Caltrain Strangers

Alex Simand, a scraggly bearded, tech engineer, walks onto the platform at 4 p.m. sharp, heading towards the ticket booth, where he fishes out a few dollar bill...

Holiday foods from around the world

As the streets and homes of Palo Alto come to life, decorated with millions of electric lights, it’s hard to ignore the contagious joy of the holiday season. As...

Black Thursday

On a chilly Thanksgiving evening, for Bay Area residents waiting in line at entrance 1 of the Great Mall in Milpitas, Black Friday begins on Thursday night. Full from meals of turkey and cranberry sauce and cold from the crisp air, men, women and children mill over the provided Black Friday catalog, waiting patiently for the mall to open at 6 p.m. sharp. What used to be a harmless day of low prices and late night shopping has quickly evolved into an atmosphere of aggressive shopping tactics —