Poker tourney is a good bet for fun, philanthropy

Tickets are still available for Soroptimist International of Davis’ annual Texas Hold ‘Em poker night at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis. Proceeds benefit local charities supporting women and children. Tickets are $40 for general admission or $60 for tournament play. Purchase tickets online at or contact […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At the pond: A marvelous meeting

A marvelous meeting happened one rainy day this month. We had a first meeting of Friends of North Davis Ponds — the Julie Partansky Pond and the Northstar Park Pond. And people showed up with incredible gifts to share. Chris Dunford, recently retired president of Davis-based Freedom from Hunger, brought a list of 175 birds […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation

By Nanette Asimov A pair of higher education bills — one to stimulate college savings and the other to radically change the way community colleges are accredited in California — were introduced this week by Bay Area lawmakers. State law currently requires California’s 112 community colleges to be accredited by the private Accrediting Commission for […]

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Deal signed to end Ukraine unrest

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a day that could significantly shift Ukraine’s political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the country’s beleaguered president that calls for early elections, a new constitution and a new unity government. Russian officials immediately criticized the deal and protesters angry over police violence showed no sign of abandoning […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Paratroopers join Venezuela crackdown

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Paratroopers are heading to a Venezuelan border area torn by fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters, while security forces are being accused of turning many parts of the country into free-fire zones in their bid to silence a rejuvenated movement challenging socialist rule. President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents charged Thursday that […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC service union announces strike dates

With negotiations over wages and staffing at a stalemate, the union representing 8,300 University of California service workers announced a five-day strike beginning Monday, March 3. In addition, the 13,000 patient care technical workers also represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees  will strike in sympathy with service workers. “After more than a […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

900 new homes but only 100 new students, expert says

Enrollment in the Davis schools might dip a bit in the next year or two, then grow by about 100 students over the next 10 years, demographics consultant Scott Torlucci told the Davis Board of Education on Thursday. The growth would bring enrollment from 8,525 students in 2013-14 to about 8,625 by 2023-24, Torlucci said. […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Dad never complained when I was cut

TOO PAINFUL FOR WORDS … it was the spring of my junior year at Davis High School … I showed up at the assigned time of 3:30 p.m. for the first day of tryouts for the varsity tennis team … if anyone could help the Blue Devils beat Dixon and Winters and Courtland and Clarksburg […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Coaches turn out to hear athletics policy update

Though no tangible action was taken on the reworking of the school district’s athletics policy — nor on the Julie Crawford appeal that brought the recent string of Davis High coaching hiring and firing issues back into the news — Thursday’s school board meeting offered Blue Devil coaches, members of the public and trustees the opportunity to comment on both matters.

More than 20 current and former DHS coaches — including Crawford — were among the crowd of 50-plus people who attended the meeting.

City makes crosswalks safer, brighter

These are not your normal crosswalks. With the push of a button, they come alive. The solar-powered lights flash brightly, mimicking the pace of police cruiser lights that grab the attention of drivers. They work to keep pedestrians safe even on moonless nights. They cost a pittance in terms of public infrastructure — about $6,000. […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Public art a changing exhibit, booster says

He came in a rush with fanfare and that love-at-first-sight kind of brightness that lit up the sidewalk when you were next to him at night. During the past couple of years he was a steadfast presence, in your mind a familiar fixture that would forever be where you saw him. But he made no […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science for Girl Scouts and more

If you’ve got a Brownie Girl Scout at home, you won’t want to miss Explorit’s Home Scientist Brownie Badge Day on Sunday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. While exploring science, participating girls will fulfill all requirements to earn the Home Scientist badge and will begin the Brownie Quest Journey. Science is all […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Scrutiny in California for software in schools

By Natasha Singer A leading California lawmaker planned to introduce state legislation on Thursday that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of students in elementary through high school, a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion education technology software industry. The bill would prohibit education-related websites, […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Yamada bill would strengthen safety for nursing home residents

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada introduced legislation Tuesday to address slow, cursory or incomplete investigations of suspected abuse in long-term health care facilities. Assembly Bill 1816 establishes timelines and procedures for completing an investigation into alleged abuse within a long-term care facility. “Recent reports confirm that the Department of Public Health has failed to complete timely investigations […]

February 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,