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The Daily brief: July 30, 2010

‘Psychological autopsies’ | A study to construct narratives of the suicides Palo Alto teens committed on Caltrain tracks in 2009 and 2010 may be underway, pending approval mid-July by Stanford’s research board. Families of the five teens can opt into the study, which includes interviews with relatives and friends, then could choose to share results with the community, said Shashank Joshi, assistant professor of psychiatry at Stanford. Several have expressed interest in participating, he said. Joshi is involved in Project Safety Net, which formed in response to the eight-month string of suicides.

ASSU | An “ASSU fiscal reform package” is in the works, Senate Chair Michael Cruz ’12 said Friday. Ryan Peacock, a doctoral student and former Graduate Student Council financial officer, is set to discuss the plan on Aug. 2. Peacock is the executive chair of graduate student issues.

Hospital expansion | The City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board is set to review proposed designs for Stanford’s hospital expansion on Aug. 5.

Caltrain delays | Caltrain said it would apologize Friday morning to commuters for “a cascade of delays” of nearly an hour on Thursday caused by mechanical problems on two trains. On Friday at 6:15 a.m. a train again broke down, causing delays of more than half an hour, said spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

Speaking of send-offs | Palo Alto student Lynnelle Ye, an incoming freshman, is headed to the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad as one of eight American competitors.

College poll | A higher percentage of Hispanic Americans value higher education than of Americans overall, according to a poll co-sponsored by Stanford.

Climate bill | Stanford law student Brian Goldsmith asks on TheAtlantic.com: what went wrong?

Football | A preseason media poll puts Stanford fourth in the Pac-10.

Bay Area | Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., said the state plans to appeal a ruling that blocked parts of SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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