Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fatal Capay crash leads to driver’s arrest

Yolo County coroner’s officials identified a 55-year-old Woodland woman as the victim of Tuesday’s fatal crash in Capay, which resulted in the driver’s arrest on vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Patricia Peyton was a rear-seat passenger in the GMC Yukon whose driver struck a large tree that had fallen across Highway 16 near County Road […]

U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the end of America’s “outdated approach” to CubaWednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island — a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity. “Isolation has not worked,” […]

Water officials fret over rain’s effects

Will California residents stop conserving? SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but […]

Bob Dunning: Not enough hours in the month

NEW MATH … in thanking outgoing school board members Gina Daleiden, Sheila Allen and Tim Taylor, Superintendent Winfred Roberson noted that their $200 monthly stipend worked out to about “13 cents an hour.” … Taking the superintendent at his word, a kind reader named Jason did the math and wrote “For $200 to be 13 […]

CHP investigates fatal crash

A portion of Highway 16 in the Capay Valley was shut down this morning while the California Highway Patrol investigated a fatal collision. The incident — a solo vehicle that crashed into a tree — was reported at about 5:45 a.m. near County Road 81 in Capay. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, […]

Pakistani military: 141 dead in school attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A spokesman for the Pakistani military says that 141 people, most of them children, were killed in a Taliban assault on a school. Asim Bajwa told a news conference Tuesday that 132 of the dead were children and another nine were staff members. He said there were seven attackers, who all […]

New storm drops rain across soggy California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A storm that unleashed rain on parts of Northern California already soggy from big downpours headed south in the first of a one-two punch of much-needed moisture this week. An average of an inch to 2 inches of rain fell throughout Monday in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions before heading […]

Bob Dunning: An excellent show, as always

JUNIOR HIGH CHOIRS SPARKLE … I’ve attended dozens and dozes of school concerts in Davis over the years and have always been impressed with the talent we have in this town, both from the students and the faculty … such was the case Friday night for the overflow crowd at the Brunelle Performance Hall as […]

A tail-wagging reunion

Victoria Lacey is reunited with Missy, her 8-year-old border collie, on Monday afternoon at the Yolo County Animal Shelter in Woodland. Missy was found tied to a fence near César Chávez Elementary School on Friday morning and was taken to the shelter, where she spent the weekend until Lacey — who had been camping nearby […]

U.N. climate talks deadlocked

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Negotiators were struggling to unblock U.N. climate talks late Saturday after developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts. The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on […]

Senate OKs $1.1 trillion spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama’s signature late Saturday night after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration’s new immigration policy. The vote was 56-40 in favor of the measure, which funds nearly the entire government through the […]

Thousands protest police slayings of black men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Family members of young, unarmed black men killed by police — from Michael Brown and Eric Garner in recent months, to Amadou Diallo more than 15 years ago — packed a stage in front of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, using a shared forum to urge thousands of supportive marchers to keep […]

Bob Dunning: I have all the finger dexterity you need

No cause for alarm here, but I may soon be leaving this fine gazette for greener pastures. I mean, a daily grind may be good for coffee beans, but it’s a lot tougher on human beings. Ironically, this potential job shift resulted from an ad in this very newspaper a few days ago proclaiming that […]

Weather porn? Storms take over evening news

NEW YORK (AP) — The correspondent most frequently seen on either ABC, CBS or NBC’s evening newscasts this year doesn’t work out of the White House or some overseas trouble zone. It’s Ginger Zee, ABC’s meteorologist. Weather is a big element of local news, but a story about the elements once had to be extraordinary […]