Ink Monkey accepts donations for FamiliesFirst

Local residents are invited to stop by Ink Monkey through Saturday and donate a new, unwrapped toy for the children of FamiliesFirst and receive a limited-edition Ink Monkey holiday T-shirt. FamiliesFirst is a nonprofit agency that provides a residential program in Davis for boys and girls ages 10 to 18. “Please help Ink Monkey bring […]

Get tech answers at Senior Center

Members of the Davis High School Technology Club will answer technology-related questions about computers, phones, iPads or other devices at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. All ages are welcome. Sign up by calling 530-757-5696. Be sure to bring your device the day of the program. For information, go online […]

Local group gives hope to kids

AJD Angels of Hope will host a free event Saturday afternoon at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., to celebrate the first anniversary of achieving 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. “Giving and Hope for Kids” will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will feature free food, entertainment by UC Davis performers and arts and […]

Soroptimists offer special scholarships

Women who need further education to realize their goal of being better providers for their families are invited to apply for the Women’s Opportunity Award grant from Soroptimist International. Each of the two Davis clubs is offering a $2,000 scholarship this year. The grant is for a mature woman who is the head or her […]

France to recognize Palestinian state at U.N.

PARIS (AP) — France announced Tuesday that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week. With the announcement, France becomes the first major European country to come out in favor, dealing a setback to Israel. The timing of the announcement appears aimed at swaying other […]

‘Sneaker waves’ kill parents, son

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon beach, playing fetch with their dog Fran as 10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine. Signs near the beach warned of “sneaker waves,” the kind that suddenly roar […]

Victims’ families describe impacts of 1980 murders

The lingering effects of the murders run long and deep, even with the passage of 32 years.

Andrea Gonsalves Rosenstein won’t look at duct tape or allow it in her home, knowing it was used to bind the heads and limbs of her sister Sabrina Gonsalves and her boyfriend John Riggins on the night they died.

If her surviving children visit “and aren’t home by the time I think they should be home, I get very panicked,” said Kate Riggins, John’s mother.

Then there are the special occasions that are forever ruined: Dec. 20, Dick and Kate Riggins’ wedding anniversary, now marks the day in 1980 that the UC Davis students were abducted and killed.

Bob Dunning: Mailbox stuffed with politics, water, turkeys

My mother told me to always answer the letters I receive. Mom never heard of email, but I presume she meant those “letters,” too. Writes John on the Eastside: “Bob — I missed your take on that letter Jennifer Anderson wrote to her employees at Davis Ace urging them to vote for Mitt Romney.” John […]

Woodland woman, 81, robbed of wallet

An 81-year-old woman was robbed of her wallet Sunday morning while walking home from a shopping trip, Woodland police said. Sgt. Victoria Danzl said the woman, who uses a walker, was in the 400 block of Ashley Avenue when the suspect pushed up against her and took the wallet from a compartment on the walker. […]

Other local reality show stars

2011: Natalie Smith, Brittany Smith, and Christina Chin, “Expedition Impossible: Morocco” 2010: Kevin Wu, “The Amazing Race” 2009: Russell Kairouz, “Big Brother 11″ 2008: Dallas Imbimbo, “The Amazing Race ” 2007: Greg Kaysen, aka John Brown, “Ego Trip’s (White) Rapper Show ” 2007: Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton, “America’s Got Talent” 2006: Michelle Landry, “How to Get […]

Woman’s screams foil attempted kidnapping in Woodland

A man attempted to kidnap a woman Sunday in the parking lot of the Westgate Shopping Center, 367 W. Main St. in Woodland, police report. The 31-year-old victim was walking between cars when the door of a pickup truck parked in the row of vehicles shot open and the man inside attempted to apprehend her, […]

UCD grad exits ‘Amazing Race’ in fifth place

In the end, it was all beyond their control. UC Davis graduate Ryan Danz’s “Amazing Race” journey with his partner Abbie Ginsberg ended in fifth place on Sunday’s episode when they missed a connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany; sat on the tarmac waiting for a de-icer on another plane to be fixed; and had to […]

City Council to rule on proposed changes to Target site pads

The Davis City Council will be asked Tuesday at its meeting to rework the Second Street Crossing site plan to accommodate smaller businesses in the four ancillary pad sites that voters approved along with Target in the Measure K vote of 2006. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers of City […]

Rotarians honor student role models

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 10 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as October’s Students of the Month. They are: * Graham Blanco, nominated by Da Vinci teacher Scott Stephen Bell, who wrote, “Aside from being kind, courteous, industrious, creative, artistic and intelligent, Graham Blanco is one of the wittiest people […]