Wineaux: The perils, pitfalls, pleasures and perks of analysis

My students often complained that analyzing a book ruined it for them. I feigned sympathy but since such analysis was both passion and profession, I attempted to convince them otherwise. Analysis of a book—savoring it, asking it questions, looking at its components, putting it in a context (or two) talking about it — makes me appreciate it […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Survey finds people text and drive despite knowing the dangers

By Barbara Ortutay Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cell phones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted to texting while driving, despite laws against it in some states. […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Features

10 tips for safe cycling

Whether you ride a bicycle for exercise, to commute to work or school, or just to have some outdoor fun, the benefits can be great. Cycling is a low-impact sport that can help strengthen muscles and bones, control weight, improve cardiovascular health and even boost your mood and mental health. But along with the many […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

Keep your summer travel budget-friendly

Americans collectively neglect 430 million vacation days annually, according to the 2014 Oxford Economics analysis. Whatever your reasons for sacrificing vacation, don’t let it be finances. “An enjoyable vacation is possible on even the smallest budget — and summer is the perfect time to travel,” says Tom Seddon, chief marketing officer of Extended Stay America. Seddon encourages […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

What’s happening

Thursday, May 14 * Celebrate Davis! — a festival sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce that showcases why it’s so great to live, work, play and shop in this community — runs from 4:30 to 9:15 p.m. in Community Park. Local businesses and organizations will host displays and booths; food and drinks will be available for […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

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. […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 14, 2015 | Posted in Next Generation | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Features | Tagged ,