USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened the door Friday to commercial sales of corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered to resist the weed killer 2,4-D, which is best known as an ingredient in the Vietnam War-era herbicide Agent Orange. The U.S. military stopped using Agent Orange in 1971, and it has not […]

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

Man hopes court victory on law license will help immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who illegally came to the United States two decades ago said he hopes a court ruling granting him a law license will open doors to millions of other immigrants in the same situation. The California Supreme Court granted a license Thursday to Sergio Garcia, 36, in a unanimous decision. […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Winter storm brings snow, kills at least 9

BOSTON (AP) — A winter storm menaced the Northeast today with howling winds and dangerously cold temperatures, causing at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country. The storm dropped nearly 2 feet of snow just north of Boston, temporarily shut down major highways in New York and Pennsylvania and forced airlines to […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Prius envy extends to Target parking lot

TARGETED AUDIENCE … while parking at Target the other day, I noticed a large number of close-in spots reserved for folks who drive hybrid vehicles, which is fine … I generally park near the back of the lot anyway, so no one can make fun of my car … I then spend several precious minutes […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Senior page: Baby boomers fuel wave of entrepreneurship

By Matt Sedensky ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Every passing month and unanswered resume dimmed Jim Glay’s optimism more. So with no job in sight, he joined a growing number of older people and created his own. In a mix of boomer individualism and economic necessity, older Americans have fueled a wave of entrepreneurship. The […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

The pickiness of fruit tree etiquette

It’s a California problem: fruit trees laden with bounty and the etiquette of who picks it under what circumstances. Some people have too much fruit, others too little because neighbors or passersby come on private property and take it. One West Davis homeowners association has codified rules about picking fruit in certain zones of shared […]

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

Animal behaviorist to speak at Davis library

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author Dr. Sophia Yin will speak from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Yin will present back-to-back lectures: “Teaching Fido to Learn to Earn: Developing Leadership in Humans and Impulse Control in Dogs” and “Help! My Dog Barks and […]

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

Yolo County CASA trains volunteer advocates

Yolo County CASA trains, screens and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. After successfully completing a 30-hour training and rigorous background screening, volunteers are appointed by the juvenile dependency court judge to advocate for a child in the foster care system. CASAs enjoy spending time with the […]

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

Tickets, sponsorships available for Kiwanis Club crab feed

The 34th annual Kiwanis Club of Davis’ all-you-can-eat crab and pasta feed is at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. The no-host bar event is $45 per person and features a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit various Kiwanis charities. Businesses and individuals also can help […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yoga, Zen event aims to make New Year’s resolutions stick

New Year’s resolutions often fade like breath seen on a cold morning. Meghan and Sam Morris believe they can help people make lasting changes. They will lead a mini-retreat from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 B St., Suite B. “Really good goals sprout out of the fertile soil […]

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

From STAR to MAPP: how tests have evolved

The new computer-based MAPP tests that California students will see this spring will reflect nearly two decades of changes in technology and academic standards. The outgoing STAR tests were based on academic standards that California developed and adopted in the mid-1990s. The tests themselves had students use pencils to fill in bubbles on multiple-choice questions. […]

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

Davis schools are gearing up for computer-based tests

The Davis school district — much like every other school district in the state — is gearing up fast for the biggest changeover in standardized testing since the 1990s.

California is shelving the old, paper-based STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) tests in favor of the new, computer-based, interactive MAPP tests. The acronym stands for Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress, and the new tests are aligned with the recently adopted Common Core academic standards.

For the Davis school district, the technological side of this …

Tai chi offered at Senior Center

Tai chi is an internal martial art that emphasizes meditative movements to help develop a strong, flexible body that is alert and responsive to the one’s environment. Tai chi’s movements are practiced slow and relaxed to better allow the mind to coordinate the entire body. Classes at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., are […]

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

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 […]

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