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Lawyer, Engineer Say Even They Can't Afford Palo Alto

City's planning and transportation commissioner explains why as she resigns

(Newser) - Palo Alto's planning and transportation commissioner sat down and did the math: For Kate Vershov Downing and husband Steve to purchase a home similar to the 4-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot dwelling they currently rent (with another couple, at $6,200 a month), their monthly payment would be $12,177. That'... More »

'Tight-Lipped' Startup Is Taking Over Palo Alto

Some complain Palantir Technologies is making it tough for the little guys

(Newser) - When it comes to the legions of Bay Area startups, Palantir Technologies may not be a household name, but after reading this, you're not likely to forget it. Described by the Mercury News as "secretive" and "tight-lipped," Palantir's name is a nod to a crystal... More »

Palo Alto May Subsidize Housing for People Making Up To $250K

In other words: the richest 3% of Americans

(Newser) - The city of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley is considering subsidizing housing for those who need the help most: the wealthiest 3% of Americans, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Palo Alto is an incredibly wealthy town—the median family income of $167,000 was more than three times the national... More »

Did Marissa Mayer Just Buy a Funeral Home?

Sources at funeral home say 'yes,' owner says he doesn't know

(Newser) - Is Marissa Mayer getting out of the tech business and into the ... death business? Probably not, but sources at Palo Alto's oldest funeral home tell the Palo Alto Weekly that the Yahoo CEO just bought their 1.16-acre property, a block away from her home. But the funeral home'... More »

School Kicks Out Boy for Having Cystic Fibrosis Gene

Colman Chadam's parents want their day in court

(Newser) - Two California parents are crying foul over a school's order to transfer their son because he has the gene for cystic fibrosis, Today Health reports. Officials at the Palo Alto school are moving Colman Chadam, 11, because another boy there has the disorder—which experts say is normally a... More »

Teenage Entrepreneur Squatted in AOL Offices

Eric Simons turned AOL campus into his personal office

(Newser) - A teenage entrepreneur found the perfect place to develop his new software: AOL's campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Only problem: No one knew he was also eating, sleeping, working out, and doing his laundry there, CNET reports. Eric Simons had invented his educational software, ClassConnect, in a new campus... More »

New Tourist Draw: Steve Jobs' House

Never mind that his widow and kids still live there

(Newser) - The crowds are thinner since the days immediately following Steve Jobs' death, but gawkers by the busload are still traveling to Palo Alto to see his house and neighborhood, reports the Los Angeles Times . It cites visitors from as far away as Italy and Hong Kong, as well as constant... More »

Steve Jobs: He's a Great Neighbor, Too

Palo Alto resident pays tribute to the regular-guy Jobs

(Newser) - A Palo Alto woman provides a rare glimpse at the private side of her world-famous neighbor, a guy by the name of Steve Jobs. But Lisen Stromberg isn't dishing up dirt. Instead, she offers a sweet tribute to Jobs as a regular dad in the neighborhood, attending backyard pool... More »

Ticked-Off Citizen Ending City Hall's Internet Hookup

Palo Alto losing free connection after approving cell tower

(Newser) - Palo Alto's government ticked off the wrong citizen, and now it's looking for a new Internet connection for city hall and other buildings. As the San Jose Mercury News explains, the trouble began when the city gave tentative approval for construction of a cell phone tower at a church across... More »

After 4 Suicides, Calif. Parents Guard Rails

Four Palo Alto teens dead in last 6 months spark vigil

(Newser) - After four teenagers from the same high school committed suicide on the commuter rail tracks that run through Palo Alto, Calif., in just 6 months, parents set up a daily vigil at the offending crossing. When the train comes through—every half hour—there's a nervous pause in the chatting,... More »

America's 20 Smartest Small Towns

Where brains and high property values meet

(Newser) - America's brainiest small towns boast high property values and high culture. Forbes lists the nation's smartest:
  1. Bethesda, Md.: Nearby Georgetown and the National Institutes of Health draw brainy folk to Bethesda, which has a rate of advanced degrees five times higher than the nation's.
  2. Wellesley, Mass.: Home to two private
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'Bigfoot' DNA Actually Human, Opossum

Sasquatch expert blames contamination, will perform autopsy

(Newser) - DNA from an alleged Bigfoot carcass is actually part human, part opossum, a scientist said today. A University of Minnesota expert debunked the DNA at a Palo Alto, Calif. press conference before the two men who allegedly found the corpse—and who sell Bigfoot merchandise. The head of a group... More »

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