Pedestrians: Stay alert, stay safe

Did you know 73 percent of bicycle-related crashes in Davis last year occurred at intersections? And pedestrians — traveling by foot, wheelchair, stroller or similar means — are most at risk? More reasons why staying alert means staying alive: * Pedestrians who are texting are nearly four times more likely than undistracted pedestrians to display unsafe crossing behaviors. […]

Kids in the News: Pioneer fifth-grader wins poster contest

Pioneer Elementary School fifth-grader Yunjin Natalia Lee is the grand-prize winner of this year’s Water Awareness Student Art Contest. Sponsored every year by the Water Resources Association of Yolo County and the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, the contest invites students in grades K-6 throughout the county to submit a poster raising […]

TALK program aims to build a community of ASL-fluent children

There is usually nothing silent about TALK classes. Walk into the Davis Arts Center most weekday mornings and the sounds of children will be emanating from nearly every room — children singing, children playing games and, most of all, children talking. After all, the purpose behind the Teach Another Language to Kids program is to get […]

Study aims to uncover why cancer plagues golden retrievers

By Sue Manning If a golden retriever gives birth, gets stung by a bee or sprayed by a skunk, veterinarians want to know. Scientists are studying the popular breed to find out why their lifespans have gotten shorter over the years and why cancer is so prevalent. The Colorado-based Morris Animal Foundation recently got the […]

Yappy Hour helps raise well-adjusted dogs

* Editor’s note: This story was first published in January 2014. Tami Pierce’s students can be loud, wander off for no reason, roughhouse in class. They also can be brought to heel by bacon treats, subdued by belly rubs and distracted by squeaky toys. Pierce teaches Yappy Hour: a puppy socialization program at the UC […]

Plan for June parking-lot sale

Do you need to clean out those closets and garages? Do you just like shopping for bargains? Check out the Senior Center’s Summer Parking Lot Sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June. This year’s sale will be at a new, more prominent location — the Davis City Hall parking lot, 23 Russell Boulevard. Space rentals […]

Gadgets help families stay in touch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple’s 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. If there’s […]

Detroit woman now world’s oldest

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman now listed as the world’s oldest living person still makes plans for a fishing trip each year and credits God for her longevity. Jeralean Talley of Inkster tops a list maintained by the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks the world’s longest-living people. Gertrude Weaver, a […]

Brotherly love? Voting across generations

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The oldest of the half-dozen Democrats angling to be Philadelphia’s next mayor danced into a recent youth summit to the bass-thumping beat of 50 Cent’s hip-hop classic “In da Club.” A day after fainting at a televised debate, 74-year-old Lynne Abraham shook off stamina concerns and showed she can hang with the […]

94-year-old ready for graduation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 94-year-old man will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday. The school says in a press release that Anthony Brutto, who studied on and off for 75 years, will be awarded his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree during […]

WWII soldier’s gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home

MILLVILLE, Mass. (AP) — This is the story of a loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent, who didn’t know if she would ever see her boy again. The elaborate pillow sham he sent her, lost for more than 70 years, finally came home, […]

Genealogy Club gets military lesson

The Davis Genealogy Club invites the public to attend the free presentation, “Military Research for Genealogists Including Displays of Medals and Insignias” by Mike Smith, on Tuesday, May 19 at 1 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. A club member, family history researcher and military historian, Smith will share the steps he took to discover […]

SHED, a modern grange in Healdsburg

Like a previous generation of restaurants started as gathering places around a new paradigm for food and agriculture — Chez Panisse in Berkeley, White Dog Café in Philadelphia and Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., come to mind — SHED is a modern grange. Like The California Grange, it supports and advocates for healthy communities, family farms and local economies. […]

A century of life, love and happiness

More than 100 Trautt family members gathered in the Hotel Woodland’s ballroom  Saturday to celebrate Davis resident Edward Trautt’s 100th birthday. After accepting well wishes from his family, Trautt received a special century presentation from Ron Turner, field representative for Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa. The evening featured dinner, a champagne toast, cake and karaoke. Trautt […]