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Top Palo Alto Online news of 2013

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Family faces burglary charges after Dec. 27 arrest

A father, mother and daughter from Albania are facing burglary charges in Palo Alto after allegedly attempting to steal men's clothing and an expensive purse from a department store, a spokesman for the Palo Alto Police Department said. (Posted Jan. 3, 2013, 8:01 a.m.)

Jobs' home burglar receives seven-year sentence

Kariem McFarlin, the man who burglarized the home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was sentenced to seven years in state prison by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, according to the deputy district attorney in charge of the case. (Posted Jan. 18, 2013, 9:38 a.m.)

Feature story: Going 'carbon neutral'

This year, Palo Alto's battle against global warming will hit one of its most significant milestones yet when the city adopts a plan for making its entire electricity operation "carbon neutral." (Posted Jan. 18, 2013, 8:48 a.m.)

Toyota SUV crashes into house on Park Boulevard

A silver Toyota RAV4 sports utility vehicle smashed through a speed-limit sign this morning, crashed through the hedge and fence of a residence on the corner of Charleston Road and Park Boulevard and drove into the house, becoming fully immersed in the building. (Jan. 31, 2013, 9:56 a.m.)

Math, music are passions for home-schooled Intel finalist

On a given day the home-schooled Sahana Vasudevan — recently named a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search — might study French and chemistry at home, attend a math class or two at Stanford University, then head over to Palo Alto High School for after-school math team activities. (Posted Feb. 1, 2013, 8:50 a.m.)

Palo Alto sends massive office proposal back to drawing board

An ambitious proposal to build a dense office complex next to the AOL building on Page Mill Road in Palo Alto received a cool reception Wednesday night from the Planning and Transportation Commission, which directed the developer to come back with a stronger package of public benefits. (Posted Feb. 6, 2013, 8:15 a.m.)

Feds: School district violated student's civil rights

The Palo Alto Unified School District's mishandling of a middle school student's long struggle against bullying violated federal anti-discrimination laws and requires remedial actions, a government investigation has concluded. (Posted Feb. 8, 2013, 8:18 a.m.)

Palo Alto fights state mandate for more housing

In what one council member called a fight "for the soul of our city," Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday, Feb. 11, to formally appeal a state mandate calling for the city to plan for more than 2,000 units of new housing over the next decade. (Posted Feb. 12, 2013, 3:40 a.m.)

Crews film 'Silicon Valley' TV show in Palo Alto

A film crew was in downtown Palo Alto on March 12 to film an HBO television show pilot directed by Mike Judge. (Posted March 13, 2013, 10:43 a.m.)

Miki's Market in Palo Alto to close April 1

Less than six months after Miki's Farm Fresh Market opened its doors at Alma Village, filling a vacancy that has blighted the plaza for seven years, the store has announced its plans to shut down. (Posted March 25, 2013, 5:04 a.m.)

New committees undermine transparency

Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff has just a year as the ceremonial head of the City Council, but in just four months he has made some changes that are rankling some of his colleagues and should also concern members of the public. (Posted May 3, 2013, 12:00 a.m.)

Boy struck by car spurs $17 million suit with city

The family of a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle while riding on the 2500 block of Park Boulevard has filed a $17 million claim with the City of Palo Alto for negligent design of the bike route on the road. A driver, who had a small amount of methamphetamine in his blood, will not face criminal charges in the crash. (Posted July 18, 2013, 3:56 p.m.)

Palo Alto bans vehicle dwelling

After two years of bitter debate and emotional soul searching, Palo Alto officials on Monday passed a deeply divisive law that makes it illegal for people to live in vehicles. (Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 11:38 5:04 a.m.)

Police identify victim in Newell stabbing

Police have identified the woman who was found stabbed to death in an East Palo Alto apartment as 47-year-old Philomena Ashford-Anderson, according to an East Palo Alto police press release. (Posted Aug. 14, 2013, 9:43 a.m.)

Father charged in crash that killed daughters

A San Bruno father has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after a November roll-over crash killed two of his daughters and severely injured a CHP officer, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday, Aug. 22. (Posted Aug. 22, 2013, 5:16 p.m.)

Voters shoot down Maybell development

A grassroots campaign in Palo Alto to overturn an approved housing development on Maybell Avenue scored a sweeping Election Day victory Tuesday night, winning by more than 1,000 votes. (Posted Nov. 5, 2013, 10:24 p.m.)

'Shelter in place' alert issued due to metals fire

Palo Alto police are urging residents to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed if they smell or see smoke this afternoon and evening, Nov. 10, due to a large fire at a Redwood City metals-recycling plant. (Posted Nov. 10, 2013, 5:22 p.m.)


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