Summer movies: Plenty of style, little substance

We now can officially dub this the silly season.

Summer has long been known for noisy eye-candy, but viewers seeking alternatives always have been granted at least a few somewhat intelligent bread crumbs. This year, however, I’m dismayed to note that the major studios haven’t offered any straight-ahead dramas.

Not one.

Which isn’t to say …

Grads: Time to ‘unlearn’ some interview techniques

By Teresa F. Lindeman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tis the season of advice, at least for college graduates. President Barack Obama recently advised the Class of 2013 at Ohio State University to enjoy while they can the days of being able to sleep in and have breakfast at 11:30 a.m. — on a Tuesday. But if they […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Do you have ‘The Voice’ in your job hunt?

By Achim Nowak I love the TV show “The Voice.” Like many folks who are devoted to this program, I especially like the opening blind-audition rounds. If you have never seen “The Voice,” this is the portion of the show where singers audition for a panel of four judges who have their backs turned to […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Prepare for hardball and tricky interview questions

By Marvin Walberg Even candidates who are able to make a strong sales pitch in job interviews can find themselves easily tripped up by the unexpected: Hardball questions. The trick to fielding those questions is to realize that they’re asked primarily to gauge how fast you can think and how well you perform under pressure. […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Technically speaking, this is a message for high school grads

Frank Cerabino The Palm Beach Post It’s high school graduation season, a fresh opportunity to offer an (earnest / snide) address for the occasion. Dear high school graduates: As your commencement speaker today, I intend to make my remarks as (inspiring / brief) as possible, knowing full well that my words here today will (resonate […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over. The Scouts’ longstanding ban on gay […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

‘Choose not to forget': UCD pays tribute to war dead

Names matter. And for a while, at least, on Thursday evening, “the MU” became the Memorial Union again.

More than 100 people listened as young veterans read aloud the names of UC Davis students and alumni who died while serving their country. A trumpeter sounded taps in their honor.

World War II combat veteran Francis Resta said in his keynote address that the upcoming Memorial Day holiday resonates with few Americans — “It’s just somebody else’s memories.”

Bob Dunning: The earth moved and the water (bill) parted

EARTHQUAKE ALERT … although 99.9 percent of Davisites claim to have felt last night’s Susanville-centered earthquake, in actuality only those Davisites who happened to be in Susanville felt it … And while there was much giggling all around and a few “where were you when the earthquake struck?” conversations, it wasn’t funny in East Davis, […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Community members argue against fluoridation in front of packed house

Amid more than two hours of impassioned public comment and in front of a lively, yet divided room, those in the community opposed to fluoridation made their case to the Water Advisory Committee Thursday as to why the city should not add the compound to Davis’ drinking water. The effort to fight fluoridation in Davis […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Water agency closer to state funding for intake facility

The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency is closer to securing a large piece of state funding that agency officials have been counting on to help pay for a key component of the surface water project. A Senate budget subcommittee approved $10 million Tuesday to be dedicated to the water project’s $42 million intake facility. The Assembly Budget […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

DUI patrols, checkpoints planned this weekend

Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI task force will deploy extra patrols countywide and conduct two sobriety checkpoints in an effort to crack down on impaired drivers during the Memorial Day weekend. Sobriety and driver’s-license checkpoints are planned for Friday night near the intersection of Grant and Main streets in Winters, and on Saturday night […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Find a new pal through Rotts of Friends

Dandy, a 2- to 3-year-old neutered male Dandie Dinmont terrier, is one of dozens of adoptable dogs of all ages and breeds who can be seen at a Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue adoption event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply, 1390 E. Main St. in Woodland. Dandy has a heart of […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Second homeless man attacked in Woodland

For the second time this month, Woodland police are investigating an assault on a homeless man behind a vacant business. Sgt. Steve Sexton said officers were dispatched shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday to the former State Theater building on Main Street to investigate reports of “subjects fighting with knives and baseball bats.” A 57-year-old man […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

House backs variable-rate student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dismissing a veto threat from President Barack Obama, lawmakers in the Republican-led House approved legislation that links student loan rates to the ups and downs of the financial markets. The Republican-backed bill would allow students to dodge a scheduled rate hike for students with new subsidized Stafford loans next month, but rates […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,