Obama proposes $1B for science, math teachers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled plans today to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. The program to reward high-performing teachers with salary stipends is part of a long-term effort by President Barack Obama to encourage education in […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rebel bombing strikes heart of Syrian regime

BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting today in the Syrian capital, killing the defense minister as well as President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law in the harshest blow to the government’s inner circle in the 16-month uprising. Syrian state-run TV said the blast came during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council terminates contract with USDA over slain coyotes

Scores of Davis residents filled the Community Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday night to voice their disgust over the recent slaying of five coyotes in North Davis at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Punctuating the community’s concerns, the City Council unanimously voted to immediately terminate its contract with USDA Wildlife Services, […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Reasonableness takes over the chambers

A POSITIVE CHANGE … I’m not sure what’s going on with our esteemed City Council, but after watching Tuesday night’s water/coyote meeting, it’s obvious that reasonableness has taken over the Community Chambers … first off were those 5-0 votes before bedtime after 10 minutes of discussion compared to 4-1 or 3-2 votes after hours of […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Learn Mandarin, English at I-House

Don’t let the summer pass you by without learning a new language or brushing up on English or Mandarin. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., a Mandarin class is offered at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Participants should enter I-House through the parking lot to reach the Hagan Room. The class size is small, the […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sutter Davis debuts transformed birthing rooms

Pregnant women have been known to drive hours so they can deliver their babies at Sutter Davis Hospital’s birthing center.

They come because of the birthing center’s reputation for excellent outcomes, said center director Carolyn Campos, and they come because of the choices available to them here: It’s the only birthing center in the greater Sacramento area offering water births and the services of volunteer doulas, in addition to physicians and midwives.

As a result, the center delivers between 1,300 and 1,400 babies a year — a pretty significant number for a community hospital.

Learn screenwriting at free workshop

A screenwriting workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The workshop, which will be taught by a film and television production student of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, is an opportunity to learn about screenwriting and gain the tools necessary to […]

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

Food Co-op celebrates its members

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, is planning a member appreciation party at the store on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Members and their guests are invited to stop by to enjoy bounce houses, a community art project, samples and a raffle. The Davis Food Co-op is a full-line, member-owned […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local drive responds to Red Cross’ emergency call for blood donors

Did you know? * Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion * Each year, the Red Cross ships 6 million to 10 million units of blood to hospitals * Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Speak Out For Tolerance’ at Wednesday’s Farmers Market

In mid-June, community members were disturbed when a noose was found hanging from a goal post at the Davis High School football field and when racist graffiti was discovered at several places in town. In response, the city’s Human Relations Commission is working in partnership with Davis Media Access — the media center serving Davis and […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

CSU trustees OK 10% pay hikes for two leaders

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES (AP) — California State University trustees on Tuesday approved maximum salary increases for two new campus presidents in the first use of the board’s controversial executive compensation policy. The board approved the maximum raises of 10 percent over the outgoing presidents’ salaries for Diane Harrison at CSU Northridge, who will […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Help offered with disposal of household hazardous waste

Senior or disabled residents who cannot drive, and who have household hazardous waste in need of proper disposal, may schedule a free pickup of their waste. Yolo County residents 65 years and older qualify for this service. Material that can be collected includes household batteries, cleaning supplies, lighter fluid, antifreeze, aerosol cans (empties can be […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Seniors can get bus vouchers

For senior citizens seeking independent community mobility, the Senior Transportation Voucher Program offers vouchers for Yolobus Special or Davis Community Transit to help cover fares for transportation to medical appointments, shopping and more. To be eligible, a person must be at least 60 years old and in need of door-to-door assistance. This program is funded […]

August 31, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Moveon Council sets movie night

Supporters of Moveon.org are invited to attend a movie night and potluck dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 619 Estrella Place in Covell Park neighborhood of Davis. “Help us prepare and strategize for the upcoming election season and get to know your fellow progressives and Moveon members,” a news release said.

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,