Report: Colleges increasing spending on sports faster than on academics

By Tamar Lewin Even as their spending on instruction, research and public service declined or stayed flat, most colleges and universities rapidly increased their spending on sports, according to a report released Monday by the American Association of University Professors. “Increasingly, institutions of higher education have lost their focus on the academic activities at the […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yes on Measure P campaign at market

The campaign to repeal the city of Davis’ new water rates and rate structure, Yes on Measure P, will be at the Davis Farmers Market in Central Park on Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Past Mayor and City Council member Sue Greenwald will be staffing the booth with other campaign supporters. Local residents are invited to stop […]

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Museum exhibit hails 100 Picnic Days

A new exhibit at the Hattie Weber Museum celebrates 100 Picnic Days with early photographs, program covers and a colorful montage of the 1981 parade, which featured bands, Scouts, ROTC marchers, horse-drawn farm equipment, floats, a cow billed as future ice cream and one with a hole in her stomach! While it has been 105 […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

More fake IRS calls reported

It’s tax time, and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is warning local residents to be alert for fraudulent telephone calls from a caller claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The latest call reported to the office is supposedly from “Sebastian Das” in the Tax Audit Department who threatens that you may be […]

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Learn more about Google Glass at talk

On Monday, April 21, the Linux Users’ Group of Davis will host a talk on Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that is being developed by Google, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sunrise Rotarians honor student role models

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently honored seven Davis, Da Vinci and King high school students as Students of the Month for April. They are: * Chris Allen, nominated by King High School teacher Theo Buckendorf, who wrote, “Chris Allen is the type of student that every teacher loves to have in class. He […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Life in the slow lane: Is this the modern-day break-up?

“We broke up.” “What did he say?” “He didn’t say anything, he just changed his Facebook status to ‘single’ and my best friend saw it and texted me about it; then I saw a picture on Instagram of him with another girl.” I kid you not; I’ve heard these words. This is how some teenagers […]

April 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Teen’s sweet 16 is more about giving than receiving

Andi Jackson’s 16th birthday this year meant lots and lots of gifts — for some children in the small town of Thornton. That’s because Jackson, who turned 16 on March 13, decided she didn’t need any birthday gifts this year and asked family and friends who wanted to give her something to instead donate a […]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Group works to raise minimum wage to $15 in Davis

It’s being done to some extent in San Francisco and San Jose, but is it right for Davis? The issue is whether to support a petition to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour within city limits. Bernie Goldsmith, a local activist, has teamed up with local labor boosters in an attempt to collect […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Second UC Berkeley student infected with measles

BERKELEY (AP) — Health officials at UC Berkeley say another student has been diagnosed with measles, and they are concerned others may have been exposed to the virus. KTVU-TV reports officials confirmed that the student could have exposed thousands of others when riding public transit home from Oakland International Airport on March 30 and attending […]

April 06, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Art benches will line urban nature trail

Jeremy Criswell and Elro Marshall work on the frame for a butterfly art bench that will be placed along the Putah Creek Parkway in South Davis. It is one of four benches built with ferro cement with mosaic added, reflecting the natural elements along the urban nature trail and providing places where walkers can pause, sit […]

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U.S. to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. Speaking to at a news conference following a meeting with Japan Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Hagel said they discussed […]

April 06, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis’ Art Garage dedicated

In Davis, parking garages aren’t just a place to put your car. They’re art experiences now, thanks to the efforts of a team of muralists and community members who transformed the interior of the parking garage at First and F streets into an Art Garage. The three-story mural fills the entryways on each floor of […]

April 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

College-readiness not keeping up in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fewer than 4 in 10 California high school students are completing the requirements to be eligible for the state’s public universities, fueling worries of a shortage of college-educated workers when the value of a bachelor’s degree has never been higher. To meet entrance requirements, high school students must complete 15 classes […]

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