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Bicyclist killed by semi-truck during Davis ride identified


A bicyclist participating in the Davis Double Century ride was run over by a semi-truck and died, the California Highway Patrol said.

The rider was identified as 50-year-old Ronald Cortez from Rocklin, Solano County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Cortez was pronounced dead shortly after 5 a.m. at the intersection of Sparling Lane and Tremont Road.

Cortez was going northbound on Tremont Road as he approached Sparling Lane. Tremont Road has a stop sign at the intersection, while Sparling Road does not. CHP Sgt. Eric Brewer said Cortez failed to stop at the sign and was hit by a Valley Farms truck. The truck driver was on the job at the time of the crash.

"No alcohol or drugs were a factor, for sure," Brewer said.

Cortez had just taken off from Downtown Davis as part of the bike ride. Hundreds of people were taking part in the ride.

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Dixon High School senior arrested in grade-changing scandal


An 18-year-old Dixon High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge of altering computer data in a grade-changing scandal involving 32 students.

Dixon Unified School District superintendent Brian Dolan said the student, who he declined to identify, had been changing grades since January and cooperated with administrators when he was confronted with the evidence on Wednesday.

"We won't be answering questions about how he did it, but he did it. And he acknowledged that," Dolan said at a Friday afternoon news conference Friday in the school's theater.

Juan Leopoldo Ambriz was arrested on campus Wednesday afternoon by Dixon police and was later released from the Solano County Jail on $15,000 bail.

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UC Davis rolls out public safety mobile app for students


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - University of California at Davis officials have rolled out a new mobile phone application they hope will provide an extra layer of security for students.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the school on Wednesday began offering the public safety app through Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety.

The app allows users to alert police in emergencies and report suspicious activity through text message.

Students, staff and faculty can indicate that they are walking alone or to a particular place and use a timer with an estimate of the travel time. They can disable the timer if they reach their destination safely.

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