Korematsu Day honors civil rights activist

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson encourages all Californians to observe the third annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, as well as participate in the Korematsu Day events throughout California. “History offers us many lessons, among them the cost of war and racism, and the strength it takes to achieve […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Man fatally struck by train in Davis

Yolo County coroner’s officials are still trying to identify the man who was fatally struck by a Union Pacific freight train early Monday morning in Davis. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Aaron Hunt said the man was sitting on the railroad tracks near Second Street and Peña Drive when the westbound freight train, hauling scrap metal […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmers Market has postcards for sale

The Davis Farmers Market has produced a series of eight full-color postcards that are now on sale at the market shed during regular market hours, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The postcards feature people and produce of Davis’s well-loved farmers market and were designed by the […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Days of small K-3 classes are done in California

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO — California embarked on an ambitious experiment in 1996 to improve its public schools by putting its youngest students in smaller classes. Nearly 17 years later, the goal of maintaining classrooms of no more than 20 pupils in the earliest grades has been all but discarded — a casualty of […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Stitchers will learn to make fabric buttons

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Nancy Nehring will present a hands-on project for making fabric buttons, with a choice of several types. Nehring has written a book on antique English […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Even greenhorns are welcome at Texas hold ‘em tourney

Tickets are still available for Soroptimist International of Davis’ annual Texas Hold ‘Em Night, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Serious poker players can play in the fast-paced tournament for $60, with prizes up to $500 in gift certificates. Newcomers to poker […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rotary Club seeks community project proposals

The Rotary Club of Davis is seeking applications for possible community service projects. Past successful projects have included most of the following characteristics: long-term benefit to the Davis community; hands-on participation by members of the requesting organization, when applicable; hands-on participation by the Rotary Club of Davis; and a possible degree of funding from Rotary. […]

February 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davos forum considers learning’s next wave

By Alison Smale DAVOS, Switzerland — She may not have been the youngest speaker ever at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Khadija Niazi, 12, was certainly captivating. Hundreds of the conference’s well-heeled attendees listened intently as Khadija of Lahore, Pakistan, described her experience with massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, that are […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Officer assault lands parolee back in jail

A 44-year-old man recently released from prison found himself back in custody Saturday after allegedly assaulting a Woodland police officer. Reggie Joe Dickerson was on searchable probation for grand theft when the officer stopped him at 12:45 a.m. for riding a bike on a sidewalk and without a light in the 100 block of West […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis police investigate sexual assault

Davis police are seeking the suspect in a sexual assault and robbery that occurred Saturday at Davis Community Church. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said police received a report from a woman who said she was walking on the church property at 412 C St. in search of an animal adoption center at about 11:20 a.m., she […]

January 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts

French, Mali forces retake airport in city of Gao

KONNA, Mali (AP) — French and Malian troops regained control of the airport and bridge of the crucial northern city of Gao on Saturday, marking their biggest advance yet in their bid to oust al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months, military officials said. The move comes just two weeks after France launched […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Late Burger King fan gets drive-through funeral

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan’s funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse — and the rest of the procession — to make one last drive-through visit before reaching the cemetery. David Kime Jr. “lived by his own rules,” daughter Linda Phiel said. He […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown’s canal proposal bad plumbing: Garamendi

Rep. John Garamendi on Saturday blasted the proposal to build two tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State Address. “That’s not a water plan, that’s a plumbing system — and a very, very bad one,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, before about 300 people at the […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explosions may cost organic farm certification

When police destroyed explosive-making materials found in a junior researcher’s apartment, they may have contaminated part of the UC Davis Student Farm. Soil samples were collected before and after eight controlled detonations on a fallow field off Orchard Park Drive on Jan. 17. “The national organic law says you can’t put anything synthetic on organic […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,