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Good morning, its Monday, March 22.

Here are the week’s top stories.

Across the board, local leaders unite in condemning anti-Asian violence

Local leaders have united in condemning hate crimes against Asian Americans, just days after the Atlanta-area spa shootings in which a Caucasian suspect killed eight victims, six of whom were Asian women.
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CDC says only 3-foot social distancing needed in schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today relaxed its coronavirus guidance for schools, most notably changing its social distancing guidelines from 6 feet to 3 feet, a departure from the near-ubiquitous 6-foot distancing standard.
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Mountain View, Palo Alto police release footage of June 2020 K-9 mauling of innocent man

The Mountain View and Palo Alto police departments Tuesday released bodycam footage from an incident in June in which a Palo Alto police K-9 mistakenly attacked Mountain View resident Joel Alejo.
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HHS won’t use Moffett Field as detention center

The Department of Health and Human Services will not use Moffett Field as a temporary detention center for migrant children, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18) on March 18.
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San Mateo County bumped to orange tier, Santa Clara expected to follow next week

San Mateo County has fallen to the orange tier of coronavirus restrictions, the first Bay Area county to do so. Santa Clara County, which has generally lagged a week behind San Mateo, is on track to make the same move next week so long as its case rates hold.
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Los Altos Library opens for limited-capacity service, continues expanded online resources

Last week, the Los Altos Library opened its lobby service in limited capacity, allowing residents to partake in restricted browsing and book pickup.
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Here’s some more student journalism you should check out: 

MV council moves one step closer to formation of Public Safety Advisory Board

The Mountain View City Council recommended the appointment of seven civilian community members to the Public Safety Advisory Board during its March 16 study session, the latest development in the city’s effort to streamline police reform. The recommended appointees will be confirmed in a final vote during the council’s April 13 meeting. 
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‘It’s about hope and action’: Partners of 34 years inspire change through art

After quitting his job in 1986, Rob Badger went to his local photo lab to develop a photography portfolio for potential clients. While waiting for his film to develop, Rob met Nita Winter, a fellow photographer, who would later become his wife.
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Activists protest possible use of Moffett Field as detention center

Waving colorful signs reading, “Kids Don’t Belong in Cages,” “F*ck Your Borders,” and “Free Them All,” local activists gathered outside of Moffett Field yesterday to protest the possible use of NASA’s Mountain View facilities as a temporary detention center for unaccompanied migrant children, as border officials struggle to handle a surge of migrants crossing the border in recent months.
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In case you missed it: 

Artist of the month: On the canvas, Solomon Wechter creates his own world

Los Altos High School junior Solomon Wechter was awakened when he discovered his passion for painting — but it wasn’t until recently that he got in touch with his artistic creativity. 
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Recently promoted Teri Faught on her new role, learning loss, equity and teaching

A longtime teacher and administrator in the Mountain View–Los Altos School District, Teri Faught this week assumed the role of associate superintendent of educational services.
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At last, PAUSD, MVLA high schoolers return to campus

Almost exactly a year since campuses first shuttered to stem the tide of a raging pandemic, high schoolers in the Mountain View–Los Altos and Palo Alto Unified school districts returned to classrooms this week.
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VIDEO: San Juan Dance brings joy and normalcy in the pandemic

A mainstay of Downtown Los Altos, San Juan Dance continues to operate and bring joy to its dancers even in the pandemic.
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Meet Alex Brown, quasi-famous MV activist and ‘Official Guy Who Does Stuff Sometimes I Guess’

Community activist Alex Brown’s official, voted-on title and email signature is the “Official Guy Who Does Stuff Sometimes I Guess,” but it should probably be changed to be “Official Guy Who Does Stuff All the Time.”
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