Merry glow-round

UC Davis students Bicky Singh and Amanda Bahamonde experience the 
centrifugal force of the Himalaya ride Thursday night at carnival that continues today through Sunday at the vacant Hunt-Wesson Cannery grounds at 
Covell Boulevard and J Street. The carnival is a fundraiser for Emerson and Da 
Vinci junior high schools for their library technology upgrade. […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Fairs + Festivals | Tagged ,

Teachers, parents voice concerns about salaries, special programs

An overflow audience of teachers, parents and a few students from three schools confronted the Davis school board Thursday night during a four-hour meeting, raising objections and concerns that touched on class size, pink slips, salaries, special programs, segregation and other issues. A group of teachers from Birch Lane Elementary School led off during the […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Mexico volcano spews glowing rock, tower of ash

HUEJOTZINGO, Mexico (AP) — The Popocatepetl volcano shot a heavy plume of ash into the sky southeast of Mexico’s capital and spewed glowing rock from its crater at dawn on Friday. Webcam images on the site of the National Disaster Prevention Center showed the plume rising from the top of the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) peak at […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Romney pulls in $12M as GOP super PAC amasses cash

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its first publicly available financial report since the Super Tuesday primaries, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said it raised $12.6 million in contributions last month, a figure that puts Romney at a disadvantage with the man whose job he wants come November. President Barack Obama countered Romney’s fundraising haul with $53 million […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Despite BDS protest, water agency board OKs Veolia

The surface water project, which already has experienced its share of controversy within the city of Davis, had a bit more trouble heaped onto the pile in recent months. A pro-Palestinian group in Davis, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, called for Veolia Water North America — one of the three design-build-operate candidates vying for the contract to […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Even the good old days had their dangers

As yet another Picnic Day looms menacingly on our doorstep, a number of us who consider ourselves “lifers” in this town may long for the simpler days of long ago. Back when living groups spent many days and nights constructing elaborate floats out behind some remote campus barn. Back when dozens of high school bands […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Movie highlights power of vegan diet

Big Screen Cinema will have a free screening of “Forks over Knives” on Monday, April 30, in the Blanchard Room of the Davis Public Library, 315 East 14th St. at 6:30 p.m. The documentary film traces the journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Carmichael sworn in as new UCD police chief

Matthew Carmichael became UC Davis’ interim police chief Thursday, pledging to lead the department in its recovery from the pepper-spraying debacle that tarnished its reputation five months ago.

Chancellor Linda Katehi administered the oath of office in a ceremony at the Activities and Recreation Center, one day after Carmichael’s predecessor, Annette Spicuzza, announced her resignation and retirement.

“I’m not going to pretend the last few months have been a picnic,” said Carmichael, who was named acting police chief three days after the pepper-spraying of seated, unarmed protesters on the campus Quad …

UCD follows trend, admits more nonresidents

The number of non-Californians in UC Davis’ incoming freshman class will likely shoot up again this fall, in keeping with a systemwide trend. UCD has admitted 22,538 students. Of those, 18,922 are Californians, 2,137 international students and 1,479 out-of-state students — each a record high for the campus. Systemwide, the number of nonresidents admitted rose […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Waldorf School hosts May Faire Celebration

Davis Waldorf School invites the community to attend a spring celebration on Saturday, with games, food and festivities, including a May King and Queen and a traditional maypole dance. The May Faire celebration opens at 9 a.m. for garland-making, hair-braiding and treats from the school’s bakery. The maypole procession performed by Waldorf students begins at […]

May 01, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Andy Jones reads at Woodland library poetry series

Andy Jones, founder of the Poetry in Davis reading series, will be the featured reader at a Woodland Poetry event on Wednesday at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. Inspiring Words-Poetry begins at 7 p.m. in the library’s Leake Room. Following Jones’ reading, there will be an open mic. This month’s event will be […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Inquiry won’t affect Spicuzza’s pension

Annette Spicuzza, retiring as UC Davis police chief, will receive her pension no matter the result of an internal affairs investigation of her officers pepper-spraying unarmed protesters. UCD spokeswoman Claudia Morain said Thursday that the university is not pursuing further action against Spicuzza, who announced her retirement on Wednesday. With seven years as chief, Spicuzza, […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Strike up the band!

Calling all Twitter users! Add your tweets to this year’s event conversation by using #DavisPicnicDay Picnic Day favorites Times and locations for some of Picnic Day’s most popular events: * Picnic Day pancake breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Freeborn Hall * Parade opening ceremonies, 9:30 to 10 a.m., grandstand in front of Wickson Hall * […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Workshop set on key health care documents for seniors

The Woodland Senior Center and Commission on Aging will host a workshop Tuesday on important health care documents for seniors. The workshop will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Woodland Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland. Joanne Hatchett, FNP, RN, will give a presentation on the Advance Directive for Healthcare and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining […]

April 22, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,