Yoga, Zen event aims to make New Year’s resolutions stick

New Year’s resolutions often fade like breath seen on a cold morning. Meghan and Sam Morris believe they can help people make lasting changes. They will lead a mini-retreat from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 B St., Suite B. “Really good goals sprout out of the fertile soil […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

From STAR to MAPP: how tests have evolved

The new computer-based MAPP tests that California students will see this spring will reflect nearly two decades of changes in technology and academic standards. The outgoing STAR tests were based on academic standards that California developed and adopted in the mid-1990s. The tests themselves had students use pencils to fill in bubbles on multiple-choice questions. […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis schools are gearing up for computer-based tests

The Davis school district — much like every other school district in the state — is gearing up fast for the biggest changeover in standardized testing since the 1990s.

California is shelving the old, paper-based STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) tests in favor of the new, computer-based, interactive MAPP tests. The acronym stands for Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress, and the new tests are aligned with the recently adopted Common Core academic standards.

For the Davis school district, the technological side of this …

Tai chi offered at Senior Center

Tai chi is an internal martial art that emphasizes meditative movements to help develop a strong, flexible body that is alert and responsive to the one’s environment. Tai chi’s movements are practiced slow and relaxed to better allow the mind to coordinate the entire body. Classes at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., are […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bingo proceeds benefit local nonprofits

Local nonprofits are $7,587 richer, thanks to grants from the Davis Odd Fellows bingo program. The Odd Fellows host bingo games on the second Sunday of each month at their hall at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The beneficiaries in 2013 included the Davis High Madrigal Singers, Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, Yolo Community Care […]

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

Need a new best friend?

Josey is a 2-year-old spayed female mastiff/American Bulldog mix. She has a gentle nature and is an easy dog to be around. Yodel is a 1- to 1 1/2-year-old neutered male terrier/Chihuahua mix. He’s very sweet and lovable! Yodel plays well with other dogs, loves people and enjoys rides in the car. Both would make great […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

NAMI will hear from county health director

NAMI-Yolo invites mental health consumers, family members, friends and concerned citizens to meet Yolo County Health Director Jill Cook at its next monthly potluck dinner and meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin Social Hall, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Attendance is […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Loan monitor is accused of ruthless tactics on student debt

By Natalie Kitroeff Stacy Jorgensen fought her way through pancreatic cancer. But her struggle was just beginning. Before she became ill, Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans. As her payments piled up along with medical bills, she took the unusual step of filing for bankruptcy, requiring legal proof of “undue hardship.” The agency charged […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Gardeners get started with Saturday workshops

Start the garden new year with two public workshops at Central Park Gardens at the corner of Third and B streets in downtown Davis. Now is the time to check your summer seeds and get an early start indoors for your summer vegetable seedlings. On Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Peg Smith […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: What a year it was for science

The year 2013 saw a number of discoveries, innovations and developments from all over the realm of science. For example, after nearly 35 years of travel, Voyager 1 was confirmed as the first man-made object to leave our solar system, and the sun’s magnetic field flipped upside down. Researchers in the United Kingdom discovered the […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

New Malibu marks a first — stop-start engine

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu packs a surprise: It’s the first mainstream mid-size sedan sold in the United States with standard automatic engine stop-start that saves gasoline. The system turns off the car’s engine in certain conditions when the vehicle is stopped and automatically turns it back on as a driver lets up on the brake […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Legal pot sales bring long lines to Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind. “It’s a huge deal for me,” said Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding

PASADENA (AP) — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year’s Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. Throngs of spectators cheered as the men, dressed in dark suits, faced each other and held hands before the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix, who officiated […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Former Israeli leader Sharon in critical condition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition today, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon’s condition had deteriorated over the past […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,