Bob Dunning: They’re standing in for the next two weeks

Today, while my family and I are looking at vacation property in Turlock, I am happy to announce the names of the kind and dedicated folks who have volunteered to take my place here on Page 2 for the next several weeks. I say “volunteered” as if they won’t be compensated for their heroic efforts, […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Retrofit your attic for comfort and PV readiness

By Leslie Crenna Homeowners seeking a more comfortable home environment need search no longer. Through a new partnership between the Davis Energy Group and Cool Davis, dubbed Retrofit Your Attic, two contractors are offering Davis homeowners price breaks on home energy assessments and attic retrofit measures through Dec. 1. Homeowners can schedule a $99 home […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Child soldiers are focus of Tuesday’s screening

International House will screen a new video on African child soldiers, “#ZeroLRA,” from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 10 College Park. The movie will be followed by a discussion about efforts to stop the violence and involuntary subscription of child soldiers by the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Central African Republic. Four new interns I-House […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Kitchen Botany’ talk is Wednesday

The third installment in the “Farm It! Darn It! The Urban Homesteading Series” will run from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Ellen Dean, curator of the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, will give a hands-on presentation on “Kitchen Botany,” […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Autumn, a time of change

Happy first day of autumn. With the autumnal equinox, the sun crosses the equator. In four days, given our Davis location, the days start to get shorter than the nights. Weather is cueing the birds and the great migration is happening, in yards, at the ponds, in the fields. And the fall color has begun. […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Team assembled to chart schools’ future

The Davis school board on Thursday clinched its list of 26 people tasked with reinventing the district for the next decade. Composed of an equal number of district representatives and community members, the Strategic Planning Committee will convene for the first time Thursday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

House and Senate face deep divide over food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the role of the government in helping the nation’s poor. The House passed a bill Thursday that would make around $4 billion in […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: You’re getting the truth, as ugly as it is

FULL DISCLOSURE … more than a handful of folks have complained in various ways about this newspaper’s “graphic” coverage of the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing for the young man accused of two gruesome murders in town five months ago … First let me say that the reporter of record here, one Lauren Keene, […]

September 20, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Club studies ‘The California Dream’

This year, the Woodland Shakespeare Club will look at fiction and nonfiction as it studies “The California Dream: A True Myth.” The club, one of the oldest in California, with members from throughout Yolo County, meets monthly from October through April. The president this year is Maryellen Mackenzie. Mackenzie has been a member of the […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Vet’s talk about cats canceled

An Oct. 19 visit to Davis by Sophia Yin, a veterinarian, animal behaviorist and author, has been canceled, a Yolo County spokeswoman has announced. Yin had been scheduled to speak at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, about “Cats: Get Them to Do What You Want and Stop Doing What You […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Genetic disorder often misdiagnosed as autism, says UCD study

SACRAMENTO — Children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, who frequently are believed to also have autism, often may be misidentified because the social impairments associated with their developmental delay may mimic the features of autism. That’s according to a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute that is he first to examine […]

October 09, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD vaccine fends off virus that strikes weak immune systems

SACRAMENTO — An experimental vaccine against human cytomegalovirus infection — which endangers the developing fetus, organ transplant recipients, patients with HIV and others who have a weakened immune system — proved safe and more effective than previous vaccines. Developed by a team of scientists at UC Davis and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the first-of-its-kind […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

‘Super pest’ invades Sacto, threatens area farms, gardens

By Jeannette Warnert A well-established population of brown marmorated stink bugs has been found in a Sacramento neighborhood, reported Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension adviser for Sacramento County — the state’s first reproducing population of the pests outside of Los Angeles. Ingels said he had no difficulty finding the pests on tree foliage and flying […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Free yoga class is for beginners only

Some people understand the concept that a yoga practice may be good for the body, mind and spirit, but are hesitant to sign up. They may have heard from others how it helps the body become more flexible, stronger, a lot more relaxed and even can assist in healing. Here is a chance for those […]

September 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,