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2008-08-29 15:00:27

By Kristina Peterson After more starts and stops than a dial-up connection, ultra- high-speed broadband Internet may soon be feasible in Palo Alto. In a new business plan recently submitted to city staff, a group of companies proposed funding and constructing an open network capable of delivering cutting-edge communications, including voice, data and video services. The city council will review the plan at a study session on Monday and will direct staff later this month whether to move...

2008-07-25 12:01:20

By Kristina Peterson, Palo Alto Daily News, Calif. Jul. 25--As a proposed expansion of the Stanford Medical Center slowly wends its way through Palo Alto's review process, the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System has fast-tracked a massive reconstruction project at its Palo Alto and Menlo Park campuses. The system plans to construct the nation's largest veterans rehabilitation hospital, as well as new bone and joint, blind rehabilitation and psychiatric centers -- all as part of...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By Kristina Peterson, Palo Alto Daily News, Calif. Jul. 25--A load of green waste containing "combustible materials" caused Wednesday's fire at the Palo Alto landfill, officials said Thursday. Firefighters from Palo Alto, Mountain View and Cal Fire worked with staff from the city's public works department to contain the blaze early Thursday morning, said Barbara Cimino, the Palo Alto Fire Department's emergency manager. On Thursday, crews bulldozed 15-foot piles of compost to expose...

2008-07-16 12:00:00

By Kristina Peterson, Palo Alto Daily News, Calif. Jul. 16--Even though it will take more than a point and click to establish an ultra-high-speed Internet broadband network in Palo Alto, residents Tuesday began celebrating a project that took nearly a decade to launch. After years of rejecting efforts deemed too risky, the city council late Monday night approved a conceptual plan to let a consortium of companies fund, build and operate a fiber network capable of delivering Internet...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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