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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Editor’s note: This page is no longer being updated.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

About the above photo: On March 2, Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto announced a temporary closure until further notice as the total of local coronavirus cases rises. Photo by Sammy Dallal.  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, […]

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Striving for the Senate

About the photo, above: Left to right, from first to second rows: The candidates seeking to represent District 13 in the state Senate are Josh Becker, Mike Brownrigg, Alex Glew, Sally Lieber, Shelly Masur, Annie Oliva and John Webster. Photos by Magali Gauthier. On March 3, and in the weeks leading up to it, the voters […]

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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

About the above photo: Stanford students protest the university’s expansion proposal. Photo by Magali Gauthier. 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 […]

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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

About the above photo: Numerous trees line the street on Forest Avenue between Lincoln Avenue and Center Drive in 2018. File photo by Veronica Weber. 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 […]

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The price of ‘paradise’

About the above photo: A couple walks underneath vibrant gingko trees on Greenwood Avenue in Palo Alto in 2016, one of many streets in the city where mature trees form a canopy over the road. File photo by Veronica Weber. East Coast native George Richardson arrived 50 years ago to attend Stanford Law School. Like […]

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Survival of the nimblest

About the above photo: Pedestrians walk along University Avenue, one of Palo Alto’s main roads that house many businesses, in 2017. File photo by Veronica Weber.  What makes a business last nearly half a century or more? Often it’s being in the right place at the right time — or buying the property before values shoot […]