Friday, August 1, 2014

Grand Cherokee: A grand, and long, ride

The Associated Press The flagship of the Jeep line — the five-passenger Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle — is both a grand and high-mileage traveler for 2014. The roomy interior can be luxuriously appointed with stitched leather seats, panoramic sunroof, suede-like ceiling material and a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with two video screens. But that’s not […]

49ers WR Brandon Lloyd enjoying return to NFL

By Antonio Gonzalez SANTA CLARA — Brandon Lloyd returned to the San Francisco 49ers to finish what he started. After taking a year off from football, Lloyd said he came back to the team that drafted him in the fourth round in 2003 because nobody else could offer what he wanted: a chance at redemption […]

Accord’s latest model is most fuel efficient

The Associated Press The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan doesn’t amaze and daze with its mainstream looks, nice cloth seats and pleasant ride. Its “wow” factor is, simply, how few times a driver may need to stop at a gasoline station in a year. This most fuel-thrifty Accord four door — the first with […]

Area sports briefs: Nelson earns All-Academic honors

Derek Nelson was one of nine members of the North Central College, Ill., men’s track and field team honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as All-Academic Individuals for the 2014 season, in recognition for the combining of academic and athletic excellence. Nelson, a sport management major, won a College […]

Youth roundup: Aftershock finishes second in tournament

The Davis Aftershock, a 14U girls softball squad, finished second in its recent tournament, dropping back-to-back contests to Sunrise. Aftershock opened play with a 17-6 win against American River, avenging a loss in the prior week’s championship game. Abbie DeWit dominated in the circle. Davis squared off against Woodland in its second game. Momentum went […]

Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16

By Jamey Keaten BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway. Riding in […]

Land Rover is updated for fuel efficiency

Land Rover’s capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel-efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rear-view camera. But thankfully, the upper-crust ambience of this Brtitish-built, well-stocked, middle-range SUV in Land Rover’s lineup remains. The base LR4 still comes with its iconic and dated […]

Enjoy great local theater

Until Aug. 3, all of you folks who have wanted great local theater have a chance to see “She Loves Me” at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater right here in Davis. No trek to Sacramento and no threat of traffic jams. “She Loves Me” is a delightful revival musical. The whole cast can sing beautifully. We understood […]

Movie credits: a tax break that actually works

Businesses are moving out of California — or at least building new plants in other states — in droves because this is such a high-tax state. That’s the frequent claim of Republican politicians who have tried to bludgeon Democrats for years with the issue. The idea has been repeated so often it is widely accepted as truth, […]

And a fun time is had by ALL!

By Andy Jones On July 10, I attended the commemoration and launch of a new universally accessible play area at the north end of Central Park. The event was hosted by City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson, and supported by other city dignitaries such as Davis Board of Education member Gina Daleiden and Will Arnold, a field representative for […]

The failures of capitalism

I love capitalism. I truly believe it is the best system in existence. Whether you want to call it greed or ambition, a capitalistic system drives people to seek success. As Warren Buffett said, it is this system that makes America the most successful country in the world, not something exceptional in the individuals that make […]

Zequanox approved for invasive mussel control in open water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Marrone Bio Innovations’ Zequanox for open-water use to combat invasive zebra and quagga mussels in lakes, rivers, recreation areas and other open bodies of water. Zequanox, the industry’s only selective and environmentally compatible molluscicide, was first approved by the EPA in 2012 for mussel control in enclosed systems […]

Sudwerk logs most craft lager medals at California State Fair

Sudwerk Brewing Co. is one of the most decorated breweries at the 2014 California State Fair, earning more combined medals in lager categories than any of its competitors. For the second year in a row, Sudwerk was among the top five breweries in the state for numbers of medals earned in the California State Fair […]