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S E C T I O N 2 February 9, 2011 ■ Stories about people and events in A LSO INSIDE C LA SSI F I E D S 18 |RE A L E S TAT E the community. 22 A matter of life and death Police negotiator tells how she handles life-threatening situations By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer W hen Detective Christine Powell arrived at the Dumbarton Bridge, she saw a man perched on the railing with a noose around his neck, gazing down at the water. Nearby stood her fellow police officers and four of the man’s relatives. “The whole time we’re there, I’m thinking, ‘please don’t jump,’” she said. More than an hour later, the man climbed off the railing. A police officer for four years, Det. Powell began training as a negotiator two years ago. The bridge incident, which occurred on Dec. 11, was the second time she’d put that training to use. The first time involved a man hiding inside a house with a gun, threatening to shoot. Although the danger was directed toward other people that time, Detective Powell said the approach to both incidents was similar. “The first thing I say is to introduce myself on a first-name basis. Let them know I’m a person, I’m not there to exercise authority, that the police are there to help,” she said. Other officers on the bridge, including Menlo Park’s Ed Soares and Nick Douglas, started building rapport, asking the man about hobbies and what he liked to do with his children. It turned out that a combination of financial struggles and a difficult meeting with a probation officer led him to think that suicide was the Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac “The whole time we’re there, I’m thinking, ‘please don’t jump,’” said Detective Christine Powell. only way out. “What I thought went well was absolutely the great team effort we made. We had other officers talking to friends, family, people who knew him,” Detective Powell said. “Without a team effort it wouldn’t have been possible.” The urge to help others that led Detective Powell to a law enforcement career didn’t vanish the moment the man climbed down from the railing; she plans to check back to see how he’s doing. “A lot of us are wondering,” she said. “But we know it’s going to take a while before he’s OK.” A The sky’s the limit Woodside artist depict the cosmos in exhibit at SLAC By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor W “Galaxies Collide,” an acrylic on canvas painting, is one of Leah Lubin’s 19 works on exhibit at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. hile scientists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory call upon precise and sophisticated tools to examine and explain the cosmos, Leah Lubin of Woodside reaches for her paintbrush, canvas and acrylics to depict the heavenly bodies that fascinate scientists and stargazers alike. The two approaches to cosmic exploration come together in the Kavli building at SLAC with an exhibit of Ms. Lubin’s lyrical interpretations of galaxies colliding, exploding wormholes, the Big Bang, and other celestial events. The show features 19 works, including her recent “Galactic Mysteries” series. Some of the work was exhibited at NASA Ames Research Center in 1997. Her celestial paintings constitute only a fraction of Ms. Lubin’s body of work, which includes abstract and figurative painting, photography and photo collage. Painting scenes of the cosmos is a natural for the artist, for whom abstract shapes such as circles and ovals hold special meaning. “They mean reality shifts to me, crossing over from what we understand as our reality to a more open thinking, universal reality, especially shapes and forms that can be found in the Cosmos which surrounds us all,” she writes in her artist statement. Ms. Lubin has shown her work in numerous exhibits on the Peninsula. One of her photo collages, “Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters come to La Honda,” is on view at the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. She currently teaches art at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. The public can view the show at SLAC, on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, by special arrangement. Those interested should contact Ms. Lubin at Go to to see Ms. Lubin’s work and learn more about the exhibit. A February 9, 2011 N The Almanac N17

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