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The coronavirus impact, by the numbers

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Tracking the coronavirus

Editor’s note: This page is no longer being updated. Click here for the latest updates. — Ever since Santa Clara County reported the first patient with the coronavirus in the Bay Area earlier this year, the disease has spread throughout all nine counties in the region, with the number of confirmed cases escalating at a […]

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The new normal: Life during the coronavirus

When Esther Tiferes Tebeka and her 15-year-old daughter returned home from Wuhan, China, last month after being on lockdown, the Palo Alto mother was relieved to escape the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak and get back to a normal life. She thought the ordeal was behind her, but now weeks later, Tebeka is trapped […]

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Life under the coronavirus

For more than a week, Palo Alto Weekly visual journalists Magali Gauthier and Sammy Dallal have been chronicling the sudden changes in life on the Midpeninsula, from emptied out streets to people finding solace in a stroll. Here are just a few of their photographs. View more of their photos here. Find comprehensive coverage on […]

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Striving for the Senate

On March 3, and in the weeks leading up to it, the voters of California’s 13th Senate district will have a tough task. With seven candidates vying to become the district’s next Senate lawmaker, voters will decide which two will move on to the November general election ballot. And that election will determine who will […]

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What’s bringing over 1,000 people to the Palo Alto Baylands? Rare bird sightings, thanks to the king tides

January did more than usher in a new year — it also brought with it higher-than-normal ocean tides that provided rare bird sightings at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Those exploring the Baylands on Jan. 12 to witness the season’s second occurrence of a king tide were treated to a rare sighting of a Ridgway’s […]

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News that made the decade: Recapping the defining moments of the 2010s

A decade ago, at the close of 2009, Palo Alto was reeling from a series of suicides among its youth, Facebook was settling into the Stanford Research Park, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in south Palo Alto had just opened its doors and Dennis Burns (now retired) was completing his first year as police […]

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Palo Alto’s biggest, weirdest and wildest stories of 2019

The news of 2019 brought us corrupt parents and determined protesters, victims who decided to finally speak out and people celebrating achievements that were realized at long last. The new Stanford Hospital finally opened, a $2 billion state-of-the-art facility that will play a key role in the life of the community as well as in […]

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Confronting a troubled history

The high-ceilinged Sequoia room at Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Family Recreation Center hummed as about a hundred people in small groups of four or five sat and discussed the racial history of zoning and housing policy in Menlo Park and other communities on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 17. The event, called “The Color of Law: […]

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Block by block: Outlooks on living in Palo Alto

In celebration of the Palo Alto Weekly’s 40th anniversary, news staff wanted to examine what the city is like today in light of what has happened over the past four decades since the inaugural issue was published on Oct. 11, 1979. We started by reaching out to residents on four blocks in Palo Alto, from […]