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In the age of 'fake news,' Stanford study finds high schoolers unskilled at assessing online information
Many high school students are unable to assess the credibility of online information, a new Stanford study has found. This... Last comment 10 hours ago | 11 comments

Atherton City Council to explore development tax
A possible construction and development tax will be discussed during the Atherton City Council's Wednesday afternoon, Dec.... Last comment 11 hours ago | 8 comments

Menlo Park's office space growth exceeds that of similar small cities in state
A new report finds Menlo Park ranks fifth among small California cities for the amount of office space built in the last... Last comment 3 hours ago | 9 comments

 
 
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Ravenswood leadership proposes closing Brentwood, Willow Oaks elementary schools
The Ravenswood City School District has proposed closing two of its schools next fall: Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto and Willow Oaks Elementary in Menlo Park. The plan calls for Willow Oaks students moving to Belle Haven School. Thursday, 8:05 AM

Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty in 1973 murder case
A former Stanford hospital medical technician pleaded not guilty on Monday morning for the 1973 murder of a 21-year-old Stanford University graduate. Wednesday, 4:59 PM

New playground invites kids of all abilities to romp
After nearly five months of closure, the playground at Nealon Park is back and better than ever. Wednesday, 11:33 AM | 2 comments

Earthquake safety retrofit planned for I-280 bridges at Sand Hill, Alpine
The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, is planning to improve seismic safety at four key local highway bridges. Wednesday, 11:54 AM

New survey detects rapid growth in sudden oak tree death syndrome
A survey of the spread of sudden oak death (SOD) statewide found that oak trees surveyed in Peninsula towns between Redwood City and Los Altos Hills have a 21.6% infection rate, with significant new outbreaks reported. Tuesday, 5:47 PM | 1 comments

Menlo Park's office space growth exceeds that of similar small cities in state
A new report finds Menlo Park ranks fifth among small California cities for the amount of office space built in the last five years. A closer look reveals just how much space in the city is devoted to office space per capita. Tuesday, 11:47 AM | 9 comments

Water billing vendor shutters, leaving city scrambling
FATHOM, the water billing contractor that Menlo Park Municipal Water has worked with for the past nine years to read water meters, bill customers and provide customer service, abruptly went out of business at the end of November. Tuesday, 10:28 AM

Holiday Fund: Finding help, and giving it back
The Ecumenical Hunger Program, one of 10 local nonprofits that will benefit from The Almanac's Holiday Fund this year, does much more than satisfy the community's need for food, Executive Director Lesia Preston emphasizes. Tuesday, 10:36 AM

Stanford study finds high schoolers unskilled at assessing online information
Many high school students are unable to assess the credibility of online information, a new Stanford study has found. This poses a threat to "the vitality of American democracy," the researchers said. Tuesday, 7:15 AM | 11 comments

Bill Gates to award $10 million to local Alzheimer's group
Part the Cloud founder Mikey Hoag of Atherton is "thrilled" and "energized" to announce a new partnership with philanthropist Bill Gates to help fight Alzheimer's disease. Monday, 4:02 PM

High levels of probable carcinogen reported at Menlo Park restaurant
A building housing a Japanese restaurant and, formerly, a dry cleaning business in Menlo Park has been found to have elevated levels of a substance often used at dry cleaning facilities and a probable cancer-causing chemical. Monday, 7:05 AM | 6 comments

Portola Valley school district shares new classroom designs
Parents, community members and administrators gathered at Ormondale School last month to view mock-ups of schematic design plans for changes to the Portola Valley School District's two schools. Monday, 11:30 AM | 1 comments

Menlo Park man arrested in suspected DUI crash
A Menlo Park man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday (Nov. 30) after flipping a car on a ramp to U.S. Highway 101 in Redwood City, according to the California Highway Patrol. Saturday, 9:42 AM | 7 comments

Home sales for the week of Nov. 25
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $21,750,000 for a 6-bedroom house built in 2015 with a home theater, dining terrace and formal entry. Sunday, 8:06 AM

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