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Davis group trying to raise City minimum wage to $15

Davis group trying to raise City minimum wage to $15

DAVIS, Calif. – Tuesday night, the Davis City Council will likely hear debate about raising the minimum wage during the public comments section of its meeting.

A grassroots group is attempting to raise the city's minimum wage rate to $15 per hour. The group wants to put the proposal to voters in November. To do so, the group needs to collect about 7,000 signatures by May 1 from Davis residents in order to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Chavez said the group currently has about 1,200 signatures.

"It takes about $15 an hour for someone working full-time to escape poverty in this town," said Joaquin Chavez, a grassroots member.

The business community is already fighting against the proposal.

Dee Clark, General Manager of Woodstock's Pizza, is mostly concerned about how it would affect the cost of dining in Davis as a whole.

UC Davis professor wins second history Pulitizer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The first time historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize, he found out when the telephone started ringing with congratulations and interview requests.

The surprise and slight panic Taylor felt 18 years ago repeated themselves Monday when the 58-year-old professor learned via a barrage of emails that he had a won a second Pulitzer for "The Internal Enemy." The book is about the role slaves in Virginia and Maryland played in the War of 1812.

Taylor was in Philadelphia preparing for a lecture when he found out about the prize, which carries a $10,000 award and the ability to turn his scholarly work into a best-seller.

The native of Portland, Maine, has taught at UC Davis since 1994 and will be transferring to the University of Virginia this summer.

Body found in Fairfield canal

SACRAMENTO – A body was discovered floating in the Putah South Canal in Fairfield Thursday morning.

Fairfield police officer Cleo Mayoral said a citizen reported spotting the body at 7:51 a.m. on the 3300 block of N. Texas St.

Officers were still processing the scene as of 8:45 a.m.

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Fairfield police shoot 2 men sought in separate shoootings

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say officers shot two armed suspects who were being sought for attempted murder.

Fairfield police say the shootings occurred when federal investigators tracked down 27-year-old Markell Davis of Fairfield behind a Walmart Thursday afternoon. An agent shot Davis who was carrying a handgun. Officers did not say if Davis shot at the investigators.

Police then confronted a second suspect in the area, 33-year-old Cory Davis of Suisun City, about 30 minutes later. Officers shot Cory Davis, who also was carrying a gun.

Both suspects were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions are not known.

No officers were injured.

The suspects were being sought in connection with two separate shootings in Fairfield and nearby Vacaville in February. It is not known if they are related.

2 arrested in fatal street racing crash in Fairfield

SACRAMENTO - A 38-year-old Vacaville man is dead and two young Fairfield men are being held responsible, accused of vehicular manslaughter and illegal street racing.

The victim, Quincy Jones, was making a left turn from Airbase Parkway to Wiley Road in Fairfield the evening of Feb. 25 when his Cadillac was broadsided by a Nissan 300. Jones died of injuries he suffered and 19-year-old Ansheel Anosh Kumar of Fairfield, who was behind the wheel of the Nissan, was seriously injured.

From witness reports and evidence from the crash scene, Fairfield police Lt. Matt Bloesch said investigators came to the conclusion illegal street racing caused the wreck and the death of Jones. Bloesch said Kumar and 24-year-old Lawan Lee Harper of Fairfield were racing each other at nearly twice the posted 50 miles per hour between stoplights on Airbase Parkway that evening.

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

Home Depot to hire 80,000 amid Spring super sales

SACRAMENTO - Big-box retailers are pinpointing spring as the perfect time for industry specific super sales. Similar to the big discounts available on Black Friday, bargains at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and even Walmart are predicted to increase shopping, and in time, require additional help.

Home Depot, for example, is hiring 80,000 employees to help with the spring season.

Walmart's specials started on the first day of spring and will continue for nine days. Home Depot and Lowe's do it a little differently. They have deals going on now, but will continue various offers throughout the season.

Visit the store websites for specific details.

Police investigating fatal stabbing in Woodland

SACRAMENTO – Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a person in Woodland Tuesday.

Woodland Police Department spokesman Brett Hancock said officers were dispatched to a report of a physical altercation and stabbing on the 600 block of Elm St. at approximately 10:40 p.m. Upon arrival, they located a person suffering a stab wound and immediately called for medical aid.

The stabbing victim was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from the Woodland Police Department and the Yolo County Coroner's Office then responded to take over the investigation, Hancock said.

The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of kin.

No information was provided on a possible suspect.