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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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News of debt deal rejuvenates market

Prodded by a last-minute budget deal in the U.S. Congress Thursday, the stock market rebounded, with the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average surging on news of the federal government dodging default.

With the debt-ceiling crisis in the rearview mirror for now, the focus turns to corporate earnings. More than 140 companies on the S&P 500 are scheduled to report their earnings this week, and the market could assume a different posture.

The third-quarter earnings of big public companies announced so far are unimpressive. Although companies are beating their earnings estimates, it’s largely because they have lowered expectations.

While the lingering effects of the government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinksmanship are likely to weigh on near-term economic numbers, the market needs to look past these hiccups for the third-quarter earnings season to go well.

Two Town Crier “50” companies issued quarterly earnings reports last week.

• IBM Corp. ($173.29; IBM) shares tumbled after the market opened Thursday, hitting a two-year low of $174.53. IBM’s third-quarter revenue dropped, missing Wall Street forecasts by more than $1 billion.

The company reported net income of $4 billion, a 6 percent increase over the same period last year, but the company’s revenue dropped 4 percent to $23.7 billion, falling short of expectations.

The revenue shortfall prompted analysts to offer new price targets for the stock. A Jefferies analyst backed his hold rating but cut his price target to $190, while a Citicorp analyst maintained his buy rating but lowered his price target by $15. Barclays downgraded its rating from overweight to equal weight, reducing its low target price to $175.

• Intel Corp. (INTC; $24.06) released its third-quarter results last week. Despite beating expectations on a modest level, the current-quarter revenue outlook fell short and the company warned of delays with production of its upcoming Broadwell processors.

The company’s $3 billion profit was down 1 percent from a year ago, and sales of $13.5 billion were up a fraction at 58 cents per share. Analysts had predicted 53 cents per share on sales of $13.47 billion.

The world’s top chipmaker expects that the current Haswell PC processor, with improved battery life, will boost sales for the rest of 2013 but noted that preparations for the Broadwell chip are lagging.

Intel’s earnings are regarded as a barometer of the overall tech industry’s health. The chipmaker’s problems result from declining PC sales, the source of two-thirds of its revenue. Worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter fell 8.6 percent from last year.

In his third-quarter report, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich promised that sales of inexpensive tablets and computers would dominate the holiday season.

Intel’s upgrade and downgrade history is primarily a hold, with a few analysts deeming the stock an outperform. The median target price is $23, with a high of $30. The dividend yield is 3.9 percent.

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