Fans enjoy a rarity in the heavens

Davis residents gathered in open spaces all over town Sunday evening to watch the annular eclipse of the sun, in which the moon covered all but the outer ring of the sun.

The UC Davis geology department provided protective sunglasses for people who wanted to look directly at the sun. Others used welder’s masks or rudimentary pinhole cameras to watch the astronomical rarity.

In the Davis area, south of the eclipse’s path, a partial eclipse covered a maximum of 92 percent of the sun at 6:32 p.m.

Chinese activist who fled house arrest lands in US

NEW YORK (AP) — A blind Chinese legal activist who was suddenly allowed to leave the country arrived in the United States on Saturday, ending a nearly monthlong diplomatic tussle that had tested U.S.-China relations. Chen Guangcheng had been hurriedly taken from a hospital hours earlier and put on a plane for the U.S. after […]

‘Kites for a Kause’

UC Davis student Hammad Khan, a fourth-year psychology major, prepares to send a kite soaring into the air on Thursday as part of the UCD Afghan Student Association’s “Kites for Kause” fundraiser. The festival filled the sky with colorful kites made of bamboo and paper by Afghan children who work shining shoes or selling cigarettes […]

In Montoya’s new mural, flying mortarboards become doves

Malaquias Montoya’s murals can be seen in Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley, and throughout Yolo and Solano counties. And, now, for the first time, he has painted one on his home campus: UC Davis, where he joined the faculty in 1989. The mural, “The Practice of Freedom,” ushers people into the Student Community Center’s south […]

Men accused of plotting attacks around NATO summit

CHICAGO (AP) — Three activists who traveled to Chicago for a NATO summit were accused Saturday of manufacturing Molotov cocktails in a plot to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home and other targets. But defense lawyers shot back that Chicago police had trumped up the charges to frighten peaceful protesters away, […]

Cyclist charged with possessing controlled substance

Officers pulled over bicyclist Gary Bartley Rayshel Jr. near Third and L streets at about 6 p.m. Friday and found a meth pipe and methamphetamine, which Rayshel attempted to destroy, according to Davis police. The 33-year-old Davis resident was booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of specified substance, possessing a device […]

Some commitments are a step too far

True to form, The Davis Enterprise used its Sunday edition several weeks ago to issue its formal endorsements for the three City Council seats up for grabs on June 5. If this seems a bit early to some, it’s actually not, given the large numbers of voters who cast their ballots absentee these days. Many […]

Motorcycle bursts into flames following no-contact hit-and-run

A 24-year-old Elk Grove resident crashed his motorcycle Saturday afternoon as a result of a no-contact hit-and-run on eastbound Interstate 80 near Mace Boulevard, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman. The rider’s name was not released. However, he was in stable condition following his encounter with a vehicle that did not hit him, but […]

DHS yearbook class to return for next year

The Davis High School yearbook class — which was cancelled for next year due to low enrollment — has been reinstated, teacher Kelly Thomsen said Saturday. “I just got word yesterday that we are officially back on,” Thomsen said. The reinstatement comes two weeks after the school board voted to cancel the class due to […]

Man found in alley with multiple stab wounds

Raymond Anthony Ortiz, 47, of Woodland, was found stabbed in an alley between D and C streets, north of Armfield Avenue on Thursday. Woodland police officers were dispatched to the scene of the stabbing, which occurred near the 300 block of D Street at approximately 7:22 p.m. Ortiz had multiple stab wounds to his upper […]

Woodland man assaulted at bus stop

A Woodland man was assaulted Thursday evening by an unidentified assailant at a bus stop near East Main Street and the Highway 113 overpass, police reported. Witnesses told police that a white male adult with a shaved head kicked another man in the face, causing serious injuries at about 5:46 p.m. The suspect fled prior […]

Davis Schools Foundation launches $500K campaign

The Davis Schools Foundation has launched a $500,000 fundraising drive with the goal of restoring funding for junior high vice principals and high school counselors, as well as providing funding for elementary school classroom aides to assist teachers as they deal with larger class sizes. The goal is to raise enough money to fund these […]

Crash leads to felony DUI arrest

A 30-year-old Davis man faces felony drunken driving charges after broadsiding another vehicle and injuring a man and his daughter Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers said Rogilio Cardenas blew a stop sign on southbound County Road 95 at County Road 31 and hit the passenger side of a Lincoln at about […]

Guaraldi featured on local jazz program Tuesday

In celebration of a new biography, “Vince Guaraldi at the Piano” by Davis author Derrick Bang, music composed and performed by Guaraldi, as well as his works performed by other artists, will be featured in a local jazz radio program on KDRT, 95.7 FM. The program, “Jazz After Dark,” hosted by Don Shor, will air […]