If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Castilleja puts up a good fight in season opening loss]]> Local roundup
Senior Elle Kass recorded 30 digs in Castilleja's 25-22, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23 nonleague girls volleyball loss to host Fremont in Sunnyvale on Thursday night. Palo Alto opened the girls tennis season with a 6-1 victory over host Aragon.]]>
<![CDATA[Brock Turner judge to no longer hear criminal cases]]> Three months after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky's controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner -- months filled with vehement criticism, an onslaught of media attention and an official recall campaign -- Persky has requested to be reassigned to civil cases, according to a statement the county Superior Court issued Thursday. ]]> <![CDATA[Kirke Comstock, former Palo Alto mayor, dies]]> Former Palo Alto councilman and mayor Kirke Comstock, who presided over the City of Palo Alto during the turbulent 1960s and early 1970s, has died, according to his family.]]> <![CDATA[Ajanaku returns along with a talented group of players]]> College volleyball
Inky Ajanaku's return to the Stanford lineup would have been enough to make the Cardinal women's volleyball team an instant contender for the national title.]]>
<![CDATA[McNealy: Why he came back for his senior golf season]]> In his own words
I truly believe that Stanford is the best place to improve my game and receive a world-class education. I love being a Stanford student-athlete, and I want our team to win a national championship. I would never trade that experience for an extra year of professional golf.]]>
<![CDATA[No. 11 Stanford set to open its field hockey season]]> The Stanford field hockey team was picked to win the West Division of the America East conference in the annual preseason coaches poll. The 11th-ranked Cardinal was also the top pick last season.]]> <![CDATA[Book Talk]]> Vlasta Diamant, Jessica Bennett and Susan Wolfe will present their latest books.]]> <![CDATA[Are 'We Gon' Be Alright'?]]> Journalist, activist, record producer and teacher Jeff Chang took nearly 10 years to write his first book in 2005, "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation." It won the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award and established Chang as a leading culture critic.]]> <![CDATA[Veg out]]> Meat-free fare is easily found -- and taken to the next level -- on the Midpeninsula, with local chefs cooking up modern dishes that appeal to veggie-eaters and carnivores alike.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto students show improvement in state test, but achievement gap persists]]> New results from the state’s standardized Smarter Balanced Assessment, released on Wednesday, show that most Palo Alto Unified School District students exceed standards in English and mathematics, but there continues to be stark differences in achievement between white and Asian student and students of color. ]]> <![CDATA[Festival of the Arts returns to downtown Palo Alto]]> Tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and revelers are expected to turn out for the 35th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts this weekend, transforming University Avenue into an open-air gallery.]]> <![CDATA[Community Notebook: Have exhibits, will travel]]> This summer, a new species has been inhabiting the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. With an umbrella for shade, four wheels for mobility, and local teenagers as its guide, EcoCenter on Wheels offers information about the nature preserve and its creatures to families who are out strolling.]]> <![CDATA[Community Notebook: Local Sierra Club chapter director has long history as volunteer]]> James Eggers, new director of the Palo Alto-based chapter of the Sierra Club, has plans to boost the number of volunteers and increase their expertise.]]> <![CDATA[Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices]]> Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.]]> <![CDATA[Paly grad Chryst discusses Stanford quarterback situation]]> Keller Chryst, a redshirt sophomore at Stanford, didn't have far to go to college. Chryst, a 2014 graduate of Palo Alto, was highly recruited after he set several offensive records in his days as a Viking. Chryst was in a duel with redshirt junior Ryan Burns for the No. 1 quarterback job for the Cardinal. ]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Burns gets the starting nod at quarterback]]> Senior Ryan Burns will be Stanford's starting quarterback in the season-opening contest against Kansas State. Director of Football David Shaw made the announcement after Wednesday's practice.]]> <![CDATA[Local high schools look to open volleyball season on strong note]]> Preview
Menlo-Atherton High reached the state title match, Menlo School made it to the Northern California playoffs and Sacred Heart Prep reached the Central Coast Section semifinal round. What can we expect as an encore from these volleyball powerhouses?]]>
<![CDATA[A poignant pair at the Pear]]> It's been nearly 15 years since the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11, though for some, the painful memories are no doubt as fresh as ever. Mountain View's Pear Theatre (celebrating its own 15th anniversary this year) kicks off its new season with a pair of shows, running in repertory; plays that highlight the strength of humanity in times of crisis, including 9/11.]]> <![CDATA[The voice of experience]]> For Mona Dena, the prospect of reaching the mid-century mark didn't trigger a mid-life crisis but rather ushered in a creative renaissance, inspiring her to write, record and release her very first album.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a Look]]> Libraries are not always quiet. The Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) will host an afternoon of original indie-pop from local band The Corner Laughers on Sunday, Aug. 28.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto school board eyes more conservative budget projections]]> Palo Alto school board members supported a much more conservative budget outlook for the next five years during a discussion Tuesday on how to plan for a $3.3 million budget shortfall -- the result of overly ambitious estimates of property-tax revenues -- with at least two trustees pressing for a more comprehensive list of potential areas to cut now rather than put off hard decisions.]]> <![CDATA[Age-discrimination lawsuit filed against HP]]> Four former employees have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Hewlett-Packard companies for age discrimination, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose.
<![CDATA[Stanford's Cook earns weekly soccer honors from the Pac-12]]> Alana Cook earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping lead Stanford to two season-opening road victories this past weekend, as announced Tuesday by the conference.]]> <![CDATA[Oaks men stay unbeaten in soccer with a win at UC Merced]]> David Beary scored late in the first half and the defense made it hold up in Menlo College's 1-0 nonconference men's soccer match over host UC Merced on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Hilliard-Arce named to soccer preseason best list]]> Stanford center back Tomas Hilliard-Arce has been named to the TopDrawerSoccer Men's Division I Preseason Best XI first team, it was learned Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford football program stays fresh on and off the field]]> Several improvements to the Stanford football program have been implemented for this season, including: three new 8K Solutions video trailers and studio controllers for the practice field; Shadowman tackling dummies; and the APTUS learning assessment program.]]> <![CDATA[DeBole named Stanford's women's head cross country coach]]> College notes
Elizabeth DeBole, in her third year with the program, has been named head women's cross country coach at Stanford, Director of Track and Field Chris Miltenberg announced Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford football elects its captains for the season]]> The Stanford football team selected five captains for the 2016 season, the program announced Sunday evening. They were outside linebacker Peter Kalambayi, running back Christian McCaffrey, strong safety Dallas Lloyd, offensive guard Johnny Caspers and defensive end Solomon Thomas.]]> <![CDATA[Afghanistan and Palo Alto 98G to meet in soccer friendly]]> The Afghanistan Women's National Football Team (AFFWNT) will take on Palo Alto 98G in a friendly soccer match at Cubberley Field (Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) on Aug. 31 at 5:30 pm. Admission is free. ]]> <![CDATA[Stanford athletes account for school record 27 medals]]> Stanford's contingent of 39 athletes wrapped up action at the 2016 Summer Olympics, putting the finishing touches on the most successful competition in school history. Including a men's volleyball assistant coach and a pair of Sacred Heart Prep grads, the total comes to 30 medals, 15 gold.]]> <![CDATA[American men claim Olympic bronze medal in volleyball]]> The United States pulled off a sensational comeback from a 0-2 deficit to claim the bronze medal of the men's volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 with a 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13 victory over Russia on Sunday morning at Maracanazinho.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford grad Stefanidi earns gold in the pole vault]]> Stanford grad Katerina Stefanidi cleared 15-11 in the pole vault Friday to earn the gold medal for Greece at the Olympic Stadium. She became the first Cardinal woman to win an individual event in track and field at the Olympics.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: retail ordinance, budget shortfall, dog parks]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 22.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales: Home sales slow with late summer]]> Highest home sale in Palo Alto and Menlo Park in this week's column sold for close to $5 million. Read on for the details.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Palo Alto, Menlo Park highs skim $5 million]]> Top home sales in Palo Alto and Menlo Park skim $5 million, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[A quick fix for your bathroom]]> Even if you can't afford the time and expense of a complete bathroom renovation, you can still make dramatic changes without moving a wall or replacing a sink. Here are a few easy-to-do ideas for increasing the function and beauty of your bath.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column has information on local gardening workshops and on Gamble Garden's fresh luncheons, as well as fire safety tips.]]> <![CDATA[Uniquely made]]> There comes a point after you choose what you like from the Crate & Barrel or Restoration Hardware catalog, you want to make sure there is something in your home decor that no one else has. You may have to look no further than the the artistic furnishings being offered at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.]]> <![CDATA[Water world]]> Claire Perry of Woodside raises a lot of topical questions in “California: The Art of Water," her latest exhibit at Stanford's Cantor Center for the Arts. ]]> <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Perfume house, kids' Lululemon at Stanford]]> New retail openings at the Stanford Shopping Center include a 146-year-old British perfume company and, this fall, a kids' version of activewear brand Lululemon.]]> <![CDATA[Art, plus]]> At Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center, an exhibition involving a homegrown app called Art++ is allowing visitors to gain an enhanced understanding of a group of carefully curated works.]]> <![CDATA[Home Sales: Los Altos Hills edges out Atherton for highest sale]]> A home in Los Altos Hills sold for $9,450,000.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: Top sale is $9.4 million]]> Los Altos Hills edges out Atherton for highest sale, according to this week's column.]]> <![CDATA[Weeding out the bad]]> Like decluttering the inside of your home, weeding your yard is the same sort of chore if you let the weeds creep up and up like the piles on your countertops. What is the best way to get rid of weeds without getting rid of plants you want? How do you get motivated to get out and do this unpleasant chore? ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's column features information on a gardening workshop, fashion and home designer Jenni Kayne's new boutique at Stanford Shopping Center and Gamble Gardens' annual Community Day.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: Palo Alto homes staying on market longer]]> There have been two noticeable trends in the Palo Alto property market this year so far. First, properties have stayed on the market longer. Second, price reductions have been more common, especially at the very high end.]]> <![CDATA[All that glitters]]> Eureka! is an all-American restaurant. There's American craft beer, American small-batch whiskeys and a menu showcasing everything from burgers and wings to lollipop corn dogs. The company is headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., home of legendary all-American band the Beach Boys. ]]> <![CDATA[Batty baddies]]> Another week, another Hollywood brand extension. Conventional wisdom has it that the lukewarm fan reception to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" put inordinate pressure on "Suicide Squad" to right the course of Warner Brothers' DC Cinematic Universe, the Pepsi to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Coke (or the other way around, depending on your allegiance). This might explain why "Suicide Squad" -- a Batman spinoff of sorts -- seems to be trying so hard, with overwrought badass-ery that's liable to leave you cold.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday night life]]> Mike Birbiglia's comedy-drama “Don't Think Twice" quotes the most well-known of improv teachers, Del Close: “Fall, and then figure out what to do on the way down." That, like the title of the film, serves both as good advice for improv and an apt description of how professional improvisers attempt to coach themselves and each other through their own uncertain lives.]]> <![CDATA[Meet and greet the architects]]> "Open, honest, transparent." That's how Menlo Park architect Ana Williamson describes her client's mantra about what her new home in Menlo Oaks needed to be.]]>