Mystery author will be at The Avid Reader

San Francisco-based mystery author Cara Black will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, to discuss her series of Paris-based mysteries. Black is the author of the nationally bestselling and award-winning Aimée Leduc mysteries. Her books have been translated into five languages and she has been […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Sale helps send poultry judging team to nationals

A community rummage sale will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Lillard Hall on County Road 95, next to the West Plainfield Fire Station. A wide assortment of items from many families will be available for purchase. Funds raised at this rummage sale will go toward scholarships to allow members […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Task force backs changes in legal education system

By Tamar Lewin Faced with rising student debt and declining applications to law schools, a task force of the American Bar Association is calling for sweeping changes in legal education, including training people without law degrees to provide limited legal services and opening the bar to those who have not completed four years of college […]

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

Computer problems delay unemployment checks

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Tens of thousands of California residents aren’t getting their unemployment checks on time because of computer problems at a state agency. The Employment Development Department said Friday about 185,000 of the nearly 800,000 Californians who receive unemployment benefits have been impacted by problems with the agency’s processing system. About 80,000 of them […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Slide victims recovered as Mexico storm toll rises

LA PINTADA, Mexico (AP) — Rescuers fighting tons of slippery, wet mud at the site of this week’s worst storm disaster unearthed the bodies of two women Saturday, possibly among the 68 people missing in a massive landslide that buried half of the remote coffee-growing town of La Pintada. Houses were filled to their roofs […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Terrorists kill at least 39 in Kenya mall attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Terrified shoppers huddled in back hallways and prayed they would not be found by the Islamic extremist gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday. When the way appeared clear, crying mothers clutching small children and blood-splattered men sprinted out of the four-story mall. At least 39 […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

$1.5 million backs UCD fuel research

The federal Advanced Research Projects Agency on Thursday announced a $1.5 million grant to fund UCD research into the conversion of ethylene to butanol. The grant was one of 33 totaling about $66 million to support either cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle metals for lightweight vehicles or technologies that can convert natural […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bingo Bike-a-thon benefits Bicycling Hall of Fame

With temperatures expected in high 70s, the mostly sunny outlook Sunday will be enhanced by the presence of Radio Disney’s Team Green performance in Davis’ Central Park, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The lively show will be part of the family event called Bingo Bike-a-thon. A family bike ride through the UC Davis campus starts […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Gibson House features women’s organizations

The Yolo County Historical Museum — Gibson House, at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland — will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The exhibit showing information and items from women’s organizations that have been in existence for more than 100 years is still featured. Docents also will take visitors on a trip back through history during […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Buddhist teachings slated Wednesday

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk will give Buddhist teachings and meditation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at A Shared Awareness, 105 E St., Suite 3G, in downtown Davis. Wangchuk is president of Ewam Bhutan monasteries in Bhutan. He began his training at the age of 9 and achieved the Acharya degree on the way to becoming a khenpo. […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Murder verdicts reached for fatal DUI crash

A Yolo County jury convicted a Redwood City man of second-degree murder last week for his role in a Sept. 3, 2012, drunken-driving crash that killed his wife and teenage son. Prosecutors said 47-year-old Reyes Barajas had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 — more than twice the legal limit — and three prior DUI convictions […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Trash collection rates, wood smoke, street lights all up for council consideration

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it live: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on the city’s website at With the state-required Prop. 218 noticing period fulfilled, the Davis City Council has the power Tuesday to adopt […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Feds make return visit to school district’s central kitchen

Several years ago, hoping to learn more about successful farm-to-school programs, federal officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited the Davis school district’s central kitchen for a tour and informational session. Rayne Pegg, then the administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, reported being quite impressed, not just by the quality of fresh food being […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Dunnigan memorial honors fallen deputy

Five years ago, Yolo County sheriff’s deputies fanned out across this area’s farm fields and eucalyptus groves, searching for the man who took the life of one of their own.

Many of those same officers returned to Dunnigan on Friday, this time to witness the dedication of a freeway rest area in honor of their fallen brother, Deputy Jose Antonio “Tony” Diaz.

“It brings back the memories of that night, like it was yesterday,” said Deputy Jose Pineda, who was one of the first officers on the scene after Diaz, 37, was shot while pursuing suspected drunken driver Marco Topete on the night of June 15, 2008 — Father’s Day.