Even greenhorns are welcome at Texas hold ’em tourney

Tickets are still available for Soroptimist International of Davis’ annual Texas Hold ‘Em Night, which begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Serious poker players can play in the fast-paced tournament for $60, with prizes up to $500 in gift certificates. Newcomers to poker […]

March 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rotary Club seeks community project proposals

The Rotary Club of Davis is seeking applications for possible community service projects. Past successful projects have included most of the following characteristics: long-term benefit to the Davis community; hands-on participation by members of the requesting organization, when applicable; hands-on participation by the Rotary Club of Davis; and a possible degree of funding from Rotary. […]

February 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davos forum considers learning’s next wave

By Alison Smale DAVOS, Switzerland — She may not have been the youngest speaker ever at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Khadija Niazi, 12, was certainly captivating. Hundreds of the conference’s well-heeled attendees listened intently as Khadija of Lahore, Pakistan, described her experience with massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, that are […]

February 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Officer assault lands parolee back in jail

A 44-year-old man recently released from prison found himself back in custody Saturday after allegedly assaulting a Woodland police officer. Reggie Joe Dickerson was on searchable probation for grand theft when the officer stopped him at 12:45 a.m. for riding a bike on a sidewalk and without a light in the 100 block of West […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis police investigate sexual assault

Davis police are seeking the suspect in a sexual assault and robbery that occurred Saturday at Davis Community Church. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said police received a report from a woman who said she was walking on the church property at 412 C St. in search of an animal adoption center at about 11:20 a.m., she […]

January 28, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts

French, Mali forces retake airport in city of Gao

KONNA, Mali (AP) — French and Malian troops regained control of the airport and bridge of the crucial northern city of Gao on Saturday, marking their biggest advance yet in their bid to oust al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months, military officials said. The move comes just two weeks after France launched […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Late Burger King fan gets drive-through funeral

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Mourners at a Pennsylvania fast-food fan’s funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse — and the rest of the procession — to make one last drive-through visit before reaching the cemetery. David Kime Jr. “lived by his own rules,” daughter Linda Phiel said. He […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown’s canal proposal bad plumbing: Garamendi

Rep. John Garamendi on Saturday blasted the proposal to build two tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta touted by Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State Address. “That’s not a water plan, that’s a plumbing system — and a very, very bad one,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, before about 300 people at the […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explosions may cost organic farm certification

When police destroyed explosive-making materials found in a junior researcher’s apartment, they may have contaminated part of the UC Davis Student Farm. Soil samples were collected before and after eight controlled detonations on a fallow field off Orchard Park Drive on Jan. 17. “The national organic law says you can’t put anything synthetic on organic […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: City water rates violate Prop. 218

Throughout the Great Water Rate Debate of 2011, 2012 and now 2013, the often-cited and frequently misunderstood Proposition 218 has been looming over the proceedings like the home plate umpire in the seventh game of the World Series. Proponents of the Surface Water Project and the resultant spike in rates say they have complied with […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

In their own words: Family, friends reflect on sentencing

Excerpts of victim impact statements from Friday’s sentencing hearing for Richard Hirschfield: “I see Sabrina all around me, in all that is good, in her beautiful smile, her laugh, her devotion to others, but mostly her compassion.” — Terese Atallah, Sabrina’s sister, in a letter read by her husband Carlos Atallah “My family and I […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Scottish hijinx abound at Mondavi

Check it out What: National Theater of Scotland Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center When: 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $44 general, $22 for students Info: www.mondaviarts or 530-754-2787 Can an evening possibly go wrong when it starts out with Celtic music played on the uilleann pipe — the smaller cousin to the bagpipe? I think […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Proposed memorial would bring children, families together

In the decade after the deaths of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, residents of Davis and beyond honored their memories at the Warm Remembrance Festival, an annual event where families gathered at Central Park to enjoy games, music, even a circus act where kids were the stars of the show. The festival came to an […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Judge imposes death penalty in ‘sweethearts’ murder case

SACRAMENTO — For the last time, the family and friends of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves gathered in Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet’s courtroom on Friday to witness the final chapter of one of Davis’ greatest tragedies. Joining them were many of the jurors who sat through Richard Joseph Hirschfield’s three-month trial last fall, […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,