Change in air for blizzard of winter weather terms

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory? The National Weather Service is looking at the idea that less is more when it comes to such jargon. This winter, the federal forecasting agency is trying out simple, descriptive language to possibly replace […]

Kidnappers say raid killed 35 hostages

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali’s rebel Islamists, U.K. and Japanese diplomats said. The militants claimed strafing by Algerian helicopters killed 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers. A spokesman for the Masked Brigade, […]

Bob Dunning: It’s not your everyday job listing

Always looking for outside work to augment my seven-figure salary as a newspaper columnist, I stumbled upon an online job listing for which I am uniquely qualified. “HEAD FOOTBALL COACH” said the heading under the stylish green “O” that represents the University of Oregon Department of Human Resources, which posted this job offering. “Location: Eugene; […]

Rotary Trivia Challenge benefits nonprofits

Wondering how to put your degree or years of watching MTV to good use? Use it to help your favorite cause at the fourth annual Davis Sunrise Rotary Community Trivia Challenge from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at International House, 10 College Park. “Davis quizmaster” Andy Jones, of de Vere’s Irish Pub fame, […]

Lawmakers sense opportunity for Calif. gun control

Don Thompson and Judy Lin SACRAMENTO — Democratic state lawmakers are sensing an opportunity to pass stricter gun and ammunition laws in California after New York approved the toughest gun-control law in the nation and President Barack Obama proposed the most sweeping attempt to control firearms in nearly two decades. The president’s plan is consistent […]

Calif. colleges see more money in Brown’s budget

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO — After years of difficult budget cuts, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering more money to California’s public colleges and universities. In return, he wants them to hold down costs, expand online learning and stop raising tuition, which has increased sharply in recent years. The Democratic governor released a 2013-2014 budget […]

Woodland CHP officer hurt in Sacramento crash

A Woodland California Highway Patrol officer suffered minor injuries Monday night after crashing his patrol car en route to an emergency in Davis. CHP spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said the 47-year-old officer, whose name was not released, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento when, for unknown reasons, he lost control […]

Davis police seek hit-and-run driver

Davis police are seeking the driver in a hit-and-run collision that injured a bicyclist Tuesday night. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the cyclist, a 21-year-old Davis man, was riding eastbound on Olive Drive and crossing Richards Boulevard on a green light at about 11:10 p.m. when a westbound car made a left turn in front of […]

‘Don’t Light’ warning issued for Thursday

A Don’t Light Tonight advisory has been declared for Davis on Thursday, and residents are asked to refrain from burning wood. Wood smoke has serious health impacts, especially for children, the elderly and those with lung ailments, an air district spokesman said. Certain meteorological conditions that typically lead to increased air pollution from wood smoke are […]

What’s in and what’s out in today’s houses

By Michelle Jennings Wiebe Tampa Bay Times House-hunting can be so much fun and so overwhelming at the same time. If you are out looking for your next castle, it is wise to create a wish list of what you personally desire for your home, including the interiors. While viewing different houses, take a camera […]

Q&A: Bride is irked that mom’s dress resembles the wedding gown

Q: My mom chose a mother-of-the-bride dress that looks just like my wedding gown. Am I being overly dramatic by not wanting her to wear it? A: First off, try to understand that finding a dress is tough for moms, especially with the balancing act of not wanting to overshadow the bride, dressing age-appropriately and […]

Old technology still has niche, especially for weddings

By Josh Flory Ty Pattison works with a Chandler & Price hand-fed letterpress at his printing shop in Knoxville, Tenn. The press was built between 1890 and 1920. Time waits for no man, and neither does technology. That dash-mounted GPS you got for Christmas three years ago? It’s already a relic. Finally deciphered all the […]

Register for water vote by Feb. 19

The last day to register to vote for the city of Davis special election is Tuesday, Feb. 19. The ballot focuses on Measure I, asking voters to decide on a plan to pipe Sacramento River water to Davis and Woodland. The ballots will be mailed out next week and are due back on March 5. […]

MLK concert Monday at UUC

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis will present lively choirs and community singing in “Come Together Singing,”  a Martin Luther King Day concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at 27074 Patwin Rd. The UUCD Sparks Choir and the Free Range Singers, a community choir, will perform African, Russian, Irish and African-American songs as well […]