American 15-year-olds lag, mainly in math, on international standardized tests

By Motoko Rich Fifteen-year-olds in the United States score in the middle of the developed world in reading and science while lagging in math, according to international standardized test results released Tuesday. While the performance of American students who took the exams last year differed little from the performance of those tested in 2009, the […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance

By Lizette Alvarez FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect minority students, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses. Perhaps nowhere has the shift been more pronounced […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Hattie Weber Museum readies for Christmas

The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis got an early Christmas present this year thanks to the generosity of Carole and Jan Brewer, who donated a large collection of photographs, documents and artifacts from the pioneer Schmeiser family. Gottfried Schmeiser married Sophia Oeste in November 1868; they moved to a ranch about five miles west of […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Downtown turns on the holiday lights

At a glance 5:30 p.m.: Parade line-up begins at Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. 6 p.m.: Parade starts and marches to the E Street Plaza 6:30 p.m.: Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on the plaza, featuring entertainment by the Davis High School Jazz Choir, DHS Madrigals and caroling workshop participants and the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh 6, 6:40, 7:20 […]

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Public defender sponsors drive to help Fourth & Hope

From Dec. 9 to Feb. 10, the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office will collect used clothing; shoes, purses and belts; table, bath and bed linens; and stuffed animals in an effort to raise funds to benefit Fourth & Hope’s homeless shelter and programs. Everything collected will be sold by the pound to California Clothing Recyclers, which […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Farmers Market gears up for holidays

Making your gift list and checking it twice? Join the Davis Farmers Market for holiday music, Gift Basket Central and shopping from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. Shop the market for local produce, cheese, jams, olive oils and crafts; buy three […]

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Family of paralyzed Davis man prepares for his homecoming

A Davis man whose involvement in a July bicycling accident left him a quadriplegic is due to return home early next year. Relatives of 56-year-old Tom Burton are preparing for his arrival by making a bathroom at his home wheelchair-accessible, and are seeking help from the community to make the costly project a reality. Burton […]

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It’s a Free Market at Third Space

The first holiday Davis Free Market at Third Space is slated for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. There are no application or vendor fees. To help community members get into the spirit of the season, this event is set up for individuals “to get together for a day of giving and receiving […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

STEAC jeans drive is Wednesday

Time to put those unwanted jeans to good use. Pomegranate Salon at 123 D St. in Davis is hosting the fifth annual STEAC Jeans Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, collecting used jeans for men, women and children in need. All donations will go to the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee for distribution in the community. The […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Former Woodland city worker pleads no contest to embezzlement

A former Woodland city employee accused of bilking the Woodland City Employees Association coffers of more than $36,000 between 2009 and 2012 pleaded no contest to a felony embezzlement charge Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court. Ronald Dean Scott, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 before Judge Samuel T. McAdam. Woodland police, who arrested […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Council approves shared-fire service agreement with UC Davis on split 3-2 vote

The City Council on a 3-2 vote approved the official agreement Tuesday for shared management of fire services with UC Davis, an arrangement that will place both the city and university fire departments under leadership of the same fire chief. Adopted, essentially, as a one-year pilot program, under the new structure the two jurisdictions will […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Conaway hands over land for water project

Local, state and federal officials gathered on the shores of the Sacramento River on Tuesday to witness an important step on the road to construction of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project.

With pen in hand at the ceremonial event, Angelo Tsakopoulos, managing partner of the Conaway Preservation Group, signed over the deed to the riverfront property where the water agency, in partnership with Reclamation District 2035, plans to build the intake facility that will pump a new source of drinking water for both Davis and Woodland.

“This has been a great example of government working at its best,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president of Conaway Ranch.

Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building’s garage Wednesday in Lebanon’s capital, a major breach of the Shiite militant group’s security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria. The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Woodland man dies in I-5 crash

A crash along Interstate 5 in Sacramento claimed the life of a 29-year-old Woodland man on Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Reports indicate Adam Robert Gunther was traveling northbound on the freeway north of West El Camino Avenue at about 1:15 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, he apparently lost control of his truck, […]

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