The Wardrobe: 25 years of fashion as art

Heather Caswell figured out early on where she belonged: in a place that celebrated art and literature, theater and music, and where her philosophy of fashion as both art form and vehicle for self-discovery encompassed all of the above. She found that place in Davis, where for the past 25 years, her store, The Wardrobe, has […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD aims to breed heat-tolerant chickens

A new program that will identify genes crucial for breeding chickens that can tolerate hot climates and resist infectious diseases — specifically the devastating Newcastle disease — has been launched under the leadership of UC Davis. The global economic impact of virulent Newcastle disease is enormous. The project is particularly important for Africa, where infectious […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

SARS-like virus found in bats

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats, according to a new study published in the journal Nature by a team of international researchers, including a wildlife epidemiologist from UC Davis. The research team isolated and cultured the live virus that binds to the human SARS ACE2 receptor, proving that it can […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Team crosses off dark matter particle candidates

Results from the first run of the Large Underground Xenon experiment, operating a mile underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, have proven the detector’s sensitivity and ruled out some possible candidates for a dark matter particle. Initial results from 85 days worth of accumulated data were announced last month at a seminar at […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Garamendi backs bills on flood rules, insurance rates

Rep. John Garamendi last week announced his support for bills that exempt farm structures from federal flood regulations and aim to blunt skyrocketing flood insurance rates. New Federal Emergency Management Agency rules require that barns, sheds, silos and other farm buildings in floodplains be raised or built at minimum heights, above potential flood lines. Garamendi, D-Walnut […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Free showing of ‘Save the Farm’ set

The Cross Cultural Series at Woodland Community College will show the film “Save the Farm” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Multicultural Enrichment Center in Building 100 on campus, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. The film is about one of the largest organic farms created by mostly Latino families, which […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Food forest’ discussion planned Thursday

The Davis Permaculture Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Conference Room at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., for a discussion about a special type of edible landscaping called a “food forest.” Both Raphael Rodriguez and Derek Downey have designed, installed and maintained a food forest. This meeting is free and […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Gust Brown, Napolitano challenge women to risk

By Carla Marinucci California first lady Anne Gust Brown, in a rare public appearance, told a crowd of Silicon Valley leaders Friday that going from a top executive at the Gap to key adviser to her husband, Gov. Jerry Brown, was “a leap” that holds lessons for women in competitive business environments. “I don’t know […]

November 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Moyers video will be screened Friday

The Davis Friends Meeting will show Bill Moyers’ video, “Saving the Earth from Ourselves,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 345 L St. The 45-minute video will be followed by discussion. All are welcome; admission is free.

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

New hours for Wednesday market

With the 2013 Picnic in the Park season over, Wednesday hours for the Davis Farmers Market move to 2 to 6 p.m. beginning this week and continuing through March 12. There will be no Wednesday market on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. The Saturday market’s hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. remain unchanged. […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Robots or aliens as parents? Colleges gauge applicants’ creativity

By Richard Pérez-Peña As legions of high school seniors polish their college applications, plowing through predictable essay topics about their lives and goals, they also might run across something like this: “Tell us your favorite joke and try to explain the joke without ruining it.” A small but growing number of select colleges have turned […]

November 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sierra Club leaders will meet

The Management Committee of the local Sierra Club Yolano Group will meet Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Alan Pryor, 2736 Brentwood Place in South Davis. The agenda will include updates and/or discussions of the proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, a proposed wind turbine installation in Clarksburg and […]

November 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Volatile prices at gas pumps give drivers whiplash

NEW YORK (AP) — Local gasoline prices are swinging up and down ever more drastically, a result of a national fuel system that is operating with a shrinking margin for error. Jumps of 20 cents per gallon or more in a single day are becoming more common, for example, according to an AP analysis of […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Alleged LAX gunman faces federal charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed charges of murder and commission of violence at an international airport against the unemployed motorcycle mechanic suspected of carrying out the deadly shooting at the Los Angeles airport. If convicted, Paul Ciancia could get the death penalty. He was arrested Friday after authorities say he barged into a […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,