Explorit: Farm machines simpler than you might think

When you think of a farm, what comes to mind? Flocks of happy animals frolicking in the sun? Fields of lush vegetation teeming with fresh produce? But for a farmer, the answer is probably lots of work! Fortunately, modern farmers have a variety of tools to help them get their jobs done. Machines can be […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Soup secrets shared at city class

Local residents are invited to learn how to prepare soups to comfort and warm them through the last months of winter with instructor Sarah Clanton, who has been cooking professionally for 25 years and strives to teach the home-cooked “secrets” she’s learned. Clanton will teach participants how to make some of her favorites such as […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis teen injured in crash

One driver was injured when her Ford Focus collided with another vehicle at County Road 98 and Hutchison Drive on Wednesday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported. Hayley Ann Claire Ortman, 19, of Davis, was traveling westbound on Hutchison Drive shortly after 8 a.m. when, due to heavy fog, she failed to notice a Nissan […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woman, 92, burned while cooking

A 92-year-old woman was hospitalized Wednesday after her clothing caught fire while she was cooking, according to the Davis Fire Department. Spokeswoman Evelyn George said firefighters received a call for medical aid at about 4:50 p.m. from a residence in the 600 block of Cantrill Drive, where a caregiver for the woman’s neighbor had put […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Neuropathy sufferers meet for support

Do you, or someone you care for, have burning, tingling and numbness in your feet and hands? If so, this may stem from a form of neuropathy that can have many causes. To learn more from others with similar symptoms and to receive support, you’re invited to attend the next meeting of the Davis Neuropathy […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Antique valentines on exhibit at museum

Valentine cards from the early 1900s will be on display this month at the Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St. in downtown Davis. Most of the cards express sentimental messages. Some are humorous; one is mildly naughty. In addition, the exhibit includes some interesting facts about valentines and Valentine’s Day. The “Hattie’s Attic” exhibit, soon […]

February 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Five online courses eligible for college credit

By Tamar Lewin The American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher education, and Coursera, a Silicon Valley provider of online education, announced Wednesday that five Coursera offerings were similar enough to traditional college courses to be eligible for credit. Students who want to take the free classes for credit would have to […]

February 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Solomons tsunami destroys villages, kills 9

SYDNEY (AP) — Aid workers struggled to reach remote, tsunami-ravaged villages in the Solomon Islands on Thursday and the death toll rose to at least nine as more bodies were found in wrecked homes and debris in the South Pacific country. The victims, including a child, were killed when a powerful earthquake set off a […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: The law is the law; don’t break it

A single line in Tom Sakash’s front-page piece about the water issue one day last week said it all. Wrote Sakash, “After receiving multiple requests from the media for information about whether the city pays for its own water, a city official admitted this week that it doesn’t.” Sakash, of course, had to sift through […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Mistrial declared in vehicular manslaughter case

A mistrial has been declared in the case of Gubani Roderico Rosales Quinteros, the Elk Grove parcel deliveryman accused of causing a fiery triple-fatal crash in Woodland. Quinteros, 42, was being tried in Yolo Superior Court on three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and four identity theft-related charges in connection with the Aug. […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Garden Doctor: How do I revive frostbitten foliage?

Question: Help! So many of my plants and shrubs look terrible from the recent days of 20-degree weather and frostbite damage. Is it OK to prune and cut back now? Answer: Yes, gardens in our area do look somewhat wounded due to recent freezing weather. The local paper tells the story; quite a few mornings […]

February 10, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Study: College endowments hit hard by markets

On average, college and university endowments’ investments lost 0.3 percent in the last fiscal year, a sharp drop from the average return of 19.2 percent in fiscal 2011, according to a study by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, known as Nacubo. The returns were dragged down mostly […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Father-daughter duo to go bald for cancer research

How much money would it take to get you to shave your head?

$50? $100? $500?

Stewart and Victoria Savage will do it for $1,000, and they’ve nearly raised that much from people willing to pay.

On the evening of Wednesday, March 13, Savage, director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, and his daughter Victoria, a first-grader at North Davis Elementary School, will sit down in chairs at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis, alongside many other brave souls, and have all of the hair shaved off their heads.

In doing so, they will be taking part in a nationwide effort to fight childhood cancer, as all of the pledges collected by participants …

Law schools’ applications fall as costs rise, jobs cut

Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation. As of this January, there were 30,000 applicants to law schools for the fall, a 20 percent decrease from the same time last year and a 38 percent decline […]

February 07, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,