Learn about Sikhism at free I-House talk

“Sikhism: What’s It All About?” is the title of free talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. One of several speakers will be a 21-year-old engineering student, Harfateh Singh. He is a member of the Sikh Cultural Association at […]

Chef prepares feast display

Need some inspiration for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Look no further than the Davis Farmers Market’s traditional Thanksgiving feast display, which will be showcased at Saturday’s market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market takes place in Central Park, Third and C streets in downtown Davis. Executive Chef Andy Burtis of the UC Davis […]

Speaker disputes autism ‘epidemic’

R. Richard Grinker, professor of anthropology, human sciences and international affairs at The George Washington University, will discuss “Culture and Autism: Anthropological Perspectives on the U.S., Korea, and South Africa” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. His lecture will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in […]

Scientists find new target for lung cancer treatment

SACRAMENTO — A team of UC Davis investigators has discovered a protein on the surface of lung cancer cells that could prove to be an important new target for anti-cancer therapy. A series of experiments in mice with lung cancer showed that specific targeting of the protein with monoclonal antibodies reduced the size of tumors, […]

Get free strings, help a great cause

Watermelon Music’s annual Strings for Food event returns Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both stores, 207 E St. in downtown Davis and 527 Main St. in downtown Woodland. Shoppers who bring at least two non-perishable food items with their guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin will receive a free set of […]

Rising star Vann facing veteran Garamendi in new-look district

On Tuesday, Davis voters will have a choice in the congressional race between a familiar face in Democrat John Garamendi and an up-and-coming politician, Republican Kim Vann, who promises a fresh approach. In the most expensive congressional race Davis has ever seen, their pitches sound like this: Garamendi: “I represented Davis from 1982 to 1990 […]

Yolo courthouse project proceeds to bidding phase

Construction of the new Yolo Superior Courthouse in Woodland received a green light last week when the state treasurer completed sale of $133.8 million in lease-revenue construction bonds. The bonds will be repaid over a 25-year period through court user fees and penalties and without the use of any state general funds. Yolo’s presiding Judge, […]

As tax initiative teeters, Brown makes final pitch

SACRAMENTO (AP) — In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking everyone from cafeteria workers to venture capitalists for help in pushing his struggling $6 billion tax increase across the finish line. The Democratic governor made two appearances in Los Angeles on Saturday in which he praised the thousands of volunteers who […]

Arcata pushes back against pot growers

ARCATA (AP) — Happily isolated on California’s remote Humboldt County coast, Arcata has long made room in its heart for marijuana, whether grown illegally in the back woods by refugees of the Summer of Love, or legally in the back rooms of homes by medical pot patients. But the mellow days are coming to an […]

‘Sweethearts’ murder case now in jury’s hands

SACRAMENTO — After three full days of closing arguments, the UC Davis “sweethearts” double-murder case went to the jury Friday, to the relief of family and friends of the victims who have spent the past 32 years waiting for justice. “I’m very thankful that this phase of it is over with. It’s been long and […]

Katehi assembling panel to review reforms

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, legislators Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada and Mayor Joe Krovoza are on Chancellor Linda Katehi’s wish list for a task force that will be charged with evaluating UC Davis’ reforms since last year’s pepper-spraying incident. Katehi has invited 18 people (see box) to take part, according to a story posted Friday […]

Bob Dunning: No one’s a lock on Election Day

Since the folks at Gallup don’t generally concern themselves with school board elections and other local ballot measures, the task has fallen to me. And while the Davis school board race is clearly too close to call, I’m going to call it anyway. That’s just the kind of public servant I am. I have reached […]

Local novelist Catriona McPherson wins mystery book honor

Novelist Catriona McPherson — who specializes in mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver, set in Scotland circa the 1920s — picked up an award at last month’s Bouchercon, an annual convention for mystery writers and fans, held this year in Cleveland. McPherson, who lives outside Winters, received the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award for her […]

New workshops to help seniors avoid falls

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis is seeking participants for new community healthy effort aimed at reducing falls among older adults. The UCD Health System’s Trauma Prevention Program and department of physical medicine and rehabilitation are piloting weekly workshops workshops called “Stepping On” that provide participants with suggestions for improving balance and strength, ideas about home modifications […]