Senior Center offers a jam-packed October

The Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., offers the following programs in October: Armchair Travel Are you wishing for an adventure but don’t want to leave Davis? Join world traveler Rick Powers on a virtual trip through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The presentation is free. Powers is an avid traveler […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Finding an encore in retirement

CHICAGO (AP) — Here go the baby boomers again, reinventing themselves and bucking tradition as they bear down on retirement. This time they’re leading a push into so-called encore careers — paid work that combines personal meaning with social purpose — in their 50s and 60s. As many as 9 million people ages 44 to […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Explorit: Celebrate fall, family, farms … and spiders

Fall is in full swing and Explorit Science Center has the perfect way to get in the autumn spirit! Check out spider web cotton candy, games, arts and crafts and more for your enjoyment at the Fall Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. In addition to Explorit’s new exhibition on agriculture “Beyond the Table,” Explorit will […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Woodland girl reports odd encounter

Woodland police say two men in a truck tried to lure a girl into their vehicle Tuesday night. Sgt. Darren Imus said the girl, whose age was not disclosed, was walking in the area of Beamer Street and Frost Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a green, older-model Nissan pickup pulled up alongside her. […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

‘Sweethearts’ jurors hear of suicide note, Hirschfield’s prior crimes

SACRAMENTO — Jurors in the UC Davis “sweethearts” murder trial heard dramatic testimony from four witnesses Wednesday: a rape victim, two women molested as young girls and a widow whose husband took his own life a day after a mysterious visit from Sacramento homicide detectives. Prosecutors say they share one thing in common — Richard […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Real-time judgment

Razmig Khayalian and Matthew Struhar gathered at UC Davis’ King Hall with other law and poly-sci students to watch Wednesday’s presidential debate. There, they used a new smartphone app from React Labs created by political scientists from UC Davis and the University of Arkansas with a computer linguist from the University of Maryland. The app […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Rare meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned. All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment. The drug was made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts that issued a […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Romney barrels out of first debate on offense

DENVER (AP) — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning Americans that his GOP […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Fun time’s over, now it’s back to work

MANY THANKS … yes, I’m back in the saddle again after an all-expenses-paid “staycation” at my East Davis manor, facilitated by the kind folks who so willingly and ably filled this space in my absence … the plan was for our family to spend this time in Paris and perhaps Medford, but given these lean […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Cathy Speck offers lessons on death and dying

SACRAMENTO — Cathy Speck may have changed some lives on Wednesday. In fact, she may even have saved some, said Sacramento City College professor Joanne Moylan-Aube. Because every time Speck comes to talk to Moylan-Aube’s students about death and dying, inevitably one or more of those students will tell Moylan-Aube afterward that Speck’s message, particularly […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Peterson stresses broad background, experience dealing with challenges

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of five stories profiling candidates in the Davis Board of Education race. Parent and activist Nancy Peterson says she brings a portfolio of experience to bear as she seeks a seat on the Davis school board in the Nov. 6 election. Peterson has had children at Montgomery Elementary […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Walk for ALS box

You can help What: Walk to Defeat ALS When: 9 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast; 11 a.m. walk Where: Raley Field, West Sacramento; the 5K walk goes to the state Capitol and back Info: To register, visit

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DHS students get inside California Supreme Court

A group of Davis High School students got an up-close experience with the judicial system Wednesday when they participated in a special outreach session of the California Supreme Court at the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis.

The students heard oral agruments in a real case — Ralphs Grocery Co. v. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 8. At issue is whether a private sidewalk — located in a privately owned South Sacramento shopping center, in front of a grocery store — should be considered a public forum …

Exonerated inmate makes a plea to abolish the death penalty

Seventeen years, eight months and one day. That’s how long Juan Meléndez-Colón spent on Florida’s death row for a crime he did not commit. He was fully exonerated and released from prison. “There was no physical evidence against me when I was tried, … but in the span of just one week, I was sentenced […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,