Paws for Thought: Tennis balls can be dangerous dog toys

What’s not to like about cheap, easily available tennis balls that dogs love to chase, catch and chew? Answer: chewing, choking and ingesting. Chewing tennis balls damages teeth. According to Dogged Health,, tennis ball fibers are surprisingly abrasive as they are meant to withstand hard-court surfaces. Then there’s the tough glue that adheres the […]

Annual craft fair planned at the Gibson House

The historic Gibson House will  host its annual May Festival and Craft Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with more than 50 vendors. Admission is free. New this year will be a petting zoo and sheep shearing demonstrations by Wind Dancer Ranch to benefit the Western Yolo Grange. The Woodland noon and morning Rotary clubs will […]

Korematsu PTO plans Cinco de Mayo Auction

The Korematsu PTO invites the community to the Cinco de Mayo Auction Fundraiser, Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis. The event features mexican cuisine, silent and live auctions, raffles and more. Tickets are $30 at the door. For more information, go to

Solar symposium planned at UCD

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) will put on its Solar Research Symposium to learn more about the latest research and developments in this rapidly expanding field on Thursday, May 2, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at UC Davis. UC Merced, the headquarters of the eight-campus UC Solar institute, is organizing […]

A ticket to ride

The Davis Spring Family Carnival sponsored by the Emerson Junior High School PTA kicked off Thursday with plenty of excitement. Kayla Peart and Ann Marie Tetteh, both 6, enjoyed taking a spin on one of many rides provided by Butler Amusements, while people of all ages can enjoy a trip on the caterpillar coaster.

The good times roll deep into the night and weekend as the carnival continues through Sunday at the former Hunt-Wesson Cannery site, at J Street and Covell Boulevard.

Therapy dogs help students with finals stress

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — At Montana State University, final exams stress is going to the dogs. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Intermountain Therapy Animals is bringing dogs to campus this week and next to help students take a break from the stress of studying for and taking semester exams. Jacqueline Frank is the Renne Library […]

Economy grows at 2.5 percent rate

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years. Government spending fell, though, and tax increases and federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year. The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy rebounded […]

Bill to end airport delays headed for House vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers is headed to a House vote after a dark-of-night vote in the Senate that took place after most lawmakers had left the Capitol for a weeklong vacation. The bill passed late Thursday without even a roll call vote, […]

Placentas may hold autism clues

After most pregnancies, the placenta is thrown out, having done its job of nourishing and supporting the developing baby. But a new study raises the possibility that analyzing the placenta after birth may provide clues to a child’s risk for developing autism. The study, which analyzed placentas from 217 births, found that in families at […]

WAC brushes up on fluoride benefits

It reduces cavity rates, dental decay and helps cities and their residents save exponentially every year on dental care. These were some of the many arguments made by the very pro-fluoride crowd that attended Thursday’s Water Advisory Committee meeting, the first in a series of discussions that will lead to the committee’s recommendation to the […]

Bob Dunning: Remember, we don’t want to be like everyone else

ABOUT THOSE RANKINGS … I’m happy to see that the Davis School Board backed off its plan to reconfigure Davis High School into a four-year program after folks came out of the ground to register their opposition … mostly, we were told, the board was proposing the change because “that’s the way everyone else does […]

Garamendi joins Sikh caucus

Rep. John Garamendi joined more than two dozen members of Congress launching a bipartisan American Sikh Congressional caucus, with the goal of educating their colleagues and the public about the Sikh community. “I have had the pleasure of working with the Sikh community for decades,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, in a news release on Wednesday. […]

Study: Visits boost hepatitis screening among Hmong

Lay health workers increased screening rates for hepatitis B virus and knowledge about the disease among Sacramento-area Hmong Americans, UC Davis researchers have found. Hmong Americans are at elevated risk for chronic hepatitis B — the major risk factor for liver cancer. Although Hmong Americans often have health insurance, cultural and language barriers can prevent access to […]