Unemployment applications fall to 341,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell by 27,000 last week, an indication that hiring could improve. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the lowest level in three weeks. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up to 352,500 from a five-year […]

New Harmony already feels like home

Children run here and there, playing tag, climbing all over the sparkling new playground equipment at the heart of the grounds. Parents haul home groceries after work to cook dinner — though, once the gardens fill out, those grocery bags will be a bit lighter. New neighbors pass by, waving hello, getting acquainted with one another.

It appears that the New Harmony Mutual Housing Community, a brand-new affordable housing development at 3030 Cowell Blvd., already has become a bustling neighborhood in South Davis.

Olympian Pistorius charged with murder

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on […]

Pilot dies after wing separates from plane

By Danny Bernardini A pilot died Wednesday in a plane crash outside Vacaville after a wing separated during flight. Several witnesses saw the plane spiral downward about 4:20 p.m. and crash near Interstate 505, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Parker. The pilot was male, Parker said. No other information about his identity was released pending […]

Probe finds police conduct lacking during 2012 Tasering incident

The Davis Police Department on Wednesday released its findings from an internal investigation launched last year after a 20-year-old man was Tasered during a domestic dispute. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the probe stemmed from a citizen complaint filed by Tatiana Bush, who along with Jerome Wren was arrested on May 23, 2012, by officers investigating […]

Bob Dunning: Donations could help ease water burden

LESSENING THE IMPACT … if Measure I passes and brings with it significantly higher water costs for the foreseeable future, we’ll need a plan to help those Davisites who will struggle to make ends meet … there are many needs that we all have, but few are more fundamental to life than water … as […]

Garamendi gains seat on ag committee

Rep. John Garamendi on Wednesday credited “an outpouring of support” from local agricultural groups for helping to land him a spot on the House Agriculture Committee. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, received a waiver from Democratic leaders allowing him to join a third committee. He also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure and the Armed Services committees. Garamendi […]

Ask the expert: ‘Well’ we be OK?

* Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of “Ask the expert” columns appearing in advance of the Measure I election, regarding various technical aspects of the city’s water utility and the proposed Woodland-Davis surface water project. The expert: Ed Schroeder, UC Davis professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering. Schroeder specializes in biological […]

New legal challenge to school district’s Measure E

The Davis school district is fighting a second lawsuit related to last November’s local school parcel tax, Measure E. A Bay Area lawyer who has been fighting a school parcel tax measure in Alameda has filed companion lawsuits in Davis and several other communities where such measures were approved by voters. Attorney David Brillant of Walnut […]

Storyteller visits I-House on Sunday

John Boe, a former UC Davis English lecturer and a professional storyteller, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday at International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Doors to the Community Room open at 1:45 p.m. Boe will tell stories and play his kalimba. He has performed at the California Storytelling Festival, the Sonoma Storytelling Festival, […]

Watering answers due at Grace Garden

Grace Garden will host a talk by Yolo Master Gardeners on “How Much Water is Enough?” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The experts will answer questions about how often, how much and which are the best methods for watering. Grace Garden is at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road.

Are we there yet?: ‘You oughta write a column about that!’

I imagine everyone has moments of wishing for anonymity. Kim Yarris, The Enterprise’s front office manager, has fantasized about an anonymous Twitter account that would tweet the seriously amazing things that happen at the front desk of our newspaper. There is no shortage of material related to the weird and the rude who so often […]

Poetry reading planned downtown

Poet Edythe Haendel Schwartz will read her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Schwartz is the author of “A Palette of Leaves,” Mayapple Press, 2012, and a chapbook, “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press, 2007. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Calyx, […]

Chat with Garamendi over ravioli

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, invites local supporters to attend his Yolo County Ravioli Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Tickets are $35 each. Send your order to Garamendi for Congress, P.O. Box 440, Walnut Grove, CA 95690, or visit www.garamendi.org/pasta. Sponsorship […]