Bird photography featured at free talk

The Photography Club of Davis will hear from Lynda Goff at its meeting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. The meeting is free and open to the public. Goff will talk about how she uses her photography to assist her work in bird carving and […]

ECB cuts growth outlook for eurozone, holds rates

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank underlined the gloomy prospects for the economy of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, cutting its forecast for growth next year to minus 0.3 percent from plus 0.5 percent. Even so, the bank left rates unchanged at its meeting Thursday, and ECB head Mario Draghi […]

Bob Dunning: All voters deserve cost information

In less than two months — just after Groundhog Day, in fact — we’ll all be receiving ballots in the mail asking us to vote up or down on the very expensive project to bring Sacramento River water to Davis taps. Only we won’t know the actual cost to us, individually or collectively, of this […]

Jury weighs Hirschfield’s fate

SACRAMENTO — Does convicted killer Richard Joseph Hirschfield’s unfortunate past warrant him a lifetime in prison, or should society impose the same fate he gave his two young victims nearly 32 years ago? Those were the dueling questions posed to a Sacramento County jury Wednesday during closing arguments in the penalty-phase proceedings for Richard Joseph […]

For the record

An incorrect phone number was included in Wednesday’s story about the Parent Project’s return in January. The 12-week series offers parents guidance on dealing with troublesome teenage behavior. The correct number is 530-757-1812. Registration also will be taken online at

Author sheds light on dwellers of the dark

Bats are often associated with images of creepy Halloween scenes — represented as blood-sucking vampires and overall dreadful, rabid creatures that emerge from the night.

It’s exactly those stereotypes that Rachael Long, a University of California Cooperative Extension adviser in Yolo County, is hoping to break. In her new children’s book, “Gold Fever,” she depicts bats as the beneficial mammals she has observed them to be.

The appreciation for the oft-misunderstood animals came from Long’s father, a UC Berkeley biology professor. After being introduced to bats at a young age, Long, 52, joined Bat Conservation International and took a field class through the organization in 1992.

Researcher, cheerleader to team with public on space project

A UC Davis microbiologist and a professional cheerleader are teaming up with “citizen scientists” to send microbes to the International Space Station and study their growth. The project is one of eight announced Nov. 29 as winners of the International Space Station Research Competition sponsored by Space Florida and Nanoracks Inc. The team is led […]

Survey: In state’s board rooms, boys’ club remains

The 400 largest companies headquartered in California, representing almost $3 trillion in shareholder value, still resemble a “boys’ club” with women filling fewer than 10 percent of top executive jobs, a UC Davis study has found. The Graduate School of Management’s eighth annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders — a yearly benchmark […]

For young Latino readers, an image is missing

By Motoko Rich PHILADELPHIA — Like many of his third-grade classmates, Mario Cortez-Pacheco likes reading the “Magic Tree House” series, about a brother and a sister who take adventurous trips back in time. He also loves the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” graphic novels. But Mario, 8, has noticed something about these and many […]

Radio show focuses on perseverance

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at Ariane de Bonvoisin, a frequent guest on “How She Really Does It,” has mentioned in previous interviews that she climbed tall ladders of success, graduating […]

Santa will pose for photos at Davis Ace

For one weekend, the Davis Ace Christmas garden department will host Santa Claus for pictures with children and pets. St. Nick will drop by from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 830 Fourth St. in downtown Davis. Donations for the Children’s Miracle Network are welcome. For information, call 530-758-8000.

Holiday cookie decorating set at Davis Ace

Davis Ace will host a holiday cookie decorating event for kids 12 and younger from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The store, at 240 G St. in downtown Davis, will provide the cookies and edible decorations. For more information, call 530-758-8000.

Blues giant Guitar Shorty at The Palms

Incandescent bluesman and ace performer Guitar Shorty will play 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., in Winters. Tickets are $20. Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix, who was Shorty’s brother-in-law, and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades […]

Yolo residents improving reading, health, financial literacy through United Way programs

Three projects funded by United Way’s California Capital Region are making significant differences in the lives of hundreds of Yolo County residents, president and CEO Steve Heath said at a recent town hall meeting in Woodland. “We are working with several partner nonprofits to produce measurable results on issues of vital importance to Yolo County […]