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Post image for Café Scientifique examines brutality of contact sports  – and its lasting damage Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard is both a book and the topic of the next Café Scientifique  on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at SRI International in Menlo Park. The event is co-produced by the Bay Area Science Festival. Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Derek Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. Three panelists will explore Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to his teenaged junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But behind the scenes, Boogaard's injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers. The panelists are John Branch, Pulitizer Prize-winning sports reporter for the New York Times and author of Boy on Ice; Dr. Joel Kramer, Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology Program, UC San Francisco; Dr. David Camarillo, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. The moderator is Katie Baker, a staff writer at Grantland. Boogaard's story raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports — from peewees to professionals — and the damage that reaches far beyond the game and does so more quickly and at younger ages than has ever been suspected. Discussion will focus on  the current science and technology being used to diagnose and detect these injuries and what that may mean to the future of these sports. Kepler's Books will sell copies of Boy on Ice at the event.

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Menlo Park Fire District considers using drone quad-copter for situational awareness

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is seeking public feedback regarding its plan to purchase a remote control quad helicopter drone that will be used specifically for situational aerial observation of fires, pre-planning video of specified high hazard occupancies, and for use on technical rescues, such as water rescues in the San Francisco Bay. The […]

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MPPD investigating credit card fraud at Menalto Cleaners in Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park

In September 2014, the Menlo Park Police Department was advised of an alleged large scale theft by credit card fraud at a local business. This investigation uncovered seven known victims with a combined loss of over $200,000. On October 7, 2014, Menlo Park Police officers and detectives served simultaneous search warrants at Menalto Cleaners located […]

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Eight M-A students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

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There are eight 2015 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Award semifinalists from Menlo-Atherton High School. They are seniors Matthew Baszucki, Ryan Cole, Alexander Iyer, Christopher Jarrett, Healey Montague-Alamin, Nathan Orttung, Erin Perrine, and Katherine Webb. Every year, 16,000 students all over the U.S. are selected as semifinalists for NMS based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) […]

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Saturation traffic enforcement set for Menlo Park and Atherton on Wednesday, Sept. 17

On September 17th, 28 traffic officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Mateo County will be participating in the San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.). The STEP initiative is a collaborative effort to increase traffic safety and awareness in known trouble spots throughout San Mateo County. Tomorrow’s deployment will occur in the […]

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Reported mountain lion sighting in Atherton last weekend

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On Saturday, September 6, a resident in the area of Monte Vista and Linda Vista Avenues in Atheton, reported a mountain lion in her driveway at approximately 9:15 pm. In an incident that has attracted much media attention, a mountain lion attached a boy last weekend in the area near Picchetti in the hills of Cupertino. […]

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Mosquito fogging in industrial areas of northeast Menlo Park scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected adult mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) collected on August 28, 2014, from the 94063 ZIP code area. In an effort to prevent human cases of WNV, the District will conduct a truck-mounted mosquito fogging treatment around the detection site. Weather permitting, the ground […]

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Menlo Park Municipal District Water activates conservation plan

Responding to the current drought, a new California State mandate requires water suppliers to activate their water conservation plans. In compliance with this law, the Menlo Park City Council activated the existing Menlo Park Municipal Water District Conservation plan. This plan will only affect Menlo Park Municipal Water District customers. Please refer to the interactive […]

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Anna Eshoo launches net neutrality rebranding contest via Reddit

Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and open Internet advocate, today launched a contest to rebrand ‘net neutrality’ — the term used to describe the principle of all Internet traffic being created equal and that it should be treated as such. In May, the Federal Communications Commission […]

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ESL conversation group meets every Wednesday at Menlo Park Library

Project Read-Menlo Park has started an ESL Conversation Club. It meets every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library. The purpose is to give English language leanrs an opportunity to practice their skills in English with other learners aided volunteer facilitators. For more information, contact Elibet Jimenez at 650-330-2525 […]

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Six candidates vie for three seats on Menlo Park City Council in November election

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Six candidates are running for the three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council in the November 4, 2014, election. These individuals have been deemed qualified by the San Mateo County Elections Office as residents and registered voters of the City of Menlo Park. The candidates, listed by date qualified, are: Kristin Duriseti (top row, left) Kirsten […]

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