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News - October 24, 2012

Menlo briefs: Belle Haven pool adds hours for water polo

Although his contract with Menlo Park required operating the city's Belle Haven pool for only three months a year, Tim Sheeper of Menlo Swim and Sport will open the facility six days a week starting in November for water polo season, according to city staff.

His organization has been operating the pool on Saturdays from September through October by offering swim lessons as well as renting the pool to a local water polo organization. Due to limited space at Burgess Pool, Menlo Swim and Sport plans to provide practice space at Belle Haven from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and continue with swim lessons and rentals on Saturdays, staff said.

Search for Walgreens robber continues

It's not Halloween yet, but that didn't stop a man from donning a fake moustache before robbing a Walgreens in Menlo Park.

The man walked into the Santa Cruz Avenue store around 7:45 p.m. on Friday night and demanded money from a manager, according to police. After stuffing cash into a paper bag, he fled through the rear door. The robbery involved no weapon, witnesses said, and no one was hurt.

Police have yet to identify the suspect, described as a white male in his 40s with short dark hair, standing nearly 6 feet tall.

He wore a light hooded sweatshirt, green military-style jacket and dark pants. Completing the outfit were a blue baseball cap with multi-colored gloves, and of course, a moustache described in the report as "fake and costume like."

Curious about Mars rover "Curiosity"?

The Mars rover dubbed "Curiosity" landed on the red planet in August to start a 23-month mission of looking for signs of environmental conditions that could have supported life.

This Thursday, Oct. 25, the U.S. Geological Survey will featuring geologist Ken Herkenhoff, a member of the rover's mission team, discussing what scientists have discovered so far. Learn how scientists use special instruments aboard Curiosity to analyze dust and rocks to learn what role water played in forming the Martian landscape.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium in U.S. Geological Survey Building 3 at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Go to to watch the lecture live online.