsoulas Gallery is hosting a Holiday Gala and silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. This evening of live music, dance and art is dedicated to the people who have collaborated with the Natsoulas Gallery over the years, a news release […]

Give me a T! Give me an R! Give me an E! …

Members of the Davis High School Cheer Team combined their school spirit with holiday spirit on Tuesday as they decorated the community Christmas tree and the E Street Plaza on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for Thursday’s Downtown Holiday Open House.

The tree will be lighted in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday following the arrival of the Children’s Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. (The line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.) Mother Nature may rain on the parade, but intrepid holiday revelers won’t let that stop the fun — the parade will go on, rain or shine.

Happiness is a warm blanket

Carol Sublett, left, and Diane McGee of Project Linus work with Tuan Tran, assistant manager of PakMail at the Oak Tree Plaza, on Tuesday to ship blankets to Hurricane Sandy survivors on the East Coast. A total of 99 blankets (14 boxes) already have been sent, and about 20-plus more blankets will be sent in […]

Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

By Frederic J. Frommer WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry […]

Western lawmakers seek probe of refineries

By Kevin Freking WASHINGTON — Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining. Gas prices jumped last month in California to more than $5 a […]

Northern California braces for major storms

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, rain and snow at higher elevations, as a series of storms gets set to touch down. The rain and snow should begin falling Wednesday and continue through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could reach as high as 70 mph in […]

Governor opposes pay raise for UC Berkeley chancellor

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of UC Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state’s bleak financial condition. The two politicians said during a meeting of […]

Moon over Sacramento

An almost-full moon sets over the state Capitol building in Sacramento early Monday morning, lending an ethereal quality to the capital’s skyline. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo Moonset over the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

Watermelon genome doorway to other plant studies

The genome sequence of watermelon has been published by an international consortium of scientists including researchers at UC Davis. The information could dramatically accelerate both breeding of more nutritious, tasty and disease-resistant fruit, and progress on understanding the role of the plant vascular system as an information superhighway. The watermelon genome sequence was published Sunday […]

Trustee candidates reflect on campaign

Transitions are nearing on the Davis Board of Education as trustee Richard Harris prepares for his last meeting on Dec. 6 and Susan Lovenburg and Nancy Peterson are sworn in to office on Dec. 20, Lovenburg for her second term. The three school board candidates who were unsuccessful in their bids for election on Nov. […]

Yolo officials certify final vote tally

The Yolo County Elections Office certified the final results of the Nov. 6 election last week, and the tally confirmed that Davis residents like to vote. Some 78.8 percent of Davis residents cast a ballot this election, the highest percentage for any community in Yolo County. The turnout was 72.5 percent in Winters, 71.4 percent […]

Watching the weather at Birch Lane

UC Davis atmospheric science students Nicholas Sowa and Rajveer Phillon visit Birch Lane Elementary School on Monday morning along with their professor, Kyaw Tha Paw U, to work with fifth-grade science students on their GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) project. The program has been ongoing since 1998 when a GLOBE weather […]