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News - January 28, 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 on "News" in the green, left-hand column.

Gunn senior a finalist in Intel science competition

Gunn High School senior Andrew Liu Wednesday (Jan. 26) was named as one of 40 nationwide finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:50 a.m.)

Heritage tree falls in Menlo, where plenty hear

Money doesn't grow on trees, but apparently it does grow if you chop the tree down. After an hour and a half of late-night public comment, the Menlo Park City Council finally approved a developer's request to remove a heritage redwood tree. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:22 a.m.)

Eshoo says Obama was 'describing her district'

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night (Jan. 25) had a hometown ring to it for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, she said in a post-speech interview. (Posted Jan. 26 at 9:17 a.m.)

Palo Alto may convene math 'working group'

A "working group" panel of parents and teachers to share ideas on the best ways to teach math to students in the Palo Alto school district's 12 elementary schools may be the result of Tuesday night's (Jan. 25) Board of Education meeting. (Posted Jan. 26 at 12:29 a.m.)

Small quake rattles part of Santa Clara County

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 struck early Tuesday morning (Jan. 25) in Santa Clara County. (Posted Jan. 25 at 8:46 a.m.)

Bay Area airports on alert after Moscow bombing

Bay Area airports are in a wait-and-see mode after a terror attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport that killed dozens of people Monday (Jan. 24). (Posted Jan. 24 at 2:35 p.m.)

Los Altos rallies mark Roe v. Wade anniversary

Hundreds of people with divergent views on abortion took to the streets of Los Altos Monday (Jan. 24) for a pro-life walk and a pro-choice rally. (Posted Jan. 24 at 11:37 a.m.)

Google shake-up: Bold move or no big deal?

With more businesses than ever targeting its customers, Google is aiming to get back some of the spark with co-founder Larry Page now taking the helm as CEO. The company's 10-year CEO, 55-year-old Eric Schmidt, will step down and take the job of executive chairman. (Posted Jan. 24 at 8:42 a.m.)

Another small quake hits southeast of San Jose

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 struck east of San Jose late Sunday night (Jan. 23), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (Posted Jan. 24 at 6:29 a.m.)

Fire hits Mountain View butcher shop, restaurant

A two-alarm blaze significantly damaged a butcher shop and shut down a neighboring sushi restaurant in Mountain View early Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23), a fire spokeswoman said. (Posted Jan. 23 at 7:41 p.m.)

East Palo Alto man, 21, faces 50 years in prison

Kevin Maldonado, 21, of East Palo Alto faces at least 50 years in prison after he was found guilty Friday (Jan. 21) of killing one man and wounding a second in September 2009. (Posted Jan. 23 at 10:36 a.m.)

New lion sighting in Woodside, tracks at Stanford

A mountain lion was spotted in Woodside, near Interstate Highway 280, on Saturday night (Jan. 22), emergency officials said. Lion tracks were also found in the Stanford Golf Course area, university officials reported Friday (Jan. 21). (Posted Jan. 23 at 10:11 a.m.)

California unemployment rate rises again

One in eight California residents was unemployed as of December 2010, state officials said in a report released Friday (Jan. 21). (Posted Jan. 22 at 10:19 a.m.)

Merge transit agencies, 'Save Caltrain' summit told

Local transportation agencies should be merged and their funds used to support a regional transit agency, state Assemblyman Jim Beall, D-San Jose, said at the Save Caltrain summit at Stanford University's Institute for Economic Policy Research on Friday (Jan. 21) morning. (Posted Jan. 21 at 5:37 p.m.)

'Free at Last' celebrates 17 years of helping people

"Free at Last," an organization that for 17 years has helped people escape from drugs and alcohol and become free and productive, celebrated its anniversary Thursday afternoon (Jan. 20) to the chants and songs and stories of people it has helped reclaim their lives. (Posted Jan. 21 at 9:26 a.m.)

Race to save last historic piece of Hangar One

With Hangar One's restoration funding unexpectedly lost in last year's political re-shuffling in Washington, D.C., preservationists are fighting to save one last thing before it's too late — the hangar's unique corrugated windows. (Posted Jan. 21 at 9:16 a.m.)