College of the future could be come one, come all

By Tamar Levin Teaching introduction to sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: He has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition. But last summer, as he transformed the class into a free online course, he had to grapple with some brand-new questions: […]

Marriage expert will speak at retirement community

Howard J. Markman, author of “Fighting For Your Marriage,” will speak at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. His talk is free and open to the public. Markman is a professor of psychology of the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, one […]

Schools chief will discuss GATE transition experience

Davis parents and educators who are interested in taking a closer look at the Davis school district’s Gifted and Talented Education Program are invited to a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Harper Junior High School, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District, will discuss how […]

What’s the buzz? Bohart Museum open house draws a crowd

A bee observation hive, a bumble bee nest and assorted bee specimens proved to be the highlights of the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house on Sunday. Museum staffers and volunteers welcomed guests from 1 to 4 p.m. The theme was “Insect Societies.” Several open houses remain in the 2012-13 academic year. All are free and […]

Need a warm place to sleep? Local shelters are open

As wintry nights turn colder, emergency shelters are opening up locally for the homeless. In Davis, Davis Community Meals offers a shelter at 512 Fifth St. with room for eight men and two women. Shelter guests are not required to be clean and sober, but they must not pose a threat to the shelter environment. […]

Yamada, Cal Water help ensure a happy Thanksgiving

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, partnered with the California Water Service Company last week to distribute 100 turkey gift certificates to families in need through its annual Operation Gobble program. This marks the fourth year that Yamada has joined the holiday effort. “With over 19 percent of Californians going hungry daily, this program should also remind […]

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Happy holidays begin with you

By Becky Heard The Yolo Crisis Nursery is proud to announce the eighth annual Adopt-a-Family Program. Each December, members of our community join together to purchase holiday gifts for 25 of our families who’ve faced extreme hardship in the past year. Working from a personalized wish list, basic needs like clothing, blankets, toiletries and cookware […]

Community input sought on racism in Davis

“Breaking the Silence of Racism” is the topic of a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the city of Davis Human Relations Commission. The event will take place in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Community members are invited to share their recent experiences and thoughts regarding racist incidents […]

Israel ‘willing partner’ in potential cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says Israel would be a “willing partner” in a cease-fire with Gaza’s ruling militant group Hamas. Benjamin Netanyahu made the pronouncement today at a meeting with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, who is in the region as part of an international diplomatic push to end nearly a week of […]

Bob Dunning: Friends, Davisites, countrymen, lend me your ears

A WACKY PROPOSAL … I come not to bury the Water Advisory Committee, but to praise it … or maybe the other way around … I’m not sure … all I know is the recommendation the WAC made to the City Council about water rates is confusing in the extreme, even in a town where […]

Gathering to mark Nov. 18, protesters turn focus to Gaza

A noontime Monday open mic on the UC Davis Quad morphed from a commemoration of last year’s Occupy protests and police pepper-spraying into a condemnation of Israel’s military strikes on Gaza. The event attracted a crowd estimated at more than 125 people to the Quad. The pro-Palestinian majority there unfurled banners that read “Davis and […]

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Gadget (No. 111714), a 2-year-old neutered male chihuahua. Also hoping for a good home is Julius (No. 111031), a 2-year-old neutered male brown tabby cat. Fees are charged for licensing […]

Two Woodland men assaulted in robbery attempt

Woodland police are seeking a man who assaulted and attempted to rob two Woodland residents early Sunday morning. Sgt. Steve Sexton said the victims, both age 26, were walking northbound on Third Street near Main Street at about 12:30 a.m. when the suspect approached them and demanded money, then struck one man in the arm […]

CHP serves up maximum enforcement for Thanksgiving holiday

For many, Thanksgiving is a time for getting together with friends and loved ones to give thanks. Knowing that the holidays can make for busy conditions on the roadways, the California Highway Patrol is prepared to keep traffic moving and motorists safe throughout the long weekend. Thanksgiving is a maximum-enforcement period for the CHP, starting […]