Family disputes victim’s role in alleged killer’s jail release

By Lauren Keene and Debra DeAngelo A day after celebrating their loved one’s life at a memorial service, family and friends of Winters murder victim Leslie Pinkston questioned reports that the slain woman paid a $130 bail fee that resulted in her alleged killer being released from the Yolo County Jail three days before her […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

For the record

A story in Tuesday’s edition about the Davis High Factor talent show had the wrong results. Scott Stone finished in third place. In addition, Natalie Wheeler also was a performer in Float the Boat.

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

Levy receives music in culture award

The American Musicological Society recently presented its 2013 Music in American Culture Award to Beth E. Levy of UC Davis. The award recognizes Levy for her book “Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West,” published by the University of California Press in 2012. The associate professor of musicology received the award […]

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

Explorit: Sign up now for Winter Science Explorations

When school’s out for winter break, think Explorit for hands-on science fun! This year, Explorit will be offering Winter Science Explorations, half-day camps for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Choose from six exciting topics, or come to each one. Sign up for three or more days for a $15 discount, or receive a $5 sibling […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Marines collect Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots collection bins have been placed at businesses throughout Davis in anticipation of a busy holiday season, members of the Marine Corps League of Yolo County have announced. The Marines collect and distribute donated toys to needy children in Yolo County each year on the Saturday before Christmas. Last year, the Marines distributed more […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

STEAC holiday drive brings Christmas cheer

Volunteers are already hard at work, preparing for a program that has become a staple of Davis’ holiday season.

For more than 30 years, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee has organized a program that ensures that many of the city’s struggling families receive the necessities around Christmas time.

Susan Simon, executive director of STEAC, has overseen the holiday program for nine of those years. Her impression is that it’s more essential than ever to a growing number of families in need.

“”It’s always been the highlight of the year for STEAC …”

Hand-made items available at Sunday’s craft fair

If you’re weary of the malls and want some authentic, hand-made gifts for loved ones on your holiday list, head over to Davis’ Central Park on Sunday for the Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair. More than 30 vendors will have their wares for sale, and browers can shop to the music of the nine-player New Harmony […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: Looking back at a successful year

I’m currently immersed in writing the 2012-13 annual report for Davis Media Access. It’s always an interesting exercise, allowing me to tell the story of our organization. I find myself thinking about what was significant about the past year. What were our successes? What can we do differently, and better? I’ll share a link next […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Study: Telemedicine reduces pediatric medication errors

By Tricia Tomiyoshi A new study from researchers at UC Davis has shown that telemedicine consultations from pediatric specialists reduced the number of drug errors in eight rural emergency departments. Published Monday, Nov. 25, in the journal Pediatrics, the study is the latest in research from UCD that demonstrates that telemedicine consultations can improve quality of care […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Soil workshop: Grower to discuss ‘biotic farming’

New ways of managing soil that hold promise for long-term sustainability, better crop quality and reduced use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides will be the subject of an upcoming free UC Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation program workshop. The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Plant and Environmental Sciences Building 3001. Brendon […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Sequencing opens window on wine’s microbial terroir

It’s widely accepted that terroir — the unique blend of a vineyard’s soils, water and climate — sculpts the flavor and quality of wine. Now, a new study led by UC Davis researchers offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen but fairly predictable microbial terroir, itself […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Garamendi defends tanker fleet

Rep. John Garamendi this week renewed his vow to fight U.S. Air Force plans to retire its fleet of KC-10 refueling tankers, 27 of which are assigned to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. “The era of austerity and sequestration is directly imperiling our national security,” Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said in a statement. “The KC-10 […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Study: Insured no more likely to take part in risky behavior

People with health insurance are more likely to use preventive services such as flu shots and health screenings to reduce their risk of serious illness, but they are no more likely than people without insurance to engage in risky health behaviors such as smoking or gaining weight. That’s according to new study by researchers at […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Schools aim to diversify AP pool

By Motoko Rich ORLANDO, Fla. — Every year, more than 600,000 academically promising high school students — most of them poor, Latino or black — fail to enroll in Advanced Placement courses, often viewed as head starts for the college-bound. Some of them do not know about these courses, which offer an accelerated curriculum and […]

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