As Latinos make gains in education; gaps remain

By Richard Pérez-Peña After lagging behind other Americans in education for generations, Latinos have significantly narrowed the gap, and last year they passed a milestone, with new Hispanic high school graduates more likely than their white counterparts to go directly to college, according to a new study. In an era of rising high school completion […]

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

Stanford lecturer talks Turkey

The UC Davis department of Middle East/South Asia studies presents a talk by Ayça Alemdaroglu, “Guardians of the Republic: Youth, Social Inequality and Politics in Turkey,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the IGA Conference Room at Shields Library on campus. Alemdaroglu is a lecturer in the introductory studies program at Stanford […]

May 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly

Film looks at Iran’s election

The UC Davis department of Middle East/South Asia studies presents “Iran: Cry of an Indignant People,” a documentary about Iran’s presidential election. The film, directed by Jamshid Golmakani, will screen at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at 55 Roessler Hall on the UCD campus. Golmakani is a French-Iranian filmmaker, author and journalist. He began his […]

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Veteran local educators honored for support of former foster youths

Longtime Yolo County educators and UC Davis alumni Sandi Redenbach and Ken Gelatt are the 2013 winners of the Charles J. Soderquist Award, an honor bestowed by the university in recognition of exceptional volunteer leadership and philanthropy benefiting the campus community. Created in 2005 by the UC Davis Foundation, the award honors the late Charles […]

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

Bills would prevent rise in student loan rates

By Tamar Lewin Congress now has an array of legislative options to prevent the interest rate on student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1, as scheduled. With student loans topping $1.1 trillion — and held by one in five American households — many families are questioning why students should pay so much […]

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

For the record

Anamarie Urrutia’s name was misspelled in a photo caption on Thursday’s front page. She’s the volunteer coordinator for the Yolo County SPCA, not Catherine McCullum. We regret the errors.

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

High school baseball team lifts car off girl

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sixteen members of a Northern California high school baseball team ran from a practice to save a 16-year-old girl who was pinned under a car, working together to lift it off her while their coach pulled her to safety. The girl, a student visiting Valley High School in Elk Grove from another […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Ding-ding! It actually was Julie’s idea

AND NOW, THE REST OF THE STORY … several weeks ago, in a hard-hitting exposé concerning bells on bicycles, I quoted David Takemoto-Weerts, the bicycle program coordinator at UC Davis, who said “When Lois Wolk served on the council, she suggested a mandatory bike bell ordinance.” … Lois, now a state senator, responded in her […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Eliminate standing water to curtail mosquitoes

With recent rains and an increase in area temperatures, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to “drain after the rain” to prevent mosquitoes. Wet weather followed by very warm temperatures creates an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. “The latest rains have left stagnant water and it’s important for everyone to do […]

May 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Six hurt, one arrested in alleged DUI crash

A Woodland teen faces felony drunken-driving charges following a crash Wednesday evening that injured six people north of Woodland, according to the California Highway Patrol. Tyler James Cearley, 18, was driving a Dodge Durango that rear-ended a Ford Windstar on southbound County Road 102 north of Road 17, causing the Ford to veer to the […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Memorial pays tribute to fallen Yolo County officers

Law-enforcement dignitaries from Yolo County and beyond will gather in front of the historic Woodland courthouse Saturday for the unveiling and dedication of the Yolo County Fallen Officer Memorial. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. outside the main entrance of the courthouse, 725 Court St. Inspired by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers Association, the […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Resident drives smoking truck out of garage just in time

An alert homeowner prevented a vehicle fire from spreading to his house Wednesday night in El Macero, according to the Davis Fire Department. Spokeswoman Evelyn George said the resident of a home in the 44000 block of Country Club Drive parked his truck in the garage after coming home from work. When he went to […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis High alums ride for a reason

On Saturday, more than 200 Oakland-based parents, students, teachers and community members will bike through Davis en route to the state Capitol to advocate for more funding for public education. Mike Napolitano, who graduated from Davis High School in 1980, is a co-founder and organizer of Ride 4 a Reason, now in its fifth year. […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD seeks input on new Music Recital Hall

UC Davis is soliciting public comment on three designs for the proposed Music Recital Hall, which soon will rise on a vacant plot of land next to the existing Music Building.

Campus architect Clayton Halliday introduced the designs Thursday before an audience of faculty, students and community members in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre.

The designs — each submitted by a different architect/builder team …