Police: ‘We’re not going to give up’ on homicide probe

Each week, a group of Davis police detectives sits down to chart their progress in the ongoing investigation into the unsolved April murders of local couple Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin. “We’re still working various leads,” Lt. Paul Doroshov said as four investigators pored over case files, binders and laptops holding digital evidence one […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DHS students place well in national Cisco NetRider competition

Davis High School seniors Nolan Taeksang Yoo and Benjamin Smithers finished 13th in the nation — posting the highest score for a team from California — in the 2013 Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competition. The contest is designed to develop networking and information technology skills among students from around the nation and Canada, and promote future […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A little elbow grease

Allan Telford, a member of the Rotary Club of Davis, foreground, and Adrian Gabriel, assistant director of volunteers for the Hattie Weber Museum, sand railings leading to the museum’s entrance during a work party Saturday morning. Rotarians joined museum volunteers in sprucing up the exterior of the facility at 445 C St., in the northeast […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland officers struck by parolee during arrest

A Woodland man was arrested after brawling with officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance Friday night, according to the Woodland Police Department. The incident began with officers being called to the scene of a domestic disturbance at 33 W. Elliot St. at 10:49 p.m. Friday. The suspect, 57-year-old Howard Wilbanks, allegedly assaulted his […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Brothers Tased and arrested after altercation

A routine bar fight involving two men from Sacramento escalated as both were Tased and arrested by an officer in downtown Davis early Saturday morning. At 1:50 a.m., a Davis police officer was called to the scene of an alcohol-fueled fight at First and F streets between brothers Franklin Wesley, 22, and Engelbert Wesley, 19. […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Give old soccer uniforms a new life

Kids who participate in youth sports accumulate a variety of benefits: self-confidence, discipline, a healthy body and team spirit. They also accumulate a pile of old uniforms and equipment. Michael Vernau, a Holmes Junior High eighth-grader and soccer player, wants to put those old uniforms to good use. “About a month ago, my coach (who […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis schools continue to earn API scores over 800

The California Department of Education quietly released the 2012 Base Academic Performance Index statistics on Friday, and the Davis school district posted numbers that largely resemble the district’s ranking in recent years. All of Davis’ traditional campuses earned an API over 800 points, the threshold for state recognition as a “high performing school.” The Davis […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ag mechanics class offered this summer

Woodland Community College, in partnership with the Yolo County Regional Occupational Program, is offering a two-unit agriculture mechanics course this summer with an emphasis in welding. Students will develop skills in performing a variety of welds, including shielded metal arc welding, oxy-fuel welding and MIG welding. The course will take place in the ag facility […]

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‘Bike Fun’ mural coming to downtown Davis

The Davis Art Center and Paint Bike Fun are collaborating to create a community mural in downtown Davis on the wall of Davis Wheelworks at Third and F streets. The project is part of the Art Center’s 2013 Discovery Art Program, “Momentum: Art in Action, Creativity in Motion.” Community members of all ages are invited […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Monkey teeth a window to neanderthal weaning

Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals? A team of U.S. and Australian researchers reports in the journal Nature on May 22 that they can now use fossil teeth to calculate when a Neanderthal baby was weaned. The new technique […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCC nursery school has pre-K openings

Openings are available in the afternoon pre-kindergarten class at University Covenant Nursery School for the 2013-14 school year. UCNS is a weekday Christian preschool featuring small class sizes, an age-appropriate curriculum and loving, experienced teachers. The afternoon class is from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This pre-kindergarten class provides 4- and 5-year-olds with […]

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Israeli consul general speaks Wednesday in Davis

Israel’s consul general for the Pacific Northwest, Andy David, will talk about “Challenges Facing Israel” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis. Open to the public without charge, the program will take place at the congregation’s Social Hall, 1715 Anderson Road. David will cover a wide scope of issues, including prospects for Mideast […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Love and betrayal haunt ‘The Wolverine’

For some reason, “The Wolverine” can’t catch a cinematic break, despite Hugh Jackman’s engaging work as Marvel Comics’ beloved claw-wielding berserker. This sequel draws its story from a nifty 1982 comic book miniseries by veteran X-Men scribe Chris Claremont, with Wolvie finding love and an old enemy — Will Yun Lee’s Silver Samurai — in […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Much Ado’ as Whedon takes on Shakespeare

Director Joss Whedon calmed his nerves after orchestrating last year’s “The Avengers” by gathering his favorite repertoire players and putting a modern, low-budget spin on Shakespeare’s venerable relationship comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Whedon filmed this movie in his own house.) Whedon’s longtime fans will recognize and delight in the participants: Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker, […]

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