Thompson warns of email scam

Rep. Mike Thompson’s office has received reports that a Sept. 29, 2010, e-newsletter sent from Thompson titled “Wine E-News from Congressman Mike Thompson” is being used in conjunction with an electronic and financial scam. The email comes from an individual claiming to be a U.S. ambassador to Ghana and asks people to send money to […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Junior high schools plan parent information meetings

Emerson, Harper and Holmes junior high schools have scheduled parent/guardian information meetings for incoming seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade student planning for the 2012-13 school year on the following dates: * Emerson Junior High, 2121 Calaveras Ave., meetings are in the library from 7 to 8:30 p.m.: seventh grade, Tuesday, March 27; eighth grade, Tuesday, March 13; […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

City Council expands Picnic Day safety enhancement zone

Picnic Day conjures up many emotions for Davisites. But the one front and center in recent years concerning the annual student-run open house at UC Davis — which attracts a crowd approaching 100,000 people — is the resentment toward the abuse of alcohol and the trouble it causes. That’s why the City Council is continuing […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Protesters sue UCD over pepper-spraying

Seventeen students and two alumni have filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis over the arrests and point-blank dousing with pepper spray of Occupy protesters.

They are accusing the university and its Police Department of failing to properly train and supervise its officers, resulting in the use of “unacceptable and excessive force” that violated the protesters’ state and federal rights, including their First, Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.

Other defendants include Chancellor Linda Katehi, Provost Ralph Hexter, Vice Chancellors John Meyer and Fred Wood, UCD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza, Lt. John Pike and all of the other unnamed officers on the scene.

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Two arrests in 11 hours for alleged shoplifter

Davis police arrested the same man twice in an 11-hour period last weekend on suspicion of shoplifting booze from two local stores. Christopher David Barnes, 19, first got picked up at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday after employees of Save Mart allegedly caught him taking vodka, gin, beer and toothpaste from the Anderson Road store without […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Children’s Faire set Sunday at DCC

AJD Angels of Hope Foundation will present a Winter Children’s Faire from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in downtown Davis. Activities include live music, arts and crafts, games and activities, food, a silent auction and a raffle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Eat hearty, for a good cause

A crab and shrimp feed Saturday evening in Sacramento will raise funds for juvenile diabetes research. The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan. Tickets are $50 at the door or at any Save Mart supermarket, or by calling (916) 920-0790. Proceeds will […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Holoman’s new book illuminates career of conductor Charles Munch

Learn more Who: D. Kern Holoman will speak about and sign copies of his book, “Charles Munch” When and where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., and Sunday, May 6, at the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra concert at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts UC Davis music professor […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Davis High to host performance with orchestra, puppets

A musical performance of “Pinocchio,” complete with puppets, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. The production is jointly presented by the Davis High School Orchestra, Art Grueneberger’s Puppet Art Theater Company and the Davis School Orchestral Music Association. The music is […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

Yolo Mambo plays at Happy Thursday

Yolo Mambo, a quartet specializing in spicy Latin, blues and pop, will perform at Rominger West’s Happy Thursday gathering from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winery is at 4602 Second St., Suite 4. Guests will sip on discounted wine by the glass and enjoy “California comfort food” from Stone Soup Catering. Composed of Catherine […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Get your golden ticket to see ‘Willy Wonka’

The youthful actors in the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre will present a “scrumdidlyumptious” musical, “Willy Wonka,” March 3-25 in Davis. This new stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s timeless classic, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” will take audiences into a world of “pure imagination” and is sure to delight fans of all ages. […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

U.S. stocks fall as Europe frets over Greece

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were lower in early trading Wednesday as investors worry over the details of a new bailout plan for Greece. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 8 points in early trading at 12,957, a day after hitting 13,000 — albeit briefly — for the first time since May 2008. […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Syrian shelling kills two Western journalists

BEIRUT (AP) — A French photojournalist and a prominent American war correspondent working for a British newspaper were killed Wednesday by Syrian shelling of the opposition stronghold Homs as President Bashar Assad’s regime escalated its attacks on rebel bases by strafing from helicopter gunships, activists said. Weeks of withering barrages on the central city of […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Ag and Art Project brings NEA chair to Yolo

Artists have long been drawn to the beauty of rural western Yolo County, but sometimes capturing that beauty meant risking life and limb.

Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain, who represents the sweeping, largely rural 5th District, recalls frequently seeing painters set up on the side of the road bordering his alfalfa fields.

“The dust and gravel would be flying everywhere and I’d go over to them and say, ‘You can go on the land,’ but they were always afraid of being chased off,” Chamberlain said.

Annie Main, who with her husband, Jeff, farms in the Capay Valley, said she, too, often heard about painters — usually women — working alone on the side of the road.

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,