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Los Altos resident proves relentless in support of African orphans


Los Altos resident Ellen Clark launched the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair after she traveled with her family to Africa in 1997 to visit her son Will, who was teaching children and teens from the Shona tribe in a remote village.

“We just fell in love with everything,” she said of her first visit to Zimbabwe. “But we saw poverty at a level you could not imagine. This was not a Club Med vacation – this was reality.”

'Applied Wisdom': Ex-CEO's book offers tips for effective management


Working at his family’s canning business in Cayuga, Ind., a young James C. Morgan learned the importance of addressing small problems before they became big ones.

The themes of awareness and anticipation run through Morgan’s life’s successes, whether building Applied Materials Inc. into a global corporation or participating in a coalition that buys and preserves thousands of acres of northern Sierra wilderness.

Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home

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Elly Mae, a longtime shelter resident, is now living large with her new owners, Nikki DeFeo, left, and Shannon Smith.

The delicate, ladylike way to refer to Elly Mae’s girth is “big boned.” But at a peak weight of 19 pounds, 12 ounces, the skinny is that this is one fat cat.

“She would bother us about eating food,” said Sachi Hwangbo, a registered vet technician with Palo Alto Animal Services.

Hidden Villa offers new way for kids to 'unplug'

Photo Laurie Aubuchon
Local children enjoy “unplugged” education courtesy of a new after-school program offered by Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills.

Only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own, and children are spending less than half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago.

The two reasons most often cited are the ready availability, convenience and distraction of screen time, and the increasing focus on academic learning in the classroom.

'Pre-History of the iPhone' talk set for March 2 in Mtn. View

The Computer History Museum’s latest presentation, “Computing in Your Pocket: The Pre-History of the iPhone in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 2 at the museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The panel discussion, moderated by Computer History Museum historian John Markoff, will focus on the race to design more personalized, handheld computers.

Morning Forum speaker shines light on U.S.-China relations


A foreign policy expert shared her assessment of “United States Relations with Asia in the Age of Donald Trump” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 7.

Anja Manuel, who earned a law degree from Harvard University, was for several years a U.S. State Department official negotiating with Delhi and Beijing. She is co-founder and partner in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. She is a lecturer in Stanford’s International Policy Studies Program, where she designed and teaches a course on U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

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