City batting cages open Saturday, Feb. 25

The city-operated batting cages at Playfields Park will reopen for the season on Saturday, weather permitting. The cages will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Starting Monday, March 5, hours will expand to include 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The cages also are available for private rental. For […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Provenza kicks off re-election campaign

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza will hold his re-election kickoff party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Davis home of Jay and Carri Ziegler. Guests will enjoy appetizers and Yolo County wines in the spirit of New Orleans Mardi Gras. The cost is $40 per person. For more information and to RSVP, visit […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Home burglars on the prowl in Davis

Davis police have taken a slew of residential burglary reports since the beginning of 2012, and in some cases the residents were at home during the break-ins. They included a 12-year-old boy whose 911 call successfully scared off an intruder while the youth was home alone on Caravaggio Drive, a Wildhorse street that has been […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

For the record

Friday’s story about Craig and Karen Senders and their wine sales for medical philanthropy had a typo in their blog address. It should be

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Faculty back Katehi in confidence vote

By better than a two-to-one margin, the UC Davis Academic Senate voted down a statement of no-confidence in Chancellor Linda Katehi following the November pepper-spraying of protesters on campus. The two-week online vote ended Friday, with 312 faculty members backing the statement of no-confidence and 697 opposed. A total of 2,693 active and emeritus faculty were eligible […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Road 98 closed as fire destroys hay trailers

County Road 98 west of Davis was shut down for hours Friday after a big rig hauling hay caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers believe exhaust from the fully loaded rig ignited the hay as the truck traveled southbound on County Road 98 near County Road 31 shortly before 1 p.m. The […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

The Oscar follies: Handicapping the Academy Awards

The Golden Globes may be more freewheeling and snarky; the People’s Choice Awards may be more populist. For prestige and historical significance, though, nothing compares to the Academy Awards.

True, the show can be creaky, overlong and sycophantic. I sometimes worry that the folks onstage will break their arms, from patting each other — and themselves — on the back so much.

But the Oscar ceremony is what it is …

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

First Street Real Estate plans grand opening Thursday

First Street Real Estate will have its grand opening celebration and Davis Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome to attend and take a tour of the agency’s office — a newly remodeled building at 423 First St. in downtown Davis. Food and refreshments will be served. […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

School board approves second round of layoff notices

The Davis school board glumly approved a batch of 50 additional layoff notices on Thursday night. The pink slips form a possible “all cuts” approach to narrowing the school district’s current $3.5 million structural deficit. But the potential program reductions that the pink slips entail would also mean more crowded classrooms across the school district, […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Consumer prices up as gas, clothing costs rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose modestly in January on higher costs for food, gas, rent and clothing. But economists downplayed the increase, saying inflation will likely ease in the coming months as prices for raw materials level off. The consumer price index increased 0.2 percent last month, after a flat reading in December, the […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Well, at least they warn you up front

CLASS WARFARE … so I was strolling downtown and thinking to myself how lucky we are to enjoy the delightful ambience this area presents when I encountered a large banner over one business that caused me to do a doubletake … “20 percent off — UC Davis students and staff only” it said in bold […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: Grief support for children, teens expands

“Any child old enough to laugh and experience pleasure can also experience grief and trauma. This opinion epitomizes a founding principle of Stepping Stones, our specialized grief support program for children and their loved ones,” said Aja Michael, MSW, who coordinates Stepping Stones for Yolo Hospice. The program, established in 2001, is designed to help children, […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Japanese music showcased at open-mic night

A weekly series of open-mic performances, dubbed Mid-Winter @ I-House, continues from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The event is an opportunity for cultural exchange and this week will feature traditional Japanese songs and music performed on koto, shamisen and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by Naoko and Elliot Kallen. […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DCC offers a book study as a Lenten season activity

Davis Community Church is offering a study focused on a book by contemporary biblical scholar, Walter Brueggemann. The book, selected by the vote of the congregation, is “Journey to the Common Good,” a call to care for the neighborhood in an age of terrorism and economic uncertainty. Brueggemnn considers key biblical stories as examples of […]

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