Center cited for monkey deaths

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the California National Primate Research Center for the deaths of 19 research monkeys, UC Davis announced on Friday. The deaths of the rhesus macaque monkeys in 2009 and 2010 were related to infections, injuries or inadequate maternal care. The USDA did not fine the center, noting improvements made […]

Falkland Islanders vote with an eye on Argentina

STANLEY, Falkland Islands (AP) — Britain is hoping this weekend’s referendum on the political status of the Falkland Islands will push the United States and other neutral governments off the fence in its territorial dispute with Argentina over the remote South Atlantic archipelago. The local Falkland Islands Government has mobilized a major effort to get […]

Egyptian Soccer fans rampage over court verdicts

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian soccer fans rampaged through the heart of Cairo on Saturday, furious about the acquittal of seven police officers while death sentences against 21 alleged rioters were confirmed in a trial over a stadium melee that left 74 people dead. The case of the Feb. 1, 2012 stadium riot in the city […]

Death and taxes: Gay couples could see windfalls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Mina Meyer and Sharon Raphael, two women in their 70s who fell in love more than four decades ago and have been married for more than four years, the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending consideration of a law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing unions like theirs is about more […]

Bob Dunning: It’s a big change that nobody wants

While our town is just beginning to debate the merits and demerits of converting Davis High School to a four-year institution from the current three years, those close to this issue know that cash-saving school closures are the District’s ultimate goal here. High School reconfiguration is simply the vehicle the Board has chosen to carry […]

Renaissance-to-rock musicologist wins teaching prize

Peek inside the office of Christopher Reynolds, professor, musicologist, choral singer and son of a choir conductor, and a visitor sees the expected — rows and rows of books, stacks of sheet music and a sketch of Beethoven on the wall. But take a few more steps inside and you bump into a life-size cardboard […]

Former Livermore director of economic development joins city staff

Aim for CEO. No, it’s not career advice, it’s essentially the philosophy that Rob White, the city’s new chief innovation officer, carries with him to Davis; an ethos that he believes can ignite the local economy. Reel in that big fish, he’d say, and the jobs will follow. “CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, COO jobs,” White explained […]

Whole Foods to label gene-modified content

By Stephanie Strom Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, […]

Madrigals host choral workshop for kids

The Davis High School Madrigal Singers invite elementary school children to join them for an afternoon of singing on Sunday, March 17. The annual Madrigals Choral Workshop, geared to kindergarten through sixth-grade students, is an outreach program designed to give younger children the opportunity to work with high school singers. The workshop will run from […]

To place graduates, law schools are opening firms

By Ethan Bronner TEMPE, Ariz. — When Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of the law school at Arizona State University, was visiting the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota a couple of years ago he mentioned the shifting job market for his students — far fewer offers and a new demand for graduates already able to draft documents […]

Learn the secrets of plant propagation

Master Gardener Jim Fowler will share the secrets of propagation at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Grace Garden, at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road. Admission is free. “If you’re curious to figure out how to create a new plant from the one your friend has, come find out how this works,” a […]

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at I-House

Children and adults are invited to join storyteller Angela James in an unusual Caribbean/Irish program, “Knick Knack Paddy Whack,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at International House, 10 College Park. Be sure to wear green! James, a Sacramento resident, also is a member of Fenix Drum and Dance troupe. The Children’s International Storytelling Program runs 11 […]

Hugelkultur workshop shows how to eliminate yard waste, watering

Before throwing old wood or pruned tree branches into the green-recycle waste bin, consider recycling them into a living sponge that will save you from higher water bills and your garden from wilting. Modeled after the nutrient-rich and sponge-like effects that fallen trees create on forest floors, hugelkultur is a self-sustaining, self-sufficient permaculture gardening technique […]

All fired up! UC Davis offers unique workout

The idea came to UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht while considering recent applicants to his department’s popular student firefighter program.

Although hundreds of students typically apply for the program’s 15 spots, “the physical piece of it is usually the huge eliminator of possible candidates,” Trauernicht said, referring to the rigorous physical agility tests the contenders undergo.

As fire chief, Trauernicht wanted to offer something that not only better prepared future pools of aspiring firefighters, but also — as part of its mission to promote a healthy community — help others break out of their normal workout routines.