Bob Dunning: Apathy reigns, but the gelato was a nice consolation

There has been an incredible amount of weeping and gnashing of teeth in the last week over the dismal voter turnout in Davis, Yolo County and California in general during last Tuesday’s statewide primary election. When all eligible voters (citizens 18 and over) are considered in the calculations instead of just registered voters, some estimates […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Accused St. James priest arraigned

WOODLAND — A St. James Catholic Church priest accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage girl made his first appearance Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court. With assistance from a Spanish interpreter, Hector Coria confirmed his name — listed in the criminal complaint as Hector Coria Gonzalez — to Commissioner Janene Beronio but did […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers Tuesday, saying such laws harm students — especially poor and minority ones — by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost impossible to fire. In a landmark decision that could influence the gathering debate over tenure […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Post-war memories of Paris to be aired

Betty Jo Rivers, who died on May 9 at age 88, left a bit of herself behind when she shared her experience in post-war Paris with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members in the spring of 2013. A devoted OLLI member who attended many classes, Rivers also was pleased to become an instructor by participating in […]

June 12, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,


* Wednesday, June 11: 4 p.m., School of Education, Mondavi Center; * Thursday, June 12: 4 p.m., Graduate Studies, in the ARC Pavilion; * Friday, June 13: 10 a.m., School of Veterinary Medicine, Mondavi Center; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, ARC; * Saturday, June 14: 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., College of Letters and Science, ARC; 10 a.m., Graduate […]

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

Virtual academy hosts information session

California Connections Academy @ North Bay, a new tuition-free virtual public school serving students in grades K-12, will host a free information session in Davis for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education. The school will welcome its inaugural class of students this fall. The information session will run […]

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

Brain’s ‘background noise’ may affect decisions

Our ability to make choices — and sometimes mistakes — might arise from random fluctuations in the brain’s background electrical noise, according to a recent study from the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. “How do we behave independently of cause and effect?” said Jesse Bengson, a postdoctoral researcher at the center and first […]

June 17, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? My Grad Night fantasies involve lots of smiles … and candy!

The 30th annual Davis Grad Night is rapidly approaching; Friday evening after Davis High School’s graduation ceremony, to be specific. If you’ve been living under a rock, Grad Night is the super-fun, amazing party thrown by Davis parents and businesses for all graduating seniors in Davis. As this year’s committee chairperson, Solveig Monson explained in […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Top UCD grad aims for space industry

Out of this world is one way to describe the top graduating senior at the UC Davis.

After a visit to the Kennedy Space Center when she was in high school, Ashley Coates of Hollister set her sights on a career in the space industry. At UCD, she has excelled in her studies of aerospace science and mechanical engineering and been mentored by a former astronaut. And her experiences included helping to build a virtual-reality headset, reverse-engineering a robotic arm and designing an airplane.

“I’ve always wanted to be the person who sends other people into space,” she said.

oates is the 2014 recipient of the University Medal for …

Zumbathon will help fight hate

Local residents are invited to burn 2,000 calories for a good cause at a Zumbathon — a nonstop, two-hour zumba party — from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness Studio, 917 Third St. in downtown Davis. All proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Coalition, whose mission is to engage the Davis community […]

June 13, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Got bikes? Donate ’em!

Local residents are invited to donate their unused bicycles to the Woodland Bike Campaign, a nonprofit that is dedicated to getting more people safely on bikes. Serviceable adult-sized bikes are particularly needed. “Your bike can change the lives of families in need in our community,” says organizer Maria Tebbutt. To donate, contact her at 530-753-1125 […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Falling statue kills 2-year-old in S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 2-year-old Utah boy was killed when a 6-foot-tall dolphin statue fell on him in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, police said Monday. The toddler was apparently playing on Friday when he climbed up and wrapped his arms and legs around the heavy metal statue outside Majestic Collection Art […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Vegas cop-killer decried government on YouTube

LAS VEGAS (AP) — His face painted to look like the comic book villain the Joker, a man who would months later gun down two police officers and a good Samaritan punctuates his political rant with manic glares at the camera. In another online video, Jerad Miller warns that police can’t be trusted. “What better […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Legislators, governor debate budget total

SACRAMENTO (AP) — As budget talks enter the final week, Democratic state lawmakers have been pushing Gov. Jerry Brown to accept higher revenue projections so more money can go toward restoring social services. A key disagreement has emerged over the size of the 2014-15 spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Lawmakers […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,