LED there be light: blue diode earns Nobel

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and naturalized U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura revolutionized lighting technology […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it’s only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. Rejecting appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans, the Supreme Court […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rexroad, Yolo County Republican Party caught up in FPPC violations

The Yolo County Republican Central Committee has agreed to pay a fine levied by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for laundering money during the 2010 election — money that ended up in the campaign coffers of a client of Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad. Rexroad, a partner with Meridian Pacific Inc. in Sacramento, was serving at […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

International Festival celebrates ‘Unity in Diversity’

Crowds jammed Central Park on Sunday to hear music, see dance performances, marvel at exotic traditional costumes, enjoy taste treats from around the world and learn about other countries at the annual International Festival presented by International House, Davis. The theme of the event was “Unity in Diversity.”

Attendees also heard from Koen van Rompay, the founder of Sahaya International, which supports women and children in Southern India. Van Rompay is an AIDS researcher at UC Davis.

Among the more than 20 international performances that took place on stage — from drummers to dancers, singers to jugglers — was Sari Farmer, who performed a traditional Indonesian dance. Another was Zhelya, a dancer with Jodette’s Jewels of the Nile, who balanced a candelabra on her head as she performed the Saidi, an upper Egyptian folk dance.

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 Elvis (No. 127344), a 7-year-old neutered male domestic short-haired white cat with one blue eye and one green eye. Also hoping for a good home is Binx (No. 128538), an 18-month-old female […]

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

Wine-tasting and auction benefit Advanced Treble Choir

Local residents can enjoy an afternoon of wine-tasting, epicurean delights, a silent auction, art and music benefiting the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. The program begins with wine-tasting from a number of local wineries and appetizer pairings provided […]

October 09, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Annual Davis walk helps HIV-affected children in India

Sahaya Walks invites you to join hands and make a difference in the lives of HIV-affected children Can we make a difference in the lives of impoverished AIDS orphans on the other side of the globe? Local residents can shout a resounding “yes” by participating in the Sahaya Walks event on Sunday, Oct. 12. For […]

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

Forum shares the facts about drug, alcohol use among teens

Save the date for a free informational forum on drug and alcohol use and abuse by Davis teenagers: Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. “Be Smart, Don’t Start” is the title of the presentation by keynote speaker Jon Daily, a […]

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Events raise awareness of mental illness, resources

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI-Yolo, invites local residents to learn more about mental illness and programs to help recovery during Mental Illness Awareness Week. One in four adults and one in five children and teens experience a mental health problem every year, a news release said. Half of all […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

No lights? Bicyclists can be invisible

It’s a common complaint among Davis residents around this time of year: UC Davis students pedaling around town on bicycles they obviously haven’t mastered. It’s also a time of year when bicyclists run more stop signs, ride against the flow of traffic and — most frightening for everyone — ride at night without lights, invisible to motorists. […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

ASUCD Experimental College helps newcomers connect

By Crystal Atamian Fall quarter can be a time of both excitement and stress for many in Davis. While newcomers are happy to be here, it’s also easy to feel set adrift, searching for an anchor amid the realities of a new place. While the UC Davis Student Health & Wellness Center provides resources on campus to […]

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

Marchand will be honored at Bucks for Ducks fundraiser

Yolo Basin Foundation’s annual benefit, Bucks for Ducks, will honor Betsy Marchand for 25 years of service as a board member. A longtime member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, Marchand was a strategic leader in the establishment of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area and a founding Yolo Basin Foundation board member. Bucks for […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: A trio of exhibits usher in fall

This month, the feeling around Davis is that fall is finally here. At the Pence, we always open three exhibits in fall, following our annual art auction fundraiser in late September. “The Sign of Rhythm,” a solo exhibit of Mark L. Emerson’s recent watercolor and acrylic abstract paintings, is an amazingly vibrant show in terms […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,