St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War’s end

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, born from a simple conversation between two St. Louis […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

SUV-light rail train crash kills three

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Authorities say a light-rail train has collided with a sport utility vehicle in Sacramento, killing a man, a woman and a baby and injuring seven other people. City fire Assistant Chief Niko King says the three dead were riding in a Nissan Pathfinder hit by the train Saturday at about 4 p.m. […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Police use tear gas on Occupy Oakland protesters

OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland police used tear gas and “flash” grenades Saturday to break up hundreds of Occupy protesters after some demonstrators started throwing rocks and flares at officers and tearing down fencing. Three officers were hurt and more than 100 people were arrested, the Oakland Police Department said. No details on the officers’ injuries […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board grapples with stubborn $3.5 million deficit

The Davis school board is grappling with a persistent $3.5 million structural deficit, which could result in program changes, layoffs, a shorter school year and salary concessions even if local voters approve a parcel tax this spring. “As good as Measure C is, we’ve still got this huge, huge problem,” school board trustee Richard Harris […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Norwood 4-H Club meets Wednesday

The Norwood 4-H Club of Davis will meet for its annual family potluck at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Holmes Junior High School, 1220 Drexel Drive. The potluck is for members only, but anyone interested in 4-H is welcome to come to the regular business meeting at 7 p.m. Many 4-H projects — […]

January 31, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Unitrans general manager headed for San Luis Obispo

Buses have been a part of Geoff Straw’s life for a very long time. The son of a blind single mother in San Francisco, he grew up riding buses, because his mom couldn’t drive. Straw earned a hardship driver’s license at 15 1/2 years old, but he couldn’t shake his affinity for public transportation. A […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Holy Rosary welcomes visitors during Catholic Schools Week

An open house and math night with an art and poetry show will highlight this year’s observance of National Catholic Schools Week at Holy Rosary School in Woodland. The events are part of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of  Jan. 29-Feb. 3. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service,” […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Senate honors Purple Heart recipients at state Capitol

The California Senate, led by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, honored three Purple Heart recipients from Travis Air Force Base on Thursday at the state Capitol. Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Staff Sgt. David Adkins and Staff Sgt. Brian Buhrer, all 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight members, were honored. All three were wounded in […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Honey, you’ve been hiding your Aggie past

On occasion, I’ve written of my love and admiration for the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams, though I’ve never tried to analyze why it is I feel the way I do. I suppose that’s because love isn’t a scorecard with points awarded for each quality until you reach the proper number of points to call […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Wrens play Mozart sonatas at Covell Gardens

Residents of Atria Covell Gardens, a Davis retirement community, will enjoy a concert by local musicians Bob and Donna Wren at 7 p.m. Saturday. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature Mozart’s violin and piano sonatas. Atria Covell Gardens is at 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. For more information, […]

January 31, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Woodland man admits to role in bid-rigging scheme

A real-estate investor from Woodland pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to conspiring to rig bids and commit mail fraud at foreclosure auctions in San Joaquin County, authorities announced. Kenneth A. Swanger, 41, admitted to conspiring with a group of real-estate speculators who agreed not to bid against each other at certain […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Former UCD worker pleads no contest in embezzlement case

A former UC Davis employee charged with embezzling from the school’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital pleaded no contest to a grand theft charge Friday in Yolo Superior Court. Emily Ramos, 44, received a two-year suspended prison sentence on the condition that she successfully serve five years of probation and 180 days in county jail, according […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Garamendi, Thompson to co-host financial aid workshop at UCD

The offices of Congressman John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will co-host a multi-agency Student Financial Aid Workshop at UC Davis on Monday. Representatives from these offices, federal and state agencies as well as financial aid professionals will provide resource information and guidance to students and their families. All students are welcome, and […]

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UC Davis author discusses her new book at campus reading

Allison P. Coudert, a professor of religious studies at UC Davis, will talk about her new book, “Religion, Magic, and Science in Early Modern Europe and America,” on Wednesday. She’ll be in the Special Events Room at the UC Davis Bookstore in the Memorial Union on campus from 1 to 2 p.m. Her talk is […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,