If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Gunn boys basketball thriving in a 'rebuilding year']]> The Gunn boys basketball team never trailed Saturday and ran away with a 70-46 victory over Wilcox in the championship game of the 61st annual James Lick Invitational.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford men gain return to College Cup to defend title]]> Cardinal corner
A Foster Langsdorf winner, some stout defense and a victory on the road in the quarterfinals. Stanford used a familiar script to knock off Louisville 2-0 on Saturday and book its second consecutive trip to the College Cup.]]>
<![CDATA[Freshmen in charge as Stanford women advance to Sweet 16]]> NCAA volleyball
Freshman Kathryn Plummer recorded 17 kills, Morgan Hentz had 16 digs and six assists and the Stanford women's volleyball team beat visiting Boise State, 25-11, 25-22, 25-18, in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[The Knights make their own state volleyball history]]> After losing in its first five state championship match appearances, the Menlo School girls' volleyball team shook off the negative history, beating Point Loma-San Diego, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, at Santiago Canyon College for the CIF Division IV title on Saturday.
<![CDATA[Japic scores twice in Palo Alto's victory over the Bears]]> Prep report
Palo Alto freshman midfielder Chloe Japic scored two goals to lead the Vikings to a 5-0 nonleague victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton on Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Captured Palo Alto inmate appears in court]]> The Palo Alto inmate who broke out from Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose the night before Thanksgiving and stayed on the loose until earlier this week appeared in court on Friday afternoon along with a second inmate who escaped with him.]]> <![CDATA[New mentoring nonprofit seeks to support high schoolers]]> Stanford University sophomore Akshay Dinakar recently launched Covalence, a budding nonprofit that pairs Asian college-student mentors across the country with Asian high school mentees. He hopes the group will help proliferate two messages he wishes he had received in high school -- one about being different and the other about academic pressure.]]> <![CDATA[M-A's 30-win volleyball season comes to a close in the state final]]> Menlo-Atherton High's girls volleyball team went out the way they started, with big dreams and unlikely results. There were too many good things that happened this year to consider the Bears anything less than successful.]]> <![CDATA[Gunn presses the advantage to earn spot in tourney final]]> Boys basketball
A change in tempo turned frustration into fortune as the Gunn boys basketball team moved into the championship final of the James Lick Invitational, beating the host team, 85-61, Friday in a contest that was in doubt at halftime.]]>
<![CDATA[Cardinal women advance in the NCAA volleyball tournament]]> No. 9 Stanford women's volleyball opened the postseason with a convincing 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Denver in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford men continue strong showing at Texas Invitational]]> Three runner-up finishes and an all-around team effort led the Stanford men's swimming team to a strong showing on Day 3 of the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook donates $20M for East Palo Alto affordable housing]]> Facebook announced on Friday that it is committing $20 million to help create badly needed affordable housing in East Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic mess gridlocks Palo Alto for hours]]> A big rig breakdown on the Dumbarton Bridge caused a traffic backup in Palo Alto and Menlo Park that lasted for hours on Thursday evening, forcing some residents to abandon their cars to reach their destinations.]]> <![CDATA[Edgewood Plaza developer: City fines are not 'warranted']]> The developer for Edgewood Plaza in Palo Alto, who has faced steep daily fines for the vacant grocery-store space at the shopping center, has fired back at the city in a new letter that calls the penalties "excessive," unlawful and unwarranted.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Home Sales]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Castilleja brings home a trophy; Eastside Prep an easy winner]]> Prep report
Senior Cate Adler and freshman Sammy Wong combined to hit nine 3-pointers and score 32 points in helping the Castilleja girls basketball team beat league rival King's Academy, 45-24, in the fifth-place game of the Firebird Classic on Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton is hosting a girls wrestling tournament]]> Folashade Akinola and Abby Erickson followed Menlo-Atherton High senior Chelsea Wilson into the wrestling room and helped shape the image of Bears' girls' wrestling.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo girls ready for prime time at state volleyball]]> Menlo School senior outside hitter Mia Vandermeer watched her older sister Lida from the stands of the Santiago Canyon College gymnasium in Orange the last team Menlo played for the state Division IV girls volleyball championship. She gets to play in one this year.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Carbon neutral plan, smoking ordinance, bullying policy]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 5.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Give for the kids]]> Don't let the booming Silicon Valley technology-driven economy lull you into thinking that there isn't a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families living on the edge or in need of social services. ]]> <![CDATA[Page Mill Road bike-safety fixes speed ahead]]> A highly dangerous section of Page Mill Road near Interstate 280 for bicyclists will hopefully become safer under a plan to add new striping, signage and flashing beacons.]]> <![CDATA[McCall feels right at home in Cardinal victory on the road]]> Women's basketball
It was a happy homecoming for Erica McCall. Stanford's senior captain tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and the No. 11 Cardinal women's basketball team beat host CSU Bakersfield 77-56 on Thursday night.]]>
<![CDATA[DeVine swims to victory in 200 IM at Texas Invitational]]> A win by Abrahm DeVine in the 200-yard individual medley punctuated a strong showing by the Stanford men's swimming team on Thursday night at the Texas Invitational. ]]> <![CDATA[Bears are better prepared for state volleyball chase]]> Second-year coach Fletcher Anderson learned from Menlo-Atherton's trip to the state girls volleyball championships last year. The Bears (30-5) should have a better trip to Santiago Canyon College, where they meet Edison (35-8) for the Division I championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday night.]]> <![CDATA[His influence continues to be felt in the community]]> In boys tennis, the 1990s belonged to Palo Alto and its coach, Keith Clark. The Vikings won six straight section crowns under Clark, from 1991-96. During that stretch, Paly won a remarkable 86 straight dual matches. That ranks second to Gunn's 200 straight in CCS history for boys tennis.]]> <![CDATA[Court ruling invalidates Palo Alto's 2011 repeal of binding arbitration]]> A state appellate court has ruled that the City of Palo Alto violated the law when it did not confer with its unions before placing a measure repealing binding arbitration on the ballot in July, 2011.]]> <![CDATA['Rules' of engagement]]> "Never check an interesting fact." With these words, Warren Beatty returns to the silver screen, after a 15-year absence, in his film "Rules Don't Apply." They are, we're told, the words of Howard Hughes, the mercurial movie producer and aviation industrialist known as much for folly and madness as for his impressive financial empire.]]> <![CDATA[Beastly behavior]]> The bad breakup of a relationship, even one without violence, may not rise to the intense level of PTSD, but the lingering effects can tenaciously haunt a person. That's the central conceit of "Nocturnal Animals," a moody and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence -- oh, shall we call it "lashing out?" -- symbolized in physical violence.]]> <![CDATA[The hidden gem]]> In many ways, the character of Palo Alto's Esther Clark neighborhood is exemplified by Esther Clark Park, located directly off of Arastradero Road. ]]> <![CDATA[Garden tips: Spring surprises]]> It's time to plant bulbs. Still available in some stores and Costco, bulbs are the one type of plant that represent spring. ]]> <![CDATA['Geeks vs. Zombies' invades the stage]]> This holiday season, Mountain View's Pear Theatre is steering away from traditional fare in favor of something a bit less "comfort and joy" and a bit more blood and guts; less "Night Before Christmas," more "Night of the Living Dead." ]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's McCall on Wade Watch list for women's hoops]]> Stanford senior forward Erica McCall is one of 25 players on the "Wade Watch" list of candidates for the 2017 Wade Trophy, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[New farmers' market baker knows art, science of bread-making]]> In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.
<![CDATA[Palo Alto police seek man who exposed himself]]> A woman who reported a man exposed himself to her and her dog in Palo Alto on Wednesday was able to get a picture of his car with her cell phone as he fled, Palo Alto police said in a press release.]]> <![CDATA[Home-style Salvadoran]]> Zipotes is a little Salvadoran restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, a few yards from a Latino grocery store. It's a casual, order-at-the-counter spot that draws a loyal crowd.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto commission throws support behind granny units]]> For several years now, Palo Alto officials have been looking at one possible way to ease the city's affordable housing crisis: allowing homeowners to build small rental units on their properties. ]]> <![CDATA[Gunn's Lee-Heidenreich turns in double-double in hoops win]]> Boys' basketball
Gunn senior Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich scored 24 points and grabbed 22 rebounds as the Titans' boys basketball team opened their season with a 77-58 victory over Pioneer in the opening round of the James Lick Invitational Tournament.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford men fall to Gaels, 66-51, in nonconference hoops]]> Cardinal corner
Senior Grant Verhoeven scored 12 points and sophomore Robert Cartwright added 10 for the Stanford men's basketball team in a 66-51 loss to visiting No. 12 St. Mary's in a nonconference contest Wednesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Sacred Heart Prep girls open soccer season with a big win]]> Prep report
The Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team may have lost some talented seniors from last year's Central Coast Section Division II runner-up team, but it appears there's plenty left to make another run.]]>
<![CDATA[Gunn grad McElfresh named men's soccer All-American]]> Gunn grad Cameron McElfresh was one of two UC San Diego men's soccer players named as Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Americans, it was announced Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Trading places]]> 'Tis the season for exchanges -- of gifts, of course, but also holiday greeting cards, fancily decorated cookies and, in the case of the Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of maestros.]]> <![CDATA[Worth a Look]]> By popular demand, artist Patrick Dougherty returned to the Palo Alto Art Center in November to create another outdoor, large-scale, temporary art installation. Like the beloved "Double Take" installation, which stood for several years and was dismantled in June, "Whiplash" has the whimsical look of an enchanted woodland village or giant bird's nest and is made of tens of thousands of willow branches.]]> <![CDATA[Persian delights]]> At Kolbeh in Mountain View, there are enticing appetizers, delicious kabobs, delightful wraps, earthy soups, redolent salads, alluring desserts, and daily specials -- not to mention a spotless space.]]> <![CDATA[Maui wowie]]> The tried-and-true-and-tried-again Disney formula returns for the company's 56th animated feature, the Polynesian-set musical "Moana." The brand is essentially locked into narratives of princesses going on heroine's journeys of adventure and self-discovery. As one character tells the titular 16-year-old island girl, "If you wear a dress, and you have an animal sidekick, you're a princess."]]> <![CDATA['Manchester' united]]> Kenneth Lonergan knows people. As the writer-director proved with his beautifully gentle breakthrough "You Can Count on Me" and his sophomore feature "Margaret" (as well as the plays "This Is Our Youth" and "Lobby Hero"), he is the master of telling behavior and conversational nuance. With Lonergan, the devil is in the details, but so are the angels. ]]> <![CDATA['Tis the season]]> Though winter doesn't officially arrive until the solstice on Dec. 21, the holiday season has begun. With it comes plenty of arts-and-entertainment events to help you warm up in cool weather, deck the halls or make merry.]]> <![CDATA[Speaking in pictures]]> When nine Bay Area professional photographers launched a blog three years ago, they didn't think it would last. They were wrong. Not only has their collaborative content gained followers, it has spawned a new art form now on display at Foothill College.
<![CDATA[Art mirrors life]]> Even if you've never taken a drama or improv class, you've likely encountered similar ice-breaker games and team-building exercises, maybe at a school event or work retreat. Love them or passionately dread them, these exercises, in all their cringeworthy glory, are on display in Los Altos Stage Company's latest production.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front for Nov. 18]]> This week: a Christmas market and sustainable furniture.]]>