Hospitals face second day of walkout

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Workers at University of California hospitals around the state picketed for a second day today before an intentionally brief strike ends early Thursday. Thousands of hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room scrubs and other health care workers observed the 48-hour walkout in its first day Tuesday as green-shirted pickets marched outside […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Tornado survivors come home to pick up the pieces

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — With her son holding her elbow, Colleen Arvin walked up her driveway to what was left of her house for 40 years. It was the 83-year-old grandmother’s first time back at her home since a monstrous and deadly tornado ravaged her neighborhood in suburban Oklahoma City. Part of the roof was […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: It’s a hate crime even without words

LEGAL WORD GAMES … I realize as citizens of this great country that we’re duty-bound to consider all criminal suspects “innocent until proven guilty,” so for now I’ll leave out the name of the defendant accused of the terrible early-morning assault upon Davis resident Mikey Partida two months ago in East Davis … actually, “innocent […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Saylor holds ‘office hours’ at library

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will be available to meet constituents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The purpose of the “office hours” is to listen to community concerns and questions about county issues and operations. Saylor can be reached on Yolo County […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Acceptance, cheeriness defined creative pastor’s ministry

Say farewell What: Church service to bid farewell to the Rev. Mary Lynn Tobin, followed by a picnic When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St. During her 24 years at Davis Community Church, the Rev. Mary Lynn Tobin has laughed a lot. But as a new era dawns at Davis’ oldest […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DHS Hall of Fame announces 5 new members

A longtime teacher, a former Blue Devil who has placed the love for his hometown in hearts across the nation, an inspiring school activist/fundraiser, an Olympic medalist and an accomplished stage-and-screen performer make up the newest class of the Blue & White Foundation’s Davis High Hall of Fame. Former vocational instructor and athletic director Eric […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Lecture to focus on autism risk genes

Geneticist Stephen Scherer will give a free public talk about the interpretation of the many autism risk genes from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. Scherer directs the University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre and The Centre for Applied Genomics. His research group’s discoveries have led […]

June 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD lab develops sweat-draining fabric

Waterproof fabrics that whisk away sweat could be the latest application of microfluidic technology developed by UC Davis bioengineers. The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering. One area of research in Pan’s Micro-Nano Innovations Laboratory at UCDs […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Team maps genomes of 10 pathogens

Striking a blow at foodborne diseases, the 100K Pathogen Genome Project at UC Davis on Monday announced that it has sequenced the genomes of its first 10 infectious microorganisms, including strains of salmonella and listeria. “We are creating a free, online encyclopedia or reference database of genomes so that during a foodborne disease outbreak, scientists […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Scientists eye new treatments for MS

Working with lab mice models, UC Davis scientists have detected a novel molecular target for the design of drugs that could be safer and more effective than current FDA-approved medications against multiple sclerosis. The findings of the research study could have therapeutic applications for MS as well as cerebral palsy and leukodystrophies, all disorders associated with […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

The unexpected blessings of foster parenting

So much can change over the course of two years.

Take BreAnda Northcutt.

The West Sacramento resident was a self-described workaholic with a successful career in media and communications. She had served as director of communications for Cal-EPA under former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before taking a senior position with Cater Communications, and by her mid-30s was doing pretty much everything she wanted to be doing as a single career woman.

“She was so mean to them,” Northcutt recalled. “That’s when I knew I would care for (unwanted) children some day.”

WAC to hear arguments from opponents of fluoridation

Learn more What: Davis Water Advisory Committee When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Community Chambers, Davis City Hall Watch it: Live on City Government Channel 16 on Comcast and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 The Davis Water Advisory Committee will continue its fluoridation education Thursday on the merits and drawbacks of injecting fluoride into the city’s […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Yolo emergency manager sent to Oklahoma

Early Tuesday morning, Rick Martinez, interim emergency service manager for the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services, departed for Oklahoma City as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Okla., on Monday. Martinez, former chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, has been serving as the interim […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

SPCA has Chihuahua special

The Yolo County SPCA is celebrating Chi-wow-wow Days this month with a special offer: $50 adoption fees for all Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes. The fee includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, heartworm test and microchipping. “California animal shelters are overrun with Chihuahuas,” the SPCA said in a news release. “If you are considering adopting a dog, please […]

June 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,