At the Pond: Winter birds are here

What’s in your back yard or apartment window feeder box? My yard is finally getting a bit birdy again with the return of winter birds — white-crowned sparrows, finches, northern flicker, dark-eyed junco and black phoebe. Some splash vigorously in the birdbath. Others are at the feeders or foraging under leaves and in the garden. […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

White San Jose State students charged with hate campaign

By Henry K. Lee Three white San Jose State University students have been suspended and charged with hate crimes for allegedly bullying their African-American roommate by trying to clamp a bicycle lock around his neck, decorating their room with Nazi and Confederate symbols and taunting him with racist epithets, officials said Thursday. Colin Warren, 18, […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Senate Dems curb filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats quickly enjoyed the first fruits of a milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama’s nominations: They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial selections and prepared to do the same for two others. Over the longer term, they might […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

A happier holiday ahead

Food closet leader Windzell Thomas gets some Thanksgiving food baskets ready for distribution Saturday through the Yolo Food Bank. All the fixings for a holiday meal will be given away at Pole Line Road Baptist Church, 770 Pole Line Road, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until all is distributed. No sign-ups are required; food […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

School board hears about pressing technology needs

The Davis school board got some sobering news Thursday on the school district’s technology infrastructure, which will need a significant upgrade soon if Davis is to participate in an upcoming statewide trial of new online standardized tests. The tests replace the old paper-and-pencil “bubble tests,” which are being retired. Kim Wallace, the district’s director of […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

3 UC Santa Barbara students sick from meningitis

SANTA BARBARA — A bacterial meningitis outbreak has sickened three students at the UC Santa Barbara, health officials said Thursday. More than 300 students who had close contact with the ill students were given antibiotics, said Charity Thoman, deputy health officer at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. The latest case involved a female […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Sometimes pride is more important than records, sometimes

A GAME WORTH WATCHING … Saturday’s Aggie-Sac State Causeway Classic is everything a rivalry game should be … for both teams, all the marbles will be on the line, even if there are actually no marbles on the line given that both teams enter this annual grudge match with losing records … which is exactly […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Winters gunman still on the loose

The search for a Winters murder suspect marked its fourth day Thursday with local and federal authorities still trying to determine the whereabouts of William Carl Gardner III. Gardner is charged with Monday’s fatal shooting of Leslie Pinkston, 32, in her vehicle that was parked outside her Railroad Avenue workplace. Gardner, 30, is charged with […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Ayita is a 1 1/2- to 2-year-old spayed female husky/shepherd mix. She has lots of energy and would make a perfect jogging partner. She also is very friendly and plays well with other dogs. Alvin is a 1 to 1 1/2-year-old neutered male Maltese mix who weighs only 5 pounds but has lots of personality. He loves […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Stress release

UC Davis students take time off to experience soothing canine therapy with Stoney, a 10-year-old pit bull terrier mix, at the Quad on Thursday. Anamarie Johnson, second left, volunteer coordinator for the Yolo County ASPCA, brought a few adoptable dogs and a couple of therapy dogs to provide a distraction to stressed-out college students.

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Work means temporary detour downtown

H&H Engineering construction workers remove ballast and ties Thursday on the Union Pacific railroad tracks that cross Third Street between G and I streets.

The street will be closed 24 hours a day through Tuesday to all traffic — including motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Message boards at the tracks announce the closure and a detour to Fourth Street is marked. Unitrans also is making adjustments to its schedule, posted at

In other downtown area street news: Work on the Fifth Street Corridor Improvement Project is wrapping …

Boxer’s testimony supports Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA

A hearing Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee paves the way for a vote in the full Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a proposal to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. Legislation by Sen. Barbara Boxer (S 483) would permanently protect 350,000 acres of public lands less than 100 miles from […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Comet lovers turn their eyes to the sky

By Vinita Domier The predawn skies in mid- to late November will reward the early riser in the Northern Hemisphere with a double treat of two comets visible with the naked eye. Comet C/2012 S1 ISON has brightened considerably in the past few days and is a fourth-magnitude object near the star Spica in the […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

All are welcome to light community menorah

Chabad of Davis invites local residents to celebrate Hanukkah at the lighting of an 8-foot-tall menorah on Wednesday, the first night of Hanukkah, on the Rotary Stage in Davis’ Central Park. A community celebration will follow. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. Following the lighting ceremony at Fourth and C streets, guests will […]

November 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,