Iranian studies scholar to speak at UCD

“Why Persian Humanism Matters Today” will be the topic of a lecture by Hamid Dabashi, a Columbia University professor of Iranian studies, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. Free and open to the public, the event is part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series, hosted […]

January 10, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Human rights panel discussion set for Jan. 16

Four activists will join a free public panel discussion titled “Revisiting the Pedagogy of the Oppressed” from 7  to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in 1002 Giedt Hall at UC Davis. According to a news release, set to take part are: * Omar Barghout, a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic […]

January 12, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Linux Users’ Group celebrates 15 years

On Monday, Jan. 20, the Linux Users’ Group of Davis will celebrate its 15th anniversary with free pizza, cake and a prize drawing. The group also will welcome John Mark Walker, Gluster community leader at Red Hat Inc. “GlusterFS” is an open source, distributed file system capable of scaling to several petabytes and handling thousands of clients. The […]

January 14, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Saving Explorit, on ‘Davisville’

Lars Anderson, board president and interim executive director of Explorit Science Center, discusses how the Davis nonprofit plans to recover financially on the current edition of “Davisville.” Explorit’s board realized in 2013 that it would have to close this winter if it did not solve financial problems that dated back to the start of the […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Accident kills pedestrian, snarls traffic

A pedestrian fatality on Highway 50 in West Sacramento this morning snarled commute traffic for several hours. The vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident occurred just east of the Interstate 80 interchange at about 6:05 a.m., several minutes after someone reported seeing a person in dark clothing walking on the right side of the highway, according to the California […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Lawmaker in FBI probe back at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) — An embattled state senator said Monday that he intends to keep working with his fellow lawmakers despite an ongoing federal corruption investigation and a bitter finger-pointing exchange with Senate leaders. No charges have been filed against Democrat Ron Calderon of Montebello, who again denied wrongdoing in brief comments to reporters after the […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

South, East brace for polar temps, wind chills

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day Tuesday, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Residents driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest longed to return to their own […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Fueling the fire of global warming

GLOBAL WARNING … after I scolded Rose Bowl play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger for telling a worldwide audience — including a significant number of Davisites — to “throw another log on the fire” at the start of the game, a kind reader told me in no uncertain terms that this was not a laughing matter … […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Napolitano ready to lead U.S. Olympic delegation to Sochi

By Janie McCauley OAKLAND (AP) — Janet Napolitano is ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics focus to turn from concerns about security and the threats of terrorism to all of the special athletes involved. Yet Napolitano, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California system, fully […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Senate easily OKs Yellen as Fed chief

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed UC Berkeley professor emeritus Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank’s efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and huge bond purchases. Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City asks for proposals for social services projects

The city of Davis expects to distribute more than $800,000 to help local groups provide affordable housing and social services to low- and moderate-income Davis residents in the coming year thanks to Davis’ share of federal Community Development Block Grant and Housing Investment Partnerships programs. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo deputy fires weapon during pursuit incident

A Yolo County sheriff’s deputy fired two shots at a vehicle whose armed driver rammed the deputy’s patrol car following a high-speed pursuit Sunday night, according to reports. No one was injured during the incident, which ended with the suspect — identified as 28-year-old John August Schroiff, a transient — being jailed on multiple assault […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Mable (No. 120902), a 1-year-old spayed female blue and red merle Australian cattle dog. Also hoping for a good home is Feather (No. 120217), a 3-year-old spayed female black and […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Educator Sam Neustadt running for Yolo County superintendent

Sam Neustadt has entered the race for Yolo County superintendent of schools, which will be decided in a June 3 election. Neustadt has lived in Yolo County for nearly 20 years, and currently resides in Woodland. Since 2000, he has been assistant superintendent of the Solano Special Education Local Planning Area. He also worked for […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,