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News - October 29, 2010

'Dear Palo Alto' arts event offers teens a way to express themselves

Organizer Julia Tachibana opens up about her brother, seven years after his suicide

by Jay Thorwaldson

It took Julia Tachibana seven long years to be able to talk publicly of her brother, Ben, and his decision to take his own life on the Caltrain tracks near Palo Alto High School one fateful November evening — becoming the second Palo Alto student to do so, years before last year's deaths of five Gunn High School students.

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Julia Tachibana can be e-mailed at jtachibana@ucdavis.edu. Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly.com.

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