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'Prowler' proves benign in Los Altos

Video footage of a man entering a Los Altos backyard last week captured a painter looking for his job site, it turns out. The Los Altos police department had released an alert with a screencap of the man wearing a Golden State Warriors championship t...

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Schools

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud

MVLA foundation recounts first year of Learning in the Cloud


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Robert Barker, Los Altos High World Literature teacher, demonstrates how students use online discussion in class.

Technology is no longer seen as a distraction in the classroom, as students in the Mountain View Los Altos ...

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Community

Sports

Eagles, Spartans advance

Eagles, Spartans advance


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High’s Lizzy Beutter registered three hits in last week’s playoff win over Watsonville. She was also the winning pitcher.

Led by Lizzy Beutter, host Los Altos High whipped Watsonville 9-0 in the opening ro...

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Comment

Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to tra...

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Special Sections

Planting is possible despite drought

Planting is possible despite drought


Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Wash the soilless mix off the root ball into the same container in which you have placed the clay soil from the planting hole. Remove at least an inch from the top and sides of the plant.

In this continuin...

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Business

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching

Los Altos-based startup eyes digital makeup color-matching


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Kokko Inc. Makeup Director Meli Pennington, standing, tests different shades of foundation on Los Altos resident Karen Melchior.

Meli Pennington knows cosmetics.

She has painted faces for the pages of Vogue and Glamour,...

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Books

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair

Horan's 'Loving Frank' offers fictionalized account of famed architect's illicit affair


In the 1920s, two married people fall in love, leave their spouses and children and set about living and traveling together. Affairs of this sort were considered shocking at the time. But the scandal was heightened given that the man was Frank Lloy...

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People

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

DR. WALLACE IRA SAMPSON

     

Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Rita (nee Landry) Sampson, brother Sandy, sons Robert, Paul (Suzanne), Buck (Kathryn), ...

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Travel

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds

Flying south for the winter: Antarctica trips are not just for the birds


Photos Courtesy of Dave Hadden
Los Altos residents Dave and Joan Hadden watched the scenery from the large boat and a smaller Zodiac.

Standing on the beach with hundreds of thousands of penguins is “the experience of a lifetime,” according to Ga...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'

LA Stage Co. goes to 'town'


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opens this weekend.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to preview Th...

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Spiritual Life

Mercifully in His grip: Exploring our true position in Christ

I recently read a wonderful analogy about our true position in Christ. It was shockingly contrary to the messages impressed upon me in church, but deeply rooted in the Bible. The analogy is that of child and a parent. If you have ever taken a small ...

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Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Lancers rally late to beat Aragon


Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

St. Francis High guard Mike Lauck scored 19 points Saturday.

Minutes after the St. Francis High boys basketball team rallied for a 65-54 win over Aragon in the Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinals, coach Mike Motil wasn’t even sure how his Lancers did it.

“I really don’t know, to be honest with you, what happened,” he said. “I’ll have to go back and watch the film.”

That film will show No. 3 St. Francis (10-16) making big shot after big shot to overcome a seven-point deficit late in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.

It started with Khalid Johnson’s pullup jumper inside the key that cut No. 6 Aragon’s lead to 44-39 with four seconds left in the period. The senior guard totaled 15 points.

Johnson’s twin brother, Khalil, opened the fourth with a top-of-the-key 3, narrowing Aragon’s advantage to two points.

That ignited an 18-4 St. Francis run that included two 3s and a putback by Mike Lauck. The senior guard tallied a game-high 19 points.

“Mike Lauck did a great job,” Motil said. “He made five 3s tonight and took their second-best offensive weapon out of the game.”

That player, sharpshooter Nick Frankel, finished with 11 points for Aragon (19-7). He made just one shot from 3-point range.

The Dons went nearly five minutes without a basket in the final quarter, and the Lancers raced past them during this stretch. Khalil Johnson’s layin off a steal gave St. Francis the lead at 49-48 with 4:55 remaining.

The Lancers stayed ahead the rest of the way, building a nine-point advantage with 2:31 to go.

St. Francis made six of eight free throws in the final minute – four by Nicholas Keyes – to keep Aragon at bay.

“We just fought, and I’m really proud of the guys and the effort they gave,” Motil said.

St. Francis was slated to face No. 2 Leigh (21-7) in Tuesday’s semifinals, played after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner advances to Friday’s title game, set for 8 p.m. at Santa Clara High.

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