New moms often encounter breastfeeding trouble

Breastfeeding problems are extremely common among first-time moms, often causing them to introduce formula or completely abandon breastfeeding within two months. Strategies should be developed for evaluating infant breastfeeding and alleviating the concerns of the new, breastfeeding mothers soon after birth, recommend researchers from UC Davis and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center online this week […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Survey shows gun sellers support expanded background checks

SACRAMENTO — A scientific survey of gun dealers and pawnbrokers in 43 U.S. states has found nearly unanimous support for denying gun purchases based on prior convictions and for serious mental illness with a history of violence or alcohol or drug abuse — conditions that might have prevented Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis from […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Yolo County community garden dedicated

Yolo County dedicated a new community garden in Woodland on Monday, featuring a plot for children as well as a demonstration garden and an orchard. Located next to the Herbert Bauer Health and Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Building on Cottonwood Street, the garden “will be a special place in our community where children and […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Davis Art Center: Volunteers needed for Holiday Sale

By Erie Vitiello As the Davis Art Center sees growing enrollment from an expanded catalog of classes and embarks on new outreach programs with community partners, our staff is relying more and more on volunteers to keep the organization running smoothly. Volunteers provide hospitality at events like receptions and concerts, patch and paint gallery walls […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Bike and Brew Fest raises big bucks for U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

In its debut year, the Davis Bike and Brew Fest raised more money than any other single fundraiser for the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, organizers report. The event, coordinated by the owners of de Vere’s Irish Pub and Sudwerk Brewery, took place Aug. 24 at Davis’ Central Park, next to the bike museum. It […]

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

Mulch helps nurture tree seedlings along bike path

Mulch was added to 94 oak seedling beds along Russell Boulevard west of Davis this past weekend with the help of two local businesses. The valley oak and coast live oak seedlings were planted a year ago by the Russell Boulevard Tree Project volunteers and are growing along a stretch of the bike path adjacent […]

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

Cool Davis will visit the market

Local residents are invited to meet members of the Cool Davis Foundation board at their table at Wednesday’s Davis Farmers Market. Visitors also can pick up more information on the attic retrofit project, which runs through Dec. 1, and sign up to volunteer at the Cool Davis Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Central Park. […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Financial first-aid workshop slated

The Yolo Federal Credit Union will host a “financial first-aid” workshop, addressing everything from family budgets that require major surgery to those that simply need a Band-Aid. “If you’re ready to learn tools to help you successfully create and manage a budget while focusing on improving your credit, this workshop is for you,” a news […]

September 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Obama addresses Iran, Syria at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the new Iranian government’s pursuit of a “more moderate course,” saying it should offer the basis for a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear impasse with the United Nations and the U.S. He signaled a willingness to directly engage with Iran’s leaders, tasking Secretary of State John […]

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

Terrorists insist they still control Kenyan mall

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic militants who staged a deadly attack on a Kenya mall said Tuesday hostages are alive and their fighters are “still holding their ground,” contradicting Kenyan officials’ claims that they are in a final push. Explosions rang from the mall in the morning and at midday, and gunfire could also be […]

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

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 , ,