Former Dixon coach gets probation, jail time

A former youth sports coach from Dixon convicted of having sex with an underage girl was given jail time and probation this week but he won’t have to register as a sex offender, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. Troy Anthony Hensley, 38, also must refrain from coaching or holding any leadership position […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite that look

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn’t know what your rant is about. Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look — head cowered, […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UCD to lead $4 M chickpea research project

A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched this week in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of UC Davis. Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The new, […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Horse hormone find may aid human pregnancies

Identification of a new pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses has resolved a reproductive mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, and it may have important implications for sustaining human pregnancies, reports a team of researchers led by a UC Davis veterinary scientist. Characterization of the hormone, dihydroprogesterone, or DHP, may lead the way to better hormone […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

King High recognized by state as a model school

Martin Luther King High School in Davis was recognized this week by the California Department of Education as a model continuation high school for 2014, earning high praise from an evaluation team that visited last October, as well as accolades from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“On the surface of things at King, what you can see from outside the classrooms, King is a symbol of excellence,” the evaluators said in their report. “But the real magic is what goes on in the classroom: excellent teaching, miracle-working and students who know they are personally cared for.”

Gardening fun for all ages

I want to thank my Facebook friend Christine for inspiring this column. She posted a great list of age-appropriate chores for children, and the thing I noticed was how few of them were gardening activities. Other than “weed garden, rake leaves, mow lawns, trim hedges,” there wasn’t much to get kids outside and active in […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Colorblind notion aside, colleges grapple with racial tension

By Tanzina Vega ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A brochure for the University of Michigan features a vision of multicultural harmony, with a group of students from different racial backgrounds sitting on a verdant lawn, smiling and conversing. The scene at the undergraduate library one night in February was quite different, as hundreds of students and […]

April 01, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Divided City Council passes housing plan

Are mother-in-law units guaranteed to be affordable? Does saying so represent a step backwards for the city’s commitment to affordable housing? That was the question at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that hung over what in many cities is a routine procedure: Pass a housing section of the overall city General Plan that the state […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New federal rules limit marketing of junk food at schools

WASHINGTON — Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day will be phased out under the rules, intended to ensure that such marketing is brought in line […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Plant sale is just in time for spring gardening

A large selection of attractive, low-water, easy-care, regionally appropriate plants will be for sale at the UC Davis Arboretum’s Teaching Nursery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15. This spring sale celebrates the fifth anniversary of the expanded nursery, on Garrod Drive near La Rue Road, across from the veterinary medicine complex on […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Walk with Warren through redbud collection

All are welcome join Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum and famous storyteller and punster, for a noontime exploration of the Arboretum’s Warren G. Roberts Redbud Collection on Wednesday, March 12. The group will meet at the Arboretum Headquarters (the Valley Oak Cottage on La Rue Road) and walk from noon to […]

March 04, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Storytime focuses on expedition to Africa

Families can take a safari to Africa on Sunday with a free, outdoor read­ing program at the UC Davis Arboretum. Visitors will explore the stories and nature of Africa in the Acacia Grove. All ages are welcome. The group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum Headquarters; activities will move to 146 […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Saturday’s program is all things acacia

Visitors to the UC Davis Arboretum at 2 p.m. Saturday will enjoy an early-spring display of yellow blossoms on a guided tour of the Eric E. Conn Acacia Grove. The grove features more than 50 different acacias from around the world. The free tour meets at the Putah Creek Lodge. Parking is free and available […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

CommuniCare, Lunden celebrate 35 years

By John Bonner CommuniCare Health Centers’ Lorraine Lunden has been working with patients and knowing she is making a difference in their lives for more than three decades. She is CommuniCare’s longest-tenured employee and, in December, marked her 35th anniversary — the only staff member to reach this milestone. The CommuniCare Health Centers faculty recognizes […]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,