Author of adventure memoir speaks Tuesday

Francis Slakey, author of the new adventure memoir “To the Last Breath,” will discuss his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in downtown Davis. Before Slakey, a Georgetown physics professor, set out to climb the highest mountain on every continent and surf every ocean, he had shut himself off […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

UC, CSU pushed to cut low-enrollment programs

By Nanette Asimov It sounds like an obesity epidemic in higher education: program bloat. But rather than some sort of elephantine curriculum, the phrase refers to the hundreds of degree programs at California’s public universities with fewer than 10 graduates in a given year — at a time when many students are turned away from more popular programs because […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Join Sierra Club for ‘brrrisk’ morning walk

The Sierra Club Yolano Group hosts “brrrisk” morning walks in Davis on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. The group meets at 7 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at The Marketplace, Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane off Highway 113. All are welcome; rain cancels the outing. The walking distance is 4.5 miles in 90 minutes, and […]

October 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Garamendi will attend Democrats’ Champagne Brunch

Congressman John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will be the guest of honor as the Davis Democratic Club celebrates its 22nd annual Champagne Brunch on Sunday, June 24. Having won the June 5 open primary with more than 52 percent of the vote, Garamendi is campaigning for re-election in California’s newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District. He will […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Tilt a K-9′

Science and engineering were on display Thursday, as the UC Davis College of Engineering — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year — held its annual Design Showcase at the UC Davis Conference Center. Among the dozens of teams with exhibits was the “Tilt a K-9 Automated Tilting Platform for Surface EMG Muscle Activation […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Winds down tree, fan fires

Saturday’s gusty winds toppled a tree on B Street and whipped up several small fires in the city, Davis police and fire officials said. The tree came down at about 10:45 a.m. on the 100 block of B Street, blocking both lanes and diverting traffic until a Public Works crew removed it, Davis police Sgt. […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Longs parent company settles false billing allegations

CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $975,000 to settle allegations that Longs Drugs stores in six states used false billings to defraud the federal Medicaid health program, according to the Davis attorney who represented the plaintiff in the case. The whistleblower lawsuit alleged that the fraudulent billings occurred over an eight-year period before Longs […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City trims nine employees from parks, public works

The city of Davis handed pink slips to nine public employees Wednesday to reduce costs in case it has to forfeit the money it saved by imposing a contract on the Davis City Employees Association in August 2010. That move was deemed unlawful by the Public Employment Relations Board in November. Should the PERB again […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Syrian rebels take battle to Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power. For nearly 12 hours of fighting that lasted into the early hours […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Europe bailout of Spain could cost $125 billion

MADRID (AP) — Spain became the fourth and largest country Saturday to ask Europe to rescue its failing banks, a bailout of up to €100 billion ($125 billion) that leaders hoped would stabilize a financial crisis that threatens to break apart the 17-country eurozone. The rescue offer follows growing pressure from international investors and the […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Women’s self-defense course starts this week

The Davis Police Department is taking sign-ups for a five-week self-defense course for women. RAD — Rape Aggression Defense — teaches awareness and prevention techniques, as well as realistic self-defense tactics. The course is taught by Davis Police Department employees who are nationally certified RAD instructors. The upcoming series will be taught from 6 to […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Why should chickens have all the fun?

So here we are, a couple of weeks removed from the wildly successful Tour de Cluck, which brought all sorts of chicken lovers, not to mention The New York Times, to our humble burg over the Memorial Day weekend. Why anyone would want chickens cooped up in their backyard is another subject for another day, […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Time to celebrate: DHS Class of 2012 graduates

Cynthia Ochoa was nervous. In many ways, this was to be expected. Ochoa was about to give a graduation speech to the 505 other graduating Davis High School seniors and the countless relatives and friends milling just outside the Ron & Mary Brown Stadium on campus Friday night.

There was a clear air of excitement as the students, friends and family listened to the speakers and waited for the distribution of diplomas.

“I was excited all day,” DHS principal Jacqui Moore said. “I have great hopes for them.”

In welcoming the crowd, Moore gave a short speech comparing students to “ninjas” …

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

What a trip!

Greg and Susan Melcher, reflected in the Elvis-shaped mirror, check out the boys’ bathroom decorated like Nashville for the Davis High School Grad Night celebration at Emerson Junior High. Decorations were centered around a road trip theme. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,