Paws for Thought: Give your indoor cat a safe taste of the outdoors

Do you have an indoor cat? Indoor cats live longer, are healthier and do not kill wildlife because they do not roam free. However, they don’t always get to go outside unless it’s to head for the vet’s or some other less-than-desirable destination. Best Friends Animal Society’s July/August 2012 magazine offers a couple of nifty […]

Co-Dependents Anonymous forms new study groups

The Davis Saturday morning meeting of Co-Dependents Anonymous will form two new study groups starting Sept. 1: * The “30 Questions” group is especially for newcomers who are willing to make a consistent effort to work steps 1-3. The ”30 Questions” format was developed by CoDA regional officials to address the sponsor shortage and has received national […]

Tasty summer treat

Members of the Davis High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America — from left, Cassie Miguel, Amelia Crary, Ashley Brown, Sara Albertson, Maddie Sommer and Danielle Styhr, pictured in the livestock barn at the Yolo County Fair — will serve slices of fresh melons at Saturday’s Village Feast in Davis’ Central Park. Each […]

United flight has engine ‘issue,’ lands safely

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a United Airlines flight has landed safely at Newark after taking off from the airport for Berlin then returning when something apparently went wrong with the engine. Airline spokesman Joe Micucci said the Boeing 757 “experienced a mechanical issue with the engine” after takeoff from Newark Liberty International Airport […]

Charter schools leave special-needs kids behind

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high cost of educating students with special needs is disproportionately falling on traditional public schools as other students increasingly opt for alternatives that aren’t always readily open to those requiring special education. The issue is particularly acute in districts where enrollment has declined due to demographic changes such as low […]

Allegations aired in Esparto child-molest case

WOODLAND — One of five boys who say an Esparto man repeatedly molested them took the witness stand Friday in Yolo Superior Court, describing the alleged conduct that led to 90 criminal charges being filed against the youth soccer coach and foster dad. It was the first day of a preliminary hearing for Cristan James […]

Melon season to be highlighted at Village Feast

August is the height of the melon season in Yolo County, and the fruit will be celebrated for the first time at this year’s Village Feast, which takes place Saturday in Central Park. Nine different types of melons will be showcased and served to guests during a noon to 1 p.m. aperitif hour, along with other tasty morsels. […]

Gaga’s in town … no, not that one

Gaga has arrived in Davis. No, not Lady Gaga — Gaga ball. The form of dodgeball that’s become hugely popular in Israel and increasingly so at summer camps all over this country now has a home in Davis, all thanks to a recent Davis High School graduate. Swing by Congregation Bet Haverim during breaks from […]

UK, Ecuador seek solution to deadlock over Assange

LONDON (AP) — Britain is seeking an amicable solution with Ecuador to their diplomatic standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a U.K. official insisted Saturday, as the secret-spiller prepared to make his first public statement since the Latin American nation confirmed it would offer him asylum. Assange, who took shelter in the Ecuadorian Embassy on […]

Tropical storm hits Mexico coast, quickly weakens

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Helene quickly weakened into a tropical depression Saturday after moving ashore on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, bringing strong rains but few reports of damage. Forecasters said Helene still posed a threat to areas where thousands of people are recovering from flooding spawned last week by Hurricane Ernesto, although the Veracruz […]

Yolo County Fair wraps up Sunday

The Yolo County Fair continues through midnight Sunday at the fairgrounds at Gum Avenue and East Street in Woodland. Admission is free. Sunday’s highlights include daylong entertainment on the West Stage, presented by the Rotary clubs of Yolo County; a championship horseshoe pitching contest at 1 p.m. at the Lucas Horseshoe Pits; an art and […]

Digging their volunteer work

Community volunteers from the Yolo Wayfarer Center recently spent several days getting the Alternative Education Center on Beamer Street in Woodland ready for the 2012-13 academic year. Braving temperatures over 100, they pulled weeds, leveled the ground, installed weed cloth and distributed several tons of recycled mulch material. The work was paid for by a […]

French language, culture classes offered in Davis

Education Française de Sacramento, a nonprofit organization created to offer French language and culture education to French and non-French speaking children in the Sacramento area, is opening French classes in Davis. The program — which is already welcoming children in local schools in Folsom, Rocklin and Sacramento — is offering three after-school classes at Merryhill […]

Readying for Eid

Muslims around the world headed for home or out to the market in preparation for the Eid al-Fitr festival, the last day of the holy month of Ramadan. Depending on the appearance of the moon, the holiday will fall on Sunday or Monday this year. Mideast Israel Palestinians Eid al Fitr A Palestinian boy sells balloons Saturday in […]