California experiencing an increase in flu cases

LOS ANGELES — Health officials say California is seeing more cases of the flu, but the increase is not unexpected. The state typically experiences a surge in flu activity in late December or early January, peaking in February or March. California Department of Public Health director Dr. Ron Chapman says in the last several weeks […]

Chemicals plastics absorb may increase threat to marine life

Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by UC Davis doctoral student Chelsea Rochman. The study found that the most commonly produced plastics also absorbed the most […]

Train hits car east of Davis — was GPS to blame?

Authorities say two people narrowly avoided becoming victims of a train-versus-car collision Monday night east of Davis — one that may have been caused by an errant global positioning system. California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Leal said dispatchers were called at about 8:30 p.m. by the car’s occupants, who reported that their vehicle was stuck […]

DAC folk dance class

The Davis Art Center offers a four-week Beginning Folk Dance Class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 5-26. Students will learneasy traditional and contemporary folk dance from many countries in a fun social environment. The class, taught by Barbara Linderholm, is a good transition into Davis Art Center’s ongoing International Folk Dance Class which meets from 7 to […]

Being pear-shaped carries health risks, too, researchers say

It’s all going pear-shaped for the notion that, when it comes to health, being shaped like a pear beats being shaped like an apple. That’s according to UC Davis researchers, who believe they have partly deflated the commonly held belief that a person with more fat around the abdomen is at greater risk for diabetes […]

Two chances to donate blood at UCD

The Associated Students of UC Davis is sponsoring a Blood and Marrow Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 22-23 at The Pavilion near the Activities and Recreation Center. All blood drive participants will receive a $5 Togo’s gift card and MyBloodSource Rewards good for a variety of items. Join Be The Match marrow […]

Chairlift safety program honors Davis boy’s memory

When 7-year-old John Henderson died last year after falling from a chairlift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, his family and friends mourned the North Davis Elementary School second-grader who aspired to be an inventor, appreciated books as much as he did sports, and who loved to tell a good joke.

Before long, John’s parents, UC Davis Medical Center physicians Mark Henderson and Helen Chew, channeled their grief into action, partnering with Sugar Bowl officials to create a comprehensive chairlift safety program aimed at protecting other young skiers.

Change in Grace Garden volunteer time

Grace Garden will begin the new year with a new volunteer time from 1 to 3 p.m. The first afternoon for working or playing in the garden is Thursday, Jan. 24. It’s also the time to start planting seeds for the organizations annual Plant Sale in April, and then plant out in the garden in […]

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Crisis Nursery reports successful holidays

What do play groups, book and wine clubs, neighborhood associations, real estate agencies, local businesses, health care providers and a random collection of families and friends have in common? They each pooled resources to adopt families served by the Yolo Crisis Nursery, ensuring 25 such families wouldn’t go without over the holidays. Once again, I’m […]

Hybrid pupfish provide look at natural selection

Chris Martin has bred more than 3,000 hybrid fish in his time as a graduate student in evolution and ecology at UC Davis, a pursuit that has helped him create one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural selection in the wild and demonstrated a key prediction in evolutionary biology. “We can see a surprisingly […]

Davis High hosts college financing talk

Receive answers to all of your questions about college financing at a Davis High School presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school library, 315 W. 14th St. Beatrice Schultz, founder of Westface College Planning and host of a college financing radio program, will offer tips on maximizing financial aid eligibility and insight […]

French lead all-night bombing campaign in Diabaly

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French forces led an all-night aerial bombing campaign Tuesday to wrest control of a small Malian town from armed Islamist extremists, as more French troops arrived in preparation for a possible land assault. A convoy of 40 to 50 trucks carrying French troops crossed into Mali from Ivory Coast. Several thousand […]

Assemblywoman Yamada announces free cash for college workshops

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is hosting two Cash for College Workshops to help students apply for Cal Grants and other financial aid for college. The Cash for College program is a partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, the Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium, Woodland Community College, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program and local volunteers. “We […]

Obama weighing executive action on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said. Those steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties […]