Break up with your lawn, with cardboard

You hear it on the news. You read it in the papers. Then, there’s that nagging inner voice telling you every time you walk out the front door, “Break up! You’ve got to break up!”

But you ignore it all in favor of making the excuse that you don’t know where to begin and that you might regret it.

Stacey Parker, horticulturist for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and a new Davis homeowner, can empathize.

“I completely understand. Lawns are what we’re used to and they’re definitely appealing, but times have changed,” she says. “Having just bought this little house, I’m ready for the adventure of making my yard fit the real situation with the water supply.”

Researchers eye ovarian cancer marker

Researchers at UC Davis have verified that glycans — sugars attached to proteins — can be used to detect ovarian cancer. “This is one of many papers we’ve done to see if glycans can distinguish between women who have ovarian cancer and those who don’t,” said senior author Gary Leiserowitz, chief of the division of […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Success of Citrus Circuits leads to elective robotics engineering course

The ongoing success of Citrus Circuits — an extracurricular robotics team made up of Davis junior high and high school students — has led to the creation of a yearlong elective class in robotics engineering. The course will be open to all students in grades 9-12 and will be taught twice a week from 2:45 […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Stuffed bunnies collected for kids in local hospitals

The eighth annual Bunny Drive in memory of Samantha “Sammie” Hartsfield begins Monday and continues through April 7 at various businesses in Davis and Woodland. Team Sammie will be collecting new stuffed bunnies and springtime stuffed animals to distribute to children in local area hospitals. With the assistance of local businesses, Girl Scout troops, schools, […]

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

City Council clarifies tax ballot language

The Davis City Council voted Tuesday to make clear ballot language for a proposed extension of an existing sales tax and an additional half-cent increase to be put the voters June 3. The city is facing a $5.1 million deficit even after years of internal cuts. Staff has said that although more could be cut […]

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

Two Davis authors showcase their books

Two Davis authors — Elizabeth Maxwell and Patricia Willers — will present their new books this month at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis. First up is Maxwell, who will launch her new book, “Happily Ever After,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. In this witty, sexy tale, an erotic novelist meets the […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids’ choir presents’ ‘Esther-Ordinary Faith’

The University Covenant Church Children’s Choir will present “Esther-Ordinary Faith,” written by Kathie Hill, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. The musical, directed by Carol Loscutoff and Nancy Streeter, showcases the story of Esther, who courageously saved the people of Israel. The biblical story is told […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Physicist to discuss ‘The Elegant Universe’ at Mondavi

Physicist Brian Greene, author of the book “The Elegant Universe” as well host of an Emmy-winning three-part special  for the television science program “Nova,” will speak at the Mondavi Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Greene is also the author of the book “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” which became a four-part “Nova” series […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Two Harlem buildings collapse in explosion

NEW YORK (AP) — An explosion on Wednesday leveled two New York apartment buildings, killing two people, injuring 17 others and sending smoke billowing above the skyline. The blast happened after a neighbor reported smelling natural gas. The New York Police Department said two women died in the explosion, but no further information was available. […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

SF firefighters contain 5-alarm blaze

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco firefighters prevented a five-alarm fire from spreading from a condominium construction site to nearby buildings on Tuesday. The fast-moving blaze, which sent an enormous plume of black smoke into the sky, began around 5 p.m. in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood, a onetime industrial area that lies along the […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hotel and conference center plan re-emerges

The second time could be the charm. The owner of University Park Inn and the building housing Caffé Italia once again is proposing a new, bigger hotel and conference center after a previous redevelopment-based financing deal in 2011 fell through after redevelopment was abolished. Owner Ashok Patel is using a new private financing plan to […]

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

Bob Dunning: Evidence doesn’t support coach’s removal

Tomorrow night, if we’re all lucky, we’ll finally have some sort of decision from our esteemed school board in the case of Peterson v. Crawford, otherwise known as V-gate. We’ll know once and for all if Julie Crawford will be reinstated as the Davis High School boys and girls volleyball coach for the foreseeable future […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Proposed conflict-of-interest policy comes to board

The Davis Board of Education, rocked by a public dispute over Davis High School’s volleyball coach, will consider amending its bylaws Thursday to expand conflict-of-interest rules involving its members. The first reading of the policy will follow the board’s public announcement of its decision on former volleyball coach Julie Crawford’s appeal of an administrative decision […]

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

Davis Methodists join fight for same-sex marriages in local churches

By Helen Roland On Monday, at a news conference at Elk Grove United Methodist Church, members of the Davis United Methodist Church joined congregational leaders and members from a growing coalition of United Methodists in Northern California and Nevada to announce the next steps the coalition will take to challenge the denomination’s prohibition against same-sex […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,