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News, The Snitch The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic’s December issue leads with “The Silicon Valley Suicides” by Hanna Rosin, a somber look at the suicide pandemic seizing Palo Alto’s high schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, three current and one graduated student took their own…
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Dining, SFoodie Labor Day Peninsula Dispatch

Labor Day Peninsula Dispatch

Greetings from the Peninsula! Yes, it's a region of the Bay Area that barely gets any attention for its eating and drinking options. But we eat chocolate and potato chips as we work on computer chips! These dispatches from…
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Dining, SFoodie How Blue Bottle Revitalized a Beautiful Palo Alto Theater

How Blue Bottle Revitalized a Beautiful Palo Alto Theater

News that a third-wave coffee roaster is opening in San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley feels like describing new restaurants as "neighborhood bistros focused on seasonal, organic, local ingredients." Captivating and innovative stuff, right? Old hat for city folks, but…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Friday Afternoon Good News: Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre Reopens

Friday Afternoon Good News: Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre Reopens

So it’s with great pleasure that we…
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News, Sucka Free City Imports & Domestics: San Francisco Might Have to Kill Its 1971 Ban on Car-Dwelling

Imports & Domestics: San Francisco Might Have to Kill Its 1971 Ban on Car-Dwelling

Utah-born entrepreneur Austen Allred became something of a local folk hero last summer, after living for three months in a two-door Honda Civic while launching his startup in Silicon Valley. "Very few people there knew I lived in the car,"…
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Film, "Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

"Palo Alto": It Takes the Offspring of Coppolas, Kilmers, and Robertses to Realize the Vision of Franco

There are reasons to resist Palo Alto. Foremost, yes, it's another James Franco product, adapted from his short-story collection and built around an uncomfortably snug-fitting role for him as a high school girls' soccer coach with predatory tendencies. Beyond that,…
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Film, Film Feature No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

No No Is a Good Thing: Your Guide to Navigating This Year's San Francisco International Film Festival

All That Jazz Bob Fosse has been somewhat forgotten these days, largely because his preferred form, the musical, was already out of favor by the time this film was originally released in 1979. Hopefully, this new restoration of his equally…
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News, Chem Tales Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

The federal drug cops posted to San Francisco don't have to go far to find the bad guys: They see them every day on the way into work. The local office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, on Golden Gate Avenue…
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Dining, SFoodie Pizzeria Delfina Set to Open Palo Alto Location

Pizzeria Delfina Set to Open Palo Alto Location

Pizzeria Delfina will open its fourth location on Emerson Street in Palo Alto in the fall, a spokeswoman told SF Weekly. Owners Annie and Craig Stoll signed a lease for a building formerly occupied by the Empire Tap Room at…
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News, Sucka Free City

Wheels of Justice: Police Segway Skills are Honed at SFO, but Don't Hope for a High-Speed Pursuit

The Segway's circuitous ascent to official Wonder Future Vehicle of Tomorrow suffered a blow when the company's owner rolled one off a cliff and died in 2010. That was a sad time — but the Segways never stopped rolling at…
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News, The Snitch Palo Alto Mulls Medical Marijuana, With Conservative Backing

Palo Alto Mulls Medical Marijuana, With Conservative Backing

It's a fine town, but Palo Alto is a bit one-dimensional. There's nearby Stanford, and nearby Silicon Valley (fine, that's two dimensions), but not much else is happening in that Peninsula city.But what about medical marijuana? The city could become…
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News, The Snitch Facebook's Security Guard Allegedly Ransacks HQ, Steals 49 Laptops

Facebook's Security Guard Allegedly Ransacks HQ, Steals 49 Laptops

Facebook's own security guard and a cohort were "checked in" to jail after the pair allegedly broke into the social-networking site's former headquarters and made off with dozens of company laptops.  According to press reports, 20-year-old Brandon Simon and 21-year-old…
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News, The Snitch Palo Alto Breast Fondler Strikes Again

Palo Alto Breast Fondler Strikes Again

The wanted groper in Palo Alto may have resurfaced yesterday with his unwanted behavior.  A woman, who was only described as being in her 20s, was jogging through El Palo Alto Park near 102 Palo Alto Ave just before 7…
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News, The Snitch Steve Jobs' House Burglarized; Kariem McFarlin Arrested

Steve Jobs' House Burglarized; Kariem McFarlin Arrested

Santa Clara authorities arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly broke into Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home last month and stole more than $60,000 worth of computers and personal items from the late Apple CEO. Press reports say that Kariem McFarlin…
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Culture, Books James Franco's "Palo Alto" is a cold, empty place — except for the weed

James Franco's "Palo Alto" is a cold, empty place — except for the weed

The first thing to say about James Franco's book of fiction — a collection of connected stories about hollowed-out youth in the Peninsula — is that he can indeed write. His publisher isn't merely trading off his fame as an…
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Culture, Books

Fall Arts: A few books of local interest

The Eden Hunter (Counterpoint, $16) By Skip Horack Published: Sept. 1 Reason to care: Stanford lecturer Horack's stylish historical novel about a runaway slave is moving in more ways than one: It's a page-turner that really gets to you. Sample…
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Dining, SFoodie The Commonwealth Club is Hosting a Gourmet Rock Star

The Commonwealth Club is Hosting a Gourmet Rock Star

Gourmet editor-in-chief, former New York Times restaurant critic, and author Ruth Reichl is a rock star of the culinary world, one who famously donned radical disguises to avoid detection while eating on behalf of the NYT. These days, she's not…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco Restaurant Closures: March 2009

San Francisco Restaurant Closures: March 2009

A mixed bag of San Francisco restaurant closures for March: two neighborhood Thai spots, a vodka bar offering over a hundred different vodkas on Belden Place, a relatively short-lived Hawaiian place in a Japantown mall, and Bong Su, a glamorous…
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News, Sucka Free City

Trainiquette

After a fare hike earlier this year, isn't it time we started asking Caltrain for a few perks in exchange for the privilege of commuting from San Francisco down the peninsula? A list of demands: • Fire the frustrated drivetime-FM…
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News, The Snitch Purported DNA Evidence of Bigfoot to Be Revealed in Palo Alto Friday

Purported DNA Evidence of Bigfoot to Be Revealed in Palo Alto Friday

Loren Coleman over at Cryptomundo, posted a press release stating that DNA and photographic evidence of the existence of Bigfoot will be presented in Palo Alto Friday afternoon. The hullabaloo follows the discovery of what some claim is the corpse…
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