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ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

A leader's challenge

How do you change the culture of a school district? That is the task Maria De La Vega saw before her when she became superintendent...

Original post made on Dec. 12, 2009
Last comment by previous teacher at Ravenswood School District, on Dec 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm | 6 comments | 2927 Views

AROUND TOWN

Driver escapes before Caltrain smashes his car

Peninsula Caltrain commute service was delayed most of Monday evening when a driver escaped from her stalled car just before...

Original post made on Dec. 22, 2009
Last comment by A Mother, on Dec 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm | 23 comments | 2327 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Christmas Tree Lane to open

Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane on Fulton Street will light up Saturday and will stay lit from 5 to 11 p.m. daily through...

Original post made on Dec. 11, 2009
Last comment by No new net car trips, on Dec 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm | 12 comments | 4415 Views

AROUND TOWN

Architect calls for design contest for high-speed rail

Joseph Bellomo has a simple proposal for the California High-Speed Rail Authority: Leave the design of the proposed high-speed...

Original post made on Nov. 27, 2009
Last comment by Sharon, on Dec 28, 2009 at 6:50 pm | 43 comments | 4751 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

An exoneree's story continues

Six-and-a-half years after Rick Walker's release from prison, where he had served 12 years for a murder he didn't commit,...

Original post made on Dec. 26, 2009
Last comment by PAPD - Critic, on Dec 28, 2009 at 6:36 pm | 12 comments | 3208 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Atherton family honors Richard May

Family and friends of slain East Palo Alto police officer Rich May, including his stepfather Frank Merrill of Atherton, plan...

Original post made on Dec. 24, 2009
Last comment by greg, on Dec 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm | 4 comments | 2716 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

School board members say tax renewal is critical

Members of the Palo Alto Board of Education made it clear Tuesday night that renewal of the district's parcel tax is critical...

Original post made on Dec. 9, 2009
Last comment by Erin, on Dec 28, 2009 at 9:59 am | 43 comments | 3290 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Four young men arrested for five car burglaries

Two teenagers and two young adults are facing prosecution for burglary after they were arrested in Palo Alto early Monday...

Original post made on Dec. 22, 2009
Last comment by stool, on Dec 28, 2009 at 3:20 am | 12 comments | 2400 Views

SPORTS

Gunn's football season ends in CCS loss to Leland

If Gunn could pick one football game to do a do over this season, its 51-13 opening-round playoff loss to host Leland would...

Original post made on Nov. 22, 2009
Last comment by Miami, on Dec 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm | 7 comments | 2542 Views

SPORTS

Stanford's Smit shatters two world swim records

Julia Smit of the United States set the short-course world record in the women's 200-meter individual medley on Saturday,...

Original post made on Dec. 26, 2009
Last comment by michaelapujals, on Dec 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm | 1 comment | 2616 Views

AROUND TOWN

Jurors deliberated hard, but did 'the right thing'

Alberto Alvarez showed no emotion when the jury's recommendation for the death penalty was announced. But the jurors who...

Original post made on Dec. 23, 2009
Last comment by reti, on Dec 26, 2009 at 2:59 pm | 20 comments | 2771 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Countywide campaign nets 189 DUI arrests

Law enforcement agencies across Santa Clara County will be setting up sobriety checkpoints in Palo Alto and other Peninsula...

Original post made on Dec. 23, 2009
Last comment by Bill, on Dec 26, 2009 at 9:02 am | 11 comments | 2400 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

Developer sues Palo Alto over affordable-housing

A Palo Alto policy that requires developers to dedicate portions of their residential projects to affordable housing is facing...

Original post made on Dec. 23, 2009
Last comment by live nearby, on Dec 26, 2009 at 8:28 am | 23 comments | 2943 Views

AROUND TOWN

'Spare the air' day is declared

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a winter "Spare the Air" alert for today, banning wood burning both...

Original post made on Nov. 19, 2008
Last comment by Bill, on Dec 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm | 9 comments | 3023 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Spare the Air alert a possibility for Christmas

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to check before burning any wood fires this week, as roasting...

Original post made on Dec. 23, 2009
Last comment by Humbug, on Dec 25, 2009 at 1:39 pm | 13 comments | 2666 Views

PALO ALTO ISSUES

The Senate Health Takeover Bill will affect every one of us...

Here is a link to the Heritage Foundation's analysis of the Senate Bill that is being rammed down our throats through every...

Original post made by Health Care Reform the Wrong Way on Dec. 19, 2009
Last comment by Ridiculous post, on Dec 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm | 16 comments | 1713 Views

CRIMES & INCIDENTS

Palo Alto bicyclist killed on road where Caltrans refused to add bike lanes

Article in the Daily Journal: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=121565 The victim was hit by a passing...

Original post made by Sarah on Dec. 22, 2009
Last comment by Sarah, on Dec 25, 2009 at 11:41 am | 4 comments | 2104 Views

ISSUES BEYOND PALO ALTO

Defense to request new trial after Alvarez sentence

Defense attorneys for Alberto Alvarez plan to ask the court to set aside the death-penalty verdict a jury recommended Tuesday,...

Original post made on Dec. 23, 2009
Last comment by Andres, on Dec 25, 2009 at 8:10 am | 19 comments | 2327 Views

AROUND TOWN

'Safe Ride' gears up for tipsy teens, others

Safe Ride, a quarter-century-old service that offers rides to intoxicated teenagers from Mountain View to Redwood City, is...

Original post made on Aug. 31, 2009
Last comment by johnston, on Dec 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm | 13 comments | 2469 Views

SCHOOLS & KIDS

Applying to UC: The Personal Statement

Here's a link to a video produced by UC about preparing the UC personal statement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zo6NI4wHf4...

Original post made by Parent on Nov. 12, 2009
Last comment by Redwood Shores mom, on Dec 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm | 1 comment | 2093 Views
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Affordable Housing: Complexities
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Common Application's 2017-2018 Essay Prompts
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The Call for Couples or Marriage Counseling? Communication
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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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