Turn off your lights Saturday night, for Earth Hour

The Cool Davis Community Action Team challenges Davis residents and businesses to join in observing Earth Hour, an electricity-free global event that runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. “Enjoy the dark time with friends in the neighborhood or simply take time to watch the night sky,” a news release said. “With no distracting electronics […]

Better colleges failing to lure talented poor

By David Leonhardt Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, according to a new analysis of every high school student who took the SAT in a recent year. The pattern contributes to widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility in this country, […]

Plans for Dixon movie studio take a step forward

By Barry Eberling DIXON — Dixon’s self-image is depicted in the city seal – vast stretches of farmland in front of a small town, a semirural scene without a hint of Hollywood. That could change if Morning View LCC is able to pull off its attempt to build a film studio on the south side […]

Hate crime victim: I’ll be more vigilant

Lawrence “Mikey” Partida’s days begin at 7 a.m. with a shower, a once-simple task that for now requires the assistance of hospital staff.

From there, he goes to rounds of physical, occupational and speech therapy to rebuild skills he lost when an alleged hate-crime beating on March 10 fractured his skull and caused bleeding to his brain. He’s also under the care of a neurological psychologist and is taking both pain and anti-seizure medications.

“I’ve noticed slower movements,” Partida said in an interview Friday evening at the Sacramento acute rehabilitation facility where he expects to spend at least the next two weeks, and possibly as long as a month, as he continues his recovery.

Protesters break windows, ATMs in downtown Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) — Police say activists protesting capitalism broke windows and vandalized ATMs at several banks in downtown Oakland. Oakland police say no one was arrested and no injuries were reported after a protest march turned violent Friday night. The Oakland Tribune reports about 50 protesters caused damage at the branches of several banks, including […]

New vet med research building enhances collaboration

Asked about the value of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s new research building, beyond its $58.5 million price tag, Swee Teh, the director of the aquatic health program, nodded at young researchers from his lab. “Look at all the smiling faces,” Teh said, adding, “I think most of them come early now.” The vet […]

Man allegedly resists arrest, ditches illegal pipe in Davis

Police arrested 27-year old Jose Meza, a Sacramento resident, after he allegedly tried to evade police and discard his drug paraphernalia early Saturday in downtown Davis. The incident began at 1:15 a.m., with Davis police responding to reports of a physical alternation on Third Street near Bistro 33. Once there, responding officers identified Meza as matching a description given of […]

Picnic in the Park returns Wednesday

Break out the picnic blankets and baskets! Picnic in the Park returns to the Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets in downtown Davis. The family-friendly celebration features live music by local bands from 5 p.m. to dark, an international food fair, a beer and […]

‘Climate-smart’ ag sessions open to public

The public is invited to take in the opening and closing sessions of a three-day long gathering of scientists and policymakers from around the world who are coming together at UC Davis to recommend actions intended to slow climate change while meeting the world’s growing food needs. Chancellor Linda Katehi will open the Climate-Smart Agriculture […]

Bob Dunning: I’ll be there, if not at the Vatican

With all the talk of a new pope in the last few days, I was stunned to open my inbox and find a personal email from what appeared to be a “Pope Kemble.” And here I thought the new pontiff was named Francis, but who knows, maybe he changed his mind on the way back […]

Council and school board recognize value in collaboration

What the City Council and Davis Board of Education accomplished together last week during their joint meeting may not raise too many eyebrows in town. But in the minds of several of those 10 elected officials, the collaboration that the group session represented should still grab the entire city’s interest. “I hope that we make […]

300 turn out for ‘Egghead Walk’

Lovely spring weather and the opportunity to hear members of the visiting St. Louis Symphony performing original works of chamber music by UC Davis faculty composers outdoors brought out an audience of about 300 people for Friday’s “Egghead Walk” at UCD. Here, a violinist joins her colleagues under the baton of conductor David Robertson in […]

Tickets for ‘A Taste of Davis’ go on sale Monday

Tickets to the fourth annual “A Taste of Davis” go on sale to the general public Monday at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in downtown Davis. This popular annual event will take place Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown. Ticket holders will be […]

Bring your bike for free lights, bells

Davis Bicycles! will set up our booth at the first Picnic in the Park celebration on Wednesday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in Central Park. Aside from its usual booth with membership and information activities as well as T-shirt sales, bicycle advocates will be giving away bike lights and bells as long as they last. […]