Syria shows defiance as U.N. team tours near Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that his country “will defend itself against any aggression,” signaling defiance to mounting Western warnings of a possible punitive strike over a suspected poison gas attack blamed on his regime. U.N. chemical weapons inspectors toured stricken rebel-held areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus for […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: UCD targets weapons of mass consumption

SANDWICH SNATCHERS … after I reported the sad but true story of the warrantless search of a poor young man trying to enter an Aggie football game last season with a contraband Subway sandwich in his backpack, similar tales of woe have emerged … I’m now convinced that subversive students — and townsfolk — sneaking […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Feds reject anti-Semitism claims at 3 UC campuses

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO — The federal government has dismissed allegations that three University of California campuses failed to effectively respond to claims of anti-Semitism that arose out of pro-Palestinian events at the schools. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said in letters sent last week to leaders at UC Berkeley, […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pylon races set at Aeromodelers’ field

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers inaugural radio-control airplane pylon races on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 7-8. See high-speed models race around a three-pylon course at speeds from 150 to 190 mph. Racers from California, Oregon, Arizona and Utah will compete from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. This event is at the […]

August 30, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Council approves Mission Residences condominium project for B Street

With a 4-1 vote, the City Council gave the official thumbs up Tuesday to the development of the Mission Residences project, a four-story, 14-unit condominium complex planned for B Street downtown. The building will replace two bungalows on the west side of the 200 block of B Street, just north of a two-story apartment building […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Victim: Dog swiped from inside home

A Davis man told police that on Monday his dog was stolen from inside his house on the 400 block of East Eighth Street. According to police: a 23-year-old man said that between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., someone entered the residence and took his dog, a brown mini Australian shepherd, that has been locked […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hopes and tears

Luna Hummingbird Valle joined the throng of students attending their first day of school throughout the Davis Joint Unified School District on Wednesday. The youngster was one of many slightly reluctant kindergartners to let go of their parents as class started at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary. Right, Luna spent some extra time saying goodbye to her […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Puppet fun planned at Covell Gardens

Atria Covell Gardens plans a Grandparents Day Celebration with Christopher’s Musical Marionettes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. An ice cream social will follow the show. Grandparents and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are invited to this free event. Chris Oates is a professional puppeteer. His specialty is handcrafting and performing with musically talented marionette puppets. […]

September 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Garamendi: Obama needs Congress OK on Syria

Rep. John Garamendi has called for President Barack Obama to seek Congressional approval before taking any military action in Syria. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and House Armed Service Committee colleague Rep. Walter Jones, N.C., on Wednesday sent letters to the president and the House leadership, calling for hearings on the potential risks and costs of intervening […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Olympic medalists Miles knows she can always come home again

Join the fun What: Davis High School Hall of Fame 2013 induction ceremony When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 Where: Freeborn Hall, UC Davis Tickets: $65 each; visit www.dhsblueandwhite.org * Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories profiling the 2013 inductees to the Davis High School Hall of Fame. “The whole […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Negative feedback stabilizes memories, study finds

Memories may be maintained in the brain through a mechanism familiar to any engineer —negative and positive feedback loops, according to researchers Sukbin Lim and Mark Goldman at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. The work was published Aug. 18 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. “The puzzle out there is: How do brain circuits retain […]

September 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged , ,

UC-led park-air monitor marks 25 years, adds South Korea

From the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the peaks of Denali and the swamps of the Florida Everglades, the IMPROVE network, overseen by the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at UC Davis provides air quality data to help enhance the skies over national parks in the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Carjacking suspect arrested

Police on Wednesday arrested an alleged carjacker still driving a Ford Mustang stolen in Wildhorse on Aug. 19. According to Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow: At about 1 a.m., an officer spotted the car and pulled it over on the 4500 block of Alhambra Drive. Behind the wheel: 25-year-old Miguel Hernandez of Davis, who a […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

The fall season starts at Davis Media Access

I have an old Nancy Griffith song playing in my head, one about turning around, metaphorically, to see a young girl growing to a woman, but I’m applying it to the grand arc of this year. It was January the last time I turned around, wasn’t it? It wasn’t, of course, and now here we […]

August 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,