Train, bus crash in Canada; ‘multiple fatalities’

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Several people were killed when a passenger train collided with a city bus at a crossing in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, at the peak of morning rush hour, police said Wednesday. Witnesses said the bus went through a closed crossing barrier. Photos show the front end of the double-decker bus was ripped […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Berkeley cracks down on turning houses into mini-dorms

By Carolyn Jones It took four years and five moves, but Igor Akimenko, a UC Berkeley senior, finally found a decent place to live. He shares a converted living room with three other people, in an 11-bedroom house about a half-mile from campus. His rent: $540 a month. “I don’t even know how many people […]

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

A town-gown clash over the costs of public services

By Jesse McKinley ALFRED, N.Y. — It was just about the time they were going to turn off the water that this village recognized it might have a college problem. For years, residents have lived in symbiosis alongside two schools: the private Alfred University and Alfred State College, a part of the State University of […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bike ride, rally protest tar sands oil

Late at night, it’s possible to hear freight trains running from Davis to the Bay Area carrying 50 tanker cars filled with heavy Alberta tar sands crude on their way to East Bay refineries in Martinez, Rodeo and Richmond. On Saturday, Yolano Climate Action, in conjunction with 350.org, is organizing a bike ride and rally […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Personalize plastic bags for public shaming

A SURE-FIRE SOLUTION … because I love this town and don’t wish to see it head down a path of no return, I have spent many months trying to bring plastic bag lovers and plastic bag haters to the peace table … sadly, my efforts have been unsuccessful to date … but, there is a […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC panel OKs initial work on presidential mansion

By Nanette Asimov The recession is over, and University of California officials need a place to party. Or, in the more dignified phrasing used by UC, they want a place to “accommodate essential entertainment functions” of incoming President Janet Napolitano, the former head of Homeland Security who starts work at UC on Sept. 30. The […]

September 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD set to honor seven alumni

The chief executive officer of the company that brought touch-based computing to the mainstream, an entrepreneur who appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and sells origami sound systems across the world, and a teen runaway-turned-philanthropist are among the winners of this year’s UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association awards. They will be honored, along with other […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Dine at The Grad to support I-House

Local residents can support International House, Davis, at a fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 1, at The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. A portion of all food and drink sales from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — dine-in or take-out — will be set aside for I-House, a local nonprofit that welcomes international visitors and students to Davis. […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Entrepreneurs offer up chicken coop lights

Sometimes a tiny innovation can crack the world’s toughest problems. Take, for example, a small solar-powered LED light placed in a chicken coop in a developing country. The light stretches winter daylight hours, boosts the hens’ egg production, puts a reliable supply of nutritious food on the farmer’s table and moves a nation a step […]

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

Logos Books plans a yearlong poetry series

Logos Books, 513 Second St., will host the fourth annual Quinton Duval Poetry Series, featuring five paired readings by notable poets. All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. The series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 26, with Tom Crawford and Dennis Schmitz, followed by Al Garcia and Heather Hutcheson on Nov. 14, Constance Carter and Dennis Hock on […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Baby-sitter training includes CPR, first aid

Youths who want to learn baby-sitting skills are invited to sign up for an American Red Cross course being offered this fall. Youths ages 11-15 will learn the skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. In addition, students will learn and practice Child & […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Birch Lane Elementary celebrates 50 years

Birch Lane Elementary is 50 years old, and the school community is seeking former students and staff to help celebrate the anniversary in style. The school opened in January 1963, but its celebration will be on the 50th day of the current school year — Wednesday, Nov. 6. Local residents who have pictures or stories […]

October 09, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Cyber-law expert discusses new book

Local author and law professor Anupam Chander will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Friday to discuss his new book, “The Electronic Silk Road: How The Web Binds The World Together in Commerce.” Check it out Who: Anupam Chander, author of “The Electronic Silk Road” When: 7:30 […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD Med Center earns electronic records honor

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the 2013 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, which the use of the electronic health records to improve health care delivery processes and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment. HIMSS, the nation’s leading hospital information technology society, noted that UCD has exchanged 3.7 million […]

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