Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack

BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria’s 14-month-old uprising. The shelling attack on Houla, a group of villages northwest of the central […]

Parade of nations

Rose Mariano, 9, left, and Sophia Young, 10, members of the Davis AYSO U10 girls team Graffiti, carry the flag of Ghana in the Parade of Nations Friday evening in Community Park. The event kicked off this weekend’s AYSO World Cup soccer tournament, which features 130 youth teams from Davis and throughout Northern California. For […]

Students arrested for setting off homemade bomb

Two students at Douglass Junior High School in Woodland were arrested on Friday for setting off a “works bomb.” No one was hurt by the explosion, which was contained by a metal trash can. According to police, a plastic container with household items sealed inside blew up at about 12:20 p.m. By the time an […]

Celebrate seniors at Awards Night

Community members are invited to celebrate the achievements of Davis High School’s graduating seniors on Tuesday at the annual Senior Awards Night. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS 315 W. 14th St. Several hundred students will be recognized for academics, athletics, community service, school achievements, scholarships and awards. […]

Lawn ornaments are signs of the times

I don’t know how many folks in this super-intelligent town are actually influenced by lawn signs urging them to vote for a certain City Council candidate, but I can say for certain that no serious candidate has ever considered not using lawn signs. Since hardly anyone attends the various “forums” and few people bother to […]

Get to know Frerichs at meet-and-greets

Davis voters have two opportunities this week to meet Davis City Council candidate Lucas Frerichs. The first is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Frerichs will meet voters and talk about his vision for Davis. The event will feature music, wine and local seasonal appetizers. The suggested donation […]

UCD awarded stem cell grants

UC Davis stem cell researchers Kyriacos Athanasiou and W. Douglas Boyd were awarded grants last week totaling $6.6. million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Athanasiou, a professor of orthopaedic surgery and chairman of biomedical engineering, is investigating the use of skin-derived stem cells to heal cartilage injuries and debilitating conditions of the knee […]

Our Sunday best: Sizzling summer cinema

Summer arrives earlier every year, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. This year’s summer began back on May 4, with the thunderous arrival of “The Avengers.”

And with a global box-office take of $1.18 billion — as of last weekend — it’s safe to say that no other entry has a prayer of duplicating that success between now and late August.

Perhaps that’s just as well. For the first time in many, many years, the season isn’t entirely dominated by sequels and would-be franchises, although you’ll still find plenty …

At the Pond: Have to have a habitat

One of the daily, simple pleasures in life is my newly renovated yard, which has been evolving. Grass is gone except for a backyard patch. Instead, it has been transformed to give more pleasure, use less water, no fertilizer, little maintenance, some food to harvest, have more surprises and be inviting to birds, bees and […]

Frerichs passes Wolk in campaign contributions, returns union money

Across the finish line, it’s Lucas Frerichs, chair of the city’s planning commission to win the campaign contributions race, raking in $31,608 since February when he announced his campaign. All five candidates — vying for three seats on the City Council on June 5 —  turned in financial statements Thursday, revealing contributions and expenditures for […]

Group responsible for Greenwald mailer terminates campaign activity

Just as fast and unexpected as Davis Citizens for Better Government in Davis 2012 arrived on the political scene this year, the group responsible for the hit-piece on Councilwoman Sue Greenwald that tarnished what once was a clean campaign, has closed the books on its financial activity for the 2012 City Council election season. Three […]

‘Operation Vigilance’ nets nine sex-offender arrests

More than 140 law-enforcement officers from 18 local, state and federal agencies convened this week to conduct compliance and enforcement checks of Yolo County’s sex registrants, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Thursday. Officers participating in Operation Vigilance made contact with or investigated the location of 311 of Yolo County’s 370 known sexual offenders in an […]

Tandem Foundation awards $30,000 in grants to local schools

The Tandem Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $30,000 on Tuesday, in support of programs at elementary, junior high and high schools across the Davis school district. Bill Roe, one of the directors of Tandem Properties, which owns and manages several apartment complexes in Davis, noted that “there are many good causes in town. We continue […]

Ceremony will pay tribute to veterans

Davis Boy Scouts will join Veterans of Foreign Wars members in putting small flags on the graves of all veterans — more than 700 — in the Davis Cemetery, leading up to the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. The ceremony, which is hosted by the VFW Davis Post 6949 and the Davis Professional Firefighters Association, starts […]