Bob Dunning: Thing is, we couldn’t find one in town

“Council to weigh plastic bag options,” said the headline over Sunday’s front-pager by Tom Sakash, who must be wondering what he did in a previous life to be required to cover the comings and goings of the Davis City Council in his current incarnation. “As requested,” Sakash’s story begins, “city public works staff will hand […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

U.S. News slots UCD ninth among public colleges

UC Davis slipped one spot among public universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s much-watched college rankings, released Tuesday, returning to ninth place. Last year, UCD reached a best-ever eighth place, only to be passed by Penn State University in the new edition. UCD previously held the ninth spot in 2012, […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

$12.5M military grant boosts network research

Understanding complex networked systems, from nanomachines to nation-states, and learning how to control them are the aims of two new projects led by researchers at the UC Davis Complexity Sciences Center. Each project is funded with $6.25 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. One project, led by […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Film screening to benefit Raptor Center

The California Raptor Center will host a benefit screening of “The Condor’s Shadow,” a documentary that follows a year in the endangered species recovery effort, on Saturday, Sept. 28, at UC Davis. The film explores the work of biologists, zookeepers and scientists are making on the bird’s behalf and tells the story of a condor […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hear stories of India at I-House

Vanar Sena Pathshala will present “Animal Tales from India” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Vanar Sena Pathshala will present performances by children based on East Indian culture. VSP students will perform two plays they have adapted — and scripted — from ancient Indian tales: the Panchatantra. The […]

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

Study: ‘Circuitry loss’ may indicate cognitive decline

SACRAMENTO — The degeneration of a small, wishbone-shaped structure deep inside the brain may provide the earliest clues to future cognitive decline, long before healthy older people exhibit clinical symptoms of memory loss or dementia. The longitudinal study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center found that the only discernible brain differences between normal […]

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

UCD launching center focusing on Chinese food culture

A new institute devoted to Chinese food-and-beverage culture — the first of its kind in the world — is getting cooking at UC Davis. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute at UCD featuring Chinese song and dance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. […]

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

Taking flight

Visitors flocked to the Design + Launch Flight Derby on Sunday at the UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, a collaboration with the Davis Art Center as part of its summerlong program on “Momentum: Art in Action/Creativity in Motion.” A team of experts helped visitors explore all things that fly, from rockets to butterflies. Kids could make […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | 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 Cooper (No. 118546), a 4-year-old neutered male yellow Labrador retriever. Also hoping for a good home is Annie (No. 118537), a 5-year-old spayed female domestic short-haired cat. Fees are charged for […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Our Sunday best: New tours combine biking with local breweries

By Scott Mayerowitz Beer lovers are finding a new way to explore the burgeoning craft-brewing world: on bicycles. From Oregon to New Mexico to Vermont, beer aficionados can now hop on a bike and be led from one brewery to another. After sampling the latest microbrew, they can then pedal away all those extra calories. […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

‘Momentum’ exhibit closes with celebration

All are invited to celebrate a summer’s worth of Discovery Art at the Davis Art Center on Friday evening during the closing reception for “Momentum: Art in Action/Creativity in Motion.” The event coincides with the Second Friday ArtAbout and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1919 F St. Peregrine School will host activities for […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Same-sex marriage fuels debate over path to change

By Bob Egelko When Theodore Olson and David Boies, two prominent corporate lawyers, challenged California’s ban on same-sex marriage in federal court more than four years ago, many gay-rights advocates thought it was the wrong case in the wrong court, at the wrong time, and could set the movement back seriously. Today, because of that […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News

‘American Idol’ singer will entertain at third annual Capay Crush

It’s harvest time, and all are invited to celebrate at Capay Crush, Capay Organic’s third annual grape festival, from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Event proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture. “American Idol” singer Crystal Bowersox, who was the first runner-up in the ninth season of the popular show, will […]

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

County advisory boards have vacancies

Local residents are being recruited to fill vacancies on dozens of Yolo County advisory bodies. For information on specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit (go to Government > Board of Supervisors > Advisory Bodies), call the clerk of the board’s office at 530-666-8195 or contact your Yolo County supervisor. Vacancies exist on: Board of […]

September 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,