Friday, April 18, 2014

Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country’s interim government resigns. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters the insurgents do not […]

Bob Dunning: Other cities are handing over big bucks

ONE STEP BEHIND COWTOWN … Cindy at is worried that our town is falling behind — you’d better sit down — Vacaville when it comes to water conservation … writes Cindy: “I have a friend who lives in Vacaville who tells us that the city of Vacaville is doling out a whopping $1,000 per […]

For the record

Former Davis resident Tanya Chalupa’s book-signing Friday at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., is at 7:30 p.m. An incorrect time was published earlier this week. Chalupa is the co-author of “A Rookie Cop Vs. The West Coast Mafia.”

UCD to host Global Health Day event

University of California President Janet Napolitano will join speakers from up and down the UC system when UC Davis hosts the fourth annual UC Global Health Day on April 26. Planned topics include: global health diplomacy, maternal and child health, animal health, emerging infectious diseases, economics and migrant health. “When we talk about global health, we […]

For the record

A photo caption in Wednesday’s edition misidentified the person helping children with a telescope to promote Friday’s astronomy night at Conaway Ranch. It is John Oberholtzer.

State’s health care sign-ups beat projections

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A late surge of sign-ups pushed California’s health insurance exchange beyond the original enrollment projections of the Obama administration. Through Tuesday’s end of the enrollment period, nearly 1.4 million Californians had selected a policy through the state’s online marketplace, about 1 million more than the federal government had projected last fall. Covered […]

Three killed in attack on Ukrainian base

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor’s future for hours from Moscow. Still, the constellation of events left the nation of 46 million no […]

Bob Dunning: Board could use a no-nonsense approach

INCLINED TOWARD KLINE … now that the field of eight candidates willing to serve the first six months of the remaining 2½ years of Nancy Peterson’s school board term has been established, we learn that only one candidate says he’s not interested in running for something more permanent in November … yes, B.J. Kline, the […]

California residents divided on drought solution

By Kurtis Alexander As California faces one of its worst droughts in decades, residents remain split on the question of whether environmental protections should be eased to free up water for cities and farms. A new Field Poll indicates that 49 percent of state voters support rolling back regulations that protect fish in order to […]

For the record

Wednesday’s story on a campaign to raise Davis’ minimum wage reported the wrong ballot as the goal for the campaign. It is the November ballot.

CHP seeks owner of lost cash

The Woodland California Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in returning some money to its rightful owner. According to Officer Bryan Konvalin, a private citizen found the large amount of cash — the exact total was not disclosed — near the Dunnigan rest stop along Interstate 5 and turned it over to the CHP […]

Home building up in March after frigid winter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction. Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from 920,000 in February, the […]

Davis elder-abuse case wraps up

WOODLAND — Testimony in a Davis homicide and elder-abuse trial was expected to conclude this morning, with the jury hearing closing arguments and possibly beginning its deliberations this afternoon. James Matthew Mattos, 53, is accused of second-degree murder and elder abuse in connection with the Oct. 27, 2012, death of Cecil Wachholtz, a 67-year-old mentally […]

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

SANTA ANA (AP) — Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once but allegedly twice that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — can’t stop criminal activity. Two years ago, the pair of registered sex offenders cut the monitors from their ankles, hopped a Greyhound bus […]