Social brain development subject of Yale expert’s lecture

James McPartland, director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Child Study Center at Yale University, will give a free public lecture from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. McPartland will discuss his work testing and expanding the “social motivation hypothesis of autism”: […]

November 05, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

NPR reporter to discuss marriage of science, news

NPR correspondent Joe Palca will deliver a talk titled “Science and News: A Marriage of Convenience,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in 1100 Social Sciences and Humanities Building at UC Davis. The lecture will be free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at Palca will discuss stories he’s […]

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

Jim Fee and family shared special time, thanks to rescuers

Jim Fee poses with Angela, his wife of 44 years, their three kids and their spouses, and five grandkids. Said Fee’s daughter-in-law, Karen, “He spent his last five years improving the lives of others.”

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Band Boosters collecting concert clothing

The Davis junior high schools and high school Band Boosters are collecting gently used, clean band concert clothing to be consigned at All Things Right & Relevant. Sale profits will benefit the Fred Lange Band Scholarship, which pays for private lessons for students taking up new-to-them and underrepresented instruments (e.g., bassoon). Clothes can be dropped […]

October 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Embroiderers Guild learns about framing

The Valley Oak Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Helga Popp, the owner of Van Go Framing, a mobile framing service that makes house calls, will show choices in lacing for […]

October 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tour Quail Ridge Reserve on Nov. 9

Local residents are invited to take an interpretive walk on the Quail Ridge Reserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Frank Maurer, executive director of the conservancy, will lead the walk, pointing out highlights about wildlife and native inhabitants of the Lake Berryessa peninsula. Hikers should bring binoculars, a camera, drinking water […]

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

At the Pond: Fall is the right time to think about nature

By Jean Jackman Albert Camus, the French author, said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, he probably didn’t foolishly plant two valley oaks and a fruitless mulberry tree in a small yard. Leaves galore. Plus this season, it is a “good mast year” for acorns — meaning a bumper […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Diocese asks Catholics to revive church mission

Davis Catholics are invited to attend one of three upcoming receptions to learn about the Sacramento Diocese’s ONE Campaign to revive the mission of the church. Two receptions open to all parishioners will be held this week — at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Another will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. All are […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Leadership changes at Yolo Federal Credit Union

The Yolo Federal Credit Union announced Friday that President/CEO Clyde Brooker will retire at the end of December after 16 years of service. Brooker joined Yolo FCU in 1997 as president/CEO after serving more than 10 years on the board of directors. At that time, Yolo FCU had assets of $57.3 million. The credit union […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Good Samaritans give family precious time

When it came to medical care, Jim Fee usually was on the giving end.

After a 40-year career as an executive in the medical technology industry — during which he led an outreach program that provided equipment for medical missions — Fee spent his retirement years helping friend Julius Achon, a former child soldier for Joseph Kony, build much-needed health care facilities in the Ugandan village where he was born.

Athletic and fit, the 67-year-old Portland, Ore., resident also was an accomplished competitive runner and, over the last five years, had approached bicycling with the same level of passion.

Durable-goods orders up 3.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1. The Commerce Department said Friday orders for durable goods rose 3.7 […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

States join to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Pepper-spray deal leaves us all confused

PEPPERED WITH CONTROVERSY … so, by now we all know that the protesters who were pepper-sprayed on the UC Davis quad received $30,000 each and the guy doing the spraying received $38,000, not to mention full salary during an extended period on leave … So, what lessons can we take from this whole sorry episode? […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Council gears up for final push on Cannery design review process

The City Council dove into the details of The Cannery project for the first time Tuesday, and after a lengthy presentation by ConAgra Foods Inc. — the food industry giant proposing the development — only two meetings remain until the council will make a decision on whether to approve the addition of a new neighborhood […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,