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Just three weeks ago, it was hard to imagine the imminent human and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Yet here we... Last comment 1 hour ago | 29 comments

Can they do that? Construction hums along in Palo Alto
Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit Santa Clara County, some in Palo Alto have questioned the need for the new garage... Last comment 3 hours ago | 35 comments

The high cost of sheltering in place
Though the shelter-in-place order, first implemented by six Bay Area counties and quickly followed by the statewide mandate,... Last comment 4 hours ago | 112 comments

To limit visitors, Palo Alto will close parking lots at nature preserves
Seeking to prevent crowds at popular recreation areas, Palo Alto announced Wednesday that it will close parking lots near... Last comment 22 hours ago | 57 comments

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Stay-at-home order extends to May 3, with new business restrictions
With the number of coronavirus cases rising and hospitals bracing for a surge of patients, health officials extended on Tuesday the regional stay-at-home order until May 3. Tuesday, 2:20 PM | 45 comments

Top state officials: Schools likely won't reopen this academic year
Top California officials, including the governor and state superintendent, signaled this week that public school students won't return to their campuses before the end of the school year. Wednesday, 12:55 PM | 9 comments

Coronavirus central: Santa Clara County reports 30 people have died from COVID-19
Santa Clara County has reported a total of 890 coronavirus cases, 42 of which were announced on Tuesday. In San Mateo County, 79 new cases have brought its total 388 cases, and the death toll stands at 10. Wednesday, 1:20 PM | 205 comments

Judge sends local mom to prison for college admissions scam
An Atherton woman who paid over $500,000 to help her children get into college through a national admissions scandal received a seven-month prison sentence on Tuesday, according to prosecutors. Tuesday, 4:21 PM | 8 comments

How city and county rules help out-of-work tenants behind on rent
Santa Clara County and several local cities passed emergency laws temporarily banning evictions last week, all of which are about to be put to the test. Tuesday, 5:09 PM | 5 comments

Charts reveal how virus has spread at different rates in two counties
Through a series of charts, track how the coronavirus has infected and killed people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which have a combined total of nearly 2,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday. Monday, 6:05 PM | 33 comments

Moments after armed robbery, witness springs into action by leading police to getaway car
Three people wanted for an armed robbery at a gas station on Sunday night were located by Palo Alto police with the help of a witness, who followed the trio's getaway car to the north side of town. Monday, 9:13 PM | 6 comments

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