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Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, UCD study finds

Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at UC Davis and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The findings are important for evaluating the environmental impact of California-grown almonds, which make up 80 percent […]

Brew Fest will benefit U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

The third annual Davis Bike & Brew Fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Davis’ Central Park. Building on the success of two previous years, the Bike & Brew Fest showcases more than 60 breweries with unlimited sampling, live music from headliner The Stone Foxes and food trucks. “We are thrilled […]

Bargain books on sale in West Sac

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will hold a summer book sale at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. On Saturday, each book will cost 50 cents to $1 or […]

Aeromodelers plan an indoor Fun Fly

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers’ indoor Fun Fly from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Nor Cal Indoor Sports facility, 1460 Tanforan Ave. in Woodland. There will be flying demonstrations of all types of aircraft, including drones, helicopters, aerobatic planes and custom-built planes designed for indoor flying. […]

See shorebirds on Yolo Audubon tour

Yolo Audubon will host a shorebird tour on Saturday, Aug. 15, which will be led by Davis resident and expert birder Michael Strom. The trip is open to the public, and birders of all levels are welcome. Thousands of shorebirds are on their way south along the Pacific Flyway, and they stop to refuel on […]

Snipes featured on ‘Davisville’

Lawson Snipes has produced “The Spare Changer” in Davis for 10 years, offering an often first-hand take on living homeless in Davis. On the current edition of the KDRT program “Davisville,” he discusses the topics in his latest issue, including ideas to reduce homelessness, the deaths of homeless people formerly seen around Davis, and the […]

Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate

By Collin Binkley BOSTON (AP) — Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won’t touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel. The potential to help activists and scholars, Tufts professor Peter Levine says, outweighs the risks posed […]

Obama ivory crackdown leaves open California loopholes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivory dealers in San Francisco’s Chinatown stood in their shop doors besides store windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets this week, unfazed by President Barack Obama’s announcement of proposed rules that the White House says go as far as the administration can go toward banning all U.S. trade of […]

Judge tosses lawsuit seeking fatal drugs for terminally ill

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of three terminally ill Californians seeking doctor-prescribed fatal medication. San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack said his court is not unsympathetic to their plight but lawmakers — not a judge — would need to change the law barring […]

Covered California announces 4% hike

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — The cost of private individual health plans on California’s state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence that the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday. The average premium will rise 4 percent in 2016, a slight decrease […]

Mayor’s soon-to-be open seat draws little interest, for now

Davis resident Matt Williams found himself the odd man out many times in recent years when it comes to the political status quo, most notably his original stand on water rates and a special financing district for The Cannery. Now, history is repeating itself. Williams is the only person in Davis who has declared his candidacy […]

Boy Scout board votes to allow gay adult leaders

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by […]

State panel gathers input on water storage projects

The doors will open to public inquiry and input when the California Water Commission comes to Davis this week. The commission is developing the criteria for allocating $2.7 billion in funding for water storage projects across the state. The public hearing will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center […]

Bob Dunning: Silva, Pappa touched so many lives

THE PASSING OF TWO DAVIS LEGENDS … I was saddened to open last Thursday’s paper to read of the deaths of two Davis legends, Milt Silva and John Pappa, but thankful that my life has been made so much better through the lives of these two great men … Pappa was the offensive line coach […]

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