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Just three weeks ago, it was hard to imagine the imminent human and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet here we... Last comment 18 hours ago | 42 comments

An 'overreach'? Palo Alto's curfew sparks concerns over civil liberties
City Manager Ed Shikada's sudden decision on Tuesday to impose a curfew in Palo Alto until June 11 is facing a backlash from... Last comment 7 hours ago | 65 comments

Despite calls to think smaller, Newell Road Bridge replacement plan wins final approval
A regional effort to replace and expand the narrow Newell Road bridge between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto reached a crucial... Last comment 8 hours ago | 21 comments

Facing budget shortfall, Palo Alto agrees to cut more than 70 positions
Facing a public outcry about recent proposals to cut funding for popular art and teen programs, the Palo Alto City Council... Last comment 17 hours ago | 36 comments

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Facing concerns over civil rights, Palo Alto ends curfew
Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada on Thursday lifted the curfew that the city imposed on Tuesday, which banned residents from being in public spaces after 8:30 p.m. and which the city had planned to keep in place until June 11. Thursday, 11:15 AM | 64 comments

Palo Alto's seniors celebrate an unconventional graduation from their cars, but not without joy
On the night that would have been the class of 2020's formal graduation, Palo Alto's sidewalks and street corners were full of people cheering and waving as seniors and their families drove in an ebullient car parade around the city. Wednesday, 9:38 PM | 28 comments

Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for end of carotid artery restraint by police
Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed his support for ending the use of carotid holds on detainees which is similar to the one used on George Floyd in Minneapolis, during his Friday, June 5, press conference. Friday, 5:27 PM

County's COVID-19 testing continues to lag
County public health managers have gained significant ground in controlling the coronavirus among vulnerable groups and the public, but they still struggle to meet their goal of 4,000 tests per day. Thursday, 1:08 PM | 11 comments

Spirit of activism spurs teen to launch Black Lives Matter protest in East Palo Alto
A Black Lives Matter protest on Wednesday in East Palo Alto was a distinctly homegrown effort that started with a 15-year-old girl who used her Instagram account to publicize the event. Friday, 8:57 AM | 5 comments

Study: Coronavirus wasn't in Bay Area in 2019
Exactly when the coronavirus first arrived in the Bay Area has been the subject of much speculation, with people who had respiratory illnesses and pneumonia last fall and winter wondering if they had the viral disease. Thursday, 6:35 PM | 3 comments

Guest Opinion: Palo Alto needs reform now
Our country continues to contend with the horrific killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. As a country and a city, we must face the reality that we have systemic issues that disproportionately affect black people. Friday, 6:55 AM | 21 comments

Before second coronavirus wave comes, local doctors work to stock senior care facilities with PPE

Finding their voices: Six seniors on their high school passions, dreams

Coronavirus central: Nearly 5,200 COVID-19 cases recorded on Peninsula

Photo essay: The countdown to graduation

County supervisors pour $5M into COVID-19 financial relief program

Fearing a 'resurgence' of infections, Stanford plans to limit students on campus with mostly online classes this fall

Saluting the class of 2020: A collection of stories, photos

Interactive: A by-the-numbers look at COVID-19's impact

PUBLIC AGENDA: Discussions on outdoor dining and retail, plus proposed school budget

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