Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Feels like a million miles away

Dear Annie: Several months ago, my husband and I moved to the Ozarks after falling in love with the area. We left behind a lot of dear friends and the life we had known for 25 years, but we are quite happy here. The only sadness is my brother. He and his wife still live […]

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

By Rick Eymer SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw continued to spoil his manager with another brilliant performance. Kerhaw pitched a two-hitter to win his ninth straight decision, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. “You end up counting on him to go at least six,” […]

Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Sonny Gray was sitting toward the back of the dugout, listening to the power spree that put Oakland in control. Gray won his sixth straight decision, helped when the Athletics hit four home runs in a six-batter span to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Saturday night. The A’s trailed 1-0 when John […]

Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

Every time a golfer turns around these past few months, it seems there’s more news emanating from El Macero Country Club. First came the El Macero Classic featuring the UC Davis and Nevada men’s teams and some of the best West Coast collegians. At about the same time, it was announced that not only would […]

New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

Alex Kane is an unimposing 30-year-old Davis High graduate who has just returned home to teach fourth grade at Korematsu Elementary. The UC Santa Barbara graduate and his wife Megan have an almost-3-year-old son, Oliver, and another little Kane is due next month. A former skateboarder, the personable teacher still surfs, rock-climbs and loves hitting […]

Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

Sacramento’s Daric Barton was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI as the River Cats topped the Rainiers 8-5 in the seven-inning first game of a doubleheader in Tacoma. Four Sacramento batters had two hits, including Nick Buss, Andy Parrino, Shane Peterson and Barton. Republic FC falls to Albion The Sacramento Republic […]

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. The move comes as Ukrainian forces appear to have gained some momentum recently by retaking control of territory from the […]

Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel’s Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight Sunday. However, it […]

Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

PLYMOUTH (AP) — A rapidly spreading wildfire in Northern California forced the evacuation of about 700 homes Saturday as it raced through Sierra Nevada foothills turned tinder-dry by drought. Evacuation orders were expanded in and around the River Pines Estates community in Amador County. Previous orders had covered about 250 homes about 40 miles east of […]

State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California’s state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused “water stations” at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can’t take them at all. In ways big and small, the state […]

Davis Chamber Choir sings short summer program

Five members of the Davis Chamber Choir will sing a short 30-minute program of sacred works, featuring the “Mass for Four Voices” by English composer William Byrd (1540-1623) and two settings of the Kyrie by German composer Hugo Distlet (1908-1942), at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Davis United Methodist Church, 162o Anderson Road. The singers are Lisa […]

Bob Dunning: He comes not to praise the aqueduct, but to bury it

My friend Tom, who grew up in Davis, but realized one day that the sun doesn’t rise and set only on Yolo County, wrote the other day with “a few notes on water usage in California.” For starters, Tom suggests we stop growing cotton. Yes, cotton. While many folks in the north state assume cotton […]

Zombies by rail: It’s not just a show, it’s a trip

The living dead have been projected onto the big screen, filled comic books and captured the imagination of many. Now, thanks to brothers Chris and Mike Hart, they’ve taken up a new frontier: the train.

“We were sitting around, having a few beers on the train one day and thought to ourselves, what would make this better?” said Sierra Railroad Company president Mike Hart. “Shooting zombies!”

The Sierra Railroad Company — which operates the Sierra Dinner Train, the Sacramento River Train and the acclaimed Skunk Train — brought the idea to life last year …

Cool Davis issues call for writers, designers, social media fans

Do you have a passion for communication and a commitment to a sustainable planet? Cool Davis, a community-led effort to reduce this community’s greenhouse gas emissions, is looking for communications volunteers to deliver on some exciting plans in coming months. “If you enjoy creative writing, have a flair for design, the technical skills for web […]