Ex-Target workers sue, allege race discrimination

FRESNO (AP) — Three former Target employees are suing the nation’s second-largest discount chain for discrimination and retaliation, citing alleged racial slurs from managers and a training document that included stereotypical portrayals of Hispanics. The lawsuit, filed recently in Northern California’s Yolo County, says that workers who complained about the conditions at a distribution center […]

July 12, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Study: Youth attitudes shift in Great Recession

By Martha Irvine CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off. Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But here was this “red flag … a big wake-up call,” he says. The prosperous years of childhood […]

July 16, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Travis recovers from brain surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Asiana passengers begged for help

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Passengers aboard a plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport called 911 and begged for help, saying ambulances hadn’t arrived more than 20 minutes after the crash and that they were doing their best to keep the critically injured alive, according to 911 calls that portray a scene of desperation. […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bombing suspect’s hearing frustrates some

BOSTON (AP) — Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings got little satisfaction from surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first public appearance since the deadly attacks. “Not guilty,” was all he said, over and over. The blasé-looking 19-year-old, his arm in a cast and his face swollen, entered his pleas Wednesday during a seven-minute arraignment in federal […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Lawyers turn on the tap over water rates

WATER SUIT MANUEVERS … some may have wondered what happened to that lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city’s newly instituted water rates, rates we are paying at this very moment … well, the city of Davis — the defendant in this case — filed a “motion to bifurcate writ proceeding re water rates” with […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Police: Woman exposed herself to kids while man recorded it

Typically, reports of indecent exposure in Davis share a similar set of circumstances: a male suspect, acting alone, targeting teenage or adult women. But Davis police say an out-of-town pair blew that stereotype out of the water Wednesday morning when a woman exposed herself to a pair of young children while a male acquaintance captured […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Granny flats to contribute to city affordable housing count, thanks to split council vote

Despite strong opposition from local advocates for affordable housing, a divided Davis City Council approved a measure Tuesday that would allow granny flats to partially count toward the city’s affordable housing obligations, even without any affordable regulations tied to them. Accessory dwelling units, or granny flats, are secondary homes built on the same parcel as […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Festival showcases heirloom tomato

Farm Fresh To You invites community members to the sixth annual Capay Tomato Festival at its Capay Organic farm. The festival runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with a full slate of activities for all ages, including heirloom and cherry tomato tastings, farm tours and live music throughout the afternoon and into […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

New kids in town

Work crews unveil a sign for Expression Systems at 2537 Second St. in Davis on Tuesday. The cell culture company recently moved into the 30,000-square-foot facility. According to its website, “Expression Systems, a Nevada Limited Liability Company, is dedicated to supplying and servicing the commercial insect cell culture markets with innovative media formulations, complimentary products […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

By Philip Elliott WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out. […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

See flammulated owls on Audubon field trip

The Yolo Audubon Society will offer a field trip to observe flammulated owls in their nesting territory Saturday, July 20. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to revisit some areas from a previous June Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass field trip. After birding the areas of Sierra Valley and Yuba Pass, participants will meet David Arsenault […]

July 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Last chance to secure electric lawn mower rebates

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District reminds residents that its 2013 Yolo-Solano mower exchange program has been extended through August. Under the program, residents who trade in a gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new eligible electric mower will receive $120 in rebates. Residents can choose from 32 eligible models made by 11 different brands. […]

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