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Graveman gets back from the minors to lead A’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift. Graveman gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-0, on Saturday. Graveman (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make the start, […]

Wants to do it on her own

Dear Annie: I’d like to start a small business, but I’m afraid to mingle my finances with my husband’s. We have a house, which is paid off and in both of our names. I have money in my retirement account and about $10,000 in savings. When I spoke to a banker about using home equity […]

The message in these bottles: Don’t buy them

America, we have a drinking problem. And I don’t mean the kind that lands you in 12 Step meetings. It’s water. Specifically bottled water. If you don’t have the time or patience to get through this whole column, here’s the short version: Bottled water — don’t buy it. Beyond the insanity of pumping millions of gallons […]

Smartphones can detect blood parasites

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, UC Berkeley researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in […]

Another poke at ‘belly shame’

I, too, chose belly dancing to rid myself of “belly shame” (as noted by Debra DeAngelo); however, with all that shakin’ goin’ on, what emerged was a huge “outie” — so large that I was accused of being indecently exposed! David Baum Davis

New garbage plan is all wet

Homeowners in Davis need to become aware of the fact that the City Council is planning to take away our weekly yard waste street pickup. The weekly claw cleanup of 2,000 tons of yard waste is one of the finest services in this city of plush gardens and mature trees. They plan to use the […]

Eyewitness in Vietnam offers whitewash

The guest opinion column by Claudia Krich (“Eyewitness to the ‘Fall’ of Vietnam”) is a gross distortion and whitewash of what happened when the North Vietnamese Army and their South Vietnam communist cadres completed their takeover of South Vietnam 40 years ago. To suggest there was no murder and torture is a ludicrous claim, only sustainable […]

Nicholas Kristof: Our biased brains

To better understand the roots of racial division in America, think about this: The human brain seems to be wired so that it categorizes people by race in the first one-fifth of a second after seeing a face. Brain scans show that even when people are told to sort people by gender, the brain still […]

Cheers and Jeers: We’re earning our bike capital of the world moniker

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to Davis’ all-out celebration of National Bike Month throughout May. If these fun, family-friendly activities don’t inspire you to get on your bike, we can’t imagine what will. From the Cycle de Mayo family ride on Saturday […]

He can’t give it up

Dear Annie: I am 63, and my husband, “Jake,” is 67. Jake has been watching a lot of pornography. He lies over and over about how he is no longer doing it, and I slowly forgive him. But years have gone by, and I keep catching him through the history on his computer. He’ll deny […]

Are we there yet? Going back to college, one lecture at a time

Many adults say they’d love to go back to school to learn what they’re really interested in now that they have more wisdom, more life-experience. In fact, my in-laws recently were over for dinner, hearing about our son’s admitted students day for college. As part of his major, my husband, son and I attended an […]

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