Factory output rises for fifth straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output rose for a fifth straight month in December, as manufacturers cranked out more cars and trucks, appliances and processed food. The gains suggest factories gave economic growth a strong boost at the end of the year. The Federal Reserve said Friday that factory production rose 0.4 percent in December. […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Crews chase flare-ups in California fire

GLENDORA (AP) — Firefighters were chasing flare-ups Friday morning in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles. Scattered open flames chewed through brush along hillsides above communities abutting the San Gabriel Mountains as crews doused properties in the path […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board ponders new state funding formula, hears pleas from teachers and parents

The Davis school board took its first deep look at the freshly remade realm of public school finance on Thursday night, less than three hours after the state Board of Education voted to implement the new Local Control Funding Formula. The formula represents the biggest change to K-12 education funding in California since the early […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Hey, I thought those were MY cans

OUT WITH THE DOWN AND OUT … according to Dave Ryan’s piece in this very newspaper, our beloved City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to prevent folks from scavenging bottles and cans and old milk jugs from recycle carts on city streets … I guess the Pop Bottle Battalion will be coming around to cite […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

In age of school shootings, lockdown is the new fire drill

By Jack Healy The bomb threat was just a hoax, but officials at Hebron High School near Dallas took no chances: School officials called the police and locked down the school this week. Separately, a middle school 2,000 miles away in Washington State went on lockdown after a student brought a toy gun to class. […]

January 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Plant geneticist Dubcovsky tapped for Wolf Prize, ag’s Nobel

Jorge Dubcovsky, an acclaimed UC Davis plant geneticist and international leader in wheat genomics, was named a recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture on Thursday. The $100,000 Wolf Prizes are awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation to outstanding scientists and artists in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine and the arts. […]

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

UCD to boost efforts to assist low-income students

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on Thursday announced the expansion of programs that assist low-income and community college transfer students. UCD’s four-week Special Transitional Enrichment Program will add 50 students this year, up from about 185, while the campus’ Transfer Opportunity Program will expand to work with 35 community colleges, up from 21. Katehi’s announcement […]

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

Garamendi repeats call for extending unemployment

Rep. John Garamendi on Thursday lamented that the House ended its session without extending unemployment insurance. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, joined 114 other members who signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner calling on him to delay the start of a district work period until a vote on an extension was held. “I can’t force a […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Not-guilty plea for Winters murder suspect

The suspect in a Winters homicide case entered a not-guilty plea to murder and other charges Thursday in Yolo Superior Court. District Attorney Jeff Reisig said he has not yet decided whether he will pursue the death penalty against William Carl Gardner III, who faces the special circumstance allegation of lying in wait in connection […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Mondavi adds psychedelic jazz fusion concert for Picnic Day

Guitarist John Scofield and his Überjam Band will meet up with the wizards behind the Joshua Light Show for a mind-bending combination of psychedelic visual effects and jazzy grooves on Saturday, April 12, at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

The show, announced this week, is a “just added” performance at the Mondavi Center. April 12 is Picnic Day, UC Davis’ student-run open house.

Widely regarded as a bona fide six-string hero and masterful improviser …

Learn about being a foster parent

Local residents interested in becoming Yolo County licensed foster parents are invited to attend a free introductory class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Child Welfare Office, 500 Jefferson Blvd., just off Triangle Court. The workshop — held in Community Room A — is the first in a series of required […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD Med Center receives top nursing honor

The American Nurses Credentialing Center this week granted the UC Davis Medical Center the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence. The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program includes about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals. UCD is the 25th organization and the only one in Sacramento to have received the designation. “UC Davis has a long […]

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

Join trek Sunday to see raptors

Search for raptors with leaders from the Yolo Audubon Society in southeastern Solano County on Sunday, Jan. 19. Those new to birdwatching are especially welcome. Previous trips to this area have yielded prairie falcons, merlins, golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, rough-legged hawks and mountain plovers. Participants should bring binoculars, water, snacks/lunch and layers for winter weather, […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Waldorf to hold preschool, kindergarten open houses

Local parents can learn what the Waldorf early childhood program has to offer their child at one of two open houses — Jan. 18 and Feb. 15  — from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. at the Davis Waldorf School, 3100 Sycamore Lane. Parents and children are invited to spend the morning in preschool and kindergarten and enjoy […]

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