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By Jay Thorwaldson

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About this blog: I was editor of the Palo Alto Weekly from June 2000 to January 2011, capping a more than 50-year career in journalism and writing since Los Gatos High School, where I was editor of the student newspaper and president of the speech...  (More)

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A rare inside glimpse of a police investigation
Jun 3, 2008 1:12 am
Comments: 23 | Views: 9,413

Herewith is my personalized review of one of the oddest cases in the history of the Palo Alto Police Department. It is complex, as early police statements repeatedly... More
Is California high-speed rail the future or a slow-motion train wreck?
May 21, 2010 1:32 pm
Comments: 23 | Views: 9,389

For a frenetically busy community, it seems that Palo Altans sometimes have too much time on their hands.

It is a rare week when someone could possibly do or... More
Is it ?racial profiling? or a reasonable police response to crimes?
Oct 31, 2008 4:33 pm
Comments: 44 | Views: 9,271

Is telling police to check out persons of color unconstitutional bias or a reasonable police response to witness' reports of crimes?

A follow-up meeting Thursday... More
On hunting imaginary lions
Jul 22, 2008 1:09 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 8,941

Somewhere deep inside I've always been a lion hunter.
And the recent episode of the lion hunt in and around Palo Alto's Foothills Park and the Los Trancos Woods... More
When Ted Kennedy was young, lean and stood on folding chairs ...
Aug 26, 2009 3:39 pm
Comments: 20 | Views: 8,827

The passing of Ted Kennedy this week evokes a particular personal memory from decades back, when we were both younger and leaner.

One day in 1960 I was heading... More
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