Unrelenting heat wave bakes half of U.S.; 30 dead

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air-conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed 30 people across half the country. The heat sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees in several cities, including a record 105 in Washington, St. Louis […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Historic bridges of Yosemite Valley under siege

By Tracie Cone YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Perhaps no river crossing in Yosemite Valley has been more photographed than the historic Stoneman Bridge: a single, arching span faced with rough-hewn granite that provides a dramatic foreground to Half Dome, the park’s most iconic natural marvel. Yet the 205-foot bridge is slated for possible removal […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Former Blue Devil makes some magic

It’s been described as a cross between rugby, dodgeball and tag, with thousands of players around the world competing on hundreds of college teams.

All the traditional American athletic powerhouses are represented in the World Cup rankings: Texas, Miami, Michigan, Kansas, Purdue.

Teams battle it out in regional competitions, with the best of the best heading to the annual World Cup tournament every year. And this weekend, the very best players from those teams are in Great Britain, representing Team USA in an all-star international competition.

Their sport? Quidditch.

Yes, the generation that grew up on Harry Potter …

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Fraternity suspended by UCD after repeat minor alcohol violations

In response to two incidents where alcohol had been distributed to minors during fraternity functions, UC Davis has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for five years. SAE had about 50 active members at the time of suspension. The fraternity occupied the house at 521 Russell Blvd. in the Oeste Manor neighborhood. According to UCD […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Return to the era at all-’70s class reunion

The Davis High Class of 1976 will host an all-’70s class reunion at 7 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. “This is going to be not your normal class reunion,” a news release said. “The theme of the reunion is tie-dye and yes, you must wear […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis teen competes at Irish dance national championships

Elsa Young, 16, a longtime Davis resident and a junior at Da Vinci High School, is competing in the North American Irish Dance Championships in Chicago this weekend. She qualified by winning the requisite two separate first-place overall finishes in the preliminary champion category in Northern California events over the past year, and has earned […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor: Kale, collards, grapes and tomatoes

Question: When should I direct seed kale and collard greens for fall and spring? It seems too hot to do it now. What about transplants? Answer: Kale is a cool-season vegetable that can be used raw as salad greens, as a garnish, as an ornamental in the flower bed, or cooked. Kale is vitamin- and […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Community members invited to ‘Speak Out for Tolerance’

In response to last month’s hanging of a noose from a Davis High School football goal post — and other past acts of hate in the Davis community — the city’s Human Relations Commission, in partnership with Davis Media Access, is working to create a video collage focused on promoting tolerance. Titled “Speak Out for […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

DPNS has pre-K openings

Davis Parent Nursery School has openings in its pre-kindergarten session for the 2012-13 school year. The class is aimed at older preschoolers and younger kindergarten-eligible children. Teacher Kathy Douglas, director of the pre-K program, uses transitional kindergarten curriculum developed specifically for the year prior to kindergarten, weaving both phonics and numeracy into DPNS’ play-centered approach. […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Frerichs welcomes supporters at ceremony

Davis City Councilman-elect Lucas Frerichs invites his supporters to the swearing-in of the new City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. A public reception outside the chambers will follow, then the council will begin its regular business meeting. Those who still have Frerichs campaign lawn signs […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Woodland child burned by fireworks

A 6-year-old Woodland girl was hospitalized Wednesday after being burned by a sparkler-type firework, according to police. Sgt. Steve Sexton said the girl had been playing with the sparkler in the 800 block of Harvard Bend when her clothing caught fire. She was taken by ambulance to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Suicidal parolee halts I-80 traffic in Dixon

Interstate 80 was shut down in both directions in Dixon early Thursday while hostage negotiators coaxed a suicidal parolee off a freeway overcrossing, police said. According to Dixon police Sgt. Brad Harms, police were called out shortly after 3 a.m. to the Pitt School Road crossing over westbound I-80, where they discovered a man who […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Odd Fellows to host blood drive on July 15

The Davis Odd Fellows will host a blood drive at their lodge for BloodSource on Sunday, July 15, between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Odd Fellows Hall is at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Blood donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win four tickets to a Sacramento River […]

July 08, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,