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News - December 23, 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.

Volunteers to bring holiday bouquets to veterans

Palo Alto volunteers are aiming to make the season brighter for veterans at Palo Alto's Veterans Affairs hospice by bringing cheerful, custom-made bouquets on Saturday. ( (Posted Dec. 22 at 9:51 a.m.)

Soldier, injured in Afghanistan, gets Purple Heart in Palo Alto

An army soldier severely injured in Afghanistan this summer was presented with the Purple Heart on Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, where he has been undergoing rehab since September. ( (Posted Dec. 22 at 9:51 a.m.)

Charges filed against former Menlo coach

Michael William Taylor, the 28-year-old former Menlo School assistant coach who Atherton police say stole iPads from Menlo School students, has been charged with misdemeanor theft by the San Mateo County district attorney. He is due in court on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m., District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. ( (Posted Dec. 22 at 7:43 a.m.)

Marshalls, helicopter hunt man in Mountain View

Officers from the Mountain View and Menlo Park police departments and a helicopter crew assisted United States marshals in the search for a man near the intersection of Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 21). ( (Posted Dec. 22 at 7:42 a.m.)

Palo Alto approves AT&T's antenna plan

AT&T's proposal to install antennas on 19 utility poles throughout Palo Alto has received the green light from the city's planning department. (Posted Dec. 21 at 9:54 a.m.)

Palo Alto moves ahead with electric-vehicle policy

Seeking to bolster the city's reputation as a clean-tech leader and prepare for a surge of electric vehicles on city streets, Palo Alto officials this week adopted a new policy to encourage installation of charging stations. (Posted Dec. 21 at 9:21 a.m.)

East Palo Alto police desperate for toy donations

On the morning of Dec. 24 East Palo Alto police officers and staff plan to distribute toys to needy families and their children in the community. But as Christmas gets closer, the department is making a public appeal for toys. (Posted Dec. 20 at 3:55 p.m.)

Santa brings joy — and classic cars — to Ronald McDonald House children

This year, Santa Claus left the reindeer at home and traded in his sleigh for a 1954 teal Chevy Belair. On Dec. 11, Chuck Gaskin cruised up Sand Hill Road in his classic car to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and quickly darted inside to transform into Father Christmas. (Posted Dec. 20 at 2:58 p.m.)

Facebook completes move to Menlo Park

Facebook on Monday (Dec. 19) completed a move from its former headquarters in Palo Alto to its new home in Menlo Park. (Posted Dec. 20 at 8:16 a.m.)

First Person: A conversation with Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, a Palo Alto High School graduate (Class of 2006) and current point guard for the Houston Rockets, reflects on his Palo Alto basketball roots and life in the NBA in this video interview with Lisa Van Dusen. (Posted Dec. 19 at 8:28 a.m.)

Gunfire exchanged with Menlo Park police Sunday morning

Menlo Park police were shot at early Sunday morning (Dec. 18) in front of a house in the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue east of U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park. Police report finding five weapons at the crime scene. (Posted Dec. 19 at 8:22 a.m.)

Boy, 12, shot in East Palo Alto

A 12-year-old boy on Friday night (Dec. 16) became the latest shooting victim in a series of gun violence against young persons in East Palo Alto. (Posted Dec. 17 at 8:14 p.m.)

Ex-Palo Alto firefighter receives court sentence

A former Palo Alto firefighter who threatened Police Chief Dennis Burns and several city officials was sentenced on Friday (Dec. 16) to receive mental-health counseling and to seek employment or retraining. (Posted Dec. 16 at 4:04 p.m.)

Fixes planned for Palo Alto's iconic egg sculpture

Palo Alto's famous circuit-board egg sculpture, "Digital DNA," may soon receive a major facelift — and it won't be cheap. The iconic Lytton Plaza landmark, which had originally cost the city $9,950, would cost over $80,000 to restore, the city's Public Arts Commission learned Thursday evening (Dec. 15). (Posted Dec. 16 at 2:48 p.m.)

Cowper Street oak 'George' to come down

An independent arborist hired by the City of Palo Alto has determined the 100-plus-year-old Cowper Street oak tree named "George" cannot be saved. (Posted Dec. 16 at 9:55 a.m.)


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