Right-to-die bill struggling ahead of key vote

By Fenit Nirappil SACRAMENTO (AP) — A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of a legislative vote today. Aid-in-dying advocates had hoped the nationally publicized case of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old California woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon […]

Davis Community Meals needs cooks

Davis Community Meals is in need of volunteer head cooks for its Tuesday and Saturday meals programs. The cooks are responsible for planning and preparing a meal for 50 to 75 homeless and low-income people each Tuesday and Saturday. They manage a small crew of volunteers working as sous chefs. Head cooks volunteer on one Tuesday each […]

CHP investigates fatal I-5 crash

The California Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses to a Sunday morning crash that killed a 48-year-old man on Interstate 5 near Dunnigan. Edward Stephen Burns, a resident of Nuevo, was traveling northbound at about 8:15 a.m. when his vehicle drifted from the fast lane to the right shoulder, striking a metal guard rail and a […]

Golf for a good cause

Alan Fernandes, president of the Davis Board of Education, sizes up his putt as he and Mayor Dan Wolk get ready for Soroptimist International of Greater Davis’ 21st annual golf tournament. Joining them are Soroptimists Catherine Baxter, center, and Grace Starkovich. There’s still time to sign up for the tournament, which benefits victims of child abuse […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Sweet Pea (No. 135374), a 6-week-old female gray tabby kitten. Also hoping for a good home is Springer (No. 135604), a 6-month-old spayed female terrier mix. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter is […]

Church hosts another Parents’ Night Out

Parents are invited to enjoy an evening out while their kids are entertained and supervised on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Pole Line Road Baptist Church, 770 Pole Line Road. All children, from infants through those just completing sixth grade, may attend. Caregivers have been trained and approved through an extensive background check […]

Shop Davis: Finding the dream at Crème de la Crème

Crème de la Crème “started as a dream” for owner Christie Zamora in 1998. As she says on her website, when she awoke from that dream she found herself in a “peaceful, serene environment that appealed to my senses of sight, sound, touch and smell. It seemed like what I imagined heaven would be.” She […]

UCD institute targets emerging diseases

In the second half of the 20th century, the World Health Organization spearheaded an ultimately successful effort to eradicate a nemesis of humankind: smallpox.

The disease, caused by two variants of the variola virus, had ravaged civilizations for thousands of years, as evidenced by medical writings from ancient India and even by the mummy of Ramses V.

Over the centuries, it had struck populations in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, killing hundreds of millions. Those fortunate enough to have survived frequently bore permanent scarring on their faces.

But variola possessed a fatal flaw — in nature, the virus infected only humans. With a vaccine originally developed by Edward Jenner in 1796, health authorities were able to launch mass inoculation campaigns across the world following World War II.

Davis High student wins first prize in Princeton play writing contest

Kanishk Pandey, who will be starting his senior year at Davis High School this fall, made his youthful debut on the nation’s literary landscape by winning first prize in Princeton University’s Ten-Minute Play Contest in June. The rules of the competition are fairly simple. The contest is open to 11th-graders who may submit only one […]

NAMI support group meets Sunday

NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will hold the next meeting of the Family Support Group in Woodland from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, in the Cafeteria Conference Room at Woodland Memorial Hospital, 1325 Cottonwood St. Meetings will continue there at that time on second and fourth Sundays. The […]

Yolo County Fair celebrates with opening-night gala

A gala celebration on opening night of the Yolo County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 19, will showcase the county’s agricultural bounty. The event is expected to draw a crowd of about 600 people to the Ag Building at the fairgrounds in Woodland. Guests will have a chance to mingle with community leaders, growers and old friends at […]

Doctor talks about radiation treatments for breast cancer

Jyoti Mayadev, M.D., will present “Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer” at the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund’s educational program at 7 p.m. Monday, July 13. Mayadev is assistant professor of radiation oncology at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She will present the latest developments in radiation treatment for breast cancer. There will be […]

Toxicologist speaks at Science Café

The July edition of the Science Café will feature a conversation with Isaac Pessah, a professor of toxicology at UC Davis, on “Too Hot to Handle: How Genes and Environment Cause Rare Muscle Disease and Malignant Fever.” The café takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at G Street Wunderbar, 228 G St. in […]

Men invited to monthly Talk Circle

The next Community Men’s Talk Circle meets Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. All men 18 years and older are welcome to attend the free gathering, where men are invited to talk as they feel ready. “Many of us know a deepening within ourselves that is […]