Cyclists will get 3-foot buffer under new law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has signed legislation requiring California drivers to stay at least 3 feet away when passing bicyclists. The proposal from Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, is intended to better protect cyclists from aggressive drivers. It states that if drivers cannot leave 3 feet of space, they must slow […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

MIND Institute lecture series starts Oct. 9

Top researchers in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental conditions are set to take part in the 12th annual UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9. Neuroimaging expert Susan Bookheimer, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at UCLA, is scheduled to give the first address from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the […]

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

Davis Flea Market set this weekend

The Davis Flea Market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Third Space, 946 Olive Drive. Live music will be provided by Animal Spirits, Tha Dirt Feelin, The Lurk and Million Dollar Giveaway. The 4,000-square-foot venue features everything from contemporary to vintage wares. For more information, visit

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Traumatic Davis murder case makes prime time

A Davis double-murder case that shook the city to its core — then took the victims’ families on a long and painful road to justice — is the subject of CBS’ “48 Hours” season premiere on Saturday.

“The Sweetheart Murders” airs locally on Channel 13 at 9 p.m. and features interviews with family and friends of teenage victims John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, as well as investigators and onetime suspects in the decades-old case.

Viewers also will see footage of defendant Richard Joseph Hirschfield’s three-month trial last year in Sacramento Superior Court, which ended with Hirschfield being convicted of two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances and condemned to death.

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Man jailed after allegedly firing gun into air

The Davis Police Department is seeking witnesses to a shooting incident that occurred Monday morning in South Davis. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said officers were dispatched at about 4:30 a.m. to the 1600 block of Drew Circle “after receiving multiple reports of what sounded like a gun being discharged in the area of a large apartment […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Driver in fatal I-5 crash gets 14-year, eight-month sentence

A Yolo Superior Court judge handed down a 14-year, eight-month prison sentence Friday to an Elk Grove man charged for his role in a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Woodland that killed three people. But it was multiple convictions for identity theft that accounted for the bulk of Gubani Roderico Rosales Quinteros’ sentence, Yolo […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Terminal Hotel Building remembered with interpretive sign

The Terminal Hotel Building at the northeast corner of Second and G Streets downtown was one of Davis’ finest pieces of local history. Built in the 1920s, a stone’s throw from the Southern Pacific Depot where guests often arrived by train, the hotel for years served as the city’s social center, with Davis leaders and […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Team nabs international prize for ‘Henlight’

Team Henlight, three UC Davis employees who designed a solar-powered LED light to boost global egg production, won the $10,000 first prize on Saturday at the international Thought for Food Challenge Summit in Berlin. The team bested four other finalist teams and some 115 entries overall. The UCD trio designed a palm-sized light that stretches […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Planning Commission set to make recommendation on The Cannery

In the last step before the final design of The Cannery project is placed before the Davis City Council for consideration, the city’s Planning Commission will make a recommendation Wednesday on whether to approve the housing development. Proposed as a multigenerational community, The Cannery would feature 547 units of low-, medium- and high-density housing; 15 […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Longtime local religious leader returns to Davis

The call for service at a campus ministry is not one that the Rev. Jim Kitchens can let go unanswered. So when the Cal Aggie Christian Association, a nearly 100-year-old ministry at UC Davis, asked for an interim director, Kitchens responded. He shared his reasoning for feeling so indebted to ministries for students in particular: […]

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

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them Homer (No. 111798), a 1-year-old neutered male brown and white Anatol shepherd mix. Also hoping for a good home is Rosetti (No. 118594), a 5-month-old spayed female calico domestic short-hair cat. […]

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

Standing In: Just what is an ‘athlete’?

I feel vindicated. When I told my college classmate who writes about classmates in our monthly alumni magazine that I would be playing bocce in the National Senior Games this summer, he scoffed and compared bocce to tiddlywinks. Imagine that! This classmate purportedly has a Ph.D. and I have always considered him to be pretty […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Author will recount couple’s Pacific Crest Trail adventures

Author Gail Storey will discuss her new book about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her husband during an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St. in downtown Davis. The book is “I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.” With comfortable […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: Group helps children handle their grief

By Cynthia Wolff Imagine a young child in elementary school grieving the sudden death of her parent. A referral was made to the Yolo Hospice child bereavement support group — Stepping Stones. In the beginning, when children join this group they often choose not to participate. Overwhelmed with grief, they often pass when asked questions. […]

September 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,