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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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“Go Giants!” shout Laurel School kids decked out in orange and black (and some pink!)

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Today was Go Giants Day at Laurel School in Atherton. Kids were asked to wear their orange and black to show support for the San Francisco Giants as they play their first 2014 World Series home game at AT&T Park starting  later this afternoon. We’d say these kids do what they’re told — and very well! Photos by Laura Hamilton

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“Go Giants” says this giant of a dog, Cash

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Growing up in Menlo Park, Rob Dell’Ergo was such a San Francisco Giants fan that he ended up working for the Giants in guest services later in life and writing a book about the team’s first season in its current ball park. For today’s “good luck, Giants” photo, we’re featuring Rob’s dog Cash in Giants attire. […]

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park training group celebrate finishing Nike Women’s Half Marathon

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Editor’s note: InMenlo contributing photographers Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last weekend. Irene trained with Fleet Feet Menlo Park. Last night the training teams gathered for a celebration party. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart shared some thoughts: We had 156 people registered through our class. There were 135 race registrations […]

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“Go Giants!” is message of Panda hat clad Halloween scarecrow in Menlo Park

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We liked the whimsy of this dressed up Halloween scarecrow in the front yard of a west Menlo Park home, all set to rally on the Giants in game one of the World Series today. The Panda hat, we think, is the perfect touch!

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Menlo Park women shine at Nike Women’s Half Marathon today

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Just in: photos of Menlo Park moms who completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon earlier today in San Francisco. They were among 25,000 participants. The overall winner was Victoria Mitchell of Waverley in a time of 1:19:49, of note as there are men in the race. Pictured top right is InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles and Kathy Oppenheimer […]

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Personal remembrance: A disappointed Giants fan 25 years ago today

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When I was growing up in Menlo Park, the Giants moved to San Francisco. My extended family would attend games together, and my two uncles, who both lived in the City, taught me baseball and sowed the seeds for the lifetime fan I am. Twenty five years ago today, I was still technically living in Southern […]

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Former M-A water polo players and swimmers salute Coach Bob Gaughran on his 80th birthday

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Bob Gaughran coached water polo and swimming at Menlo-Atherton High School for just seven years, ending his tenure almost 50 years ago.  So, it’s a testament to the man that three dozen or so of his former players gathered at the M-A pool yesterday on the occasion of his upcoming 80th birthday, a celebration organized […]

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Community invited to fundraising event at The Horse Park featuring various equine-related demonstrations

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Members of the community are invited to attend a special event in celebration and support of the Horse Park at Woodside. It is hoped that the event, the first public event of the 2014 capital campaign, will raise funds for necessary improvements and maintenance of the facility. It will take place at the Horse Park, […]

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Spotted: Fall color in Menlo Park

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Are other residents noticing that Fall in the form of the changing color of the leaves on Menlo Park’s liquid amber trees is early this year? In 20 plus years, we’ve witnessed the peak around Thanksgiving. And certainly not before Halloween. We’re presuming it’s drought related but if anyone has other explanations, we’re opening to […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School girls volleyball hosts community clinic on Sept. 26

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The M-A Girls Volleyball team welcomes all kids in grades 3-8 to participate in their annual community clinic fundraiser on Friday, September 26 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm at Ayers Gym, Menlo-Atherton High School. The focus will be on hitting, setting, passing, digging, blocking, serving, and ball control. The current M-A team will lead the […]

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