Castro agrees to plea in Ohio kidnap case

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for about a decade agreed to plead guilty Friday in a deal to avoid the death penalty. In exchange, Ariel Castro would be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years, prosecutors said. The deal comes more than a month […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Tunisia: al-Qaida-linked cell behind killings

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The al-Qaida-linked Islamist extremist cell behind an earlier political assassination also killed a leftist Tunisian politician using the same weapon, a top security official said Friday. Mohammed Brahmi was shot 14 times in front of his home within sight of his family on Thursday, plunging the country into a political crisis […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Letting us vote is never a bad idea

DON’T TRUST THE PEOPLE … now that a poorly funded, grassroots effort has begun to put our skyrocketing water rates to a vote of the people, one member of the Davis City Council has dismissed the effort as “just the latest in a long string of attempts to block our community’s access to clean surface […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC president names chancellor for Riverside campus

OAKLAND — A former Michigan State University provost has been appointed to serve as the chancellor for UC Riverside, University of California President Mark Yudof announced Thursday. Kim Wilcox, 59, a professor of communicative sciences and disorders, will be the ninth chancellor of the Riverside campus, Yudof said in a press release. “He has been […]

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

EPA recognizes Yolo for green power

For the first time, Yolo County appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 20 On-Site List of the largest green power users. Yolo is No. 14. The ranking comes as a result of Yolo generating nearly 14 million kilowatt-hours of green power from on-site solar energy production, a program that creates enough green power […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Patient-care union objects to UC’s wage terms

Hospital patient care workers planned to rally and march in Los Angeles this afternoon in response to the University of California’s decision to implement its final wage and benefit offer after more than a year of negotiations. On Wednesday, UC announced that after negotiations dating to June 2012 it was going forward with a package […]

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

Forum focuses on health care reform in Yolo County

Yolo County’s collaborative spirit was on display this week when representatives of local government as well as public and private health care providers gathered in Woodland for a daylong forum on implementing the Affordable Care Act. The sweeping federal health care reform law — enacted more than two years ago — is expected to bring […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Dog adopted from Yolo shelter is Rachael Ray photo finalist

Nora, a 3-year-old white pit bull recently adopted from the Yolo County Animal Services Shelter by Davis resident Lina Layiktez, is among 40 finalists in the Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Photo Contest. The $100K Challenge is a three-month contest in which 50 shelters across the United States are competing to break their own records at […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Remember life jackets when out on the water

As temperatures climb again, heading to rivers and lakes to cool off sounds like a great idea. The benefits of wearing a life jacket are obvious. When properly fitted and worn, life jackets can save lives. In fact, hundreds of lives a year could be saved in the United States if boaters, rafters and their […]

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

Pepper-spray lieutenant appeals for worker’s comp

The former police lieutenant who became the target of worldwide ire after dousing Occupy UC Davis protesters with pepper spray, John Pike, is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming psychiatric injury caused by the Nov. 18, 2011, incident.

Pike’s case is scheduled for a mandatory settlement conference on Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the State Department of Industrial Relations website. If no settlement is reached, his case would go forward to trial or further hearing.

Bernie Goldsmith, a Davis attorney who has supported Occupy UC Davis, said a protest likely would be held outside.

UCD taps de la Torre to lead student affairs

UC Davis conducted a national search for a new vice chancellor for student affairs. In the end, it chose the candidate closest to home: Adela de la Torre, who held the post on an interim basis, will officially assume the job Aug. 1. De la Torre officially assumes the appointment Aug. 1. She replaces Fred Wood, who […]

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

Summer House celebrates 40 years of family

Summer House is pretty much like any other house in Davis — neighbors may hear some enthusiastic karaoke or glimpse copies of various masterpieces on the walls. Ask any of the 12 residents and you get nearly the same response, “It’s a great place to live.” Mary Harris has lived at Summer House for 30 […]

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

Davis Food Co-op donates to Organic Farming Research Foundation

The Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis, is donating $888 — proceeds from the wine tasting program — to the Organic Farming Research Foundation. The Co-op held wine tastings  on the first three Fridays of each month, for April, May and June. The foundation has a very clear vision — that organic […]

July 26, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Library plans August book sale

The Friends of the Davis Public Library plans its next bi-monthly book sale from Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, at the library, 315 East 14th St. On Friday, members only get first crack at the books from noon to 2 p.m., with the general public allowed from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday’s hours […]

July 30, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,