Dreams, determination and drive: Davis man strives to reach the top by unconventional means

Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose works are among the most sought after in the world, died without a hint of appreciation. Great American author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s obituary mentioned him having potential, but never actually reaching it. But that’s not likely to be the case for David Johnson — a former Davis High basketball standout who […]

March 03, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Katehi maps out UC Davis plan

UC Davis will examine a three-year degree and expand online education as ways to reduce the cost of a degree, Chancellor Linda Katehi said on Thursday.

During a wide-ranging, hour-long state of the campus address before the Academic Senate, the chancellor also discussed the campus plan for growth, faculty diversity, an effort to address the world’s food supply and the progress of reforms following the 2011 pepper-spraying of student protesters.

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for more teaching and online courses and less research, a topic he and UC leaders will take up again when the UC Board of Regents meets March 12-14.

Bangladesh rioting over court decision kills 44

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protesters clashed with police for a second day Friday as the death toll rose to at least 44 in clashes triggered by a death sentence given to an Islamic party leader for crimes linked to Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war, police said. The latest fighting broke out in northern Gainbandha and Chapainawabganj […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Now a ‘simple pilgrim,’ Benedict resigns papacy

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI’s papacy and the start of his final journey as a “simple pilgrim.” Capping a day of tearful farewells that included an extraordinary […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: One good ‘innovation’ deserves another

IT TAKES A VILLAGE … the good folks at Village Homes, who live in one of the most interesting, innovative and acclaimed neighborhoods on the planet, have apparently looked at our proposed new water rates and concluded there just might be a better way … This from the Village Homes newsletter, which states “The VHA […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Trial derailed in Davis murder case

WOODLAND — A Davis murder case was abruptly dismissed during the jury-selection phase Thursday morning after the prosecuting attorney fell ill, and a Yolo Superior Court judge declined her supervisors’ requests to postpone the trial. However, officials from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office say they intend to refile homicide charges against 37-year-old James Elron […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Council will make up its own mind on wastewater treatment regionalization

When the City Council rejected a proposal in December to spend up to $500,000 to study a regional wastewater treatment project with the city of Woodland, the hesitation appeared to be about the money. However, with the council on Tuesday turning down a mere $14,000 offer for a more abbreviated investigation of the regional plan […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

We Are Aggie Pride

Evan Sterk of the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh takes a sweet treat from Stacie Hoyt, manager of Cupcake Cravings, at a rally at noon Thursday on the campus Quad. The fun was part of the first International Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day; UCD’s event promoted and supported We Are Aggie Pride, a student-run group that […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City, Arboretum seek input on greening project

Proposed improvements to the transition between the UC Davis Arboretum and downtown Davis will get a close look Saturday at a community meeting to gather public feedback on that site and the Putah Creek Parkway in South Davis. The project will feature new native plantings, removal of invasive plants, new pathways and benches, habitat enhancement […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Parents’ Night Out set at Pole Line Baptist Church

Pole Line Road Baptist Church, 770 Pole Line Road in Davis, will host a Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 8. The evening will include games, crafts, Bible stories, movies and refreshments. Children from infancy through sixth grade may attend. The workers are church members who have been approved through an extensive background check and interview process, according […]

March 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Local schools pilot-testing new computer-based exams

Davis students won’t be filling in the bubbles on multiple-choice standardized tests much longer. Two local schools have participated in pilot testing of new computer-based assessments, as California prepares to switch away from paper-based STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) exams. The new computer-based assessments — which California hopes to implement statewide by 2014-15 — will include […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Palestinian movie set at library

The Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights will show “Roadmap to Apartheid” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St in Davis. In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker, […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Politics of Knowledge’ examined at UCD symposium

“Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University” is the focus of a half-day symposium beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, on the second floor of the Student Community Center at UC Davis. The event is free and open to the public. “Embedded within broader social relations, the public university is enrolled in a […]

March 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Advisory board members needed for UCD Fire Department

UC Davis is seeking applicants for its Fire Department Administrative Advisory Committee, tasked with providing insight to the fire chief and executive staff on the needs of the community for services and programs offered by the UCD Fire Department. Work also would include reviewing and providing feedback on current and proposed Fire Department programs, services, […]

March 08, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,