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UC Davis 'whistleblower' wins $730,000 verdict

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A jury has awarded a $730,000 verdict to a whistleblower who reported on an unethical pain management study on prison inmates by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

Janet Keyzer, a former UC Davis administrative nurse, claimed in a lawsuit that her career was ruined when she raised questions about whether the research project on physically and mentally disabled inmates at San Quentin Prison had obtained consent from its subjects.

The Sacramento Bee reports the Superior Court jury's decision came down late Monday in favor of the 59-year-old Keyzer. She had worked for the university's Center for Healthcare Policy and Research for more than nine years at the time of her termination in 2007.

UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell tells the newspaper that university attorneys are "reviewing the verdict and considering what to do next."

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Fun Kid’s Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Faces

Fun Kid’s Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Faces

Christine O'Connor

In this ongoing blog series, Christine, a budget-minded mom and Whole Foods Market team member, explores ways to create healthy, organic foods that appeal to both child and husband. Read the other posts by Christine.

As a child, I have fond memories of visiting Grandma’s house in Pennsylvania. She used to make these really delicious peanut butter balls with a crispy cereal. She’d make some with raisins and some without. I was thinking about those peanut butter balls the other day. With a little creativity, my son and I were inspired to make our own whimsical version of the recipe using a few, fun ingredients... Read More

Officials: No link between aerial spraying and UC Davis fish kill


DAVIS, CALIF - Dead fish started floating to the surface in the UC Davis Arboretum waterway following two nights of aerial pesticide spraying, but campus officials call the mosquito treatment a coincidence and not a cause.

"We've actually had fish kills before and it's part of the natural cycle," said assistant arboretum director Andrew Fulks, who started hearing concerns about the dying fish on Sunday.

Signs posted on campus gave advance notice of the spraying on Wednesday and Thursday nights, which may have led some to assume a connection to the fish kill.

5 tasty events to take in during 'Davis Beer Week'

Davis Beer Week gets underway Monday and the 2014 release figures to be even tastier than its 2013 edition. From tap takeovers to train rides,event coordinators have concocted a full-bodied lineup of events to satisfy everyone from the hardcore geek to the casual imbiber this year.

As it would be extremely difficult, not to mention detrimental to one's health, to participate in every event throughout the week, here's five events that stand out as highlights:

Bats and Brews: Monday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.

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Ukrainian Festival

Ukrainian Festival
Ukrainian Festival
09-06-2014 - 09-06-2014
Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California
Admission: Exhibits are free + cost of food & beverages Concert Adults $15 Children 10-18 years $10 Children under 10 years Free
(916) 771-2402
Start Time(s): Sat 4pm
Come to the annual Ukrainian Festival  and experience native food at reasonable prices. Check out the exhibits to learn about the Club's recent events to Ukraine and browse unique folk art and crafts for the opportunity to go home with a unique gift! 
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Yolo County Releases 2013 Crop Report

Yolo County Releases 2013 Crop Report

This week, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2013 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2013.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2013 was $721,636,091; an all-time high and an increase of 12.89% from 2012.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.”

Extended Hours at the Winters Community Library begin August 19

Extended Hours at the Winters Community Library begin August 19

On Tuesday, August 19, extended hours at the Winters Community Library, a branch of the Yolo County Library System, will begin.  Extended hours are:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

The Winters Community Library operates as both the public library and the Winters High School library and serves all members of the community when open.  These longer hours are made possible by a partnership between the Winters High School and the Yolo County Library.  Morning hours will be staffed by the high school and its team of student interns.  Afternoon, evening and weekend hours will be staffed by Yolo County librarians and library assistants. 

“We are pleased to partner with the school district to offer more hours through the student intern program,” said County Librarian Patty Wong