‘No one goes unnamed, no one goes unknown’

In the quiet of the Knights Landing Cemetery, where the usual sounds are the cars passing by on County Road 102, the birds chirping overhead and the grazing of nearby livestock, about 60 people gathered on Friday to acknowledge 112 people who otherwise might have left the world this year without much notice. “Richard Adam, […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

$50,000 gift kicks off school fund campaign

A local family has committed $50,000 to the Davis Schools Foundation to kick off a campaign that aims to raise at least $500,000 by July 4 for Davis public schools. “This generous family has young children and is coming forward in the hopes of inspiring others to give to this DSF campaign in order to help […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Green power, baby products are hits at business competition

The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis business plan competition came from the S2E Energy founder who touted a thin, clear windowlike material said to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites received $10,000 in the 12th annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition, run […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Don’t be a chicken

One of Davis most unusual events, the Tour de Cluck — a bicycle tour of backyard chicken coops — attracted dozens of chicken aficionados to town on Saturday. The tour was sold out weeks ago, but related activities were attractive to all comers, including a “Courage to Cluck” competition; a silent auction of artwork and […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

GIS map keeps residents informed about city traffic

There’s a new gadget on the city of Davis website that residents can use to educate themselves, or perhaps just enjoy. It’s an interactive data map that details traffic information throughout the city. Residents can use the GIS map, which can be found at http://cityofdavis.org/gis/traffic.cfm, in several ways. The map can be organized to show traffic […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Egypt’s top candidates try to broaden support

CAIRO (AP) — The two surviving candidates in Egypt’s presidential election appealed Saturday for support from voters who rejected them as polarizing extremists in the first round even as they faced a new challenge from the third runner-up who contested the preliminary results. Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, vowed he won’t revive the […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack

BEIRUT (AP) — Gruesome video Saturday showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of the deadliest regime attacks yet in Syria’s 14-month-old uprising. The shelling attack on Houla, a group of villages northwest of the central […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Parade of nations

Rose Mariano, 9, left, and Sophia Young, 10, members of the Davis AYSO U10 girls team Graffiti, carry the flag of Ghana in the Parade of Nations Friday evening in Community Park. The event kicked off this weekend’s AYSO World Cup soccer tournament, which features 130 youth teams from Davis and throughout Northern California. For […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Students arrested for setting off homemade bomb

Two students at Douglass Junior High School in Woodland were arrested on Friday for setting off a “works bomb.” No one was hurt by the explosion, which was contained by a metal trash can. According to police, a plastic container with household items sealed inside blew up at about 12:20 p.m. By the time an […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Celebrate seniors at Awards Night

Community members are invited to celebrate the achievements of Davis High School’s graduating seniors on Tuesday at the annual Senior Awards Night. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS 315 W. 14th St. Several hundred students will be recognized for academics, athletics, community service, school achievements, scholarships and awards. […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lawn ornaments are signs of the times

I don’t know how many folks in this super-intelligent town are actually influenced by lawn signs urging them to vote for a certain City Council candidate, but I can say for certain that no serious candidate has ever considered not using lawn signs. Since hardly anyone attends the various “forums” and few people bother to […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Get to know Frerichs at meet-and-greets

Davis voters have two opportunities this week to meet Davis City Council candidate Lucas Frerichs. The first is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St. Frerichs will meet voters and talk about his vision for Davis. The event will feature music, wine and local seasonal appetizers. The suggested donation […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD awarded stem cell grants

UC Davis stem cell researchers Kyriacos Athanasiou and W. Douglas Boyd were awarded grants last week totaling $6.6. million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Athanasiou, a professor of orthopaedic surgery and chairman of biomedical engineering, is investigating the use of skin-derived stem cells to heal cartilage injuries and debilitating conditions of the knee […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Our Sunday best: Sizzling summer cinema

Summer arrives earlier every year, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned. This year’s summer began back on May 4, with the thunderous arrival of “The Avengers.”

And with a global box-office take of $1.18 billion — as of last weekend — it’s safe to say that no other entry has a prayer of duplicating that success between now and late August.

Perhaps that’s just as well. For the first time in many, many years, the season isn’t entirely dominated by sequels and would-be franchises, although you’ll still find plenty …