Record recycling for move-in weekend

The final numbers are in: UC Davis diverted a record 14,604 pounds of cardboard and 309 pounds of foam packaging from the landfill on move-in weekend. In all, UCD diverted 55 percent of the waste generated as about 4,800 new students moved into campus housing Sept. 21-22, according to Kim Ericksen, spokesperson for Dart Container, […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Hospital to host gaming party on wheels

Kids are invited to get their game on for free at the Game Truck, a sort of mobile video gaming party, from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Sixteen people at a time can play the truck’s multiplayer games for Xbox, Playstation and the Nintendo Wii on high-definition […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Rainbow families invited to a potluck

The Davis Rainbow Phoenix Families will enjoy a potluck dinner and conversation at 6 p.m. Friday in the conference room at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. in downtown Davis. “In the hopes of building community and outreach, we hope to gather same-sex families that have raised children, are raising children or are thinking […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

BART trains run as strike talks drag on

OAKLAND (AP) — A marathon negotiating session between the San Francisco Bay Area’s main commuter train agency and its unions has stretched into a second day. The contract talks between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two largest unions began around 10 a.m. Wednesday and were still going on early Thursday morning, more than […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Unemployment aid applications drop to 358,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 last week, though the figure was distorted for the second straight week by California’s efforts to clear backlogged claims. The partial government shutdown also likely boosted the total, as government contractors and other businesses furloughed employees. The Labor Department says […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Congress ends 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Poop scooper uses plastic on the sly

POOP PATROL … she was all bundled up in the early-morning chill, but there was just enough emerging sunlight that her brazen misdemeanor did not go unnoticed as I opened the living room curtains to welcome another day … it was garbage day and our empty containers were still sitting on the street, having just […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Young children consuming fewer sugary drinks; teens drinking more

Young children in California are consuming fewer sodas and other sugary drinks than in previous years, according to a Davis-based public health advocacy group, and that’s the good news. The bad news: Pre-teens and teenagers are drinking more than ever. A report being released Thursday by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and the […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yellow fever mosquito detected in California

By Tracie Cone SACRAMENTO (AP) — A mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread. The bugs first were detected in the Central Valley communities of Madera and Clovis in June, and were detected again this week in […]

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Six-year sentence for Woodland hit-and-run death

A Woodland man pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges Wednesday in connection with the August death of a pedestrian on Woodland’s Main Street. Ivan Martinez, 19, is expected to receive a six-year prison sentence at his Nov. 13 sentencing, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, which revealed that Martinez’s […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Truck veers toward sheriff’s vehicle in bizarre Capay Valley incident

Two as-yet-unidentified men face charges of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly driving their vehicle at a Yolo County sheriff deputy’s cruiser — twice — on Wednesday in the Capay Valley. Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said the incident occurred at about 12:15 p.m. as the deputy was patrolling the Guinda area. As he traveled […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

‘Co-op’ plan can help students enter the workforce

By Sandra Kirschenmann One of the most cherished ideals in California is our belief that “anybody can become somebody.” And one of the most successful vehicles for becoming that “somebody” and achieving the American dream is through higher education. The state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, focused on creating access to higher education, has resulted […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis community rides for mental health on Nov. 2

Cyclists from throughout the region will call on pedal power Saturday, Nov. 2, to help individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI California, the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is organizing a bike event to raise awareness about mental illness, treatment and recovery, as well as the need for important […]

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

DCC will lean on new interim pastor

A parish faces acclivity after the departure of a longtime religious leader — namely, the journey for a new one. But the Rev. Stephen Brewer joined Davis Community Church in mid-July to provide help on the climb forward. He will serve as interim pastor while the congregation conducts a search for a new pastor to […]

October 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,