Bob Dunning: Sounds like a prediction I would have made

ZIP GOES ZIPCAR … the irony is hard to miss … Avis buying Zipcar … sounds like the kind of tongue-in-cheek prediction the Above-Pictured Columnist would make for 2013 in his final column of 2012 … but it’s true, Avis has bought Zipcar … lock, stock and muffler … no foolin’ … A little background […]

Retirees can sue Livermore lab over health care

By Bob Egelko A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit by retired employees of the University of California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory over UC’s decision in 2008 to switch their health insurance to a private plan that covered less and cost more. The four retirees presented evidence that the university had promised them lifetime […]

Local DUI arrest numbers are in

A countywide crackdown on drunken drivers during the winter holidays ended with 37 people under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, officials with Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ task force announced Wednesday. Between 12:04 a.m. Dec. 14 and midnight Tuesday, officers representing eight Yolo County law-enforcement agencies made the arrests through […]

Don’t Light Tonight alert declared for Thursday

A Don’t Light Tonight advisory has been declared for Davis on Thursday, and residents are asked to refrain from burning wood. Wood smoke has serious health impacts, especially for children, the elderly and those with lung ailments, an air district spokesman said. Certain meteorological conditions that typically lead to increased air pollution from wood smoke are […]

Brown seeks big agenda while restraining Democrats

By Juliet Williams SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown checked off most of the items from his 2012 to-do list. He persuaded a majority of voters to pass his tax initiative in November, pushed changes to the public pension system through the Legislature and put California on stronger financial footing. Now, the Democratic governor can […]

Measure I on Facebook, Twitter

Information about the Woodland-Davis Surface Water Project on the March 5 ballot is available online at The site, which is maintained by supporters of Measure I, features information, the ballot measure text and volunteer signups. Local residents also may “like” Measure I on Facebook by searching for Clean Water for Davis or follow @Water4Davis […]

Mayan civilization’s sudden demise examined in talk to UCD retirees

What caused the Mayan civilization to die? This question will be explored by UC Davis professors Bruce Winterhalder (anthropology) and Martha Marci (Native American studies and linguistics) at a presentation Thursday, Jan. 10, to the UCD Emeriti Association and the UCD Retirees’ Association. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — their talk […]

Gene shows who will have early hearing losses

By Irene Maher Tampa Bay Times So, maybe there were a few loud concerts over the years. You’ve always loved big fireworks shows. And you don’t always protect your ears when using the leaf blower. But you’re just in your 40s or 50s, way too young for significant hearing loss. Still, conversations are getting harder […]

Primary care doctors growing scarce

By Drew Joseph Roughly 4 million additional Californians are expected to obtain health insurance by 2014 through the federal health law, an expansion that likely will exacerbate the state’s doctor shortage and could even squeeze primary care access in the Bay Area, experts say. Even without the Affordable Care Act, a worsening doctor shortage had been […]

Avis buying Zipcar in deal worth nearly $500M

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car-sharing services. Car-sharing has become a popular alternative to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas and on college campuses, allowing members to get a vehicle quickly for short trips. Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, has more […]

Unemployed and over 60

By Mike Harris Ventura County Star Vicki Schweitzer, 61, has been looking for work for about a year. “It’s not going very well,” said the former office manager, who lost her job in a downsizing during the economic downturn. “There just doesn’t seem to be very much out there and a lot of them are asking […]

From practical to artistic, Adult School has it all

The new year ushers in several new courses at the Davis Adult and Continuing Education School, where winter quarter classes will get under way on Monday.

“One of our new teachers may be a familiar face,” said Principal Laurel Clumpner. “David Inns, who was the principal at Holmes Junior High and later Harper Junior High, will be teaching a class in household repair on Tuesday evenings, and an open wood shop class on Thursday evenings. Both of those classes will be held at Holmes Junior High.”

Sutter qigong schedule features new class

Local residents who have resolved to move more, stress less or improve their health in 2013 may be interested in qigong classes offered by Sutter Health. Western research has shown that the ancient practice of gentle Chinese health exercise offers many health benefits. The 10-week winter session begins Monday, Jan. 14. Classes take place at […]

A Mondavi branches out to water witching

By Stacy Finz Marc Mondavi is standing in the middle of his vineyard, talking to two copper rods. “Find water,” he tells them as he walks slowly down a row of vines holding the rods pointed in front of him. As if possessed, the rods start moving until they cross over one another. “Here,” he […]