Parole denied again for Woodland toddler’s killer

A Woodland man who has spent 27 years in prison for the brutal murder of a 22-month-old boy was denied parole for the 14th time this week, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. Christopher Fowler, 50, has yet to “come to grips” with his role in the death of his girlfriend’s son Aaron […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Community Chorale sings this weekend

The community is invited to enjoy “Remembrances: Songs of Love and Faith,” performed by the Davis Community Chorale at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Conducted by artistic director Alison Skinner, the 60-member chorale will sing the “Liebeslieder Waltzes” by Brahms and American folk songs and hymns […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Gallery 1855 exhibits Radin, Finkleman

An exhibition of architectural abstracts by Michael Radin and Joseph Finkleman will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A free open house and reception for the artists is planned from 1 to […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Hear Indian classical music at concert Sunday

The Nada Brahma Music Ensemble — featuring guitarist, composer and director Matthew Grasso and tabla musicians Alex Jenkins and Parteek Bansal — will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. The venue is Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. Founded in 1997, the ensemble performs Indian classical music — original and traditional […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Atria Covell Gardens welcomes public to guitar concert

Celtic and folk guitarist Christopher Dean will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The community is welcome. Fingerstyle and flat-picking guitarist Dean is not just a gifted exponent of Celtic and American folk music on the six- and 12-string guitar, a news release […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | 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. Displaying some of their wares are, from […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Fettig performs as guest artist with DHS Jazz Band

A musical treat is in store for area jazz lovers as guest artist Mary Fettig takes the stage with the award-winning Davis High School Jazz Band at the 26th annual Jazz Extravaganza concert. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Fettig […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Court hears California animal welfare law

By Carolyn Lochhead WASHINGTON — California’s law banning the slaughter of animals that can’t walk, enacted in 2008 after a gruesome undercover video showed lame cows being waterboarded and jabbed with forklifts at a meat plant in San Bernardino County, came before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The law bans the sale, receipt or slaughter of any downed livestock […]

November 13, 2011 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Cop-killer Topete’s fate now in jury’s hands

Attorneys offered dueling images Tuesday during closing arguments in the penalty phase for Marco Topete, who fatally shot Deputy Jose “Tony” Diaz in rural Dunnigan on June 15, 2008.

“There are cases that are so rare, and so horrific, that only the death penalty is appropriate, and this is one of those cases,” District Attorney Jeff Reisig told the five-man, seven-woman jury that will decide Topete’s fate.

Defense attorney Dwight Samuel, meanwhile, urged jurors to show mercy for his client.

No one disputed what Topete did that Father’s Day. After leading Diaz on a high-speed pursuit, Topete fired an assault rifle, killing the deputy with a shot to his chest.

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Precious gems right out of our faucets

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH … in an email back-and-forth with my friend Matt over the merits and demerits of the city of Davis’ “tiered” system for water rates, a system that discriminates against moderate to large families by making them pay more for a gallon of water than everyone else, Matt noted, “In today’s world […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC seeks more funding from cash-strapped state

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California plans to ask for a big increase in funding from the cash-strapped state, even as the 10-campus system braces for deeper budget cuts, school administrators said Tuesday. For the 2012-13 academic year, the UC system is seeking $2.8 billion, which is significantly more than the $2.37 billion it received […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Cyberbullying is focus of free program

A free presentation for parents and teenagers on the social and legal consequences of cyberbullying, sexting and “sextortion” will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The program is presented by representatives of the UC Davis School of Law’s Family Protection […]

November 10, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

City to install bike fix-it stations soon

There’s no need to own a bike pump anymore. The city’s got that covered. UC Davis students have taken advantage of the free blue bicycle Dero Fixit stations that dot the campus since last fall, where cyclists can pump up tires, tweak their brakes or perform whatever other maintenance their bikes need on their own. […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Institute aims to spur UCD entrepreneurship

With a new interdisciplinary institute, UC Davis seeks to boost its innovation and entrepreneurship projects, spurring economic development far beyond the campus. Alumni Mike and Renee Child have committed $5 million to The Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UCD announced Tuesday. The institute, which launched Tuesday, will provide a unifying structure to entrepreneurship efforts on […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,