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News - October 29, 2010

Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Armed robbers hit twice in downtown Palo Alto

Two men -- one brandishing a black handgun -- robbed a couple walking at Bryant Street and Addison Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, and two men robbed a man at gunpoint in the 500 block of Fulton Street at 11:22 p.m., police Lt. Sandra Brown reported Thursday. (Posted Oct. 28 at 9:56 a.m.)

Local Halloween events include carnivals, costume contests

Some neighbors may keep their porch lights off, but local ghosts, goblins and Disney princesses need not despair. This weekend, the Palo Alto area has several other spots for trick-or-treating and other Halloween festivities, including a garden mansion, downtown shops and a zoo. Music and dance events may draw in adults as well. (Posted Oct. 28 at 10:36 a.m.)

Stem-cell research building opens at Stanford

Stanford University Wednesday (Oct. 27) celebrated the opening of a new $200 million stem-cell research building, which the school says is the largest of its kind in the country. (Posted Oct. 27 at 4:19 p.m.)

Election results to be posted online Tuesday night

Results for key local races in Tuesday's (Nov. 2) election will be posted on Palo Alto Online starting at 8 p.m. that night. (Posted Oct. 28 at 8:50 a.m.)

State budget holds good news for Palo Alto schools

The Palo Alto Unified School District is back in the black following Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Oct. 8 signing of the state's $87.5 billion budget, the Board of Education was told Tuesday night (Oct. 26). But some special-ed students may still be at risk of losing county mental-health services. (Posted Oct. 27 at 1:13 p.m.)

Hundreds line up for former president Jimmy Carter

Hundreds of people lined up Tuesday night (Oct. 26) at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park to exchange a quick smile with former president Jimmy Carter and have him sign their copy of his new book, "White House Diary." (Posted Oct. 27 at 8:45 a.m.)

School board majority may favor pre-break finals

A majority of Palo Alto Board of Education members suggested Tuesday (Oct. 26) they will support a proposed calendar that will end next year's first semester before the December break if certain problems can be "mitigated." (Posted Oct. 26 at 11:58 p.m.)

Car hits, flips ambulance on El Camino in Palo Alto

Five people were taken to the hospital after a Toyota sedan collided with an ambulance at Oregon Expressway and El Camino Real at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night (Oct. 26). (Posted Oct. 26 at 10:29 p.m.)

Mountain View man arrested for indecent exposure

A man pulled down his pants Sunday (Oct. 24), exposing himself to a 34-year-old Mountain View woman in the carport of her apartment complex, located at 2650 California St., police said. (Posted Oct. 26 at 4:35 p.m.)

Reports: High-speed rail to start in Central Valley

Construction of California's controversial high-speed rail project will likely begin in the Central Valley thanks to a $902 million federal grant the Federal Railroad Administration announced Monday (Oct. 25). (Posted Oct. 26 at 7:52 a.m.)

Con man allegedly commits crime behind bars

You can't keep a good con man down. Simon Gann, a convicted fraudster who allegedly sweet-talked a Menlo Park woman into a relationship and out of money by pretending to be a millionaire math savant, has earned four additional felony charges despite being locked up. (Posted Oct. 25 at 3:16 p.m.)

Bay Area home sales lowest since 2007

Home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area have dropped for the fourth consecutive month as of September, according to MDA DataQuick, a real estate information solutions company based in San Diego. (Posted Oct. 25 at 12:20 p.m.)

Aging Boomers could soak up nation's resources

Without big changes in public policy, the cost of caring for aging Baby Boomers will deplete the resources of younger Americans in the coming decades, members of a Stanford University panel agreed Saturday (Oct. 23). (Posted Oct. 23 at 7:08 p.m.)

Rail authority lags in response to auditor's report

Six months after State Auditor Elaine Howle released a scathing report about California's proposed high-speed rail project, the agency is lagging in its response — blaming Legislature's budget delay and a state hiring freeze. (Posted Oct. 25 at 8:54 a.m.)

Palo Alto recognizes disaster-prep leaders

Palo Alto proudly celebrated its emergency-preparedness efforts Thursday night (Oct. 21) and honored neighborhood leaders and community activists who have helped prepare the city for the next "Big One." (Posted Oct. 22 at 12:01 p.m.)

Firefighters loan $35,000 to Measure R campaign

Palo Alto's firefighters union has loaned $35,000 to its campaign in support of Measure R, a ballot measure that would freeze staffing levels in the Fire Department and require the city to hold an election before it could reduce staffing or close a fire station. (Posted Oct. 22 at 9:31 a.m.)


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