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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill Road home April 27 and...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

The Dow...

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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A good time for a market review

With less than two weeks left in the current year, you are likely to hear many conflicting opinions for stock market prospects in 2014.

The old adage “buy low and sell high” doesn’t mean to invest in poorly performing shares because they are low and should increase in 2014. Forecasting is futile.

At current levels, stocks are not in bubble territory, but keep an eye on the averages, as they often signal that a change is in the works.

Bears feel that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus policy will come to a slow halt and put pressure on stocks. Other investors believe that scenario played itself out when the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 129.60 points Dec. 11 and opened down Thursday.

The bulls are not leaving us, and we are keeping our portfolio 95 percent intact. On the other hand, numerous investors are selling their stocks and taking profits, hoping to buy them back at a lower price.

Two Town Crier “50” stocks made headlines last week.

• Rambus Inc. (RMBS; $9.54) shares climbed sharply last week after settling a patent dispute with Micron Technology, which will pay Rambus as much as $280 million over seven years to license Rambus patents. Formerly based in Los Altos but now located in Sunnyvale, Rambus will receive quarterly payments as high as $10 million for the life of the agreement.

Rambus stock is now up 77 percent for the year.

In June, Rambus settled a suit with SK Hynix for $240 million and signed a lease agreement with STMicroelectronics to close out a lengthy court battle.

The company has had legal problems for years over patent licensing, and the subsequent court battles drove investors away from the stock.

Most analysts deem the stock a hold, even after the strength of the settlements. The last time analysts issued the stock an upgrade to buy was in 2006.

Analysts’ median and high target price for Rambus stock is $13, with a low of $6.50. There is no dividend for stockholders.

• Apple Inc. (AAPL; $554.68) is scrambling to halt the market-share erosion of its tablet, which dropped from 40 percent to 30 percent sold in the previous year. Smartphones dropped from 14 percent to 13 percent.

Against that backdrop, Apple has quietly begun selling its iPad with retina display at its retail stores. The gradual rollout could be due to supply constraints, and analysts expect the device to become widely available during the holiday season.

In other news, the Cupertino-based firm agreed to pay $350 million for PrimeSense Ltd., an Israeli company that made gesture-recognition technology for Microsoft.

A U.S. jury awarded Apple $290 million in the retrial of a patent lawsuit against Samsung. Apple asked for $380 million.

Numerous analysts call Apple stock a strong buy in both the short and long term, with several analysts indicating an outperform position. The high target price for Apple stock is $777, with a median of $600. The yield on Apple stock is 2.30 percent.

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