House approves bill that allows health insurance policy renewals

By Ashley Parker and Robert Pear WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House approved legislation on Friday that would allow insurance companies to renew individual health insurance policies and sell similar ones to new customers next year even if the coverage does not provide all the benefits and consumer protections required […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Breakfast with Santa tickets selling fast

Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are going fast, organizers announce. More than half have been sold since Thursday, when they became available. Three seatings are planned, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $9 per person (children and adults), […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Violinist, harpsichordist perform Sunday

Baroque violinist Maia Naomi Silberstein, a Davis native, will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in downtown Davis. She will be accompanied by Katherine Heater on harpsichord, performing works by Bach, Froberger, Schmelzer and Biber. Silberstein began her performing career at the age of 16 when she […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: Butterfly release symbolizes grieving children’s hope

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is observed every year on the third Thursday in November. This time of year is a particularly appropriate time to support grieving children because the holiday season is often an especially difficult time after a death. This year, the day will be observed on Nov. 21. In just five years, thousands […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis man who smothered father released from mental-health facility

A Davis man jailed nearly four years ago for killing his elderly father, then found not guilty by reason of insanity, is heading back home following a Florida judge’s ruling Friday that he can be released from a mental health hospital. Stephen Coffeen, 44, must continue outpatient treatment in California, however, meeting regularly with mental-health […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

A day in the life of the Aggie Band-uh

The Cal Aggie Marching Band — fondly known as the Band-uh — is one of the proudest, most spirited and most loved organizations on the UC Davis campus. Committed to representing the university and supporting the UCD athletic teams, the Aggie Band-uh has been an important part of the campus spirit and tradition since its establishment in 1929. Traditions have been passed down through generations of band members, many of which continue today.

The Band-uh is a student-run volunteer organization …

UCD tops $1B fundraising goal

UC Davis on Friday celebrated a fundraising goal reached one year earlier than anticipated, unfurling a banner along the north side of Shields Library: $1 billion … and counting, it reads. The Campaign for UC Davis, which began in 2006, is set to conclude on May 31, 2014. UCD has taken in more than $400 million […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Berkeley looks to ban smoking in single-family homes

By Carolyn Jones BERKELEY — Berkeley, where residents take pride in exercising their personal freedoms and resisting government intrusion, is the site these days of a very different kind of movement — one to ban cigarette smoking from single-family homes. A City Council member says a proposal to ban cigarette smoking in apartments and condos, […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC regents approve operations budget

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California’s Board of Regents has approved a proposed budget for next school year that hinges on the state giving the system an additional $120 million for pension costs, enrollment growth and improvements to academic programs. The Board of Regents passed the spending plan unanimously at their meeting in […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Roseville pays to get that ‘recession distressed’ look

CASH FOR GRASS … I see where the fine city of Roseville is actually paying residents up to $1,000 cash on the spot if they’re willing to tear out their beautiful green lawns … the very definition of “short-sighted.” … do you know what it does to a town when little kids no longer have […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Indecent exposure case delayed again

Yolo County court proceedings for one of two suspects charged with an indecent exposure incident in Davis were delayed again Thursday while the pair continue to face federal child-exploitation charges. A preliminary hearing for 30-year-old Wenyi Xu of Folsom, previously set for Thursday, was postponed to Nov. 27, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens. […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Jury acquits Woodland hit-and-run suspect

WOODLAND — It took a Yolo County jury three hours Thursday to find a Woodland woman not guilty of felony hit-and-run in connection with a June incident outside the local 7-Eleven store. Kristal Ellen Sutton, 28, faced anywhere from probation to up to four years in prison had she been convicted of unlawfully leaving the […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

$1.64 billion in donations a new UC record

The University of California hauled in a record $1.64 billion in private donations during the 2012-13 fiscal year — the third year in a row the system has amassed more than $1.5 billion. Nearly 300,000 donors made gifts to UC, according to a report released earlier this week. Daniel Dooley, senior vice president for external […]

November 15, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Wreath-making workshop canceled

The Yolo County Master Gardeners’ wreath-making workshop that was scheduled for Dec. 14 at Woodland Community College has been canceled. For more information about gardening workshops scheduled for January through June, call the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners office at 530-666-8143.

November 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,