Musk’s Hyperloop idea: High-speed L.A.-S.F. tube

By David R. Baker It’s either the future of high-speed travel or Elon Musk’s craziest idea yet. Or both. Musk, the billionaire serial entrepreneur behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, on Monday revealed plans for a transportation system that could whisk passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes through a set of tubes. […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Arboretum tour highlights plants from Down Under

Delights from Down Under will be showcased during a leisurely stroll Saturday through the Australian and New Zealand collections of the UC Davis Arboretum. Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the Wyatt Deck in the Arboretum. “See plants from Down Under that thrive in our Mediterranean climate and discover some of their fascinating adaptations,” […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Ready for school

Marilyn Selby, left, and Barbara Hobbins stuff school supplies into backpacks at a work party Monday morning at the University Retirement Community. The URC residents were joined by several other residents and staff members in packing 117 backpacks full of school supplies for students in need. Within a two-week period, residents raised more than $3,500 […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City closes gym to clean for scabies

The city’s Gymnastics and Dance Center, 23 Russell Blvd., was closed for cleaning Monday after city personnel learned that a youth participating in a summer gymnastics camp was diagnosed last week with scabies. City staff alerted the parents of all camp participants of the exposure and encouraged them to have their children checked for the […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Two hurt in I-80 crash

Two people were hospitalized early Saturday as a result of a three-car collision on Interstate 80 in Davis, according to the California Highway Patrol. The series of events began at about 1 a.m. when the driver of an Acura Integra made an unsafe turning movement and struck a guard rail, Officer Cindy Leal said. That […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Study: Climate change affects young, old sparrows differently

What’s good for adults is not always best for the young, and vice versa. At least that is the case with song sparrows and how they experience the effects of climate change, according to two recent studies by scientists at UC Davis and Point Blue Conservation Science. Both studies show the importance of considering the […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them Sunflower (No. 116928), a 3-month-old spayed female domestic short-haired tabby cat. Also hoping for a good home is Bill (No. 117801), a 1-year-old neutered male Anatol shepherd mix. Fees are charged […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis resident a finalist in New Yorker cartoon contest

Thousands of individuals enter the The New Yorker magazine’s cartoon caption contest each month, and of these, three are chosen for final voting. This edition, Davis resident Howard Brody is one of the finalists. The cartoon shows a man sitting down to a fish dinner, which is pleading its case for not being eaten. His […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Breaking up before ‘Breaking Bad’ is hard to do

When my mom was a child, television was a new thing. She’s told my kids — in one of those “You wouldn’t believe how barbaric my life was!” moments — that she used to walk up and down her street, knocking on neighbors’ doors, asking if she could come in and watch their TV with them. She […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Storytelling program planned Sunday at I-House

Joyce Ormond will present “Stories From Around the World” from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Ormond has been telling stories all her life. Growing up as an only child on a small farm in West Sacramento, she amused herself by making up and sharing stories. When she started […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Formula-fed babies may be prone to health issues

Formula-fed infants experience metabolic stress that could make them more susceptible than breast-fed infants to a wide range of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, liver problems and cardiovascular disease, according to new UC Davis research. A study by biochemists Carolyn Slupsky and Bo Lönnerdal, both of the UCD department of nutrition, sheds new light […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD telemedicine boosts pediatric care, study finds

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric critical-care medicine physicians significantly improve the quality of care for seriously ill and injured children treated in remote rural emergency rooms, where pediatricians and pediatric specialists are scarce, a study by researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has found. The study also found that rural emergency room physicians are more likely […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis police investigate F Street stabbings

Davis police say gang tensions may have played a role in an F Street brawl that left two people hospitalized with stab wounds early Sunday morning. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the investigation, which was still ongoing Monday, began at about 2 a.m. Sunday with reports of a large fight in progress at the Suntree Apartments, […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bike Fun Fest celebrates two-wheeled living

Bike Fun Fest, a street party to celebrate Davis’ first community bike mural, is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday along Third Street between E and F streets. Live music, do-it-yourself bicycle and helmet decorating and free art activities are planned. Families also can pick up back-to-school bike safety information.

The event is co-sponsored by the Davis Art Center and Paint Bike Fun.

Mayor Joe Krovoza will cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the mural that has been painted on the north side …