U.S. unemployment falls to 7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. It also fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back its economic stimulus when it meets […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. As head of state, the former boxer, lawyer […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Let the holidays begin!

The flickering flames from the children’s candles helped heat little hands but the real warmth at Thursday’s Downtown Holiday Open House came from the shared celebration of a Davis tradition.

Families braved near-freezing temperatures Thursday evening to participate in the Children’s Parade — marching, pedaling and being towed from the Davis Food Co-op to the E Street Plaza. When City Council members flipped the switch to light up the locally grown Christmas tree on the plaza, the crowd cheered.

Visitors were treated to musical performances by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and Madrigal Singers along with the ever-popular Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh.

Later, children waited patiently in line …

Bob Dunning: Mandela affirms the power of one

THE POWER OF ONE … sometimes the world seems so big and its problems so great that it’s easy to think one person — no matter how motivated and no matter how talented — won’t be able to make much of a difference … the life of Nelson Mandela proves just the opposite … any […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Poll: Older Americans nix Social Security changes

CHICAGO (AP) — Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase. But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the cap on earnings that are taxed to fund the Social Security program so higher-income […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

‘Granny pods’ keep generations together

By Kathryn Moschella   Tampa Bay Times Daryl Whitaker can take comfort in knowing that her grandmother, Shirley Shear, is nearby — as close as her backyard. The 88-year-old, twice-widowed Shear lives behind Whitaker’s home in Tampa, in a former family guest house/game room. Shear, who owned a home in Lakeland for 50 years, fell […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Survey reveals trends in parents’ school participation

By Jill Tucker Wealthy parents are more likely to make cookies for bake sales, volunteer in classrooms and be otherwise involved in their children’s schools than lower-income mothers and fathers. That’s the conclusion of a survey of California public school parents released Thursday. Yet even parents with greater financial resources are reluctant to spend hours […]

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

Prosecutor resigns after DUI arrest

A prosecutor resigned last month from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office following his October arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Solano County. Sulaiman Tokhi, who had worked for the DA’s Office since July 2006, was arrested Oct. 19 following a 2:10 a.m. traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 80 in Fairfield, according […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Council looks to help Explorit stay alive

One of the city’s longest-serving nonprofits has not fared well financially of late, and the organization is looking for some outside help to remain solvent. On Tuesday, leaders of Explorit Science Center, a hands-on educational science museum offering on-site and mobile programs, appeared before the City Council to ask for some monetary support while they […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

2 crashes, 2 arrests for DUI

Two separate crashes in Yolo County on Wednesday resulted in drunken-driving arrests, according to the California Highway Patrol. Curtis Lee Asby, 42, of Davis, was arrested following a 12:15 p.m. collision on Highway 128 west of County Road 87, where Asby’s Honda Civic ran off the roadway, ran through a wire fence and struck a […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Defense attorney takes aim at DA press release

A Davis woman was sentenced to three years of probation last week in connection with a 2011 incident in which she struck her boyfriend with her car outside the man’s Woodland home. Elena Lund-Tessler’s defense attorney, J Toney, announced the sentence in a written statement that also took aim at the Yolo County District Attorney’s […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Ground broken on farm worker housing development

Mutual Housing California broke ground Thursday on a long-awaited affordable housing development in Woodland for farm workers and their families. Work on the community started in 2010 with research on the need for such a specific type of housing. The nonprofit purchased the land in August of that year. When completed in March 2015, Mutual […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Brrr! It’s cold outside

The result of Thursday’s early-morning freezing temperatures could be seen in the fountain between Common Grounds Coffee Shop and Dos Coyotes at the Oakshade Town Center in South Davis. Lows in the mid-20s are predicted to continue through the weekend, with a bit of a warming trend, up to 30, by Monday, AccuWeather reports. Don […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Rainy-day science fun

The prospect of wet weather may drive many young scientists indoors, but it doesn’t have to. You can harness the power of the rain for many science experiments. Start by trying your hand at rain painting. You will need paper, powdered paint and hairspray. If you have dried-out watercolors, you can break them up and […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,