Scientists set out to map genome of cats — 99 of them

By Stephanie M. Lee Cats may not have nine lives, as the myth goes, but they do have 38 chromosomes. And a team led by a former UC Davis professor is trying to understand those genes by sequencing a lot of cats — 99 cats, to be precise. Leslie Lyons is fond of cats — […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Prof’s book examines long, bumpy musical relationship between U.S., Latin America

The United States and Latin America have had a long, complicated, alternately happy-and-unhappy relationship — and that assessment applies to the arts, as well as politics. While close together on the globe, Latin America and the United States sometimes seem far apart in other ways. UC Davis music professor Carol Hess takes a deep look […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Expressive movement therapy offered for cancer patients, survivors

Cancer patients and survivors are invited to participate in free expressive movement therapy classes taught by Nandi Szabo, a registered dance movement therapist and expressive arts therapist. The classes will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6 through May 1, at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St., Suite B. The program […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Former coach, foster dad makes plea deal in molest case

An Esparto man facing 90 child-molestation charges made a plea agreement Monday that’s expected to result in a 30-year state prison sentence, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. Cristan James Rooms, 32, pleaded no contest to 12 counts of child sexual assault, in exchange for which prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges, […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Markets steady despite massive sell-off in Japan

LONDON (AP) — Markets in Europe and the U.S. stabilized Tuesday after the turmoil of the previous day reverberated into the Asian trading session. Lingering concerns over the U.S. economy and emerging markets kept the mood jittery, however. Traders held their nerve despite the earlier 4.2 percent dive on Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, which sent the […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Trash fire causes downtown post office closure

The post office in downtown Davis was temporarily closed this week following a fire inside the 237 D St. building — one of four small fires under investigation by Davis police. According to the Davis Fire Department, firefighters were extinguishing a trash can fire at 221 D St. shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hedgerows bring birds, Audubon California says

In a drought, the only thing stopping the eye from seeing endless beige in parts of Yolo County are 10-foot-wide strips of mini-forests on the edges of the area’s fields.

These darker lines in the distance are the hedgerows. Indigenous bushes, shrubs and small trees like toyon, coffeeberry, coyote brush, valley oak, cottonwood, willow, mule fat, buckwheat and elderberry can be found here, and they’re used by Audubon California to study bird species diversity and populations.

Bob Dunning: You can make stats tell lots of stories

WINNERS AND LOSERS … if you turned to the sports section on Super Bowl Sunday, you may have noted that six talented Enterprise journalists, including the Above-Pictured Columnist, were featured prominently on the back page offering their predictions for the big game … three picked the Broncos and three picked the Seahawks, but as I […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

CHP shooting shuts down I-80 near Dixon

By Ryan McCarthy DIXON — A suspect in an assault earlier in the evening, said to be armed with a shotgun and driving a stolen vehicle, was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer Monday night after the suspect charged at officers who stopped his Ford Ranger, the highway patrol reported. The suspect, whose name […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Storytime planned Saturday for young children

Blending story, poetry, song and puppets, storyteller Jennifer Aguirre will present a charming visual storytime for young children (age 3-5) and their parents on Saturday at the Davis Waldorf School. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to noon at the school, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis. A seasonal craft for parents and children […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Help plan Woodland’s Stroll Through History

Planning has begun for Woodland’s annual Stroll Through History. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Sept. 6. Anyone who loves learning about historic architecture, strolling old neighborhoods and admiring antique cars is welcome to join in helping to plan the Stroll. Visit for more information about how to get involved.

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis’ public power debate begins anew

The status quo stinks for Davis. Public power is superior. That was the conclusion of a 200-page report written by economist Charles Cicchetti, who was hired by the city of Davis to outline what the city might expect going forward with its own publicly owned electric utility. The Davis City Council is using that analysis […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

It’s the Year of the Horse!

Young dancers are “Looking for My Friends” at Sunday’s annual Chinese New Year presented by students of the NewStar Chinese School in Davis. Their instructor is Weihong Ji. A total of 24 groups representing the entire student body took to the stage at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School for the new year […]

February 04, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Miley (No. 121426), a 3-year-old spayed female medium-haired cat. Also hoping for a good home is Sherlock (No. 120756), a 6-year-old neutered male pug mix. Fees are charged for licensing. The […]

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