Bingo proceeds benefit local nonprofits

Local nonprofits are $7,587 richer, thanks to grants from the Davis Odd Fellows bingo program. The Odd Fellows host bingo games on the second Sunday of each month at their hall at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The beneficiaries in 2013 included the Davis High Madrigal Singers, Davis Bridge Educational Foundation, Yolo Community Care […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Josey is a 2-year-old spayed female mastiff/American Bulldog mix. She has a gentle nature and is an easy dog to be around. Yodel is a 1- to 1 1/2-year-old neutered male terrier/Chihuahua mix. He’s very sweet and lovable! Yodel plays well with other dogs, loves people and enjoys rides in the car. Both would make great […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

NAMI will hear from county health director

NAMI-Yolo invites mental health consumers, family members, friends and concerned citizens to meet Yolo County Health Director Jill Cook at its next monthly potluck dinner and meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin Social Hall, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Attendance is […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Loan monitor is accused of ruthless tactics on student debt

By Natalie Kitroeff Stacy Jorgensen fought her way through pancreatic cancer. But her struggle was just beginning. Before she became ill, Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans. As her payments piled up along with medical bills, she took the unusual step of filing for bankruptcy, requiring legal proof of “undue hardship.” The agency charged […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Gardeners get started with Saturday workshops

Start the garden new year with two public workshops at Central Park Gardens at the corner of Third and B streets in downtown Davis. Now is the time to check your summer seeds and get an early start indoors for your summer vegetable seedlings. On Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Peg Smith […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: What a year it was for science

The year 2013 saw a number of discoveries, innovations and developments from all over the realm of science. For example, after nearly 35 years of travel, Voyager 1 was confirmed as the first man-made object to leave our solar system, and the sun’s magnetic field flipped upside down. Researchers in the United Kingdom discovered the […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

New Malibu marks a first — stop-start engine

The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu packs a surprise: It’s the first mainstream mid-size sedan sold in the United States with standard automatic engine stop-start that saves gasoline. The system turns off the car’s engine in certain conditions when the vehicle is stopped and automatically turns it back on as a driver lets up on the brake […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Legal pot sales bring long lines to Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday. It was hard to tell from talking to the shoppers, however, that they had waited hours in snow and frigid wind. “It’s a huge deal for me,” said Andre Barr, a 34-year-old deliveryman […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding

PASADENA (AP) — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year’s Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade. Throngs of spectators cheered as the men, dressed in dark suits, faced each other and held hands before the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix, who officiated […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Former Israeli leader Sharon in critical condition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition today, clinging to life after a decline in the functioning of various bodily organs, his doctors said. Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of Tel Hashomer hospital, said Sharon’s condition had deteriorated over the past […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A helicopter rescued all 52 passengers from a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve after weather conditions finally cleared enough for the operation Thursday. The Chinese helicopter carried the scientists and tourists from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy in groups of 12 to an […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Record-low rainfall leaves farms, ranches parched

Dec. 31 marked the end of the driest year ever for Davis, but only the start of trouble for its neighbor farmers and ranchers. Davis accumulated just 5.23 inches of rain last year — compared to 19.6 inches in a normal year. It’s the lowest amount since totals were first recorded in 1893, breaking a […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Bob Dunning: Bugs and suds make for a good time

“Catch a butterfly and win a beer,” said the headline in last Sunday’s paper. Yeah, sure. I read about this contest every year, and every year it seems that the Professor of Insects with Floppy Wings who sponsors this contest ultimately declares himself the winner of the beer. “Collect the first cabbage white butterfly of […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youths

By David Crary and Nomaan Merchant The Boy Scouts of America began accepting openly gay youths on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. Yet despite their […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,