May is Older Americans’ Month

In 1963 when Older Americans Month was established, 17 million Americans were older than 65. Today, that number is nearly 40 million and growing fast. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig recognizes that older adults are vulnerable and attractive targets for all types of scams, including foreign lotteries, “Grandma It’s Me” scams, phone calls, identity […]

72 as the new 30

By Betsy Hart Well, just in time. I’m learning that “72 is the new 30,” according to research published by German scientists in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. I say “just in time” because I’m facing a big birthday in April myself. The researchers found that human longevity […]

A ‘professional listener’ shares the forgotten art

By Waveney Ann Moore A monk taught the art of listening during a recent visit. Brother Curtis Almquist of the Society of St. John the Evangelist came at the invitation of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Lucas Fleming, a lawyer, attests that Almquist practices what he preaches. “I have been amazed over the years (and […]

See radio-control planes this weekend

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers’ annual 49er Regional Scale Masters Qualifier, a competition among radio-controlled plane enthusiast.s Scale airplanes of the full-size aircraft from World Wars I and II and contemporary times are displayed and flown. They are judged on how close they fly to the full-size aircraft. Static judging […]

Volunteers sought for Neighborhood Court

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking volunteers to participate as panelists in the new Neighborhood Court Diversion Program. Individuals interested in learning more about this innovative program or in volunteering as panelists are invited to attend presentations at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 2 and 9, at the Davis Police Department, 2600 Fifth St. […]

New campus rules for ADD drugs

By Alan Schwarz FRESNO — Lisa Beach endured two months of testing and paperwork before the student health office at her college approved a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Then, to get a prescription for Vyvanse, a standard treatment for ADHD, she had to sign a formal contract — promising to submit to drug […]

Duke University withdraws from online course group

By Tamar Lewin Duke University has pulled out of Semester Online, an education consortium that will offer online undergraduate courses for credit, after faculty members objected. The consortium announced Tuesday that it would offer 11 courses this fall, from Boston College, Brandeis, Emory, Northwestern, the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame and Washington University in […]

Council signs off on firefighter staffing reduction with split vote

Despite warnings of reduced service from the very individuals who would be shuffled around, the Davis City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to reduce firefighter staffing levels from 12 to 11 per shift and to rework the way firefighters respond to calls. Mayor Joe Krovoza and Council members Brett Lee and Rochelle Swanson voted in favor […]

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Stocks fall on jobs concerns, fall in Merck profit

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is falling early after a survey showed U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in seven months and Merck reported a lower quarterly profit. Shortly after the market opened, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 55 points to 14,784, a fall of 0.4 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 […]

Police check possible link to girl’s death

PLACERVILLE (AP) — Investigators in Northern California are looking for a possible link between a man accused of breaking into an apartment and trying to kidnap a toddler and the killing of an 8-year-old girl about 45 miles away in Calaveras County. Police were summoned to the apartment at around 8 a.m. Tuesday after Jason […]

Trial begins in Davis assisted-suicide case

WOODLAND — It wasn’t long before authorities concluded there was something suspicious about the death in apartment 322. Summoned by a 911 call on the late morning of Oct. 1, 2011, police, firefighters and a deputy coroner arrived at the College Square Apartments, 945 J St. in Davis, to find Kevin Gerard Seery had fallen […]

Bob Dunning: And now begins the ‘cactification’ of Davis

PAYING IT FORWARD … well, May Day has finally arrived, and in Davis we will mark this joyous occasion by beginning our long journey toward sky-high water rates … or as my neighbor Al calls it, the “cactification of Davis.” … but trust me, the kids will get used to ducking behind a giant saguaro […]

Nonfiction author Feldman to speak at UCD

The University Writing Program at UC Davis will feature nonfiction author and novelist Jay Feldman in its next “Conversations with Writers” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in 126 Voorhies Hall. Feldman is the author of 2005’s “When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes” and 2001’s “Manufacturing Hysteria: A […]

Authors to discuss ‘Your Ideal Cat’

Benjamin and Lynette Hart will give a free public talk about their new book, “Your Ideal Cat: Insights into Breed and Gender Differences in Cat Behavior,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the MU Store Lounge inside the UC Davis Memorial Union. Based on a lifetime of research and interviews with 80 […]