Casino impact funds set

The state of California has allocated $60,765 to the Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee to award as grants to local agencies in Yolo County affected by tribal gaming. The committee is accepting applications for grant funding. Priority areas for the receipt of grant funding include law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, environmental […]

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

Judge imposes death penalty in UCD “sweethearts” murder case

SACRAMENTO — Calling the defendant’s crimes “so horrendous, so evil,” a Sacramento Superior Court judge Friday said the death penalty is the “appropriate punishment” to impose on Richard Joseph Hirschfield for the Dec. 20, 1980, kidnap-murders of UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves. In a courtroom filled with the slain couple’s family and […]

January 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts

Our Sunday best: A league of their own

On a recent Saturday morning, the dance room in Yosemite Hall on the campus of Sacramento State University has been transformed.

Large metal goals have been erected on each side of the room, and in between, rope has been taped to the floor, marking off sidelines, mid-court and half-court.

Two teams of three face off from either end of the room, each player clad in hip pads, knee pads and goggles. Soon, a blue basketball-sized ball is rolling at high speed back and forth, with each team trying to score on the opposing team, while at the same time protecting their own goals …

Get out an play — Activities for the visually impaired

There are numerous programs in Northern California that provide accommodations and guides for visually impaired children and adults who want to experience outdoor adventure, sports and more. Whether it’s kayaking on San Francisco Bay, skiing in the Sierra, spending a few weeks at summer camp or participating in the Special Olympics, there is something for […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Free mental health education program offered

The winter sessions of the NAMI Family-to-Family Program will be conducted on Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m., starting Feb. 28 and ending May 9. There also will be a class on Tuesday, March 5. This 12-session program helps families and caregivers of people suffering from a brain disorder to understand the causes and […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

MOPTI, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago to retake land controlled by the rebels, residents and a security official said Friday. The soldiers were seen in the town of […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC Davis researcher arraigned in explosion case

Some of the explosives-making materials removed from a UC Davis researcher’s apartment last week came from a university lab, and David Scott Snyder may have had help in disposing of the resulting waste, a Yolo County prosecutor disclosed Thursday.

The revelations came shortly after Snyder pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges stemming from the alleged discovery of various chemicals, substances and firearms inside his Russell Park residence.

Also Thursday, bomb technicians detonated additional materials seized during an inspection …

School board hears funding suggestions, but there’s no new money

The Davis school board heard from various parents and teachers on Thursday night who urged them to restore programs that have been trimmed during the past few years due to the state budget crisis, or that face the possibility of changes soon. But Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby reminded the trustees that even though California voters approved Proposition 30 in […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Sac DA won’t prosecute parks officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sacramento County’s prosecutor has rejected a report from the state attorney general on $20 million hidden by state parks officials and said Thursday she won’t consider pressing charges against anyone. The attorney general had forwarded the report for possible prosecution, but District Attorney Jan Scully said in a letter Thursday that investigations […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Who is David Snyder?

Entered UC Davis as a freshman in the fall of 1999. Earned bachelor’s degree in chemistry in June 2004 Admitted as graduate student at UCD in fall of 2004. Earned Ph.D. in chemistry in 2011 Named first author of paper published in a 2009 issue of Journal of Medicinal Chemistry: “Potent, Metabolically Stable Benzopyrimido-pyrrolo-oxazine-dione (BPO) […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis burglary reports remain on the rise

Davis police say the city is continuing to see an uptick in residential burglaries, with 21 new reports being filed over the past two weeks. “The days and times of these burglaries vary greatly,” Lt. Glenn Glasgow said in a news release. “Several cases involved unlocked windows, doors or sliders. Stolen items include laptop computers, […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: At City Hall, numbers don’t lie

THE NEW MATH … my friend K.K. is confused about what might happen to our water rates if the proposed surface water project is rejected by the voters come March 5 … writes K.K.: “In your article the other day you cited that the city said rates would only go up by 50 percent without […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Four-year graduation rates up at UC Davis

A new report examines graduation rates nationwide; at UC Davis, four-year graduation rates climbed from 30 percent in 1994 to 52 percent for freshmen who entered college in 2006. The 2007 group finished slightly lower, at 51 percent. UCDcyclistsW UC Davis students pedal on a bike path along Russell Boulevard just east of Sycamore Lane […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,

Garamendi opens Davis district office

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, talks with Davis resident Pat Hecht at the opening of his district office in Davis on Thursday. Hecht was a volunteer on Garamendi’s first campaign for state Assembly in the 1970s. Open house visitors also joined the congressman in celebrating his birthday. The district office is at 412 G St., […]

January 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,