Led by Stanford’s 5%, top colleges’ acceptance rates hit new lows

By Richard Pérez-Peña Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, an all-time low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad as those at its elite […]

April 09, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Art Studio Tour returns to Davis

Get a glimpse of how an artist works as the Davis Art Studio Tour returns May 31 and June 1. This two-day event gives the public access to numerous artists’ studios in the Davis area. Tickets are $10 per person and available at The Artery, 207 G St.; J Cunningham Salon, 1809 Picasso Ave.; Cobalt […]

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

Report: 60 taken hostage in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one city, it said “radicals” were keeping 60 people hostage and threatening them in another city. […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

For the record

Artist Kerry Rowland-Avrech was misidentified in a photo caption published Sunday showing artists painting a mural at a bike tunnel connecting the UC Davis Arboretum and South Davis. We regret the error.

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Downtown hosts candidate forum

Davis Downtown will host a Davis City Council candidates forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. The forum is intended to give downtown business owners an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear what they say about supporting businesses downtown. The questions will be culled from […]

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

Enjoy a Taste of Davis

Davis Odd Fellows welcome the community to the fifth annual Taste of Davis, to be held at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24. From left are Odd Fellows Robin Souza, Christopher Young, Margie Cabral, Dody Black, Sheryl Cambron, Lea Rosenberg, Joyce Puntillo, Renee Liston, Amanda Maples, […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘My Father’s Garden’ author reads, signs

Karen Levy of Davis will present her book, “My Father’s Garden,” at a reading at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Avid Reader at the Tower, 1600 Broadway Ave. in Sacramento. She’ll also be available to sign copies. The book is the story of a young girl who comes of age in two languages on two shores and […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing’s escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands, with no consultation. And he said […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars. In Mississippi, a 9-year-old girl was swept away and killed after the storms dropped nearly […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Process for school board appointment outlined

Davis schools Superintendent Winfred Roberson spelled out the process Monday evening by which the school district will fill a vacant seat on the Board of Education. Trustee Nancy Peterson resigned abruptly on March 6 in the midst of a contentious dispute over the Davis High School volleyball coach. Trustees also conducted a public hearing Monday […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Businesses step up to help family

THE LOSS OF A FRIEND … longtime North Davis Elementary School teacher Paulene Bitners, who was the subject of many prayers in this town over the past few months, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer … several fundraisers to aid Paulene’s family are planned for Tuesday, April 15 … Teach Your Children, an […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Picnic Day favorites

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Cal Aggie Alumni Association pancake breakfast, Freeborn Hall (cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers, $8 children) 9 a.m.: Opening ceremony at the grandstand on North Quad Avenue, across from Wickson Hall 9:30 a.m.: Parade begins at the grandstand and winds its way through campus and downtown. Other announcement stages will be at […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

North Davis mourns longtime teacher Paulene Bitners

The playgrounds at North Davis Elementary School were alive with the typical happy sounds of recess on Monday morning, but inside the walls of the school, there was much quiet grief as staff members mourned the loss of one of their own. Longtime teacher Paulene Bitners, 47, died on Sunday following an 18-month battle with […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

75,000 visitors anticipated for 100th Picnic Day

Picnic Day returns for its 100th edition on Saturday with forecasts calling for sunny skies and temperatures topping 80 degrees.

Organizers of the event — annually the largest college open house in California and biggest student-run event in the country — are again promising more than 200 family-friendly events and activities, many of them at least a little educational and almost all fun. About 75,000 people are expected.

While the layout and schedule of the event have changed little this year, there are some new wrinkles.