Bed Bath & Beyond to buy Cost Plus for $495 million

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. said Wednesday that it agreed to buy smaller home goods retailer Cost Plus Inc. for about $495 million after getting promising results from a joint effort to put a specialty food department in some Bed Bath & Beyond stores. Cost Plus has a store in Davis, in […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

State reports increase in distracted driving by younger drivers

A report released Wednesday by the state Office of Traffic Safety shows an increase in the number of teens and college students using cell phones while driving. Overall, the study found 10.8 percent of all drivers using cell phones on the road, up from 7.3 percent in 2011. But among those ages 16 to 25, […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Curds, whey … and spiders

By Lisa Justice “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her curds and whey.” We all know the old nursery rhyme, but do you know what curds and whey really are? Let’s do an experiment to find out. You will need a microwaveable bowl, 1 1/2 cups of milk, four teaspoons of white vinegar, […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Discount for electric mowers still available

Discounts for new electric lawn mowers are still available to Yolo and Solano County residents who recycle gas-powered mowers. The Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange allows residents to turn in their gas-powered mowers and receive a $100 discount on selected electric mowers. The program is open to all residents of Yolo and Solano counties thanks to funding […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Students will present race and social justice research

The third annual Race and Social Justice in U.S. History Research Symposium will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis High School Library, 315 W. 14th St. Twenty-five research groups spread over five sections of of the course have been working since the beginning of the school year on identifying an American […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Textbooks available for public review

The Davis Joint Unified School District has made four textbooks available for public review, preceding formal district adoption. Members of textbook adoption committees — consisting of staff, community members, parents, and, at the high school level, students — have determined these are the titles they will recommend to the Davis Board of Education for adoption consideration. […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Bike-a-Palooza! planned Saturday at Westlake Market

Bike-a-Palooza! will make a return to Westlake Market’s parking lot on Saturday. Set-up begins at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. This is a free event, open to the public. All are invited to bring bikes and bike-related accessories to sell, trade or show. There’s no fee […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Meet blind photographer at open house Sunday

Pete Eckert, founder of the Blind Photographers Guild, will show his work in May at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Eckert is internationally known and has won many awards. He will be honored at a free reception and open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The gallery […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Talk on bee gardens tonight

Pollination ecologist Neal Williams, assistant professor of entomology at UC Davis, will present a public lecture on “Promoting Native Bees for Gardens, Farms, and Native Plants” at the Davis Botanical Society meeting on Thursday night, May 10, in the Davis Public Library, 315 E. 14th St. Williams, to speak from 7 to 8 p.m., will […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Breaking the Barriers’ event open to the community

The public is invited to a Sigma Alpha Zeta community event and luncheon, “Breaking the Barriers,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Silo Union at UC Davis. Free parking is available on campus next to the Silo. “The event is about coming together and celebrating a diverse community as well as […]

May 13, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

As Katehi talks of ‘lessons learned,’ some faculty call censure wrong

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said Wednesday that relying on bad information and a flawed decision-making process caused her to be to quick to send in police to remove an Occupy Davis encampment. The bungled police operation of Nov. 18 followed, with a dozen protesters pepper-sprayed and 10 more arrested. The chancellor gave some of her […]

Obama, backing gay marriage, on fundraising tour

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got “a little bit over his skis” in publicly embracing gay marriage, forcing Obama to speed up his own plans to announce his historic support for the right of same-sex couples to marry. “Would I have preferred to have done this in my own […]

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Yes indeed, character truly counts

CHARACTER OR CHARACTERS? … ironically, just a day or two before that ugly mailer slamming Sue Greenwald hit mailboxes all across town, the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams and I had just finished reading Tom Sakash’s profile of Dan Wolk on the front page of this very newspaper … as my sweetheart put down the […]

May 10, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

University files suit over farm encampment

By Terry Collins SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California filed a lawsuit Wednesday against protesters occupying a patch of UC Berkeley property where they planted crops nearly two weeks ago. The suit filed in Alameda County Superior alleges that the group of 14 unnamed protesters conspired to cut locks, trespass and establish an illegal encampment. University officials are […]