Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 21, 2011

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Mitzvah Day draws hundreds to volunteer

Good deeds were the theme of the day at the Taube Koret Center for Jewish Life on Monday (Jan. 17) as hundreds of volunteers turned out for the Palo Alto organization's fourth annual Mitzvah Day. (Posted Jan. 19 at 3:34 p.m.)

Bedbugs discovered in Mountain View apartments

After infesting East Coast beds with a vengeance, bedbugs are beginning to jump into bed with West Coast residents, including some who live in Mountain View. (Posted Jan. 19 at 3:06 p.m.)

'New information' surfaces on Alpine Road crash

Officials from the California Highway Patrol gathered at the intersection of Alpine Road and Interstate 280 around noon Tuesday (Jan. 18) to do more research into the Nov. 4, 2010, crash in which Los Altos bicyclist Lauren Ward, 47, collided with a tractor trailer and died, CHP officer Art Montiel said. (Posted Jan. 19 at 11:55 a.m.)

Taser video reveals profanity-laced exchange

Videos from Palo Alto police vehicle and Taser cameras released Tuesday (Jan. 18) revealed an expletive-laced exchange between a man and police officers, who yanked him from his vehicle and used Tasers on him in March 2008. (Posted Jan. 19 at 9:52 a.m.)

'Traditional' California Ave. fountain favored in voting

Palo Alto art critics have spoken. A total of 419 members of the public weighed in on the upcoming California Avenue fountain decision by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission. Their comments were made available for viewing Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 18). (Posted Jan. 18 at 2:26 p.m.)

VIDEO: Sunday celebration honors 'King's Dream'

The life and message of civil-rights visionary Martin Luther King, Jr., was celebrated Sunday (Jan. 16) at the Annual Community and Interfaith Celebration at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. (Posted Jan. 17 at 2:07 p.m.)

Felon arrested after three-car crash, manhunt

A wanted felon out for a night of partying was arrested after a three-car crash and a manhunt in Palo Alto early Monday morning (Jan. 17). (Posted Jan. 17 at 11:10 a.m.)

Apple's Steve Jobs takes third medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced that he will take another medical leave of absence. Jobs, 55, sent a letter to employees making the announcement. The letter was posted to the media on Monday (Jan. 17). (Posted Jan. 17 at 9:40 a.m.)

'Youth of the Year' finalists speak out

Overcoming neglectful parents and breaking free of a gang were among the stories shared by high school students in a tearful and joyful evening of speechmaking at the East Palo Alto clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. (Posted Jan. 17 at 9:27 a.m.)

Caltrain delay due to death in Burlingame

A male pedestrian was struck and killed on the Caltrain tracks in Burlingame early Monday morning (Jan. 17) in what appears to be a suicide, Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said. (Posted Jan. 17 at 7:43 a.m.)

Freak accident traps man between parked cars

A freak accident trapped an older man between two parked cars in the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot Sunday afternoon (Jan. 16). Palo Alto fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard said the man was walking between the two cars when one car was hit by a third car, pushing the cars together and pinning the man at the knees. (Posted Jan. 16 at 10:30 p.m.)

Another lion sighting in Portola Valley, off Alpine

A mountain lion was spotted in Portola Valley late Saturday night (Jan. 15), according to San Mateo County officials. At approximately 10:50 p.m., the cougar was seen in the vicinity of Applewood Lane and Nathorst Avenue, heading toward a creek behind 4370 Alpine Road, the county office of emergency services said. (Posted Jan. 16 at 8:13 a.m.)

Zumot's attorney rips into expert's cell data

About three hours before Jennifer Schipsi's body was found in a burned cottage on Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, her cell phone appeared to be traveling with her boyfriend Bulos Zumot's phone, a cell-phone expert testified Friday (Jan. 14). (Posted Jan. 14 at 6:15 p.m.)

POST announces 'strategic' land acquisition

A newly purchased 97.5-acre property on Skyline Ridge will open an additional trail to bicyclists and hikers, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has announced. Known as the Silva property, the land is next to the Mindego Hill portion of Russian Ridge, which the trust saved from development in 2007. It is on the western flank of Skyline Ridge, four miles southeast of La Honda. (Posted Jan. 14 at 4:35 p.m.)

Man steals $93,000 ring from Stanford jeweler

A man who claimed he was shopping for an engagement ring at Shreve and Company at Stanford Shopping Center Thursday afternoon (Jan. 13) stole a ring valued at $93,000 and ran off, police said. (Posted Jan. 14 at 5:03 p.m.)

Cohen named head of Downtown Business Assoc.

Russ Cohen, a Burlingame resident with decades of marketing experience, completed his first week of work Friday (Jan. 14) as the new head of the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association. Cohen served as a Burlingame City Council member from 2005 to 2007 and participated in the Burlingame Business Improvement District. He said he frequently visits downtown Palo Alto to shop. "I know the Peninsula landscape very well," he said. (Posted Jan. 14 at 3:57 p.m.)

Paly student dies Thursday afternoon

A Palo Alto teenager died by suicide at a Palo Alto residence Thursday afternoon (Jan. 13), police confirmed. News of the death spread immediately among classmates through electronic media, such as Facebook. Police and school officials said they do not plan to issue statements about the death. (Posted Jan. 14 at 9:57 a.m.)

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