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The Almanac took second place in the "general excellence" category of the state-wide Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced Saturday. The Almanac also took a first-place award for a feature photograph by staff photographer Michelle Le.
Ms. Le's photograph, "Whirling through Mexico," was taken at the May 15, 2009, cultural arts day at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton, and depicts two dancers with Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico.
In winning the awards, The Almanac competed against other weekly newspapers in the state in its circulation category.
The Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, picked up seven first-place awards, including for "general excellence" and best Web site for Palo Alto Online. The Weekly also won for local-news coverage, sports coverage, editorial comment, layout/design, and feature photo.
The Mountain View Voice, also a sister paper, won a second-place award for public service.
The awards are given by circulation category and there are separate awards for daily and weekly newspapers.