Bob Dunning: Snack attack in the heart of Davis

Having decided that one good deed deserves another, I headed down to City Hall not to bury our City Council, but to praise it. After all, the mayor’s non-stop campaign to help Davis kids bike safely to school originates from a good heart, a sound mind and common sense. And the move to have youngsters […]

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

By Elena Becatoros and Menalaos Hadjicostis ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any […]

Making a splash

Lily Kahn, 5, in her second summer as a Mini-Dart, dives into Community Pool last Thursday to train with the SummerDarts. Megan Ewens/Enterprise photo

Obama: Embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties

By Julie Pace WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans and Cubans alike […]

DHS grads prepare to leave farm life for city life

Like many outgoing seniors, identical twins Giulia and Elisa McIsaac held a graduation party and invited their friends and family. Guests at this party, however, had to drive — and get lost — 15 minutes outside of Davis to discover the 85-acre farm that the McIsaac family calls home. “My dad wanted us to experience […]

Creek project may be delayed as long as a year

WINTERS — The beavers will get to stay in Putah Creek a bit longer, thanks to a hold put on a restoration project this week. The Central Valley Flood Protection Board has stepped in after hearing from a Winters resident who is opposed to the next phase of construction on the Putah Creek Nature Park, […]

Farmers Market will be open on Fourth of July

Start your Fourth of July the farm-fresh, feel-good way at the Davis Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets. Market sellers will offer a bounty of summer produce — including corn, tomatoes and melons — plus local eggs, honey, olive oil, herbs, chicken, meats and seafood, handmade […]

Per Capita Davis: Energy storage, the next big thing

I admit to being torn about what to write about for this column. The pope’s recent encyclical is very tempting: I have long been of the belief that some form of shift in our collective moral compass is necessary to accompany whatever technological pathway we tread on our way to a climate solution. But that […]

Council vows critical thinking on panhandling

The City Council will narrow its focus on the issue of panhandling, vowing to come back in the fall with more critical thinking discussed on Tuesday evening. One of the thorny questions the City Council dealt with was whether addressing panhandling necessarily meant dealing with homelessness and drug addiction. “I realize that in many ways it’s […]

US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

By Julie Pace WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign […]

Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill. State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between […]

Bob Dunning: You’ll never believe what you’re doing wrong

It’s getting awfully difficult to live in Davis or even on Planet Earth these days without doing something that’s harmful to somebody. First it was Pope Francis’ brilliant and moving encyclical, Laudato Si’, and now this from our very own environmental gurus at the Explorit Science Center, courtesy of my friend Jeff. “Hello, Bob,” Jeff […]

Cut cables disrupt NorCal phones, Internet

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Internet and phone services have been disrupted in some areas of Northern California after three major fiber optic cables were cut. The FBI says vandalism early Tuesday at an Alameda County site caused outages reported along the Interstate 80 corridor from the San Francisco Bay Area through Sacramento to Auburn in the […]

Incendiary device planted outside Davis police station

Davis police are looking for the person who left an incendiary device outside the police station late Monday night. According to an alert message sent out by the Police Department on Tuesday, the device was discovered at about 10:15 p.m., when a sergeant headed out on patrol spotted a small fire burning outside the north […]