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UC Davis names CIO

UC Davis names CIO

Viji Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, has been named chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology at the University of California, Davis. “UC Davis is incredibly fortunate to recruit someone with Viji’s experience and expertise,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said in announcing Murali’s appointment... Read More

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Hands-on Kitchen Botany July 16

Hands-on Kitchen Botany July 16

The Mary L Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 East 14th Street in Davis, continues to offer exciting summer programing for adults.  On Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Ellen Dean, Curator of the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, will give a "hands-on" presentation on Kitchen Botany.

Are tomatoes a fruit, vegetable, botanical berry or a culinary vegetable?  Are avocados, bell peppers, eggplants, squash, sweet peppers, tomatillos, vanilla and zucchini fruits or vegetables?  Find out the answers to these questions while learning to identity the structure and classification of common supermarket fruits and vegetables.

“There’s a botanical world waiting to be explored,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Come to the Davis Branch Library and learn the difference between tubers, legumes, roots, grains, nuts, bulbs, stems and leafy vegetables.”

Woodland dog found dead after missing from kennel


A Woodland family had to cut their vacation short after getting a call from the kennel where they dropped off their dog. The dog somehow escaped from Arrowpoint Kennels last month and was found dead in a sunflower field.

The Sheehan family had dropped off their 2-and-a-half-year-old poodle Teddy at the kennel on June 21. Teddy was supposed to be boarded for nine days while the family vacationed in Hawaii.

On June 29, the kennel called the Sheehans and said Teddy was missing. Immediately, they grabbed the next available flight, got home and searched for their dog.

The family distributed flyers around the Davis and Woodland areas, asking people for help to find Teddy. Two days later, the family's worst nightmare came true. Teddy was found dead.

Body found at site of Vacaville nursery fire


VACAVILLE, Calif. – Firefighters responding to a fire call at Mercier Grapevine Nursery in Vacaville made a grisly discovery Wednesday morning.

Fire crews responded to the call around 3:30 a.m. and upon arrival found a burned body at the scene, according to a Solano County Sheriff's Sergeant.

The sergeant said the incident was being treated as a criminal investigation. However, he stated it was too early to classify the fire as suspicious, and said arson investigators were en route to the scene as of 6:20 a.m. to determine the cause.

All employees at the nursery were being questioned.

Firefighters at the scene said the fire started in a shed used to store tractors.

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Sensational Swordfish

Sensational Swordfish

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Meaty and rich, swordfish is like no other fish you’ve had before. Swordfish is in its peak in summer, which means it’s a wonderful option for putting on the grill for a quick weeknight dinner or for entertaining. It only needs minimal preparation to make the flavors shine — salt, olive oil, and lemon are a great combo — but it also pairs well with summer produce like squash and tomatoes. Leave it as a whole steak for those perfect grill marks, or add to kabobs for meaty morsels... Read More

Davis mom may not serve full sentence for daughter's drowning


A mother from Davis who killed her young daughter was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday morning. But Aquelin Talamantes could actually serve less than her sentence since she was granted the possibility of parole.

Talamantes, 29, stuffed her 5-year-old daughter Tatiana Garcia into the trunk of a car after drowning her in a bathtub last September. The car was found in Sacramento's Pocket neighborhood.

It was an emotional day inside a Yolo County courtroom for Garcia's family. Her grandmother on the father's side had harsh words for Talamantes. Speaking in Spanish, Martha Garcia said, "Justice was done and that woman is going to pay for what she did. As you saw, she has no regret. No regret whatsoever. Her daughter's death didn't hurt her at all. But For us, it affected us tremendously."

Davis mom sentenced in daughter's drowning death


SACRAMENTO – A Davis woman found guilty of drowning her young daughter in September 2013, was sentenced Monday.

Aquelin Crystal Telemantes received a sentence of 25 years to life with the possibility of parole.

Telemantes' 5-year-old daughter was found deceased in the trunk of her mother's car at the Shore Park Apartments on the 7900 block of Pocket Road in Sacramento on Sept. 26.

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Telemantes was arrested at the complex.

She was found guilty in May of first-degree murder and assault on a child under the age of 8 resulting in death.