If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Seniors get a win in their final basketball game at Maples]]> Sophomore Alanna Smith scored 17 points, junior Brittany McPhee added 16 and the 10th-ranked Cardinal took care of business, beating visiting California, 72-54, to remain in a first-place tie with Oregon State in the Pac-12 Conference standings.]]> <![CDATA[Paly boys, girls basketball teams find Open door closed]]> Both the boys and girls basketball teams from Palo Alto High were candidates to be included in their respective Central Coast Section Open Division fields. But at Sunday’s seeding meeting each was left out of the Open, instead receiving No. 1 seeds in Division I.]]> <![CDATA[Cardinal women fall to top-ranked Florida in tennis]]> The fifth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 1 Florida on Sunday afternoon, coming away with a split of its most challenging nonconference road swing in recent memory.]]> <![CDATA[Burks, Cowles lead Stanford softball to winning weekend]]> Cardinal corner
Whitney Burks collected two hits, drove in four runs and the Stanford softball team downed Pacific, 8-1, in the final game of the Nike Invitational on Sunday.]]>
<![CDATA[With storm brewing, weather service issues advisories]]> The National Weather Service has issued wind and flood-watch advisories for the San Francisco Bay Area that will be in effect from 4 p.m. Sunday until late Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[Woman and her dog bite would-be robber in Pardee Park]]> A man in his 20s who Palo Alto police say attempted to steal a woman's cellphone got more than he bargained for Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[Around Town: Tough love, reporting for duty]]> Tidbits collected by the Weekly staff on Palo Alto people, events and other happenings.]]> <![CDATA[What's open, closed on Presidents Day]]> Here is a list of local and regional service closures in observance of the federal holiday on Monday, Feb. 20.]]> <![CDATA[M-A, Paly are both motivated entering CCS soccer playoffs]]> Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto each earned a spot in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs and will meet each in the first round Saturday at 1 p.m. Gunn, Menlo and Sacred Heart all open Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Bears over run Warriors for third straight PAL girls title]]> PAL South MVP Greer Hoyem scored 18 points, Carly McLanahan proved effective as a shooter and passer and the Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team earned its third straight PAL title with a 60-41 win over South San Francisco in the PAL tournament championship game at Hillsdale High ion Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Another CCS first for Menlo School boys soccer]]> Marc Kerrest has led the Menlo School boys soccer team into uncharted waters since taking over the program for the 2012-13 and when the Knights step on their own field Wednesday to meet Overfelt in a first-round game of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, it will be another first.]]> <![CDATA[Sequoia takes PAL tournament title in dramatic fashion]]> Menlo-Atherton and Sequoia put on a crowd-pleasing show in the PAL Tournament boys championship game Saturday at Hillsdale High. Zach Bene’s 3-pointer with two minutes left broke a 65-65 tie -- the 11th time the game had been tied -- and gave Sequoia a 68-65 victory.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford women split home softball doubleheader]]> Cardinal corner
The Stanford softball team split a pair of games against Omaha and UC Santa Barbara to open the Nike Invitational on Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford men go distance in relay, Allman has record weight]]> In weekend indoor track and field meets involving Stanford, the Cardinal men's distance medley relay team assured itself of a berth in the NCAA Championships and Valarie Allman broke the school record in the weight throw for the fourth time.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo men can't seem to find a way in hoops loss to Mustangs]]> Menlo College dropped a 92-81 decision to host NAIA No. 18 Master's University in a Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford divers dominate but Cal swimmers are better]]> The No. 11 Stanford men's swimming and diving team lost its first conference dual meet of the season, dropping a 136-105 decision at No. 2 California on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex]]> <![CDATA[Rumors of immigration raids reach 'boiling point']]> While leading the charge against the new administration's immigration policies, the Bay Area's immigrant advocates are finding themselves in a difficult position as they attempt to dispel a growing sense of panic among undocumented residents that mass deportations are imminent. ]]> <![CDATA[County urges Supreme Court to rule on certain protections for detained immigrants]]> Twenty U.S. cities and counties led by Santa Clara County have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that immigrants held in prolonged detention during deportation proceedings are entitled to certain constitutional protections.]]> <![CDATA[M-A boys, girls advance to PAL basketball championships]]> Prep report
The Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team scored the final seven points of its semifinal game with Jefferson on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game of the Peninsula Athletic League tournament being held at Hillsdale High.]]>
<![CDATA[Pickens helps Stanford men take down the Bears in hoops]]> It may not look like much but for the Stanford men's basketball team it's everything. After two tough losses in Arizona last weekend, the Cardinal returned home and was rewarded for its hard work with a 73-68 victory over California on Friday night.
<![CDATA[Stanford wins rematch of NCAA women's tennis championship]]> Senior Taylor Davidson shook off an early deficit to grind out a three-setter, clinching No. 5 Stanford's 4-1 victory over No. 6 Oklahoma State on Friday night at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.]]> <![CDATA[Behind the Headlines: Breaking down the budget gap]]> On this week's Behind The Headlines, school trustee Todd Collins joins Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany to discuss the school district's response to an ongoing budget shortfall. ]]> <![CDATA[Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification]]> The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed within days for construction to begin.
<![CDATA[Stanford softball delays home opener a day]]> Stanford makes its home debut this weekend when it plays host to three teams as part of the Nike Invitational.
<![CDATA[East Palo Alto seeks to strengthen immigrant protections]]> In the wake of recent presidential executive orders to step up immigration arrests and deportations, East Palo Alto officials are reviewing programs to help the city's large immigrant population.]]> <![CDATA[Smith accomplishes a lot for Stanford women in hoops win]]> Stanford roundup
Alanna Smith accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, helping Stanford overcome a cold shooting night to beat host California, 72-66, in a Pac-12 women's basketball game Thursday night.]]>
<![CDATA[Rain forces postponement of Menlo College baseball series]]> Oaks report
The Golden State Athletic Conference baseball series between Westmont and host Menlo College, which was supposed to begin Saturday, has been postponed. There is no new date set.]]>
<![CDATA[The free speech revolutionary]]> Annie Folger, longtime Midpeninsula Community Media Center executive director, who retired Jan. 31, reflects on her nearly 32 years in broadcasting.]]> <![CDATA[Report: More people leaving Silicon Valley than coming in]]> The 2017 Silicon Valley Index shows that the area's economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world.]]> <![CDATA[A dramatic finish to M-A's perfect girls' soccer season]]> Prep soccer
Josephine Cotto, who usually distributes the ball, turned goal-scorer in the nick of time, taking a pass from Olivia Shane and shooting from the top of the box into the corner of the net in the final minute of play a Menlo-Atherton beat Woodside, 2-1, on Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Pinewood girls are a constantly evolving basketball team]]> Prep basketball
The Pinewood girls basketball team beat host Priory, 70-30, Thursday to complete its WBAL Foothill Division season undefeated and extend its current winning streak to 18 games. Could this year's team be even better than last year, when the Panthers reached the NorCal Open Division finals? ]]>
<![CDATA['Cure'd ham]]> "A Cure for Wellness," a disturbing new psychological horror film from Gore Verbinski ("The Ring," "Pirates of the Caribbean"), isn't quite right in the head, but that's not such a bad thing. Verbinski's weird "eat the rich" excursion into the madhouse genre, with its slow descent into Grand Guignol, offers much more than just a good horror story.]]> <![CDATA[Increasingly valuable real estate going to third parties]]> While most homes are bought by individuals or families, others are sold to development companies, property managers or sometimes third-party limited partnerships. Who are behind these organizations?]]> <![CDATA[Home Front: Free sandbags; Hidden Villa Farm open house]]> A round-up of local home and garden news and events.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> Midpeninsula sales show one sale under $1 million.]]> <![CDATA[Artscene: Woodside opera singer lands key roles in musical productions]]> Doesn't every girl dream about being a Disney princess? Jennifer Mitchell grew up in Woodside riding horses, so that talent gets her part way there since princesses often arrive on horseback. ]]> <![CDATA[Reliably charming]]> Aldo Los Altos is the ideal neighborhood Italian restaurant: above-average food and service and pleasant ambiance, with oversized portions and sane prices to boot. ]]> <![CDATA[Generations of jazz]]> Next week, several generations of jazz artists will be represented locally as part of San Jose Jazz's Winter Fest 2017 concerts on the Peninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Tara Donovan's material magic]]> Pace Gallery in Palo Alto continues to present artists from its blue-chip roster in thoughtful and compelling installations. The current exhibition, on view until March 5, brings New York artist Tara Donovan, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award winner, to the West Coast in order to show new work that blurs the line between sculpture and drawing.]]> <![CDATA['Messengers of Peace: Photographs by Ron Herman’]]> Local photographer and professor Ron Herman will present his latest collection of work, "Messengers of Peace,” at Foothill College’s Appreciation Hall (Room 1501, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Local theater companies announce next seasons]]> TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this week announced its plans for its 2017/18 season, which will feature two world premieres.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> Midpeninsula home sales are still sluggish in volume.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: Policies on earthquake procedure; library marketing program]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 20.]]> <![CDATA['LEGO' his ego]]> Batman takes center stage as an egomaniacal narcissist with defensive bluster and offensive smack talk in "The LEGO Batman Movie."]]> <![CDATA[You say 'Wick,' I say 'short fuse']]> "John Wick: Chapter 2" provides a wild and captivating ride while staying true to -- and happily expanding -- the world established in 2014's "John Wick."]]> <![CDATA[Garden Tips: Fruitful efforts]]> When and how are you supposed to prune your trees at this time of year? Garden coach Jack McKinnon walks you through the steps.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front: Filoli reopens; how to raise chickens]]> A round-up of local home and garden news and events. ]]> <![CDATA[A tea room of one's own]]> The new Lovejoy's Tea Room in Redwood City offers the traditional afternoon-tea experience -- pots of English tea, tiered platters of scones, delicate tea sandwiches -- in an approachable atmosphere.]]> <![CDATA[In 'Yellow Face,' the personal is political]]> "What I love most in the theater is honesty," David Henry Hwang states, with no small irony, in his semi-autobiographical play "Yellow Face." The play, presented now by Los Altos Stage Company, offers an odd -- but successful -- tonal blend of comedy and seriousness, fact and fiction.]]> <![CDATA[Predicting the 2017 housing market]]> After a strong rally from 2010 to 2015, median home prices in Palo Alto finally stopped the upward trend and dropped two percent in 2016. The year 2017 may be set to continue the trend of moderate correction.]]>