Girl spent eight hours beneath bodies in French Alps

CHEVALINE, France (AP) — French investigators struggled Thursday to explain how a 4-year-old girl could go undetected for eight hours in a car full of corpses in the French Alps. They also acknowledged that they still don’t know why a family of British vacationers were slain in a BMW on a remote mountain road near […]

Obama to sketch path forward after Clinton pitch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama goes before the Democratic National Convention and the nation on Thursday for a capstone speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters to swing his way in a tight election but to put fire in the belly of his supporters and get them to come out on Election […]

Rain aids battle against forest fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters braced for drier weather Thursday after remnants of a tropical storm helped them gain ground on a 4,180-acre blaze in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Crews were able to double containment Wednesday to 48 percent, working in favorable weather on steep slopes in the Angeles National Forest […]

It’s a good thing it rains so much around here

LET IT RAIN, LET IT POUR … my friend Mike in the core area is so fed up with this town’s water mess that he’s thinking of going completely off the grid, so to speak … whether that’s legal remains to be seen, but Mike’s plan is to meticulously collect the many raindrops that go […]

UC Davis’ 100th anniversary Pajamarino set for Oct. 5

The Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association invites UC Davis students, alumni, staff and community members to help kick off Homecoming Weekend at the 100th anniversary of Pajamarino on Friday, Oct. 5. Pajamarino traces its roots back to 1912, when students sneaked out of their dorm rooms to meet alumni arriving on the train for Homecoming. […]

Motel clerk robbed at gunpoint

Davis police are investigating an armed robbery Wednesday at a local motel. Lt. Paul Doroshov said officers were summoned at 12:40 a.m. to La Quinta Inn, 1771 Research Park Drive, where the front desk clerk reported being confronted by three males who brandished guns and demanded money. The robbers fled after receiving an unknown amount […]

Environmental update: Davis honored for trimming move-out waste

If you’ll be down at City Hall this month, be sure to check out our beautiful new award in the display case! As I mentioned last month, the California Resource and Recovery Association presented the city of Davis recycling program with the prestigious 2012 Pavitra Crimmel Reuse Award for our annual Apartment Move-Out Waste Reduction Program. The […]

Witnesses recall finding victims of 1980 ‘sweethearts’ murders

SACRAMENTO — A grainy black-and-white video — a relatively new investigative tool for police back in 1980 — documented the grim discovery on the morning of Dec. 22. At the bottom of a secluded, wooded ravine, the body of 18-year-old Sabrina Gonsalves lay face down among the leaves, still clad in the skirt, jacket and […]

Art in the Park on Saturday in Woodland

Woodland Farmers Market and YoloArts host Art in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Freeman Park, 1001 Main St. in Woodland. This weekend’s featured artist is Davis ceramic artist Erin Jackson, who will demonstrate how to create clay vessels from 10 a.m. to noon. Market shoppers will be able to see Jackson at work […]

Davis man sentenced to eight years in prison for DUI crash

A Davis man will spend the next eight years in state prison for his role in a traffic accident in May that seriously injured a Winters teenager, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Wednesday. Judge Paul Richardson sentenced Rogelio Cardenas Sanchez, 29, for causing great bodily injury while driving under the influence of alcohol. Sanchez pleaded […]

Teen who died in crash identified

The 14-year-old Redwood City boy who died alongside his mother in a vehicle crash Monday near Rumsey has been identified as Marco Antonio Barajas, Yolo County coroner’s officials said Wednesday. The teen was in the back seat of a Toyota Tacoma driven by his father, Reyes Barajas, that ran off westbound Highway 16, rolled down […]

Tentative deal reached in pepper-spray suit

The University of California Board of Regents will decide next Thursday whether to approve a settlement with Occupy UC Davis protesters who were pepper-sprayed by police. The regents will meet at UC San Francisco Mission Bay.

Terms of the agreement will remain confidential until both sides seek approval for it in federal court.

The lawsuit, filed in February by attorneys for 21 protesters, most of them students, accused UC Davis and its Police Department of improper training and supervision of its officers resulting in the use …

UCD study finds too many variables with eighth-grade algebra policy

A push to require California eighth-graders to study algebra didn’t solve the educational equation, a new study by UC Davis professors concludes. The percentage of students who go on to take more advanced math courses as high school students is not as high as supporters of eighth-grade algebra had hoped, report UCD professors Paul Heckman and […]

Author encourages us to start the Constitution from scratch

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, welcomes bestselling author Christopher Phillips from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Blanchard Room. Phillips will discuss his book, “Constitution Café: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution.” Phillips travels the country engaging Americans to talk about the Constitution. Following the successful format […]