Sketch of South Davis assault suspect released

Davis police have released a sketch of the suspect in a Nov. 19 sexual-assault attempt in South Davis. The attack occurred at about 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of Mace Boulevard and El Macero Drive, where the male suspect grabbed a woman around the waist with one arm, covered her mouth with his hand and […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Judge recused from Marsh murder case

WOODLAND — A Davis double-murder case is on track for its scheduled March trial, but before a different judge than originally planned. Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson, who represents 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh, filed a motion Nov. 26 to have Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall recused from the case, alleging that Fall “is prejudiced […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hollywood brings out the big guns for holidays

Surprise, surprise.

Hollywood may have learned its lesson.

December traditionally is crammed with prestige films and plenty of Oscar bait, not to mention the “ordinary” releases hoping to catch one’s attention during the one, two or three weeks many of us have off during the month. And every December, numerous worthy entries have been lost amid the noisy, well-publicized shuffle.

This year looks a bit different.

Woodland Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 14

Old-favorite floats and new additions will come together at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Woodland Holiday Parade. The theme of the 49th annual parade is “Dashing through the Snow.” The parade will feature bands, horse entries, scout units, military and ROTC units, dance and majorette groups, decorated cars, and, of course, the California […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Police: Mother threatened to harm baby

Davis police arrested a South Davis mother Thursday following a tense standoff during which the woman was within reach of a knife, authorities said. Sin Yu Shih, 29, was taken into custody at the conclusion of the incident, which initially took officers to a residence in the 1600 block of Drew Circle shortly before 4:30 […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Report agrees with city’s terms for MOU with fire union

Recommendations for a new employee contract with the Davis Professional Firefighters Association Local 3494 were released to the public Thursday in a report issued by a third-party fact-finding panel, and the panel largely finds in favor of the terms preferred by the city. Consistent with what city leaders have offered other major employee groups, the […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Let them give presents! Local bakery puts out annual giving tree

For the fourth consecutive year, Let Them Eat Cake will ring in the holiday season by granting wishes to those in need. The bakery, at 310 C St., has put up its annual Community Giving Tree, and once again it’s decorated with ornaments that detail wish lists of folks associated with several local nonprofit organizations. […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

U.S. unemployment falls to 7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. It also fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back its economic stimulus when it meets […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. As head of state, the former boxer, lawyer […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Let the holidays begin!

The flickering flames from the children’s candles helped heat little hands but the real warmth at Thursday’s Downtown Holiday Open House came from the shared celebration of a Davis tradition.

Families braved near-freezing temperatures Thursday evening to participate in the Children’s Parade — marching, pedaling and being towed from the Davis Food Co-op to the E Street Plaza. When City Council members flipped the switch to light up the locally grown Christmas tree on the plaza, the crowd cheered.

Visitors were treated to musical performances by the Davis High School Jazz Choir and Madrigal Singers along with the ever-popular Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh.

Later, children waited patiently in line …

Bob Dunning: Mandela affirms the power of one

THE POWER OF ONE … sometimes the world seems so big and its problems so great that it’s easy to think one person — no matter how motivated and no matter how talented — won’t be able to make much of a difference … the life of Nelson Mandela proves just the opposite … any […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Poll: Older Americans nix Social Security changes

CHICAGO (AP) — Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase. But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the cap on earnings that are taxed to fund the Social Security program so higher-income […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

‘Granny pods’ keep generations together

By Kathryn Moschella   Tampa Bay Times Daryl Whitaker can take comfort in knowing that her grandmother, Shirley Shear, is nearby — as close as her backyard. The 88-year-old, twice-widowed Shear lives behind Whitaker’s home in Tampa, in a former family guest house/game room. Shear, who owned a home in Lakeland for 50 years, fell […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Survey reveals trends in parents’ school participation

By Jill Tucker Wealthy parents are more likely to make cookies for bake sales, volunteer in classrooms and be otherwise involved in their children’s schools than lower-income mothers and fathers. That’s the conclusion of a survey of California public school parents released Thursday. Yet even parents with greater financial resources are reluctant to spend hours […]

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