The Daily brief: July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010, 7:34 p.m.

Hospital expansion | The City of Palo Alto has released an early Draft Environmental Impact Report packet for the proposed Stanford hospital expansion. The packet includes comments and details on mitigation measures of the expected impacts to noise, traffic and the environment in Palo Alto. The city council is set to meet Monday to discuss.

My aching back | The Graduate Student Council thinks Vaden Health Center should give temporary parking permits to people who have appointments at the center. In an online petition to the heads of Vaden, Parking and Transportation Services and Student Affairs, the council said students living off-campus often don’t own the A or C parking permit necessary to park behind Vaden, drawing complaints from ticketed patients. There is guest parking across Cowell Lane, according to a campus map, but the GSC said parking spaces closer to the building are what the doctor ordered.

Westboro and the First Amendment | Law schools, free-speech advocates and a press organization have filed briefs in support of Westboro Baptist Church in a case set to go before the Supreme Court this fall. The case asks, in part, whether freedom of speech trumps freedom of religion or of assembly. Westboro picketed at Stanford in February.

Oakland streetcar | For our German readers (hallo!), a profile in Financial Times Germany of the Oakland streetcar plan designed by Daniel Jacobson ’12. In The Daily, Jacobson estimates his plan could bring as much as $5 million in annual tax revenue to the East Bay city.

Peace conference | American civil rights notables Vincent Harding, Dorothy Cotton and Clarence Jones are among the speakers at this weekend’s peace conference hosted by Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

Arizona | Stanford researchers say in a new study (PDF) that public schools in Arizona could deny services to up to 18 percent of potential English-language learners if the state scraps two of three questions on its home language survey.

Sharks | Steven Wilson of Hopkins Marine Station is tracking the declining basking shark, a 30-foot-long predator of the sea who is hungry for…plankton.

Sports | The USA men’s basketball team added alum Robin Lopez to its roster; he joins brother Brook. The Stanford women’s athletics program nabbed a 2010 ESPY award. Chiney Ogwumike, who will play for Stanford women’s basketball in the fall, was named national high school athlete of the year.

Sitting | There was a conference today at Stanford about it.

Honors | Graduate students Rikhil Bhavnani and Hilary Chart won the Marjorie Lozoff Graduate Essay Prize.

Overheard  | “Stanford comes to Berkeley talking about revenge for 2009, not to mention that the Cardinal can go to the Rose Bowl if it wins its final two games. But Vereen provides an encore performance from a year ago, rushing for 168 yards a two TDs, and the Bears defense mostly contains Stanford QB Andrew Luck in a 28-24 victory.” — Ted Miller at ESPN talks Cal’s best case-worst case scenarios.

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