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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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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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