Durable-goods orders up 3.7 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1. The Commerce Department said Friday orders for durable goods rose 3.7 […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

States join to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Pepper-spray deal leaves us all confused

PEPPERED WITH CONTROVERSY … so, by now we all know that the protesters who were pepper-sprayed on the UC Davis quad received $30,000 each and the guy doing the spraying received $38,000, not to mention full salary during an extended period on leave … So, what lessons can we take from this whole sorry episode? […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Council gears up for final push on Cannery design review process

The City Council dove into the details of The Cannery project for the first time Tuesday, and after a lengthy presentation by ConAgra Foods Inc. — the food industry giant proposing the development — only two meetings remain until the council will make a decision on whether to approve the addition of a new neighborhood […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Garzon remains in jail custody

WOODLAND — Clayton Garzon will remain in Yolo County Jail custody until his scheduled sentencing next week in a Davis hate-crime case, it was decided Thursday. Defense attorney Linda Parisi made the request during a brief court hearing for Garzon, whose release on bail was revoked earlier this week as a result of several technical […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Napolitano hears campus voices — including protesters

The new voice of the University of California came to Davis in listening mode.

President Janet Napolitano broke bread this week with UC Davis students, academics and administrators. She learned about ongoing research. And she received an earful from protesters angered by the choice of the former homeland security secretary — and overseer of immigration enforcement — to lead UC.

Napolitano’s packed itinerary on Wednesday and Thursday was strictly controlled and not publicly announced. Most on campus were kept at arm’s length.

Public art at UC Davis draws on natural elements

In the center of campus, a new work of public art depicts three dozen chemical elements: oxygen, phosphorous and zinc and the like. In another part of campus, one of those elements, iron (in the form of shovel heads), is being put to use in another work of public art. You can see the “Elements […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Use chemistry to create creepy looks for Halloween

For a little chemistry fun, try making an all-natural face paint for your Halloween festivities this year with simple materials you probably have in your kitchen right now. You will need: 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, 5 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon flour and 3-5 drops glycerin. You can find liquid glycerin at most drug stores. Glycerin […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Razzle is a 12-week-old female boxer/pit bull mix. She’s a super-friendly puppy who loves everyone and everything. Razzle has a tail that never quits wagging. Tracy is a 12-week-old female purebred German shepherd with the cutest ears that touch when she’s really interested in something. When she was rescued she had a badly damaged back leg that had to be […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Making a connection

Under the watchful eye of Community Services Superintendent Samantha Wallace, left, Mary Crommelin, center, and Lorell Bertolone figure out how to work a portable tablet computer at last week’s inaugural Connections Café at the Davis Senior Center. The Connections Café will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Valente Room at the Senior […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Boy, 13, killed in I-5 crash

A 13-year-old boy was killed early Thursday morning when a vehicle driven by his cousin crashed on Interstate 5 east of Woodland, according to the California Highway Patrol. Reports indicate driver Sergio Gomez-Sandoval, 18, of Turlock, fell asleep at the wheel shortly before 5 a.m. as he traveled southbound near County Road 22. The vehicle, […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Lawyer: Suspect in pedestrian death had nothing to hide

WOODLAND — The attorney for a man accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal collision near Woodland last summer says he has proof that his client wasn’t trying to hide crucial evidence in the case. Hours after he allegedly struck 17-year-old Claudia Marie Gonzalez on northbound Interstate 5, Camron Matthew Ervin got a public-nuisance […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Shred your documents, donate cereal, coats

Kim Eichorn of Lyon Real Estate will offer free shredding services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot behind Lyon’s office in downtown Davis. Motorists may access the drop-off location by entering the driveway on the 200 block of D Street between Hunan Restaurant and the Econo Lodge Motel. Eichorn will […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

For fish and rice to thrive in Yolo Bypass, ‘just add water’

From a fish-eye view, rice fields in California’s Yolo Bypass provide an all-you-can-eat bug buffet for juvenile salmon seeking nourishment on their journey to the sea. That’s according to a new report detailing the scientific findings of an experiment that planted fish in harvested rice fields earlier this year, resulting in the fattest, fastest-growing salmon […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,