U.S. News: UCD is eighth-best public university

UC Davis climbed to a best-ever eighth among public universities in the latest edition of U.S . News and World Report’s much-watched college rankings, released Wednesday. “UC Davis’ reputation continues to grow as one of the nation’s elite public universities, where innovative research is addressing the world’s most critical issues and students are equipped for productive, meaningful lives,” Chancellor […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Salton Sea blamed for big stink

SANTA ANA (AP) — After a day of “odor surveillance” and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a pungent, rotten-egg aroma that stretched across the region came from the Salton Sea. Investigators from the South Coast Air Quality Management District collected air samples, modeled […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

U.S. ambassador killed in consulate attack in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City’s fight with Union Pacific over at-grade crossing through fence resumes

The legal dispute between the city of Davis and Union Pacific over a downtown crossing begins today. The city wants to build at an at-grade crossing in the 3,800-foot fence that the railroad company erected along Olive Drive last September. City Attorney Harriet Steiner announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday that she will travel to […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Summer’s sameness bores a weather nut

As long as I can remember, I’ve been what is commonly known as a weather nut. When other kids were out in the street playing baseball, I was in the back yard measuring wind speed. My all-time favorite present was the elegant circular barometer with the bright red needle that my dad gave me on […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Boy reports suspicious encounter outside Woodland school

Woodland police are seeking a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his truck Tuesday evening. Cpl. Dave Krause said the boy was standing outside Lee Middle School, 520 West St., at about 5:20 p.m. when the man pulled up next to him in a gray late-model pickup with a white sheet covering […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bees, bees and more bees featured at UCD open houses Saturday

The Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis will celebrate honey bees, native bees in California and bees found worldwide at two concurrent open houses set from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The theme is “Flower Lovers: The Bees.” One open house will be at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academic Surge on Crocker […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Cache Creek Nature Preserve celebration slated

Local residents are invited to join the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the Cache Creek Conservancy for a multimedia arts festival and celebration of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The preserve is at 34199 County Road 20 west of Woodland. “Restore/Restory: A People’s History Project” showcases […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Supervisors show support for privatizing animal services

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors expressed support Tuesday for a recommendation to privatize the county’s animal services program through formation of a joint powers authority. The proposal comes from a report by the Animal Protection League, which was commissioned by Yolo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission to see if animal services — including adoptions, rescues […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Plea deal reached in Davis sexual-assault case

A Davis restaurant owner facing trial on sexual assault charges later this month made a plea agreement last week that resolved the case. Ashot Manukyan, 59, pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor false-imprisonment charge, Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said. Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg sentenced the Cafe Mediterranee owner […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Lawyer’s fall delays ‘sweethearts’ trial

SACRAMENTO — The UC Davis “sweethearts” trial will continue on a limited basis now that a courthouse fall has one of the defense attorneys convalescing for about two weeks. Linda Parisi, one of three lawyers representing defendant Richard Hirschfield, was taken from the downtown Sacramento courthouse by ambulance Tuesday morning after she fell down a […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis car dealership burglarized

Davis police are investigating a burglary and a vehicle theft from a South Davis car dealership. Sometime late Sunday or early Monday, an unknown suspect or suspects entered Hanlees Nissan, 5009 Chiles Road, by removing the glass from a door to the entrance, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. A Nissan Armada sport-utility vehicle was taken from […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Creative women will meet Saturday

The first fall meeting of the Creative Women’s Circle is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Walnut Terrace Apartments clubhouse at 3101 E. Fifth St. in Davis. For more information, call Phyllis at 530-601-6401.

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis’ jays react to their dead, study finds

Western scrub-jays summon others to screech over the body of a dead jay, according to new research from UC Davis. The birds’ cacophonous “funerals” can last for up to half an hour. Anecdotal reports have suggested that other animals — including elephants, chimpanzees and birds in the crow family — react to dead of their […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,