Charge refiled in Davis murder case

WOODLAND — As promised, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has refiled a murder charge against James Elron Mings, whose case was abruptly dismissed last week during the jury selection phase of his trial. Mings, 37, pleaded not guilty to the single felony count Monday in Yolo Superior Court. He also waived his right to […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Support offered to family caregivers

Family caregivers can get plenty of support through monthly meetings of local groups and occasional special presentations. Coming up are: * Women Spouses Caregiver Support Group, 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. For more information, call Peggy Phelps at 530-666-8828. * Triple S Family Caregiver Support Group, noon Thursday, March 14, at […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Students rally for education

Ulises Cayetano, 23, a student from Santa Monica College, joins with other students from around the state Monday in a march and demonstration for more funding for higher education at the Capitol in Sacramento. Students and supporters from the University of California, California State University and community college system called on lawmakers to provide more […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Coroner IDs man hit by train in West Sacramento

A train-versus-pedestrian collision Sunday in West Sacramento has been ruled accidental by the Yolo County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office. Mitchell Lee Yarrington, 52, of West Sacramento, was walking on the railroad tracks near Harbor Boulevard when he was struck from behind by the westbound Amtrak passenger train shortly before 2 p.m. Yarrington’s cause of death was listed […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Women, girls talk about international experiences

Five speakers will discuss how international experiences influence one’s world view at a free program celebrating International Women’s Day on Sunday afternoon at International House Davis. The event runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 10 College Park. Speakers are: * Ewen Wang, a Stanford physician who has recently worked in Borneo with the organization […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Argentine tango showcased at library performances

The Yolo County Library will host two events in April celebrating the rich history of Argentine tango. Visitors will experience the magic and passion of the dance that influenced art, fashion and music worldwide. Jurek Mazur will give a multimedia presentation on the roots, history and culture of Argentine tango with music and a special […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Keeping an eye on online test-takers

By Anne Eisenberg Millions of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses — those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, MIT and other universities. But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, […]

March 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Delve into ‘More Than Landscapes’

“More Than Landscapes” is the title of the new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St., that highlights wonderful landscapes and still-life works by Michael Mikolon and Lauren Brandy. Mikolon is one of those truly graceful artists, whose work looks both effortlessly rendered and carefully constructed. Preferring to work outside, painting or […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Seminar focuses on retirement health care costs

Jeremy Palac of Fidelity Investments will present a retirement health care planning seminar from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Abaton Consulting Conference Room, 221 G St., Suite 202, in downtown Davis. Health care is a significant budget item during retirement years. Underestimating those costs can impact your lifestyle, Palac said. Seminar attendees will […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Leprechaun hunt, egg decorating highlight crafts fair

The Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair is coming to Central Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with more than 40 food and craft vendors, live music and March festivities including dyeing Easter eggs and a leprechaun hunt. The park is at Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Visitors who join the hunt search […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Davis Excel must renounce petition

GATE-gate. It’s the ultimate scandalous nickname that’s drawing snickers all over town. Too bad it’s not funny. As Sunday’s front-page story by Anne Ternus-Bellamy began, “The already heated debate about the school district’s Gifted and Talented Education program took an ugly turn last week with the discovery that a pro-GATE petition on the website Change.org […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Pinkerton asks council to approve new tech-business specialist position

The Davis City Council will be asked by City Manager Steve Pinkerton on Tuesday to carve out space in the budget for a brand-new executive management position at City Hall, called the chief innovation officer, to focus on technology-based economic development. To pay for the new employee, the city would have to find $120,000 per […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Christian preschool hosts open house

University Covenant Nursery School invites all interested families to attend its annual open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. Parents and children can meet the staff, see the facility and ask questions of parents of current preschoolers. UCNS is a weekday Christian preschool with programs […]

March 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Mixie (No. 113543), a 1o-month-old spayed female gray and white domestic short-haired cat. Also hoping for a good home is Benny (No. 114085), a 5-year-old neutered male brown brindle and […]

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