Italian Senate approves economic reform bill

ROME (AP) — Italy’s Senate approved crucial economic reforms demanded by the European Union on Friday, the first step in paving the way for Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign as early as this weekend and a transitional government to be formed. The 156-12 vote took place after respected economist Mario Monti — widely expected to […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Wild turkeys still flocking to East Davis

The turkeys that began patrolling the Davis Cemetery and surrounding areas five years ago, bullying visitors and East Davis residents, still stick close to the neighborhood. However, by most accounts, they aren’t nearly as much of a problem as they once were.

But the turkeys recently found themselves homeless as the old Chiles barn they used as a base was torn down to make way for the Chiles Ranch development of 108 homes by Steve Sherman and Don Fouts. The site is on East Eighth Street just east of the cemetery.

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

City is contemplating a ‘hypocrisy plaza’

“City Council votes to demolish Central Park restroom building,” said the alarming headline in Davis’ Only Local Daily Newspaper. As one who remembers a time when that was the only public bathroom in town, I was stunned to read that “Concerns from Davis citizens about crime, vandalism and lack of cleanliness prompted the City Council […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UCD fundraiser benefits families of fallen officers

The UC Davis Police Department invites the community to attend a fundraiser for the families of fallen law-enforcement officers at Saturday’s Aggie football game. This year’s fundraiser, the third hosted by the campus Police Department, will benefit the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) summer camp for the children of officers who are killed in the […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

For the record

The Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. An incorrect time was included in Thursday’s caption. ———— Aella Boutique’s name was misspelled in Sunday’s “Comings & Goings” column.

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Village Homes artisans sell their wares

Ceramics, jewelry, cards, books, paintings, woodblock prints, wildlife photography, local honey, baked goods and more will be featured at the third annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. Guests can enjoy live music and free […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Saving energy with recycled paper

(NewsUSA) — According to the Department of Energy, 80 percent of older homes do not possess adequate insulation. Poorly insulated homes require more energy — and money — to maintain comfortable temperatures. Luckily for homeowners, insulation projects are easy, inexpensive and can yield big returns. “Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind these days, and one […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Topete juror wants off the case

WOODLAND — A juror in the Marco Topete trial asked to be excused from the case Thursday, saying she is unable to decide whether the convicted cop killer should receive the death penalty or life in prison without parole. “It is very difficult to make a decision,” the female juror, whose identity was not disclosed, […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Graduate sues UCD for failing to respond to hazing

A UC Davis graduate has filed suit against the university for failing to investigate alleged extreme hazing and protect him from ongoing harassment. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court, alleges that on Nov. 5, 2008, a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity choked and repeatedly stomped the foot of Ryan Clifford, a pledge, […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Zero waste and beyond

As the driving force behind Da Vinci High School’s recent “zero waste week,” senior Andre Almeida found a way to ensure that all garbage produced on the campus that wasn’t being composted or recycled still served a purpose other than sitting in a landfill. Very soon, in fact, students will be sitting on that waste […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Group collects items for the homeless

The Tzu Chi Collegiate Association will be collecting donations for the low-income and homeless of Sacramento in preparation for the cold winter season. Distribution will take place Sunday, Nov. 20, on North 14th Street in West Sacramento, where the group conducts a weekly breakfast distribution. The following items are needed: blankets, toiletries, clothing (men’s clothing and […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holmes honors veterans

Clyde Quick conducts the Holmes Junior High School eighth-grade band at a ceremony Thursday honoring veterans. Social studies teacher Mike Dufresne, an Iraq war veteran and retired sergeant in the National Guard, was the master of ceremonies. He recognized three other Holmes staffers who are veterans: Doug Kuntz and Paul Carrie, who served in the […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Ethnic studies prof speaks at Woodland Community College

“Put Your Bodies Upon the Gears: The Free Speech Movement and Third World Liberation Front” is the title of Ziza Delgado’s speech Tuesday evening at Woodland Community College. The presentation is planned for 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Community Room, Building 800, at the college, 2300 E. Gibson Road. Refreshments will be provided. Delgado, […]

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Wolk, Yamada win praise from veterans

Veterans groups have honored two Davis state legislators for their support for veterans’ issues. The American Legion’s California division announced it has selected state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, as the Senate recipient of its 2011 Legislator of the Year award. “Senator Wolk has shown support and understanding of the unique challenges faced by veterans in […]

November 11, 2011 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,