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Suspect in church bathroom recordings pleads not guilty

WOODLAND — A former Woodland church musician pleaded not guilty in Yolo Superior Court on Friday to allegations that he secretly filmed women and girls in the church’s bathroom. Stephen William Masalta, 23, is charged with eavesdropping, a felony, and misdemeanor count of developing obscene matter. He is due back in court June 19 for […]

Churches team up for summer camp

“A Love that Never Ends” is the theme for this years Mt. Cross Day  Camp and Vacation Bible Camp, an ecumenical vacation bible camp hosted by Davis Community Church, Davis Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church of Saint Martin and Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. These four churches have hosted the weeklong program with Mt. Cross, based in […]

Finding cause of California oil spill could take months

By Brian Melley GOLETA — The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster. Bad weather slowed cleanup efforts early Friday at the spill site in Santa Barbara County, […]

Tribune Publishing completes purchase of San Diego paper

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tribune Publishing Co. said Thursday that it completed its purchase of San Diego’s dominant newspaper from real estate developer Douglas Manchester for $85 million. The San Diego newspaper immediately changed its name from U-T San Diego to The San Diego Union-Tribune, as it was known from 1992 until Manchester bought it […]

UCD Vet Med grads: ‘The best of the best’

When the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2015 started the program four years ago, it was ranked No. 2 in the country. By the time those students graduated, it had become No. 1 in the world.

Thus, many of the speakers at UCD’s vet school commencement at a packed Mondavi Center on Thursday evening rightfully heaped praise on the 64th graduating class, complimenting their intellectual capacity as well as their humanity.

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts

FRESNO (AP) — Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer today on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought. Regulators with the state Water Resources Control […]

School district hires new Patwin principal

Thursday’s meeting of the Davis school board included the announcement of a new principal at Patwin Elementary, and the announcement of further tentative agreements involving the Davis Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association. The new principal at Patwin Elementary will be Gay Bourguignon, who served in the Davis school district in several different […]

Meatless Monday? Let’s eat right every day of the week

MEATLESS MONDAY … my friend George, who happens to agree with my suggestion that we reverse farm-to-fork and instead eat only those food items that were produced out of state, writes to say that a weekly “Meatless Monday” would also be beneficial to our state’s drought-busting efforts … he is, of course, right, even if […]

UC committee OK’s tuition hikes for non-residents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Undergraduates from outside California and graduate students preparing for careers outside academia will pay more to attend the University of California in the fall under a revised plan approved by the 10-campus system’s governing board on Thursday. The tuition hikes endorsed by the Board of Regents included an 8 percent increase […]

By the numbers: Davis city manager a bargain?

Is running the city of Davis more challenging than running the state of California? According to a salary-by-salary comparison of its chief executives it is. Davis City Manager Dirk Brazil’s base salary is $217,200 per year, while Gov. Jerry Brown’s base salary is $212,179. Every Davis resident theoretically pays $3.25 per year for Brazil’s salary […]

Vote for charity paint recipient

Online voting has begun in the 2015 Brooks Painting Charity Paint Giveaway. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in free painting. Voters will choose from among the Yolo Family Service Agency, a nonprofit that offers affordable mental health services and counseling; senior citizens advocate Elaine Roberts-Musser of Davis; and the Yolo County YMCA, which […]

Forum examines strategies to prevent gun violence

A community forum on gun violence is planned for Wednesday evening at UC Davis, organized by the Yolo County and Sacramento Valley chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. UC Davis gun violence researcher Garen Wintemute of the UC Davis School of Medicine will be joined by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis; Assemblyman Bill […]

Students experience traditional Japanese ‘tiger dance’ and a bit of sumo

Students at North Davis Elementary got a taste of traditional Japanese music, dance and street entertainment on Wednesday, as a cultural exchange group from Aomori performed before a capacity audience in the school’s multipurpose room. Aomori is the northernmost prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu. The presentation included a lively “tiger dance” in which […]

St. James will honor graduates

The St. James Catholic Church community would like to invite all students graduating from high school for a special blessing during the 7 p.m. Mass on Sunday, June 7, at St. James Church, 1275 B St. Ice cream will be served afterward.

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