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News - July 15, 2011

Online This Week

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

'Idol' stars entertain kids at Ronald McDonald House

"American Idol" stars Casey Abrams, a jazz, blues and rock musician, and singer-songwriter Paul McDonald met with seriously ill children staying at Ronald McDonald House on July 13. (Posted July 13 at 4:51 p.m.)

Accused Lytton Plaza stabber makes $100,000 bail

A 28-year-old East Palo Alto man accused of a stabbing at Lytton Plaza last April posted $100,000 bail on July 9, according to court records. (Posted July 13 at 9:54 a.m.)

Atherton council backs staff layoffs

In a closed-session meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Atherton City Council "affirmed the actions of the City Manager in effecting layoffs of personnel," according to a statement issued by Deputy City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta. The union promptly filed a lawsuit, according to a Teamsters representative. (Posted July 13 at 8:38 a.m.)

Atherton fire damages home, kills two cats

A disabled security gate and a long private driveway hampered firefighters' efforts to extinguish a two-alarm blaze at a home in Atherton early Wednesday morning (July 13), a fire official said. (Posted July 13 at 8:34 a.m.)

Mountain View couple comes home to burglars

A Mountain View couple came home in the middle of a burglary Sunday afternoon (July 10), police said. About $4,000 in jewelry, electronics and cash was taken. (Posted July 12 at 11:53 a.m.)

1.2 acres of Jasper Ridge to burn July 18

A prescribed burn will be held Monday (July 18) on 1.2 acres of grassland in the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, according to a press release from Stanford University. (Posted July 11 at 2:49 p.m.)

Firefighters save Maddux Drive home from blaze

A smoky fire was quickly doused by Palo Alto firefighters Monday morning after a garage erupted in a blaze in the 3100 block of Maddux Drive. (Posted July 11 at 1:39 p.m.)

Bay trees being removed to save oak trees

A crew started removing roughly 250 bay trees in several open space lands in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties Monday (July 11) to stop the spread of a plant pathogen that causes oak tree species to die. (Posted July 11 at 1:16 p.m.)

Community colleges brace for cuts — again

Due to deep state cuts to public higher education, local community colleges will have to cut back on courses, turn away students and lay off part-time faculty in the coming school year, officials from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District said. (Posted July 8 at 5:01 p.m.)

Three arrested for Menlo Park burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested three male juveniles Thursday (July 7) in connection with several residential burglaries on Gilbert Avenue, Laurel Avenue and Pope Street in Menlo Park. (Posted July 8 at 4:57 p.m.)


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