2011

Richardson ends year with a championship at Menlo Open

Women's wrestling

Lauren Richardson won the 109-pound weight class at the Menlo Open women's wrestling tournament Saturday, helping the Oaks finish third in the team standings behind top-ranked Oklahoma City University and Simon Fraser.

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Cardinal burning Bright in Pac-12 spotlight

Men's basketball

Aaron Bright scored seven of his game-high 16 points in the final 4:43 of play to help Stanford beat visiting USC, 51-43, Saturday in a Pac-12 contest. Josh Owens added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (12-2, 2-0), who ended a three-game losing streak to the Trojans.

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Skov's injury proved to be a rallying point for Stanford

Inside linebacker Shayne Skov has been the literal and emotional center of Stanford's defense for more than two seasons, a mini-mohawked menace who forces opponents to account for him and teammates to follow his lead. When he went down with a torn ACL during the third game this year, it was a devastating loss for the Cardinal, one that could have derailed their season. Instead, it became a rallying point.

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Dancing in the New Year

Seniors dance to swing music during the Senior New Year's Eve Day Bash at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Friday. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

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Palo Alto girls win tourney in final hoop tuneup

Prep roundup

With junior Stephanie Allen tossing in 12 points, the Palo Alto girls' basketball team made its final tuneup before opening league play by winning the Susie Nagpal Saratoga Shootout with a 54-31 victory over Prospect on Friday night.

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Stanford grad Quentin traded to the Padres

Being traded from the Chicago White Sox to his hometown San Diego Padres couldn't have been any more convenient for All-Star outfielder and Stanford grad Carlos Quentin.

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Ogwumike sisters double trouble in win over UCLA

Women's basketball

Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumuike each recorded a double-double and the fourth-ranked Stanford women's basketball shook off some early doldrums to beat host UCLA, 77-50, in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday.

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Yun finishes seventh at Patriot Invitational

College golf

All-American Stanford golfers Andrew Yun, Patrick Rodgers and David Chung were among the field of 84 at the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational hosted by the Arizona Golf Association, which was completed Friday at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park.

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10-year license revocation for three DUIs under new law

Beginning on New Year's Day, Californians who are convicted of DUI three or more times could have their license suspended for up to 10 years.

December 31, 2011 | 5 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

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The top videos of 2011

Palo Alto Online posted an array of videos throughout 2011, from breaking news to feature stories. The 10th anniversary of 9/11, closure of Palo Alto Bowl and Palo Alto High School's "Parade of Champions" were among the subjects featured in Palo Alto Online videos over the past year.

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Vehicle hits historic building in downtown Palo Alto

Police investigate possible hit-and-run collision at Cowper Street and Forest Avenue
A sports utility vehicle crashed into a historic house in downtown Palo Alto Friday afternoon in an apparent hit-and-run collision. No one was hurt. The vehicle, a Nissan Murano, was heading west on Forest Avenue at about noon when another vehicle, which was going south on Cowper Street, allegedly crashed into it.

December 30, 2011 | 16 comments
Court maintains charge against knife-carrying man

A Palo Alto man who allegedly posted a video of himself parading around Sequoia Hospital with a 4-inch knife strapped to his ankle lost his motion to dismiss a felony charge on Thursday.

December 30, 2011 | 2 comments
Residents appeal AT&T antenna plan

Critics of proposed antennas force city to reconsider approval of cell equipment
AT&T's plan to install 19 antennas on utility poles throughout Palo Alto will have to undergo an additional review after several residents filed letters appealing the city's approval of the company's application.

December 30, 2011 | 58 comments
Palo Alto girls race into tourney hoop finals

Thursday's prep roundup

The Palo Alto girls' basketball team advanced to the finals of the Susie Nagpal Saratoga Shootout with a dominating 67-45 victory over Saratoga on Thursday night. The Vikings (6-2) will play Prospect for the title on Friday night.

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2011: Looking back

Life in Palo Alto included political and artistic expression
Change, celebration and reflection marked the year in Palo Alto through the eyes of Palo Alto Weekly photographers.

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2011: Palo Alto's high-stakes year

Years' long controversies come to a head
If an out-of-towner had to guess which American city had spent the past year squabbling with labor unions, battling a project aimed at reducing traffic congestion and pondering whether to build a waste plant in a nature preserve, Palo Alto probably wouldn't be the first name on the list. But, as city officials are quick to acknowledge, 2011 was no ordinary year in Palo Alto.

December 30, 2011 | 5 comments
Huestis blocks UCLA from ruining Cardinal party

Josh Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with 3 seconds remaining, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 victory over Pac-12 preseason favorite UCLA on Thursday night in the men's basketball conference opener for both teams.

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Ogwumike responds for Stanford women hoops

When the Stanford women's basketball team needed to respond to a bit of adversity, it was no surprise when Nnemkadi Ogwumike ended up with the ball. She scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Cardinal overcame a struggle with host USC to open the Pac-12 season with a 61-53 victory Thursday night.

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East Palo Alto man found guilty of rape

Jose Estrada Ramirez, 29, to be sentenced Jan. 30
An East Palo Alto man accused of kidnapping and twice raping his ex-girlfriend last year was found guilty of three out of four felony charges by a San Mateo County jury Thursday (Dec. 29).

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Palo Alto student voices of 2011

Local students express their views on parents, school, friends and feelings
Palo Alto Online compiled quotes from some of the local students who expressed themselves in the pages of the Palo Alto Weekly in 2011.

December 30, 2011 | 1 comment
Taking aim

Chastin Chung and brother, Alisen (left), practice their archery skills Wednesday (Dec. 28) during sunset at Greer Park. Chastin and Alisen regularly practice archery with their parents at the King's Mountain Archers Range in Woodside. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

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Facts and numbers on the 2011 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

FIESTA BOWL FACTS
Who: No. 4 Stanford Cardinal (11-1) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1)
What: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
When: Monday, January 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Why: Part of the BCS Bowl series, with the winner a likely candidate to be ranked second in the nation in the final polls.

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What they're saying at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

On the Cowboys' challenge of facing Stanford's run-first attack after playing most spread offenses in the Big 12:
"We've been playing basketball on grass for about nine games, and all of a sudden it's going to be smash mouth football; that's hard to simulate."
--Oklahoma St. defensive coordinator Bill Young

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Shaw's first season answers questions about Stanford's football future

When David Shaw was announced as Jim Harbaugh's successor as Stanford's head football coach last season, the first question regarding Shaw's new job was inevitable. How could a rookie coach improve upon a 12-1 season that included a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the BCS Orange Bowl?

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Luck's last college game finally comes to pass

Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

We've seen Andrew Luck do some amazing things on the football field, rallying Stanford to victories, raising expectations higher than they've ever been before and having the program mentioned in the same breath as LSU, Alabama and national championship for the first time ever.

December 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Robberies, burglaries on the rise in 2011

Palo Altans see wave of gun-related property crimes and burglaries
Palo Alto began 2011 in the midst of a crime wave that included violent street holdups and property crimes. Police held a community meeting Jan. 19, and Chief Dennis Burns announced that smashing the robbery trend that had begun in September 2010 was the department's highest priority.

December 29, 2011 | 13 comments
Police car hits pick-up truck in Mountain View

Squad car was responding to a call when collision occurred
A Mountain View police car hit a pickup truck Wednesday night near the intersection of Middlefield and N. Whisman roads.

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EPA police triples force for New Year's Eve

'Maximum effort' to stop celebratory gunfire, department says
East Palo Alto plans to add more than three times its usual police patrols in a major effort to reduce New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire, the police department announced Wednesday.

December 29, 2011 | 7 comments
Pinewood girls reach hoop tourney finals

Wednesday's prep roundup

The Pinewood girls' basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic with a 32-31 victory over Lowell at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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SPORTS: There'll be a lot of firsts at the Fiesta Bowl

A lot of football firsts will be in the offing when Stanford takes on Oklahoma State in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Monday in Glendale, Ariz. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Police, DA to step up DUI arrests with $161K grant

Santa Clara County District Attorney receives state grant for new equipment
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has been awarded a traffic-safety grant to enhance an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing roadway deaths and injuries. The $161,160 grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

December 29, 2011 | 12 comments
'Robotripping' bill to become law Jan. 1

Law pitched by Palo Alto officers will require IDs for purchase of drugs with DXM
It took more than seven years, but a proposal by two Palo Alto officers to restrict sale of certain cough medicines to minors will finally become California law next week.

December 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Mountain View police release sketch of burglary suspect

Police seek public's help in tracking down suspected burglar
Police have released a sketch of a suspect in a Dec. 8 burglary, and are asking for the public's help in solving the case. A teenage boy and his mother encountered a burglar upon returning home on Dec. 8, according to Liz Wylie, a spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department.

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Menlo Park Blockbuster goes bust

Store to close on Feb. 19
It's lights off for Menlo Park's Blockbuster store at 3532 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park. The store plans to shut its doors on Feb. 19.

December 29, 2011 | 5 comments
New law requires car seats for kids 8 and younger

California law will go into effect Jan. 1
A new child safety law effective Jan. 1 will require kids in California to use a booster seat in a vehicle until they are 8 years old, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

December 29, 2011 | 19 comments
Menlo School, Pinewood girls win hoop tourney openers

Tuesday's prep roundup

While some local basketball teams remain on vacation, a handful of others continue to make final preparations for next week's league openers -- fine tuning their games in holiday tournaments.

December 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Report urges forming infrastructure commission

Permanent commission would oversee maintenance, give recommendations about future needs
Palo Alto should overhaul its system for managing infrastructure and appoint a new citizens commission to oversee the complex and critical process, a specially appointed panel is recommending in a new report.

December 28, 2011 | 25 comments
East Palo Alto man on trial for rape, kidnapping

Closing arguments delivered Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court
The defense attorney for an East Palo Alto man accused of kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend said Tuesday that his client had been falsely accused and that the sex the two had in July 2010 was consensual.

December 28, 2011 | 9 comments
Court upholds murder conviction in 2003 shooting

Owner of Keke's Diner in East Palo Alto was shot four times in April 2003
A federal appeals court in San Francisco Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and sentence of life without parole of a Vallejo man in the fatal shooting of an East Palo Alto diner owner in 2003.

December 28, 2011 | 2 comments
Governor names new Santa Clara County judge

Shelyna V. Brown of San Jose appointed to judgeship in Santa Clara County Superior Court
A San Jose woman was appointed to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday.

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Longtime Almanac writer Marion Softky dies at 84

She covered the Almanac community for 40 years
Marion Softky, who wrote thousands of articles for the Almanac over more than 40 years, died at The Sequoias in Portola Valley on Christmas evening of complications from long-term abdominal cancer. She was 84.

December 28, 2011 | 2 comments
Stanford's Ogwumike earns national player of week honors

Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike, who played her best on the national stage last week, was duly rewarded as she was named the United States Basketball Writer's Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

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Ventura

The Ventura neighborhood is its own diverse community, and not just ethnically. With kids riding along the bike path, houses of individual styles and different families on every street, Ventura is unlike any other area in Palo Alto.

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University South

Which Palo Alto neighborhood has access to a library, grocery store, coffee shop, City Hall, the police department and University Avenue, all within walking distance?

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Triple El

"I wouldn't expect anyone to have any kind of problems and not end up getting full support from the community," said Jon Baum, a resident of Palo Alto's Triple El neighborhood since 1971.

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St. Claire Gardens

Several swings hang from the mature pines, oaks and Liquidambar trees that line short St. Claire Drive, horseshoe-shaped St. Michael Drive and the St. Michael Court cul-de-sac. Children's bicycles, Razor scooters and helmets lie in driveways. Occasionally, parents place a "Slow: Children at Play" sign right in the center of the road, slowing St. Claire Gardens traffic nearly to a stop.

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Southgate

Lush, fragrant vegetation and lazily oscillating rope swings characterize Southgate, where life is quiet and relaxing.

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South of Midtown

Things have changed in the South of Midtown neighborhood since the early 1980s when Paul Taylor moved in, but not what drew him -- that it's quiet, friendly and a good place for families.

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Professorville

Palo Alto's oldest residential neighborhood Professorville is known for its large, century-old Victorian homes, oak tree-lined streets and residential character, but the quaint Historic District also features a variety of charming cottages, stucco Spanish-style homes as well as brown-shingled homes, Tudors and Colonials.

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Palo Alto Orchards

In a close community, residents know their neighbors' names, occupations, hobbies and what the kids are up to.

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Palo Verde

Take a bike ride down Louis Road in the heart of Palo Verde and you'll notice a recurring motif. Geometric planes and simple silhouettes of Eichler houses, one after the other, under the comfortable tree cover.

December 28, 2011 | 5 comments
Palo Alto Hills

Ask a resident of Palo Alto Hills what drew him or her to the tucked-away enclave and the answers are not surprisingly similar.

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Old Palo Alto

Diversity, innovation, wealth and location. These words describe what people love about the Silicon Valley, and there might not be a place that better embodies the area's spirit than the neighborhood of Old Palo Alto.

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Monroe Park

John and Mary Reinhardt have lived in numerous American cities. But when it was time to settle down and retire, they chose Monroe Park.

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Midtown

Midtown Palo Alto is a place where people come to stay.

December 28, 2011 | 6 comments
Leland Manor/Garland/Embarcadero Oaks

A three-in-one neighborhood
To outsiders, these might look like one neighborhood but they are actually three, with unique character in each.

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Greenmeadow

Glass walls, open floor plans and geometric design characterize the iconic subdivision that emerged in South Palo Alto in the early 1950s.

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The Greenhouse

Susie Mitchell describes The Greenhouse, a set of two adjoining condominium complexes at the southernmost end of Palo Alto, as just the perfect location.

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Greendell

Instant friendliness greets homebuyers even before they close escrow
Before Srini Sankaran even moved to the Greendell neighborhood, he was struck by the hospitality of residents of the 70-80 homes in the quiet community.

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Lin returns to Oakland, but as a member of the Knicks

When Palo Alto's Jeremy Lin was released by the NBA's Golden State Warriors a few weeks ago, he probably thought he'd seen the last of Oracle Arena in Oakland for quite sometime. Well, surprise. Lin will be back in Oakland on Wednesday night when his newest team, the New York Knicks.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Green Acres

The neighbors have changed, but the closeness remains
The name may be reminiscent of the pastoral 1960s TV show, but Green Acres in Palo Alto is better known for its close proximity to three top-ranking public schools: Juana Briones Elementary School, Terman Middle School and Gunn High School.

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Greater Miranda

"I live in Palo Alto's little oasis," said longtime Greater Miranda resident Lillian Haning.

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Fairmeadow

With its Eichlers and meandering circular cul-de-sacs, Fairmeadow is an easy neighborhood to get lost in, in a good way.

December 28, 2011 | 1 comment
Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park, a formerly blue-collar neighborhood is now a little more upscale, boasting bigger houses than the traditional two-bedroom ones of days past, resident Paul Machado said.

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Esther Clark Park

Esther Clark Park, a 21-acre area of land surrounded by Old Adobe Road, Old Trace Road and Manuela Avenue is a glimpse into Palo Alto's past.

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Duveneck / St. Francis

When Vani Henderson and her husband Irv moved into their home on Walter Hays Drive in 2009, they were four days away from giving birth to their second child. One of the things that attracted them to the neighborhood was a child-friendly atmosphere that would suit their growing family.

December 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Downtown North

A stone's throw away from Stanford University, Downtown North used to be populated by mostly single graduate students and professionals, according to Lee Lippert, a long-time resident. Since the Lipperts moved in, they have witnessed an influx of families.

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Crescent Park

Crescent Park is renowned for elegant homes on spacious, verdant lots and wide streets that are canopied by grand trees.

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Community Center

When he moved to the Bay Area in 1965, college professor Marvin Lee wanted to find the perfect location to raise his two kids. With its wide array of family attractions, the Community Center neighborhood gave him exactly that.

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College Terrace

College Terrace has long been known as a place that's good for young families, including those of grad students at nearby Stanford. It's near a public elementary school and several child care centers and parks. Dog-walkers and strollers are common sights on the streets lined with houses of all styles and sizes.

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Charleston Meadows

Charleston Meadows, a Palo Alto neighborhood distinguished by the sloping glass and wood facades of its many 1950s Eichler homes, has barely changed, according to Ellen Hartog, lifelong resident of the neighborhood and co-president of the Charleston Meadows Association (CMA).

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Charleston Gardens

Sense of community offers a caring vibe
Having a sense of community has become a lost art. That is, unless you live in a neighborhood like Palo Alto's Charleston Gardens.

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Barron Park

Barron Park, a relatively quiet and semi-rural neighborhood tucked behind El Camino Real in south Palo Alto, is home to a diverse community.

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Palo Alto Neighborhoods

From Foothills Park to the Baylands' duck pond, the city of Palo Alto draws nature lovers of any stripe. For those who prefer hip urbanity, University Avenue and California Avenue (which goes by the moniker Cal Ave) and nearby Stanford University offer anything culturally cutting-edge.

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Adobe Meadow / Meadow Park

As Adobe Creek babbles its last few miles from Black Mountain to the San Francisco Bay, it crosses under the Louis Road Bridge, the only span connecting Palo Alto's close-knit neighborhoods Adobe Meadow and Meadow Park.

December 28, 2011 | 1 comment
There'll be a lot of firsts at the Fiesta Bowl

Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

A lot of football firsts will be in the offing when Stanford takes on Oklahoma State in the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl next Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto seeks to bolster tenant protection

City considers way to protect tenants against displacement, discrimination
As East Palo Alto braces for a new landlord to take over more than 1,800 housing units, city officials are considering changing the law to give tenants more protection against discrimination and possible displacement.

December 27, 2011 | 16 comments
Woman wounded in Christmas Eve shooting

Woman shot in hand in East Palo Alto Saturday morning
A woman was shot in the hand in East Palo Alto Saturday morning (Dec. 24), police said.

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Nearly 250 arrested for DUI over holiday week

Number of arrests in Santa Clara County drop slightly from 2010
More drivers are feeling the effects of having one too many drinks before getting behind the wheel this holiday season in Santa Clara County, where sheriff's deputies have arrested 243 people for driving under the influence.

December 27, 2011 | 6 comments
Air district urges public to avoid burning wood

Bay Area skies must recover from holiday-weekend smoke pollution, district says
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking the public to refrain from burning wood today (Tuesday, Dec. 27).

December 27, 2011 | 28 comments
This weekend's events (Dec. 31-Jan. 1)

New Year's Eve: British Bankers Club party
A Russian-themed New Year's Eve party is planned from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The evening will include dinner, dancing, a dance performance and a raffle.
New Year's Eve: Lenny Williams and Earl Thomas
R&B singers Lenny Williams and Earl Thomas are scheduled to perform New Year's Eve at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Williams is perhaps best known for his 1978 hit "'Cause I Love You."
New Year's Day: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
With violinist Robin Sharp as soloist, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will give a free concert at 3 p.m. New Year's Day. The program, which includes Beethoven's Second Symphony, will be performed at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Dec. 30)

Music: Acoustic blues
The Mighty Mississippi acoustic-blues trio performs tonight (Dec. 30) from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Oak City Bar & Grill, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Dinner is served from 5 p.m.
Seniors: Pre-New Year's Eve Party
Seniors celebrate the New Year a day early with dancing and a buffet lunch tonight (Dec. 30) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a champagne toast at 1:30 p.m. The party is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 30)

Music: Acoustic blues
The Mighty Mississippi acoustic-blues trio performs tomorrow (Dec. 30) from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Oak City Bar & Grill, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Dinner is served from 5 p.m.
Seniors: Pre-New Year's Eve Party
Seniors celebrate the New Year a day early with dancing and a buffet lunch tomorrow (Dec. 30) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a champagne toast at 1:30 p.m. The party is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Dec. 29)

Food: Wine tasting
Morocco's Restaurant at 873 Castro St. in Mountain View is hosting a wine tasting from five regions of the world. The event is tonight (Dec. 29) starting at 6 p.m.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 29)

Food: Wine tasting
Morocco's Restaurant at 873 Castro St. in Mountain View is hosting a wine tasting from five regions of the world. The event is tomorrow (Dec. 29) starting at 6 p.m.

December 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Ogwumike named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Stanford roundup

Nnemkadi Ogwumike played a supporting role in Stanford's women's basketball win over Cal State Bakersfield last Thursday. Her starring role in the Cardinal triumph over Tennessee was enough to earn her the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors it was announced Monday.

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Air district: 'No wood fires for Christmas'

'Spare the Air Alert' bans indoor or outdoor burning of wood, manufactured logs
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 24 and 25), banning the burning of wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors.

December 24, 2011 | 9 comments
Stanford's Noyola wins Honda Award in soccer

Stanford senior Teresa Noyola, whose playmaking prowess and ball-handling excellence helped lead her team to the 2011 national championship, has won the Honda Sports Award for soccer. Her selection by the Collegiate Women Sports Award Program recognizes Noyola as the country's top female player in her sport.

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Menlo Park teen wounded in drive-by shooting

Boy, 17, taken to hospital following Thursday attack
A 17-year-old boy was shot Thursday evening in a drive-by shooting in Menlo Park, police said.

December 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Celebrating Hanukkah at Stanford Hospital

Bruce Feldstein M.D., director of the Jewish chaplaincy at Stanford Hospital, talks about the significance of the menorah and the history of Hanukkah to hospital patients and employees during a festival of lights celebration in the hospital's atrium on Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2011). Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

(Three stars)
Not exactly lean, but plenty mean, David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's mystery novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" judiciously pares down 480 pages to 158 minutes. -- PC

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'War Horse'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The vast scope required for certain film projects, such as this harrowing World War I epic, has never intimidated Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg. In fact, it seems to invigorate him. -- TH

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SPORTS: Former rivals look forward to a Fiesta homecoming

Junior wide receiver Drew Terrell has done a little bit of everything for the Stanford football team this season. He's rushed, passed, received and returned punts. Junior Trent Murphy has started all 12 games for the fourth-ranked Cardinal as a linebacker. He has 39 tackles, nine for a loss, and has 5 1/2 sacks. The two also share something else. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Butler brings some humbug to Stanford men hoops season

Josh Owens had a big game with 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds, but the Stanford men's basketball team still dropped a 71-66 nonconference decision to visiting Butler on Thursday night.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Sartor tapped to stay on as public works director

Veteran engineer has been leading Palo Alto's Public Works Department on interim basis for more than a year
After a year of new faces in top management, City Manager James Keene opted for stability and familiarity Thursday when he named Michael Sartor to lead Palo Alto's Public Works Department.

December 22, 2011 | 9 comments
Fraud suspect arrested after downtown foot chase

Massachusetts man had a taste for expensive clothing, watches and purses
A man who went on a spending spree in downtown Palo Alto using a stolen credit card was chased and arrested by Palo Alto police on Wednesday, Dec. 21, morning.

December 22, 2011 | 10 comments
Cruising down Christmas Tree Lane

The lights are on and strollers are caroling down Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane, the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street, daily from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Report: Higher tax, new bond needed to fund city repairs

Task force lays out plan for fixing up Palo Alto's crumbling infrastructure
Palo Alto should raise its sales tax, terminate its Cubberley Community Center lease and devote almost a quarter of its annual budget to repairing and replacing the city's dilapidated infrastructure, a specially appointed commission recommends in a highly anticipated report released Thursday.

December 22, 2011 | 87 comments
A Tinkle double-double leads Stanford past Roadrunners

The holiday season brought much fa-la-la-la-la to the Stanford women's basketball team, with more to follow after exchanging the spirit of Christmas. The fourth-ranked Cardinal heads into the holiday break with a six-game winning streak following Thursday's 90-48 nonconference victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
A circle of friends

Palo Alto program gives special-needs children the experience of real friendship
For the past five years, Dor Carpel and Jeffrey Zuegel have been getting together weekly to play games, eat dinner and hang out. When they greet each other, it's obvious from the big smiles, high fives and bear hugs how much they care about each other.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Student journalists explore happiness at Gunn

After surveying classmates, seniors ponder the meaning of a B minus
How does Gunn High School rate on the student happiness scale? If you ask seniors Amrita Moitra and Jean Wang, they'd give it a B minus. Moitra and Wang aren't guessing wildly; they surveyed their fellow Titans, 436 of whom -- or 23 percent -- responded.

December 22, 2011 | 25 comments
Former rivals look forward to a Fiesta homecoming

Stanford football

Junior wide receiver Drew Terrell has done a little bit of everything for the Stanford football team this season. He's rushed, passed, received and returned punts. Junior Trent Murphy has started all 12 games for the fourth-ranked Cardinal as a linebacker. He has 39 tackles, nine for a loss, and has 5 1/2 sacks. The two also share something else.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Sale of Palo Alto post office prompts nostalgia, uncertainty

Historic building could be used for another public facility or rezoned for commercial use
When Palo Alto's downtown post office opened in 1932 on Hamilton Avenue, it was like no other post office in the nation. But it had one thing going for it: The president of the United States liked it.

December 22, 2011 | 16 comments
Steve Jobs receives posthumous Grammy award

Bronze statue of Apple co-founder is also erected in Hungary
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs received a posthumous Grammy Award, The Recording Academy announced Wednesday. And a bronze statue of his likeness was also unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Founder of Xerox PARC dies at 90

Jack Goldman, Xerox chief scientist, backed lab credited with major discoveries
Jacob (Jack) Goldman, a physicist best known as the founder of Xerox PARC, died Tuesday in Westport, Conn., at 90. The first laser printers, personal computers, windows and icons and Ethernet LANs all had their origins at PARC.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Volunteers to bring holiday bouquets to veterans

Holiday flowers aim to cheer hospice patients in Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital
Palo Alto volunteers are aiming to make the season brighter for veterans at Palo Alto's Veterans Affairs hospice by bringing cheerful, custom-made bouquets on Saturday.

December 22, 2011 | 4 comments
Soldier, injured in Afghanistan, gets Purple Heart in Palo Alto

Sgt. Brian Jergens presented with honor Tuesday at Palo Alto VA Medical Center
An army soldier severely injured in Afghanistan this summer was presented with the Purple Heart on Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, where he has been undergoing rehab since September.

December 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto mulls new parking restrictions in Professorville

City forms new community group to evaluate impacts of a Residential Parking Permit Program
Spurred by a flurry of complaints from the Professorville neighborhood, Palo Alto has formed a new community group to explore creating a parking-permit program in the downtown neighborhood.

December 22, 2011 | 25 comments
Palo Alto or Aspen?

It wasn't snow that covered the sidewalk in downtown Palo Alto Wednesday night but suds. Someone put soap in the Lytton Plaza fountain at University Avenue and Emerson Street, producing an abundance of faux snow and turning the corner of downtown into a winter wonderland. Photo by Craig Dremann.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women lose freshman guard to injury

Cardinal corner

Stanford freshman guard Jasmine Camp will miss the rest of the 2011-12 women's basketball season due to a stress fracture in her left foot, Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer announced Wednesday after practice.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Charges filed against former Menlo coach

He is accused of stealing iPads from Menlo School students
Michael William Taylor, the 28-year-old former Menlo School assistant coach who Atherton police say stole iPads from Menlo School students, has been charged with misdemeanor theft by the San Mateo County district attorney. He is due in court on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m., District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

December 22, 2011 | 2 comments
Marshals, helicopter hunt man in Mountain View

Parolee may be connected to Menlo Park shooting
Officers from the Mountain View and Menlo Park police departments and a helicopter crew assisted United States marshals in the search for a man near the intersection of Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 21).

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Krug rallies to win a national title

USA Diving Championships

Stanford grad Cassidy Krug went from fourth place to a national title in the span of a few hours Wednesday, rallying to win the 3-meter diving title at the USA Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 28)

Comedy: Dan St. Paul
Tonight (Dec. 28), comedian Dan St. Paul hosts a live comedy night with various performers at Angelica's Bistro, 863 Redwood City. There is no cover charge for the dinner show; dinner seating begins at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8.

December 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 28)

Comedy: Dan St. Paul
Tomorrow (Dec. 28), comedian Dan St. Paul hosts a live comedy night with various performers at Angelica's Bistro, 863 Redwood City. There is no cover charge for the dinner show; dinner seating begins at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8.

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Today's events (Dec. 27)

Theater: 'The Secret Garden'
Tonight (Dec. 27) begins the last week of performances of TheatreWorks' "The Secret Garden." The musical is at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Teens and kids: Holiday art camp
The Pacific Art League is holding vacation art camps for teens and kids from today (Dec. 27) through Dec. 30 at 668 Ramona St. in Palo Alto. There are sessions on glass-fusing, gift-making, claymation and winter-themed art projects.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 24)

Comedy: 'Chopshticks'
An annual evening of comedy and a Chinese buffet will be held Friday (Dec. 24) at 7:30 p.m. at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Comedians Brad Zimmerman and Michael Capozzola will perform.

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Today's events (Dec. 23)

Dance: 'Friday Night Dance'
At the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, fox trot lessons start at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 23), followed by an open ballroom-dance party from 9 to midnight. A different style of dance is highlighted each week.

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly's Wade joins three Stanford recruits on All-America first team

Prep volleyball

Melanie Wade will be facing Jordan Burgess, Inky Ajanaku and Madison Bugg in Pac-12 women's volleyball action next season when Wade suits up for Washington and Burgess joins with Ajanaku and Bugg at Stanford.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford hires proven winner as new men's soccer coach

The Stanford men's soccer program will begin the new year with a new coach. That would be Jeremy Gunn, 40, who becomes the 15th coach in the program's history. He succeeds Bret Simon, who resigned on November 15 after 11 years in the position.

December 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford hires young Gunn for its men's soccer program

Stanford gets another football verbal

Jeremy Gunn was named Stanford's men's soccer coach Wednesday, Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby announced. The 40-year-old Gunn becomes the 15th coach in the program's history. Gunn previously served as head coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for the past five seasons.

December 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto approves AT&T's antenna plan

Company has a year to begin construction; appeal is still possible
AT&T's proposal to install antennas on 19 utility poles throughout Palo Alto has received the green light from the city's planning department.

December 21, 2011 | 26 comments
Palo Alto moves ahead with electric-vehicle policy

City seeks to cement status as clean-tech leader, encourage new charging stations
Seeking to bolster the city's reputation as a clean-tech leader and prepare for a surge of electric vehicles on city streets, Palo Alto officials this week adopted a new policy to encourage installation of charging stations.

December 21, 2011 | 38 comments
SPORTS: Stanford tops Tennessee with 97-80 win

Ogwumike, Kokenis with career nights in Stanford win
Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a career-high 42 points and added 17 rebounds as the fourth-ranked Cardinal successfully defended its home court against sixth-ranked Tennessee, beating the Lady Vols, 97-80, Tuesday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Luck plans to take some time off after Fiesta Bowl before preparing for the NFL draft

Stanford football

Andrew Luck plans to relax for at least a week after Stanford's Fiesta Bowl game against Oklahoma State on Jan. 2 before he moves fully into NFL draft preparations.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Ogwumike, Kokenis with career nights in Stanford's 97-80 win over Tennessee

Nnemkadi Ogwumike, as she seems to do in big games, came up big for the Stanford women's basketball team. Toni Kokenis did a pretty good job, too, as the fourth-ranked Cardinal successfully defended its home court against sixth-ranked Tennessee with a 97-80 victory on Tuesday night.

December 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Wednesday another 'Spare the Air' day

Wood-burning ban in place as district warns of unhealthy air quality
Yule logs may have to go unburned this holiday weekend if cold, still weather conditions persist across the Bay Area.

December 20, 2011 | 7 comments
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East Palo Alto police desperate for toy donations

Officers make a public call for donations to fulfill families' and children's needs
On the morning of Dec. 24 East Palo Alto police officers and staff plan to distribute toys to needy families and their children in the community. But just five days before Christmas, the department is making a public appeal for toys.

December 20, 2011 | 18 comments
The holidays on film

Movies that appeal to all sorts of family members
The holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. But what if the family get-together feels less "together" and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
The holidays on film

Movies that appeal to all sorts of family members
The holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. But what if the family get-together feels less "together" and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday.

December 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Santa brings joy -- and classic cars -- to Ronald McDonald House children

Golden Gate Street Machinists continue annual tradition
This year, Santa Claus left the reindeer at home and traded in his sleigh for a 1954 teal Chevy Belair. On Dec. 11, Chuck Gaskin cruised up Sand Hill Road in his classic car to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and quickly darted inside to transform into Father Christmas.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 23)

Dance: 'Friday Night Dance'
At the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, fox trot lessons start at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 23), followed by an open ballroom-dance party from 9 to midnight. A different style of dance is highlighted each week.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 22)

Family: 'Holiday Skating on the Square'
Downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square is hosting family "ice skating" (on a synthetic rink) today (Dec. 22) from 2 to 9 p.m. Skating continues periodically through Jan. 16.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 22)

Family: 'Holiday Skating on the Square'
Downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square is hosting family "ice skating" (on a synthetic rink) tomorrow (Dec. 22) from 2 to 9 p.m. Skating continues periodically through Jan. 16.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
More preseason honors for Stanford baseball program

Stanford roundup

Stanford right-hander Mark Appel was named to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-American first team and infielder Kenny Diekroeger, a Menlo School grad, was named to its second team on Tuesday.

December 20, 2011 | 3 comments
SPORTS: Stanford men remain unbeaten at home in hoops

Anthony Brown scored a season-high 16 points in helping Stanford win its fifth straight, beating Bethune-Cookman, 75-56, on Monday night. The Cardinal, unbeaten at home, hosts Butler on Thursday night at 6 p.m. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Former coach is suspect in Menlo thefts

Assistant coach had helped nab suspects in other campus thefts
A former Menlo School assistant coach, who had chased down and captured a suspect in other campus thefts, is now himself the subject of an investigation connecting him to the theft of computers from students at the school, according to the Atherton Police Department.

December 20, 2011 | 4 comments
Facebook completes move to Menlo Park

Social-networking giant makes final move into campus on Willow Road
Facebook on Monday completed a move from its former headquarters in Palo Alto to its new home in Menlo Park.

December 20, 2011 | 7 comments
Palo Alto calls for 'termination' of high-speed rail

City Council votes 8-0 to take its strongest position yet against $98.5 billion project
In a dramatic reversal from its position three years ago, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday night adopted as the city's official position a call for termination of California's beleaguered high-speed-rail project.

December 19, 2011 | 35 comments
Stanford men remain unbeaten at home in hoops

Anthony Brown scored a season-high 16 points in helping Stanford win its fifth straight, beating Bethune-Cookman, 75-56, on Monday night. The Cardinal, unbeaten at home, hosts Butler on Thursday night at 6 p.m.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
VanDerveer and Summitt are a winning combination

There are 1,911 reasons to pay attention to Tuesday night's Tennessee-Stanford women's basketball at Maples Pavilion. That's the number of wins Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer and Lady Vols' coach Pat Summitt have combined to win during their college coaching careers.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Mitchell Park Library project gets $1.9 million boost

Contribution from Palo Alto Library Foundation to pay for equipment, furniture at the new library
Palo Alto's effort to build the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center -- by far the largest and most ambitious project in the $76 million bond voters passed in 2008 -- received a major lift Monday when a group of community volunteers contributed $1.9 million to the city to pay for books, computers and furniture in the new library.

December 19, 2011 | 4 comments
Ipsen qualifies for his second World Cup diving event

Stanford roundup

Stanford freshman diver Kristian Ipsen secured a second spot at the World Cup in February, finishing second in the 3-meter Monday at the Winter National Championships in Nashville due to his combined score of 1,516.55.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford diver Ipsen earns another berth in World Cup

Monday's Cardinal corner

Stanford freshman diver Kristian Ipsen secured another spot at the World Cup in February, finishing second in the 3-meter on Monday at the Winter National Championships in Nashville, Tenn.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Former Wilson Sonsini attorney admits fraud

Insider-trading ring targeted Silicon Valley mergers and acquisitions to make $32 million
A former attorney for Palo Alto-based law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court Wednesday (Dec. 14) to four felony charges in connection with a securities-fraud scheme.

December 19, 2011 | 9 comments
Today's events (Dec. 21)

Community: Hanukkah party
Candle-lighting, songs, games and traditional Israeli jelly donuts are the elements of the community Hanukkah party being held from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 21) at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Music: Dave Rocha Jazz Group
Today (Dec. 21) at 12:30 p.m., the Dave Rocha Jazz Group plays a free concert of American jazz standards in the Stanford Hospital atrium. The weekly concert series brings a mix of musical styles for patients, hospital staff and visitors to hear.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Man charged in child's death seeks case dismissal

Fabian Zaragoza, 17, faces life in prison for shooting death of 3-month-old Izack Garcia in East Palo Alto
A teenager accused of shooting and killing a 3-month-old boy in East Palo Alto in June sought to have charges against him dismissed Friday (Dec. 16) in San Mateo County Superior Court.

December 19, 2011 | 3 comments
Palo Alto girls play for hoop tournament title

Weekend prep roundup

While their classmates are on holiday break, members of the Palo Alto girls' basketball team remain hard at work despite the fast-approaching holidays.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Guest Op: Fazzino calls for electing mayor to 2-year terms

Former mayor also urges council to give Sid Espinosa another term to lead the city
It is hard to believe Sid Espinosa's term as mayor is almost over. And what a great year of accomplishment it has been...approving the Stanford hospital project...establishing a long-term infrastructure plan...approving a fiscally sound budget without a significant negative impact on city services.

December 19, 2011 | 8 comments
Gunfire exchanged with Menlo Park police Sunday morning

Police report finding five weapons at scene
Menlo Park police were shot at early Sunday morning in front of a house in the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue east of U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park. Police report finding five weapons at the crime scene.

December 19, 2011 | 18 comments
Gunn pins down a special weekend with big title

The Gunn wrestling team has taken a well-deserved holiday break after pinning down one of the most successful weekends in Gunn sports history.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Owens leads Stanford men hoops past San Diego, 75-66

Stanford roundup

Josh Owens scored 17 points as Stanford stayed unbeaten at home with a balanced, 75-55, victory over visiting San Diego on Saturday night. Chasson Randle added 15 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the waning minutes for the experienced Cardinal, which is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in coach Johnny Dawkins' first season

December 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Boy, 12, shot in East Palo Alto

A 12-year-old boy on Friday night became the latest shooting victim in a series of gun violence against young persons in East Palo Alto.

December 17, 2011 | 7 comments
Ogwumike sisters pace Stanford hoops victory

Nneka Ogwumike scored 22 points and 12 rebounds and Chiney added 21 points, making 10 of her 11 attempts, and nine rebounds for Stanford, which beat visiting Princeton, 85-66, on Saturday.

December 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Owusu ruled out of Fiesta Bowl; career in jeopardy

Stanford football

Chris Owusu's college football career is likely over. Whether he ever plays football again is still to be determined.

December 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo football receives national recognition

NAIA football

Menlo College junior Robert Adan and seniors Kamalu Kaina, Chris Tosello, and Anthony Bendana were named 2011 NAIA Football All-Independent first team it was announced Friday.

December 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Suit filed over Palo Alto's park 'undedication'

Opponents of Measure E claim city failed to follow City Charter in making land available for waste-to-energy facility
Opponents of Palo Alto's plan to build a waste-to-energy facility in the Baylands have filed a lawsuit against the city challenging the November election that made land for such a facility available.

December 16, 2011 | 29 comments
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 21)

Community: Hanukkah party
Candle-lighting, songs, games and traditional Israeli jelly donuts are the elements of the community Hanukkah party being held from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 21) at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Music: Dave Rocha Jazz Group
Tomorrow (Dec. 21) at 12:30 p.m., the Dave Rocha Jazz Group plays a free concert of American jazz standards in the Stanford Hospital atrium. The weekly concert series brings a mix of musical styles for patients, hospital staff and visitors to hear.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 20)

Art: Michelle Stitz
Painter Michelle Stitz, who layers paint with epoxy resin and recycled materials inside steel-box frames, is showing her work through Jan. 31 at Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays until 7.
Music: Michael Griego
Classical guitarist Michael Griego plays a free show of holiday music tonight (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 20)

Art: Michelle Stitz
Painter Michelle Stitz, who layers paint with epoxy resin and recycled materials inside steel-box frames, is showing her work through Jan. 31 at Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays until 7.
Music: Michael Griego
Classical guitarist Michael Griego plays a free show of holiday music tomorrow (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Ex-Palo Alto firefighter receives court sentence

Andrew Jentzsch to receive mental-health counseling after posting threatening messages online
A former Palo Alto firefighter who threatened Police Chief Dennis Burns and several city officials was sentenced on Friday to receive mental-health counseling and to seek employment or retraining.

December 16, 2011 | 14 comments
Palo Alto's downtown post office to be sold

U.S. Postal Service plans to sell historic Hamilton Avenue building, move services to smaller location
The U.S. Postal Service plans to sell the historic building that houses Palo Alto's downtown post office and move its operations to a smaller facility as part of a nationwide effort to cut costs.

December 16, 2011 | 58 comments
SPORTS: Bowl game for Stanford, fans will be real Fiesta

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl features a myriad of activities, from charity events to various parties, and puts on one heck of a parade. The football game itself, which features No. 4 Stanford and No. 3 Oklahoma State in what many feel will be an old-fashioned western shootout among two of the nation's top quarterbacks, represents the culmination of a year's worth of preparation. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council; Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Fixes planned for Palo Alto's iconic egg sculpture

Lytton Plaza's 'Digital DNA' would undergo extensive restoration under artist's proposal
Palo Alto's famous circuit-board egg sculpture, "Digital DNA," may soon receive a major facelift -- and it won't be cheap. The iconic Lytton Plaza landmark, which had originally cost the city $9,950, would cost over $80,000 to restore, the city's Public Arts Commission learned Thursday evening.

December 16, 2011 | 34 comments
Today's events (Dec. 19)

Art: Ken Edwards
Paintings by Ken Edwards are currently on display in the lobby of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. A retired firefighter, Edwards describes his abstract works as "nonobjective" and "a combination of shapes, marks, colors, textures and happy accidents."
Writing: Memoir class
The Los Altos Library is hosting a free class on memoir-writing, from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Dec. 19). The event is at 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

December 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Bloomberg taps Cornell after Stanford withdraws

Bid to build science. technology campus in Big Apple had been priority for Stanford brass
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today (Monday, Dec. 19) named Cornell University the winner in a competition to partner with the city in building a science and technology campus in the Big Apple. Stanford University surprised many Friday when it withdrew its application for the project.

December 16, 2011 | 28 comments
First Person: A conversation with Jeremy Lin

NBA point guard and Palo Alto High School graduate discusses his basketball roots and other topics with Lisa Van Dusen
Jeremy Lin, a Palo Alto High School graduate (Class of 2006) and current point guard for the Houston Rockets, reflects on his Palo Alto basketball roots and life in the NBA. Watch full video

December 19, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'Shame'

(Three stars)
As the title implies, Steve McQueen's "Shame" is a mood piece, as abstract and as engrossing as the many Bach piano selections laid on the soundtrack. It's yet another impressive showcase for the subtle work of Michael Fassbender, who literally bares all to play a sex addict. -- PC

December 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Review: 'Young Adult'

(Three stars)
Simultaneously off-kilter and pat, this anti-romantic comedy has plenty to admire even though its attempt to cohere into a satisfyingly rounded narrative proves clumsily abrupt (perhaps that's the price to pay for the film's 94-minute concision, or just a reflection of its anti-hero). -- PC

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Game of Shadows" is like the cinematic equivalent to a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats -- the adult in me likes the thought-provoking mystery, but the kid in me likes seeing Sherlock kick a thug in the sternum. -- TH

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Cowper Street oak 'George' to come down

Arboricultural consultant recommends removal of 100-plus-year-old tree
An independent arborist hired by the City of Palo Alto has determined the 100-plus-year-old Cowper Street oak tree named "George" cannot be saved.

December 16, 2011 | 16 comments
Housing agency offers support for struggling parents

Program hopes to reach more groups, individuals in the community
Like many parents, Nina Haletky struggled to make her relationship with her young son a positive one. Now, with the help of Palo Alto Housing Corporation's parent-support services, Haletky's relationship with her 8-year-old son is improving every day.

December 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Busy Palo Alto intersection could see new hotel

City board members generally like Hilton Garden Inn, but some residents critical
The latest addition to Palo Alto's dynamic hotel scene could soon go up near one of the busiest intersections on the south part of the city.

December 16, 2011 | 11 comments
Palo Alto prepares to welcome new hotels

As city's hotel market heats up, builders and city officials are looking to cash in
Developers and Palo Alto land-use watchdogs rarely speak with the same voice, but when the venerable Rickey's Hyatt hotel closed its doors in June 2005, just about everyone was singing the blues.

December 16, 2011 | 9 comments
Restaurateur hosts party for 800 children in need

250 chickens, 25 hams and 900 toys distributed in East Palo Alto
A Christmas party hosted by a Midtown Shopping Center business owner for an estimated 800 school children and their families brought abundant food, gifts and joy to Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto on Wednesday evening.

December 16, 2011 | 9 comments
Bowl game for Stanford and its fans will be a real Fiesta

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl features a myriad of activities, from charity events to various parties, and puts on one heck of a parade. The football game itself, which features No. 4 Stanford and No. 3 Oklahoma State in what many feel will be an old-fashioned western shootout among two of the nation's top quarterbacks, represents the culmination of a year's worth of preparation.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Exams over, Stanford hoop teams get back into action

It's time for the Stanford men and women basketball players to wipe the sleep from their eyes, stretch out those tired muscles and shake all those nasty exam-cramming facts from their head. It's time for a lot of basketball.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
The running man

David Smith runs along a trail at the Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve at dusk late last week. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Police release sketch in attempted robberies, burglary

Officers believe same suspect was involved in incidents on Waverley, Tasso and Walter Hays
Palo Alto police are investigating two attempted street robberies and one residential burglary that occurred in the north end of the city Saturday morning (Dec. 10). Police released a sketch of the man believed to be responsible for the crimes Thursday (Dec. 15).

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Taylor named Soccer America's Player of the Year

Noyola, Levin also on first team

Lindsay Taylor has made it a trifecta. The Castilleja grad was named Soccer America's Women's Player of the Year on Thursday, making it three in a row for Stanford. Kelley O'Hara won the award in 2009 and Christen Press won it last year.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Dec. 17-18)

Music: The Gryphon Carolers
Saturday night (Dec. 17) at 8 p.m., the Gryphon Carolers perform their annual eclectic holiday concert, with international and original songs. The performance is at Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Music: 'Sweet Joy'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus performs a program called "Sweet Joy" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Music includes a trio of "Ave Marias" by Poulenc, Biebl and MacIntyre.
Art: Outdoor sculpture tours
A free tour of outdoor sculptures at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 18) in front of the museum. It will cover works by Auguste Rodin, Mark di Suvero and others.

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford puts three on Sporting News All-American team

The honors keep on coming for the Stanford football team, which on Thursday had right guard David DeCastro, outside linebacker Chase Thomas and tight end Coby Fleener named to the Sporting News All-America team.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday feature: Best bets for pets

Holiday gifts sure to earn purrs and wags
Most people consider their pets -- be they dogs, cats, birds or bunnies -- part of the family. And according to a recent AP-Petside poll, more than half of pet owners in America will give holiday gifts to their pets this year, spending around $46 on toys, treats and other goodies per pet.

December 15, 2011 | 4 comments
Supes reject Stanford's $10.4 million trail offer

'It's over,' says Stanford spokesman Larry Horton
For a third time, San Mateo County supervisors have rejected an offer by Stanford to spend millions of dollars to upgrade a deteriorating asphalt path that runs along the south side of Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 15, 2011 | 9 comments
Pinewood boys race to a hoop win over M-A

Wednesday's prep roundup

Any team taking the floor against the Pinewood boys' basketball team this season had better be in good shape because they're in for a footrace.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
NASA sitting on offer to save historic Hangar One

Google founders would bankroll new siding, but so far space agency is mum
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is among those wondering why NASA headquarters is not responding to a proposal from Google's founders that would not only save the biggest historic landmark in the South Bay, it would save NASA $32.8 million.

December 15, 2011 | 11 comments
SPORTS: Stanford volleyball players earn All-American honors

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were recognized as All-America honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which announced its selections Wednesday. Williams, an outside hitter, led the Cardinal with 4.32 kills per set (fifth in the Pac-12) and 4.96 points per set (fifth in the Pac-12). For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Man attacked with a bat in downtown Palo Alto

Little information available on attacker, police say
A man who had been out drinking in downtown Palo Alto bars was attacked and beaten with a bat or stick near Pizza My Heart restaurant at University Avenue and Emerson Street on Tuesday night (Dec. 13), according to police.

December 14, 2011 | 30 comments
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A fresh look:

Homemade holiday gifts
I love creating holiday gifts for my family and friends. It gives me a thrill knowing I can make useful gifts for a fraction of what it costs to buy them in a store.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto police investigate shootings

Brandon Bradford, 19, killed, second person injured Wednesday morning
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man and the shooting of another in East Palo Alto Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.

December 14, 2011 | 11 comments
DeCastro named first team All-American by AP

Stanford football
Shaw up for another coach of year honor

Stanford junior right guard David DeCastro has been named a first team All-American by The Associated Press. Quarterback Andrew Luck and left tackle Jonathan Martin were named to the second team while tight end Coby Fleener earned third-team honors, it was announced Wednesday.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball players earn All-American honors

Cardinal corner
Piscotty a preseason All-American

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were recognized as All-America honorable mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, which announced its selections Wednesday.

December 14, 2011 | 1 comment
Students, parents challenge schools on math

Palo Alto groups call for curriculum that meets but does not exceed basic UC/CSU entrance criteria
A coalition of students and parents challenged the Palo Alto school board Tuesday to ensure the district's two high schools offer a basic, non-honors track in math and science that satisfies entrance requirements for University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) schools.

December 14, 2011 | 201 comments
Palo Alto police bust alleged copper thieves

Two men arrested Sunday after burglary on East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto police this week arrested two men who they said broke into an East Meadow Circle business and made off with copper pipes.

December 14, 2011 | 14 comments
SHP girls' soccer gets first goal and first victory

Tuesday's prep roundup

The Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer team was still looking for its first goal and first victory of the season when it took on visiting South San Francisco in a nonleague match Tuesday. The Gators took care of both those goals by posting a 4-0 triumph.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto eyes major changes to Cogswell Plaza

City seeks to deter 'unsavory activity' by changing landscaping, adding tables to downtown plaza
Seeking to spruce up and revitalize one of downtown's most neglected open-space areas, Palo Alto officials are planning to add new landscaping, furniture and lighting to Cogswell Plaza.

December 14, 2011 | 5 comments
Camille Townsend elected school board president

Dana Tom elected vice-president as school board reorganizes for coming year
Palo Alto school board members Tuesday night elected Camille Townsend to lead the board as president for the coming year. Board member Dana Tom was elected board vice-president.

December 14, 2011 | 2 comments
Media Center to broadcast Jim Burch Tribute series

Dec. 17 tribute will present documentaries Burch produced for the Media Center
The Midpeninsula Community Media Center will honor former Palo Alto Mayor Jim Burch, who was a longtime supporter of the center, with a special Jim Burch Tribute series on Saturday, Dec. 17. Burch died Nov. 28 at the age of 85.
Related stories:
Memorial service Dec. 17 for former Mayor Jim Burch
Read Jim Burch's obituary in Lasting Memories

December 14, 2011 | 3 comments
FCC sets rules to 'calm' loud commercials

Rep. Anna Eshoo's CALM Act requires broadcasters to keep advertising volume down
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill seldom see common ground these days, but just about everyone is supporting an effort by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, to turn down the volume on those annoyingly loud television commercials. The FCC approved its plan to implement Eshoo's law Tuesday.

December 13, 2011 | 11 comments
Supes reject Stanford's $10.4 million trail offer

'It's over,' says Stanford spokesman Larry Horton
The 3-2 vote tally on Tuesday was different than the unanimity of votes in 2006 and 2010, but the outcome was the same: the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors rejected an inflation-adjusted offer of $10.4 million from Stanford University to upgrade a deteriorating asphalt path that runs along the south side of Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 13, 2011 | 15 comments
Air district issues 'Spare the Air' alert for Wednesday

Wood-burning ban in place as district warns of unhealthy air quality
Weather conditions forecast for Wednesday (Dec. 14) are expected to create unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area, prompting a local agency to proclaim the season's fifth Spare the Air day.

December 13, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford's Dunning heads into hall of fame

Women's volleyball

John Dunning has been both busy and successful during his collegiate women's volleyball coaching career, which spans 26 seasons -- the past 11 as the Stanford head coach. Given his accomplishments, it's easy to see why he'll be inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Thursday.

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Ivy League academic honors for former local preps

Local collegians

Castilleja grad Taylor Doctor and Menlo-Atherton grad Alexandre Popp, both students at Harvard, are among 10 Crimson athletes who were among the 80 overall named to the 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy League team.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Firefighters douse blaze in Menlo Park

No injuries reported in house fire near Menlo-Atherton High School
Firefighters extinguished a one-alarm fire this morning at a Menlo Park home near Menlo-Atherton High School, a fire official said.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Homework policy to be discussed tonight

Major school construction projects, 'path to college' also to be brought to school board
A parent-teacher committee charged with recommending a "homework policy" for Palo Alto schools will present a progress report to the Board of Education tonight.

December 13, 2011 | 13 comments
Facebook launches suicide-prevention service

Facebook is offering a new service on its website to help prevent suicides in the United States and Canada, the social-networking giant announced Tuesday (Dec. 13).

December 13, 2011 | 7 comments
Stanford OKs expanded list of trail routes along Alpine Road

Supervisors meet Tuesday on this issue
Stanford University has agreed to expand the range of options it would consider in its 2006 offer to pay up to $10.4 million to upgrade an aged asphalt path along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 13, 2011 | 6 comments
Residents near creek may be asked to tax themselves

San Franciscquito Creek Joint Powers Authority eyes finance district for residents in flood-prone areas of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto
With federal funding up in the air, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park officials may look to residents who live near the volatile San Francisquito Creek to tax themselves in order to pay for flood protection.

December 12, 2011 | 33 comments
Palo Alto bids farewell to 'Downtown' Sandra Brown

Popular lieutenant retires after 24 years in the Palo Alto Police Department
After nearly a quarter century of patrolling the streets, testifying at trials, and counseling students, "Downtown" Sandra Brown is stepping down. The popular police lieutenant was recognized for her distinguished career Monday night.

December 12, 2011 | 20 comments
Walgreens arsonist committed to psych facility

Donald Ray Williams suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
Nearly two years after his conviction for burning down the Walgreens building on University Avenue, Donald Ray Williams was finally committed to a federal psychiatric facility, a federal prosecutor said on Friday (Dec. 9).

December 12, 2011 | 4 comments
Today's events (Dec. 16)

Music: 'Annual Messiah Sing Along/Play Along'
Singers and musicians can bring their voices to the annual sing- and play-along of Handel's "Messiah" at Stanford's Memorial Church. The event is at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 16).
Music: 'Christmas Story'
The Magnificant ensemble performs Schutz's "Weihnachtshistorie" at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 16). The concert is at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 16)

Music: 'Annual Messiah Sing Along/Play Along'
Singers and musicians can bring their voices to the annual sing- and play-along of Handel's "Messiah" at Stanford's Memorial Church. The event is at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 16).
Music: 'Christmas Story'
The Magnificant ensemble performs Schütz's "Weihnachtshistorie" at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 16). The concert is at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Dec. 15)

Family: Holiday sing-along
Musician Jim Stevens leads an all-ages sing-along tonight (Dec. 15) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road. Admission is free.
Author: Lori Jespersen
Tonight (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m., clinical psychologist Lori Jespersen gives an author talk on her new book, "From This Day On," about incorporating new insight into everyday life. The event is at East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 15)

Family: Holiday sing-along
Musician Jim Stevens leads an all-ages sing-along tomorrow (Dec. 15) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road. Admission is free.
Author: Lori Jespersen
Tomorrow (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m., clinical psychologist Lori Jespersen gives an author talk on her new book, "From This Day On," about incorporating new insight into everyday life. The event is at East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
2011 ALL-SCVAL De Anza Division water polo teams

GIRLS
Most Valuable Player: Elizabeth Anderson (Gunn) Sr.
MVP Goalie: Nicole Larson (Los Altos) Sr.
First Team
Caroline Anderson (Gunn) So.; Missy Barr (Gunn) Sr.; Katie-Rose Skelly (Gunn) Sr.; Katy Schaefer (Los Altos) Sr.; Olivia Santiago (Los Altos) Sr.; Skylar Dorosin (Palo Alto) Sr.; Shannon Scheel (Palo Alto) Sr.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford tops Directors' Cup standings again

Cardinal corner

To probably no one's surprise, defending champion Stanford is the leader after the first fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Cardinal leads Syracuse by 199 to 158.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Lin waived by Warriors but picked up by Rockets

Of local note

Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin wasn't out of a job very long, after being waived by the NBA's Golden State Warriors on Friday. On Sunday, the Houston Rockets claimed the 23-year-old Lin off waivers.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford's Luck is runner-up again in Heisman

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished as the Heisman runner-up on Saturday for the second consecutive year, marking the third year in a row that the Cardinal program has produced the Heisman runner-up. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, sporting 'Superman' socks for the occasion, was awarded the trophy as winner of the 2011 award. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
VIDEO: Holiday lights shine at Lytton Plaza

Palo Alto officially kicked off the holiday season Friday (Dec. 9) with a tree-lighting and dedication ceremony at Lytton Plaza. Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Police seek bike-riding would-be robber

Three crimes were attempted Sunday morning in Palo Alto
Palo Alto police are searching for a man suspected of committing two attempted street robberies and a burglary Saturday (Dec. 10) morning in the space of less than an hour.

December 11, 2011 | No comments yet
PK's finally Palo Alto's undoing in tourney finale

Saturday prep soccer

A third time definitely wasn't a charm for the Palo Alto girls' soccer team, which finally dropped a match in penalty kicks after winning in that fashion in two previous matches. A lack of goals in regulation cost the Vikings the title in the Palo Alto Winter Classic.

December 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto pins down a big wrestling tourney title

Weekend prep roundup

The Palo Alto wrestling team pinned down the championship of the 25-team Webber Lawson Memorial tournament at Fremont High in Sunnyvale on Saturday. The Vikings scored 170.5 points to win comfortably over Live Oak, second with 131 points.

December 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford's Luck is runner-up again in Heisman

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck finished as the Heisman runner-up on Saturday for the second consecutive year, marking the third year in a row that the Cardinal program has produced the Heisman runner-up.

December 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Police probe two street robberies and a burglary

Officers believe same suspect was involved in incidents on Waverley, Tasso and Walter Hays
Palo Alto police are investigating two attempted street robberies and one residential burglary that occurred in the north end of the city Saturday morning (Dec. 10).

December 10, 2011 | 30 comments
Local agencies drop prices for pet adoptions

Goal is to find homes for 1,000 animals by New Year's Eve
Six Silicon Valley animal rescue agencies, including Palo Alto Animal Services, are offering discounted pet adoptions in a bid to find homes for 1,000 animals by New Year's Eve.

December 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto teams will play for tournament titles

Friday's prep basketball

Just one week after the girls' volleyball team captured a second straight state title, two Palo Alto basketball teams will be playing for titles of their own -- although not quite as important.

December 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford offers early admission to 755

Decisions for early applicants to the Class of 2016 went out by e-mail Friday afternoon
Stanford University Friday offered admission to 755 high school students under its "restrictive early action program" for the undergraduate Class of 2016. The number of early applicants to Stanford fell slightly this year -- to 5,880 -- after rising for the past three years.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday craft fair comes to Palo Alto

Annual fair at First Presbyterian Church combines gift buys with support for worthy causes
The Holiday Peace and Social Justice Craft and Info Fair aims to create a more satisfying and beneficial approach to gift giving that just might be a little different from Christmases past, organizers said.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Fourth consecutive 'Spare the Air' alert issued

Wood-burning ban in place Saturday as air district warns of unhealthy air quality
A fourth consecutive winter Spare the Air Day has been issued for the Bay Area on Saturday (Dec. 10) because of continued unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 9, 2011 | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council, School board, Public Arts Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Paly's second state title caps a special two years

The final official team function for the Palo Alto High girls' volleyball team was to watch a replay of the 2011 CIF Division I state championship match on Wednesday. While everyone already knew the outcome, the video session provided a final opportunity to see what may turn out to be an end of an era. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford has three first-team All-Americans

Women's soccer

Three seniors from Stanford's national championship women's soccer team were named first-team All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Friday.

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Franchise owners weather turbulent economic times

While other girls were playing with their Barbies, at 6, Lisa Anter was charging 10 cents a cup at her lemonade stand at a lake near her Montreal, Canada, home. It would be another 20 years or so before her entrepreneurial instincts kicked in and she left the corporate world to open her own business.

December 11, 2011 | 11 comments
Stanford's Noyola, Taylor are finalists for Hermann Trophy

Stanford's Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor have been selected among the three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's version of the Heisman. The other finalist is Maya Hayes of Penn State.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Gunn girls reach soccer semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the Palo Alto Winter Classic girls' soccer tournament was a battle of penalty kicks as three of the four matches went past regulation on Thursday to decide berths into the semifinals.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fined $50,000

California Department of Public Health cites hospital for violation related to the administration of medications
Five Bay Area hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, were issued a total of $215,000 in penalties by the California Department of Public Health for noncompliance with policies and administrative errors that could have resulted in serious injury or death, the state agency announced Thursday.

December 9, 2011 | 7 comments
VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA

A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.

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Handling grief during the holidays

Palo Alto resident's website gives advice, solace to those who mourn
Gloria Horsley understands the difficulty of dealing with loss during the holidays. The Palo Alto resident and founder of the Open to Hope Foundation lost her son and her nephew in 1983 in a car crash.

December 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Feature story: Modern-day magician

Budding mentalist -- and Googler -- puts on a show in Palo Alto
Seasoned performers know that a quiet audience is not always a bad thing. The people out there in the dark may be rapt, or stunned, or just listening too hard to make a sound. Stage magician David Gerard strives for a particular kind of silence from his audiences, composed of "the moments of pure astonishment, like when you're a kid again." Photos and video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
AT&T's antenna plan moves forward in Palo Alto

City's Architectural Review Board approves design despite mixed reception from community
AT&T's ambitious plan to install 80 antennas on existing utility poles throughout Palo Alto continues to polarize the community, with some calling the proposal a necessary step to improving cell phone reception and others calling the proposed equipment unsightly and disruptive. The plan got a lift Thursday when the Architectural Review Board voted to approve it.

December 9, 2011 | 45 comments
Land could create continuous habitat corridor

Report offers 'greenprint' for protecting nearly 1 million acres
More than 1 million acres of private lands in the Bay Area, much of it deemed essential to the preservation of animal species, have been identified for potential conservation by the Bay Area Open Space Council, according to a massive new report.

December 11, 2011 | 10 comments
A leaner Palo Alto Adult School marks 90 years

New mantra from state funders: literacy and jobs
It's all about jobs, says Kara Rosenberg, director of the Palo Alto Adult School. As state financing dwindles and funds once reserved for adult education are freed up for other purposes, Palo Alto's 90-year-old adult-education program is slimming down and gearing up for the challenge.

December 10, 2011 | 5 comments
Nix high-speed-rail project, council members say

City Council committee agrees state project should be terminated, squabbles over exact wording
Palo Alto on Thursday cemented its position as the vanguard of opposition to California's proposed high-speed-rail line when a City Council committee recommended that the full council officially adopt a position calling for the project's termination.

December 9, 2011 | 36 comments
Palo Alto woman wins national bridge tournament

Geeske Joel found her passion in the 'most challenging card game ever invented'
Geeske Joel might have come to bridge at a late age for a competitor, but that hasn't stopped her from reaching the top. Joel, 48, and her team won the fall North American Bridge Championships board-a-match team competition last Sunday (Dec. 4).

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Third 'Spare the Air' alert issued this week

Wood-burning ban in place again Friday as district warns of unhealthy air quality
Due to continued poor air quality around the Bay Area, Friday has been declared the third winter Spare the Air Day of the season.

December 9, 2011 | 3 comments
Review: 'New Year's Eve'

(One-and-a-half stars)
The crass sentimental manipulation of this bright, colorful, glossy "Hallmark Hall of Shame" is all part of the bargain, the audience fully expecting to laugh, cry and kiss 12 bucks goodbye. -- PC

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Google execs offer to save Hangar One

Leaders willing to pay 100 percent of cost to restore hangar in return for long-term lease
"Why doesn't Google pay for it?" has been the sort of comment often made by those frustrated by the years-long struggle to save landmark Hangar One at Moffett Field. But on Thursday it was announced that the principals of Google are willing to do just that.

December 8, 2011 | 25 comments
More postseason honors for Luck, Stanford football players

Stanford's Andrew Luck won two awards Thursday. He was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the first Cardinal (a.k.a. Indians) since Jim Plunkett won the honor in 1970, and his offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro joined him on the first team in the afternoon afternoon. In the evening, Luck was honored with the Maxwell Award for Most Outstanding Player.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 14)

Author: Patrick Hunt
Tonight (Dec. 14) at 6 p.m. at the Stanford Bookstore on campus, Patrick Hunt will read from and sign his book "Puer Natus Est." The book looks at 2,000 years of Advent-themed art and includes illuminated manuscripts and other images.
Music: Gunn High School Choir
When the Gunn High School Choir performs its winter concert tonight (Dec. 14), the program will include Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" with percussionists from the Gunn Wind Ensemble and Vivaldi's "Gloria" with the Gunn Chamber Orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 14)

Author: Patrick Hunt
Tomorrow (Dec. 14) at 6 p.m. at the Stanford Bookstore on campus, Patrick Hunt will read from and sign his book "Puer Natus Est." The book looks at 2,000 years of Advent-themed art and includes illuminated manuscripts and other images.
Music: Gunn High School Choir
When the Gunn High School Choir performs its winter concert tomorrow (Dec. 14), the program will include Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" with percussionists from the Gunn Wind Ensemble and Vivaldi's "Gloria" with the Gunn Chamber Orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Dec. 13)

Music: New Century Chamber Orchestra
Violin soloist Krista Bennion Feeney will be featured when the New Century Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 13) at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. The program includes Haydn's Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. V11a:4.
Music: Classical guitar
Mountain View musician Michael Griego plays classical and Christmas-themed guitar music at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 13) at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. The show is free.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 13)

Music: New Century Chamber Orchestra
Violin soloist Krista Bennion Feeney will be featured when the New Century Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 13) at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. The program includes Haydn's Violin Concerto in G Major, Hob. V11a:4.
Music: Classical guitar
Mountain View musician Michael Griego plays classical and Christmas-themed guitar music at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 13) at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. The show is free.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Barram, Casas Frier to lead Foothill-De Anza trustees

Former Cupertino Union school board member Joan Barram joined community college board in 2009
Trustees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District elected member Joan Barram as president and Laura Casas Frier vice-president effective Dec. 5.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 12)

Music: 'Messiah Sing'
Schola Cantorum hosts its 45th annual "Messiah Sing" tonight (Dec. 12) at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. An orchestra will play from the stage as singers contribute their voices from the audience.
Art: Esther Traugot
Art installations by Esther Traugot, including natural objects such as trees and branches covered in crocheted threads, are on exhibit through Jan. 22 at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Some rebuilding will be needed for Paly, M-A football

They won a combined 19 games this season and advanced all the way to their respective Central Coast Section championship games before seeing their seasons end in losses. The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton football teams have something else in common, too.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly's second state title caps a special two years

The final official team function for the Palo Alto High girls' volleyball team was to watch a replay of the 2011 CIF Division I state championship match on Wednesday. While everyone already knew the outcome, the video session provided a final opportunity to see what may turn out to be an end of an era.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford tennis nets top male, female recruits

Cardinal corner

The Stanford men's tennis program will get a little stronger next year with the addition of recruits Trey Strobel and Nolan Paige, ranked 13th and 14th, respectively, on national recruiting lists.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford's Luck named among Heisman finalists

Andrew Luck, who led Stanford to an 11-1 record this season and its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which honors the nation's most outstanding college football player. Luck and the other finalists will be on hand for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday in New York City. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's 'Christmas Tree Lane' lights up

Decorations, carolers abound on Fulton Street off Embarcadero Road
Starting Saturday (Dec. 10), Fulton Street in Palo Alto will again transform into a Christmas wonderland, filled with red and green lights, decorations and carolers. The 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton will turn on the lights of "Christmas Tree Lane" for the 71st year.

December 8, 2011 | 12 comments
Fry's customer escapes gun-wielding man

Customer approached by two men in parking lot Wednesday night
A man received an unwelcome holiday surprise in the parking lot of Fry's Electronics Wednesday night when two men wearing masks and black clothing approached him and flashed a handgun, Palo Alto police confirmed Thursday.

December 8, 2011 | 3 comments
Paly girls open hoop season with a solid win

Wednesday's prep roundup

Senior Emilee Osagiede poured in 25 points as the Palo Alto girls' basketball team opened its season with a 56-45 victory over San Mateo in the first round of the Pinewood Classic on Wednesday.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man faces 20 years for fraud

Two other men also admit real estate scheme by Mountain View companies
A Palo Alto man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court for a real estate investment scheme and could face 20 years in prison.

December 8, 2011 | 32 comments
Supervisors to face music on Stanford trail offer

The issue returns to the supervisors Dec. 13
A moment of truth is coming Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 9 a.m. when San Mateo County supervisors meet to weigh in a third time on a 2006 offer from Stanford to pay millions of dollars to upgrade the roadside path along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 8, 2011 | 7 comments
Easy rider

A bicyclist rides the trails at Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve Wednesday (Dec. 7) at sunset. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto taps veteran to lead emergency-preparedness effort

Officer Kenneth Dueker chosen to direct city's new Office of Emergency Services
After months of searching, Palo Alto officials didn't have to look far to find a leader for its newly created Office of Emergency Services. Officer Kenneth Dueker, an emergency-preparedness veteran, was tapped to lead the office, the city announced Wednesday.

December 7, 2011 | 9 comments
Air district issues second 'Spare the Air' alert

Wood-burning ban in place Thursday as district warns of unhealthy air quality
For the second day in a row, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.

December 7, 2011 | 4 comments
Sacred Heart Prep's Temple is CCS Division II MVP

Girls' water polo

Sacred Heart Prep senior Pippa Temple, who led the Gators to a 24-5 record and a record fifth straight Central Coast Section Division II title in girls' water polo, has been named the CCS Division II Most Valuable Player for 2011.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

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College Terrace sparkles in holiday home tour

It all started with a broken oven.

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Bicyclist robbed at knifepoint in Menlo Park

Thief swipes $25 cash in Tuesday robbery
A bicyclist pedaling along the Ringwood Avenue pedestrian bridge lost $25 after being confronted by a man brandishing a knife Tuesday morning.

December 7, 2011 | 17 comments
Section champ SHP well-represented on All-CCS

Five players who competed in the Central Coast Section Division II boys' water polo championship match for Sacred Heart Prep and Los Altos have been named to the 2011 All-CCS Division II team.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Knights' Pee Wees will play for third place

One championship dream has ended but another continues for the Palo Alto Knights' program at the American Youth Football (AYF) National Championships in Orlando, Fla.

December 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Paly students honored for community service

'President's Award' honors teens who volunteer 100 or more hours in a year
More than 150 students at Palo Alto High School will be recognized for their service to the community in a presentation Friday (Dec. 9) of the President's Award for Volunteer Service.

December 7, 2011 | 11 comments
EPA hires leader for community development

New director John Doughty to address tax base, balancing development and community needs
East Palo Alto has hired John Doughty, executive director of Monterey Bay Area Governments, to head its new Community Development department, the city has announced.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto beefs up Development Center staffing

City aims to bring order, simplicity to its famously complex permitting process
Palo Alto officials forged ahead this week with a plan to streamline the city's notoriously complex permitting process when they committed $1.5 million to add staff to the Development Center.

December 7, 2011 | 7 comments
Facebucks: Economic impact study released

Facebook employees will get credit to spend at local businesses
With all the fanfare over Facebook relocating to Menlo Park,the question of why that was such a boon to the city sometimes led to hazy answers: "This is fantastic!" "Why?" "Because it's Facebook, and fantastic!" But now there are some concrete answers in the form of an economic impact study. Related story:
Facebook: Draft environmental and fiscal impact reports will be available Dec. 8

December 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Woman dies in Los Altos multi-vehicle crash

Collision on Foothill Expressway kills 85-year-old Cupertino resident
An 85-year-old Cupertino woman died in a multi-vehicle crash in Los Altos Tuesday morning, police said.

December 6, 2011 | 4 comments
This weekend's events (Dec. 10-11)

Music: 'A Service of Lessons & Carols'
The annual seasonal program "A Service of Lessons & Carols" is planned for Saturday (Dec. 10) at 8 p.m. in Stanford University's Memorial Church. Organist Robert Huw Morgan leads the free program.
Dance: 'The Nutcracker'
Peninsula Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre at 2215 Broadway in Redwood City, beginning with an opening gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 10). Performances run through Dec. 18.
Family: 'The Chanukah Experience'
On Sunday (Dec. 11), a public kids' Chanukah party is planned at the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, hosted by Chabad of Greater South Bay. The party will go from 1 to 4 p.m. with games, arts and crafts, latke-making and a bounce house.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Top honors for M-A players on All-PAL Bay football team

Three members of the Menlo-Atherton football team who helped the Bears reach the Central Coast Section Division I championship game last weekend have earned top honors on the 2011 All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division squad.

December 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Today's events (Dec. 9)

Music: 'Weinachtsfest'
Christmas will be celebrated in high Bach style tonight (Dec. 9) at 8 p.m. when the Bay Choral Guild gives a concert at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. The program features C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat" and Cantatas I and VI of J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio."
Family: LEGO holiday display
Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage opens its annual LEGO holiday display tonight (Dec. 9) at 351 Homer Ave. The huge panorama of trains and buildings, landmarks and people crafted from LEGO bricks is up through Jan. 15, open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Life-long friends both named as a semifinalist for top honor

The Hermann Trophy

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor and Palo Alto grads Teresa Noyola have shared their lives growing up on the local soccer fields. Now seniors at Stanford, they share a national title, 95 college wins and now both have been named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's highest honor.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 9)

Music: 'Weinachtsfest'
Christmas will be celebrated in high Bach style tomorrow (Dec. 9) at 8 p.m. when the Bay Choral Guild gives a concert at the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. The program features C.P.E. Bach's "Magnificat" and Cantatas I and VI of J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio."
Family: LEGO holiday display
Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage opens its annual LEGO holiday display tomorrow (Dec. 9) at 351 Homer Ave. The huge panorama of trains and buildings, landmarks and people crafted from LEGO bricks is up through Jan. 15, open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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All-region volleyball honors for Stanford duo

Stanford sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat have been named to the All-Pacific Region Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The pair was listed among the top 14 players on Tuesday in arguably the nation's most competitive region.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' alert issued for Wednesday

Wood-burning ban in place as Bay Area Air Quality Management District warns of unhealthy air quality
Unhealthy pollution levels are expected this week, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.

December 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Today's events (Dec. 8)

Author: Richard Heinberg
Tonight (Dec. 8) at 7 p.m., Richard Heinberg gives a talk on his book "The End of Growth," which focuses on the ongoing financial crisis and posits how a new economy can be built within the constraints of the planet's current level of resources and energy. The talk is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Music: Jam session
Menlo Park's Oak City Bar & Grill hosts a jam session with jazz violinist and bassist Marty Honda at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Dec. 8). The restaurant is at 1029 El Camino Real.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 8)

Author: Richard Heinberg
Tomorrow (Dec. 8) at 7 p.m., Richard Heinberg gives a talk on his book "The End of Growth," which focuses on the ongoing financial crisis and posits how a new economy can be built within the constraints of the planet's current level of resources and energy. The talk is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Music: Jam session
Menlo Park's Oak City Bar & Grill hosts a jam session with jazz violinist and bassist Marty Honda at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 8). The restaurant is at 1029 El Camino Real.

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Shaw a finalist for national coach of the year

First-year coach David Shaw had a number of challenges when he took over at Stanford for the 2011 season, one of which was how he going to follow Jim Harbaugh's 12-1 record a season before. Shaw is a win a way from doing that and on Tuesday was honored as one of five regional FBS coaches of the year by the American Football Coaches Association, and is now a finalist for national coach of the year.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Pinewood boys win basketball tourney titles

M-A girls third in soccer tourney

Basketball tournaments signal the official beginning of the season, and two local boys' squads certainly have gotten their respective campaigns off to a good start after winning championships during the weekend.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Opinion shifts against high-speed rail

New Field Poll shows nearly two-thirds of California voters support a new election on project
As the price tag for California's proposed high-speed-rail system continues to swell, so does public opposition to the voter-approved project, a new poll has found.

December 6, 2011 | 55 comments
How do you know it's a police officer?

Police impersonator steals driver's keys
After a young woman from Atherton was pulled over last week by what turned out to be a police impersonator who stole her car keys, Atherton police advise that there are several things that can be done to make sure the driver of an unmarked vehicle is really a police officer.

December 6, 2011 | 7 comments
Palo Alto golf course faces uncertain future

City Council starts a 'broad' conversation about future of Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course
An effort by Palo Alto and its neighbors to calm the volatile San Francisquito Creek is prompting city officials to take a fresh look at the future of the city's Municipal Golf Course and consider whether the aged facility should be improved or eliminated altogether.

December 6, 2011 | 12 comments
A pair of Menlo soccer players named NAIA All-Americans

Oaks' report

Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein has been all-league in both soccer and baseball. Now he can say he's an All-American. Zipperstein, a senior defender at Menlo College, was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention Monday along with Oaks' junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez.

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Cooley Landing Park breaks ground

East Palo Alto nature park is becoming a reality after 20 years
The transformation of Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto from a toxic wasteland into a nature park for recreation seekers and endangered species got underway on Monday (Dec. 5), after 20 years of struggle and negotiation.

December 5, 2011 | 5 comments
Facebook acquires new talent from Gowalla

Co-founders of social-networking app heading to Facebook in January
Social-networking giant Facebook confirmed Monday that members from the Austin, Texas, company Gowalla will be moving to Palo Alto to join the Facebook team in the new year.

December 5, 2011 | 7 comments
Today's events (Dec. 7)

Family: 'A Very Babymouse Christmas'
Youth author Jenni Holm will read from the 15th graphic novel in her "Babyhouse" series tonight (Dec. 7) at 6 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The latest book is "A Very Babymouse Christmas."
Dance: Smuin Ballet
The San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet brings its holiday program to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. this month starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 7). Local performances continue through Dec. 11.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 7)

Family: 'A Very Babymouse Christmas'
Youth author Jenni Holm will read from the 15th graphic novel in her "Babyhouse" series tomorrow (Dec. 7) at 6 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The latest book is "A Very Babymouse Christmas."
Dance: Smuin Ballet
The San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet brings its holiday program to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. this month starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 7). Local performances continue through Dec. 11.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Knights' Pee Wees advance to semis at nationals

The Palo Alto Knights' Pee Wee football team advanced to the semifinals of the American Youth Football (AYF) National Championships with a 28-0 victory over the Harlem Jets on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. The Knights will play the Phoenix Thunder on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the national finals on Thursday.

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Stanford's Luck named among the finalists for Heisman

Luck wins Unitas Golden Arm Award
Luck, DeCastro are All-Americans

Andrew Luck, who led Stanford to an 11-1 record this season and its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which honors the nation's most outstanding college football player.

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Palo Alto students win Siemens competition prize

Jeffrey Ling and Helen Jiang win an award in team finals in math, science and technology
Two Palo Alto students have won a Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology prize, which is the nation's top science honor for high school students, the foundation announced Dec. 5.

December 5, 2011 | 7 comments
Flood-control plan would transform Palo Alto golf course

City Council to consider tonight various options for Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course redesign
An ambitious regional plan to calm the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek could mean dramatic changes for golfers teeing up at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course.

December 5, 2011 | 24 comments
SPORTS: NCAA title puts Stanford in rare company

With one little tap of her forehead, Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola gave the Stanford women's soccer team its first lead in an NCAA championship contest. That goal was all the top-ranked and top-seeded Cardinal needed to win its first national soccer title. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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The Cardinal gets ready to gear up for the Fiesta Bowl

Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma St. (11-1)

Andrew Luck and the Stanford football team may not be playing for the national championship this season, but they're not about to look at the Fiesta Bowl as some sort of consolation prize.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford men get big basketball win over Wolfpack

Cardinal women romp in Fresno State

Josh Owens thinks Stanford's 76-72 come-from-behind victory over visiting North Carolina State will come in handy when it comes time for the selection committee to pick at-large teams for the NCAA men's basketball tournament in March.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
NCAA title puts Stanford in rare company

With one little tap of her forehead, Palo Alto grad Teresa Noyola gave the Stanford women's soccer team its first lead in an NCAA championship contest. That goal was all the top-ranked and top-seeded Cardinal needed to win its first national soccer title.

December 4, 2011 | 1 comment
Gunn's Robinson qualifies for nationals, but can't run

Sarah Robinson became only the third Gunn girl in school history to qualify for the Foot Locker National Championships in cross country next weekend in San Diego. Unlike her predecessors, however, Robinson will not be competing.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Paly girls make history with state volleyball title

The Palo Alto girls' volleyball squad became the first team in school history to win back-to-back state titles by outlasting Marymount, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 17-15 in the CIF Division I finals on Saturday at Concordia University in Irvine. The Vikings let a 2-0 lead get away and trailed in the fifth set, 13-7, before rallying to win the state crown. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 4, 2011 | 5 comments
M-A falls to Serra in Division I championship game, 42-21

Senior running back Erich Wilson rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Serra to a 42-21 victory over No. 2 Menlo-Atherton in the Central Coast Section Division I football championship game Saturday afternoon at Terra Nova High School.

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Paly girls make history with second state volleyball title

The Palo Alto girls' volleyball squad became the first team in school history to win back-to-back state titles by outlasting Marymount, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 17-15 in the CIF Division I finals on Saturday at Concordia University in Irvine. The Vikings let a 2-0 lead get away and trailed in the fifth set, 13-7, before rallying to win the state crown.

December 3, 2011 | 5 comments
Cardinal still can't figure out Wolverines in NCAA

Stanford roundup

For the second time in three years, Michigan knocked the Cardinal out of the NCAA tournament on its home court in the second round. The Wolverines beat 11th-seeded Stanford, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20, to advance to next weekend's Sweet Sixteen against Florida, which upset No. 6 seed Northern Iowa earlier Saturday.

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Third person killed by train identified

San Jose man killed at California Avenue station was second in series of Saturday deaths
A man who died on the Caltrain tracks at California Avenue in Palo Alto Saturday (Dec. 3) has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.

December 3, 2011 | 33 comments
Palo Alto has no answer for Bells in CCS title game loss

Senior quarterback Travis McHugh rushed for 208 yards on 20 carries and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Bellarmine to a convincing 41-13 victory over No. 4 Palo Alto in the Central Coast Section Open Division football championship game on Friday night at San Jose City College.

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Williams' double vision sends Stanford into second round

Rachel Williams continued seeing double Friday night and that spelled victory for the Stanford women's volleyball team in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Maples Pavilion.

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Another chance to finish on top for Stanford soccer

NCAA Women's College Cup

Freshman Chioma Ubogagu scored a goal, recorded an assist, and then left the match with an apparent shin injury as the top-ranked and top-seeded Stanford women's soccer beat beat Florida State, 3-0, in a semifinal of the NCAA Women's College Cup on Friday night.

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Today's events (Dec. 6)

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Tonight (Dec. 6) at 8 p.m., the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra gives a concert at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. The program features Bach's Mass in B Minor.
Author: Frank Close
Oxford University theoretical physics professor Frank Close will give a talk on his book "The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe" at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 6). The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Tap water may turn milky on the Peninsula

San Francisco Public Utility Commission warns that water color may temporarily change because of increased air pressure
If Palo Alto residents notice their tap water turning white or milky in the coming month, it's not just their imagination at work.

December 2, 2011 | 10 comments
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 6)

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Tomorrow (Dec. 6) at 8 p.m., the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra gives a concert at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. The program features Bach's Mass in B Minor.
Author: Frank Close
Oxford University theoretical physics professor Frank Close will give a talk on his book "The Infinity Puzzle: Quantum Field Theory and the Hunt for an Orderly Universe" at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 6). The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

December 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Local Native American tribe seeks identity

Muwekma Ohlone lose federal court battle over official recognition of tribe
The Muwekma Ohlone, whose ancestral lands are in Palo Alto and throughout the Bay Area, have lost a federal lawsuit seeking recognition of their tribe by the United States, according to U.S. District Court documents.

December 3, 2011 | 31 comments
Today's events (Dec. 5)

Talk: 'Iran, Al Qaeda & the U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism'
Eric P. Schmitt, senior writer and Washington correspondent with the New York Times, will give a free talk at 6:30 p.m. today (Dec. 5) titled "Iran, Al Qaeda & the U.S. Campaign Against Terrorism." The event will be in Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113, Stanford University.
Art: 'Winter Solstice'
A new group exhibition by various artists working in wood and textiles, mixed media, paint, photography and other media is up at The Gallery at Fibre Arts Design, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto. Themed "Winter Solstice," the free show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 25.

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SPORTS: Paly has one last volleyball test in state finals

Dave Winn may not have a degree in education, but that hasn't stopped him from teaching up a storm with his Palo Alto girls' volleyball team this season. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday spirit soars at Ronald McDonald House

December got off to a colorful start at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Thursday with a "Light the House" celebration that included live music, face-painting, balloons and the illumination of thousands of lights. Photos by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

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Youth clinics for lacrosse, football on Saturday

The U.S. women's national senior lacrosse team will be conducting a youth instructional clinic on Saturday for girls in grades 3-12 at Stanford University. A football clinic, meanwhile, will be held at Menlo School.

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Paly has one last volleyball test in state finals

Dave Winn may not have a degree in education, but that hasn't stopped him from teaching up a storm with his Palo Alto girls' volleyball team this season.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Performance review for City Manager James Keene; AT&T wireless communication equipment

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Artist'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Any filmgoer undaunted by something a little different will surely walk out of the brand-new silent film "The Artist" with a big, goofy grin. The picture's underlying sentimentality makes it well-timed as a holiday release. -- PC

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Two Palo Alto campuses test 'inclusion' programs this fall

'Inclusive schools,' where differences are honored, to be celebrated next week
Every month, parents at Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto are invited to an "inclusion coffee" to share their thoughts about a new pilot program at the school -- taking the inclusion of some special-education students to a significant new level.

December 2, 2011 | 38 comments
Police make arrest after manhunt in Midtown

East Palo Alto resident Tyrell Walker arrested following yard-to-yard search
Palo Alto police used four K-9 units -- including one from Los Altos and one from Sunnyvale -- to apprehend a man who had allegedly violated a restraining order and threatened a woman in Midtown Palo Alto Thursday night, police said.

December 2, 2011 | 20 comments
Woodward stays busy for Cardinal women swimmers

Men's hoops win in Seattle

Samantha Woodward was as successful as she was busy on the first day of the Texas Invitational in Austin Thursday. She won one event, was part of a relay victory and placed in two other events. Stanford earned 237 points and is in fourth place heading into Friday.

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Pac-12 looking for respect in NCAA volleyball

Here's a case where playing too many conference matches may have hindered seeding for the seven Pac-12 teams that earned a spot in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament, which gets underway this weekend at 16 venues around the country.

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Stanford hopes for a banner finish in NCAA College Cup

Women's soccer

Perhaps the biggest disappointment for the Stanford women's soccer team last year was not being able to unveil its "100th NCAA title" banner they had hidden at the championship site in Cary, N.C.

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A battle of the buddies in Paly-Bellarmine CCS finale

B.J. Boyd and Travis McHugh helped put Palo Alto on the sporting map in 2008. The two were teammates on the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14-year-old all-star baseball team that qualified for the World Series -- a first for the program and the city. Now the two have a chance to do something noteworthy again.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Firefighters 'knock down' house fire in Woodside

At least one person is reported injured
Firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District "knocked down" a two-alarm structure fire in a large one-story house at 214 Eleanor Drive in Woodside Thursday (Dec. 1) at about 3:23 p.m.

December 1, 2011 | 3 comments
Holiday events: The art of celebrating

The local art scene marks the holidays with harps and hymns, concerts and a cook-off
Marking the season with artistic flair can mean many different things in the Peninsula's arts community. There are several performances of the "Nutcracker" ballet, of course, and more than one chance to let your singing voice out to play in the rippling vocal runs of the "Messiah."

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Menlo School's Ball wins USTA Junior Sportsmanship Award

Menlo School junior Andrew Ball has won the USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award for his honorable tournament play during the season. Chosen among all junior players nationwide, Ball is one of four winners who will be honored in a July ceremony during the International Hall of Fame weekend in Rhode Island.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Daughter alleges misconduct in father's arrest

Father was held on suspicion of allowing teen drinking
The daughter of Menlo Park resident William Burnett, an assistant professor at Stanford University, is alleging police misconduct in connection with his arrest on suspicion of allowing teenage drinking at a party at his house in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue at around 11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 25).

December 1, 2011 | 109 comments
Arrest made in burglary at Duveneck

One man charged with burglary, six other people charged with possession of stolen property
Seven people have been linked to a school burglary that occurred in Palo Alto over the summer, police said today. Several computers stolen from Duveneck Elementary School at 705 Alester Ave. have been recovered, police said.

December 1, 2011 | 15 comments
Ogwumike sisters combine for 38 points in win over Aggies

Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 of her 20 points, mostly on offensive rebounds, in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds as the fifth-ranked Stanford women's basketball team beat visiting UC Davis, 93-44, Wednesday night.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn's Anderson will make it a water polo family affair at SCU

It was only two year ago that Elizabeth Anderson was a sophomore playing alongside her senior sister, Jenny, on the Gunn girls' water polo team. Those two will be reunited for the 2012-13 season at Santa Clara University.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto schools brace for more budget cuts

District faces up to $2.8 million in mid-year cuts, the third round in as many years
Palo Alto schools are bracing for their third round of budget cuts in as many years and face some "tough decisions," officials said.

November 30, 2011 | 29 comments
Luck among five finalists for Walter Camp player of year

Cardinal corner

Andrew Luck, who has quarterbacked Stanford to an 11-1 record this season, has been named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2011 College Football Player of the Year Award.

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California Avenue fountain, park designs unveiled

Three designs for the California Avenue fountain plaza were unveiled by Palo Alto officials at a community meeting Tuesday. The fountain plaza, or Park Boulevard Park, is located at the east end of California, adjacent to the Caltrain station.

November 30, 2011 | 39 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

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An abundance of holiday home tours

Women's Club at Saint Francis High School, Junior League host themed fundraisers
'Tis the season to check out snazzy houses -- all gussied up for the holidays. Two home tours take place this weekend -- Christmas at Our House, the 23rd annual holiday home tour put on by the Women's Club of Saint Francis High School, and Finishing Touches, the fourth annual fine-home tour sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid Peninsula.

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Stanford sisters on watch list for Naismith Trophy

Women's college basketball

Stanford's sibling duo of Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike are among the 51 players named to the Naismith Trophy early season watch list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Wednesday.

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Stanford assistant coach McGlockton passes away at 42

College football

Chester McGlockton, who has served on Stanford's football staff for the past two seasons, passed away overnight. He was 42 years old. "Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton," said Cardinal head coach David Shaw.

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Police investigate armed robbery at Stanford apartment

Man and woman force their way into student's apartment
Two armed robbers forced their way into a Stanford student's apartment Tuesday night (Nov. 29) and held up the male resident, according to Stanford police.

November 30, 2011 | 21 comments
Palo Alto to stick with new school calendar

Despite parent protests, school board indicates it will press ahead with 2012-13 change
The Palo Alto school board Tuesday indicated it will press ahead with a reformed academic calendar for 2012-13, despite emotional pleas from parents who packed the room and begged members to reconsider.

November 30, 2011 | 122 comments
Man shot in East Palo Alto Tuesday night

Police investigate shooting on Verbena Drive
A man was shot in the buttocks while he was walking in East Palo Alto on Tuesday evening, police said.

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SPORTS: Paly girls earn another trip to the state finals

When Palo Alto senior volleyball player Maddie Kuppe walked out of her house on Tuesday night and headed back to school for the NorCal championship match, her mom left her with a parting comment. "My mom said, 'Enjoy your last match in the Paly gym.'" Kuppe and her teammates did just that. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

November 30, 2011 | 1 comment
City looks to become testbed for new technologies

City Council committee recommends a new program for testing emerging technologies
Looking to bolster the city's already sizable reputation for high-tech innovation, Palo Alto officials on Tuesday recommended creating a new program in the Utilities Department that would focus on testing emerging technologies.

November 29, 2011 | 17 comments
Tosello named to senior football all-star game

Menlo senior defensive lineman Chris Tosello will get a taste of winter next month as he has been selected to play in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis on Dec. 17.

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Paly girls earn another trip to the state finals

NorCal volleyball

When Palo Alto senior volleyball player Maddie Kuppe walked out of her house on Tuesday night and headed back to school for the NorCal championship match, her mom left her with a parting comment. "My mom said, 'Enjoy your last match in the Paly gym.'" Kuppe and her teammates did just that.

November 29, 2011 | 1 comment
This weekend's events (Dec. 3-4)

Art: Open Studios and Family Day
On Saturday (Dec. 3), the Cubberley Artists team up with the Palo Alto Art Center to host a free event that is part open studios and part family day, at the Cubberley Artists' Studios in E, F and U wings at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Visitors can enter studios to view and buy art during the open studios from 1 to 5 p.m., and take part in family craft-making activities from 2 to 4.
Holidays: Christmas creche exhibit
Hundreds of nativity scenes from many lands and created in various artistic styles are on display through Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The free exhibit is in its 24th year and includes performances by musical and marionette groups.
Music: Juilliard String Quartet
Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium will host the Juilliard String Quartet at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 4). The concert program will include Stravinsky's "Three Pieces for String Quartet" and Janacek's first quartet.

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Today's events (Dec. 2)

Dance: 'The Nutcracker'
The Mountain View-based Western Ballet Company opens its production of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Later performances are at 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Music: Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Anna Wittstruck will solo with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra in Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor in a concert at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 2). The performance is in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus.

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Tomorrow's events (Dec. 2)

Dance: 'The Nutcracker'
The Mountain View-based Western Ballet Company opens its production of "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 2) at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Later performances are at 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Music: Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Anna Wittstruck will solo with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra in Schumann's Cello Concerto in A Minor in a concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 2). The performance is in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Dec. 1)

Film: Palo Alto Humane Society
The 1961 Disney film "Greyfriars Bobby," about a devoted terrier in 19th-century Scotland, will be shown tonight (Dec. 1) at the Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. The holiday party, which includes the film screening, costumes and bagpipes, begins at 7 p.m. and benefits the Palo Alto Humane Society.
Concert: Electronic music
Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics hosts a free concert of experimental electronic music at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 1) on the CCRMA Stage in The Knoll, 660 Lomita Drive. Scheduled performers include Negativwobblyland, Kurt Werner and Dohi Moon.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Dec. 1)

Film: Palo Alto Humane Society
The 1961 Disney film "Greyfriars Bobby," about a devoted terrier in 19th-century Scotland, will be shown tomorrow (Dec. 1) at the Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto. The holiday party, which includes the film screening, costumes and bagpipes, begins at 7 p.m. and benefits the Palo Alto Humane Society.
Concert: Electronic music
Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics hosts a free concert of experimental electronic music at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 1) on the CCRMA Stage in The Knoll, 660 Lomita Drive. Scheduled performers include Negativwobblyland, Kurt Werner and Dohi Moon.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball players honored on All-Pac-12 team

Cardinal corner
Bowen is MPSF Newcomer of the Year

Four Stanford women's volleyball players who helped the Cardinal to a 21-7 record this season, have been honored with Pac-12 all-conference selections that were announced Tuesday by Commissioner Larry Scott.

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Shaw lectures on the power of Luck

Cardinal football coach David Shaw took a page out of the lecturers' handbook Tuesday and provided his audience with a power-point explanation of why quarterback Andrew Luck should win the Heisman Trophy.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Plan to pay for high-speed rail draws fresh scrutiny

Legislative Analyst's Office finds that rail authority's latest proposal to build the line would conflict with state law
The California High-Speed Rail Authority's new business plan, which shows the price tag of the controversial project nearly tripling from initial estimates, is drawing a fresh wave of criticism from local officials, rail watchdogs and independent analysts who claim that the latest proposal to pay for the rail line would violate state law.

November 29, 2011 | 21 comments
High winds expected to whip through Bay Area

National Weather Service issues high-wind warning through Thursday; PG&E anticipating some outages
PG&E is preparing for strong winds that are expected to hit the Bay Area over the next two days. The utility is anticipating some power outages if the wind storm produces the 60 mph gusts that weather forecasters are predicting.

November 29, 2011 | 9 comments
San Antonio Road construction may cause delays

Starting today (Nov. 29), construction will begin on San Antonio Road from Middlefield Road to the U.S. Highway 101 interchange, potentially causing some traffic slowdowns.

November 29, 2011 | 3 comments
Car flips into Palo Alto parking garage

Slick road caused car to skid, then flip upside down, driver said
A Ford Mustang that skidded on a fog-drenched roadway plunged several feet into the lower level of a parking garage on Birch Street in Palo Alto, landing on its roof early Tuesday morning.

November 29, 2011 | 19 comments
City pushes ahead with lane reduction on Cal Ave

City reaffirms earlier decision to cut lanes, add streetscape improvements to commercial strip
Seeking to make California Avenue safer for pedestrians and more attractive to shoppers, Palo Alto officials on Monday renewed their commitment to reducing lanes on the commercial street despite opposition from a small but vocal group of merchants.

November 29, 2011 | 45 comments
Parents seek reconsideration of 2012-13 school calendar

State budget shortfall, elementary math task force, also on tonight's school board
An organization of Palo Alto parents is urging its members to write letters or turn out at tonight's meeting of the Board of Education to seek reconsideration of Palo Alto's academic calendar for 2012-13.

November 29, 2011 | 52 comments
SPORTS: Paly players honored on all-league football team

Six members of the Palo Alto football team who have helped the Vikings compile a 10-2 record and reach the championship game of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, have been named among the most outstanding players on the 2011 All-SCVAL De Anza Division team. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Computers heist estimated at $31,000 at Hillview

Another school-based computer theft, this time 30 laptops valued at $31,000 at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, occurred Friday, police said.

November 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Plan for bridge over 101 speeds up in Palo Alto

City Council backs proposal to build overpass at Adobe Creek
Palo Alto's quest to give bicyclists and pedestrians in the southern part of the city year-round access to the Baylands gained major traction Monday night when the City Council enthusiastically backed the construction of a new bridge over U.S. Highway 101.

November 29, 2011 | 31 comments
Cardinal men return home fired up for a basketball win

Johnny Dawkins liked the way his Stanford men's basketball team responded following a tough loss. He has to like the way freshman guard Chasson Randle quickly fell into the flow of the game, too.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo man charged in teen delinquency cases

The presence of more than 40 teenagers, ages 16 and 17, possibly under the influence of alcohol, at a home in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue on Friday led officers from the Menlo Park Police Department to arrest William Burnett, 54, on charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors, a police department spokeswoman said.

November 28, 2011 | 34 comments
Luck, Shaw earn top honors on Pac-12 football team

Quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while David Shaw has been selected as the conference's Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to an 11-1 regular season record in his first season at the helm of the Cardinal program.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford's Neka Ogwumike earns Pac-12 hoop honor

Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 28 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games last week as the Cardinal split on the road.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto players honored on all-league football team

Six members of the Palo Alto football team who have helped the Vikings compile a 10-2 record and reach the championship game of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs, have been named among the most outstanding players on the 2011 All-SCVAL De Anza Division team.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn's Robinson sets record while taking third at state meet

CIF cross country
Priory's Gregory finishes third in D-5

Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson should be heading out to the girls' soccer team by now or, better yet, taking a break from a long and successful season of cross-country running. Despite winning four of five races this season, Robinson is not finished.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'My Week With Marilyn'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
If you liked "Me and Orson Welles," consider yourself the target audience for "My Week with Marilyn," a mostly frothy glassful of awards-season nog. -- PC

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Muppets'

(Three stars)
Muppet News Flash! Your friends in felt are back on the big screen, ready and waiting to charm a new generation of ... moppets. It's "The Muppets" show, with very special guest star/co-writer Jason Segel orchestrating a fun kiddie flick and a heart-tugging nostalgia exercise for Generation X. -- PC

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Mayor's wish list: Volunteers with the giving spirit

Here are tangible ways to help Palo Altans in need
It is easy to assume that all Palo Altans are well off, but as evidenced by the nearly 500 people who were provided free Thanksgiving meals last week, many in our community need help. The good news is that there are non-profit community organizations doing great work for those most in need in Palo Alto, and here are a few ways that you too can help.

November 28, 2011 | 6 comments
Body found in Palo Alto Baylands identified

Robert Heath, 70, of Sunnyvale died of apparent suicide in November
A man who died at the Palo Alto Baylands on Nov. 20 has been identified as Robert Heath, 70, of Sunnyvale, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner said Monday.

November 28, 2011 | 1 comment
Man killed by Caltrain Saturday is identified

Gregory Brown, 54, of Redwood City killed Saturday morning
A middle-aged man who was struck and killed by a train at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto Saturday morning has been identified as Gregory Brown, 54, of Redwood City, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner said Monday. Related story:
Man struck, killed by Caltrain Saturday

November 28, 2011 | 1 comment
Holiday DUI arrests down, fatalities up

Traffic deaths over Thanksgiving weekend nearly double from 2010
The California Highway Patrol is reporting that drunken driving arrests over the Thanksgiving weekend were down from 2010, while traffic deaths over the same period increased.

November 28, 2011 | 6 comments
SPORTS: Palo Alto advances to Open Division football finals

Sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns and ran for yet another to lead Palo Alto to a convincing 39-23 Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal win over St. Francis of Mountain View Saturday night at San Jose City College. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

November 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Stanford women open NCAA tournament at home

The Stanford women's volleyball team drew the 11th overall seed for the NCAA tournament and will host the first two rounds at Maples Pavilion on Friday and Saturday as part of the Gainesville Regional.

November 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Cal beats Cardinal in MPSF water polo tournament

Sunday's Stanford roundup
Amuchastegui, Mango remain unbeaten

Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph scored three times but the Stanford men's water polo team saw its season end with an 8-7 loss to California in the third-place match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Sunday at UCLA.

November 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto advances to Open Division football finals

Sophomore quarterback Keller Chryst threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns and ran for yet another to lead Palo Alto to a convincing 39-23 Central Coast Section Open Division semifinal win over St. Francis of Mountain View Saturday night at San Jose City College.

November 27, 2011 | 3 comments
It's time for Stanford football to go bowling

Cardinal fourth in AP, BCS polls

Stanford beat Notre Dame, 28-14, in a nonconference football game on Saturday night and will now bide its time until after next weekend's conference championship games to claim a berth in a high-paying bowl game.

November 26, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto hosts Menlo-Atherton for NorCal title

CIF girls' volleyball
SHP, Priory fall in semifinals

Dave Winn is not one to look past the next match. That formula worked for his Palo Alto girls' volleyball team last year when the Vikings won the CIF Division I state championship. Winn, however, admitted on Saturday that his team has been looking ahead to a possible opponent for the NorCal Championships. As it turned out, he didn't need to.

November 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Cardinal men slip in MPSF water polo semifinal

Weekend Stanford roundup

Stanford grabbed the early advantage but could not hold on, losing to USC, 8-6, in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo tournament Saturday at UCLA.

November 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by Caltrain Saturday

Both tracks re-opened at 2:30 p.m.
A middle-aged man was struck and killed by a train at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto Saturday morning.

November 26, 2011 | 4 comments
Eastern time zone no problem for Cardinal hoops' teams

Stanford basketball
Ogwumike scores 34 in win over Xavier

Stanford was up six points on No. 5 Syracuse with about 4½ minutes to play in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. It appeared a third trip to the tournament final would end with a Tip-Off title. That was before the Orange's 15-3 run to close the game, sending Stanford to its first loss of the season, 69-63.

November 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women Georgia bound for College Cup

NCAA Soccer

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scored from point-blank range 2:40 into overtime to give the Stanford women's soccer team a 2-1 NCAA quarterfinal victory over Oklahoma State on Friday night and a berth into its fourth consecutive College Cup.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton runs into the CCS Division I title game

Section football playoffs

Senior running backs Cameron Moody and Taylor Mashack outran Salinas for a combined 381 yards and five touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a dominating 49-14 Central Coast Section Division I semifinal win over visiting Salinas on Friday afternoon.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Postal big rig flips in Palo Alto

Thousands of letters delayed after Embarcadero Road cloverleaf accident
A U.S. Postal Service big rig flipped early Friday morning while exiting U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto, blocking east-bound access to Embarcadero Road from southbound 101 and delaying the delivery of thousands of letters for at least 24 hours.

November 25, 2011 | 7 comments
Review: 'The Descendants'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Going down? That's the direction of the characters in the new comedy-drama "The Descendants" (get it?) and, for that matter, the characters in all of the films of Alexander Payne. -- PC

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Let the shopping begin!

Customers look for deals at the decked-out Macy's at Stanford Shopping Center on Black Friday. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hugo'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Director Martin Scorsese's well-documented affection for all things cinema has never been more evident than in the enchanting and imaginative "Hugo." Family films aren't often this expertly crafted. -- TH

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Pilot error caused East Palo Alto plane crash

Federal investigators blame failure to follow departure instructions, fog for Feb. 17, 2010, accident
A plane crash into an East Palo Alto neighborhood on Feb. 17, 2010, was most probably caused by the pilot's failure to follow departure instructions and failure to attain sufficient altitude to avoid striking power lines during takeoff in foggy conditions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined.

November 23, 2011 | 29 comments
Memorial service Dec. 17 for former Mayor Jim Burch

Military veteran, advertising executive died Nov. 28 at 85
James E. Burch, former Palo Alto mayor, military veteran, advertising executive, and lifelong anti-war and environmental activist, died Nov. 28. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Community Center, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

November 28, 2011 | 45 comments
Owens has big game in Stanford's hoops win

Stanford senior Josh Owens made his first nine shots from the field, scored 15 of the Cardinal first 20 points, and finished with 21 points to lead Stanford to an 82-67 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 30)

Theater: 'The Secret Garden'
Preview performances begin at 8 p.m. tonight (Nov. 30) for TheatreWorks' production of "The Secret Garden," the musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel. The show runs through Dec. 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lecture: Pulitzer Prize winners
Los Angeles Times journalists Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and Paloma Esquivel will give a free talk tonight (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m. about breaking the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning stories about corruption in Bell, California. The event is in Paul Brest Hall East, 555 Salvatierra Walk (off Campus Drive), in the Munger Graduate Residence Building 4 at Stanford University.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 30)

Theater: 'The Secret Garden'
Preview performances begin at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 30) for TheatreWorks' production of "The Secret Garden," the musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel. The show runs through Dec. 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lecture: Pulitzer Prize winners
Los Angeles Times journalists Jeff Gottlieb, Ruben Vives and Paloma Esquivel will give a free talk tomorrow (Nov. 30) at 7 p.m. about breaking the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning stories about corruption in Bell, California. The event is in Paul Brest Hall East, 555 Salvatierra Walk (off Campus Drive), in the Munger Graduate Residence Building 4 at Stanford University.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 29)

Talk: 'Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design'
In a lecture at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Clyde Smith of SLAC will speak on powerful and ever-evolving diseases, and the ways in which SLAC is using X-rays to analyze and combat them. The free talk is tonight (Nov. 29) at 7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
Art: 'Seeing Red'
Scarlet, auburn, vermilion and fire-engine may be some of the shades spotted this fall at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos. The gallery is hosting "Seeing Red," a show of sculptures, paintings, jewelry, metalwork, prints and other works of art by various artists through Dec. 24.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 29)

Talk: 'Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design'
In a lecture at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Clyde Smith of SLAC will speak on powerful and ever-evolving diseases, and the ways in which SLAC is using X-rays to analyze and combat them. The free talk is tomorrow (Nov. 29) at 7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
Art: 'Seeing Red'
Scarlet, auburn, vermilion and fire-engine may be some of the shades spotted this fall at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos. The gallery is hosting "Seeing Red," a show of sculptures, paintings, jewelry, metalwork, prints and other works of art by various artists through Dec. 24.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford will be best dressed for next football test

Next game: Saturday vs. Notre Dame, 5:12 p.m. (ABC)

Stanford will be wearing new uniforms come Saturday when the fourth-ranked Cardinal (10-1) takes on visiting No. 23 Notre Dame (8-3) in the regular season finale at Stanford Stadium, with a scheduled kickoff of 5:12 p.m.

November 24, 2011 | 2 comments
Today's events (Nov. 28)

Family: Tree lighting
A tree-lighting ceremony will include a Toys for Tots drive and a performance by East Palo Alto's Brentwood Academy chorus, today (Nov. 28) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is at the Four Seasons Hotel at 2050 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.
Art: Judy Gittelsohn
Paintings by Palo Alto artist Judy Gittelsohn are on display at the Vino Locale wine bar at 431 Kipling St. in downtown Palo Alto through Dec. 31. The artist is showing both abstracts and figurative works that give unusual perspectives on the ordinary; a vaguely Cubist cat, for example.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women will count on versatile Levin in Elite Eight

NCAA soccer

Stanford senior Camille Levin seems to pop up on the soccer field at all the right places and at all the right times and that's not an accident. She hopes she will be in the right place at the right time again Friday when top-ranked and top-seeded Stanford (22-0-1) takes on visiting Oklahoma State (22-1-2) at 7 p.m. in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

November 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, St. Francis meet for the first time in postseason

The Palo Alto football team has played 33 games in the Central Coast Section playoffs and, perhaps surprisingly, holds a winning record against the West Catholic Athletic League. The Vikings hope to improve upon that record when they face St. Francis for the first time ever in the postseason.

November 24, 2011 | 1 comment
State meet provides SHP runner a fitting ending to accident-marred season

A cross-country season that almost never was, will continue on Saturday when Sacred Heart Prep junior Courtney Schrier continues her comeback from an auto accident by running in the CIF State Meet in Fresno.

November 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly girls host NorCal semifinal on Saturday

Prep volleyball

In his six years as head coach, Dave Winn has taken his Palo Alto girls' volleyball team to the CIF NorCal playoff semifinals three times. Each season the team has gained more experience.

November 24, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: 101 overpass, school calendar

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Menlo-Atherton, SHP and Priory advance in NorCals

Four local girls' volleyball teams took the floor on Tuesday in the opening round of the CIF Northern California playoffs. Only three of those squads, however, will be playing in the semifinals on Saturday -- joined by Palo Alto, which had a first-round bye. See full article on PASportsOnline.com.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Merchants seek to cash in on Internet chatter

Palo Alto start-up creates rewards program for loyal shoppers
Recently, "daily deal" websites like Groupon and LivingSocial have dominated the online-marketing scene. But other entrepreneurs, such as the Palo Alto-based PunchTab, are betting on another model to help merchants leverage the Internet.

November 27, 2011 | 6 comments
Food Closet comes back from the brink

South Palo Alto pantry serves families still struggling in the down economy
Two years ago, the South Palo Alto Food Closet faced imminent closure, after steadily providing groceries for thousands of hungry local families for 33 years. But due to the devotion of parishioners at Covenant Presbyterian Church and others in the faith community, the East Meadow Drive pantry has been revived.

November 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Former mayor Kleinberg helps garner award

Knight Foundation philanthropic arm is honored for its inspired grantmaking
The philanthropic arm of a nonprofit foundation headed by former Palo Alto Mayor Judith Kleinberg has won a prestigious award for its grant-making under her leadership.

November 23, 2011 | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: East Palo Alto students gain direction from 'Be the First'

St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club program helps kids become first-generation graduates
Woodside High School sophomore Bianca Trujillo went from failing grades to straight As last year and is now looking forward to college. The reason for her newfound success? Her participation in "Be the First," a program run by the St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club in East Palo Alto.

November 25, 2011 | 6 comments
Palo Alto tries to put Cal. Ave. project back on track

After being rebuffed by a Superior Court ruling, city resumes its plan to cut lanes on commercial street
When Palo Alto officials meet next Monday to approve a plan to cut lanes and add streetscape improvements to California Avenue, the discussion will have a familiar feel. The plan, which the City Council green-lighted in February, will have to go through another round of approvals because of a recent court decision.

November 23, 2011 | 52 comments
ACLU lawsuit affects school field trips

Statewide case leads to strict enforcement of 'voluntary donation' policy
A pending lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union is having far-reaching effects on school field trips around California, including in Palo Alto.

November 24, 2011 | 70 comments
Tibetan refugee named Rhodes scholar

Human rights activist Tenzin Seldon one of five Stanford awardees this year
After a childhood spent in a Tibetan refugee village filled with monks and prayer flags, Stanford University senior Tenzin Seldon said she will "carry the moral obligation of the Tibetan people" as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University next fall.

November 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto weighs options for new U.S. Highway 101 crossing

City considers 'enhanced overcrossing' at Adobe Creek to give residents year-round Baylands access
Palo Alto's ambitious plan to build a bridge over U.S. Highway 101 near Adobe Creek in south Palo Alto could receive a lift Monday night when the City Council considers various design options for the new overpass.

November 23, 2011 | 50 comments
Celebrating the first Thanksgiving

Dressed as pilgrims and Native Americans, first graders from Escondido Elementary School -- from far left, clockwise: Daniel Kim, Joey Paris, Liam Rohrer, Miya Whiteley, Milena Rodriguez, Yahir Lobo-Johnson and Timothy Tai-Ho -- celebrate the first Thanksgiving while eating a turkey lunch at school on Nov. 22. Photograph by Veronica Weber.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
PG&E plans to replace aged Palo Alto gas line

Company proposal for 1936 pipeline sparks concerns about insufficient testing
The sight of PG&E workers testing mains and replacing pipes will become more commonplace on Palo Alto streets in the coming years as the company zooms in on three major gas lines stretching through the city.
•:View a map of the PG&E pipelines in Palo Alto

November 23, 2011 | 6 comments
Menlo-Atherton, SHP and Priory advance in NorCals

Girls' volleyball

Four local girls' volleyball teams took the floor on Tuesday in the opening round of the CIF Northern California playoffs. Only three of those squads, however, will be playing in the semifinals on Saturday -- joined by Palo Alto, which had a first-round bye.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Former Stanford runner Niehaus is a Rhodes Scholar

Former Stanford cross-country and track standout Kate Niehaus has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Niehaus finished her track eligibility last spring as she was pursuing her master's degree in bioengineering.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
BCS rankings a bunch of BS?

Stanford football notebook

For weeks, David Shaw has avoided discussions about the BCS rankings. But as the regular season draws to a close, he finally let out his frustration about a "flawed" system.

November 22, 2011 | 43 comments
Wildcats trim the Oaks, 73-49, in hoops contest

Andrew Young scored 15 points but the Menlo College men's basketball team dropped a 73-49 decision to host Cal State Chico, 73-49, on Tuesday night.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Downtown murderer loses his conviction appeal

Court rules unanimously against Otto Koloto challenge to his life sentence
A man who was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery for a downtown slaying outside Palo Alto City Hall lost his appeal in California State Appellate Court on Tuesday (Nov. 22).

November 22, 2011 | 17 comments
SHP grad Dearborn helps Princeton earn NCAA bid

Men's water polo

With Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn playing a starring role in the cage, the 19th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team captured its second CWPA Eastern Championship in the past two seasons with a 10-7 win over Navy on Sunday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Dry weekend expected post-Thanksgiving Day

If you plan to be one of the millions of Californians traveling this holiday weekend, get your umbrella ready and brace for delays.

November 22, 2011 | 1 comment
San Alma

Celebrating their differences while coming together
At the southern end of Palo Alto lies a townhome complex with lots of history as well as a strong sense of community.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: UConn gains revenge, topples Stanford by 10

Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 of her team-high 22 points in the second half but it wasn't nearly enough as the third-ranked Stanford women's basketball team dropped a 68-58 decision to host No. 2 Connecticut in Hartford on Monday night. See the full story on PASportsOnline.com.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
One in six Palo Alto grads attends Foothill-De Anza

Community college chancellor offers statistics on Palo Alto students who go to Foothill
About one in six Gunn or Palo Alto high school graduates goes directly to Foothill or De Anza community college, according to the college chancellor. Linda Thor spoke at a reception in Palo Alto Sunday afternoon.

November 22, 2011 | 20 comments
Palo Alto tries to curb Mitchell Park Library costs

City hires consultants to analyze contractor's change orders, consider legal options
Concerned about growing construction costs at the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Palo Alto officials have hired engineering consultants and an attorney to examine the spike in change orders from the project contractor.

November 21, 2011 | 39 comments
UConn gains revenge, topples Stanford by 10

Women's basketball

Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 18 of her team-high 22 points in the second half but it wasn't nearly enough as the third-ranked Stanford women's basketball team dropped a 68-58 decision to host No. 2 Connecticut in Hartford on Monday night.

November 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto celebration features pilgrim's diary

Interfaith Thanksgiving gathering Nov. 22 includes readings, ethnic desserts, multi-faith prayer
Almost four centuries have passed since the first Thanksgiving. On Tuesday (Nov. 22) night a Palo Alto gathering will recall the words and thoughts of Mayflower pilgrim leader William Bradford.

November 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto takes a break while four local teams battle in first-round matches

NorCal volleyball

Five local girls' volleyball teams all have something to shoot for as the 2011 Northern California bracket of the CIF State Championships gets under way this week. Palo Alto, for one, has a state championship to defend.

November 21, 2011 | 3 comments
Derrick second in the nation; Stanford men are fifth

NCAA cross country

Stanford senior Chris Derrick completed his college cross-country career with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship on the Lavern Gibson Championship Course on Monday in Terre Haute, Ind.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford freshman Green out for hoops season with injury

Stanford roundup
Luck, DeCastro finalists for awards

Stanford women's basketball freshman guard Alex Green will miss the rest of the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, it was disclosed Monday.

November 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Fluttering foliage

Fall foliage is bursting in color on Waverley Street and Ramona Street near downtown Palo Alto. Triptych by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online. Where are the best places locally to see the fall colors? Start a discussion on Town Square.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Number of travelers will be up for holiday

Thanksgiving weekend could bring congestion statewide
More Bay Area residents will spend Thanksgiving away from home this year, according to a recent travel survey conducted by AAA of Northern California.

November 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Simitian aide arrested for drunkenness, vandalism

State senator counsels staff member to take responsibility for actions
Editor's note: As of Nov. 1, 2013, Haskell entered a not guilty plea and the case against him was dismissed in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County. A senior field representative to California Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) was arrested for public drunkenness and vandalism on Nov. 13, after two police officers witnessed him lift a city-owned concrete cigarette receptacle and smash it on the sidewalk, according to Palo Alto police.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Children flock to eensy weensy preschools

Tiny schools provide no small amount of nurturing, growth for tots, parents say
More expensive than traditional preschools, "pocket" preschools, with enrollments under 15 children, have popped up in the Menlo Park-Palo Alto area. Most do not advertise, yet these schools have no trouble filling up, as word of mouth among parents creates long waiting lists.

November 24, 2011 | 5 comments
Body found in Palo Alto Baylands

Police say person died by suicide; notification of next of kin is pending
A person who was found dead in the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve on Sunday morning died of an apparent suicide, police spokesman Lt. Zach Perron said Monday.

November 21, 2011 | 3 comments
VMware unveils plan for massive campus expansion

Company plans to build six buildings, two garages on its tree-lined Stanford Research Park property
Palo Alto's cloud-computing giant VMware is planning to dramatically expand its Stanford Research Park property by adding six buildings and two garages to its "campus in the forest."

November 21, 2011 | 15 comments
SPORTS: The Axe stays with Stanford after dramatic victory

Andrew Luck threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 Stanford survived a shaky start to beat rival California, 31-28, in a rain-soaked Big Game with a rare late start under the lights. Read the full story on PASportsOnline.com

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Cardinal has chance to move ahead of Cal in Big Spike

Sunday's Stanford roundup

Sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat were difficult to defend and even more difficult to attack at the net. Their efforts resulted in fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team's 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 25-5 win over visiting Oregon State on Sunday.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women reach Elite Eight in NCAA soccer

Camille Levin and Lindsay Taylor each scored goals in the second half, leading the Stanford women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Boston College in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. Top-ranked Stanford (22-0-1) hosts Oklahoma State (22-1-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Elite Eight.

November 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto girls win a second straight CCS title

CCS volleyball
Vikings get No. 1 seed for NorCals

The top-seeded Palo Alto girls' volleyball team won its second straight Central Coast Sections Division I title on Saturday with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 sweep over Menlo-Atherton at Independence High in San Jose. Equally important, the Vikings earned a No. 1 seed for the NorCal playoffs.

November 20, 2011 | No comments yet
The Axe stays with Stanford following a dramatic victory

Cardinal No. 4 in AP poll, No. 6 in BCS

Andrew Luck threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 Stanford survived a shaky start to beat rival California, 31-28, in a rain-soaked Big Game with a rare late start under the lights.

November 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Two young children struck by vehicle

Two small children were struck by a vehicle south of downtown Palo Alto on Friday (Nov. 18) evening, Palo Alto police confirmed.

November 19, 2011 | 37 comments
Big Splash goes to the Bears; Taylor, Nolan win big at Invite

Saturday's Cardinal corner

The third ranked California men's water polo team captured the Steve Heaston Trophy for the second year in a row, beating host Stanford, 11-4, in the annual Big Splash.

November 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Clothes dryer causes Palo Alto house fire

Residents not injured in minor blaze
A malfunctioning clothes dryer caused a home fire on Moreno Avenue on Friday afternoon, according to the Palo Alto Fire Department.

November 19, 2011 | 5 comments
Contaminated lettuce recalled

Some brands of bagged romaine lettuce salads are being recalled
due to contamination with a strain of E. coli, according to state health department officials.

November 19, 2011 | 5 comments
It's one for the record books as SHP girls win their fifth straight

CCS water polo

It was only a year ago that Sacred Heart Prep juniors Pippa Temple and Erin Sheridan helped make program history by leading the Gators win a fourth straight Central Coast Section Division II title, tying St. Francis (2000-03) for the most consecutive crowns. For an encore in their senior year, Temple and Sheridan provided another historic footnote to cap their prep careers.

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Great need for holiday turkeys in Bay Area

Second Harvest Food Bank needs 4,500 holiday birds and is asking the public for donations
A food bank in the Bay Area is banking on the generosity of residents as it tries to collect enough turkeys to feed families this Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2011 | 3 comments
Sacred Heart Prep boys turn to defense for another CCS title

Brian Kreutzkamp had been battling illness this past week, along with a handful of his players on the Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team. The last thing Kreutzkamp needed to do on a cold day was jump into a swimming pool. But, that comes with the job when your team wins a Central Coast Section Division II championship.

November 19, 2011 | 7 comments
Oaks lose in the opening round of NAIA tournament

Men's college soccer

Menlo's first ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament ended in heartbreaking defeat, as the Oaks lost, 1-0, in double overtime of their opening round game against host Southern Polytechnic State on Saturday.

November 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women advance to soccer's Sweet Sixteen

Cardinal corner
Men's hoops a winner in Davis

Goals by Mariah Nogueira and Taylor McCann propelled top-seeded Stanford past visiting South Carolina, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament Friday night before 2,032 fans.

November 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, M-A win openers but Menlo School is eliminated

CCS football

Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton won their respective Central Coast Section football playoff openers on Friday night, but Menlo School was eliminated following a 41-7 loss to No. 2-seeded Carmel (11-0) at Pacific Grove High.

November 18, 2011 | 3 comments
Paly's Kuppe is outstanding senior on all-league team

De Anza Division volleyball

The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team will head into the 2011 Central Coast Section Division I championship match this weekend with the Most Outstanding Senior in the SCVAL De Anza Division and two other first-team selections.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Presentation on Project Safety Net

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Group of men jump bicyclist in Menlo Park

Suspects vanish from car
Five men streamed out of a Mercedes Benz around 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16) to jump a 23-year-old man riding a Huffy mountain bike, Menlo Park police said.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Locally developed app hits No. 1 on iPad best-seller list

Milestone offers window into the universe of app developers around the world
A Palo Alto company's iPad app recently shot to the No. 1 spot on Apple's list of "top paid apps." The story behind the note-taking app Notability -- combining Stanford University and University of California engineering talent and the efforts of several graduates of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools -- offers a glimpse into the universe of thousands of app developers working in dorms, kitchens and home offices around the world.

November 19, 2011 | 5 comments
Today's events (Nov. 25)

Black Friday Pets
Starting today (Nov. 25) and continuing through Dec. 23, all black (and mainly black) dog and cat adoptions will be free (and all other colors will be adopted at half price) from the animal shelter Pets In Need, 871 Fifth Ave., Redwood City.
Double Feature
The classic films "Camille" (5:30 and 9:30 p.m.) and "Ninotchka" (7:30 p.m.) will be shown today (Nov. 25) at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.

November 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Principals present anti-bullying efforts

'Social kindness' programs among many discussed in yearly presentation
In a recent presentation to the Board of Education, Palo Alto's three middle-school principals enumerated efforts to address bullying on their campuses, a particular challenge in the pre-teen years.

November 20, 2011 | 27 comments
Palo Alto pipeline likely to return to full service

PG&E crews welding section of pipeline back into statewide transmission system
PG&E crews will be welding a section of a natural gas pipeline in Palo Alto Friday, tying the line back into the statewide transmission system, according to Palo Alto Utilities Communications Manager Debra Katz. Related stories:
PG&E repairs leak in Palo Alto pipeline
Natural gas line bursts, causing I-280 mudslide

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Friday's events (Nov. 25)

Black Friday Pets
Starting Friday (Nov. 25) and continuing through Dec. 23, all black (and mainly black) dog and cat adoptions will be free (and all other colors will be adopted at half price) from the animal shelter Pets In Need, 871 Fifth Ave., Redwood City.
Double Feature
The classic films "Camille" (5:30 and 9:30 p.m.) and "Ninotchka" (7:30 p.m.) will be shown Friday (Nov. 25) at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Priory hosts hoop camp with former NBA players

Former NBA players Christian Laettner and Mark Madsen will be on hand for the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy on Saturday at the Priory in Portola Valley.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Into the Abyss'

(Three stars)
Basic cable has been chockablock with true-crime coverage for some time, but the new feature documentary "Into the Abyss" has an ace in the hole: the distinctly off-kilter perspective of German director Werner Herzog. -- PC

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Happy Feet Two'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Adults who venture here will wonder if director George Miller has "lost the plot," since the somewhat redundant, narratively sluggish "Happy Feet Two" doesn't really have one. Instead, it has what feels like dozens of micro-storylines. -- PC

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Nov. 26-27)

Thanksgiving Dessert/Contra Dance
The Bay Area Country Dance Society will hold a beginning dance class, followed by open social dancing, Saturday (Nov. 26) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at First Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Concert: 'I'm Ready for My Closeup!'
The artists of the Franzen Opera Studio will perform rare and famous film music from the golden age of Hollywood Sunday (Nov. 27) at 4 p.m. at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.

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Today's events (Nov. 23)

Film: 'A Bill of Divorcement'
The 1932 film "A Bill of Divorcement," about a man returning home after years in an asylum, will be shown today (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.
"Gaieties" Exhibit
An exhibit of programs, posters, and other memorabilia from "Gaieties" and The Big Game past will be on display today (Nov. 23, and through Jan. 3) at Green Library (Bing Wing), Stanford University.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 23)

Film: 'A Bill of Divorcement'
The 1932 film "A Bill of Divorcement," about a man returning home after years in an asylum, will be shown tomorrow (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Theatre, 221 University Ave., Palo Alto.
"Gaieties" Exhibit
An exhibit of programs, posters, and other memorabilia from "Gaieties" and The Big Game past will be on display tomorrow (Nov. 23, and through Jan. 3) at Green Library (Bing Wing), Stanford University.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 22)

Skating on the Square
The public can ice skate outdoors in downtown Redwood City today (and through Jan. 16) at Courthouse Square from 2 to 9 p.m. Admission on weekdays is $10 and skate rental is included.
Jazz: Johnny Williams
Johnny Williams performs jazz and blues music today (Nov. 22) from 6 p.m. to midnight at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 22)

Skating on the Square
The public can ice skate outdoors in downtown Redwood City tomorrow (and through Jan. 16) at Courthouse Square from 2 to 9 p.m. Admission on weekdays is $10 and skate rental is included.
Jazz: Johnny Williams
Johnny Williams performs jazz and blues music tomorrow (Nov. 22) from 6 p.m. to midnight at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 21)

Art: 'The Bird Show'
Floy Zittin's "The Bird Show" will be on exhibit today (Nov. 21) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Red Rock Open Mic
Red Rock Coffee hosts its weekly open-mic night today (Nov. 21) from 7 to 10 p.m. at 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Judge halts plan to cut lanes on Cal Ave

City has to reapprove its environmental analysis after judge sides with opponents of streetscaping plan
Palo Alto has to halt its plan to reduce lanes on California Avenue and reconsider its environmental analysis of the streetscaping plan for the business district, a Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled earlier this month.

November 18, 2011 | 59 comments
Water-board member quits his day job

'A little more conflict than I'd anticipated' is part of the reason, Brian Schmidt says
A locally elected water-board member has quit his day job with an environmental organization, citing, in part, "a little more conflict than I'd anticipated."

November 18, 2011 | 3 comments
Palo Alto, M-A advance to a CCS rematch

Priory, Castilleja meet in Division V volleyball final

This has been a special week for Palo Alto volleyball coach Dave Winn. On Wednesday, two of his players (seniors Melanie Wade and Kimmy Whitson) were named to the sixth annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America team. On Thursday, Winn reached a personal milestone that put the Vikings in position to achieve one, as well.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Offering comfort in grief

Kara's counseling service supports locals who've lost loved ones
Not long after Carol Pugh moved back from San Diego to the Bay Area in 2008, a tragic event struck her family. Her friends, concerned, referred her to Kara, a Palo Alto nonprofit grief-counseling organization serving the Bay Area.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto names new city auditor

City taps Jim Pelletier to head City Auditor's Office after eight-month search
Palo Alto has completed its search for a new city auditor Thursday, tapping a veteran from San Diego County for the post.

November 18, 2011 | 5 comments
Cardinal women take care of hoops business

Stanford roundup

Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 14 points and six rebounds, Lindy La Rocque added a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers, and No. 5 Stanford women's basketball team extended its winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 65 games with a 97-48 win over Old Dominion on Thursday night.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women hope to host their own Big Game

NCAA soccer

The top-ranked and top-seeded Stanford women's soccer team would love to put an exclamation point on Big Game week with its own victory over California, and it could very well happen.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto in unique position to begin defense of CCS title

Prep football

One way to look at the Central Coast Section football playoffs is that it's a new season, a chance to correct the flaws from earlier games and perhaps meet or exceed expectations. Palo Alto is not exactly in that situation. The Vikings won last year's CIF Division I state championship game to cap a 14-0 season, the most single-season victories in school history.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Big Game: Plenty at stake, including the Axe

Saturday's game: 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)

It is an honor and a privilege to present some Big Game facts and figures, degrees of separation and other useful trivia surrounding Big Game Week. After all, what's hype without the hype?

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Teens, school staff unite against stress

Gunn's new peer-network program promotes healthy, supportive community
Selected Gunn High School students have begun trainings as part of a new, comprehensive wellness program called "Sources of Strength," which empowers peers to support each other, connect with trusted caring adults, and change how teens perceive the need to ask for help, according to Shashank Joshi, psychiatrist and Stanford University assistant professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and education.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Why college feels less stressful

High school grads say they learn to relax in college
College is less stressful than high school for many recent Palo Alto high school grads, according to Weekly interviews. Stanford University senior and Gunn High School '08 grad Naomi Shachter said this is true for her and her high school friends.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Profiles of purposeful youth

From community service to filmmaking, Palo Alto young adults are guided by their chosen passions
In Palo Alto, as elsewhere nationwide, there are many examples of youth with purpose.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
The college arms race

What is the increasing competition among universities teaching high school students and their parents?
Like the top students they seek, many colleges are themselves on a treadmill, grasping for ever-more impressive credentials -- including increased numbers of applications, lower acceptance rates, higher average SAT scores and higher yield rates -- to prove they are the best or at least better than their competitors.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Finding purpose: a bigger job than before

Previous generations actually benefited from fewer choices, societal turmoil
Today's fast-paced, global society and uncertain economy add hurdles to the process of self-development for youth.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
How purpose begins

The following sequence outlines steps in a path to purpose for youth, according to researchers' findings.
The following sequence outlines steps in a path to purpose for youth, according to researchers' findings.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Driven to succeed, part 3: Whose problem is it, anyway?

Parents, community can help youth discover their own path to success, experts say
It's no secret that Palo Altans are concerned about negative stress and its impact on the mental health of high school youth.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Driven to succeed, part 2: Do high schools squash the joy of learning?

Parents, youth experts argue against 'busywork' and emphasis on college admissions
The high school environment does not generally promote or support a path to purpose, according to Denise Pope, a lecturer with the Stanford University School of Education and co-founder of Challenge Success, an organization concerned about students who compromise health, integrity and learning due to performance pressure.

November 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Driven to succeed: How we're depriving teens of a sense of purpose

Finding purpose can help youth discover their own path to success, professor says
Many Palo Alto adolescents spend their high school years in a contest for credentials, accumulating grades, scores and accolades they hope to leverage into a rosy future at a top college. For many, this is an intensely competitive, stressful process that crowds out other activities important to healthy development. Related stories:
Part 2: Do high schools squash the joy of learning?
Part 3: Whose problem is it, anyway?
Editorial: The achievement treadmill
View entire package as PDF

November 18, 2011 | 71 comments
Open-space district surpasses 60,000 acres

October Farm near Half Moon Bay added to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
A 270-acre farm near Half Moon Bay will bump the amount of preserved open space managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to 60,000 acres, district officials announced Thursday.

November 18, 2011 | 21 comments
Saturday will be busy for Sacred Heart Prep with four teams in CCS, three in finals

For one who likes to support his teams as much as possible, Sacred Heart Prep Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez could be a busy man on Saturday with four of his squads participating in Central Coast Section playoffs -- three of them in championships.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto relaxes parking rules for holiday season

City to extend parking hours at public garages to encourage shopping
Palo Alto shoppers will get a slight reprieve from the city's parking laws this holiday season -- an extra hour of free parking in the city's garages.

November 17, 2011 | 4 comments
A garden that delights

No theme limits Marilyn Waterman's imagination
It started out as a cabbage patch. One neighbor even wrote a poem about it.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion kills three goats in Woodside

Lion entered fenced enclosure Monday evening
A large mountain lion entered a fenced enclosure containing three dwarf goats and two alpacas, killed the goats, and carried one off to feed on it outside a home on Tripp Court in Woodside sometime after 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 14), the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

November 17, 2011 | 23 comments
Menlo's Newton earns coach of the week award

Prep football

Menlo School football coach Mark Newton has been named the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week by the San Francisco 49ers' Foundation. Newton will appear on KRON-TV on the Gary Radnich show on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Local passes Good Samaritan gift forward

Missing wallet turns up with note, $200 cash
After realizing his leather wallet had slipped out of his pocket during a trip to the Starbucks in Sharon Heights, Palo Alto resident Dr. Julian Gomez figured it was gone for good.

November 16, 2011 | 14 comments
Menlo Park approves new union contract

Passes by 3-1 vote
Despite a flood of emails protesting a time-off policy that gives some city employees a minimum seven weeks off a year, no one spoke during public comment as the Menlo Park City Council prepared to vote on a proposed two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on Tuesday.

November 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford's Luck a finalist for Unitas Golden Arm Award

Stanford's Andrew Luck has been named one of five finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented to the top quarterback in the nation that best exemplifies outstanding character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Attempted rape reported at Mountain View motel

Victim not hurt in attack at Tropicana Lodge, police searching for suspect
Police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a female employee of a Mountain View motel on Sunday (Nov. 13).

November 16, 2011 | 6 comments
SHP seniors lead the way on All-WCAL water polo

Five seniors and three underclassmen make up the Sacred Heart Prep representatives on the 2011 All-West Catholic Athletic League boys' and girls' water polo teams. The SHP boys captured the overall league title by winning the league tournament while the girls shared the crown after winning the regular-season title but losing the playoff tourney.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
More tickets available to the public for Cal-Stanford game

For those who were hoping to get a ticket to the 114th annual Big Game and not pay upwards of $1,295 on Stub Hub, approximately 700 tickets have been made available to the public for Saturday's Pac-12 showdown between Stanford and California in Stanford Stadium.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto is California's 'most educated city'

Local residents have highest rate of bachelor's degree and graduate degree attainment
Palo Alto is California's most educated city, according to a report by California Watch. Nearly eight in 10 residents aged 25 and older have earned at least a bachelor's degree.

November 16, 2011 | 45 comments
SPORTS: The Big Game spirit will renew Stanford's energy

If there's one game that can quickly re-awaken a Stanford football player's competitive spirit, it's the Big Game. It's officially bear hunting season on The Farm and anyone who has been around knows whatever has happened over the past 10 weeks doesn't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to taking on California in a football game.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto icon Ruth Spangenberg dies at 92

Ruth Beahrs Spangenberg, 92, co-founder of the Committee for Green Foothills and a longtime contributor to the Palo Alto school system, died Oct. 30. "We're all here to help each other. That's my one philosophy," she believed. "There's no such thing as coincidence. If one door closes, be ready for another to open." Read more in Lasting Memories.

November 16, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto softens stance on vehicle dwellers

After considering a ban on vehicle dwellers, city now looks at less drastic alternatives
Palo Alto officials are backing off their proposal to ban vehicle dwellers and are now considering less stringent approaches, including designated lots for the homeless and no changes at all. Related stories:
Vehicle dwelling: Harmless or nuisance?

November 16, 2011 | 52 comments
High-speed rail hearing draws hundreds to Palo Alto

Critics and advocates clash over controversial, $98.5 billion project
Critics and supporters of California's proposed high-speed rail system faced off Tuesday in Palo Alto over a $98.5 billion question: Is the voter-approved project a desperately needed job engine or an out-of-control boondoggle that needs to be stopped?

November 15, 2011 | 38 comments
Stanford men add New York to hoops itinerary

Josh Owens scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the second half as the Stanford men's basketball team rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat visiting Colorado State, 64-52, in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday night.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Firefighters lose legal challenge against Palo Alto

Public Employment Relations Board throws out fire union's 'unfair labor practice' charge against city
A week after Palo Alto firefighters lost their long-held right to take labor disputes to arbitration, they suffered another defeat when a state labor-relations board threw out their legal complaint against the city.

November 15, 2011 | 16 comments
SHP boys advance to CCS water polo finals again

Overcoming a one-goal deficit with under five minutes to play, the top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team advanced to the Central Coast Section Division I championship match with a 16-13 semifinal victory over No. 4 Soquel on Tuesday at Serra High.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Nov. 19-20)

Art: Textiles from Mexico
Felipe Hernandez, a rug weaver who lives near Oaxaca City in Mexico, is driving to Palo Alto to show and sell his hand-made, geometric-print rugs. He'll be displaying his textiles on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 19 and 20) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2025 Tasso St.
Music: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
Teenage Palo Alto pianist Hilda Huang will be featured when the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra performs a free concert Saturday (Nov. 19) at 8 p.m., St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Jazz trombonist Wayne Wallace will also solo.
Dance: Indian classical dance
Several artists will perform an Indian classical dance show called "Ektava (Oneness)" at 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 20) in Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium. The dancers are Uma Dogra, Daksha Mashruwala and Vaibhav Arekar.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 18)

Music: Stanford Symphonic Chorus
Yes, holiday concerts are already beginning: Tonight (Nov. 18) at 8 p.m., the Stanford Symphonic Chorus joins the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra for a concert of American and English seasonal music. The program, which will be repeated Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m., is in Stanford's Memorial Church.
Theater: 'Noises Off'
Palo Alto High School's theater department presents the falling-down-the-stairs backstage comedy "Noises Off," by Michael Frayn at 50 Embarcadero Road. Remaining shows are tonight (Nov. 18) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 20) at 2 p.m.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
LEGO robotics tournament takes place Sunday

Six teams from Palo Alto will compete with students from other cities
If you've never met the SwineBots, Whoseywhatsits or Squealers, Palo Alto's LEGO robotics tournament this Sunday will afford the opportunity for an introduction.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn freshman ties for sixth in CIF state golf finals

Gunn freshman Anna Zhou capped a sensational first season by tying for sixth at the CIF NCGA Girls State High School Championships on Tuesday at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 18)

Music: Stanford Symphonic Chorus
Yes, holiday concerts are already beginning: Tomorrow (Nov. 18) at 8 p.m., the Stanford Symphonic Chorus joins the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra for a concert of American and English seasonal music. The program, which will be repeated Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m., is in Stanford's Memorial Church.
Theater: 'Noises Off'
Palo Alto High School's theater department presents the falling-down-the-stairs backstage comedy "Noises Off" by Michael Frayn at 50 Embarcadero Road. Remaining shows are tomorrow (Nov. 18) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (Nov. 20) at 2 p.m.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Feature story: Ink on exhibit

Palo Alto gallery spotlights the art of tattoos
The artists are adorned all over: a star under the eye, a butterfly on a knee, a wide-eyed devil on an upper arm. Now they also have tattoos in a more unusual place: an art gallery.

November 17, 2011 | 7 comments
Report of mountain lion sighting in Woodside

Someone reported spotting a mountain lion Tuesday (Nov. 15) in a neighborhood near Tripp Road and Tripp Court in Woodside at about 9:45 a.m., San Mateo County emergency officials said.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
More honors for NAIA tournament bound Oaks soccer

Menlo College junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez earned Cal Pac Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording his eighth shutout of the season in the Oaks' 2-0 victory over Holy Names that clinched the conference title and a trip to the NAIA national tournament, which gets under way Saturday.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo College men's soccer heads to NAIA nationals

Oaks' report

The Menlo College men's soccer team, which capped a 10-0 season in the California Pacific Conference last week with a 2-0 victory over Holy Names in Oakland, is packing its bags for a trip to Georgia and the first round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
City rethinks plan to scrap composting operation

Passage of Measure E prompts discussion about keeping composting local
Palo Alto's composting operation, which was slated to shut down within about a month, could get a new lease on life thanks to the voters' decision last week to make a portion of Byxbee Park available for a waste facility.

November 15, 2011 | 11 comments
Mysterious meat sales concern Palo Alto residents

Door-to-door salesmen falsely claim other neighbors bought meat, residents said
Barron Park neighborhood residents have been puzzling over mysterious meat salesmen in blue trucks who have been knocking on their doors recently.

November 15, 2011 | 37 comments
Palo Alto Knights sending two teams to national playoffs

Youth football

Six times Mike Piha has been a bridesmaid and never a bride. Now, heading to the national championships for a seventh time, he says it's finally time to wear the ring.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford men's soccer coach Simon resigns after 11 years

Stanford men's head soccer coach Bret Simon has resigned, effective immediately. The 11-year veteran of the program posted a 94-89-30 record over his time on The Farm, including three NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the College Cup.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
San Antonio Road construction to delay traffic

Traffic impacts would occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Nov. 28
Construction on San Antonio Road from Middlefield Road to the Highway 101 interchange could lead to traffic delays for one year, the City of Palo Alto Public Works Department has announced.

November 15, 2011 | 11 comments
Palo Alto mulls tougher stance on high-speed rail

City considers urging legislators to either kill project or resubmit it to voters
The more Palo Alto officials learn about California's proposed high-speed rail, the more their opposition swells. On Monday night, an already skeptical City Council considered taking its toughest stance against the project to date.

November 15, 2011 | 24 comments
Stanford men's basketball hoping to hit the big time

Aaron Bright (21) and Josh Huestis (10) each recorded a career high for points, and Huestis (11) matched his career high for rebounds as the Cardinal beat visiting Fresno State, 75-59, in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
The Big Game spirit will renew Stanford's energy

If there's one game that can quickly re-awaken a Stanford football player's competitive spirit, it's the Big Game. It's officially bear hunting season on The Farm and anyone who has been around knows whatever has happened over the past 10 weeks doesn't amount to a hill of beans when it comes to taking on California in a football game.

November 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Rail advocates, critics to face off in Palo Alto

Assemblyman Rich Gordon to host Tuesday meeting on new business plan for high-speed-rail line
Top officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will join some of the rail project's toughest critics in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon for a public discussion of the controversial, voter-approved rail line.

November 14, 2011 | 7 comments
Drive-by shooting wounds two in Menlo Park

Both victims recovering
Gunfire shattered a quiet Sunday morning in Menlo Park along Sevier Avenue around 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

November 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Azzi nominated for Naismith Hall of Fame

College basketball

Stanford grad and current USF women's basketball coach Jennifer Azzi has been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as announced over the weekend. The Class of 2012 ballot marked the first time Azzi was eligible to be nominated for the Hall.

November 14, 2011 | No comments yet
'Youth of the Year' finalists speak out about their hopes

Eighth-graders speak of struggles, perseverance in contest sponsored by Boys & Girls Club
Words like "perseverance" and "sagacious" peppered the speeches of eighth-graders vying to be named "Youth of the Year" last week in a competition of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Photos by Marcus Jackson.

November 14, 2011 | 4 comments
Palo Alto, M-A, SHP and Menlo School head to postseason

A coin flip likely saved defending state champion Palo Alto from possibly making an early exit from the 2011 Central Coast Section football playoffs. The SCVAL De Anza Division champion Vikings won a coin flip with PAL Bay Division champ Terra Nova, thus getting a No. 4 seed while the Tigers got the No. 7 seed.

November 14, 2011 | 2 comments
Six local teams seek berths in CCS water polo finals

Just imagine a Gunn vs. Menlo-Atherton matchup in the Central Coast Section girls' water polo final. Or a Menlo-Sacred Heart Prep rematch for the boys' Division II crown. Or the Palo Alto boys and Sacred Heart Prep girls playing for section titles. It could all happen.

November 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Nneka Ogwumike in successful season debut

Sunday's Stanford roundup

Senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike finished with 33 points and 18 rebounds and fifth-ranked Stanford opened its home season with a resounding 76-61 victory over visiting Gonzaga, the same team it beat in the Elite Eight last year.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Big rig overturns on 101 in Menlo Park

Truck driver was not injured
The driver of the north-bound big-rig truck likely fell asleep at the wheel at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, causing the truck to overturn on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park and block traffic for six hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

November 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto traffic stop yields shooting victim

Man, 22, had been shot in East Palo Alto and was driving himself to the hospital
A driver stopped by Palo Alto police Saturday night was found to have been shot moments before in East Palo Alto, but the 22-year-old man's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

November 13, 2011 | 4 comments
SPORTS: Stanford drops the ball against Oregon

Chances of reaching the national championship game slipped through the fingers of the Stanford football team like the ball seemed to slip through the hands of Cardinal players Saturday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

November 13, 2011 | 3 comments
No. 3 Stanford drops ball against No. 6 Ducks

Turnovers turn game into nightmare
Cardinal falls to No. 8 in AP, No. 9 in BCS

Chances of reaching the national championship game slipped through the fingers of the Stanford football team like the ball seemed to slip through the hands of Cardinal players Saturday night.

November 12, 2011 | 3 comments
A pair of local wins tops history-making day

CCS cross country

This was one for the record books. Priory senior Kat Gregory won her third straight title in Division V. Gunn's Sarah Robinson ran one of the fastest sophomore times ever while winning her first. And five teams and three individuals all advanced to the CIF State Meet in cross country following Saturday's Central Coast Section Championships.

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Stanford men win NCAA West Region title

College cross country

The Stanford men's cross-country team is headed to the NCAA Championships and could be joined by the Cardinal women following solid efforts by both teams at the NCAA West Regional Championships at the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday.

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Menlo shocks SHP to move closer to CCS berth

Friday's prep football

Sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan threw for 169 yards and ran for 92 more to lead Menlo School to a surprising 26-0 nonleague football victory over cross-town rival Sacred Heart Prep Friday night at Foothill College.

November 12, 2011 | 3 comments
Basketball openers are a hit for Cardinal men and women

at Stanford 91, UCA 52
Stanford 72, at Texas 59

Sophomore guard Aaron Bright scored 16 points, one of five players to reach double figures, and the Stanford men's basketball team opened its season with a thoroughly convincing, highly entertaining 91-52 victory over visiting Central Arkansas on Friday night.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto residents honor veterans with gifts

More than 50 residents and businesses pitch in to make veterans' wishes come true
Carrie Manley leaned toward U.S. Army veteran Doug Tharp's hospital bed at the VA Palo Alto Spinal Cord Injury Center, the light in her eyes twinkling.

November 11, 2011 | 9 comments
NCAA West Regional cross country at Stanford

Cardinal corner
Women's volleyball suffers setback

The Stanford men's cross-country team gets a second chance to win a title when the NCAA West Regional is contested Saturday on the Stanford Golf Course, though the object is to qualify for the NCAA championship meet, which will be run on Nov. 21.

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Cardinal women advance in NCAA soccer

Men's soccer beats Cal

Mariah Nogueira scored late in the first half and the top-seeded and top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team added some insurance in the second half of a 3-0 victory over visiting Montana in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

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Stanford's Hennessy updates faculty on ROTC

University will explore alternatives to full program, due to budget and likely enrollment
In a briefing to the faculty on Thursday -- the day before Veterans Day -- Stanford University President John Hennessy presented an update on the university's plans to re-establish a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at Stanford.

November 11, 2011 | 33 comments
Patriotic roots

Veteran Curtis Eitls ties a yellow ribbon -- as a symbol of honor and support for veterans -- onto the first tree planted during a Canopy tree-planting ceremony at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto on Nov. 11, 2011. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

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RECENT HOME SALES

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Greenmeadow

A community-focused, historic Eichler neighborhood
Inspired by the work of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph Eichler set out to develop community-based housing at a low construction cost in the early 1950s.

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Today's events (Nov. 17)

Film: 'A Matter of Size'
As part of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, "A Matter of Size," about some hefty Israelis trying to become sumo wrestlers, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Nov. 17) at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Theater: 'Almost, Maine'
The John Cariani play "Almost, Maine," a comedy set in a far-off, mythical town, previews tonight (Nov. 17) at 8 p.m. and then runs through Dec. 18 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 17)

Film: 'A Matter of Size'
As part of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, "A Matter of Size," about some hefty Israelis trying to become sumo wrestlers, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 17) at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Theater: 'Almost, Maine'
The John Cariani play "Almost, Maine," a comedy set in a far-off, mythical town, previews tomorrow (Nov. 17) at 8 p.m. and then runs through Dec. 18 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Today's events (Nov. 16)

Music: Stanford Jazz Orchestra
Guest saxophonist Jeff Clayton sits in with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra tonight (Nov. 16) for an 8 p.m. show. The performance is in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University.
Author: Nada Prouty
Tonight (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m., Nada Prouty gives an author talk on her memoir, "Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA." The free talk is at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 16)

Music: Stanford Jazz Orchestra
Guest saxophonist Jeff Clayton sits in with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra tomorrow (Nov. 16) for an 8 p.m. show. The performance is in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University.
Author: Nada Prouty
Tomorrow (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m., Nada Prouty gives an author talk on her memoir, "Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA." The free talk is at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Six local girls' volleyball teams head to the semifinals

CCS playoffs

If the seedings hold true, five of six local teams will reach the Central Coast Section girls' volleyball finals on Nov. 19 at Independence High in San Jose. It will be up to Menlo School to make it six.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Field trips foster love of nature

Environmental Volunteers deliver hands-on eco-education
Since 1972, Environmental Volunteers has been working to inspire a love of nature and science in more than 12,000 local children annually through field trips, camps and events.

November 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto wraps up SCVAL De Anza Division crown

Thursday's prep football

Senior running backs Morris Gates-Mouton and Dre Hill combined for 261 rushing yards and six touchdowns to lead Palo Alto to a dominating 62-35 victory over host Milpitas on Thursday night and the Vikings third straight SCVAL De Anza Division football title.

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PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council; Architectural Review Board; Public Art Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

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Making a veteran's day

Maj. Thomas W. Keegan kisses his son Tom at a medal ceremony held at Moffett Field on Saturday (Nov. 5). Keegan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the U.S. Air Force's highest honors, for his service in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Photo by Michelle Le/Palo Alto Online.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Equity prepares to buy East Palo Alto apartments

Residential giant set to purchase 1,812 units in Woodland Park before the end of the year
Despite protests from the community and concern from the City Council, Wells Fargo Bank is now finalizing its sale of more than 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto to a single buyer with a nationwide portfolio.

November 11, 2011 | 33 comments
PG&E repairs leak in Palo Alto pipeline

Pressure testing resumes on 4-mile section of line bewteen Menlo Park and Palo Alto
PG&E resumed pressure testing Thursday on a 4-mile section of natural gas pipeline between Menlo Park and Palo Alto where a small leak was detected late last week, a utility spokesman said.
Related stories:
Gas pipe linked to Cupertino explosion being replaced in Palo Alto
PG&E pipeline may have been damaged by backhoe
Natural gas line bursts, causing I-280 mudslide
Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

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High-speed rail hit with legal setback

Lawsuit from Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto forces rail authority to revise environmental analysis
A coalition that includes Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto scored a legal victory over the California High-Speed Rail Authority Thursday when a Sacramento judge ruled that the state agency has to reopen and revise its environmental analysis of the controversial line.

November 10, 2011 | 38 comments
Oaks win Cal Pac title with 2-0 victory over Holy Names

Matheus Barbosa and Jose Castaneda each scored in the second half and the Menlo College men's soccer team clinched the Cal Pac Conference championship with a 2-0 victory over host Holy Names, the five-time defending conference champs, at Merritt College in Oakland on Thursday.

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Today's events (Nov. 15)

Teens: Ransom Riggs
Tonight (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m., Ransom Riggs gives an author talk on his new book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Forum: High-speed rail
California's controversial and increasingly expensive high-speed-rail system will be the subject of a public hearing hosted by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. today (Nov. 15) at Palo Alto City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 15)

Teens: Ransom Riggs
Tomorrow (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m., Ransom Riggs talks about his new book, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Forum: High-speed rail
California's controversial and increasingly expensive high-speed-rail system will be the subject of a public hearing hosted by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 15) at Palo Alto City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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Today's events (Nov. 14)

Art: 'Begin With Love'
Today (Nov. 14) through Friday, Nov. 18, the Downtown Streets Team of Palo Alto is exhibiting photos and other art by members of the homeless community in Lytton Plaza at Emerson Street and University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. The show is intended to raise awareness about local homelessness in a different way.
Talk: 'Seeing Into the Life of Things'
Photographer Robert Buelteman, composer Annea Lockwood and artist Mark Wagner will give a free talk at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 14) on how Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and other "living laboratories" can serve as windows into broader ways of looking at life and nature. The event is at Cubberley Auditorium at Stanford University.

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Stanford: new model for breast cancer tests

Computer analysis is more accurate than human assessment of prognosis, researchers say
Stanford University researchers have trained computers to analyze microscopic images of breast cancer with greater accuracy than evaluations conducted by humans, the university said.

November 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton's Spindt earns MVP honors in volleyball

PAL all-league teams

Versatile junior Alison Spindt, who did just about everything on the court for the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team this season while helping the Bears win the PAL Bay Division title with a 14-0 record, has been named the league's Most Valuable Player.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Gas pipe linked to Cupertino explosion being replaced in Palo Alto

Questionable gas-distribution mains are susceptible to cracking
A type of polyethylene pipe implicated in an Aug. 31 Cupertino condominium gas explosion also is used in south Palo Alto, city utilities spokeswoman Debra Katz confirmed.

November 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo's Sutter earns first team Cal Pac honors

Menlo College senior outside hitter Amanda Sutter earned first team all-Cal Pac women's volleyball honors on Wednesday. She was joined by junior outside hitter Stephenie Monderine, who was named to the second team. Junior Camille Miller was named Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly grad to discuss Armenian Internet project

The 'Hidden Road Initiative' is subject of talk at Stanford's Bechtel International Center
In a presentation at Stanford University's Bechtel International Center Friday, a Palo Alto High School graduate will discuss how she helped to build a "virtual road" -- the Internet -- into an Armenian mountain village that is isolated by severe weather for six months a year.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Fueling nuclear power

Demand for energy spark idea of international fuel bank
The increasing demand for power by countries with robust economic growth -- such as India, China and Brazil -- also raises the specter of danger in William Perry's mind.

November 10, 2011 | 5 comments
The most dangerous border

Perry cites risks of nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan
In terms of threat from nuclear arms outside of the U.S. and Russia, the long border shared by India and Pakistan might well be the most dangerous boundary on the planet.

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William J. Perry: A cold warrior

Perry, former secretary of defense, strives for worldwide nuclear disarmament
On Feb. 4, 1994, William J. Perry had taken the oath of office and became the United States' 19th secretary of defense, appointed by President William J. Clinton. A mathematician and scientist, high technology executive, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and academic, Perry was above all else a Cold Warrior. Related stories:
The most dangerous border
Fueling nuclear power

November 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford's Martin a finalist for Lombardi Award

Cardinal corner

Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation's top lineman, who best exemplifies the spirit of Vince Lombardi.

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Women's hoops and golf add top athletes

Stanford recruiting

While the Stanford women's basketball team is just preparing for its 2011-12 season opener on Friday at Texas, Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer also is getting ready for the future after signing prep standouts Alyson Beebe and Tess Picknell to national letters of intent.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'J. Edgar'

(Two stars)
Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a solid character study, but one better suited for the History Channel or an HBO special. The film is interesting but not compelling, about a protagonist who is neither likable nor despicable. -- TH

November 10, 2011 | 10 comments
Review: 'Melancholia'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The end is nigh in "Melancholia," writer-director Lars von Trier's latest wading pool of misery. If you had two hours and 17 minutes to live, how would you spend them? Weeelll, probably not in the company of "Melancholia." -- PC

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City mulls options for limiting vehicle dwellers

Palo Alto considers various proposals, including 'approved parking lots,' to address residents' concerns
Palo Alto's controversial proposal to ban vehicle dwellers continues to evolve and may ultimately include designated lots at which people can legally sleep in their cars, according to a new city report.

November 10, 2011 | 44 comments
Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund kicks off

Annual fund drive raises money for local nonprofits
The annual Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund drive kicks off this week, with the goal of raising and giving away $250,000 to local nonprofits serving children and families.

November 10, 2011 | 2 comments
SPORTS: Even without a watch, Luck knows what time it is

It's time. Stanford against Oregon: The Game of the Century, West Coast version. Saturday's sold-out game at Stanford Stadium will determine the first champion of the Pac-12 North Division, ensure a berth in the inaugural conference title game and, if Stanford wins, enable the Cardinal to remain in the running for a national championship. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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'French waiters' balancing act

Gunn High School students Grigiry Shevlyakov and Jessy Cherry compete against each other in a French Waiter Relay Race Wednesday (Nov. 9). The race was part of festivities organized by students and Gunn French teacher Anne Jensen in the school's observance of National French Week .

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Man killed in Palo Alto Tuesday identified

Robert Akers, 55, of San Mateo died after collision with bus on El Camino Real
A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 55-year-old San Mateo resident Robert Akers, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office. Related story:
Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto

November 10, 2011 | 6 comments
Stanford's Taylor is Pac-12 women's soccer player of year

Senior forward Lindsay Taylor was named Pac-12 Player of the Year in women's soccer on Wednesday, leading a Stanford sweep of conference awards. Chioma Ubogagu was named Freshman of the Year and Paul Ratcliffe earned his fourth consecutive conference Coach of the Year award.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Expectations will be higher for Stanford men's basketball

The Stanford men's basketball season opens with a splash this weekend as the Cardinal plays three games in five days, all at home, beginning with Friday night's 7 p.m. tipoff with Central Arkansas. Despite losing its leading scorer from last year to the pros, Stanford has raised expectations this year under coach Johnny Dawkins.

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Nneka Ogwumike sets her sights on elusive title

Stanford women's basketball

This is Nnemkadi Ogwumike's year and the senior preseason All-American has the Final Four clearly in her sights. You won't catch her looking ahead though. She knows the path to the top will be grueling and there are still 141 shopping days left until the Stanford women's basketball team can think about Denver in April

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Next big step for Menlo's Pugliese will be CCS finals

Menlo School senior Daniel Pugliese didn't enjoy much individual success while playing water polo for three years, so he decided to go in a different direction -- one that could take him to the state meet in cross country.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn girls are hoping for something historic

CCS water polo

The most successful team in Gunn girls' water polo history produced 23 victories, that coming last year when the Titans finished 23-6 after losing to eventual champion Menlo-Atherton in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals. Gunn was seeded No. 4 for the playoffs, the team's highest seeding ever. While that team set the bar, the 2011 Titans can raise it.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Commercial burglaries hit downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto small-business merchants lose nearly $5,000 cash from thefts
A burglar or burglars who struck Palo Alto's downtown business district on Nov. 3 and 4 left behind fingerprints in at least two incidents after taking nearly $5,000 in cash, police said.

November 9, 2011 | 11 comments
Stanford women begin quest for NCAA title in soccer

The top-ranked and overall No. 1-seeded Stanford women's soccer team (19-0-1) opens the NCAA tournament at home against Montana on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies (6-11-4) won the Big Sky tournament title to earn a trip to the Bay Area and will face a Cardinal senior class that has never lost at home.

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Stanford's defense will be crucial against high-powered Oregon in Pac-12 showdown

Jarek Lancaster, a graduate of Texas high school football, had himself fired up to play Oregon on Tuesday, even though he was warned there should be a steady climb through the week so as not to run out of energy too early. "I'm trying to stay even keel," Lancaster said. "But it's impossible. I'm ready to go. I think as a football player, you just want to get to the game."

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Even without a watch, Luck knows what time it is

Stanford football notebook

It's time. Stanford against Oregon: The Game of the Century, West Coast version. Saturday's sold-out game at Stanford Stadium will determine the first champion of the Pac-12 North Division, ensure a berth in the inaugural conference title game and, if Stanford wins, enable the Cardinal to remain in the running for a national championship. Actually, it's time for just about everybody but Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Achievement test data sparks heated discussion

Stellar averages make good students feel like 'amateur athletes in an Olympic village'
Responding to criticism that he's excessively focused on test scores, Palo Alto School District Superintendent Kevin Skelly said Tuesday that supporting struggling students as well as top achievers is a central challenge for the school district.

November 9, 2011 | 124 comments
PG&E crews repairing leak in Palo Alto pipeline

Leak is on Line 132, which caused the San Bruno blast, but is small and not expected to pose danger
Workers examining a section of a PG&E gas main discovered a small leak near Palo Alto, a PG&E spokesman said Friday (Nov. 4). PG&E crews determined Tuesday (Nov. 8) that the leaking pipe was located under Page Mill Road's eastbound lane, between Hanover Street and Peter Coutts Road. Related story:
Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Plan for a Baylands waste facility surges ahead

Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly pass Measure E, allowing parkland to be used for a waste-to-energy plant
Palo Alto voters made a strong statement in favor of keeping composting local Tuesday night when they passed Measure E, allowing a section of the city's Baylands to be used for a waste-to-energy operation.

November 8, 2011 | 64 comments
E-lated

Former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier looks at election results for Measure E with enthusiasm alongside Dick Moyer, Dorothy Bender and Sue Friedlaender in Palo Alto Tuesday night. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online. See story

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford in NCAA field hockey as at-large team

The Stanford women's field hockey team not only earned a spot in the NCAA tournament, it earned the No. 7 seed and will serve as the higher seed for the first time in school history.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Voters strike down binding arbitration in Palo Alto

More than two-thirds support Measure D, which scraps 1977 provision from City Charter
Palo Alto's longstanding practice of forcing disputes between the city and its public-safety workers to go to arbitration was repealed Tuesday night, with more than two-thirds of the voters casting their ballots in favor of Measure D.

November 8, 2011 | 55 comments
Gunn, Paly boys advance in CCS water polo

Tuesday's CCS roundup

The Palo Alto and Gunn boys' water polo teams had it easy in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs on Tuesday, but things get much tougher from here.

November 8, 2011 | 3 comments
Former preps take a shot at NCAA water polo field

Local collegians

A handful of former local high school water polo standouts were busy last weekend while helping their teams qualify for the CWPA Eastern Championships, the final stop before the NCAA Final Four.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Parents launch annual PiE 'Donation Days'

Families offer dollar-for-dollar matches of up to $250,000 for Nov. 9-18 contributions
Parent volunteers will be out in force from now through Nov. 18, drumming up donations for Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE), an independent foundation benefiting Palo Alto public schools. This year's PiE fundraising goal is $3.9 million, the highest ever.

November 8, 2011 | 5 comments
Man dies at El Camino Real bus stop in Palo Alto

Palo Alto police investigate fatality involving a VTA bus
A man died on El Camino Real, near California Avenue in Palo Alto, in a collision with a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus Tuesday afternoon.

November 8, 2011 | 34 comments
Palo Alto Knights have two teams just a victory away from national championships

Youth football

It was only a year ago that the Palo Alto Knights' youth football program sent its Jr. Pee Wee team to the AYF National Championships in Orlando, Fla. The squad finished fifth. Most of those players moved up to the Pee Wee level (11-12 years old) this season, but the results have been pretty much the same.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Achievement data on school board agenda tonight

Parents say they will come out to urge a 'broader and deeper' definition of success
Average SAT scores and college-going rates of Palo Alto students far exceed those of students in California or the nation as a whole, according to data that will be presented to the Palo Alto Board of Education tonight.

November 8, 2011 | 15 comments
FEMA to test Emergency Alert System nationwide

Test will take over television and radio for 30 seconds Wednesday morning
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission will take over television and radio Wednesday morning (Nov. 9) as part of the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, FEMA said.

November 8, 2011 | 4 comments
Changing of crossing guards vexes parents

Palo Alto gets new crossing-guard manager for the first time since 1999
For the first time in more than a decade, Palo Alto is preparing to hire a new company to manage its ranks of school crossing guards -- and not everyone is thrilled about the change.

November 8, 2011 | 69 comments
Palomarez wins Cal Pac Weekly honor; wrestlers place at tournaments

Menlo College roundup

Menlo College junior Alex Palomarez was named Cal Pac Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, his fourth such honor this year,

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford rewarded with top seed in postseason

NCAA women's soccer brackets

To no one's surprise, Stanford was awarded the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA women's soccer tournament and opens at home Friday against Montana at 7 p.m.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP's Kremer will swim for Stanford men next fall

Prep notes
Gunn sends Acker to Cal, Ama to Stanford

Sacred Heart Prep senior Tom Kremer, one of the top freestylers and backstrokers in the nation, won't be leaving the area to continue his swimming career next fall. Kremer has verbally committed to swim for the Stanford men's team in 2012.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Gordon to hold high-speed-rail meeting in Palo Alto

Assemblyman to lead Nov. 15 discussion of state Rail Authority's new business plan
California's controversial and increasingly expensive high-speed-rail system will be the subject of a public hearing hosted by Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Palo Alto next Tuesday.

November 7, 2011 | 17 comments
Election results: Measure D and Measure E

Election results for Palo Alto's Measure D and Measure E (Majority vote wins). Information from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
Measure D:
Yes: 7,997
No: 3,889
Measure E:
Yes: 7,713
No: 4,267
33/33 precincts reporting

November 8, 2011 | 7 comments
Hale, Dillon top the All-PAL Bay Division boys' water polo team

The top offensive player and top defensive player on the the top boys' water polo team in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division not too surprisingly earned top honors on the 2011 all-league team.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
National spotlight will be on Stanford-Oregon game

For those who don't already have tickets to Saturday's sold out Pac-12 showdown between No. 3 Stanford and No. 6 Oregon in Stanford Stadium, the next best thing -- other than watching it on TV -- is to head to the Oval on the Stanford campus.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Celebrating Diwali at Stanford

The Old Union building at Stanford University was the setting for an annual Diwali event Sunday as students, faculty and members of the general public celebrated the Festival of Lights. Photos by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Quests begin anew for CCS water polo titles

The 2010 Central Coast Section playoffs in water polo was a special one for local teams as the Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep girls joined the Menlo School boys in capturing titles. Duplicating that championship finish could be a bit tougher in two weeks.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
PG&E pipeline may have been damaged by backhoe

Natural gas line burst near I-280 in Woodside Sunday afternoon
A PG&E natural gas pipeline that exploded during pressure testing on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 6), causing a mudslide across Interstate Highway 280 in Woodside, was likely damaged by a backhoe, a utility spokesman said Monday.

November 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Palo Alto's ambitious bike plans ready to roll

City Council eyes new bike boulevards, trails as part of effort to make city top biking destination
Palo Alto's drive to make local streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians will get a boost tonight (Monday), when the City Council is scheduled to discuss and adopt an ambitious proposal to expand bike lanes, create new bike boulevards and improve crosswalks throughout the city. Related story:
Palo Alto eyes slew of bicycle improvements

November 7, 2011 | 32 comments
Two Palo Alto students advance to national finals in Siemens science competition

Helen Jiang of Gunn and Jeffrey Ling of Paly among 18 national finalists in Siemens contest
Two students from high schools in Palo Alto have advanced to the finals of a national science competition with their data project aimed at identifying premature babies most likely to develop severe gastrointestinal disease.

November 7, 2011 | 8 comments
Natural gas line bursts, causing I-280 mudslide

Pacific Gas & Electric was testing 3-mile section of line between Menlo Park and Woodside
A natural gas pipeline that was undergoing safety testing burst open Sunday afternoon, sending water, mud and rocks across northbound Interstate Highway 280 at Farm Hill Boulevard. Related stories:
PG&E pipeline may have been damaged by backhoe
PG&E gas-main leak detected near Palo Alto
Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

November 6, 2011 | 16 comments
SPORTS: Stanford gets out of Oregon with a crucial win

Andrew Luck may not be returning to Corvallis any time soon. Stanford's quarterback has had a rough time in each of his two visits there. At least this time the fourth-ranked Cardinal got a victory out of it, beating the Beavers, 38-13, Saturday on a cold, rainy day. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

November 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Simitian announces bid for Santa Clara County Supervisor

State senator announces candidacy in Palo Alto; Kniss to term out in 2012
State Sen. Joe Simitian announced his candidacy for Santa Clara County supervisor at an annual brunch in Palo Alto Sunday morning. Current Supervisor Liz Kniss will be termed out of the District 5 seat at the end of 2012.

November 6, 2011 | 12 comments
Stanford clinches one of top seeds for MPSF tournament

Sunday's Cardinal corner

The Stanford men's water polo team guaranteed itself a top four finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after beating host UC Irvine, 14-7, on Sunday. Jacob Smith scored three goals for the fourth-ranked Cardinal.

November 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Car flips in Friday crash on Embarcadero

Driver walks away with minor injuries after collision near Highway 101
The driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix walked away with minor injuries late Friday after the car hit the center median on Embarcadero Road and rolled over, Palo Alto police said.

November 6, 2011 | 21 comments
VIDEO: Crowd gathers Saturday for 'Occupy Palo Alto' event

Participants take a 'tour of shame' through downtown
Members of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center led an "Occupy Palo Alto" event Saturday at King Plaza in front of Palo Alto City Hall. Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

November 6, 2011 | 57 comments
Top seeds for local girls in CCS volleyball

Menlo girls No. 4 in CCS tennis

The Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Priory girls' volleyball teams all received No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions for the start of this week's Central Coast Section playoffs.

November 6, 2011 | No comments yet
A historic night for Cardinal women's soccer team

Stanford finishes unbeaten

Lindsay Taylor and Kristy Zurmuhlen scored within 40 seconds of each other in the first half to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 2-0 victory over Cal in a rainy Pac-12 women's soccer season finale and allowed the Cardinal to earn its place in history.

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Stanford gets out of Oregon with a crucial win

Cardinal moves to No. 3 in AP poll; stays No. 4 in BCS

Andrew Luck may not be returning to Corvallis any time soon. Stanford's quarterback has had a rough time in each of his two visits there. At least this time the fourth-ranked Cardinal got a victory out of it, beating the Beavers, 38-13, Saturday on a cold, rainy day.

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Bowen records hat trick in Stanford 11-3 polo win

Saturday's Stanford roundup
Wopat helps volleyball beat Utah

Alex Bowen scored three times, Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph added two goals and the Stanford men's water polo team downed host Long Beach State, 11-3, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday.

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M-A falls out of first in PAL Bay Division race

Friday's prep football

Luke Pinkston was one of the bright spots for Menlo-Atherton, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, 35-0, by host Terra Nova on Friday night. He recovered a fumble and recorded a sack for the Bears, who can only look forward to their rivalry game with Woodside.

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Plenty of local titles at WBAL championships

Prep cross country

It was a day for one senior to continue her dominance of league competition and another to continue his surprising first season of success. And, it was a day for one school to celebrate team championships for the first time.

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Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

Company documents show some pipe was reused during 1957 relocation
A gas-transmission line that runs through Palo Alto and Stanford University contains reused, salvaged pipe dating to 1947, according to PG&E documents.

November 5, 2011 | 5 comments
Stanford beats Davidson, reaches NorPac title game

Friday's Cardinal corner
Men's soccer scores big victory

Senior Stephanie Byrne and freshman Alex McCawley each scored twice and added an assist in helping the sixth-ranked Stanford women's field hockey team reach the championship match of the NorPac tournament with a 7-2 victory over visiting Davidson on Friday.

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Mountain View council dumps Palo Alto animal control service

City breaks off relationship with Palo Alto Animal Services after 18 years
Mountain View decided to break off its 18-year relationship with Palo Alto Animal Services on Tuesday night, with City Council members instead favoring a contract with a cheaper and more attractive Santa Clara-based agency.

November 4, 2011 | 53 comments
'Lost interview' with Jobs to screen in Palo Alto

Old VHS tape found in film director's garage following Apple co-founder's death last month
A "lost interview" with the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be screened in Palo Alto Nov. 16 through Nov. 22. Parts of the 70-minute interview, conducted between Jobs' two stints at Apple, were used in a 1996 miniseries "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires."

November 4, 2011 | 3 comments
PG&E gas-main leak detected near Palo Alto

Leak is on Line 132, which caused the San Bruno blast, but is small and not expected to pose danger
Workers examining a section of a PG&E gas main discovered a small leak near Palo Alto, a Pacific Gas and Electric Company spokesman said Friday (Nov. 4). On Tuesday (Nov. 8), PG&E crews determined that the leaking pipe was located under Page Mill Road's eastbound lane, between Hanover Street and Peter Coutts Road. Related story:
Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

November 4, 2011 | 14 comments
'Occupy Palo Alto' gathering set for Saturday

Participants will take a 'tour of shame' through downtown
Members of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center will lead an "Occupy Palo Alto" event tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 5) at noon, beginning at King Plaza in front of Palo Alto City Hall.

November 4, 2011 | 12 comments
David Boesch resigns as San Mateo County manager

Boesch's last day in office will be Nov. 15, county announces
David Boesch, the current San Mateo County manager and former Menlo Park city manager, will resign the county post Dec. 31, the county announced Friday.

November 5, 2011 | 3 comments
Clocks fall back on Sunday morning

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 6), so people should set their clocks back one hour before they go to bed Saturday night or when they get up Sunday morning.

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Los Altos woman accused of attempted murder

Laura Jean Wenke, 50, pleads not guilty for allegedly stabbing estranged husband in September
A Los Altos woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband in September at the business they owned in Redwood City pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted murder charges, prosecutors said.

November 4, 2011 | 5 comments
Three cars crash into Anthropologie in Palo Alto

Friday morning crash on slick Alma Street narrowly misses shop's front door
Three vehicles swerved into the Anthropologie clothing store at 999 Alma St. in downtown Palo Alto Friday morning, startling two managers who were preparing to open the store, a manager said.

November 4, 2011 | 43 comments
This weekend's events (Nov.12-13)

Global Gift Fair
Handcrafted textiles, ceramics, jewelry, home and fashion products from developing countries will be on sale, with proceeds going toward helping the impoverished, Saturday (Nov. 12) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Music: The Tuttles & AJ Lee Bluegrass
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee play bluegrass, old time and folk music Saturday (Nov. 12) at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
On stage: 'Cats'
The musical "Cats," presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre, will be performed Sunday (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Today's events (Nov. 11)

On stage: 'The Wind In the Willows'
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents "The Wind in the Willows," based on the classic book, today (Nov. 11) at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Music: Happy Dog Duo
Happy Dog Duo, featuring student pianists Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung, makes its debut at Stanford with selections from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Ligeti today (Nov. 11) at 8 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 11)

On stage: 'The Wind In the Willows'
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents "The Wind in the Willows," based on the classic book, tomorrow (Nov. 11) at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Music: Happy Dog Duo
Happy Dog Duo, featuring student pianists Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung, makes its debut at Stanford with selections from Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Ligeti tomorrow (Nov. 11) at 8 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

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Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The indie psychodrama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" doesn't hide that it's a two-note film. Rather, writer-director Sean Durkin structures his film to play these two notes, alternatingly, until they blend into one another. -- PC

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Review: 'Tower Heist'

(Two stars)
The action comedy "Tower Heist" has the perfect "generic brand" title to match its Teflon blandness. But "Heist" may become a popular hit, not only due to its marquee stars, but its theme of 99-percenters angrily striking back against a slimy, hypocritical 1-percenter. -- PC

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PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council; School board; Human Relations Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week.

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Palo Alto women's shelter planned

Pilot program would offer emergency shelter to 15 women
InnVision Hotel de Zink, Palo Alto's only emergency shelter for homeless individuals, is planning to open a 15-bed shelter exclusively for women, the nonprofit organization has announced.

November 4, 2011 | 10 comments
Menlo girls shock WBAL champ SHP in volleyball

Thursday's prep roundup
M-A boys run to second at PAL finals

The Menlo School girls' volleyball team handed West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) champion Sacred Heart Prep its only league loss with a 3-1 victory Thursday at home. The Knights finished second in the division with an 8-2 league mark (23-6 overall) after posting a 25-22, 25-12, 21-25, 25-18 victory.

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Today's events (Nov. 10)

On stage: 'Up the Down Staircase'
Saint Francis High School presents "Up the Down Staircase," a play about a teacher and a difficult group of high schoolers, today (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. at SFHS Fall Drama, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Author: Scott Wallace
Scott Wallace presents his new book "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribe," today (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
On stage: 'Stage Door'
Menlo-Atheron High School's fall production, the Broadway classic "Stage Door," performs today (Nov. 10) at 3:30 p.m. at M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 10)

On stage: 'Up the Down Staircase'
Saint Francis High School presents "Up the Down Staircase," a play about a teacher and a difficult group of high schoolers, tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. at SFHS Fall Drama, 1885 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Author: Scott Wallace
Scott Wallace presents his new book "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribe," tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
On stage: 'Stage Door'
Menlo-Atheron High School's fall production, the Broadway classic "Stage Door," performs tomorrow (Nov. 10) at 3:30 p.m. at M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Stanford's Montgomery a star waiting to shine

Ty Montgomery showed up at a Stanford football camp the summer after his freshman year of high school at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas, eager to learn and prepared to do what was necessary to get into the school.

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Stanford's Taylor, Noyola hope to go out as winners

Women's soccer

Lindsay Taylor and Teresa Noyola have enjoyed a long, fruitful soccer relationship. Despite attending different high schools, they have played together for as long as either can remember. Moreover, as Stanford teammates, they've enjoyed nothing but success.

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Palo Alto Knights advance three teams to next round

Youth football playoffs

The Palo Alto Knights qualified their Cadet and Pee Wee youth football teams to the NorCal Championships with playoff wins last Sunday. The Knights' Unlimited 8th Grade team, meanwhile, has advanced to the American Youth Football League Northwest Regional Championship following a 40-0 victory over San Leandro Jr. Rebels.

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Today's events (Nov. 9)

Film: 'A Kristallnacht Remembrance'
A documentary of the friendship of Max Drimmer and Herman Shine, their escape from Auschwitz, and their journey to new lives in the Bay Area will be shown today (Nov. 9) at 8 p.m. at Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
On stage: 'Our Town'
Georges Lavaudant collaborates with Stanford Professor Jean-Marie Apostolides to present the classic play "Our Town" today (Nov. 9) at 8 p.m. at Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 9)

Film: 'A Kristallnacht Remembrance'
A documentary of the friendship of Max Drimmer and Herman Shine, their escape from Auschwitz, and their journey to new lives in the Bay Area will be shown tomorrow (Nov. 9) at 8 p.m. at Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
On stage: 'Our Town'
Georges Lavaudant collaborates with Stanford Professor Jean-Marie Apostolides to present the classic play "Our Town" tomorrow (Nov. 9) at 8 p.m. at Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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Today's events (Nov. 8)

Talk: 'Ancestral Ohlone Culture'
Mark Hylkema, archeologist, California State Parks, will present a talk regarding the "Significance of the Watershed in Ancestral Ohlone Culture" today (Nov. 8) at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
'A Celebration of Sustainable Food'
Speakers Michael Dimock and Dan Imhoff discuss how to "vote with your fork" for healthy food today (Nov. 8) at 6 p.m. at SLAC Cafe, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 8)

Talk: 'Ancestral Ohlone Culture'
Mark Hylkema, archeologist, California State Parks, will present a talk regarding the "Significance of the Watershed in Ancestral Ohlone Culture" tomorrow (Nov. 8) at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
'A Celebration of Sustainable Food'
Speakers Michael Dimock and Dan Imhoff discuss how to "vote with your fork" for healthy food today (Nov. 8) at 6 p.m. at SLAC Cafe, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

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Today's events (Nov. 7)

Author talk: Juliet Eilperin
National Environmental Reporter for The Washington Post Juliet Eilperin will speak on climate change and the 2012 election today (Nov. 7) at 3 p.m. at Hartley Conference Center, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University.
Moroccan Music Night
Moroccan music, from traditional to contemporary, will be featured tonight (Nov. 7) from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Holman does the trick in Stanford's first round victory

Thursday's Stanford roundup
Thacher, Gibbs, Burdette advance in tennis

Devon Holman scored three goals in leading No. 5 Stanford past visiting Appalachian State, 7-0, in the first round of the NorPac tournament Thursday. Colleen Ryan, Katie Mitchell, Becky Dru and Emily Henriksson also scored for the Cardinal (16-2),

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Stanford gets $150 million gift

Menlo Park couple donates to spur entrepreneurship in poor countries
Stanford University's Graduate School of Business has received a $150 million gift -- one of the largest in the university's history -- to create an institute to alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship, officials have announced.

November 4, 2011 | 11 comments
Feature story: A changing Cuba

Cuban, local photographers reveal the heart of the country
The curving, brick Krause Center for Innovation stands high on a grassy hill in the autumn dusk. Foothill College students must watch their footing on a rocky path that leads up to it. Located next to the school's observatory, the center this fall is similarly a place to glimpse another world that few Americans ever see: Cuba.

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School district closes first land buy in decades

HP co-founder David Packard guided city's last era of school building
The Palo Alto school district Tuesday completed its purchase of 2.6 acres of land at 525 San Antonio Road -- the first land acquisition for Palo Alto schools in a half century.

November 3, 2011 | 8 comments
Two Menlo College students arrested for theft

Security guard reportedly saw students snatching unattended backpacks at Menlo School
Two Menlo College students were arrested Tuesday after they were allegedly seen stealing backpacks at a private high school, according to Atherton police.

November 3, 2011 | 6 comments
Palo Alto officials not sold on rail business plan

City Council committee questions plan's ridership assumptions, financing plans
The new business plan for California's proposed high-speed rail line drew sharp rebukes from Palo Alto's elected officials Thursday morning, with various members of the City Council saying they remain puzzled by the ridership projections and financing plans proposed by the agency charged with building the line. Related story:
Price tag swells for California high-speed rail project

November 3, 2011 | 8 comments
Physician panel to discuss teens and sleep

'From Zzzz's to A's' presentation will be at Lucie Stern Community Center
How is sleep connected to the physical and mental health of teenagers? That question will be discussed by a physician panel tonight in a presentation titled "From Zzzz's to A's" at Lucie Stern Community Center.

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SPORTS: Gunn's Robinson keeps a perfect season intact

Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson kept her perfect season intact by running away with individual honors at the SCVAL El Camino Division cross-country championships on Tuesday at Crystal Springs in Belmont. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Menlo School girls sweep WBAL tennis titles

Wednesday's prep roundup

Menlo School swept the West Bay Athletic League girls' singles and doubles tennis titles on Wednesday behind the play of junior Giannina Ong and the team of sophomore Christine Eliazo and junior Laura Gradiska.

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VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA

A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.

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Portola Valley native Chris Paine returns as director of second film on the electric car

Portola Valley native Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car," a harsh documentary analysis of the automotive industry's connection to fossil fuels, is back with a follow-up: "Revenge of the Electric Car," which opens Friday (Nov. 4) at the Aquarius theater at 430 Emerson St. in Palo Alto.

November 3, 2011 | 5 comments
Hospitals, Blue Cross make a deal

Contract standoff with Stanford hospitals ends with a three-year agreement
A two-month contract standoff between insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross and Stanford and Lucile Packard hospitals that left subscribers in limbo regarding their coverage has been resolved.

November 2, 2011 | 8 comments
Taylor earns national award from Soccer America

Wednesday's Cardinal corner

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week after recording her third consecutive 2-goal game in Stanford's 2-1 win over Oregon State.

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This weekend's events (Nov. 5-6)

This weekend's events (Nov. 5-6)
Art: New gallery
The new Esther Baran Art Gallery opens its doors at Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 10 a.m. Baran's etchings, jewelry and artwork are often inspired by the fairy stories she read as a child.
Film: 'The Concert'
As part of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, the film "The Concert" will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The 2009 French movie follows conductor Andrei Filipov, who refused an order to fire his Jewish orchestra musicians and instead schemed to get his band a gig in Paris.
Community: Diwali celebration
A free public celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 6) at Stanford University's Old Union. The event will include religious rituals, sweets and dancing.

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Bill to help businesses raise cash moves ahead

U.S. House of Representatives passes bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, that would raise limit for 'mini-offerings'
A bill that aims to help small businesses amass capital and go public overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives Wednesday morning.

November 2, 2011 | 2 comments
Local prep swimmers earn All-American honors

A group of 15 local swimmers have been honored by having individual or relay times among the nation's top 100 on the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) 2010-11 high school All-American lists.

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Stanford-area women's tennis team captures a national title

A women's tennis team from the Stanford area, representing the USTA NorCal Section, captured a national title at the USTA League 4.5 Adult National Championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center last week in Tucson, Ariz.

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RECENT HOME SALES

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Upkeep for Eichlers

As Eichler homes age, specialized maintenance may be required
Eichler homes -- those mid-century marvels with huge windows, open floor plans and clean lines -- are prevalent in Palo Alto, especially in the Greenmeadow, Palo Verde and Fairmeadow neighborhoods, and surrounding communities.

November 2, 2011 | 13 comments
Stanford grad Sara Hall honored for gold medal at Pan Am Games

Former Stanford All-American Sara Hall of Mammoth Lakes has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning gold in the women's steeplechase at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Today's events (Nov. 4)

Theater: 'Mauritius'
The Theresa Rebeck play "Mauritius" opens at 8 p.m. tonight (Nov. 4) at the Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. The story centers on sibling rivalry and greed sparked by a stamp album left in a will.
Talk: 'The Science of Painting'
Stanford professors Curtis W. Frank of chemical engineering and Michael F. Marmor of opthamology will give a free 7 p.m. talk tonight (Nov. 4) on the ways that science and art meet. The event is at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University.

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Palo Alto tackles Cubberley's conundrum

City Council, school district prepare for 14-month discussion over community center's future
For Palo Alto officials, the sprawling Cubberley Community Center in the southern portion of the city is both a head-scratching conundrum and lucrative opportunity.

November 2, 2011 | 29 comments
Conjoined twins successfully separated Tuesday

Angelica and Angelina Sabuco, 2, separated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
After almost 10 hours of surgery, two-year-old conjoined twins Angelica and Angelina Sabuco were successfully separated, officials of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital announced Tuesday.

November 2, 2011 | 2 comments
It was a night to wrap up prep volleyball titles

The final match of the regular season will provide an opportunity for three local girls' volleyball teams to remain perfect in league play this season. Other than that, there will be little drama for the Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton squads.

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Supes up ante on Stanford's Alpine trail offer

On 4-1 vote, county supervisors ask Stanford to revise offer to examine three more alternatives
In the five-year poker game between Stanford University and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors over the fate of a decrepit and unsafe trail on the south side of Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park, the supervisors saw Stanford's $10 million pile of chips Tuesday morning and, in effect, raised the bet.

November 2, 2011 | 19 comments
Ogwumike named preseason All-American

Stanford roundup

Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike was named to the AP women's basketball preseason All-American team Tuesday, receiving 37 of a possible 40 votes. Baylor's 6-8 center Brittney Griner became the eighth player to become an unanimous choice, receiving 40 votes.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn's Robinson keeps a perfect season intact

Prep cross country

Gunn sophomore Sarah Robinson kept her perfect season intact by running away with individual honors at the SCVAL El Camino Division cross-country championships on Tuesday at Crystal Springs in Belmont.

November 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 4)

Theater: 'Mauritius'
The Theresa Rebeck play "Mauritius" opens at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 4) at the Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. The story centers on sibling rivalry and greed sparked by a stamp album left in a will.
Talk: 'The Science of Painting'
Stanford professors Curtis W. Frank of chemical engineering and Michael F. Marmor of opthamology will give a free 7 p.m. talk tomorrow (Nov. 4) on the ways that science and art meet. The event is at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 3)

Music: Pacifica Quartet
The chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet will give a free performance today (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The event is part of a series of shorter gratis performances by artists who are also giving full concerts at Stanford Lively Arts.
Art: 'Taste of Tattoo'
The Smith Andersen Editions print studio and gallery is opening a new exhibition today (Nov. 3) with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 440 Pepper Ave. in Palo Alto. "Taste of Tattoo" features art inspired or influenced by tattoos, with work by five artists known for printmaking and five known for tattooing.

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Price tag swells for California high-speed rail project

New $98.5 billion cost projection adds fuel to criticisms of controversial project
The cost of California's proposed high-speed-rail system, originally pegged at about $36 billion, has nearly tripled since the project was presented to voters in 2008, according to a business plan that the agency charged with building the new system released Tuesday.

November 1, 2011 | 52 comments
Local students competing in Siemens regionals

Helen Jiang of Paly and Jeffrey Ling and Charles Liu of Gunn to present projects at Caltech
Three Palo Alto students will be among 15 teens competing this weekend in regional finals of the 2011-12 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

November 1, 2011 | 9 comments
Police arrest two in wallet-snatching spree

Two women taken into custody in Walmart parking lot
Police arrested two women last week in connection with a string of thefts of wallets from inside the Mountain View Walmart.

November 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 3)

Music: Pacifica Quartet
The chamber ensemble Pacifica Quartet will give a free performance tomorrow (Nov. 3) at 6 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The event is part of a series of shorter gratis performances by artists who are also giving full concerts at Stanford Lively Arts.
Art: 'Taste of Tattoo'
The Smith Andersen Editions print studio and gallery is opening a new exhibition tomorrow (Nov. 3) with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 440 Pepper Ave. in Palo Alto. "Taste of Tattoo" features art inspired or influenced by tattoos, with work by five artists known for printmaking and five known for tattooing.

November 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Paying attention put Montgomery in the right spot

Stanford football notebook

Stanford freshman receiver Ty Montgomery was as surprised as anyone when he heard the play called. Surprised only because he had never practiced it before being asked to do it in the red zone during the first overtime of Stanford's eventual 56-48 victory over host USC in triple overtime Saturday.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto's Tosky will swim for USC next fall

Competing just across the street from Stanford, it seemed only natural that Palo Alto High's Jasmine Tosky eventually would make the short trip across El Camino Real and continue her swimming career with the Cardinal. Not so.

November 1, 2011 | 4 comments
Photo gallery spotlight: 'Sunset over MLR'

The Palo Alto Online Photo Gallery features hundreds of images -- including this picture of sunset during the 2011 Moonlight Run & Walk taken in early September by photographer Heather Brownlee.
View the photo gallerySubmit your photo

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Espinosa, Villeneuve help Brown men capture Ivy League water polo title

Local collegians

With Palo Alto native Toby Espinosa and Atherton resident Grant Villeneuve both contributing, the Brown University men's water polo team defeated Harvard, 15-5, and went on to dominate Princeton, 16-5, to claim top honors at the Ivy Championships hosted at Harvard last weekend in Cambridge, Mass.

November 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Persis S. Drell to step down as director of SLAC

Laboratory's fourth chief says she wants to return to research and teaching
Persis S. Drell, director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory since December 2007, has decided to resign the post and return to research and teaching, Stanford University announced today.

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Palo Alto Elite Volleyball Club holds tryouts

The Palo Alto Elite Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts this weekend at Cubberley Community Center for the 2012 season. The tryouts will be held in gyms A and B.

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Stanford golfers have some ground to make up

Monday's Stanford roundup

The Stanford's men's golf team was in eighth place after Monday's opening round of the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin. The Cardinal fired a 371, 16 over par and 26 strokes behind Southern California.

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Stanford players set for big New York tournament

ITA/USTA Tennis

Stanford's Ryan Thacher, Mallory Burdette, Nicole Gibbs, Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay will be competing at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships beginning Thursday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford dean shares research on 'stereotype threat'

Fear of being judged based on negative stereotype causes low performance, research says
Why do black students, with equally good SAT scores, end up with worse college GPAs than their white counterparts? Social psychologist Claude Steele, the new dean of the Stanford University School of Education, shared his findings on such questions in a campus talk Monday.

October 31, 2011 | 7 comments
Palo Alto eyes changes to recycling program

City plans to close Recycling Center, expand Household Hazardous Waste station
After years of dwindling usage and shrinking space, Palo Alto's recycling center will shutter for good in February -- the latest development in the city's ever-evolving waste-management operation.

October 31, 2011 | 20 comments
Despite football loss, Oaks' player earns defensive honors

Menlo College notebook

Thanks to his big-time showing against NCAA Division III football powerhouse Linfield College, Menlo College's Chris Tosello was recognized as a Beyond Sports Network NAIA Defensive Player of the Week.

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Pay-by-space parking arrives in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's trial run of pay-by-space meters starts this week as part of a new range of options offering people the choice of dashing into a 15-minute spot for a quick errand, or parking up to nine hours at a time for a more leisurely day.

October 31, 2011 | 3 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Finance Committee, Utilities Advisory Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

October 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Cubberley Community Center's future still up in the air

Palo Alto's city, school officials set to debate plans for sprawling center
Palo Alto's city and school officials agree that the sprawling, run-down Cubberley Community Center in south Palo Alto is vital to the community's needs. But with the long-standing agreement between the city and the school district entering its final year, neither side has a clear vision of what will happen to the 35-acre center 14 months from now.

October 31, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo-Atherton's LaPorte on All-PAL girls' tennis first team

Menlo-Atherton junior Erin LaPorte has been named to the All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division first team for girls' tennis in 2011. LaPorte was a mainstay on the Bears' squad that finished 9-5 in the division this season, losing a playoff match to Carlmont last week, 4-3, to end the regular season.

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Whitaker earns Pac-12 honors for special teams

Cardinal corner
Men's hoops lands top forward

Stanford junior Eric Whitaker was thrown into action in Saturday's 56-48 win over USC. He performed so well he was named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

October 31, 2011 | No comments yet
City Hall-oween

From Harry Potter and pirates to Candyland and coffins, Palo Alto city departments and employees were decked out in Halloween ghoulishness Monday for the city's first-ever Halloween contest.

October 31, 2011 | 4 comments
Egg-throwing youths get scrubbing lesson

Police round up 15 to 20 teens after egg war breaks out at Greer Park
Several Palo Alto teens got a lesson in the difficulty of removing eggs from vehicles and surfaces Thursday night, after police apprehended 15 to 20 egg-wielding youths.

October 31, 2011 | 87 comments
Three bicyclists hit by car on Page Mill Road

Bicyclists taken to Stanford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries
Three bicyclists who were hit by a vehicle on upper Page Mill Road above Foothills Park Sunday were transported to Stanford Medical Center with injuries ranging from minor to major, Palo Alto police said.

October 31, 2011 | 99 comments
Palo Alto girls capture Spikefest II volleyball crown

Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton had the top two Division I girls' volleyball programs in the Central Coast Section last season, based on the Vikings' win over the Bears in the 2010 CCS final. Little has changed since then, based on the results from the Milpitas Spikefest II.

October 31, 2011 | 1 comment
Conjoined twins to be separated at Lucile Packard

Surgery for twin girls, 2, expected to last up to nine hours
Two-year-old conjoined twins will be separated this week at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in a surgery expected to last eight or nine hours, hospital officials said.

October 31, 2011 | 3 comments
SPORTS: Cardinal goes from heartbreak to triumph

Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal's fumble into the end zone to finish a 56-48 victory over USC on Saturday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man shot at intersection

Victim said he heard gunshots, drove self to hospital
Police are investigating a Saturday morning (Oct. 29) shooting in East Palo Alto, which left a man injured with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
From heartbreak to triumph

Stanford football remains undefeated
Cardinal No. 4 in BCS this week

Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal's fumble into the end zone to finish a 56-48 victory over USC on Saturday night.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Azevedo leads Team USA to the gold medal in water polo, berth in 2012 Olympics

Pan Am Games

With Stanford grad Tony Azevedo scoring three goals, the USA Water Polo men's National Team won the Pan American Games gold medal and a berth to the 2012 Olympic Games with a 7-3 defeat of Canada at the Pan American Games on Saturday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford inches closer to postseason invitation

Stanford weekend roundup
Women's soccer improve to 10-0

Becky Dru scored a goal and recorded two assists as Stanford downed host Michigan, 3-0, in a nonconference match Sunday that had postseason implications.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Police identify Palo Alto gunpoint-robbery suspect

Redwood City man sought for taking a woman's purse
Police have identified the suspect in a recent armed robbery in downtown Palo Alto and are trying to track him down, Palo Alto police said Friday.

October 29, 2011 | 8 comments
Pipeline-testing work may snarl Alma traffic

PG&E crews to work through weekend at Alma Street and Oregon Expressway
PG&E crews will continue pipeline-testing work at Alma Street and Oregon Expressway in Palo Alto this weekend as upcoming winter weather adds more urgency to complete the project soon.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Three not a charm in Pac-12 cross country

Three was not a charm for the Stanford men's cross-country team, which saw its bid for a third straight conference title run away as newcomer Colorado won the inaugural Pac-12 Championships on Saturday at Litchfield Park, Ariz.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto rolls to 46-14 win, remains tied for first

Friday's prep football
Gunn, Menlo School both lose

Senior running back Morris Gates-Mouton ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns to power Palo Alto to a commanding 46-14 SCVAL De Anza Division win over visiting Mountain View Friday night as the Vikings celebrated homecoming in a big way.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Fonua escapes trouble as the Bears pounce on Sacred Heart to stay unbeaten in PAL play

Cameron Moody rushed for three touchdowns, including a pair of 31-yard runs, and finished with 107 yards as Menlo-Atherton beat Sacred Heart Prep, 27-14, Friday to remain unbeaten in league play heading into next Friday night's showdown at Terra Nova, also undefeated in league play.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford's Steffens helps Team USA earn Olympic berth

Pan Am Games

Stanford freshman Maggie Steffens came up with the biggest goal of her young life on Friday to help the USA Water Polo Women's National Team earn a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women clinch third straight Pac-12 soccer title

Friday's Stanford roundup

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scored two second-half goals to rally No. 1 Stanford to a 2-1 victory over Oregon State on Friday night and clinch its third consecutive Pac-12 women's soccer championship in Corvallis, Ore.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Zumot sentenced to 33 years to life for murder

Bulos "Paul" Zumot, convicted of the Oct. 15, 2009, murder of his girlfriend Jennifer Schipsi, has been sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder and 8 years for aggravated arson.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Strength of 'Spirit'

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools last week competed for school spirit prizes in longstanding traditions at both schools. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford-sponsored school in East Palo Alto forges ahead

Campus offers small classes, extra support for students set on college
The Stanford University School of Education has a nationally recognized track record in research and training, but its decade-old venture in hands-on management of schools has been rough going.

October 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto considers new features for golf course

Activities for seniors, women and kids considered for revitalized course
The Palo Alto Golf Course will have to offer more than just golf if it is to be profitable in the long run, a consultant and architect hired by the City of Palo Alto said.

October 30, 2011 | 27 comments
VIDEO: 212 pounds of pumpkin pride

Dennis McClellan, store director of Piazza's Fine Foods, talks about his pride and joy -- a 212 pound pumpkin he grew. Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

October 28, 2011 | 1 comment
First Person: A conversation with Kelly McGonigal

The Stanford health psychologist and lecturer discusses her life and work
Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., discusses her wide-ranging research and teaching with Lisa Van Dusen in this First Person video. Watch full video

October 30, 2011 | 2 comments
Zumot sentenced to 33 years to life

Palo Alto hookah lounge owner was convicted in February of 2009 murder, arson
Bulos "Paul" Zumot, convicted of the Oct. 15, 2009, murder of his girlfriend Jennifer Schipsi, has been sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder and 8 years for aggravated arson. Related stories:
Palo Alto man convicted of murder
Special report: Murder victim Jennifer Schipsi's final hours

October 28, 2011 | 10 comments
Review: 'The Skin I Live In'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Undoubtedly, "The Skin I Live In" will get under yours. Writer-director Pedro Almodovar -- sometimes referred to as the Man of La Mania instead of the Man of La Mancha -- once again delves into the dark side of human nature with his signature blend of desire and violence, creepiness and camp. -- PC

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Anonymous'

(Two stars)
Back in 1976, when "Saturday Night Live" was still irreverent, Garrett Morris would do a bit called "News for the Hard of Hearing," shouting through cupped hands. That's a bit what it's like watching Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous," a loud and ludicrous historical rewrite. -- PC

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Day sleepers: The challenge of working nights in Silicon Valley

Night owls, early birds and shift workers struggle to manage their sleep cycles
In Silicon Valley, it seems that the world never sleeps. For locals who put in long hours with irregular schedules, getting enough high-quality shut-eye can be a challenge.

October 28, 2011 | 5 comments
Bears clinch PAL title tie in volleyball

Thursday's prep roundup

Jennifer Wilson knows a thing or two about balancing academics and athletics. She did it for three years as a member of the Stanford women's volleyball team. At Menlo-Atherton, she has coached the Bears to a pair of CCS championship matches. On Thursday, she coached her first league champion.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Shaw among candidates for coach of the year

Stanford roundup

Stanford head football coach David Shaw is one of 20 coaches on the "watch list" for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award, given annually following the conclusion of the bowl season.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
USA men, women play for water polo gold

Pan Am Games

The U.S. men's and women's water polo teams continued their march to the Pan Am Games gold-medal match by sweeping Brazil and Cuba in semifinal matches in Guadalajara, Mexico. The women beat Brazil on Wednesday, 13-1, and the men topped Cuba on Thursday, 12-2.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn seniors make the most of their day

Prep water polo

Senior Day took on a special meaning for the graduating class of the Gunn High girls' water polo team on Thursday as the Titans accomplished a rare feat and grabbed some momentum for the postseason.

October 28, 2011 | 1 comment
For Measure E, 'yes' outpaces 'no' in fundraising

Voters will decide Nov. 8 on 'undedicating' part of baylands park for organic processing plant
The "Yes on Measure E" campaign outpaced the "No on Measure E" campaign in fundraising, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

October 27, 2011 | 8 comments
Stanford's football success starts with its offensive line

The perfect football game, according to Stanford redshirt junior Jonathan Martin, would be one in which the Cardinal takes a lead into the fourth quarter and then holds on by running the same play over and over again with the backs collecting yards the way a slot machine pays off a jackpot and the team using the game clock like a sponge and soaking up the minutes.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire union funds pour into 'No on D' race

More than $70,000 from firefighters makes it biggest spender on Palo Alto's fall ballot
More than $70,000 in contributions from public safety unions have poured into the "No on Measure D" campaign in the past month, making it by far the highest-spending campaign on this fall's Palo Alto ballot.

October 27, 2011 | 18 comments
Hohbach gives Palo Alto an ultimatum

Developer tells city to approve building plan as submitted or face court
Developer Harold Hohbach is demanding the Palo Alto City Council accept his plans for a three-story building at 195 Page Mill Road as is or face potential litigation -- again.

October 27, 2011 | 13 comments
Today's events (Nov. 2)

Talk: Alastair Macaulay
New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay gives a free talk at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 2). He'll speak on "Life, Art, Dance, and Criticism" in the Stanford Humanities Center at Levinthal Hall on campus.
Children: Cynthia Chin-Lee
Palo Alto author Cynthia Chin-Lee gives a talk at 4 p.m. today (Nov. 2) on her picture book "Operation Marriage," about two siblings and their two moms. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Tomorrow's events (Nov. 2)

Talk: Alastair Macaulay
New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay gives a free talk at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 2). He'll speak on "Life, Art, Dance, and Criticism" in the Stanford Humanities Center at Levinthal Hall on campus.
Children: Cynthia Chin-Lee
Palo Alto author Cynthia Chin-Lee gives a talk at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 2) on her picture book "Operation Marriage," about two siblings and their two moms. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Nov. 1)

Dance: Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Tonight (Nov. 1) at 8 p.m., the Merce Cunningham Dance Company is scheduled to give its last Bay Area performance, in Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium. The company will perform a restaged version of "Nearly 90," the last work choreographed by the company's late founder.
Author: Adam Gopnik
"Paris to the Moon" author Adam Gopnik will give an author talk at 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 1) on his new book, "The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food." The event is in the Cubberley Community Center theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Nov. 1)

Dance: Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Tomorrow (Nov. 1) at 8 p.m., the Merce Cunningham Dance Company is scheduled to give its last Bay Area performance, in Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium. The company will perform a restaged version of "Nearly 90," the last work choreographed by the company's late founder.
Author: Adam Gopnik
"Paris to the Moon" author Adam Gopnik will give an author talk at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 1) on his new book, "The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food." The event is in the Cubberley Community Center theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

October 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 31)

Music: Halloween concert
The Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Ensemble perform their annual Halloween concert at 8 p.m. tonight (Oct. 31) in the university's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The winner of the costume contest gets to guest-conduct the concert finale.
Family: 'Safe Halloween'
The Lytton Gardens senior community hosts its free annual "Safe Halloween" celebration for tots through fifth-graders from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 31) at 656 Lytton Ave. Activities include trick-or-treating, storytelling, face-painting and games.

October 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Winter Spare the Air season starts Tuesday

Wood burning a major source of air pollution during winter months, officials say
Come Tuesday, you'll have to think twice before burning logs in your fireplace or any other solid fuel because Nov. 1 marks the start of the winter Spare the Air season.

October 29, 2011 | 2 comments
HP to keep personal computer division

Announcement steps away from former CEO's suggestion of spinoff of Personal Systems Group
HP announced Thursday it will keep its personal computer operations, stepping away from a suggestion by a former CEO in August that the company might spin off the business.

October 27, 2011 | 5 comments
Family-friendly fright for Halloween

Halloween activities for all ages abound on the Midpeninsula
If you'd rather dress up like Buzz Lightyear than Charlie Sheen, the Midpeninsula is a good place to spend your Halloween. Family-friendly options abound, many of them free. Here are some of the local options, including spooky music, trick-or-treating and puppet shows.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Gunn sweeps titles in city cross-country finals

With sophomore Sarah Robinson away in Southern California with the U.S. National U-15 soccer team at a training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the Gunn girls' cross-country team seemed ripe for an upset at the annual Palo Alto City Championships on Tuesday. But, it didn't happen. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police involved in 'Occupy' incident

Police use tear gas to deal with object-throwing demonstrators
The Palo Alto Police Department assisted Oakland police Tuesday (Oct. 25) during the "Occupy Oakland" protests in which an Iraq War veteran was critically injured, Sgt. Kara Apple confirmed Thursday.

October 27, 2011 | 89 comments
Fairmeadow groundbreaking expected in January

New, two-story classroom building will accommodate fourth and fifth graders
Construction is expected to begin in January on a new two-story classroom building at Fairmeadow Elementary School. The Board of Education Tuesday authorized solicitation of bids for the $6.3 million project, which will modernize and increase capacity at the campus on East Meadow Drive.

October 27, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto hires new chief information officer

Jonathan Reichental will begin work Dec. 13
City Manager James Keene has selected Jonathan Reichental to be Palo Alto's chief information officer, the city announced in a press release.

October 27, 2011 | 10 comments
Attempted robbery leads to broken bones

Mountain View man, 67, suffers broken arm, abrasions after being knocked to the ground
A 67-year-old man suffered broken bones when he was knocked to the ground during an attempted robbery near the corner of Villa and Hope streets in Mountain View Monday morning (Oct. 24), police said.

October 27, 2011 | 5 comments
Luck is the 'Wow' boy

Stanford football notebook

Stanford football coach David Shaw knows he will be asked questions about Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Luck, his standout quarterback, every week. And every week, Shaw provides thoughtful and original answers, often to out-of-town media asking these types of questions for the first time. This week he claimed to have run out of things to say, and then proceeded to put a new spin on his praise of Luck.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP girls qualify for CCS golf tournament

Wednesday's prep roundup

Sacred Heart Prep earned an at-large berth into the Central Coast Section girls' golf tournament during the West Bay Athletic League Championships/CCS Qualifier on Wednesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford diver earns silver medal in syncho

Pan Am Games

Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen and partner Troy Dumais won a silver medal on their first day of diving, finishing second to Mexico's Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez in the synchronized three-meter at the Pan American Games on Wednesday.
in Guadalajara, Mexico.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
VIDEO: Changes coming to California Avenue

This video about proposed changes to Palo Alto's California Avenue was produced by Palo Alto resident Roland Vogl -- a graduate of the Citizen Journalist Academy -- as part of a collaboration between Palo Alto Online and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center.

October 26, 2011 | 47 comments
Ordinance for music at Lytton Plaza gets shelved

Parks and Recreation Commission votes to table proposed ordinance, await more public input
Saying they haven't heard enough from the public, Palo Alto Parks and Recreation commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to table a proposed ordinance to ban amplified music at Lytton Plaza without a $300 permit.

October 26, 2011 | 18 comments
Black students to schools: 'raise expectations'

Dismal results for Palo Alto's 2011 black graduates amounts to crisis, they say
In a sometimes tense discussion, African-American students and a parent challenged the Board of Education Tuesday night to set higher expectations for black students in Palo Alto schools.

October 26, 2011 | 77 comments
Gunn sweeps titles in city cross-country finals

Tuesday's prep roundup

With sophomore Sarah Robinson away in Southern California with the U.S. National U-15 soccer team at a training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the Gunn girls' cross-country team seemed ripe for an upset at the annual Palo Alto City Championships on Tuesday. But, it didn't happen.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Paver hit by truck in Fry's parking lot, dies

CAL/OSHA investigating Tuesday fatality in Palo Alto
A paver working in the parking lot of Fry's Electronics at 340 Portage Ave. in Palo Alto Tuesday evening was struck and killed by a semi truck that was backing up, a spokesperson for CAL/OSHA said Wednesday. The Santa Clara County Coroner identified the victim as Richard Loza, 64, of Pittsburg.

October 26, 2011 | 34 comments
Thacher, Gibbs win ITA regional singles titles

College roundup

Stanford's Ryan Thacher and Nicole Gibbs each won their first career singles title Tuesday in ITA Northwest Regional championship action. Thacher won his title in Seattle while Gibbs beat Cardinal teammate Mallory Burdette at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A's Fang finishes second at PAL girls' golf tournament

Menlo-Atherton junior Xin Fang finished second at the Peninsula Athletic League Individual Championships at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo on Tuesday.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn loses a long-time member of its athletics community

It was a little past midnight on Oct. 20, 2011 when the Gunn High athletic community lost one of its most beloved members as Rich Scherer passed away. He was fondly thought of by many former student athletes and especially was loved by the football players as he was famous for his incredible cakes and his ever-present golf cart.

October 25, 2011 | 3 comments
Stanford grad Gentry earns wrestling medal

Pan Am Games

Another medal was added to the total for Stanford athletes at the 2011 Pan Am Games on Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, as former Cardinal wrestler and 2004 NCAA champion Matt Gentry ('05) claimed the bronze medal in the 74 kg class.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP grad Wishart sets record for SCU water polo team

Local collegians

Getting a record-setting performance from former Sacred Heart Prep goalie Michael Wishart, the nationally No. 15-ranked Santa Clara men's water polo team wrapped up its own Rodeo Tournament with a pair of wins against Bucknell and Harvard on Sunday.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Creating holiday gifts from the heart

Class offers tips on making eco-friendly candles
Looking for a nice gift that could impress family or friends in this holiday season? A colorful, eco-friendly candle made at home could fit the bill.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Serial bank robber hits banks in Los Altos, Sunnyvale

Police hope image from security camera helps identify bank robber
A man who robbed two U.S. Bank branches within 20 minutes of each other on Monday is a serial bank robber who has struck three or four other U.S. Bank branches in the area, Los Altos police said.

October 25, 2011 | 8 comments
Stanford professor John McCarthy dies at 84

John McCarthy, a retired Stanford University computer science professor who coined the term "artificial intelligence," has died. He was 84.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
School board to ponder interim use for day care site

Fairmeadow expansion, college-prep achievement, also on tonight's school board agenda
Possible "interim uses" of the old Peninsula Day Care site on San Antonio Road will be discussed tonight by the Palo Alto Board of Education. The school district is under contract to purchase the 2.6-acre property, but may seek to rent it out before finalizing school building plans.

October 25, 2011 | 5 comments
Campaign sign cell phone reunited with owner

Woodell says he would never pull up signs
Menlo Park police have closed the case, but the Saga of the Missing Campaign Sign continued to unfold over the weekend as John Woodell surfaced with a few terse comments for the press.

October 25, 2011 | 5 comments
Woman shot after 'horsing around' with boyfriend

Woman taken to hospital following Sunday night shooting
A man was arrested Monday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being in violation of his probation after allegedly accidentally shooting his girlfriend in her living room in East Palo Alto on Sunday night.

October 25, 2011 | 31 comments
Stanford women in position to sweep ITA tennis titles

Monday's Stanford roundup
Luck a semifinalist for O'Brien Award

Perhaps it's appropriate that the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in women's tennis is being held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium this year. If nothing else, it makes travel sense as both singles finalists and one doubles finalist hail from Stanford.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
An award-winning day for Stanford on its homecoming

Football aside, homecoming day provided quite a lot for the Stanford Athletics program on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. Stanford was presented with its 17th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and Stanford's Ashley Hansen was presented with an award recognizing her as the 2011 ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year.

October 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Strong Stanford presence in Pan Am water polo

The water polo competition opened up on Day 9 of the 2011 Pan Am Games on Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico, highlighted by nine players with Stanford ties in action. The U.S. men racked up a 16-3 win over Venezuela while the women cruised to a 20-0 shutout of Argentina.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Obama lunch offers inside look at campaign finance

Lunch with president costs $5,000, add $12,900 for 'pre-lunch VIP clutch' and photo
Spots were still available late Sunday for a Tuesday lunch with President Obama in exchange for a $5,000 donation to the Obama for America campaign. A widely circulated email, with price list, offered a frank view of the price tag and hierarchy of access during a costly political campaign.

October 24, 2011 | 40 comments
Thrills and spills at Fairmeadow Harvest Fair

A haunted classroom, face-painting, a dunk tank and "harvest games" were some of the featured attractions at Fairmeadow Elementary School's Harvest Fair Saturday, a longstanding tradition at the school sponsored by the PTA. Photos by Paul Sakuma.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman, 18, shot in East Palo Alto apartment

Police investigate Sunday night shooting on Newell Court
A woman was shot in an East Palo Alto apartment Sunday night, but is expected to survive, police said.

October 24, 2011 | 2 comments
SPORTS: Stanford rushes to 65-21 win over Washington

Andrew Luck, virtually everyone's lock as the overall No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft, doesn't have a big night throwing the ball but it matters not as Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson powered seventh-ranked Stanford to a school-record 446 yards rushing in beating No. 22 Washington, 65-21, on Saturday night in Stanford Stadium. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

October 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Taylor leads Stanford to another soccer win

Sunday's Stanford roundup

Lindsay Taylor scored two goals for the second consecutive match, helping lift No. 1 Stanford to a 4-1 victory over Colorado in Pac-12 Conference women's soccer action Sunday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.

October 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo strikes late to stay unbeaten in Cal Pac

Oaks' report

Gunn High graduate Sam Zipperstein helped the Menlo College men's soccer team produce a thrilling, 1-0, victory over visiting William Jessup on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Cal Pac Conference play.

October 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Sefton has a field day for Stanford men's water polo

Cardinal corner

Peter Sefton had a pair of hat tricks and the third-ranked Stanford men's water polo team recorded a pair of wins at the Bronco Stampede at Santa Clara on Saturday, beating No. 17 Bucknell, 15-1, in the morning and downing Harvard, 20-3, in the evening.

October 23, 2011 | No comments yet
What a rush!

Stanford running backs huge in 65-21 win, set school record with 446 yards
Cardinal is No. 4 in AP poll, No. 6 in BCS

Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson helped power seventh-ranked Stanford to a school-record 446 yards rushing in beating No. 22 Washington, 65-21, on Saturday night.

October 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Water polo tourney losses still provide some positives

Sacred Heart Prep went just 2-2 and finished 11th. Menlo School went 1-3 and took 12th. Even the Sacred Heart Prep girls suffered a rare loss during water polo tournament action this past weekend. Nonetheless, some good things came out of some not-so-good results.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Shooting leaves one person in critical condition

Modesto residents found with gunshot wounds in East Palo Alto Friday night
East Palo Alto police are investigating a double shooting Friday night that sent two people to the hospital -- one in critical condition.

October 22, 2011 | 5 comments
Teen recants Mtn. View sexual assault story

16-year-old girl had told police she was groped in Whisman Park
Mountain View police said that a 16-year-old girl who told officers she had been sexually assaulted in Whisman Park in late September has recanted her story.

October 22, 2011 | 23 comments
Armed man sought following robbery in downtown Palo Alto

Woman's purse taken at gunpoint
A woman walking home from downtown Palo Alto was robbed of her purse at gunpoint Thursday night, police said.

October 22, 2011 | 36 comments
M-A runs past Jefferson, remains in tie for first

Friday's prep football
Gunn's Strnad rushes for 341 yards
Priory's McDaniel runs for 339 yards

In one of the more remarkable weekends for local high school football, all seven local teams won. Moreover, some of the results produce remarkable individual performances that rank among the best ever in their respective school histories.

October 22, 2011 | No comments yet
No. 1 Stanford women's soccer wins again

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scores twice of top-ranked Cardinal
Stanford roundup

Castilleja grad Lindsay Taylor scored two goals to help keep No. 1 Stanford undefeated with a 4-0 victory over Utah in Pac-12 Conference women's soccer match before 1,382 at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Friday night.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Legal battle could threaten labor-reform measure

Palo Alto officials, firefighters union clash in court over Measure D
Palo Alto's high-profile fight with its public-safety unions over labor reform will not end on Election Day, when voters are scheduled to rule on Measure D, but will continue to play out in the courtroom well after the ballots are cast.

October 22, 2011 | 25 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Edgewood Plaza renovation; Report on college-preparation trends

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

October 21, 2011 | 2 comments
VIDEO: UNAFF and community

Ronny Hamed, a recent graduate of Palo Alto Online's Citizen Video Journalist Academy, produced this video about the 14th United Nations Association Film Festival. The festival runs Oct. 21-30.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Locals to play rugby with Team USA

Pan Am Games
Stanford grads swim to two more medals

Palo Alto resident Zack Test and East Palo Alto residents Folau Niua and Milemoti Pulu were named to the 12-man rugby sevens squad heading to Guadalajara, Mexico on Monday to join Team USA at the 2011 Pan-American Games, USA Rugby announced Friday.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo boys split in North-South water polo tourney

It was a mixed bag of results for the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys' water polo teams as both dropped their openers in the annual North-South Challenge, but bounced back with victories in the second round. Palo Alto wasn't as fortunate.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Oct. 29-30)

Music: Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Concert
The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Concert will perform works of Mozart, Dvorak and Handel Saturday (Oct. 29) at 8 p.m. at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Halloween event: 'Spooky Times at Deer Holloween Farm'
Deer Hollow Farm, with the Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, will hold a Halloween event featuring haunted barns, kids' crafts/activities and live animals Saturday (Oct. 29) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Mountain View.
Halloween event: Halloween Haunted House & Puppet Show
Gamble Mansion becomes a haunted house for Halloween Sunday (Oct. 30) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 28)

Music: The Red Planet Ramblers
A concert by Community School of Music and Arts faculty member Daniel Steinberg and guest Kevin Carr of traditional music through Europe to the New World will be performed today (Oct. 28) at
7 p.m. at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Drama: 'The Climate Chronicles'
"The Climate Chronicles," a drama that narrates the story of a team of American climatologists and bureaucrats as they return from one international conference on climate change in Japan, will be performed today (Oct. 28) at 8 p.m. at Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford University.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 28)

Music: The Red Planet Ramblers
A concert by Community School of Music and Arts faculty member Daniel Steinberg and guest Kevin Carr of traditional music through Europe to the New World will be performed tomorrow (Oct. 28) at
7 p.m. at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Drama: 'The Climate Chronicles'
"The Climate Chronicles," a drama that narrates the story of a team of American climatologists and bureaucrats as they return from one international conference on climate change in Japan, will be performed tomorrow (Oct. 28) at 8 p.m. at Nitery Theater, Old Union, Stanford University.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 27)

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents "Arias for Farinelli" today (Oct. 27) at 8 p.m. at The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Talk: Mountain Lion Forum
Newest in the evening program series, "Living with Wildlife," sponsored by the LAH Open Space Committee, a panel of experts will discuss mountain lions today (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 27)

Music: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents "Arias for Farinelli" tomorrow (Oct. 27) at 8 p.m. at The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Talk: Mountain Lion Forum
Newest in the evening program series, "Living with Wildlife," sponsored by the LAH Open Space Committee, a panel of experts will discuss mountain lions tomorrow (Oct. 27) at 7 p.m. at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 26)

University Transfer Day at Foothill College
Admissions representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will meet with Foothill students today (Oct. 26) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foothill College Campus Center Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Authors: Kai Carlson-Wee & Helen Hooper
Stegner Fellows Kai Carlson-Wee and Helen Hooper read from their work today (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 26)

University Transfer Day at Foothill College
Admissions representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will meet with Foothill students tomorrow (Oct. 26) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Foothill College Campus Center Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Authors: Kai Carlson-Wee and Helen Hooper
Stegner Fellows Kai Carlson-Wee and Helen Hooper read from their work tomorrow (Oct. 26) at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Gordon to hold 'sidewalk hours' Saturday morning

Assemblyman to discuss state issues with constituents at Palo Alto Farmers Market
Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, will be in town Saturday morning to hold "sidewalk hours" at the Palo Alto Farmers Market.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 24)

Music: CCRMA 'Cabaret 2.0'
This CCRMA cabaret concert will feature rarely performed pieces by John Cage -- "Water Music" and the "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano -- today (Oct. 24) at 8:45 p.m. at CCRMA, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
'Where Art Originates'
Laurie Frick (visual artist, Austin, Texas), Hafez Modirzadeh (composer, San Jose) and Katherine Sherwood (visual artist, Rodeo, Calif.) will speak as part of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program today (Oct. 24) at 7 p.m. at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 25)

Talk: College Admissions
Jon Reider speaks on "The College Admission Scene Today: Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor" tomorrow (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Youth Event: Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky
Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky discuss and sign their new book "Toys Come Home" tomorrow (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn boys, girls run to team titles in cross-country

While many of the top teams rested their varsity runners for this weekend's Mt. SAC Invitational cross-country meet in Walnut, the Gunn boys and girls took full advantage and raced to team titles at a SCVAL Center Meet over a 3.1-mile course at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale on Thursday.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 25)

Talk: College Admissions
Jon Reider speaks on "The College Admission Scene Today: Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor" today (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Youth Event: Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky
Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky discuss and sign their new book "Toys Come Home" today (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Teacher blames fatal accident on sun glare

East Palo Alto girl, 6, killed while in crosswalk Sept. 28
A teacher who struck and killed a 6-year-old East Palo Alto girl in a crosswalk Sept. 28 told police that sun glare prevented her from seeing Sioreli Torres Zamora, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis has confirmed.

October 21, 2011 | 35 comments
Plans for California Avenue continue to evolve

City Council advocates widening sidewalks, retaining parking spaces, exploring central plaza
Palo Alto's plan to redesign the commercial stretch of California Avenue -- a plan that has galvanized a small community of area merchants -- is becoming more ambitious by the moment, with some City Council members directing staff this week to explore creating a new central plaza and a new parking configuration for the commercial strip.

October 21, 2011 | 24 comments
Review: 'Margin Call'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Movie critics love to trot out the term "stagy" to knock a film, but some of us consider that a compliment of sorts. And something tells me J.C. Chandor -- writer-director of the economic-crisis thriller "Margin Call" -- knows what I mean. -- PC

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Two earthquakes hit Bay Area Thursday

4.0-magnitude quake in afternoon followed by 3.8 temblor in evening
The U.S. Geological Survey has downgraded Thursday night's earthquake from its original preliminary magnitude of 4.2, to 3.9 a short time later, and now experts report it was a 3.8-magnitude tremor.

October 21, 2011 | 3 comments
Palo Alto student finds her voice

Gunn graduate spreads the word on Disability History Week
As a Palo Alto student with disabilities, Sara Moussavian thinks history books should tell about Ed Roberts just as they tell about Martin Luther King Jr.

October 21, 2011 | 9 comments
Stanford swimmers swamp the Utes

Stanford roundup

Matt Thompson (backstroke), Curtis Lovelace (breaststroke) and freshman Kristian Ipsen (diving) swept their events, while Aaron Wayne also won the 100 free and 100 fly as the Stanford men's swimming team beat visiting Utah, 155-124, in a Pac-12 Conference meet Thursday.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Checking the facts on Measure E

What supporters and opponents of Measure E are saying
What supporters and opponents of Measure E are saying.

October 21, 2011 | 26 comments
Top-ranked Stanford women's soccer hosts Utah, Colorado

This weekend

The top-ranked Stanford women's soccer team gets a different look at the Pac-12 Conference when Utah makes its premiere Friday, before Colorado does the same on Sunday. The Cardinal (6-0, 14-0-1) meets one of its newest rivals in the Utes (4-2, 8-6-1), who come to town after beating a ranked opponent for the first time in two years.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
A Measure E primer

The pros and cons of Measure E.

October 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Battle over the Baylands

Opponents in Palo Alto's Measure E debate prepare for Election Day showdown
The brown and dusty expanse of barren land next to Palo Alto's water-treatment plant looks like an unlikely setting for the next major battle in the city's Green Civil War. Related material:
A Measure E primer
Checking the facts on Measure E
Editorial: Yes on E, with caution

October 21, 2011 | 38 comments
'Tree's company' is a triple threat for Stanford

Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo comprise, perhaps, the best collection of tight ends on one college football team in the nation. The trio has combined for .631 of the receiving touchdowns and .458 of the receiving yardage, while catching just .321 of all completions.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
CCS adopts new format for section tennis playoffs

The 2011 Central Coast Section girls' tennis playoffs will have a new look next month and local coaches are not happy about it. Instead of playing the normal four singles, three doubles format, the section playoffs will feature three singles and three doubles in a round-robin format.

October 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Photo gallery spotlight: 'End of an era'

The Palo Alto Online Photo Gallery features hundreds of images -- including this picture of the demolition of the Sears building on San Antonio Road taken in early October by photographer Laurie Naiman.
View the photo gallerySubmit your photo

October 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Bears still have some bite in PAL girls' water polo

Wednesday's prep roundup

It was only a year ago that the Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo team captured the Central Coast Section Division I title and Castilleja finished second in the CCS Division II finals. So much has changed since then.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Speaker: Wealth no guarantee of good parenting

Motivational speech addresses Palo Alto parents, educators about 'developmental assets'
Families with high levels of wealth are not necessarily superior at raising resilient kids, a motivational speaker warned Palo Alto parents and teachers Wednesday. Related story:
Nurturing happier, healthier youth

October 20, 2011 | 25 comments
Stalled development may spur another lawsuit

Developer Harold Hohbach considers suing city over proposal for condos, research space on Page Mill Road
A developer whose long and litigious quest to build a three-story building on Page Mill Road suffered a major setback earlier this month is now considering filing another lawsuit against the city, according to a letter he submitted to the City Council.

October 20, 2011 | 5 comments
Man, 23, shot in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police seek information on Sunday shooting
A 23-year-old man was found shot on an East Palo Alto sidewalk Sunday (Oct. 16) and East Palo Alto police are seeking the public's help to solve the crime.

October 20, 2011 | 7 comments
Campaign signs go missing -- so does cell phone

Menlo Park election season takes quirky turn
Who will be elected to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (MPFPD) Board of Directors is not a question keeping most people awake at night, but some are taking it very, very seriously.

October 20, 2011 | 3 comments
Palo Altans prepare for massive earthquake drill

Great California ShakeOut is the 'largest earthquake drill in U.S. history,' FEMA says
More than 8.5 million Californians will be refilling emergency kits, ducking under tables or standing in doorways as they participate in the largest earthquake drill the world has ever seen this morning, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said.

October 20, 2011 | 3 comments
Stanford swim teams are back in action

The Stanford men's and women's swim teams for the second straight week will have similar schedules this week, hosting separate meets against Utah on Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m., before combining to host their alumni at 9 a.m on Saturday as a part of homecoming.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford-Washington football game Saturday sold out

For those planning on attending Saturday's Pac-10 Conference football matchup between Stanford and Washington in Stanford Stadium at 5 p.m., you had better have a ticket because the game is sold out. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford a top contender for New York campus

Hennessey updates faculty on billion-dollar plan for 'seamless' New York City campus
A Stanford campus in New York City would help the country, enhance the university's influence and promote technology innovation, Stanford President John Hennessy told the Faculty Senate.
Related story: Stanford proposes campus in New York City

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
El Camino Real smashup pins man in car

Jaws of life used to extricate person following collision in Mountain View
With some help from some large pneumatic cutters, firefighters carefully extracted a man from his Toyota sedan after his car was pushed into a tree by a large pickup truck Wednesday morning on El Camino Real in Mountain View.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Water polo honors for Paly, SHP graduates

Princeton's Tim Wenzlau and Ben Dearborn have been honored by Collegiate Water Polo Association's Southern Division for their performances last weekend in Princeton's three wins over 15th-ranked Bucknell, Johns Hopkins and 17th-ranked Navy.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford-Washington football game Saturday is sold out

For those planning on attending Saturday's Pac-10 Conference football matchup between Stanford and Washington in Stanford Stadium at 5 p.m., you had better have a ticket because the game is sold out.

October 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto sees good news on revenue front

Increases in tax revenues, concessions from firefighters ease city's budget crunch
Rising revenues and savings in a new firefighter contract have brought Palo Alto a rare bit of good news on the financial front -- developments that should stave off personnel cuts in the current fiscal year.

October 19, 2011 | 7 comments
Moving of Edgewood Plaza buildings approved

The proposed redevelopment of Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center took another step forward Wednesday morning. Members of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board voted 6-1 that the proposed relocation of one of the buildings in the Eichler developed shopping center and addition of 10 homes would not significantly alter the historic nature of the site.

October 19, 2011 | 22 comments
Palo Alto charges forth with electric-vehicle plan

City eyes new charging stations, greater outreach to support emerging trend
With Palo Alto companies and residents leading the charge in the emerging field of electric vehicles, city officials are racing to make sure they aren't left behind.

October 19, 2011 | 29 comments
The sisters are even as Menlo girls' volleyball tops Castilleja

Tuesday's prep roundup

It was payback time for Menlo School girls' volleyball coach Atlee Hubbard as her Knights bounced back from an earlier loss to Castilleja and rallied in the third set to defeat the Gators in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action Tuesday night in Atherton.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A teacher, school district settle dispute

Menlo-Atherton High School algebra teacher Manuel Delgado has settled out of court with the Sequoia Union High School District in a dispute over teaching assignments and classroom accommodations.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Oct. 22-23)

Music: Miri Ben-Ari
Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, who mixes classical music with hip-hop, jazz and R&B, performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Authors: 'Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula'
Gary Lee Parks and Jack Tillmany, who were recently profiled in the Palo Alto Weekly about their book "Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula," will hold a free book signing on Saturday (Oct. 22) from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. The book includes photos and historical write-ups on several Palo Alto and Menlo Park theaters.
Kids' concert: Justin Roberts
Children's musician Justin Roberts will perform with the Not Ready for Naptime Players at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 23) at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The concerts are presented by the Mountain View Parent Nursery School.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford grad Smit swims to gold medal at Pan Ams

Of local note
Stanford grad Beeler rejoins 49ers
Atherton golfer named All-American

Stanford's Julia Smit won her second gold medal of the Pan American Games, winning the 200-meter individual medley by 1.02 seconds with a time of 2:13.73 on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Cal Pac honors for Menlo College soccer duo

Menlo College juniors Alex Vukic and Alex Palomarez were honored by the Cal Pac Conference for men's soccer it was learned Tuesday.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 21)

Film: United Nations Association Film Festival
The Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St. in downtown Palo Alto tonight (Oct. 21) hosts opening night for the 14th United Nations Association Film Festival. After 6:45 p.m. opening remarks by Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, the first screening begins at 7 p.m. with "The Thing That Happened."
Music: Ensemble Caprice
The early-music Ensemble Caprice performs a concert of Gypsy music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods at 8 p.m. tonight (Oct. 21). The performance is at the First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Knights sending five football teams to playoffs

NFL great Lofton at autograph signing

The regular season is winding down for the Palo Alto Knights' football program, but that doesn't mean the players are getting ready to put away their equipment. In fact, all five teams are headed to the playoffs.

October 18, 2011 | 2 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Just what makes these homes so smart?

Four Palo Alto condominiums model high-tech green living
"Imagine control of every aspect of your home -- from anywhere at any time. Having control of your lighting, security systems, temperature management, entertainment, and just about anything else you can think of -- making them all work better by working together all under your authority. This is the magic of a smart home."

October 18, 2011 | 2 comments
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 21)

Film: United Nations Association Film Festival
The Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St. in downtown Palo Alto tomorrow (Oct. 21) hosts opening night for the 14th United Nations Association Film Festival. After 6:45 p.m. opening remarks by Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa, the first screening begins at 7 p.m. with "The Thing That Happened."
Music: Ensemble Caprice
The early-music Ensemble Caprice performs a concert of Gypsy music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 21). The performance is at the First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 20)

Panel: 'An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition'
Free-flowing, wide-ranging conversation is expected at a free 7 p.m. forum tonight (Oct. 20) at Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium, looking at the human condition from artistic, scientific and other perspectives.
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Novelist Amitav Ghosh gives an author talk tonight (Oct. 20) at 7 p.m. on his book "River of Smoke," about a ship struggling against a Bay of Bengal cyclone and its passengers. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Welch Road to become one-way, one-lane road

Two-year road change part of massive Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project
Welch Road in Palo Alto is being converted to a one-way, one-lane road between Quarry Road and Pasteur Drive, a change that will last two years.

October 18, 2011 | 15 comments
Wenzlau, Dearborn help Princeton polo into first place

Local collegians

Thanks to a three-game sweep last week that included stellar play from Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau and Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn, the Princeton men's water polo team enters this week sitting atop the CWPA Southern Division standings with a 5-2 record.

October 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 20)

Panel: 'An Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition'
Free-flowing, wide-ranging conversation is expected at a free 7 p.m. forum tomorrow (Oct. 20) at Stanford's Cubberley Auditorium, looking at the human condition from artistic, scientific and other perspectives.
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Novelist Amitav Ghosh gives an author talk tomorrow (Oct. 20) at 7 p.m. on his book "River of Smoke," about a ship struggling against a Bay of Bengal cyclone and its passengers. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Superintendent: district still on track to buy land

Housing developer meanwhile gets nod for 10-home project on San Antonio Road
The Palo Alto school district remains on track to acquire a coveted 2.6-acre parcel on San Antonio Road, school officials said. Meanwhile, a housing developer Monday obtained City Council approval to build 10 large homes on the site in case the school deal falls apart.

October 18, 2011 | 8 comments
Girl, 16, reports sexual assault in Mountain View

Police asking community to be on alert for suspicious behavior
Local law enforcement officials are asking for the community's help in tracking down two men accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Mountain View girl in Whisman Park late last month.

October 18, 2011 | 10 comments
Children celebrate Halloween at Lucile Packard

Special Halloween festivities at children's hospital include pumpkin painting, Trick-or-Treat Trail
A Halloween party was thrown at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon for patients and their families, hospital spokeswoman Reena Mukamal said.

October 18, 2011 | 1 comment
VIDEO: El Camino Park set for reservoir, renovation

Palo Alto city officials attend groundbreaking ceremony Monday
Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa and City Manager Jim Keene spoke at El Camino Park Monday (Oct. 17) during a special groundbreaking ceremony as work begins on a 2.5 million emergency water reservoir at the park. Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.
Related story: El Camino Park to be closed through 2013

October 18, 2011 | 4 comments
Dahlkemper making her mark with Bruins' soccer

Of local interest

Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper, in her first year with the UCLA women's soccer team, grew up within jogging distance of the Stanford campus. She spent a good deal of her free time attending Stanford basketball and football games, and often played soccer on some of the back fields.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto approves new firefighter contract

City Council unanimously adopts 'watershed agreement' with firefighters union
Palo Alto's tortuous struggle with its firefighters union over a new labor deal came to an official conclusion Monday night when the City Council voted unanimously to ratify what one member called a "watershed agreement."

October 18, 2011 | 22 comments
Klineman leads Team USA to win over Mexico

Pan Am Games

Stanford grad Alix Klineman, one of seven players competing in their first international tournament on the senior level, recorded 14 kills and the United States women's national volleyball team downed host Mexico, 25-14, 25-16, 31-29, Monday night in Guadalajara.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
33 trees planned for removal at Greer Park

Public discussion with city officials set for Tuesday evening
Neighborhood leaders and Palo Alto officials will hold a public meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the planned removal of 33 trees at Greer Park.

October 17, 2011 | 17 comments
It's just another Luck day for Stanford football

Andrew Luck earned Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week honors Monday, two days after leading the seventh-ranked Stanford football team to a 44-14 victory over Washington State.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Solid water polo tuneups for Gunn, Castilleja girls

While it's another big week of water polo, the Gunn and Castilleja girls' teams appear ready for the challenge after solid tournament performances over the weekend. Gunn capped a 7-0 week in the sport by going 5-0 and winning the Wildcat Classic that wrapped up Saturday at Los Gatos High.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford's Cook is AVCA National Player of Week

Stanford roundup
Moss, McCawley also honored

Stanford junior setter Karissa Cook came up big when it counted most during a crucial volleyball match last weekend. For that effort, she has been selected the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford grads help USA win in volleyball

Of local note

The 2011 Pan Am Games continued for Stanford's alums on Sunday as the volleyball trio of Cynthia Barboza, Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman helped the U.S. women improve to 2-0 in Group B play with a three-game sweep of Peru in Guadalajara, Mexico.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Man arrested after assault at Palo Alto nightclub

Bottle used as weapon during altercation at Club Illusions
A man was arrested early Saturday morning in Palo Alto after reportedly hitting another man with a bottle during an altercation on California Avenue, Palo Alto police said.

October 17, 2011 | 20 comments
SummerHill's 10-home proposal hits final stretch

City Council set to vote on plan for 525 San Antonio Road; school district eyes site for new school
A proposal by a local developer to build 10 homes on a highly coveted south Palo Alto site is expected to clear its final hurdle tonight despite uncertainties over who will end up owning the property.

October 17, 2011 | 5 comments
PG&E to vent Sand Hill Road pipeline

Residents could smell natural gas
Pacific Gas & Electric will be venting natural gas from a pipeline in the Menlo Park area today (Monday, Oct. 17) at 10 a.m. in preparation for hydrostatic pressure testing, county officials said Sunday.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford sets record for longest winning streak

Andrew Luck threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Levine Toilolo as No. 7 Stanford beat host Washington State, 44-14, Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to a school-record 14 consecutive games. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women clinch NorPac title with 3-2 win at Cal

Sunday's Cardinal corner

Emily Henriksson scored the go-ahead goal late in the contest and the Stanford women's field hockey team edged host California, 3-2, Sunday to clinch the NorPac West Division title and the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

October 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Private service for Steve Jobs held Sunday at Stanford

Guests walked down candle-lit path from Memorial Church to art museum reception
Several hundred friends and family of Steve Jobs gathered for a private memorial service at Stanford Memorial Church Sunday night, the university said.

October 16, 2011 | 28 comments
Smit swims to gold medal in 400 IM

Pan Am Games

Stanford's Julia Smit won gold in the 400 individual medley and Elaine Breeden won a bronze in the 100 fly on the first day of swimming at the Pan American Games.

October 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford sets record for longest winning streak

Stanford 8th in BCS standings

Andrew Luck threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Levine Toilolo as No. 7 Stanford beat host Washington State, 44-14, Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to a school-record 14 consecutive games.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women stun Washington with a three-set sweep in Pac-12 volleyball

Top-ranked Stanford men lose to No. 3 UCLA in water polo
Cardinal corner

Rachel Williams recorded 15 kills and Carly Wopat added 10 kills as the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team downed visiting No. 2 Washington, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, in a big Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday night in Maples Pavilion.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Late drive stalls in Menlo College football loss

Oaks' report
Men's soccer win showdown

Matt Pelesasa threw for 170 yards and a touchdown but the Menlo College football team dropped a 14-6 nonconference decision to host Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly title hopes dim in 17-14 loss to Los Gatos

Friday's prep football
M-A, SHP, Pinewood win; Menlo, Gunn lose

Palo Alto's two-year reign as the SCVAL De Anza Division football champion likely came to an end following a 17-14 last-minute loss to host Los Gatos on Friday night.

October 15, 2011 | 2 comments
Top-ranked Stanford women's soccer stays unbeaten

Stanford roundup

Marjani Hing-Glover, a junior playing near her home in Scottsdale, came off the bench to cap off the scoring for top-ranked Stanford in its 3-1 women's soccer victory over host Arizona State on Friday night.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Eshoo supports Occupy Wall Street protesters

In 'telephone town hall,' congresswoman calls on Obama to refinance mortgages
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, supports the Occupy Wall Street protests and said she is "surprised people weren't out there sooner." In a telephone town hall meeting with constituents Thursday night, she called on the Obama administration to refinance all mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

October 14, 2011 | 147 comments
Guest Opinion: Yes on Measure D

Time to stop giving arbiter power over city's finances
On Nov. 8, the citizens of Palo Alto will be asked to make a critical decision affecting the long term financial health of our city. Binding arbitration for public safety employees is an outdated practice used by less than 5 percent of California cities.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: No on Measure D

City should modify, not throw out, binding arbitration
We believe there is a better solution than the outright repeal of binding arbitration, as proposed by Measure D, and encourage voters to vote no so the City Council, police officers, and firefighters can work together for a compromise alternative.

October 15, 2011 | 9 comments
Ex Atherton resident dies in Seal Beach shooting

Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, attended school in Menlo Park
Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, a former resident of Atherton and an elementary school student at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park, died in the Wednesday shooting spree that took eight lives in a beauty salon in the Orange County community of Seal Beach.

October 14, 2011 | 2 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: California Avenue streetscape project; Safe Routes to School program

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Big Year'

(Two stars)
With its near-total absence of humor, birding comedy "The Big Year" invites its audience to amuse itself with the names of avian species: hoary redpoll, arctic loon, pink-footed goose and olive-backed pipit, to name but a few. -- PC

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Take Shelter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
In some ways, "Take Shelter" is a psychological horror film, an ambiguous mood piece that flirts with entering "Donnie Darko" territory. It's also a compassionate drama about the gray areas of slow-encroaching mental illness. -- PC

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Audit finds 'breach' in city's business operation

Palo Alto urged to strengthen its security policies after a 'powerful account' was left open
The City of Palo Alto's business operation had a significant security breach that left sensitive employee and customer information open to outside access, an investigation by the City Auditor's Office found.

October 14, 2011 | 19 comments
Seeking stability

With government dollars shrinking, center operators look to partnerships for funding
Like many of its clients, the Opportunity Center is still finding its footing when it comes to financial stability.

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Palo Alto mulls lawsuit over Mitchell Park Library

City Council to hold closed session Monday to discuss legal action over $41 million project
Palo Alto's effort to rebuild the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center -- the centerpiece of the city's $76 million library bond in 2008 -- is facing greater scrutiny these days because of rising costs and possible errors by the project architects.

October 14, 2011 | 27 comments
Charter high school gets new campus

East Palo Alto school combines public, private resources
East Palo Alto students will plant black bamboo at their new charter high school campus Saturday to honor a Japanese family who cultivated the same land as a nursery for more than 50 years.

October 14, 2011 | 4 comments
SHP gets the better of Menlo in WBAL volleyball showdown

Thursday's prep roundup

Sacred Heart Prep junior Cammie Merten and her sister, Menlo School freshman Elisa, faced off for the first time this season in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) match. While both sisters played significant roles, it was SHP senior Sarah Daschbach who took over and led the Gators to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 victory

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Man to face murder charge in 1995 stabbing

Jose Luis Arreola Cruz, 39, accused of killing former girlfriend in East Palo Alto
A man accused of murdering a teenage mother in front of her 2-year-old daughter more than 15 years ago appeared in a San Mateo County courtroom Thursday.

October 14, 2011 | 3 comments
The Opportunity Center takes stock

Center for Palo Alto's homeless marks five years of service
The five-story, brick-red building with brushed-metal balconies at 33 Encina Way could be a modern condominium complex or office building housing a Palo Alto start-up. But its sign, in block letters, speaks of the hope it was established to offer the city's homeless men, women and children: Opportunity Center. Related story: Seeking stability

October 14, 2011 | 35 comments
'Tasting Week' aims to get kids beyond pizza

Top chefs will visit Palo Alto schools in adaptation of French tradition
Borrowing from a French tradition, students in five Palo Alto schools next week will mark "Tasting Week," with cooking demonstrations and top chefs visiting their classrooms.

October 14, 2011 | 4 comments
Stanford men's water polo risks No. 1 ranking

Cardinal corner

The Stanford men's water polo team has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for only a short time, and that lofty status will be at risk this weekend in a showdown between two of the nation's top teams. It will be No. 1 Stanford against No. 3 UCLA on Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matchup in Avery Aquatic Center at noon.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Hewitt another Mr. Versatile for Stanford football

Ryan Hewitt, Stanford's bruising 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore fullback, was recruited as a tight end, and a pretty darn good one at that, ranked as high as 30th in the nation. Hewitt never made it past his freshman spring camp.

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Palo Alto's Boyd is trying to relive a dream season

It was only one year ago that the Palo Alto High football team was nearly halfway through the greatest season in program history -- a 14-0 campaign that ended with a state championship. A few month later the Paly baseball team would begin its season, one that would end in that program's first-ever Central Coast Section title. Perhaps not too surprising, B.J. Boyd was a big part of both those teams.

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SPORTS: Stanford's Ubogagu earns national honor in soccer

Stanford freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week for her play in the Cardinal's weekend victories over USC and No. 3 UCLA. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer wins annual Athena Award

Award goes to 'exceptional woman who demonstrates excellence, creativity'
Tara VanDerveer, Stanford University's head women's basketball coach, is this year's Athena Award winner. VanDerveer will receive her award at a Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto on Nov. 16.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Former Citigroup employee pleads guilty to fraud

Tamara Moon faced 120 years in federal prison for stealing from 22 clients
A former Citigroup securities representative who worked in Palo Alto pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud Tuesday (Oct. 11) and admitted to stealing $749,978 from clients, according to federal court documents.

October 13, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo boys take control of PAL water polo race

Wednesday's prep roundup

The good news for the Menlo-Atherton boys' water polo team was that it held rival Menlo School to three fewer goals than in the teams' previous meeting. The bad news? It didn't matter.

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$98.8 million slated for new VA rehab center

Palo Alto VA campus center to treat specialized injuries will be the first of its kind
A new, state-of-the art Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center to be built at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus has just received $98.8 million in funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced.

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Fallen oak limb damages roof, truck

A large oak limb crashed down on a Barron Park homeowner's truck at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning (Oct. 12). The limb also damaged part of a neighbor's roof on Kendall Avenue. Photo by Jo Hamilton.

October 13, 2011 | 17 comments
New firefighter contract may stave off layoffs

Long-awaited agreement to save city $1.1 million in current fiscal year, create new rules for pension, health care
Palo Alto's breakthrough agreement with its firefighter union over a new labor contract will save the city more than $1 million in the current fiscal year and will likely keep the city from laying off police officers and closing fire stations, a prospect city officials have been considering since May.

October 13, 2011 | 21 comments
AT&T's antenna plan met with some skepticism

Palo Alto residents worry about health, property values
AT&T's plan to install 20 antennae in three Palo Alto neighborhoods is cheering some residents who are looking forward to improved cell-phone reception. But the proposal has left others with grave concerns.

October 12, 2011 | 68 comments
Palo Altans protest at Bank of America

Residents voice solidarity with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators
Outraged over job losses and corporate and bank bailouts, more than 200 protesters lined El Camino Real near Page Mill Road in Palo Alto on Wednesday evening.

October 12, 2011 | 99 comments
Worst year to start high-tech company? 2000

Five of six Silicon Valley startups from that year failed, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report states
Only one in six high-tech companies that started in 2000 in Silicon Valley remained in business at the end of the decade, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

October 12, 2011 | 5 comments
'Leadership Palo Alto' to return in 2012

Program for training future leaders, on hiatus since 2003, seeks applicants
After a hiatus of eight years, Leadership Palo Alto, a 10-week course that aims to produce local leaders, is back, with former CEO/President of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Paula Sandas, in the roll as interim director.

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RECENT HOME SALES

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Jumping into service for the country

Hundreds of Fairmeadow students join Michelle Obama in bid for jumping jacks record
Hundreds of Palo Alto elementary students Wednesday sprang into action in support of first lady Michelle Obama's bid to set a Guinness World Record for jumping jacks.

October 12, 2011 | 7 comments
Stanford's Ubogagu earns national honor in soccer

Cardinal corner

Stanford freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week for her play in the Cardinal's weekend victories over USC and No. 3 UCLA.

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Palo Alto teachers protest class size trends

As labor negotiations continue, teachers say they cannot keep up quality with more students
As negotiators hammer out their union contract, Palo Alto teachers Tuesday night called for a stop to a four-year trend of increasing class sizes. Average class size in Palo Alto elementary schools has gone from 19.9 in 2007-08 to 22.2 this fall.

October 12, 2011 | 54 comments
Tesla Model S draws crowd to Menlo Park showroom

Tesla S is an attempt to build a luxury car with a sports car feel
Dozens of prospective buyers and curious gearheads formed a line on Saturday at Menlo Park's Tesla Motors dealership to sit inside the first mass production car to be developed and built entirely by a Silicon Valley company.

October 12, 2011 | 7 comments
Menlo College men remain unbeaten in Cal Pac soccer

The Oaks' report

Ricardo Urruela and Alex Vukic each scored in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal State Maritime on Tuesday.

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Bademosi's future could be in rugby

Stanford football notebook

Stanford senior defensive back Johnson Bademosi is good enough to dream of becoming an Olympian. In fact, he made it clear Tuesday that if pro football doesn't work, he'll try to make the United States Olympic Rugby team.

October 12, 2011 | 2 comments
M-A runner is a winner just by finishing this race

Tuesday's prep roundup

Junior John Lovegren failed to score any points for his Menlo-Atherton boys' cross-country team on Tuesday. Then again, just finishing took every ounce of courage and determination he could muster. It would have been easier to give up on the race and call it a day.

October 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Measure D foes clash over 'fairness' in Palo Alto

In debate over labor reform, both sides say they're trying to be fair to city workers
The two sides in Palo Alto's heated debate over labor reform have one thing in common -- each claims it is fighting to preserve fairness toward city workers. The opposing camps made their arguments at a well-attended forum Tuesday night.

October 11, 2011 | 10 comments
Not a No. 1 finish for Stanford men's golf team

The Stanford men's golf team may be ranked No. 1 in the nation by Golfweek, but that lofty spot didn't carry over to The Prestige at PGA West, where the Cardinal finished third on Tuesday.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Investigation: No engine or propeller problems before crash

National Transportation Safety Board's 'factual report' details Feb. 17, 2010, accident that took lives of three Tesla employees
Both the left and right engines and the propeller of the Cessna 310R that took off from the Palo Alto Airport on Feb. 17, 2010, and quickly crashed into an East Palo Alto neighborhood appeared to be working at the time of impact, according to a recently released National Transportation Safety Board report.

October 11, 2011 | 12 comments
Cohousing community taking shape in Mountain View

Residents hope to occupy new homes by fall 2013
Designing one's dream home is a lengthy process when 13 families have to agree on everything. So how does the Mountain View Cohousing Community expedite the process? Find six more.

October 12, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto to celebrate fixes to dangerous intersection

Renovations to El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue intersection include colored crosswalks, new traffic signals
One of Palo Alto's busiest and most dangerous crossings got a little safer this week when the construction workers completed a host of renovations to the intersection El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue. A ceremony will take place Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

October 11, 2011 | 23 comments
Error on tax bills costs Palo Alto schools

Recently mailed property tax bills failed to assess $12 parcel tax escalator
A mistake on the recently mailed Santa Clara County property tax bills comes at the expense of the Palo Alto Unified School District. The error means the district will get $200,000 to $250,000 less than it should from more than $11 million in parcel tax receipts.

October 11, 2011 | 11 comments
Castilleja takes control of WBAL golf race

Monday's prep roundup

The stage was set for the Sacred Heart Prep girls' golf team on Monday as the Gators tried to duplicate last season's co-championship in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division). It wasn't to be, however, as Castilleja came away with the victory to take control of the league race.

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Fit as 49ers

Several San Francisco 49ers football players promoted physical fitness among youth Monday afternoon by helping to finish construction on a fitness center at the 49ers Academy, a public middle school in East Palo Alto.

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Media Center posts Palo Alto election videos

The Midpeninsula Community Media Center has posted videos of proponents and opponents of Palo Alto measures D and E discussing their views on its website and is also broadcasting the programs on local cable TV channels.

October 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Dispute over Jewish tradition could nix Christmas trees

Palo Alto Housing Corporation considers banning Christmas trees in common areas at affordable-housing complexes
Every autumn, for more than a decade, Abraham Berman's sukkah made an appearance on the second-floor patio of Sheridan Apartments, an affordable-housing complex near the California Avenue Business District. Now, Berman's custom is facing a ban from building managers -- a ban that could affect religious celebrations at 20 apartment buildings in Palo Alto.

October 10, 2011 | 136 comments
Guest Opinion: Vote no on Measure E

Save Byxbee Park for future generations
Measure E undedicates 10 prime acres (eight football fields) of Byxbee Park to construct a huge anaerobic digester (AD). We should not undedicate park land for some unknown future use like "option holding." Once undedicated, these 10 acres are gone forever. Related story: Media Center posts Palo Alto election videos

October 10, 2011 | 19 comments
Doubleheader water polo sweep for SHP girls

Weekend prep roundup

As always, this water polo season for the Sacred Heart Prep girls is all about improving and getting ready for the Central Coast Section championships. The Gators made some big strides in that direction with a pair of important nonleague victories on Saturday.

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Former prep standouts keeping busy in college

Local collegians

After a tough previous weekend that saw UC Davis drop a pair of matches in the Big West Conference, order was restored as the Aggies swept Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside on Friday and Saturday in Davis, thanks to some solid efforts by Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson.

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Steve Jobs called Mountain View home as a child

A childhood friend of Steve Jobs recalls that Silicon Valley's quintessential entrepreneur was partly a product of Mountain View, where he attended school and lived until his early teens. Related articles: Steve Jobs dies at 56

October 10, 2011 | 4 comments
Warm temperatures to return later this week

Palo Alto could reach mid-80s on Thursday
Monday's gray skies over the Bay Area are expected to clear up by Tuesday, and warm temperatures are coming back later this week, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

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Ogwumike sisters are on Wooden Award list

Stanford roundup

Stanford's Ogwumike sisters, senior Nnemkadi and sophomore Chiney, were among the 30 collegiate women's basketball players named to the 2011-12 John R. Wooden Award Preseason List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.

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Brochure on suicide response earns recognition

'Giving Communities Help and Hope' may hold lessons for other towns, officials say
A brochure outlining Palo Alto's response to a youth suicide cluster has earned Palo Alto an award from the California League of Cities.

October 10, 2011 | 4 comments
Simitian's red-light-camera bill vetoed

Legislator's proposal sought to create new restrictions on cameras, added protection for drivers
A proposal by Sen. Joe Simitian to set new restrictions on red-light cameras hit the wall Thursday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it.

October 10, 2011 | 16 comments
SPORTS: Luck helps entertain another sellout crowd

Andrew Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns and he did so with former Stanford quarterback John Elway, who was the last Cardinal drafted as the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, standing on the sidelines along with Tiger Woods as the Cardinal beat visiting Colorado, 48-7, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Pelesasa helps Menlo beat weather, Warriors

Oaks' report

Menlo junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa threw for a pair of touchdowns within a two minute span of the second quarter, providing all the offense the Oaks would need in a 13-0 victory over host Webber International in Lake Wales, Fla., on Saturday.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Ubogagu brightens the day for No. 1 Stanford

Smith scores in final seconds to lift top-ranked men's water polo team to 6-5 win over UCSB
Sunday's Cardinal corner

Freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game's first two goals and the top-ranked Cardinal women's soccer team beat visiting No. 3 UCLA, 4-1, in a Pac-12 showdown Sunday.

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Mountain lion reported at Windy Hill

Hiker saw the big cat Saturday morning
A mountain lion was reportedly seen in the Portola Valley and Skyline area in San Mateo County Saturday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

October 9, 2011 | 19 comments
Luck helps entertain another sellout crowd

Andrew Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns and he did so with former Stanford quarterback John Elway, who was the last Cardinal drafted as the overall No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, standing on the sidelines along with Tiger Woods as the Cardinal beat visiting Colorado, 48-7, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday.

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Dru helps Stanford field hockey match school record

Burdette to play for a pair of tennis titles on Sunday
Stanford roundup
Cardinal win key volleyball match

The seventh-ranked Stanford field hockey team matched a school record with its 4-1 victory over host Harvard in a nonconference game Saturday. Becky Dru scored twice and recorded an assist as the Cardinal (10-1) won its ninth straight, tying the program's longest win streak from the 1985 season.

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Zeroes a good thing for Stanford women's soccer

Stanford roundup

The Cardinal women's soccer team beat visiting USC, 3-0, in a Pac-12 Conference contest Friday, matching the school record with its seventh consecutive shutout. It was also the 200th career victory for Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe, who made stops at UCLA and St. Mary's before arriving at Stanford.

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP can't hold on to its perfect season

Friday's prep football

Sacred Heart Prep junior quarterback Jack Larson took one final lunge toward the end zone as the clock expired on Sacred Heart Prep's 44-30 setback to visiting Terra Nova in a PAL Bay Division opener Friday. Larson came up three yards short, but he'd be doggoned if he was going to show any sign of a letdown.

October 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Today's events (Oct. 19)

Music: Sphinx Virtuosi/Catalyst Quartet
Stanford Lively Arts opens its season tonight (Oct. 19) with an 8 p.m. performance by the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra and the Catalyst Quartet in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The musicians are contest winners from the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which seeks to involve more African-Americans and Latinos in classical music.
Lecture: Jim Lehrer
Author and former news anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" Jim Lehrer is scheduled to speak tonight (Oct. 19) at 7 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Lehrer will speak on his book "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain," in conversation with emeritus Stanford University history professor David Kennedy.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 19)

Music: Sphinx Virtuosi/Catalyst Quartet
Stanford Lively Arts opens its season tomorrow (Oct. 19) with an 8 p.m. performance by the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra and the Catalyst Quartet in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The musicians are contest winners from the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which seeks to involve more African-Americans and Latinos in classical music.
Lecture: Jim Lehrer
Author and former news anchor of PBS' "NewsHour" Jim Lehrer is scheduled to speak tomorrow (Oct. 19) at 7 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Lehrer will speak on his book "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain," in conversation with emeritus Stanford University history professor David Kennedy.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 18)

Art: 'Space and Form'
A new exhibition of sculptures by Pola Harrel and paintings by Gertie Mellon opens today (Oct. 18) at 11 a.m. at Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto, and runs through Nov. 13. Harrel's work is influenced by the pre-Columbian art of Peru, while Mellon says her canvases often reflect "the encroachment of city into the landscape."
Authors: 'About Face'
Tonight (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m., three of the writers whose words are in "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War" will give an author talk at Kepler's bookstore. Buff Whitman-Bradley,
Cynthia Whitman-Bradley and Michael Thurman will speak at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Oct. 18)

Art: 'Space and Form'
A new exhibition of sculptures by Pola Harrel and paintings by Gertie Mellon opens tomorrow (Oct. 18) at 11 a.m. at Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto, and runs through Nov. 13. Harrel's work is influenced by the pre-Columbian art of Peru, while Mellon says her canvases often reflect "the encroachment of city into the landscape."
Authors: 'About Face'
Tomorrow (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m., three of the writers whose words are in "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War" will give an author talk at Kepler's bookstore. Buff Whitman-Bradley,
Cynthia Whitman-Bradley and Michael Thurman will speak at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Plenty of room in senior community

Housing-market downturn impacts Moldaw residences
Moldaw Family Residences, an independent and assisted-living community for seniors located at 899 East Charleston Road in Palo Alto, opened in October 2009 -- just in time for the housing-market collapse. Falling far short of initial projections for occupancy, Moldaw has had to get creative about attracting new residents.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Condo market slower to rebound

Low prices, large inventory an opportunity for renters and long-term investors
When Akiko Hata and Georgio Lagna relocated from Boston this year, they set their sights on Palo Alto. After renting an apartment during their search, they moved into a townhome in Palo Alto's Sterling Park development in mid-September.

October 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a mansion

Palo Alto startup aims to connect buyers and sellers of high-value, off-market properties
Twenty to 25 percent of the real estate for sale in the Bay Area is off-market, according to Eric Trailer, Palo Alto entrepreneur. These homes and properties are generally invisible to the public, including potential buyers, who must rely on agents to work magic -- and their personal contacts -- behind closed doors.

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Today's events (Oct. 17)

Lecture: Shahla Talebi
As part of the Iranian Studies Lecture Series at Stanford University, Shahla Talebi, an assistant professor of religious studies at Arizona State University, will give a free talk titled "Revisiting Ghosts of Revolution: A Reading and A Reflection on Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran." The event is today (Oct. 17) at 6:30 p.m. in Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113.
Author: Khaled Hosseini
"The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini will give a talk tonight (Oct. 17) at 7 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The author, who is also goodwill envoy to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, will be in conversation with San Jose State University president Mohammad Qayoumi.

October 17, 2011 | No comments yet
RentWatch

In tough economic times, can a manager relax the financial-qualification rules?
Q I am a property manager in an apartment community with a lot of vacant units. We are trying to rent these units while still making sure we have qualified applicants.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Are cash-rich homebuyers impacting the market?

Home prices on the rise as technology companies go public
In May, Mountain View-based professional-networking website LinkedIn went public -- and cashed in big time.

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Location vs. amenities

What can you find at different price points?
With a specific budget in mind, prospective homeowners quickly learn that they'll find fairly different properties for sale in nearby cities and towns. For those not wed to a specific community, school district or distance from work, the choices are vastly increased -- even when you stick to that budget.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
When the price is right ...

Well-valued properties are selling quickly along the Midpeninsula
If you price it right, they will come.
At least that's what Realtors are saying -- especially this year.

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FALL REAL ESTATE 2011

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TCE causes cancer, other health woes, EPA says

Toxic chemical contaminates groundwater in Palo Alto and Mountain View
Despite political pressures to kill it, a long-delayed Environmental Protection Agency report has finally been released confirming the toxicity of the industrial solvent that has contaminated groundwater at a central Palo Alto Superfund site.

October 7, 2011 | 7 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Palo Alto school board, Planning and Transportation Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

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First Person: A conversation with Matt Severson

Severson speaks to Lisa Van Dusen about The School Fund nonprofit
Matt Severson, a 2007 Palo Alto High School graduate, started The School Fund, a nonprofit that connects donors with students in developing countries who need help with their annual school fees. Watch full video

October 9, 2011 | 1 comment
Animal Services launches 'Empty Our Shelters Challenge'

Local shelters, faced with overcrowding, reach out to potential adopters
Plagued by overcrowding, all six animal shelters in Silicon Valley, including City of Palo Alto Animal Services, are now encouraging qualified adopters in the area to step up and help empty the shelters in honor of National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month.

October 7, 2011 | 12 comments
Guest Opinion: Vote yes on Measure E

Why not process waste here, produce energy and reduce greenhouse gases?
More than 100 years ago, Palo Altans debated whether or not to establish a municipal utilities district. Fortunately, for every generation since, the pro side won, bringing huge benefits to our community. Today we face a similar decision. Related story: Media Center posts Palo Alto election videos

October 10, 2011 | 34 comments
Menlo Park school burglar sentenced

Jaime Maldanado accused of thefts from Hillview, Laurel, and German American schools
After pleading no contest, school burglar Jaime Maldanado, 20, started serving his 16 months in county jail, with credit for 32 days served, the San Mateo County district attorney's office said.

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
This weekend's events (Oct. 15-16)

10th Annual Book Arts Jam
This one-day event, co-sponsored by Bay Area Book Artists and Foothill College, is a celebration of book arts, print arts and paper arts. This year will feature a gallery exhibit, slide show of artists works, more than 50 exhibitors, artists talks and silent auction Saturday (Oct. 15) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Harvest Craft Faire
Collectibles and hand-crafted items, along with refreshments, will be sold to benefit local charities as part of a Harvest Craft Faire Saturday (Oct. 15) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
Sukkot Harvest Festival
The Sukkot Harvest Festival will focus on the spirit of the fall season and the Jewish holiday traditions around Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, a holiday of feasting with activities, music, art, prizes and more, Sunday (Oct. 16) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Oct. 14)

Silicon Valley African Film Festival
The 2nd Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival opens today (Oct. 14) and runs through Oct. 16 at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an adaptation of the classic story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," designed to get kids interested in reading, today (Oct. 14) and Oct. 15 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 14)

Film: Silicon Valley African Film Festival
The second annual 2nd Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival opens tomorrow (Oct. 14) and runs through Oct. 16 at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
On stage: 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'
Peninsula Youth Theatre presents an adaptation of the classic story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," designed to get kids interested in reading, tomorrow (Oct. 14) and Oct. 15 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Today's events (Oct. 13)

Community event: Town Hall with Senator Simitian
State Senator Joe Simitian holds a town hall meeting to discuss the state government issues that affect the community today (Oct. 13) at 6 p.m. at Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
Gala event: Mary Roach with Beth Lisick
"One Book, One Community San Mateo County Reads" presents the 2011 Gala Event: author Mary Roach in conversation with local writer Beth Lisick today (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m. at Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 13)

Town Hall with Senator Simitian
State Senator Joe Simitian holds a town hall meeting to discuss the state government issues that affect the community tomorrow (Oct. 13) at 6 p.m. at Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
Mary Roach with Beth Lisick
"One Book, One Community San Mateo County Reads" presents the 2011 Gala Event: author Mary Roach in conversation with local writer Beth Lisick tomorrow (Oct. 13) at 7 p.m. at Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City.

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Today's events (Oct. 12)

Music: Christopher Willits
Christopher Willits (musician, guitarist, producer, photographer, filmmaker) presents an evening of his music today (Oct. 12) at 8 p.m. at CCRMA, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
'Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass'
Fred Morsell, an actor and educator, will portray the 19th-century social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the play "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass" today (Oct. 12) at 7:30 p.m. at Pigott Theatre, 551 Serra Mall (in Memorial Hall), Stanford.

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SHP girls grab sole possession first place in WBAL race

Prep volleyball
Menlo rallies for five-set victory

Sacred Heart Prep grabbed sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' volleyball race with a 25-15, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13 victory over host Castilleja on Thursday evening. SHP improved to 4-0 in league (14-4 overall) while Castilleja fell to 3-1 (15-9).

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 12)

Music: Christopher Willits
Christopher Willits (musician, guitarist, producer, photographer, filmmaker) presents an evening of his music tomorrow (Oct. 12) at 8 p.m. at CCRMA, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
On Stage: 'Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass'
Fred Morsell, an actor and educator, will portray the 19th-century social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the play "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass" tomorrow (Oct. 12) at 7:30 p.m. at Pigott Theatre, 551 Serra Mall (in Memorial Hall), Stanford.

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Today's events (Oct. 11)

Concert: College Radio Day
KZSU Stanford presents a free concert in honor of College Radio Day today (Oct. 11) at 8 p.m. at the Black Community Services Center, Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive, Stanford University.
Talk: Ashish Mukharji
Zombie Runner hosts a talk with barefoot marathon runner Ashish Mukharji, who will discuss his journey from always-injured to perpetually-healthy today (Oct. 11) at 6:30 p.m. at Zombie Runner, 429 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Author: Donia Bijan
Chef Donia Bijan discusses and signs her book: "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen" today (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 11)

Concert: College Radio Day
KZSU Stanford presents a free concert in honor of College Radio Day tomorrow (Oct. 11) at 8 p.m. at the Black Community Services Center, Santa Teresa and Lomita Drive, Stanford University.
Talk: Ashish Mukharji
Zombie Runner hosts a talk with barefoot marathon runner Ashish Mukharji, who will discuss his journey from always-injured to perpetually-healthy tomorrow (Oct. 11) at 6:30 p.m. at Zombie Runner, 429 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Author: Donia Bijan
Chef Donia Bijan discusses and signs her book: "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen" tomorrow (Oct. 11) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Review: 'Real Steel'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Strong production values and another charismatic performance by triple-threat talent Hugh Jackman help keep this heavy-metal offspring of "Rocky" and "Transformers" out of the cinematic junk heap. -- TH

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Review: 'The Ides of March'

(Three stars)
Stop me if you've heard this one: How can you tell when a politician is lying? If you know the well-worn punchline, you probably won't learn anything from George Clooney's "The Ides of March," but you may enjoy it all the same. -- PC

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Today's events (Oct. 10)

Author: Mary Oliver
Poet Mary Oliver will read as part of the Lane Lecture Series today (Oct. 10) at 8 p.m. at Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
Author: Marika Blossfeldt
Marika Blossfeldt discusses and signs her new book: "Essential Nourishment: Recipes from My Estonian Farm" today (Oct. 10) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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SPORTS: It's more than a run of good luck with Taylor

Stanford junior running back has helped Cardinal to 16-1 record since Gerhart
Stanford junior running back Stepfan Taylor may have been a relative unknown his first year at Stanford, since he played in the considerable shadow of running back supreme Toby Gerhart. Taylor, however, has shed his anonymity. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Prowling teacher aims to save big money for schools

Former JLS English teacher investigates errant light switches in the dead of night
Can simple behavior changes by teachers -- shutting doors, unplugging classroom televisions -- save millions of dollars in utility costs for cash-hungry Palo Alto schools? School officials think it's possible.

October 7, 2011 | 6 comments
'Walking and rolling' to school

Growing numbers of student bicyclists defy trends -- and traffic
Defying national trends and increasing auto congestion, a growing number of Palo Alto students are making their way to school each morning by bike or on foot.

October 7, 2011 | 33 comments
New ways of doing school lunch

Juice boxes, disposable water bottles are out, reusable containers are in
Ziploc baggies and foil-lined juice boxes are out. Cloth sandwich wrappers and reusable containers are in.

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The greening of Palo Alto schools

Parents, teachers and kids boost bicycling rates and 'zero waste' lunch packing
Palo Alto schools -- often led by parent volunteers -- have made systematic efforts to save energy and reduce waste over the years. Initiatives range from "zero waste" lunches to promotion of bicycling to a new program aimed at slashing schools' utility bills. Related stories:
New ways of doing school lunch
'Walking and rolling' to school
Prowling teacher aims to save big money for schools

October 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Diana Steeples, the 'voice' of Avenidas, dies in Palo Alto

Diana Steeples, one of the creators of today's panoply of senior services in the Palo Alto area, died Oct. 3 at Channing House following a period of failing health. For many years she was the "voice" of the Avenidas and its predecessor name, the Senior Coordinating Council of the Palo Alto Area, Inc.

October 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Debate Tuesday on Palo Alto's ballot measures

Measure D and E supporters, opponents will speak at City Hall
The two city ballot measures that Palo Alto voters will decide upon in the Nov. 8 election will be the subject of a forum Tuesday (Oct. 11) sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto.

October 7, 2011 | 7 comments
Bears hit the ground running in PAL football win

Prep football

The San Mateo Union High School District spent a million dollars to fix up the multipurpose field at Burlingame High. The Menlo-Atherton football team looked like a million bucks in christening the newly-laid synthetic grass with a 35-13 victory over the host Panthers in a PAL Bay Division opener Thursday night.

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Stanford's Burdette, Gibbs gain a doubles victory

Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs salvaged an otherwise dismal day for the Stanford men's and women's tennis programs at the ITA All-American Championships on Thursday. Burdette and Gibbs beat a team from Baylor, 9-7, to reach the second round of the doubles tournament in Pacific Palisades.

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Stanford's Ratcliffe sees both sides of soccer showdown

Former UCLA assistant and current Cardinal head coach ready for battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2
Cardinal corner

Paul Ratcliffe knows a thing or two about the UCLA women's soccer program. After all, he was there when it all began. That gives the current Stanford head coach proper perspective when his No. 1 squad hosts the No. 2 Bruins on Sunday.

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Crack dealer gets 20-year prison sentence

Desean Gardner, 33, of East Palo Alto sentenced Oct. 5
The East Palo Alto-based leader of a Bay Area crack cocaine ring has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to nearly 20 years in prison.

October 6, 2011 | 9 comments
Stanford to host pro squash tournament

Stanford Squash will serve as the host for the ProSquash Netsuite Open this Friday through Monday, featuring five of the world's top 20 players. The event will feature the top talent from the U.S., England, Egypt, Canada, India and Scotland.

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It's more than a run of good luck with Taylor

Stanford junior running back has helped Cardinal to 16-1 record since Gerhart
Stanford football

Stanford junior running back Stepfan Taylor may have been a relative unknown his first year at Stanford, since he played in the considerable shadow of running back supreme Toby Gerhart. Taylor, however, has shed his anonymity.

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'Steve Jobs changed the whole world'

Residents reflect on the influence, impact of Apple visionary and leader
As word of Steve Jobs' death Wednesday swiftly spread -- via iPhones and other technology the Apple co-founder had pioneered -- local residents of all ages made their way to his Old Palo Alto home and the Apple store on University Avenue to pay tribute to a man they said had irrevocably changed their lives.

October 6, 2011 | 22 comments
Suspected Cupertino gunman shot by police

Shareef Allman, 47, killed in Sunnyvale following manhunt
The suspect in the killing of three people in a shooting at the Lehigh Cement Company plant near Cupertino early Wednesday (Oct. 5) appears to have been shot and killed in Sunnyvale this morning.

October 6, 2011 | 6 comments
Menlo Park downtown plan moves to final review

"And there's a lot to discuss," Mayor Rich Cline commented at one point during Tuesday night's review of Menlo Park's draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

October 6, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo College goalie helps stop the Slugs

Oaks' report

Goalkeeper Alex Palomarez stopped two penalty kicks and Menlo College took advantage to beat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 3-2, in a nonconference men's soccer match Wednesday.

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Statement from Steve Jobs' family

'We know many of you will mourn with us'
Steve Jobs' family released a statement upon his death Wednesday (Oct. 5).

October 5, 2011 | 16 comments
Stanford players set for ITA Championships

Tennis roundup

Stanford sophomore Nicole Gibbs will meet Duke's Beatrice Capra in the first round of the main draw Thursday at the ITA Riviera All-American women's tennis championships in Pacific Palisades.

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Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the creative force behind the company's transformation into one of the world's most iconic and influential technology giants, died Wednesday, the company announced.

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Plan for offices, retail at old Varsity Theatre move ahead

Historic Resources Board approves 'concept' for University Avenue building
The Varsity Theatre in downtown Palo Alto represents, in many ways, the tension between the city's past and its future. Now, the historic building is once again poised for major changes -- and not everyone is happy.

October 5, 2011 | 43 comments
Noyola among finalists for soccer award

Stanford senior midfielder Teresa Noyola has her sights set on USC and UCLA this weekend in big Pac-12 matches. She has other things going on, as well, like being named among the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for women's soccer.

October 5, 2011 | 2 comments
SHP boys and Gunn girls both fall from first place

Prep water polo

A grip on first place slipped out of the hands of the Sacred Heart Prep boys' and Gunn girls' water polo teams this week. The Gators dropped a tough 12-11 overtime decision to Bellarmine and the Titans were edged by Los Altos, 6-5.

October 5, 2011 | 5 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

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Matching garden and architecture

Landscape designer shows how to extend living space outdoors
Imagine a house where no flat-screen TV dominates the living room. Instead, seating faces the sliding-glass doors, looking out on a backyard that is integrated with the home's open architecture.

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Science camp on lock-down with gunman at large

A shooting in Cupertino caused a science camp in Saratoga to go on lock-down and a number of Mountain View schools to close for the day. Mountain View students at the science camp and students at the schools that closed are all safe, local education officials said Wednesday.

October 5, 2011 | 7 comments
Mother: School bathroom doors a safety hazard

Palo Alto school district declines to fix doors after 11-year-old's bloody accident, mother says
The mother of a Palo Alto boy whose fingertip was severed after being caught in a school restroom door says the doors present "a real safety issue for Palo Alto students."

October 5, 2011 | 84 comments
Santa Clara County awarded $750K grant

Grant to help reintegrate troubled youth back into community
The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Santa Clara County a $750,000 "Second Chance" grant to help reintegrate youth from the Enhanced Rehabilitation Ranch program back into the community.

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Woman faces gunman during Menlo Park stroll

Menlo Park police hunt for armed robber
A nighttime stroll turned terrifying for a woman on Sharon Road in Menlo Park Monday night when she was confronted by a man with a gun.

October 5, 2011 | 10 comments
M-A seniors earned extra credit for teamwork

Girls' volleyball

Sarah Collins, Hannah Branning and Seini Moimoi all played for the same Vision Club volleyball team over the summer. The extra teamwork paid off. The seniors helped the Menlo-Atherton High girls' volleyball team recover from a first set loss to beat visiting Carlmont, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17, on Tuesday in a PAL Bay Division match.

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USA water polo teams need to qualify for 2012 Olympics

Stanford gymnast eyes Olympic berth

As many as 10 current or former Stanford water polo players will be competing for their Olympic lives in the coming weeks when both the U.S. men's and women's national teams head into the Pan American Games set for Oct. 23-29 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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This weekend's events (Oct. 8-9)

Exhibit: 'Shaped By Water: Past, Present & Future'
On Saturday (Oct. 8) at noon, the Los Altos History Museum will open its new exhibit, which focuses on the role that water played in shaping the Santa Clara Valley -- and how residents' usage of water may shape the area's future. The show of artifacts, photographs, maps and artwork will be up through April 22, open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., at 51 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos.
Lecture: 'Rodin and the Americans'
Bernard Barryte, curator of European art at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, and Rutgers University emerita art-history professor Roberta Tarbell will give a free talk on Sunday (Oct. 9) at 1 p.m. on the museum's new exhibition of works by American artists who were influenced by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Barryte will focus on Rodin's life, works and reputation, while Tarbell will speak on the American artists.
Music: The Atlantis Trio
On Sunday (Oct. 9) at 2 p.m., The Atlantis Trio (pianist Helene Wickett, violinist Alexander Aisenberg and cellist Dahna Rudin) is scheduled to perform classic and contemporary chamber music at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The program is: Schubert's B-flat Piano Trio, the Shostakovich Piano Trio and "Cafe Music" by Paul Schoenfield.

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Today's events (Oct. 7)

Author: Neal Stephenson
Fiction writer Neal Stephenson (who might be described as a writer of speculative fiction, science fiction or cyberpunk) is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 7) about his new book, "Reamde." The talk is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family: Kids' Diwali Celebration
The Palo Alto Children's Library is marking the Indian Festival of Lights with a kids' Diwali Celebration for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. An art activity and storytelling in Hindi and English will take place today (Oct. 7) from 11 a.m. to noon at 1276 Harriet St. in Palo Alto.

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Developers boost funding for compost campaign

Supporters of building a waste-to-energy facility in Byxbee Park hold fundraising edge over opponents
Campaign-finance data for Palo Alto's Measures D and E show that local developers have given proponents of E, which would undedicate parkland, a fundraising edge, while opponents of Measure D, which would repeal binding arbitration, have racked up $20,333 in debt.

October 4, 2011 | 28 comments
Top high school matchups on tap this week

The midway point of the high school football season arrives Friday and two local teams will be looking to remain unbeaten heading into the second half of the season.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 7)

Author: Neal Stephenson
Fiction writer Neal Stephenson (who might be described as a writer of speculative fiction, science fiction or cyberpunk) is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 7) about his new book, "Reamde." The talk is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family: Kids' Diwali Celebration
The Palo Alto Children's Library is marking the Indian Festival of Lights with a kids' Diwali Celebration for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. An art activity and storytelling in Hindi and English will take place tomorrow (Oct. 7) from 11 a.m. to noon at 1276 Harriet St. in Palo Alto.

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Busy weekend at Stanford, topped by soccer showdown

Cardinal corner

It will be another busy weekend at Stanford University with men's water polo, women's soccer, men's soccer and football highlighting the schedule. This means plenty of crowds and potential parking problems.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Thousands of marijuana plants eradicated in San Mateo County

Approximately $1.5 million in marijuana found in five grow sites
About $1.5 million of marijuana was eradicated from five grow sites found in isolated spots in San Mateo County through an annual marijuana eradication operation, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force officials said Monday.

October 4, 2011 | 22 comments
Granny saved: SFPUC agrees to tunnel under tree

After months of concern over Granny's fate, the heritage oak tree will survive the construction of a new water pipeline. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) announced on Oct. 3 that it would tunnel under the tree, thanks to San Mateo County's proposal to create a new park to let the public enjoy the tree.

October 4, 2011 | 5 comments
Page Mill Road development hits another snag

Research, condo project remains in limbo after Palo Alto council requests application revisions
Harold Hohbach's tortuous journey to build a development filled with condominiums and research space on Page Mill Road just took another unpredictable swerve.

October 4, 2011 | 16 comments
Pot measure heads for 2012 ballot in Palo Alto

Voters to decide whether the city should allow up to three marijuana dispensaries
Palo Alto voters will have a chance next year to overturn the city's 15-year-old ban on marijuana dispensaries and allow three facilities to set up shop in the city.

October 4, 2011 | 114 comments
Milestone for Whitson, but Aggies' streak ends

Local collegians

Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson reached a career milestone but her UC Davis women's volleyball team nonetheless saw its 11-match win streak end during a tough weekend that saw the Aggies fall on the road to Cal Poly-SLO and UC Santa Barbara.

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Class-action lawsuit filed against Stanford

Information from 20,000 patients was posted on a teaching website in August
A class-action lawsuit for $20 million has been filed against Stanford Hospital & Clinics over a patient-information breach, the hospitals announced Monday (Oct. 3).

October 3, 2011 | 22 comments
Stanford sophomore Wopat proves versatile in volleyball

Stanford roundup

Stanford sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after helping the seventh-ranked Cardinal (10-3, 4-3 in the Pac-12) win a pair of home matches. She became the first conference player to earn both the Offensive and Defensive weekly awards in the same year.

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Man robbed at gunpoint in Mountain View

Robbery reported early Saturday morning on East Middlefield Road
A San Francisco man was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning while he was walking near the Carl's Jr. fast food restaurant on East Middlefield Road in Mountain View, police said.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Rainy weather on horizon for Bay Area this week

California Highway Patrol urges drivers to go slow
Skies have turned gray over the Bay Area, and rainfall is expected for the next few days as a storm system from the Gulf of Alaska passes through the region, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

October 3, 2011 | 5 comments
SHP grad Vukic, Gunn grad Zipperstein help Menlo soccer

The Oaks' report

With Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic and Gunn grad Sam Zipperstein contributing in a big way, the Menlo College men's soccer team remained unbeaten in the California Pacific Conference with a 7-0 victory over visiting Pacific Union last weekend.

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Today's events (Oct. 6)

Music: 'Harmony for Humanity'
Stanford Lively Arts holds its annual free tribute concert for the late journalist and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl tonight (Oct. 6) at 8 p.m. in Stanford's Memorial Church. Faculty and students from the university's music department will perform.
Theater: 'The 2011 Follies'
The Bus Barn Stage Company hosts its yearly fund-raiser, a performance of humorous, satirical and often political songs, at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 6) and Oct. 7-8. Shows are at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 6)

Music: 'Harmony for Humanity'
Stanford Lively Arts holds its annual free tribute concert for the late journalist and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl tomorrow (Oct. 6) at 8 p.m. in Stanford's Memorial Church. Faculty and students from the university's music department will perform.
Theater: 'The 2011 Follies'
The Bus Barn Stage Company holds its annual fund-raiser, a performance of humorous, satirical and often political songs, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) and Oct. 7-8. Shows are at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly grads Bono, Anderson reunited at Stanford-UCLA football game

Of local note

A year ago, Christoph Bono and Kevin Anderson were on the same side of the field as teammates on the Palo Alto High football team. On Saturday night, the two were reunited but were on opposite sides of the field when Stanford played host to UCLA in Pac-12 football action.

October 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Bomb squad closes Palo Alto street, dismantles mortar

World War II shell found in Adobe Meadow garage by homeowner
Discovery of a World War II-era Japanese mortar forced the closure of part of Grove Avenue in Palo Alto Monday morning. Police closed off the 3800 block of Grove and notified nearby residents of the quiet street they might have to evacuate.

October 3, 2011 | 8 comments
Research space, condo proposal heads to council

City officials split over approving 84-unit proposal on Page Mill Road
Even by Palo Alto standards, Harold Hohbach's seven-year quest to build a mixed-use development featuring condominiums and research space on Page Mill Road has been a long slog, featuring five applications and two lawsuits.

October 3, 2011 | 10 comments
Paly, Gunn seniors win National Merit honors

High number reflects 'rarefied intellectual world' of Palo Alto students, superintendent says
Nearly a quarter of the senior classes at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools have been named either 2012 National Merit Semifinalists or Commended Students, the Palo Alto school district announced.

October 3, 2011 | 21 comments
Missing 5-year-old girl found near Woodside hills

Girl got seperated from family during camping trip at Huddart County Park
A 5-year-old girl who disappeared from a family outing in San Mateo County was found Saturday night nearly four hours after a massive search party scoured the hills west of Woodside.

October 3, 2011 | 2 comments
SPORTS: Luck gets himself in position to give and receive

No. 6 Stanford remains unbeaten after its 45-19 Pac-12 victory over UCLA
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 112 yards and scored twice, Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Stanford took care of business with a 45-19 victory over visiting UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

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Stanford men grab important water polo tournament title

Cardinal women turn back Arizona in four sets in Pac-12 volleyball
Sunday's Cardinal corner

Alex Bowen capped an outstanding tournament with a game-winning goal Sunday as the fourth-ranked Stanford men's water polo team upset No. 3 California, 10-9, in overtime of the SoCal Tournament in Long Beach. Bowen, who recorded six goals in the contest, scored the game-winner with 42 seconds left in the second overtime. The Cardinal beat top-ranked and defending national champion USC, 6-4, in the semfinal match.

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Noyola wins it in overtime for top-ranked Stanford

Oliver makes a save to preserve the shutout moments before Nogueira sets up Noyola
Palo Alto graduate Teresa Noyola scored on a back-post header in the 94th minute to give No. 1 Stanford a 1-0 overtime victory over Washington in Pac-12 women's soccer action Sunday. Stanford (3-0 Pac-12, 11-0-1 overall) posted its sixth consecutive shutout, one short of from the school record, and extended its conference winning streak to 23.

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Balanced effort keeps Stanford streak intact

No. 6 Stanford remains unbeaten after its 45-19 Pac-12 victory over UCLA
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 112 yards and scored twice, Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and Stanford took care of business with a 45-19 victory over visiting UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference contest Saturday night.

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Suspicious fires in the baylands Saturday

Three blazes cause two-alarm response
Three grass fires that occurred in the baylands between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto Saturday afternoon (Oct. 1) are being called suspicious by fire officials.

October 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Stanford men swim to win over Banana Slugs

Saturday's Cardinal corner

Bobby Bollier won two events and the Stanford men's swimming team won every event in its dual meet at UC Santa Cruz on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the young season. The score was unavailable.

October 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman robbed while jogging at Stanford

Robbery occurred on Palm Drive near El Camino Real
A woman was robbed Saturday (Oct. 1) at noon while jogging on Palm Drive near El Camino Real, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety said. The robbery occurred at noon. The man bumped the victim and forcibly stole her keys and cell phone, according to campus police.

October 1, 2011 | 36 comments
Stanford women's volleyball strong in the middle in Pac-12 victory over the Sun Devils

A heady Taylor leads top-ranked Cardinal women to road soccer win at Washington State
Friday's Stanford roundup

Middle blockers Carly Wopat and Jessica Walker were at the center of sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball sweep of visiting Arizona State, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18, Friday at Maples Pavilion.

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Gunn rolls to its first victory of the season in a big way, 47-6

Friday's prep football

After scoring just 31 points in its first three games, the Gunn football team probably figured it was time to get its offense going. The Titans picked a good time to do just that, opening its SCVAL El Camino Division with a 47-6 blowout victory over visiting Harker on Friday night.

October 1, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto council to discuss child's death

City report on Sioreli Torres Zamora to be discussed on Tuesday, Oct. 4
East Palo Alto city officials are looking for answers in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was struck and killed in a crosswalk on Bay Road this week.

October 1, 2011 | 6 comments
Today's events (Oct. 5)

Art: 'Rodin and America'
A new free exhibition of works by American artists who were influenced by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin opens today (Oct. 5) at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. There are sculptures, drawings, paintings and other pieces by a variety of artists including Georgia O'Keeffe and John Storrs.
Theater: 'Clementine in the Lower 9'
TheatreWorks opens "Clementine in the Lower 9," a Dan Dietz play with an onstage jazz band, this week at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. The show has 8 p.m. previews tonight (Oct. 5) through Oct. 7 and then opens Oct. 8, running through Oct. 30.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto and firefighters reach contract deal

After 16 months of heated negotiations, Palo Alto and its largest firefighter union on Friday reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract that eliminates the longstanding and controversial "minimum staffing" requirement in the union's contract.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 5)

Art: 'Rodin and America'
A new free exhibition of works by American artists who were influenced by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin opens tomorrow (Oct. 5) at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. There are sculptures, drawings, paintings and other pieces by a variety of artists including Georgia O'Keeffe and John Storrs.
Theater: 'Clementine in the Lower 9'
TheatreWorks opens "Clementine in the Lower 9," a Dan Dietz play with an onstage jazz band, this week at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. The show has 8 p.m. previews tomorrow (Oct. 5) through Oct. 7 and then opens Oct. 8, running through Oct. 30.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto and firefighters reach contract deal

New agreement between city and union eliminates 'minimum staffing,' adds second tier for pensions
After 16 months of heated negotiations, Palo Alto and its largest firefighter union on Friday reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract that eliminates the longstanding and controversial "minimum staffing" requirement in the union's contract.

September 30, 2011 | 29 comments
Today's events (Oct. 4)

Author: Robert Lipsyte
New York Times sports writer Robert Lipsyte will give a talk at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 4) on his latest book, "The Accidental Sportswriter," and on various famed American athletes. The event is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Art: Decker Walker
As the weather turns fallish, Peninsula painter Decker Walker is showing California landscapes done in other seasons besides the ever-popular summer. His free exhibition is at the Portola Art Gallery in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park through the end of the month.

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Tomorrow's events (Oct. 4)

Author: Robert Lipsyte
New York Times sports writer Robert Lipsyte will give a talk at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 4) on his latest book, "The Accidental Sportswriter," and on various famed American athletes. The event is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Art: Decker Walker
As the weather turns fallish, Peninsula painter Decker Walker is showing California landscapes done in other seasons besides the ever-popular summer. His free exhibition is at the Portola Art Gallery in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park through the end of the month.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Oct. 3)

Books: Writers' showcase
Tonight (Oct. 3) at 7:30 p.m., Stanford Continuing Studies hosts its annual free writers' showcase in Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 113, Stanford University. Writers who teach Continuing Studies writing courses will read from their published pieces and works in progress.
Author: Marilyn Wedge
Family therapist Marilyn Wedge gives a talk on her book "Suffer the Children: The Case Against Labeling and Medicating and an Effective Alternative" tonight (Oct. 3) at 7 p.m. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: Varsity Theatre building; PaloAltoGreen

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

September 30, 2011 | 2 comments
Ravenswood school district helping raise money for Sioreli Torres memorial service

Torres, 6, died Sept. 28 after being hit by a car in East Palo Alto
The Ravenswood Elementary School District is helping to raise money for a memorial service for a student who was struck and killed in an East Palo Alto crosswalk Wednesday morning. Related story: East Palo Alto girl, 6, killed on her way to school

September 30, 2011 | 3 comments
Driver in fatal EPA crash to face murder charge

East Palo Alto resident Eric Banford, 46, has two prior strikes for felony convictions
A driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in East Palo Alto Wednesday morning while fleeing police will be charged this afternoon with murder, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Related story:
Motorcyclist killed in East Palo Alto by driver fleeing police

September 30, 2011 | 9 comments
Runaway reptile returns home

Woman reunites lost tortoise, missing for months, with her Palo Alto family
As Menlo Park resident Holly Thompson drove up Palo Alto Avenue after a grocery-shopping trip last week, she noticed a strange shape moving on the road in front of her. "I thought, 'Oh gosh, a tortoise!'" she said.

October 2, 2011 | 2 comments
Poll: Opinions sour on high-speed rail

Republican pollster finds close to two thirds of California voters would vote to halt project
Nearly two thirds of Californians now oppose the state's high-speed rail project -- and the more they know about it, the less they like it, according to a new poll.

September 30, 2011 | 51 comments
SPORTS: Stanford hosts UCLA after a restful bye week

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck spent last weekend on the couch, watching a lot of college football. Cardinal linebacker Max Bergen said he didn't take much time off at all. Both will be more than ready when Stanford plays host to UCLA on Saturday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'What's Your Number?'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Based on Karen Bosnak's novel "20 Times a Lady," "What's Your Number?" is frothy and predictable, occasionally annoying (the persistent, pandering Facebook and Twitter jokes), but a crowd pleaser for those who don't blanche at the term "chick flick." -- PC

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Sexual assaults on Stanford campus rise

Reported sexual assaults rose to 21 in 2010, more than double the amount from 2009
Forcible sexual assaults on the Stanford University campus more than doubled and rose from 10 in 2009 to 21 in 2010, according to Stanford's new 2011 Safety, Security & Fire Report.

September 30, 2011 | 17 comments
Review: '50/50'

(Three stars)
In the last 15 years or so, cancer memoirs have become de rigueur, in straight prose and even graphic-novel format (Brian Fies' "Mom's Cancer," Harvey Pekar's "Our Cancer Year"). Now the movies have gotten into the act by way of "50/50," a cancer comedy for twentysomethings. -- PC

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Eshoo 'very concerned' about Wells Fargo's apartment sale

As Wells Fargo Bank prepares to sell about 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto to a real-estate trust, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has joined city officials in calling for the bank to make sure the sale doesn't spell the end of affordable housing in the Woodland Park neighborhood.

September 30, 2011 | 18 comments
Palo Alto labor unions struggle in tough economy

City workers forced to deal with benefit cuts, uncertain future
Palo Alto and Wisconsin are thousands of miles apart -- geographically and politically -- but one wouldn't guess that by talking to the local labor leaders.

September 30, 2011 | 43 comments
Criminal charges to be filed in motorcyclist fatality

Criminal charges will likely be filed today against a driver who killed a motorcyclist Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

September 30, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo College gets a baseball coach

Oaks report
Women's volleyball wins

Stefan McGovern, who was named the baseball coach at Menlo College on Thursday, is a Bay Area native. He attended Bellarmine Prep and graduated from San Francisco State.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Tennis coaches feel aced by new playoff format

It was less than two years ago that the Menlo School and Saratoga boys' tennis teams were locked in a battle for the 2010 Central Coast Section team title. Menlo senior Jamin Ball rallied from a first-set loss to pull out a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory over John Lamble and lift the Knights to a thrilling 4-3 victory. That scenario may never happen again.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Police to monitor roads, crosswalks near schools

Palo Alto police mount 'Operation Safe Passage' during 'Walk & Roll' week
City of Palo Alto police plan a crackdown on traffic violators in all local school zones during peak commute hours next week (Oct. 3-7), as part of "Operation Safe Passage."

September 29, 2011 | 27 comments
Stanford volleyball goal is to stop a losing streak

The Stanford women's volleyball team probably planned on starting the Pac-12 Conference schedule on a more successful note. The sixth-ranked Cardinal knows it has to finish stronger if it's looking to repeat as conference champion. That goal begins at home, with matches against Arizona State and Arizona this weekend.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball goal is to stop a losing streak

The Stanford women's volleyball team probably planned on starting the Pac-12 Conference schedule on a more successful note. The sixth-ranked Cardinal knows it has to finish stronger if it's looking to repeat as conference champion. That goal begins at home, with matches against Arizona State and Arizona this weekend.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford hosts UCLA after a restful bye week

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck spent last weekend on the couch, watching a lot of college football. Cardinal linebacker Max Bergen said he didn't take much time off at all. Both will be more than ready when Stanford plays host to UCLA on Saturday night.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Century-old Cowper Street oak to be saved -- for now

Palo Alto arborists will remove tons of limbs to stabilize heritage tree
A 100-plus-year-old heritage oak tree at 816 Cowper St. in Palo Alto that had been slated for the chopping block may be saved, officials have announced. Public Works staff met with neighbors and tree supporters Wednesday to outline plans to save the venerable oak from the chainsaw.

September 30, 2011 | 9 comments
Former school board member Aggie Robinson dies at 92

Longtime advocate for women's rights and social justice dies Sept. 27
Agnes Robinson, universally known as "Aggie" during a lifetime dedicated to progressive activism, died early Tuesday, Sept. 27, at her residence at Palo Alto Commons. She would have been 93 Oct. 2.

September 29, 2011 | 5 comments
CCS favorites in girls' tennis are taking shape

Wednesday's prep roundup

The Central Coast Section girls' tennis championship has come down to Saratoga and Monta Vista the past two years. The Falcons have won both teams. Unless something drastic changes in the next month, don't be surprised to see the same squads battling it out once again for section honors. That's not good news for Menlo School.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly grad Whitson earns player of week volleyball honors

If there was a volleyball competition going on between between the Whitson sisters of Palo Alto, age would have the edge. Allison Whitson, a junior outside hitter at UC Davis, has led the Aggies to a 16-1 start. Kimmy Whitson, a senior setter at Paly, has helped the Vikings to a 15-3 record thus far. Allison also has something else in her favor.

September 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman busts teen burglars

Attempted burglary also reported Monday on Willow Road
Around 3 p.m. on a quiet, sunny Monday afternoon (Sept. 26), a 41-year-old Menlo Park woman noticed something peculiar in her backyard.

September 29, 2011 | 5 comments
Palo Alto mulls election to legalize marijuana dispensaries

Reluctant council forced to revisit subject by citizen initiative
On Monday night, the Palo Alto City Council will be forced to confront an issue that other cities, including San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley and Vallejo, have been wrestling with for the past 15 years: Should the city allow marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in Palo Alto?

September 29, 2011 | 47 comments
San Francisquito Creek project close to securing state funds

State Department of Water Resources recommends $8 million grant for flood control around creek
An ambitious effort by Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park to calm the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek could get a major boost next month when the California Department of Water Resources is expected to release $8 million for the project.

September 29, 2011 | 3 comments
SPORTS: Castilleja grabs early lead in sister showdowns

It was three against one as the Castilleja and Menlo School girls' volleyball teams met on Tuesday to open their West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) seasons in Palo Alto. On one side was Gators' head coach Tracie (Hubbard) Meskell and her sister, Gwen, and their father, Tom. On the other side was Knights' head coach Atlee Hubbard, their sister. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford men get verbal from blue chip recruit

College tennis

Blue chip men's tennis recruit Nolan Paige gave his verbal commitment to Stanford just before his senior year at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, tennisrecruiting.net reported.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
National team call not good timing for Stanford

Women's soccer
Jahn is Pac-12 men's Player of Week

Three current Stanford soccer players have been called into the U.S. Under-23 women's national team camp next week, which will be overseen by U.S. full national team coach Pia Sundhage in her effort to identify players for Olympic qualifying that begins in January.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto girl, 6, killed on her way to school

Two deaths within two blocks shake residents
A 6-year-old girl was killed Wednesday morning (Sept. 28), the second traffic fatality in less than three hours within a two-block area in East Palo Alto.

September 28, 2011 | 42 comments
Paly grad Pederson finishes standout season

Of local note

Joc Pederson, a 2010 graduate of Palo Alto High who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers last spring, spent a successful rookie season playing for the team's Pioneer League affiliate the Ogden Raptors.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Castilleja grabs early lead in sister showdowns

Tuesday's prep roundup

It was three against one as the Castilleja and Menlo School girls' volleyball teams met on Tuesday to open their West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) seasons in Palo Alto.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed in East Palo Alto by driver fleeing police

Collision on University Avenue follows early morning pursuit
A motorcyclist died this morning in East Palo Alto after being struck by a car whose driver was fleeing from police. East Palo Alto acting police Capt. Jeff Liu said that at about 5:25 a.m., police learned of a suspicious vehicle that didn't have its lights on.

September 28, 2011 | 1 comment
School board enthusiastic about property deal

Pending environmental tests, school district likely to approve first acquisition in decades
Board of Education members Tuesday night expressed enthusiasm for a tentative $8.5 million deal to purchase 2.6 acres on San Antonio Road -- the first time in decades that the school district would acquire new property.

September 28, 2011 | 5 comments
Eshoo seeks auction of broadcast spectrum

Lawmaker highlights Congress' technology priorities at 'State of the Net' event
Spectrum auctions and privacy protection top U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's list of technological priorities, though with partisanship and the economy dominating Washington, D.C., progress on Internet issues may be tough to reach during the current legislative session, the Silicon Valley lawmaker told a group of tech executives and attorneys Tuesday afternoon.

September 27, 2011 | 13 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Can this orchid be saved?

Filoli class offers basics of home care and rescue
For centuries orchids have been a hobby of the very wealthy. Orchid collectors, like the Rothschilds in Europe, have mounted expeditions to far-off places like Africa, Asia and South America in search of the finest, most exotic specimens. Now, with the advent of cloning and decades of commercial breeding, orchids are one of the best-selling plants in America.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for today

Air district officials urge people to use public transit, ease energy use
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today (Wednesday, Sept. 28) warning of unhealthy pollution levels and asking residents to use public transit.

September 27, 2011 | 1 comment
Palo Alto resident celebrates centennial birthday

Neighbors, friends throw Margaret Marquardt, 100, a birthday tea
Margaret Marquardt, a resident of Palo Alto for nearly six decades and former registered nurse, celebrated her 100th birthday with family, neighbors and friends over a tea party hosted by members of Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday (Sept. 24).

September 28, 2011 | 7 comments
Palo Alto elementary enrollment up 4 percent

But district-wide headcount is up only 2 percent, in low-medium range of projections
An elementary enrollment boom charges ahead in Palo Alto this fall, with city-wide K-5 growth -- at 4 percent -- approaching the high end of projections.

September 27, 2011 | 6 comments
Palo Alto girls are still in a volleyball learning mode

It was only a few weeks ago that the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team was undefeated, ranked No. 4 in the nation in one poll and, seemingly, on top of the world following a big victory over Presentation. My, how things have changed since then.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Caucasian enrollment dips below 50 percent

Palo Alto classrooms more racially diverse as Asian enrollment surpasses 36 percent
As Palo Alto classrooms grow more racially diverse, Caucasian enrollment for the first time has dipped below 50 percent. This fall's ethnicity breakdown in the K-12 Palo Alto Unified School District is 49.2 percent Caucasian; 36.6 percent Asian; 10.4 percent Hispanic and 3.2 percent African-American.

September 27, 2011 | 154 comments
Fire destroys house in Portola Valley

A two-alarm fire completely destroyed a home at 35 Valencia Court in Portola Valley Friday evening, Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said Monday.

September 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Field hockey sweeps NorPac weekly honors

Stanford vs. Colorado football game scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Stanford roundup

The Stanford field hockey team swept the NorPac Conference Player of the Week awards on Monday following wins over UC Davis and nationally-ranked California last week.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer has created a sense of community

Oaks' roster full of players from area high schools, junior colleges
Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein recruited himself to Menlo College to play men's soccer and second-year coach Mike Keller couldn't be happier. Zipperstein scored a goal and recorded an assist in the Oaks' 2-1 victory over visiting Simpson in the Cal Pac Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
PUBLIC AGENDA: City/School Liaison Committee

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Obama tackles jobs questions at forum

President's town hall meeting at LinkedIn draws a range of queries on economy
In Mountain View on Monday morning, President Obama aimed to convince viewers of his town hall meeting hosted by LinkedIn that he can lead the country through its myriad economic problems.

September 26, 2011 | 79 comments
Menlo College is off to a 4-0 start in football

Two comebacks and a big interception with less than 30 seconds to play helped Menlo College hold on to a 24-17 football victory over Whitworth University on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. The Oaks are now off to a 4-0 start in 2011.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Obama leaves Bay Area after town hall meeting

President heads to Southern California after stops in Mountain View, Atherton
President Obama has left the Bay Area after appearing at a town hall meeting in Mountain View this morning hosted by LinkedIn.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Gunn runners pick up a pair of titles in cross country

Weekend prep roundup

Gunn packed up its cross-country teams and headed for the hills, Angels Camp to be exact, to compete in the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational in El Dorado County on Saturday. The lengthy trip proved to be well worth it for the Titans.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Cardinal cross country sweeps Stanford Invitational

The veterans carried the Stanford men's cross-country team to victory in Saturday's Stanford Invitational. The rookies were the heroes of the Cardinal women's team title. It was a dominating display for both teams. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
President Obama in Mountain View for town hall meeting

LinkedIn to host president's meeting on the economy
President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a Town Hall meeting on the economy at Mountain View's LinkedIn today (Monday, Sept. 26) at 11 a.m. Palo Alto Online will be reporting from the event live via Twitter. Go to twitter.com/paloaltoweekly.

September 26, 2011 | 56 comments
Stanford wins twice ahead of conference play

Sunday's Stanford roundup

The Stanford men's soccer team seems to have put things together at just the right time. The Cardinal beat visiting Vermont, 2-1, in a nonconference contest Sunday, and now own a two-game winning streak, a three-game unbeaten streak and have recorded points in four of its last five games.

September 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman killed in hit-and-run crash on Highway 101

Southbound lanes of 101 closed near Marsh Road following Sunday morning fatality
A Daly City woman was killed in a collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101 Sunday morning (Sept. 25) in Menlo Park, and the California Highway Patrol is searching for a pickup truck that fled the scene.

September 25, 2011 | 11 comments
USC knocks off Stanford women in volleyball

Saturday's Cardinal corner

The second-ranked Cardinal women's volleyball team dropped a 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 decision to host USC on Saturday night, and has started conference play with a 2-3 record (8-3 overall) for the first time under coach John Dunning, who took over the program in 2001.

September 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Cardinal cross country sweeps Stanford Invitational

The veterans carried the Stanford men's cross-country team to victory in Saturday's Stanford Invitational. The rookies were the heroes of the Cardinal women's team title. It was a dominating display for both teams.

September 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Sanders picks Stanford over Maryland

Christian Sanders, one of the top basketball guards in Texas, committed to Stanford on Saturday just after visiting Maryland, which was considered the frontrunner for the 6-foot-3 shooting guard.

September 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep goes to the air to stay unbeaten

Friday's prep football

Just when you think you have the Sacred Heart Prep football team figured out, the Gators throw you a curve. Or, more to the point, some accurate passes.

September 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Friday night lights, crowds reach new heights

Stanford roundup

Packed stadiums, large crowds and winning were the theme at Stanford on Friday night. The highlight came when Adam Jahn scored a goal late in the first half and the Cardinal men’s soccer team made it stand for a 1-0 victory over visiting Harvard in front of a packed home crowd.

September 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford volleyball suffers loss to No. 7 UCLA

The nationally No. 2-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fell in a heartbreaker at No. 7 UCLA, 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 27-29, 15-9 on Friday in front of a raucous crowd in a packed John Wooden Center in Los Angeles. The Cardinal dropped to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12, while the Bruins improved to 10-2 and 2-2 in the conference.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
El Camino Park to be closed through 2013

Underground reservoir and well to be installed under park
El Camino Park will be closed starting today (Monday, Sept. 26) through the summer of 2013. According to a release from the City of Palo Alto, the closure is the first step in the construction of a new underground reservoir and well, which is a part of the Utilities Department's long-term citywide emergency water-supply planning effort.

September 26, 2011 | 21 comments
Foothill opens doors for fall quarter

Foothill College anticipates a fall enrollment of 16,500, with about a quarter of those aged 19 and under and apparently coming straight from high school.

September 24, 2011 | 3 comments
Real Solutions

Creating great projects
Whether large or small, traditional or contemporary, residential or commercial, there are common factors to evaluate great projects. Building codes address life and safety. LEED and "Build it Green" suggest a strategy for sustainability and energy efficiency. These are part of the groundwork for great projects, but how are they really created?

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Digging down

View of the Bay extends to this Sharon Heights basement
Alan and Libby Beasley wanted to add a story to their Sharon Heights rancher. They automatically assumed they would be building up. Architect Gary Ahern had another idea, and it kind of blew them away: digging down.

October 5, 2011 | 2 comments
Going green, fitting in

New eco-friendly home blends well in historic neighborhood
It isn't easy designing and building a brand-new house adjacent to a historical district that doesn't leap out and say: This just doesn't fit.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Living up to the house

New kitchen reflects taste, values of owners
When the Langs found their home in Los Altos Hills in 2005, they knew the massive basement would provide "a nice muffled space" for their teenage drummer son. And, although the kitchen "wasn't my taste," Katharine Lang says they had no intention of redoing it.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
The house as social medium

Changing their house changed their lives
Among Old Colonial tract houses on Waverly Place in Mountain View, the Neo-Craftsman home of Dana and Teri Waldman really catches the eye.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Fall 2011 Home & Garden Design

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Tourney title another chapter in SHP girls' success story

Weekend prep water polo

Despite losing four key members of last season's team that won a fourth straight Central Coast Section championship, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' water polo team is in line for a possible fifth consecutive crown this season.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
First Person: A conversation with Sal Khan

Founder of Mountain View-based Khan Academy discusses his career and goals
Sal Khan, founder of the Mountain View-based Khan Academy, is revolutionizing education, one 10 minute YouTube video at a time. He has produced more than 2,700 segments covering everything from first grade addition to venture capital. Khan talks to Lisa Van Dusen about his life and career. Watch full video

September 25, 2011 | 7 comments
New Stanford brain-tumor center opens

Average first visit at Stanford Brain Tumor Center will include time with doctor, other supportive services
A new center to treat brain tumors opened at Stanford Hospital and Clinics Wednesday. The Stanford Brain Tumor Center does not have a new, separate facility, but hospital specialists are coordinating the care patients receive.

September 23, 2011 | 1 comment
This weekend's events (Oct. 1-2)

'Autumn at Filoli'
"Autumn at Filoli" will include live music, docent-led nature hikes, Happy Birds shows and fruit tasting of rare heirloom pears, apples and grapes Saturday (Oct. 1) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
16th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
The 16th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, featuring 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins on display and for sale, will be open Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 1-2) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto (across from the Art Center).
Gamble Garden Community Day
Children's activities, a plant sale, horticultural resources, food, entertainment and more will be featured at Gamble Garden's Community Day on Sunday (Oct. 2) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 30)

Palo Alto International Film Festival
The Palo Alto International Film Festival, showcasing 20 features, 25 shorts and 30 talks, panels and workshops, continues today (Sept. 30) with the film "Bombay Beach" at 4:30 p.m. at the Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
Author: James Fadiman
Dr. James Fadiman will present his "Psychedelic Explorer's Guide" and discuss the use of psychedelics for healing, self-discovery, scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies, today (Sept. 30) at 5:30 p.m. at Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 30)

Palo Alto International Film Festival
The Palo Alto International Film Festival, showcasing 20 features, 25 shorts and 30 talks, panels and workshops, continues tomorrow (Sept. 30) with the film "Bombay Beach" at 4:30 p.m. at the Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
Author: James Fadiman
Dr. James Fadiman will present his "Psychedelic Explorer's Guide" and discuss the use of psychedelics for healing, self-discovery, scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies, tomorrow (Sept. 30) at 5:30 p.m. at Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 29)

Film: 'The Sound of Music'
The classic musical about the Trapp Family Singers will be shown today (Sept. 29) at 7:15 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
'The Dark Side of Chocolate'
Learn about the international slave trade as it relates to the chocolate industry today (Sept. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, presented by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Reel innovation

New film festival salutes technology and risk-takers, behind and in front of the camera
The inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Feature films and shorts will be shown at the Palo Alto Square at 3000 El Camino Real and the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St., both in Palo Alto.

September 23, 2011 | 1 comment
Guest Opinion: Project Safety Net is committed to student well-being

A range of strategies are in place to help the youth of our community
Our community is renowned for its dedication to helping the next generation of leaders and citizens reach their potential. This commitment to young people is demonstrated in countless, varied ways.

September 23, 2011 | 5 comments
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 29)

Film: 'The Sound of Music'
The classic musical about the Trapp Family Singers will be shown tomorrow (Sept. 29) at 7:15 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
'The Dark Side of Chocolate'
Learn about the international slave trade as it relates to the chocolate industry tomorrow (Sept. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, presented by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 28)

Music: 'Soundscapes Under the Stars'
Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics presents an outdoor concert featuring a sophisticated surround-sound system and a variety of music today (Sept. 28) at 8 p.m. at The Knoll courtyard, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Sci-fi author Scott Westerfeld will present his newest book, "Goliath," today (Sept. 28) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 28)

Music: 'Soundscapes Under the Stars'
Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics presents an outdoor concert featuring a sophisticated surround-sound system and a variety of music tomorrow (Sept. 28) at 8 p.m. at The Knoll courtyard, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Sci-fi author Scott Westerfeld will present his newest book, "Goliath," tomorrow (Sept. 28) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 27)

Author: William B. Gould IV
William B. Gould IV, a professor emeritus at Stanford Law School, a leading labor lawyer in the country and a huge Red Sox fan, shares "Bargaining With Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil" today (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m. at Books Inc. in Mountain View, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Film: 'An Evening With Jane Goodall Live'
A live-broadcast film featuring scientist Jane Goodall will be shown today (Sept. 27) at 8 p.m. at Century 20, 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 27)

Author: William B. Gould IV
William B. Gould IV, a professor emeritus at Stanford Law School, a leading labor lawyer in the country and a huge Red Sox fan, shares "Bargaining With Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil" tomorrow (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m. at Books Inc. in Mountain View, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Film: 'An Evening With Jane Goodall Live'
A live-broadcast film featuring scientist Jane Goodall will be shown tomorrow (Sept. 27) at 8 p.m. at Century 20, 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

September 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Today's events (Sept. 26)

Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be at Kepler's to discuss the latest in their "Peter and the Starcatchers" series, "The Bridge to Neverland," today (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Authors: Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick
Author Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick present their graphic novel "Feynman," a biography of the Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist Richard Feynman, today (Sept. 26) at Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Killer Elite'

(Two stars)
Some may mistake "Killer Elite" for a remake of "The Killer Elite" (1975). Rather, the new actioner is a renamed adaptation of the 1991 book "The Feather Men." But you can't call a Jason Statham picture "The Feather Men." It just isn't done. -- PC

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Moneyball'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The unlikely tandem of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill helps drive what is arguably the most compelling and insightful baseball-themed film since Robert Redford launched a homerun into the stadium lights in "The Natural" (1984). -- TH

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Supervisor race pits Abe-Koga against King

Mountain View City Council member declares candidacy
Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga declared her candidacy for county supervisor on Wednesday, setting up a duel with former Saratoga mayor Kathleen King -- if Joe Simitian doesn't enter the race.

September 23, 2011 | 1 comment
Celebrating cinema at Palo Alto International Film Festival

New film festival salutes technology and risk-takers, behind and in front of the camera
The inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Feature films and shorts will be shown at the Palo Alto Square at 3000 El Camino Real and the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St., both in Palo Alto. For a complete festival schedule, go to paiff.net.

September 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Love affair with baseball, labor law, is worth the read

Stanford author

William B. Gould IV retains his lifelong passion for two things: the law, specifically labor law, and baseball, most specifically the Boston Red Sox.

September 25, 2011 | 3 comments
Paly, M-A girls are finalists for PCA scholarship

Senior water polo players Skylar Dorosin of Palo Alto and Marie-Charlotte Popp of Menlo-Atherton are among 50 finalists for 10 scholarships being offered at the Positive Coaching Alliace (PCA) Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program awards ceremony on Saturday at Stanford.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion and cub spotted in Portola Valley

Animals reportedly seen in 5900 block of Alpine road Wednesday
A mountain lion with a cub was reportedly seen in Portola Valley Wednesday night, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

September 22, 2011 | 9 comments
Final strike for Palo Alto Bowl

City's last bowling alley closes after 60 years
The closure of Palo Alto Bowl -- set to be replaced by 26 townhouses and a brand-name hotel -- leaves Palo Alto without a local alley for the first time in decades. Photos and video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online. Watch video

September 23, 2011 | 20 comments
It'll be a family affair for volleyball showdown


It was one big happy family for the Hubbards last fall as dad and three of his four daughters coached at all levels of the Castilleja volleyball program. That one big happy family is now a family divided, if only for two matches every season. Tracie (Meskell), Gwen and Tom still make up Castilleja's coaching staff but Atlee has moved to rival Menlo School and is the Knights' varsity head coach this season.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
$2 million bequest funds Palo Alto school

Palo Alto centenarian leaves money for pre-K, scholarships at St. Elizabeth Seton
A Palo Alto centenarian has bequeathed nearly $2 million to be used for scholarships -- and a new building -- at the St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School on Channing Avenue.

September 23, 2011 | 7 comments
Palo Alto residents to see postal changes

With fewer mail carriers, delivery times could be affected
With the U.S. Postal Service facing insolvency this month, Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents could soon see changes in their mail delivery and carriers, a postal service spokesman said this week.

September 23, 2011 | 32 comments
Stanford hopes to have runs of good fortune

Talented cross-country teams host the annual Stanford Invitational on Saturdaye
College cross country

The men's and women's cross-country teams certainly have done their share of adding to the championship legacy at Stanford. The programs have combined to bring home 24 Pac-10 championship banners and nine NCAA titles. Both teams could add to their totals this season.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Hidden Villa honors local leaders

Humanitarian Awards Dinner recognizes Palo Alto's mayor, others
Mayor Sid Espinosa, Susan Ford Dorsey and Norman Y. Mineta were honored Saturday at the 15th annual Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Awards Dinner, hosted by Los Altos Hills educational and environmental nonprofit Hidden Villa.

September 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Veterans Affairs money to add Palo Alto jobs

Disabled vets and veterans to get a portion of construction contracts
The expansion of the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System on Miranda Avenue will add 2,500 construction and technical jobs in Palo Alto over the next few years, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said recently.

September 22, 2011 | 1 comment
HP names Meg Whitman new CEO

Board says she has the right 'additional attributes' to execute company strategy
Former eBay CEO and 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman will become president and CEO of HP effective immediately, the company announced Thursday.

September 22, 2011 | 35 comments
Castilleja grabs control of WBAL golf race

Wednesday's prep roundup

Castilleja shared the 2010 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' golf title with Sacred Heart Prep after the teams split their two regular-season matches. Castilleja has begun the 2011 the same way and yet another showdown could be in store.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
School officials to discuss buying day care site

Board to consider Tuesday buying property at 525 San Antonio Road
The Palo Alto Unified School District plans to press on with its plan to buy a 2.6 acre property near the Mountain View border despite a plan by a local developer to build 10 houses at the coveted site.

September 22, 2011 | 6 comments
Thousands of nurses set for one-day strike

Sutter and Kaiser likely to be most affected by walkout
Some 23,000 registered nurses throughout much of the state are expected to rally during a one-day strike today (Thursday, Sept. 22) in a bid for RN rights.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Arrests made in burglaries of Menlo-area schools

Same suspect linked to break-ins at Hillview, Laurel and private school
Atherton police last week arrested a Menlo Park man in connection with the burglaries of three local schools: Hillview, Laurel, and the German-American International School. The man and a suspected accomplice were apprehended after an alarm at Laurel School summoned police to the campus.

September 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo College seniors named top players

Oaks' report

Menlo College seniors Matheus Barbosa and Amanda Sutter were each named the Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week in their respective sports. Barbosa won the Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Sutter was named Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Melvin signs three-year deal to manage Oakland A's

M-A grad owns a 532-551 record as a major league manager
Menlo-Atherton High grad Bob Melvin, who also attended California and Canada College, got to play for the San Francisco Giants. Now he's getting a chance to manage the Oakland A's. He signed a three-year extension Tuesday and officially had the 'interim' removed from his title. "This is a special day for me and my family," Melvin said.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly grad Whitson wins MVP honors for UC Davis volleyball

Local collegians

The UC Davis women's volleyball team is off to the best start in program history and Palo Alto High grad Allison Whitson is a big part of it. Whitson, a junior outside hitter, was named Most Valuable Player of the Aggie Invitational last week as she helped her team down Hofstra (3-1), blank Air Force (3-0) and topple Seattle (3-1).

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Festivals kick off fall season

Art, food, music and children's activities draw crowds
The burnt orange and rich red hue of fall foliage -- even in California -- is a distinct sign of the anticipated harvest festival season. The crisp autumn air will complement family activities, live entertainment and yummy food during these upcoming fall festivals hosted by local organizations.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
President Obama coming to Mountain View for town hall meeting

LinkedIn to host president's meeting on the economy
President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a Town Hall meeting on the economy at Mountain View's LinkedIn on Monday (Sept. 26), the company announced Wednesday. The president plans to answer questions about job creation and the economy from LinkedIn members across the country. LinkedIn is a social-networking site for professionals to connect, look for jobs and make referrals.

September 21, 2011 | 56 comments
East Palo Alto seeks to halt apartment sale

City protests Wells Fargo's plan to sell 1,800 units to a single buyer
Still reeling from the recent financial implosion of the city's largest landlord, East Palo Alto city officials, tenants and community activists are calling on Wells Fargo to halt its pending sale of 1,800 housing units to a single buyer -- a sale that they believe could lead to displacement of thousands of low-income residents.

September 21, 2011 | 26 comments
Paly volleyball bounces back from its first two losses

Tuesday's prep roundup

The hype is officially over for the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team, at least for now anyway. Two losses in the Mitty Invitational last weekend took care of that as the Vikings, ranked No. 4 nationally heading into the weekend, fell out of the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings on Monday.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Third Spare the Air alert issued this week

Air district warns of poor air quality, urges energy preservation
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today (Wednesday, Sept. 21) -- the third consecutive day this week.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Man, 21, killed in East Palo Alto shooting

Police investigate Tuesday afternoon homicide
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in East Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon, police said.

September 21, 2011 | 31 comments
No expansion plan yet for Pac-12 Conference

Stanford's Watson wins golf tournament

The Pac-12 Conference will remain at a dozen teams as the league's presidents and chancellors voted to reaffirm their decision to stand pat. "After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott said.

September 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Lancaster, Tarpley will get a chance in spotlight at linebacker

Stanford football

Life without junior linebacker Shayne Skov may not be the same, but the Stanford football team will have to put his season-ending knee injury in their respective rear view mirrors and work to keep the vehicle pointed straight ahead. Redshirt sophomore Jarek Lancaster will get most of the playong time, while redshirt freshman A.J. Tarpley will be included in the rotation.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Paralyzed Bay Area patient gets stem-cell therapy

Treatment tests safety of injecting stem cells in humans, with eye toward restoring feeling and mobility in paralyzed patients
The first paralyzed patient in the western United States to get an injection of embryonic stem cells underwent treatment at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Saturday (Sept. 17), according to a statement by Stanford University School of Medicine.

September 20, 2011 | 12 comments
Meg Whitman to fund Peninsula charter schools

Former gubernatorial candidate, eBay CEO, backs Silicon Valley 'college readiness' initiative
Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO and the 2010 Republican nominee for California governor, will help fund 10 new charter high schools on the Peninsula, a charter school organization announced Tuesday.

September 20, 2011 | 20 comments
This weekend's events (Sept. 24-25)

Community: Electric-car rally
Plug-in hybrids, electric bicycles and motorcycles, and other EVs will be the stars of the show Saturday (Sept. 24) at the 39th annual Electric Car Rally and Show. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Palo Alto High School at Embarcadero Road and El Camino Real.
Music: 'CCRMA Cabaret 2.0'
Pianist Gloria Cheng performs John Cage's "Water Music" and other unusual contemporary works in a free concert Saturday (Sept. 24) at 8 p.m. at the CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, Stanford University. CCRMA (The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) is presenting the concert as part of its "Cabaret 2.0" series, which looks at music that's difficult to categorize: improvisational, sound art and experimental.
Community: Media Center open house
Palo Alto's Midpeninsula Community Media Center is holding a free open house on Sunday (Sept. 25) from 1 to 5 p.m. at 900 San Antonio Road. The Andre Thierry Zydeco Band will perform, with al fresco dance lessons, tours and hands-on demonstrations of cameras and other equipment.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 23)

Dance: 'Zero Hour'
A dance work that explores the Chinese-American experience with the help of percussion and visual arts will be performed tonight (Sept. 23) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (Sept. 24) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. "Zero Hour" features work by choreographer/poet Philein Wang.
Kids' theater: 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents closing performances of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" tonight (Sept. 23) and Saturday (Sept. 24) at 6:30 p.m. Shows are at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto police see spike in auto burglaries

Several incidents were grand thefts, according to police
A series of recent auto burglaries are being investigated by Palo Alto police, including at least three that were grand thefts involving cash and jewelry, police said.

September 20, 2011 | 16 comments
Menlo girls stay on course for tennis showdown with SHP

Prep roundup

Playing in temperatures much like they endured in Fresno a couple weeks ago, the Menlo girls' tennis team overcame the heat and visiting Aragon, 6-1, in a nonleague match on Monday.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain View man dies in Sunnyvale crash

Early-morning collision on Highway 237 forces temporary closure of Mathilda Avenue
The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified a man who died in a crash on state Highway 237 in Sunnyvale early Monday morning as 55-year-old Keith Darwin Taylor of Mountain View.

September 20, 2011 | 4 comments
SPORTS: Stanford's Shayne Skov declared out for the season

In a major blow to No. 5 Stanford's bid for a Pac-12 football title and national championship, the school announced that linebacker and leading tackler Shayne Skov is out for the season with a left knee injury. Outside of Heisman Trophy hopeful Andrew Luck, there might not have been a more important Cardinal player than Skov, the unquestioned leader of the defense and a projected NFL draft pick. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, team pages, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Second Spare the Air day declared this week

Air district implores people to reduce energy use
With more hot weather to come, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Day for today (Tuesday, Sept. 20) -- the second this week.

September 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Water rates rise in Palo Alto

City residents asked to pay for major repairs to Hetch Hetchy system
Palo Alto residents will be asked to swallow higher water rates starting next month to help pay for a colossal regional effort to repair the aged Hetch Hetchy water system.

September 19, 2011 | 25 comments
Firefighters' drive to kill ballot measure rejected

State board decides union didn't have sufficient grounds for injunction blocking Measure D
An attempt by Palo Alto's firefighters union to keep a labor-reform measure off the November ballot hit a wall last week, when a state labor-relations board rejected the union's request for an injunction.

September 19, 2011 | 47 comments
Hennessy welcomes Stanford freshmen to whirlwind week

Students urged to emulate Benjamin Franklin and 'catch opportunities'
Welcoming more than 1,700 new students to Stanford University this week, President John Hennessy told them it was their responsibility to "catch opportunities."

September 20, 2011 | 22 comments
Obama to return to Woodside this Sunday

President to meet campaign contributors
President Barack Obama is returning to Woodside on Sunday (Sept. 25) for a 4 p.m. gathering to meet and presumably break bread with campaign contributors, according to an announcement from his 2012 re-election campaign.

September 19, 2011 | 30 comments
Rail critics prepare for debate over project's costs

New report from Peninsula financial experts says California High Speed Rail Authority's early cost projections are 'impossible'
As the California High-Speed Rail Authority prepares to release its long-awaited business plan next month, legislators and high-speed rail critics are gearing up for a heated debate over the rising costs of the controversial project.

September 19, 2011 | 3 comments
Stanford's Skov declared out for the season with injury

In a major blow to No. 5 Stanford's bid for a Pac-12 football title and national championship, the school announced that linebacker and leading tackler Shayne Skov is out for the season with a left knee injury. Outside of Heisman Trophy hopeful Andrew Luck, there might not have been a more important Cardinal player than Skov, the unquestioned leader of the defense and a projected NFL draft pick.

September 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Former POST president to be honored by City Council tonight

Council to recognize longtime open-space advocate Audrey Rust
A self-described "nature freak," Audrey Rust, the retired president and CEO of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), will be honored by the Palo Alto City Council tonight (Sept. 19). Rust, who is a watercolorist, Menlo Park resident and native of Connecticut, retired from POST in July after 24 years. At POST's helm, Rust helped raise $325 million to preserve 53,000 acres of open space in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

September 19, 2011 | 1 comment
PUBLIC AGENDA: Library Advisory Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto set to raise water rates

Average residential bill would go up by 25 percent under latest proposal
Palo Alto's water rates would spike by 25 percent for the average residential customer if the City Council approves the latest proposal from the Utility Department tonight (Monday).

September 19, 2011 | 26 comments
Today marks fifth Spare the Air day of 2011

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today (Monday, Sept. 19).

September 19, 2011 | 5 comments
Stanford professor named new ambassador to Russia

President Obama nominates Michael McFaul to succeed John Beyrle
President Obama named a Stanford University political science professor the new ambassador to Russia, the university announced Thursday. Michael McFaul, a Stanford University professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was nominated by Obama to succeed John Beyrle.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford hits it big in the second half

Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, Stepfan Taylor rushed for 153 yards and Jordan Williamson kicked three field goals as the Stanford football team beat host Arizona, 37-10, Saturday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Report: Texas, Oklahoma schools will seek membership in the Pac-12

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that Texas, Oklahoma, currently ranked first in the nation in football, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State will be seeking membership in the Pac-12 Conference, a move that conference commissioner Larry Scott was working toward last year.

September 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Volunteers clean up the creek

Volunteers turned out in force at San Francisquito Creek, the local site for the state-wide Coastal Clean Up Day on Saturday (Sept. 17).

September 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Rodgers, Stanford men win golf titles at Illini tourney

Sunday's Stanford roundup
No. 1 Stanford soccer wins

Patrick Rodgers took advantage of his only chance to make a good first impression. The freshman golfer shot a final round 2-under 68 Sunday to win individual honors at the Fighting Illini Invitational on the Olympic Fields Country Club course.

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford soccer men fit to be tied; volleyball wins

Saturday's Cardinal corner

Alexander Binnie and Garrett Gunther each scored as the Stanford men's soccer team recorded a 2-2 tie with visiting USF on Saturday night in a nonconference match.

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP runs past Los Altos to stay unbeaten

Prep football

Sacred Heart Prep came up with its best rushing effort of the season, gaining 308 yards on the way to a 34-13 nonleague football victory over host Los Altos (0-2) on Saturday afternoon.

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford hits it big in the second half

Cardinal ranked fifth in polls

Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, Stepfan Taylor rushed for 153 yards and Jordan Williamson kicked three field goals as the Stanford football team beat host Arizona, 37-10, Saturday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School boys top Menlo-Atherton in Roche Invitational water polo finale

Palo Alto girls' volleyball finishes sixth in Mitty tournament
Saturday's prep roundup
Paly girls sixth in Mitty volleyball

Despite bringing in some of the top teams from Northern and Southern California, the championship match of the 14th annual Scott Roche Invitational turned into an all-PAL Bay Division affair on Saturday at Menlo School.

September 17, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto's state champs both suffer defeats

Palo Alto's two defending state championship teams returned to reality as both suffered streak-ending losses on Friday night. The girls' volleyball team saw its two-year, 27-match win string end in the second round of the Mitty Invitational while the Monarchs' football team ended Paly's streak of 15 straight wins at Foothill College.

September 17, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford women net Pac-12 volleyball match

Stanford roundup

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams recorded her fifth consecutive double-double Friday night in helping the second-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team sweep visiting Utah, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, in a Pac-12 Conference match.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford women's volleyball bounces back in Pac-12

Stanford roundup

Sophomore Rachel Williams posted her fifth straight double-double to lead the No. 2 Stanford women's volleyball team to a sweep over visiting Utah on Friday at Maples Pavilion. The No. 2-ranked Cardinal improved to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-12, while the Utes dropped to 6-5 and 1-1 in the conference. Williams, an outside hitter, helped Stanford bounce back from its first loss of the season (to Cal on Tuesday) by leading all players with 16 kills and 13 digs.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
New veterans' hotel breaks ground

VA Palo Alto's Defenders Lodge to offer 5-star hotel accommodations to vets receiving treatment
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on Friday (Sept. 16) recalled his own hospitalization from injuries he received as a Vietnam veteran. He was sitting in the Fisher House, Palo Alto VA's lodging for families of veterans on long hospital stays. He had just participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Defenders Lodge, a $12.5 million "home away from home" for veterans who must travel to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to receive treatment.

September 16, 2011 | 6 comments
Police: Child, 9, caused Midtown explosion

Incident on Sept. 13 prompted evacuation of Palo Alto apartment complex
A 9-year old child playing in the storage unit of a Palo Alto apartment complex accidentally set off the small explosion Tuesday (Sept. 13) that caused residents to evacuate their homes, police investigators concluded Friday.

September 16, 2011 | 9 comments
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 23)

Dance: 'Zero Hour'
A dance work that explores the Chinese-American experience with the help of percussion and visual arts will be performed tomorrow (Sept. 23) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (Sept. 24) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. "Zero Hour" features work by choreographer/poet Philein Wang.
Kids' theater: 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre presents closing performances of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" tomorrow (Sept. 23) and Saturday (Sept. 24) at 6:30 p.m. Shows are at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 22)

Film: 'Dirty Dancing'
A free outdoor showing of the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing" happens at sundown -- around 7:15 p.m. -- tonight (Sept. 22) on Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Some chairs and tables are available at this city-sponsored series.
Music: Jazz jam session
Tonight (Sept. 22) at 7:30 p.m., jazz violinist and bassist Marty Honda leads a weekly jazz jam session at Oak City Bar and Grill, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 22)

Film: 'Dirty Dancing'
A free outdoor showing of the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing" happens at sundown -- around 7:15 p.m. -- tomorrow (Sept. 22) on Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. Some chairs and tables are available at this city-sponsored series.
Music: Jazz jam session
Tomorrow (Sept. 22) at 7:30 p.m., jazz violinist and bassist Marty Honda leads a weekly jazz jam session at Oak City Bar and Grill, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 21)

Author: Diana Reiss
Tonight (Sept. 21) at 7 p.m., Diana Reiss gives a talk on her book "The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Art: 'Salt Works'
Stanford graduate Bill Scull is exhibiting his aerial photographs of the Fremont salt ponds, in all their surreally colored glory, at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos. The free show is up through this Saturday, Sept. 24.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
A garden in the concrete jungle

Neighbors find camaraderie at Midtown's 'Big Snail Ranch'
Along a noisy stretch of Middlefield Road, beside Matadero Creek, a refuge from the sun and cement has taken hold. Birdhouses hang from a flowering privet, buzzing with nectar-sipping bees. Sculptures ranging from dinosaurs to nudes pop out from between pink hydrangeas and herbs.

September 18, 2011 | 2 comments
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 21)

Author: Diana Reiss
Tomorrow (Sept. 21) at 7 p.m., Diana Reiss gives a talk on her book "The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives." The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Art: 'Salt Works'
Stanford graduate Bill Scull is exhibiting his aerial photographs of the Fremont salt ponds, in all their surreally colored glory, at Gallery 9 at 143 Main St. in Los Altos. The free show is up through this Saturday, Sept. 24.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Coby Fleener now a slam dunk as top-flight tight end

Some claim Stanford senior tight end Coby Fleener might be the second-fastest player on the football team. The fastest, wide receiver Chris Owusu, won't comment. He doesn't want anyone mad at him. There's one thing that neither receiver can deny -- they're both important parts of the passing game. Fleener has three touchdown passes among his five receptions this season. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Record-breaking meet for U.S. track athletes

Galen Rupp shattered the existing American record in the men's 10,000 meters, Walter Dix ran the second-fastest 200 time in American history and four other American athletes secured Diamond League crowns at the Brussels Diamond League meet Friday in Belgium.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Neighborhood market faces foreclosure

Barron Park Market and Florist struggling to survive in the harsh economy
Hassan Bordbari sat in a chair in the floral section of his Barron Park Market and Florist eating lentil soup out of a battered pot for his lunch. Bordbari, 58, opened the floral shop 27 years ago and the market in 2007, with high hopes of filling a gap and serving the community after another neighborhood grocer, The American Market, closed, he said. But these days his spirit is feeling as battered as the bean pot from which he ate.

September 18, 2011 | 10 comments
Guest Opinion: Could public-safety building, high school share Cubberley space?

As the dust settles following the discussions about the potential sale or lease of eight city-owned acres to Foothill College to utilize that portion of Cubberley for a Foothill College campus, other options emerge. While I still believe the original Foothill proposal had significant and real merit, it is over.

September 16, 2011 | 19 comments
Review: 'Drive'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Adapted by Hossein Amini from the book by James Sallis, "Drive" tips its hat to Walter Hill's 1978 film "The Driver." But one might just as well say the L.A. story unfolds at the corner of Michael Mann and David Lynch. -- PC

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'

(Three stars)
Highly stylized and over-the-top nuttiness characterizes Tsui Hark's generic hybrid of historical epic, mystery and martial-arts extravaganza. -- ST

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Firefighters gear up for election battle

Union gets enforsement from county Democrats; conducts polls to test messages
Even as Palo Alto's firefighters union continues its drive to keep a labor-reform measure off the November ballot, it is simultaneously preparing for a public-relations battle to defeat the measure.

September 16, 2011 | 36 comments
Vehicle dwellers, residents seek common ground

Thursday meeting focused on compassion and alternatives to a vehicle-habitation ban
Voicing compassion and a desire for both sides to find an alternative to a proposed vehicle-habitation ban, Palo Alto's vehicle dwellers and city residents sought common ground and understanding at a meeting Thursday night.

September 16, 2011 | 38 comments
Sacred Heart Prep volleyball bounces back from tough loss

Thursday's prep roundup

Bouncing back from a tough five-set loss to nationally ranked Palo Alto earlier in the week, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team swept by visiting Carlmont on Thursday, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14, in nonleague action. Senior Sarah Daschbach led the Gators (7-3) with nine kills, nine digs and four aces while junior Ellie Shannon added eight kills and four blocks.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Team USA reaches the semifinals at NORCECA volleyball tournament

Countdown to 2012 Olympics

Stanford grads Logan Tom and Foluke Akinradewo each recorded six kills as the United States women's national volleyball team beat Mexico, 25-11, 25-8, 25-19, Thursday in the NORCECA Women's Continental Championship quarterfinals being held in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
No. 1 Stanford soccer still unbeaten heading into big showdown at SCU

Stanford roundup

The Stanford women's soccer team may have a five-game winning streak against Santa Clara, but the Broncos have pretty much owned the top-ranked Cardinal over the years. Santa Clara hasn't won since 2006, but the Broncos are good enough to give Stanford all it can handle.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Spotlight on the new arts season

A comprehensive look at the season ahead in music, theater, museums and more
If you filled your calendar with the highlights of the Palo Alto area's 2011-12 arts season, you'd be writing (or typing) up a mini-United Nations. In the Weekly's annual fall arts preview, we visit some of the top destinations of the A&E season. Happy travels. Caption: Laiona Michelle and Jack Koenig in TheatreWorks' production of "Clementine in the Lower 9." Photo by Mark Kitaoka.

September 16, 2011 | 4 comments
A final tribute and chance to celebrate a very special life

Menlo-Atherton will host a special day to honor legendary coach Ben Parks
When former Menlo-Atherton High football coach Ben Parks passed away in his sleep on Aug. 19 at age 77, there was an immediate outpouring of emotions from those he touched throughout his rich life. A final chance to celebrate the legendary figure will take place Saturday during a public memorial at Menlo-Atherton High that is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Echelon events, Taste of Palo Alto to be held Saturday

Some streets will be closed for bike courses and food festival
Three city-sponsored events will be held in downtown Palo Alto this Saturday (Sept. 17): The Echelon Gran Fondo (a multi-mile bike ride from town to the coast and back), the Echelon Challenge (a closed-loop 0.6-mile course for fundraising cyclists or walkers) and the Taste of Palo Alto food festival.

September 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Fleener now a slam dunk as top-flight tight end

Stanford football

Some claim Stanford senior tight end Coby Fleener might be the second-fastest player on the football team. The fastest, wide receiver Chris Owusu, won't comment. He doesn't want anyone mad at him. Bottom line, though, Fleener is a top-flight receiver.

September 15, 2011 | 3 comments
More details released in 2010 bicyclist fatality

Lauren Perdriau Ward's bicycle was upright during crash, CHP says
An investigation into the November 2010 death of bicyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward, who died in a collision with a big rig on Alpine Road, determined that the bicycle was hit from the rear and was upright during the collision, the California Highway Patrol announced Thursday.

September 16, 2011 | 8 comments
Foothill Expressway crash victim identified

Claire Silberman, 93, killed in Wednesday crash
A Mountain View woman who died Wednesday when her car crashed into a tree has been identified as Claire Silberman, the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office said today (Sept. 15).

September 15, 2011 | 8 comments
Blue Cross patients get temporary reprieve

Stanford Hospitals to honor in-network rates during insurance negotiations
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield patients will not have to pay more for their care while Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital negotiate a new contract with the insurance company, the hospitals announced Thursday (Sept. 15). Related story: Stanford Hospitals terminate Blue Cross coverage

September 15, 2011 | 2 comments
Today's events (Sept. 20)

Music: Albert Rivera
Guitarist Albert Rivera, who plays rock and blues and sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese, performs tonight (Sept. 20) from 5 to 11 p.m. at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Opera: Preview lecture
Tonight (Sept. 20) at 7:30 p.m., U.C. Berkeley music professor Mary Ann Smart will give a preview lecture for the upcoming San Francisco Opera production of "Lucrezia Borgia." Hosted by the Opera Guild, the talk will be at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto at 1140 Cowper St.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 20)

Music: Albert Rivera
Guitarist Albert Rivera, who plays rock and blues and sings in English, Spanish and Portuguese, performs tomorrow (Sept. 20) from 5 to 11 p.m. at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Opera: Preview lecture
Tomorrow (Sept. 20) at 7:30 p.m., U.C. Berkeley music professor Mary Ann Smart will give a preview lecture for the upcoming San Francisco Opera production of "Lucrezia Borgia." Hosted by the Opera Guild, the talk will be at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto at 1140 Cowper St.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 19)

Art: 'Where Art Originates'
Choreographer Andee Scott and photography and video artist Simon Zoric will give a free talk tonight (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. The event is part of the "Where Art Originates" lecture series on creativity given by artists from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside.
Music: College of San Mateo Big Band
Jazz and standards are on the menu when the 18-piece College of San Mateo Big Band plays the Oak City Bar & Grill tonight (Sept. 19) at 8 p.m. The restaurant is at 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP boys and girls open WCAL water polo seasons impressively

Wednesday's prep roundup

The Sacred Heart Prep boys' and girls' water polo teams both took positive steps forward in the early season with impressive victories against rival St. Francis in West Catholic Athletic League openers on Wednesday in Mountain View.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Church to host forum on vehicle dwelling

Meeting is response to Palo Alto proposal to make living in vehicles a crime
Palo Alto's controversial proposal to bar people from sleeping in vehicles will be the subject of a community meeting tonight (Thursday).

September 15, 2011 | 73 comments
Quarterback shootout in the making?

Stanford roundup

Saturday night's Pac-12 football opener between sixth-ranked Stanford (2-0) and host Arizona (1-1) has all the makings of a quarterback shootout between Andrew Luck and Nick Foles.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Love story

Seated on a new bench carved out of a felled, century-old eucalyptus tree at the College Terrace Library, Mark Mueller reads a fairy tale to his wife, Sarah Griffin Mueller. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

September 15, 2011 | 5 comments
Monderine leads Menlo College to fourth volleyball win in five matches

Oaks roundup

Reigning Cal Pac Player of the Week Stephenie Monderine had 14 kills and nine digs and recorded a .448 hitting percentage as the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host Dominican, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21, in a nonconference match Wednesday night.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Developer wins support for new housing near Cubberley

SummerHill's plan for 10 new houses on San Antonio Road moves ahead; school district also interested in site
After hitting a wall earlier this year, developer SummerHill Homes scored a major victory Wednesday when its bid to build houses on a coveted south Palo Alto property earned the backing of the city's Planning and Transportation Commission.

September 14, 2011 | 18 comments
SPORTS: Palo Alto girls survive volleyball scare, hold off SHP in five

The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team kept its perfect season intact by rallying from a two-set deficit to pull off a thrilling five-set victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in a battle between two 2010 state finalists on Tuesday night. The Vikings (11-0) overcame five game points in the fourth set and got a clinching kill from Jackie Koenig in the deciding set to post a 20-25, 16-25, 25-13, 27-25, 15-11 triumph over the Gators (6-3). For the complete story, as well as sports scores, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Parents praise school vote on academic stress

New directive to launch probe of homework practices, testing schedules
Parents who have lobbied the Palo Alto Unified School District about excessive academic stress said they were pleased with a Tuesday school board vote on the subject.

September 14, 2011 | 108 comments
Woman, 78, dies in car crash on Foothill in Palo Alto

Mountain View resident's car runs into tree at intersection of Arastradero Road
A 78-year-old Mountain View woman died Wednesday afternoon after the Toyota Camry she was driving collided with a tree on northbound Foothill Expressway, just south of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto, according to Palo Alto police and fire officials.

September 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Palo Alto looks for partners among green startups

City crafts new policies to nurture -- and benefit from -- nascent technologies
Palo Alto is no stranger to game-changing technologies, but life isn't always easy for local startups looking to City Hall for support.

September 14, 2011 | 3 comments
School board dips toe into Cubberley discussion

Members also vote to pursue San Antonio parcel, call for facilities plan
As it prepares for talks on the future of Cubberley Community Center, the Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday also voted to continue pursuing purchase of a nearby 2.65-acre parcel on San Antonio Road.

September 14, 2011 | 6 comments
Historic oak on Cowper Street to be cut down

Tree slated to be removed in late September, city manager says
A 51-inch-diameter "significant and historic" coast live oak on Cowper Street is slated for removal in late September, City Manager James Keene said Monday.

September 14, 2011 | 16 comments
Council irked by errors, rising costs at Mitchell Park Library

City agrees to add money, oversight for construction of $41 million library and community center
Palo Alto's effort to rebuild Mitchell Park Library and Community Center -- the centerpiece of the city's $76 million bond package -- is facing heavy scrutiny from city leaders because of escalating costs and possible errors by project architects.

September 14, 2011 | 68 comments
Palo Alto girls survive volleyball scare, hold off SHP in five

Tuesday's prep roundup

The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team kept its perfect season intact by rallying from a two-set deficit to pull off a thrilling five-set victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in a battle between two 2010 state finalists on Tuesday night. The Vikings (11-0) overcame five game points in the fourth set and got a clinching kill from Jackie Koenig in the deciding set to post a 20-25, 16-25, 25-13, 27-25, 15-11 triumph over the Gators (6-3).

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Nail salon chain hit with class action lawsuit

Natalie Salon has locations in Palo Alto and Menlo Park
A class action lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday against a popular nail salon chain accused of wage theft and other violations against their employees, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus said. Natalie Salon has a shop in Palo Alto.

September 14, 2011 | 10 comments
Police report explosion in Midtown Palo Alto

Police and fire personnel respond to blast near Middlefield Road
Palo Alto police and firefighters responded to a small explosion in a Palo Alto apartment complex Tuesday night. The building was evacuated and traffic was halted in the surrounding area due to toxic gas, police said.

September 13, 2011 | 8 comments
No. 1 Cal gets upper hand over No. 2 Stanford

Pac-12 women's volleyball

California extended its winning streak over Stanford to three matches after taking the Pac-12 opener for both teams Tuesday night. The host Bears beat the Cardinal, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-21, to remain undefeated and hand Stanford its first loss of the season.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Cal edges out Stanford in college ranking

Washington Monthly list measures 'how a school benefits the country'
Cal beat Stanford -- though not by much -- in new college rankings aiming to compete with those of U.S. News & World Report. Since 2005, The Washington Monthly has issued rankings based on its measures of "how much a school is benefiting the country."

September 14, 2011 | 4 comments
Priory grad Barkmann earns Big West soccer honors

Local collegians

Former standout Priory soccer player Leslie Barkmann of Cal Poly-SLO provided contributions on both ends of the field while in earning the Big West Defensive Player of the Week award in women's soccer after the junior was named the defensive Most Valuable Player of the Viking Soccer Classic.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Another talented class set for Stanford's Hall of Fame

A wide range of talent and sports will be represented when Stanford formally inducts nine new members into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. The list of inductees includes Don Griffin (men's basketball), Mhairi McKay (women's golf), Jay Mortenson (men's swimming), Alex Kim (men's tennis), Don Shaw (volleyball), Stan Spencer (baseball), Trisha Stevens (women's basketball), Kerri Walsh (women's volleyball), Bob Whitfield (football).

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Stanford women's soccer takes over No. 1 ranking in nation

Taylor is Pac-12 Player of Week

Despite losing the national player of the year in back-to-back seasons, there evidently has been little drop off for the Stanford women's soccer team. That was evident on Tuesday when the Cardinal moved up to No. 1 in the NSCAA and Soccer America rankings.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Think small

In the era of 'tiny houses,' many are maximizing their spaces
Nobody likes to admit to hoarding. But, face it, once you've accumulated ... stuff ... it's hard to imagine just getting rid of it.

September 14, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

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Palo Alto police search backyards for prowlers

Police bring in police dog during early-morning manhunt
Police were searching backyards in a Palo Alto neighborhood early Tuesday morning looking for a pair of prowlers.

September 13, 2011 | 11 comments
School board to parse achievement data tonight

District measures progress toward goal of boosting the 14 percent below grade level
New data sheds light on efforts to remedy the achievement gap in Palo Alto schools. The Board of Education tonight will discuss progress toward its goal of boosting the results of the 13 to 14 percent of elementary and middle school children considered below grade level in math and English.

September 13, 2011 | 6 comments
Mountain lion reportedly seen on Alpine Road

Animal reported in Portola Valley Monday night
A mountain lion was reportedly seen Monday night near the 4700 block of Alpine Road in Portola Valley, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
City turns to retirees to deal with worker 'exodus'

Palo Alto's rate of rehiring pensioners highest in Santa Clara County
Faced with an exodus of experienced city workers, Palo Alto is turning to familiar faces for help -- its own retirees.

September 13, 2011 | 11 comments
Authorities identify motorcyclist killed Friday night

Los Altos resident Jingfu Chen, 59, died after crash on Highway 101
The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified a man killed in a motorcycle crash in East Palo Alto Friday night as Jingfu Chen, 59, of Los Altos. Related story:
Motorcyclist dies in Highway 101 crash

September 13, 2011 | 1 comment
Parking program a tough sell for Professorville

Neighborhood residents face parking shortages, downtown opposition to their preferred remedy
Residents of Palo Alto's College Terrace neighborhood cheered and applauded when the City Council created the city's first residential permit-parking program in their area two years ago. But residents in the Professorville neighborhood are finding the road toward a similar program to be considerably tougher.

September 12, 2011 | 60 comments
Cal-Stanford volleyball showdown: No 1. vs. No. 2

The Big Spike

There will be plenty at stake when the Stanford women's volleyball team travels to Berkeley for its Pac-10 opener against California on Tuesday. Not only are bragging rights on the line, but the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Cal is currently ranked first and Stanford is second.

September 12, 2011 | 2 comments
Palo Alto girls earn top seed in Mitty volleyball tournament

Vikings move to No. 4 nationally

If there was any doubt to whether the Palo Alto girls' volleyball team is deserving of its lofty early season national rankings, it was put to rest on Monday when the brackets for the annual Mitty Invitational were released. Palo Alto (10-0), the defending CIF Division I state champion, will be making only its first-ever appearance in the prestigious Mitty event that includes four teams ranked among the top 25 in the nation in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

September 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Stanford fans had Harbaugh, Baldwin to root for in opener

Cardinal corner

Stanford football followers were going to have something to cheer about no matter who won Sunday's NFL opener between the host San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Williams, Wopat earn Pac-12 Conference honors

Stanford volleyball

An impressive two-match sweep by the Stanford women's volleyball team last weekend helped earn Cardinal sophomores Rachel Williams and Carly Wopat weekly honors from the Pac-12 Conference on Monday.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Breast cancer detection bill passes Legislature

Women with dense tissue to receive notice of increased false-negative mammogram readings
A new breast cancer detection bill authored by State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, passed the California Legislature Monday, requiring medical professionals to inform their patients that dense breast tissue could mask cancer when they have a mammogram.

September 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo School girls finish third in tennis tournament

Weekend prep roundup

Withstanding near-100 degree heat and some of the top teams in the state, the Menlo School girls' tennis team won three of four matches and finished third in its 16-team division at the prestigious California High School Classic this past weekend at Clovis and Clovis West highs near Fresno.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Recycling Center to close in February

City plans to close facility as part of effort to cap landfill, curb costs
Palo Alto Recycling Center, a Byxbee Park fixture for the past four decades, will shut down for good in February as part of the city's broad effort to reform its waste operation.

September 12, 2011 | 17 comments
PUBLIC AGENDA: Architectural Review Board, Public Art Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Medical Foundation educator earns President's Award

Becky Beacom to be honored Sept. 13 for 30 years of volunteer service
Becky Beacom, a health educator with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, will receive the President's Volunteer Service Call to Action Lifetime Award Tuesday (Sept. 13) in Palo Alto. The award is given to individuals who have given more than 4,000 hours to volunteering. Beacom will receive an official letter from President Obama, a certificate and pin.

September 12, 2011 | 12 comments
SPORTS: Luck reaches 51 career touchdowns passes

Andrew Luck was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz and Stanford beat host Duke, 44-14, in a nonconference football game Saturday. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Rally sparks women's soccer to tournament title

Stanford roundup

Freshman Chioma Ubogagu scored midway through the second half to break a scoreless draw and give the Stanford women's soccer team a 2-0 victory over visiting UC Irvine Sunday as part of the Stanford Invitational.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Altans somberly observe 9/11

Respond to evil with 'unrelenting goodness,' mayor urges
As a bagpiper's "Amazing Grace" pierced the cool morning air, about 150 Palo Altans gathered under oak trees at the Palo Alto Art Center Sunday to mark the passage of 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. flags -- 2,977 in total, representing the victims of 9/11 -- adorned the lawn along Embarcadero Road.

September 11, 2011 | 3 comments
Fiery crash closes University Avenue Sunday morning

Vehicle traveling 100 mph goes airborne, flips
A 32-year-old suspected drunk driver narrowly escaped with his life early Sunday morning after a high-speed crash that ended with his vehicle bursting into flames on University Avenue, according to Palo Alto police.

September 11, 2011 | 50 comments
Stanford women survive Gators' attack in volleyball

VanDerveer honored

Nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford outlasted visiting No. 7 Florida, 25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 15-13, Saturday in the championship match of the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic. Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams was named the tournament MVP after recording her third double-double with 23 kills and 14 digs.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies in Highway 101 crash

59-year-old rider was from Los Altos
A motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 Friday night in East Palo Alto after he lost control of the bike and hit the roadway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Luck reaches 51 career TD passes in victory over Duke

Stanford football

Andrew Luck was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz and Stanford beat host Duke, 44-14, in a nonconference football game Saturday. Luck matched his career-high for touchdowns for the fifth time as the Cardinal won its 10th straight, the fourth longest streak in school history.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School holds on again for another close victory

Friday's prep football

Senior wide receiver Tommy Ford hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter and the Menlo School defense forced an incompletion on its own 10-yard line as time expired to secure a 16-12 nonleague football victory over the Mission (San Francisco) Bears in Atherton on Friday afternoon.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
SPORTS: Stanford volleyball downs four-time NCAA champion Penn State to stay undefeated

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Stanford women's volleyball team. Four-time defending NCAA champion Penn State would probably disagree after what happened Friday night. For the complete story, as well as sports scores, schedules, video and more, visit PASportsOnline.com.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
A big day (and night) for Stanford champions

Field hockey, soccer score big wins

Mariah Nogueira's header with 2:23 left capped a two-goal comeback in the final 10 minutes to lead Stanford to a 2-1 victory over defending NCAA champ Notre Dame in a match delayed by lightning Friday.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Red flag warnings issued as thunderstorms hit

The National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for parts of the Bay Area, including Santa Clara County, in response to thunderstorms.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Unbeaten Stanford volleyball tops 4-time NCAA champ Nittany Lions

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Stanford women's volleyball team. Four-time defending NCAA champion Penn State would probably disagree after what happened Friday night. Facing its first top-10 team of the season, the No. 3 Cardinal knocked off defending national champion Penn State in the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic at Maples Pavilion, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-18.

September 9, 2011 | 1 comment
Eshoo calls for national first-responder network

Lack of interoperable system 'unacceptable' 10 years after 9/11, Eshoo says
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, took the anniversary of Sept. 11 to call for enactment of a nationwide interoperable communication network for first responders in emergencies.

September 9, 2011 | 19 comments
Thousands attend 'electric' Moonlight Run and Walk

Late-night thunderstorm surprises energetic crowd at Baylands
The 27th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk drew thousands of people to the Baylands Friday evening -- and the high-energy crowd experienced a surprise thunderstorm that included flashes of lightning and bursts of rain.

September 9, 2011 | 19 comments
Foundation aims for longer school day

New Ravenswood director links classroom hours, higher scores
A tight focus on academics has slowly but surely boosted test scores in East Palo Alto schools. The kids and teachers have worked hard -- but Renu Nanda thinks outside volunteers deserve some small credit as well.

September 10, 2011 | 5 comments
Growing up in the shadow of Sept. 11

Childhood memories of scary day taught them to 'expect the unexpected,' students say
Their parents and baby sitters were crying. Their teachers were acting scared. A plane crashed into a building. It might have been a movie. Such are the memories of today's high school students about Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 -- when they were young children.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Feature story: Bluegrass by the bay

The band Windy Hill finds its place in the close-knit Bay Area bluegrass scene
Johnny Campbell comes from a long line of fiddlers. There's his dad, his grandpa, his great-grandpa. So naturally, he moved from Tennessee to the Bay Area to join a bluegrass band. No, we didn't get that backwards. Campbell fiddles here, for the local band Windy Hill.
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Many ways to commemorate 9/11

Local churches, other organizations plan events to observe the 10-year memorial
With music and song, candlelight and prayer, the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered on the Midpeninsula throughout the day on Sept. 11, 2011.

September 9, 2011 | 4 comments
The ripples of Sept. 11

A decade after the Twin Towers fell, Palo Alto residents and city staff work through the lessons they've learned
Ten years ago, the Midpeninsula was jolted awake on a Tuesday by urgent phone calls and televised images no one could soon forget. Terrorism had struck U.S. soil. Amid confusion and grief, people along the Midpeninsula responded as best they knew how.

September 9, 2011 | 27 comments
27th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk tonight

Event comes to Palo Alto Baylands Sept. 9, 2011
Grab your running shoes! With an early harvest moon this year, it's time to celebrate with the 27th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk at the Baylands tonight (Friday, Sept. 9). The run/walk is a classic Palo Alto tradition (now consisting of 10 and 5K runs and a 5K walk) that attracts runners and walkers from throughout the Bay Area, along with major sponsors. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund for local charitable organizations. Related material:
Your Guide to the 2011 Moonlight Run and Walk

September 9, 2011 | 1 comment
This weekend's events (Sept. 17-18)

Community event: A Taste of Palo Alto
A Taste of Palo Alto food festival, featuring food from 15 local restaurants, will be held Saturday (Sept. 17) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Palo Alto.
Talk: 'Plutonomy: Economy (and Government) Of, By and For the Rich'
Paul George of Peninsula Peace & Justice Center will examine how the concentration of wealth and power came to be, what it means for a supposedly democratic society and some possible solutions Sunday (Sept. 18) at 11 a.m. at Palo Alto High School - Student Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Today's events (Sept. 16)

Film: 'Locavore'
The film "Locavore," about the local-foods movement, will be shown today (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto.
Music: Live Ballads with Jack Prudhomme
Musician Jack Prudhomme performs ballads today (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
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A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.

September 9, 2011 | 1 comment
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 16)

Film: 'Locavore'
The film "Locavore," about the local-foods movement, will be shown tomorrow (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto.
Music: Live Ballads with Jack Prudhomme
Musician Jack Prudhomme performs ballads tomorrow (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. at Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 15)

Film: 'Date Night'
The adventure-comedy film "Date Night," starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, will be shown today (Sept. 15) at 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Author: Josh Rolnick
Josh Rolnick presents his new book, "Pulp and Paper," today (Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Offices planned for Borders building

Submitted plans call for mix of office space, retail at site of former theater
When Borders Books leaves Palo Alto later this month, its prominent University Avenue building will likely be converted to office spaces, with some retail on the ground floor, according to plans recently submitted by the property owner.

September 9, 2011 | 46 comments
Tomorrow's events (Sept. 15)

Film: 'Date Night'
The adventure-comedy film "Date Night," starring Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, will be shown tomorrow (Sept. 15) at 7:30 p.m. outdoors at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Author: Josh Rolnick
Josh Rolnick presents his new book, "Pulp and Paper," tomorrow (Sept. 15) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 14)

Talk: 'Reimagining the California Lawn'
Horticulturalist Bart O'Brien from the Western Horticultural Society will discuss options for replacing lawns or making them more water-friendly today (Sept. 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
Theater: 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'
The "Peanuts"-based musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be performed today (Sept. 14) at 6:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Lucie Stern, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Tomorrow's events (Sept. 14)

Talk: 'Reimagining the California Lawn'
Horticultualist Bart O'Brien from the Western Horticultural Society will discuss options for replacing lawns or making them more water-friendly tomorrow (Sept. 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
Theater: 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'
The "Peanuts"-based musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" will be performed tomorrow (Sept. 14) at 6:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Lucie Stern, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Today's events (Sept. 13)

Authors: 'The Leftovers'
Tom Perrotta discusses and signs his new novel "The Leftovers" today (Sept. 13) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Dance: Swing/Charleston
Swing dance and Charleston will be taught, followed by open social dancing, today (Sept. 13) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

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Tomorrow's events (Sept. 13)

Authors: 'The Leftovers'
Tom Perrotta discusses and signs his new novel "The Leftovers" tomorrow (Sept. 13) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Dance: Swing/Charleston
Swing dance and Charleston will be taught, followed by open social dancing, tomorrow (Sept. 13) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Contagion'

(Three stars)
Director Steven Soderbergh is a master craftsman at assembling impressive ensemble casts. From "Traffic" (2000) to "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007), Soderbergh has been a magnet for stellar Hollywood talent. His well-crafted and thought-provoking "Contagion" follows the same pattern. -- TH

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Today's events (Sept. 12)

'Happy Birds' Show
The trained parrots of Happy Birds will perform tricks today (Sept. 12) at 4 p.m. at Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Talk: 'Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule'
The Mid-Peninsula Coalition for Democracy will hold a forum on "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule" with guest speaker David Cobb of the Move To Amend campaign today (Sept. 12) at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Warrior'

(Three stars)
Sure, "Warrior" delivers on its surface promise of "Rocky"-style inspirational sports-drama theatrics, but it also boasts amazing faces: from the soul-boring eyes of Tom Hardy to the determined grimaces of Joel Edgerton to Nick Nolte's craggy visage, desperation for redemption written all over it. -- PC

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford Hospital investigates medical data breach

Names, diagnosis codes of up to 20,000 emergency-room patients posted on Web
Stanford University Hospital said it is investigating a data breach reportedly involving records of 20,000 patients seen in the emergency room between March and August of 2009.

September 8, 2011 | 17 comments
Running backs will have to carry the load for a while

Young quarterbacks still finding their way after Week 1 of the season
This weekend in prep football

Four local football teams opened the 2011 high school season last weekend, with three of the squads starting new quarterbacks. Perhaps not too surprising, explosive aerial games did not come to pass.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford has chance to avenge last ugly trip to East Coast

Cardinal football

Offensive guard David DeCastro succinctly summed up Stanford's last football trip to North Carolina in two words: "It sucked." While the Cardinal is 2-8 in is past 10 trips to the East Coast, that record should improve Saturday when Stanford visits Duke in a nationally televised game (ESPNU) at 12:30 p.m.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
School district wants to buy day-care site

Property on San Antonio Road also sought by housing developer
The Palo Alto Unified School District has formally declared it wants to buy a 2.65-acre parcel on San Antonio Road. The purpose is "to preserve the possibility of expanding school facilities in the future," it stated in a document posted on its website.

September 8, 2011 | 19 comments
It's a chance to take on the NCAA champions

Stanford women's volleyball hosts Penn State; women's soccer host Notre Dame in rematch
Cardinal corner

The Stanford women's soccer match with defending national champion Notre Dame on Friday night is a certified sellout, but there's plenty of seats available for Friday's Stanford women's volleyball match against four-time national defending champion Penn State and there's no scheduling conflict.

September 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Heart-transplant survivor celebrates decade of life

Halted air traffic on Sept. 11, 2001, meant organs could not be transported by air
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks 3,000 miles away became real and terrifying for 13-year-old Jennifer Silva and her family as she awaited delivery of her new heart at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Legalized marijuana wafts toward Palo Alto ballot

Ballot initiative to allow three pot dispensaries gathers needed signatures, heads to City Council
Marijuana dispensaries could sprout at up to three Palo Alto locations, if the City Council or voters were to approve an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana within city limits.

September 8, 2011 | 158 comments
Union's battle against ballot measure reignites

Firefighters reopen their 'unfair labor practice' charge against city; seek injunction to block labor-reform measure
After a brief respite, Palo Alto's firefighters union on Wednesday renewed its legal battle against the city and resurrected its quest to keep a labor-reform measure off the November ballot.

September 8, 2011 | 25 comments
Palo Alto girls pass test in a big volleyball showdown

Prep roundup

It was a showdown between two nationally ranked teams, two tournament champions from last weekend and two favorites for Central Coast Section championships this season.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
PG&E pipeline-testing project delayed in Palo Alto

Tests pushed back to Sept. 10
The first tests of Palo Alto's PG&E gas-transmission line 132 have been delayed due to "issues in getting the pipeline segment cleaned and prepped" and have been rescheduled for Saturday (Sept. 10), Palo Alto Utilities officials announced.

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Sept. 11 remembered

Two dozen Midpeninsula residents share their stories of heartbreak and hope
More than two dozen Palo Alto area residents recently recalled the moments they heard about -- or witnessed -- the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as their feelings and experiences of that day. Watch video

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M. A. Fruth: Gap Teeth

The harbor gapes in unnatural haze, its two front teeth knocked out--
it cannot chew the ash that shades a mourning moonscape.

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Carolyn Dole: Silent Skies

September eleventh airports closed
heavy rumblings of loaded aircraft
stopped passing overhead
a few from foreign ports
interrupted the welcome silence
of preflight quiet
ears and nerves resting.

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Romeo H.: Deployed in Kosovo

On 9/11 I was actually in active duty in the U.S. Army already, and I was deployed in Kosovo. I was coming toward the end of my deployment over there and also at the end of my active-duty time in the Army.

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Richard Placone: Voyage of a Lifetime

On Sept. 10, 2001, my wife, Jeanne, and I, my mother and a good friend left for what was to be a wonderful cruise to Alaska aboard the Norwegian "Wind."

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Paul Werner: On a Boston Bus

We were on a private tour bus, with a group from the Peninsula, just leaving the Boston area. The driver was starting to pick up a little information on his radio, as was our tour guide on her cell.

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Miriam Palm: Return from Montana

I was with my husband and his family -- mother Laura Palm (who was about to turn 91 -- she will be 101 this coming Sept. 14), sister, brother, and brother's wife, in Glacier National Park in Mont.

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Mimm Patterson: Homesick, in Ireland

I left Palo Alto for Ireland in 1994. On 11 September 2001 I was living in Donegal, Ireland, and working as the manager of a small health food store.

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Mark VanZanten: A Forced Landing

Early on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I made my way to the Austin, Texas, airport from home. My family and I had relocated to Austin from the Bay Area just two years before, but I was a frequent international traveler and always seemed to be heading off somewhere else in those days.

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Joy Robinson: Sympathy in Tibet

I was at lunch in Tsedang, Tibet, having just arrived from the airport at the start of a tour. We were approached by a French woman whose group had just arrived from Lhasa and was aware of the news from New York.

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Jeanne Kennedy: The Hospitality of Strangers

We were returning home from Prague and were halfway across the Atlantic. The pilot announced that the skies over the United States were closed and that we had to turn back.

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Chet Frankenfield: Our Canadian Neighbors

We were driving to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and on Sept. 10 we arrived in Cache Creek, B.C., a forlorn little town in the middle of nowhere.

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Bill Barranco: Whose News?

I was attending the press conference at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. Suddenly the large projector screens at all the car manufacturers' stands were broadcasting CNN as we watched another tower fall.

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Art Kraemer: 'Stuck' on Maui

My wife, Helen, and I were on Maui. Our daughter called us very early for Hawaiian time to tell us to turn on the TV, and we watched all the horror on for hours.

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Anne Ream: Talismans in Milan

We checked in a day early. The Hotel Diana Majestic is just as its name suggests ... gorgeous, art deco, amazing. We'd been hiking for two weeks and in Cinqueterre for three hot, crowded, very-bad-hotel-room days, and we wanted to go home.

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Alice Smith: A View from the U.K.

I was in Farnborough, England, at my desk at Computer Science Corporation (CSC), in a telephone negotiation with a Washington D.C. lawyer on a South African banking software deal.

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Carina Rossner: Birth amid Chaos

On Sept. 11 we were 10 months pregnant (official due date had been the 10th) with our second child and trying to convince each other of our choices for his name. Our neighbor knocked frantically at our door in her pajamas to let us know that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

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Kathleen Hughes: Almost Losing the Love of Her Life

On Sept. 11, 2001, I received a wake up call from my mom, Joanne, in Pennsylvania. It was a little after 6 a.m. here in Palo Alto. She asked me where (my husband) Tony was.

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Mark Meyers: There for Our Country

We deployed to Ground Zero WTC NYC on Sept. 18. We left from Travis Air Force Base on a C-5 Constellation and a C-141.

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Megan Hulce: Who Could Believe ... ?

I had hurt my back the day before and had had a sleepless night. In the morning I decided I needed to go to the emergency room, so I had called a taxi as it was too painful to drive myself.

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Mohinder Pelia: A Visitor Stands in Solidarity

On 11 Sep 01, at 0800 hours, I received a call from Mr. Larry, the fa