Brushing up: UCD student provides dental outreach in Peru

In 2010, UC Davis pre-med student Joseph Lapid and some friends began discussing how they could use what they learned to make a significant impact — not only in their community, but in the world. “We just wanted to find a place that needed what we had to offer and … where we could also […]

Police seek missing Davis woman, 78

UPDATE: Patricia Morgenthal’s last known cell phone location was in the area of Interstate 80 and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento, Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said Sunday. Officers searched the area and canvassed homes in the vicinity on Saturday but were unable to find the 78-year-old Davis woman who has been missing since Friday […]

‘Bad Hair Bandit’ to be prosecuted in Sacramento

The woman dubbed the “Bad Hair Bandit” for the unusual wigs she wore during an alleged four-state bank robbery spree — including one holdup in Davis — pleaded not guilty to 21 robbery counts Friday in federal court, authorities said. Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, a transient from the states of Idaho and Washington, has […]

Two hurt, one arrested in Woodland stabbing

Two Woodland teens were hospitalized and another arrested Friday following an afternoon assault, police said. Officers were dispatched to reports of a stabbing at about 2 p.m. to the first block of West Woodland Avenue, Sgt. Jason Brooks said. The suspect, 16, had fled but was detained nearby. Police also discovered two victims — a […]

UN team investigates reported Syria massacre

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. observers investigating a reported mass killing in a Syrian village on Saturday found pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortars and artillery shells, adding details to the emerging picture of what anti-regime activists have called one of the deadliest events of Syria’s uprising. Dozens of people have already been […]

Placer County fire threatens 170 homes

FORESTHILL (AP) — Fire officials say about 170 homes outside the Placer County community of Colfax remain under evacuation orders as a wildfire burns for the fourth day. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says the flames are bumping right up to homes in the Yankee Jim and Iowa Hill area […]

PG&E warns of bill-paying scam

PG&E is warning customers about an ongoing scam involving claims that President Barack Obama is providing credit for or directly paying utility bills. The scam targets customers through social media, posted fliers, text messages and phone calls, PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said. In some cases, customers have been asked for Social Security numbers to apply […]

All of a sudden, November seems too soon

For crying out loud, I leave town for a few days and all hell breaks loose. First, the city flip flops on the water issue like a spawning salmon trying to make its way up the Sacramento River, then UC Davis uses my absence to hire a new athletic director without my permission, then the […]

Pot growers’ poison may be killing rare animal

By Kat Kerlin Rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing the fisher, a rare forest carnivore that makes its home in some of the most remote areas of California, according to a team of researchers led by UC Davis veterinary scientists. Researchers discovered commercial rodenticide in dead fishers in Humboldt County near Redwood National Park […]

Despite layoffs, city assures residents it can improve tree services

What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: On City Government Channel 16 on cable television or via streaming video at Notable agenda items: Water project timing and deadlines, urban forest program, bicycle action plan If City Manager Steve Pinkerton learned anything from […]

Davis police seek alleged burglary accomplice

Davis police are seeking a Solano County man who left his alleged burglary accomplice in the lurch Wednesday morning. Lt. Paul Doroshov said police got a call at 6 a.m. reporting suspicious-looking people peering into cars in the 1800 block of Picasso Avenue. Responding officers stopped a pickup leaving the area, at which point the […]

UCD and Yoursphere create online community for kids with cancer

Young cancer patients and survivors now have a way to connect with peers all over the world, thanks to a first-of-its-kind interactive online community. The Davis-based Yoursphere Media Inc., which operates the popular kids-only social networking site,, has teamed up with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to create “Kids Cancer Corner.” The social […]

Blood Drive planned Sunday at Odd Fellows Hall

The Davis Odd Fellows will host a blood drive at its lodge for BloodSource on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Odd Fellows Hall is at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Blood donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win four tickets to a Sacramento River Cats Game. […]

Yolo Hospice: A nurse finds her calling

By Sharon Blaha Darlene Allwright has spent her entire 17-year nursing career as a hospice nurse. “The first time I went out on a home visit with a hospice nurse, my senior year in nursing school, I knew caring for hospice patients was my reason for being,” Allwright said. Three days after receiving her nursing […]