Explorit: Fun with fall leaves: chlorophyll and chromatography

A popular activity this time of year is to take a look at the changing leaves, marveling at the many colors you can find. But what causes green leaves to stop being green? And can you predict whether a leaf will turn red or brown? Let’s do an experiment to find out. You will need: […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Health exchange back online after upgrades

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Online enrollment for California’s new health insurance exchange resumed Wednesday after technical glitches on the system’s opening day forced overnight upgrades. The enrollment portion of the exchange website was taken offline from 8:30 p.m. Tuesday until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Covered California spokesman Roy Kennedy said. He said some pages were loading slowly […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Downtown parking task force recommends on-street paid parking

The Downtown Parking Task Force wrapped up its work Wednesday, rounding out a full list of recommendations to the City Council that will include, based on discussions from its final meeting, a suggestion to add on-street paid parking downtown. The group was formed by the council late last year to develop solutions to parking congestion […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Student aid, research not yet shaken by shutdown

Federal financial aid for thousands of UC Davis students appears to be in good shape, despite the federal government shutdown. About 140 U.S. Department of Education employees continue to process Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans, programs that received mandatory or multi-year funding. About 45 percent of UCD students receive Pell Grant money for low-income […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bicyclist injured in crash

Davis police are investigating the cause of a collision that left a bicyclist hospitalized Tuesday evening. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said 21-year-old Stephan Ng of Davis was biking eastbound on East Eighth Street when he was struck at about 5:50 p.m. by a vehicle turning from westbound Eighth Street onto northbound F Street. Ng was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital with moderate […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Accused Davis woman lost own mother to violence

Last week’s death of a 5-year-old Davis girl, allegedly at the hands of her own mother, is not the first time the family involved has endured violence and tragedy. The 1995 slaying of Dixon resident Rosa Talamantes, a single mother, left the youngest of her seven children — including Aquelin Crystal Talamantes, then just 11 […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

UCD falls to 52nd in world ranking

Times Higher Education has named UC Davis the 52nd best university in the world, continuing a two-year slide, in rankings released on Wednesday. The London-based magazine’s World University Rankings slotted UCD in at No. 38 two years ago, No. 48 last year. This time out, the Davis campus is tied with Kyoto (Japan) and Brown […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

For UCD, another donation record: $149.1 million

Nearly 40,000 donors committed $149.1 million to UC Davis during the 2012-13 fiscal year. That surpasses the previous year’s total of $132.4 million and marks the seventh consecutive year that philanthropic gifts to the university exceeded $100 million.

UCD had a record-breaking year for student support, having raised $21.7 million for student scholarships, fellowships, awards and activities, more than double the previous year’s total.

Additionally, this past fiscal year was the best year on record for giving by alumni …

Fit House celebrates Ann Murray Paige

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Fit House invites the community to a “positivity celebration” honoring Davis resident Ann Murray Paige on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Paige, who is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer, is known for her positive outlook and inspiring message, as delivered through her film, “The […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Alert cops arrest two men for vehicle theft, burglary

Routine police patrols led to the arrests of two people Tuesday — one on suspicion of vehicle theft, the other on drug charges, Davis police said. The first incident occurred 11:45 a.m., when an officer discovered a vehicle that had been reported stolen at a Chiles Road gas station, Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. The driver, […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Standing In: Trying to put the brakes on a rite of passage

They’re out there, causing even the stoutest of heart among us to sit white-knuckled, pale-faced, our blood pressure inching toward the danger zone. Our right foot might instinctively reach for the invisible brake, some of us perhaps even mouthing a silent prayer… Our children are beginning to drive, some of them with a nervous parent […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davisites reach out to Myanmar

You can help What: “From Yolo to Myanmar … With Love,” a fundraiser for the Myanmar Children’s Foundation When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday Where: 732 B St., the home of Davis City Councilman Lucas Frerichs Tickets: $25 per person ($15 for students), available online at fromyolotomyanmar.bpt.me; additional donations to help build a school dormitory or sponsor […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Copper theft seen as source of UC Berkeley outage

BERKELEY (AP) — Power was restored to most of UC Berkeley on Tuesday as officials confirmed that the theft of copper cables from a substation caused a campus-wide outage that preceded an explosion and evacuation. The blast occurred Monday night in an underground utility vault outside a building that houses the chancellor’s office. It came […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Teacher gets surprise gift of classroom supplies

Second-grade teacher Amy Teaford at Montgomery Elementary School got a surprise on Tuesday — an unexpected gift of about $1,000 worth of classroom supplies, brought to her classroom by Darrell Hewitt, store manager at Office Max in South Davis. “This is like Christmas,” said Teaford, as she unpacked a box containing paper, scissors and paper […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,