Insemination rules will be eased by new law

By Stephanie M. Lee Eight years ago, Maya Scott-Chung gave birth to the girl she and her female partner had been waiting for. To make the conception possible, a friend had handed over his sperm in an artichoke jar — an act that was casual, straightforward and, under federal law, illegal. Now, the Scott-Chungs once […]

Campus protests return, but over rebranding

By Tanzina Vega College students can have visceral reactions to many things — dormitory life, cafeteria food, midterms. And in this age of instant criticism online, another item can be added to that list: protests against the efforts of universities to refresh their logos, slogans and mascots. The latest example of a university coming under […]

Storm rakes half of nation; Arkansas still dark

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As a the muted ends of a powerful winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people plodded through the Northeast, many in Arkansas sought warmth and shelter against the cold prospect of life without electricity into the new year. A Christmas Day blizzard dumped more than 15 inches […]

DHS alums give concert Saturday

Local music lovers are invited to enjoy original tunes along with reinterpretations of jazz and pop standards at the Davis High Alumni Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. The concert will feature Colin McDaniel, Jon Hatamiya, Erik Maroney, Neil Heaton and Oscar Garibay, all […]

Putah Creek Council launches project in Davis’ back yard

Weigh in What: Community input meeting When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 15 Where: Blanchard Room, Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis A local volunteer group is looking to the community for input on how best to turn Davis’ only flowing creek, the North Davis Channel, into a wildlife magnet and an aesthetically pleasing […]

Bob Dunning: Can we flush the sounds of the bowl season?

As a college football fan, this should be the best of times for me, what with 35 bowl games between the third Saturday in December and the first Monday in January when it all ends with the alleged national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame. Unfortunately, bad grammar, mispronunciations, lack of geographic knowledge and […]

UCD expert: expand background checks, limit private gun sales

Broadening background checks before gun purchases and limiting private-party sales are two ways to reduce shooting deaths, UC Davis emergency room doctor Garen Wintemute argues. “We need to prevent individuals with a previous conviction for a misdemeanor violent crime, such as assault and battery, from purchasing or possessing a firearm,” writes Wintemute, the director of the UCD […]

Bypass floodwaters close wildlife area

The Yolo Bypass is filling with water due to the recent heavy rains, and the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is in the midst of a seasonal closure as a result.

The California Department of Fish and Game announced Monday that the Wildlife Area was closing due to “forecasted flooding until further notice.”

And Ted Thomas, information officer with the California Department of Water Resources, confirmed Thursday morning that water is flowing over the Fremont Weir from the Sacramento River into the Yolo Bypass, and had been for the past day or so.

Brides can plan a wedding in a day

From gowns to flowers, cakes to photos — everything needed for a fabulous wedding will be showcased at the city of Davis’ Bridal Show on Saturday, Jan. 19. The event, which is free to brides, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. “Plan your dream […]

Capital Fellows Program is taking applications for four fellowships

The Capital Fellows Program, recognized as a top-10 internship nationwide, welcomes applications for four programs. The programs — which are administered by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University — are California Senate Fellows,  Executive Fellowship Program, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program and Judicial Administration Fellowship Program. voting has listed the […]

Distinguished prof, scientist, athlete and now, actor

Bruce Hammock is not just a distinguished professor of entomology at UC Davis. He’s not just a renowned scientist who holds a joint appointment with the UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center and directs the campus-wide Superfund Program, the National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program and the National Institute of Environmental Sciences combined analytical laboratory. He’s […]

Need help creating a business plan?

Marc Thompson, a Davis mortgage planner, will talk about how to create a business plan at a public lecture at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis. All are welcome. To learn more about The Business Alliance, go to or call Andrew Dowling at 530-902-3999.

L.A. police collect 1,500 guns in buyback

By Eric Hartley Los Angeles Daily News LOS ANGELES — Looking to take weapons off the streets, Los Angeles police collected more than 1,500 firearms on Wednesday at city-sponsored gun buybacks in Van Nuys and South Los Angeles. The buybacks have been held on Mother’s Day since 2009. But on the day of the Newtown, […]

DPNS has pre-K openings

Davis Parent Nursery School has openings in its afternoon pre-kindergarten program. The class meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the DPNS campus at 426 W. Eighth St. For more information, email or call 530-757-5377.