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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Whooping Cough Epidemic / News Network: Davis / My Father's Gardens / French Film Festival

Robert Whitehead, flickr

Robert Whitehead, flickr



More than 800 cases of whooping cough have been recorded in the past two weeks and the California Department of Public Health says it has reached epidemic proportions. As of the 10th of this month, there have been more than 3,400 cases of the illness also known as pertussis this year, which is more than the total for all of last year. 

Dr. Dean Blumberg, Associate Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the UC Davis Medical Center, joins us in-studio to talk about the rise in cases and what parents should be on the lookout for this summer in addition to whooping cough.



Voter turnout in the June primary reached epic lows across the state, but how was it in Davis, where people traditionally turn out for elections? Davis Enterprise Reporter Jeff Hudson joins us for this week’s News Network to talk sum up election results in that city. Also, the Yolo County Grand Jury released a report last week highly critical of Sheriff Ed Prieto. We’ll hear more. Plus, the Davis Shakespeare Festival and the Davis Music Festival both get set to start.

0617 Davis Music Festival

Israeli-American writer and professor in English and Creative Writing, Karen Levy shares her book entitled, My Father's Gardens.  It tells the story of a young girl who grows between two very different place.  It explores the meaning of finding a place to call home as well as personal identity, set in both Israel and the United States.  


Friday marks the beginning of the 13th Sacramento French Film Festival at the Crest Theatre. Cécile Mouette Downs is the executive director of the festival, which features a wide array of award-winning films, late-night screenings, short films, and special guest Olivier Rosemberg.

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