Attorneys make opening statements

Jurors in the murder trial of Richard Hirschfield, charged with the 1980 killings of UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, will hear evidence of his criminal history, including a 1975 conviction for robbing and raping a Mountain View woman whose younger sister and boyfriend also were in the apartment. Attorneys disagreed in their […]

Hard water solution is part of the problem

SALTY LANGUAGE … this from California’s Eastern Municipal Water District: “On average, a single residential self-regenerating water softener can discharge a pound of salt a day and between 70 to 300 gallons of water per week when it regenerates and ‘flushes’ away the brine. Residential self-regeneration water softeners are a significant source of salinity.” … […]

Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy. The former president’s speech will be a high point […]

‘Sweethearts’ murder trial begins at long last

It was the whir of a bathroom fan that alerted Andrea Rosenstein to something terribly, horribly wrong.

Rosenstein — then known as Andrea Gonsalves — made a habit of leaving the bathroom light on so her younger sister Sabrina “could see her way” when she returned to their shared Alta Loma Street condominium at night.

“She would have turned the light off” before going to bed, Rosenstein testified Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court. So when the fan continued to blow the next morning, “I knew that she had not come home.”

A frantic Rosenstein called her family and that of John Riggins, Gonsalves’ best-friend-turned-boyfriend …

Woodland city leaders break ground on surface water project

WOODLAND — Even with the city of Davis not yet on board, construction officially began Tuesday on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project, as Woodland city leaders broke ground on the regional water treatment facility site. The groundbreaking took place in front of the site at 42929 County Road 24 in Woodland. After […]

Kozik tapped the art of science

Scientist and watercolorist Alexander Kozik, from the former Soviet Union, studied at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and is now a bioinformatics specialist at the UC Davis Genome Center. His primary duties are data visualization in genomics. Ten years ago, he started an artistic interpretation of biological data in colors and shapes. He developed numerous computer programs […]

Redwood City man arrested for crash that killed wife, son

A Redwood City man faces felony drunken driving and possible vehicular manslaughter charges following a crash Monday that killed the man’s wife and teenage son, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to a CHP news release, 46-year-old Reyes Barajas of Redwood City was at the wheel of a westbound 2001 Toyota Tacoma that ran […]

YFSA opens new downtown Davis office

Yolo Family Service Agency, a nonprofit agency that for 53 years has offered counseling and mental health services, has moved to downtown Davis. The agency has opened an office with convenient parking at 140 B St., Suite 6C. Trish Staniosis, YFSA executive director, says “downtown Davis is a great location, making it much easier for […]

Alzheimer’s expert visits Atria Covell Gardens

Atria Covell Gardens, a senior living community, will host Alzheimer’s disease expert and internationally renowned author David Troxel at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. His talk is free and open to the public. Troxel will give a presentation based on his book, “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care.” The book discusses the one thing […]

Explosions may be heard Thursday as a result of port classes

The Port of West Sacramento, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will conduct classes Thursday for those enrolled in the Continuing Challenge, a weeklong national hazardous materials emergency response workshop held annually in Sacramento. Due to the nature of the class, which involves explosions, some residents of Yolo County may hear explosions in the […]

Sign up by Sept. 21 for ‘Nutcracker’ lottery

Applications for roles in the 2012 production of the local holiday favorite, “The Davis Children’s Nutcracker,” are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the city of Davis Community Services Office, 600 A St., Suite C. Names of cast members — 250 Davis children ages 6-12 — are drawn by lottery, with preference given […]

Contingency plan eyed for school administrators’ salary concessions

The Davis Board of Education will hear an enrollment update for the Davis schools on Thursday and consider a contingency plan that could implement salary reductions and furlough days for school district administrators if Proposition 30 fails in the Nov. 6 election. Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City […]

Stranger attempts to get Winters boy into vehicle

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reports that a stranger tried to abduct a 10-year-old boy who was walking in the Winters area on Sunday evening. The boy, who was not hurt during the incident, ran to a nearby neighbor’s residence after the 6 p.m. incident and they contacted the Sheriff’s Department. The boy told deputies […]

Food given to needy individuals

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute food to eligible Davis residents on Wednesday, Sept. 19, as follows: * From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Davisville Apartments on Kennedy Place; * From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.; and * From 6 to 7 p.m. at […]