Remodel provides more comfortable refuge

Yolo County’s only shelter for battered women and their children could not get any busier.

Last year, the Wallace and Vannucci Shelter, a homey, comfortable place tucked away on a fairly nondescript, tree-lined residential street, provided 9,300 bed nights. That’s the equivalent of 26 people per night in a shelter with 25 beds.

Women arrive here, often with children in tow and no more than the clothes on their backs, and find safety and security — warm, comfortable beds to sleep in, food, counseling, support services and more.

Warrant issued for fatal hit-and-run suspect

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony hit-and-run and other charges against a Sacramento man in connection with the July 5 death of a Woodland girl on Interstate 5. Camron Matthew Ervin, 26, had not yet been taken into custody on the warrant as of Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol, which […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Campus free speech, police review forums set

UC Davis is holding a series of forums beginning next week aimed at gathering opinion on both a new freedom of expression policy and a proposal to create a police review board. The policy and proposal have grown out of the reform effort prompted by the 2011 pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters on the […]

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

‘Race to Nowhere’ returns to Davis

Bay Area attorney and mom Vicki Abeles sounded the alarm several years ago with the documentary “Race to Nowhere”: Today’s high-stakes, high-pressure educational system with its emphasis on testing and competitive college admissions — particularly in affluent communities — was resulting in soaring rates of youth depression, suicide, cheating, substance abuse and general misery. The documentary […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Videos, discussion set on prostate cancer

The Yolo Prostate Cancer Support Group will present a compendium of video clips Monday about the latest substantive developments in detection and treatment of prostate cancer. William Chancellor will moderate the presentation, which will be followed by an open discussion period during which newly diagnosed men can ask prostate cancer survivors about their experiences and […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

101st Pajamarino kicks off Homecoming

The Cal Aggie Student Alumni Association invites UC Davis students, alumni, staff and community members to help kick off Homecoming Weekend at the 101st anniversary of Pajamarino on Friday, Oct. 11. Pajamarino traces its roots back to 1912, when students sneaked out of their dorm rooms to meet alumni arriving on the train for Homecoming. […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Heritage rose expert will speak Saturday

The Woodland Library Rose Club will host Darrell Schramm, a retired professor at the University of San Francisco, as its featured speaker at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. His talk will be given in the Leake Room at the library, 250 First St. in downtown Woodland. Schramm is president of the North Bay Rose Society, writes for […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Recycle extra tires at free event

Yolo County residents can get rid of used passenger car, truck or tractor tires at a free recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Esparto. The event — at the Esparto Recycling and Transfer Station, 27075 County Road 19A — is made possible through a grant from the California Department […]

October 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wolk honored for support of public education

The California County Boards of Education honored state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, this week for her strong support of the state’s public schools. “Senator Wolk is keenly aware of the challenges facing teachers and school administrators, given her long history of community and public service and her experience as a teacher at both public and […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fish gill proteins smooth switch to salt water

New UC Davis research shows how tilapia fish can change the protein makeup of their gills, allowing them to nimbly adjust to adjust to fresh or salty water. This ability makes them both good candidates for aquaculture — and potential invasive pests. Salinization and salinity stress are of particular concern for fish and other organisms, […]

November 01, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Free-form dance session set Tuesday

Move, breathe, dance, let go, unwind and have fun at a free dance session from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mojo Flow Studio, 355 Second St. in downtown Davis. The studio is upstairs; use the door on the left side of the building. “Listen to cool music. Get exercise and do some sweating. Be […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ants are closer kin to bees than wasps

Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, a team of UC Davis scientists has discovered. Using state-of-the-art genome sequencing and bioinformatics, the researchers resolved a long-standing, unanswered evolutionary question. Scientists previously thought that ants and bees were more […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Wheat geneticists work to decode massive genome

An international effort aimed at sequencing a wheat ancestor’s genome — which is 40 percent larger than the human genome — is being led by UC Davis scientists. The project, recently funded by a $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research project, is focused on better understanding the genetics of bread […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Learn how to make beaded spider jewelry

New workshops are planned at the Davis Art Center just in time for Halloween. Artists and educators Diana Taylor and Jill Bowlus will be teaching two workshops on beaded spider jewelry — necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. The workshops will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at the […]

October 20, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,