If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Burglars smash vehicle into Apple Store in Palo Alto]]> A burglary ring crashed through the front glass windows of the downtown Palo Alto Apple Store early Sunday morning by driving a SUV into the building and stealing an unknown quantity of merchandise, Palo Alto police said.]]> <![CDATA[Asian-inspired aerobics brings old traditions to new audience]]> Paper fans, handkerchiefs and dance sticks are proving to be a popular alternative to traditional fitness equipment on exercise floors throughout Palo Alto where an Asian-inspired aerobics program has found success among all fitness levels and ages, including a growing number of seniors. ]]> <![CDATA[Off Deadline: Where is 'Conan the Grammarian' in the battle with grammar barbarians?]]> I appreciate the evolution of language, in which rules change according to common usage by real people in the real world. And yet I still find myself caught by surprise by basic grammatical mistakes of professional newscasters on television and even National Public Radio, on top of frequent mistakes in newspapers and (less so) in magazines.]]> <![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[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[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[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>