Explorit: The truth about turkey science

By Lisa Justice If you’ve ever enjoyed a traditional American Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings, you’re probably familiar with the post-meal lethargy that’s almost as much a part of the holiday celebration as football. The turkey itself is often blamed as the culprit behind our sleepiness, but is that blame well placed? […]

November 16, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Bang talks movies on ‘Davisville’

Film critic and writer Derrick Bang discusses “The Hobbit,” “Django Unchained,” holiday movies new and old, and the film industry itself on the latest edition of “Davisville.” Bang reviews movies for The Davis Enterprise and his blog, Derrick Bang on Film. “Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs on KDRT at 5:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. […]

November 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

San Francisco nudists sue to block proposed ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity. A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco claims an ordinance that city officials are considering would violate the civil rights of people who want to bare their bodies for personal […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Democrats win supermajority in Assembly

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Democrats have gained a supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature for the first time since the 19th century, after the Assembly reached the critical two-thirds threshold Wednesday. That gives California’s majority party complete dominance of state politics and the ability to raise taxes unilaterally if they choose. The party already […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Animal rescuer calls abused puppy ‘one of the worst cases I’ve seen’

A Yolo County animal rescue organization is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the owner of a puppy so starved he’s been described as “a little walking rib cage.” “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is one of the worst cases of animal abuse I’ve seen,” said […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Rates should be on the ballot, too

WATER WISE … not only did the Davis City Council get it right Wednesday, it did so unanimously … yes, we’re talking about the council’s decision to make next March’s vote binding as we all cast our ballots concerning the Davis-Woodland joint water project … anything short of that would have turned the whole thing […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Aggie Pride rally set Friday

UC Davis alumni and community members are invited to spend their lunch hour at the Aggie Pride Rally on Friday. The old-fashioned football rally, from noon to 1 p.m. at UCD’s Freeborn Hall, is a lead-up to Saturday’s Causeway Classic football game against Sacramento State. It is Aggie head coach Bob Biggs’ final game before […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City inks deal with police managers employee group

One employee group contract down, seven to go. The City Council unanimously approved a new memorandum of understanding with the individual sworn police managers bargaining group Tuesday, the first finalized labor deal for the city since all eight employee groups saw their previous contracts expire in June. Only six employees make up the police management […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Two die in weekend traffic accidents

Two men lost their lives in separate accidents on Yolo County roadways over the Veterans Day weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported Wednesday. Both fatalities occurred hours apart on Sunday, starting at about 1:15 a.m. on southbound Interstate 5 near County Road 98 in Woodland, Officer Bryan Konvalin said. There, 47-year-old Francisco Guillen Reyes of […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Brown urges UC leaders to rethink education

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the University of California to contain costs and rethink how it does business, even though voters approved new taxes to help fund education. Brown made the plea during his first appearance at a UC Board of Regents meeting just a week […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

State budget deficit shrinks to $1.9 billion

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that. The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a positive but cautious forecast Wednesday in the state’s first budget assessment since […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Warm for the winter: Davisite collects donations for Sandy’s victims

Davis resident Leslie Blevins was horrified by the news of the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to the East Coast — a place she called home for a period of time, and where many of her friends still live. Updates on the disaster trickled in from her best friend, who lost power along with 7.5 million other people […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For a good cause

Steve Boschken, left, and Kevin Whiteford, members of the Sunset Rotary Club of Davis, do the cooking at Sunday’s barbecue to benefit Yolo Military Families. The event was hosted at The Davis Graduate, with proceeds helping to pay shipping costs for 125 Hugs From Home packages to be sent to deployed service members. Volunteers from […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Taste specialty foods at open houses

Z Specialty Food welcomes visitors at its third annual open house, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and again Saturday, Dec. 8. In addition to live music by The Jonny Gold Trio, raffles and giveaways, all of the company’s award-winning products will be open for tasting and purchasing at discounted prices at the company’s […]

November 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,