Central kitchen tackles challenges of new federal school lunch standards

The produce prep area of the Davis school district’s central kitchen is a particularly busy place this year. Fresh fruit and vegetables — much of it grown locally — have always been an integral part of the district’s vaunted and nationally recognized school lunch program. But new federal standards aimed at producing healthier school lunches […]

Bob Dunning: What’s ‘appropriate’ for Hirschfield?

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT … it’s not surprising that more than 70 percent of Davisites voted to do away with the death penalty in California, and it’s also not surprising that the rest of the state went the other way … as long as there are bad guys out there doing horrific things, Californians are likely […]

Sorority house vandalized with dead fish

Residents of a Davis sorority house awoke Wednesday to a mess in their front yard that police are investigating as a case of vandalism. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the occupants of Alpha Phi, 327 Russell Blvd., discovered about 200 dead feeder goldfish strewn on their front porch, their bikes and bushes wrapped in plastic wrap, […]

Threats to kill, plus two-county pursuit, land Davis man back in jail

A Davis man was jailed Thursday after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit from Woodland to Sacramento with a woman and toddler inside his car. Larry Ventimiglia, 25, was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m. in a residential area of Natomas, where officers from Yolo and Sacramento counties, as well as the California […]

Photography Club meets Tuesday

The Davis Photography Club’s next meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Mark Castellucci will lead the discussion and critique of member-submitted images. Club members will review submitted photographs in order to improve technique and skills. Meetings are open to anyone […]

First novel a long-delayed accomplishment for a pair of authors

Meet the author Who: Paul Landes, presenting “Wings to Redemption” When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis “To all those who dream of writing their first novel, make your dreams a reality.” Those are the first words that await readers of “Wings to Redemption,” a mystery novel by […]

Cal State mulls three fee hikes to push graduation

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University is considering three new fee hikes designed to push students to earn their degrees faster and free up an estimated 18,000 enrollment slots, officials said Thursday. “We have been turning away over 20,000 eligible students for each of the past four years,” Ephraim Smith, executive […]

Can you give them a home?

Douglas is a happy, playful, neutered male 1- to 2-year-old German shepherd/Rottweiler mix whose tail never stops wagging. He loves kids and plays well with female dogs. Salsa is a 1-year-old spayed female purebred Rottweiler who loves to play with everything and everybody and is full of wags and kisses. Both Douglas and Salsa would […]

Cookbook authors offer holiday entertaining tips

Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans, authors of “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook,” will be at the The Avid Reader at 1 p.m. Saturday to discuss the cookbook, the market and to provide tips for holiday entertaining. The bookstore is at 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. “The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook” invites readers to shop […]

Extreme weather key to Maya collapse, scientists say

Decades of extreme weather crippled, and ultimately decimated, first the political culture and later the human population of the ancient Maya, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes two UC Davis scientists. The collapse of the Maya is one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. Now, for the first […]

Program at UCD examines gender, refugee issues in Iran

“Heartbeats of Iran” — a program featuring a documentary about the lives of Iranian refugee journalists in Turkey, a talk by a UC Davis alumna and a panel of four experts on Iran — will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at UC Davis. Presented by the UCD Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, […]

Local grower thrives on both new and old ideas

DAVIS— For Paul Barger, a walnut and almond grower in Davis, practices that are centuries-old and the latest farming technologies are of equal importance when it comes to managing pests, water and nutrients for his produce. Hedgerows, used in Europe more than 5,000 years ago, are filling a necessary role in controlling weeds and attracting […]

Holiday craft fair benefits FamiliesFirst

A holiday craft fair benefiting EMQ FamiliesFirst takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2100 Fifth St. Items for sale include handcrafted jewelry and apparel, jams, jellies and other edible goodies, art and accessories, home decor and more. Door prizes will be awarded every half-hour. The event is presented by Soroptimist International of […]

It’s a winner: UCD challenge boosts efficient cooling

A UC Davis challenge to build more energy-efficient air conditioning has spurred a major global manufacturer to build a rooftop air conditioner that is 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional units. Trane, a provider of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, is the second manufacturer to achieve Western Cooling Challenge certification. The challenge, established in 2008 […]