Almanac News Editor Renee Batti won a first-place award in the "best feature story" category for her story on World War II veteran and Menlo Park resident Carl Clark, who was commended by the Navy in 2012 for saving lives in 1945, when the ship USS Aaron Ward was struck by kamikaze planes. He said he accepted the honor, 66 years after the attack, on behalf of those who fought bravely for their country but, because they were black like him, "got very little recognition for what they did." Photos were by Michelle Le.
Almanac reporter Sandy Brundage won second place in the "best investigative reporting" category for her November 2011 story that uncovered how the Menlo Park police department used red-light camera citations, known as "snitch tickets," to coerce car owners into identifying drivers photographed by the camera. The tickets falsely implied that recipients were legally obligated to identify the drivers.
She disclosed that police repeatedly called workplaces and landlords in an attempt to force the recipients to identify drivers, and made false threats, suggesting the police could prevent renewal of vehicle registrations. As part of a new state law, police departments are now no longer allowed to use snitch tickets.
Almanac reporter Dave Boyce won a second-place award in the "coverage of the environment" category for his story on a significant increase in recycling by local residents, and what happens to all those recycled materials. Photos were by Michelle Le.
Almanac photographer Michelle Le won a second-place award in the photo essay category for a photo spread that included a story by Dave Boyce: "A contemplative life: Monks at Woodside Priory take the road less traveled."
She also won a second-place award in the category, "best feature photo," for a 2012 photograph of a regal equestrian costumed in medieval garb and riding through the mist during a Camelot-themed "Day of the Horse" event in Woodside.
Michelle Le also won a certificate of achievement for a news photo that placed in the top 10 percent of entries statewide.
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