X-Alps racer finds competition with a view

The terms: 1) race 640 miles from Salzburg, Austria to Monaco against 30 other pre-selected top athletes; 2) race only by flying (paragliding — without an engine) or hiking.

Honza Rejmanek of Davis said, “Yes, I will.” In fact he has said it several times as just he completed his fourth Red Bull X-Alps biennial race.

Rejmanek, who has flown since he was 17, called with a post-race evaluation from the Czech Republic, where he is enjoying a well-earned rest with his family.

“Every moment is memorable,” he said. “This is a race of flying and mountaineering, constantly evaluating the best next move to make.”

Congress, Obama at odds over new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic’s already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere with nuclear negotiations. House and Senate bills are both advancing at a time President Barack Obama’s national […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pope all smiles as Brazilians swarm his car

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis wants to ignite the passion of Roman Catholics for their faith while on his first international trip, and the boisterous, sometimes frenzied welcome he got on his first day in Rio seemed to fill those hopes. Returning to his home continent for the first time since becoming pontiff, […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Grants, scholarships key to paying for college

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae. Since the recession, more college-bound students have eliminated schools from their searches based on costs and have relied […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Riding the real-estate roller coaster

We always hear about the potential for property values in our town to go up or down depending on which way the wind is blowing on a variety of issues. Close a cherished elementary school and the value of nearby homes may drop. Earn one of those “Most Livable Cities in America” mentions and watch […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Alcohol blamed for 2 highway crashes

California Highway Patrol officers say a Woodland man was under the influence of alcohol when he sideswiped one car and rear-ended another Saturday night on Highway 113 between Davis and Woodland. Pablo Sanabria, 22, was jailed on suspicion of felony drunken-driving and misdemeanor hit-and-run following the incidents, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on the […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Police: Davis man photographed girls under clothing

Davis police arrested a 32-year-old man Sunday after he allegedly was caught photographing young girls under their clothing at the local Target store. Now, investigators are seeking other possible victims of Tyler Dean Luke, a Davis resident, and asking them to come forward. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the probe began at about 1:45 p.m., when […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis parolee has history of assault, battery

The Davis man who triggered a 2 1/2-hour law-enforcement search last Thursday after fleeing from parole agents has a history of assault, battery and theft convictions, according to the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation. Michael Anthony Cruz, 25, was paroled in April 2011 after serving two years of a four-year sentence for assault with […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Gunfire leads to assault arrest

A Woodland man faces assault and other charges after allegedly firing a gun at a woman in her East Davis residence. Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said officers were summoned at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday to the 1600 block of East Eighth Street, where the victim said a man that she knew had fired a […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

You don’t need to suffer fear and loathing of teenage boys

Many people groan about passing through the teenage years with their children — who often appear to be in a state of transient global amnesia — and there is a lot to groan about. For the purposes of this column, I will have to focus on the demographic I know, namely teenaged boys from 13-16. […]

July 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Don’t Rush to Flush': Program to help keep waterways clean

Americans spend more than $300 billion on prescription drugs every year, but end up only taking about 60 percent of them. The rest, all those unneeded pain relievers, steroids, hormones and antibiotics, are disposed of, often by consumers who throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet. The end result is powerful […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Prof earns national veterinary award

The American Veterinary Medical Association has named Benjamin Hart, a UC Davis distinguished professor emeritus, its Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. The annual award recognizes a veterinarian’s work “in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships,” according to a news release, including community service, leadership, research and teaching. Named for Leo Bustad, a former dean […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Dog research sheds light on neural tube defects

A gene related to neural tube defects in dogs has for the first time been identified by UC Davis and University of Iowa researchers. The researchers also found evidence that the gene may be an important risk factor for human neural tube defects, which affect more than 300,000 babies born each year around the world, […]

July 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Should university systems be graded, too?

By D.D. Guttenplan LONDON — Depending on whom you ask, a proposed new international testing system will either be the next big thing in higher education or a pointless, expensive rankings exercise that will be used to criticize faculty at hard-pressed colleges and universities. At a meeting in its headquarters in Paris last month, the […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,