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Apr 22, 2010 1:43 AM

Drunkenness, violence mar UC Davis campus party

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) - The future of Picnic Day at the University of California, Davis is in doubt after the 96th annual campus open house turned violent over the weekend.

About 75,000 people came to the UC Davis campus Saturday to
participate in activities such as cockroach racing, cow weigh-offs and wine barrel-making.

The campus event was mostly peaceful, but things turned ugly in downtown Davis, where there were street brawls, thrown furniture, groped women and an injured police officer. Police received 516 calls for service and made 33 arrests - more than double the number of previous years.

University officials plan to meet with downtown business owners, police and community members next month to discuss the event's future.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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