If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Guest Opinion: A year in Brazil]]> Many teens wouldn't consider taking a year to go abroad, especially during high school. Maybe they're scared of starting in a new school and being the "new student." Maybe they're terrified of leaving all their friends and family. Or just maybe they're scared of being in a completely different country with a different language. Yes, it all does sound scary; however, it's all these new experiences that make it so amazing. ]]> <![CDATA[Local preschools, elementary schools offer ideas for family fun activities]]> Happiness researchers consistently report that people find greater satisfaction from life experiences than from receiving material things. In search of ideas for memorable, family-friendly experiences over the holidays, the Palo Alto Weekly polled some local preschools and elementary schools.]]> <![CDATA[Former Palo Alto VA official indicted for bribery]]> An ex-VA Palo Alto Healthcare System official was indicted on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in bribes from contractors.]]> <![CDATA[New website to predict Palo Alto flooding to debut in January]]> A new website to predict flooding from local creeks could be available to the public as soon as late January, Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, said Friday morning.]]> <![CDATA[PUBLIC AGENDA: No meetings schedule this week]]> A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Dec. 22.]]> <![CDATA[Man injured after argument leads to shooting in East Palo Alto]]> East Palo Alto police said an argument led to a shooting that injured a 29-year-old Livermore resident in East Palo Alto on Friday, Dec. 19, according to a police department press release.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto: Community celebrations spread peace and joy, from many traditions]]> From a musical Advent procession to the civic lighting of the Hanukkah menorah, Palo Alto celebrates the holiday season this month through get-togethers featuring music, food and much good will.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: An elusive Palo Alto History Museum]]> The Palo Alto City Council once again provided a lifeline to a nascent Palo Alto History Museum group that has repeatedly been unable to demonstrate sufficient community support to propel the project forward. It is a painful approach that isn't fair to either museum advocates or Palo Alto residents and taxpayers.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto: Downtown Streets Team helps homeless men, women rebuild their lives]]> Several years ago Norman Williams found himself released from a federal penitentiary with nowhere to turn. He lacked the means and the know-how to get himself back on his feet. And he didn't know anyone who could help him. Then he met the Downtown Streets Team.]]> <![CDATA[Jury takes a bold stance on new Palo Alto bike bridge]]> Three different design teams came to Palo Alto City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, each with a bridge to sell to the city.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto: Ming's Restaurant to close Dec. 28]]> The absolute last serving of Ming's famous Chinese chicken salad will be Dec. 28. That's the day that Ming's Restaurant, Palo Alto's oldest and largest Chinese restaurant, will close its doors to make way for an extended stay hotel and a newer, smaller Chinese restaurant. ]]> <![CDATA[Transportation chief's outside job raises concerns]]> Since he became Palo Alto's chief transportation official in 2009, Jaime Rodriguez has been an energetic, assertive and at times polarizing advocate of bike boulevards, amenities for pedestrians and lane reductions like the one about to take effect on California Avenue.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday giving: How you can help]]> A number of nonprofit organizations are working to make this holiday season brighter for those in need, and they depend on donations and volunteers from the community to make it all possible. You can make a difference by contributing to the following programs.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>