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 […]

Name Droppers: UCD grad appointed to executive team

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a UC Davis graduate to the executive team of the California Exposition and State Fair. Carrie Wright, 37, of West Sacramento, was appointed as the new programs manager. She has held various positions at the Western Fairs Association since 2008, including marketing director and programs director. She was owner of […]

The Other Voice features Schwartz, Haag

Local poets Edythe Haendel Schwartz of Davis and Jan Haag of Sacramento will be featured at the May meeting of The Other Voice, a poetry group. The gathering begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the library at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road in rural West Davis. Admission is free […]

Explorit: Give where your art is

Explorit Science Center is thrilled to be participating in the 24-Hour Online Day of Giving for the Arts on Monday. This Day of Giving challenge sponsored by GiveLocalNow in partnership with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and For Art’s Sake is the first of its kind in the greater Sacramento […]

Need a new best friend?

Porkchop is the cutest-ever 3-year-old, neutered male, AKC registered English bulldog. He’s a very happy, friendly boy who plays great with female dogs. Pete, a supersized neutered male black Labrador retriever mix, is a good-natured boy who loves to be around people. Pete loves to play ball. He’s very alert and would make a great […]

Saylor campaign kickoff set

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor invites all community members to attend the kickoff celebration for his 2014 campaign for re-election to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors on Sunday, May 19, at the T.S. Glide Ranch, between Davis and Winters. The event begins at 4 p.m., featuring farm-fresh local food, award-winning wine and locally brewed […]

Neighborhood Court brings restorative justice concept to Davis

Each year, the Davis and UC Davis police departments collectively issue more than 1,000 citations for low-level misdemeanors and infractions, sparking a process that can result in multiple court hearings and costly legal fees. Starting next week, however, some of those incidents will be handled quite differently. In those cases, the offenders will receive yellow […]