Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bob Dunning: The solution, apparently, is *more* plastic

EASTSIDE INGENUITY … according to my friend Randy, East Davis’ own Grocery Outlet has come up with “the most innovative response to the bag ban in Davis” by providing heavyweight plastic bags with the company logo and labeled for multiple use … very clever … “No 10-cent charge per bag for now, and not a […]

Driver dies in rural crash

A motorist died Monday after crashing into a tree on a rural roadway west of Woodland, according to the California Highway Patrol. The male driver, whose identity was still confirmed as of Monday afternoon, was traveling southbound on County Road 94B near Road 22 when, for unknown reasons, the 2010 Ford Flex veered left across […]

Police seek suspect in Woodland robbery spree

Woodland police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who has robbed at least six local businesses over the past two weeks. He is described a white or Hispanic male in his mid-30s to early 40s, standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 with a medium build. Lt. Anthony Cucchi said he appears to work alone, […]

Poppenga files to run for Davis school board

Bob Poppenga officially joined the Davis school board race on Monday, filing candidacy papers with the Yolo County Elections Office. Poppenga filed as a candidate for one of the three school board seats with a four-year term. The election will be on Nov. 4. “I’m looking forward to engaging the community as the campaign moves […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Bagel (No. 126711), a 3-year-old neutered male beagle mix. Also hoping for a good home is Simon (No. 126757), a domestic medium-haired brown tabby kitten. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter […]

Big verdict against cigarette maker

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme […]

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted. But before inspectors ever reach the scene, doubts arose about whether evidence […]

Israeli bulldozers destroy Hamas tunnels in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early today, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. Loud explosions shook Gaza as Israeli flares lit up the night sky and Israeli fighter jets flew low across the […]

Bob Dunning: And now, class, a water rate lesson

While the City Council has done its level best recently to finally simplify our water rates to avoid both confusion and class warfare, some folks are still suffering from post-traumatic-CBFR syndrome and any mention of water rates sends their to head to spinning. My friend Otto, for one, has a pertinent question about the new […]

Obama opens East Coast to oil search

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration today approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. […]

Missing Davis man found OK

An 88-year-old Davis man who was reported missing from his Rancho Yolo home Thursday night has been found safe, police reported this morning. Robert Faber’s disappearance prompted the Davis Police Department to issue a Nixle alert with Faber’s description, and the search for him included a California Highway Patrol helicopter over several neighborhoods. Faber was […]

Israel deepens Gaza push to destroy Hamas tunnels

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza today to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave’s Hamas rulers. Israel launched the operation late Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than […]

Putin urges Ukraine cease-fire after plane attack

By Peter Leonard and Dmitry Lovetsky ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out today across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a Malaysia Airlines jet shot down as it flew miles above the country’s battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 […]

Bob Dunning: A Davis dilemma: conservation vs. cheap water

GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT … generally, in times of shortage for a particular commodity, the price of that commodity rises, sometimes dramatically … however, in the wild and wonderful world of Davis water rates, just the opposite is true … at least for the next few months … Indeed, even as the governor has […]