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Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 15, 2013

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click "News" in the green, left-hand column. Thursday, February 14, 2013

Protesters call on Zuckerberg to 'unfriend ' Christie

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is catching flack for his blossoming friendship with New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie from abortion-rights activists, who staged a protest in front of Zuckerberg's Palo Alto home Wednesday evening. (Posted Feb. 14 at 9:55 a.m.)

Woman mugged, robbed in downtown Palo Alto

A woman was thrown to the ground and robbed of her purse in downtown Palo Alto Wednesday evening, Feb. 13, and the robber is still at large, police have announced. (Posted Feb. 13 at 10:48 p.m.)

Better Place to drive out of Palo Alto

Better Place, a Palo Alto company that in recent years has become synonymous with the city's drive to promote electric vehicles, plans to shutter its local headquarters in the coming months and focus its energies on Israel and Denmark. (Posted Feb. 13 at 5:20 p.m.)

Stanford trustees approve tuition hikes

Stanford University's undergraduate charges will rise 3.5 percent next year to $56,441, the board of trustees decided this week. A similar 3.5 percent increase was approved for general graduate, graduate engineering, medical and law students, while business students will see their tuition rise by 3.9 percent. (Posted Feb. 12 at 1:33 p.m.)

Police chief invites public on 'virtual ride-along'

Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns will don his police uniform, get behind the wheel of a patrol car and bring the community with him on a "virtual ride-along" this Friday as part of his department's recent effort to expand its social-media presence. (Posted Feb. 12 at 11:07 a.m.)

Parents hold vigil as district revises policy on bullying

About two dozen parents and children from the Palo Alto school district stood in a candlelight vigil Monday night, calling for stronger policies to address bullying. School officials have been analyzing survey data on bullying, the results of which will be presented tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 12, to the Board of Education. (Posted Feb. 12 at 9:50 a.m.)

Silicon Valley is second in U.S. in wealth

Silicon Valley had the second-highest concentration of wealthy households during the period of 2007-2011, according to a report the U.S. Census Bureau released Monday, Feb. 11. (Posted Feb. 12 at 9:37 a.m.)

Big transformation underway for San Antonio area

Clearly, the recession is over in the local housing sector. New development could bring more than 1,300 new homes to the San Antonio Road and El Camino Real area of Mountain View, so many that a new school may be needed to accommodate the new population. (Posted Feb. 11 at 10:03 p.m.)

Repairs to impact traffic on Embarcadero

Traffic is expected to slow down on Embarcadero Road and Bryant Street in Palo Alto this week while the city repairs a storm catch basin at the busy intersection. (Posted Feb. 11 at 9:52 a.m.)

Menlo Park man shot in East Palo Alto

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a shooting that sent a Menlo Park man to a hospital Saturday night with non-life-threatening injuries. (Posted Feb. 10 at 2:23 p.m.)

Man robbed at gunpoint near Greer Park

A man was robbed at gunpoint in the carport of an apartment complex on the 1000 block of Tanland Drive on Saturday morning, Feb. 9, according to police. (Posted Feb. 9 at 5:57 p.m.)

Man killed by train in Palo Alto identified

A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train in Palo Alto on Friday has been identified, the Santa Clara County Coroner's office said on Tuesday. (Posted Feb. 8 at 8:29 p.m.)

City mulls response to illegal demolition at Edgewood Plaza

Palo Alto officials are considering imposing new conditions, including an environmental study and additional "public benefits," on a developer who demolished a historic building at the former Edgewood Plaza shopping center without permission from the city last fall. (Posted Feb. 8 at 9:57 a.m.)

Palo Alto teacher salaries compared statewide

The average public school teacher in Palo Alto earns somewhere in the middle -- not the highest, not the lowest -- compared to teachers in surrounding communities. (Posted Feb. 8 at 9:56 a.m.)

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