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Commission highlights strides in fight against human trafficking

Within the dark world of human trafficking, it’s not uncommon for perpetrators to brand their victims with tattoos declaring ownership.

Connecting marked victims of sexual exploitation with tattoo removal is just one service Santa Clara County’s Probation Department offers to the adults and children passing through the criminal justice system, and it’s one that’s proven to change lives.

Puma kill puts LAH residents on alert

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A mountain lion guards its kill, a deer, outside Asia Schulhof’s Canyon Road home in Los Altos Hills.

It was a tiger that alerted Asia Schulhof to the lion outside her home. A Tiger with a capital “T,” that is.

At approximately 4 p.m. Aug. 16, the Los Altos Hills resident heard Tiger, her toy fox terrier, barking ferociously. The dog’s attention was trained on something outside Schulhof’s Canyon Road house, and she peered through an upstairs bedroom window to see a dead deer crumpled on the street.

Los Altos attorney appointed to help lead El Camino Hospital

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors last week appointed Los Altos resident Neysa Fligor to the five-member board overseeing El Camino Hospital.

Fligor, who lost by six votes to Lynette Lee Eng in last year’s race for a seat on the Los Altos City Council, fills a position that opened when Dennis Chiu announced his resignation in June. The position is up for re-election in November 2018.

Local, state officials report slow start to West Nile virus season

Mosquito trap
Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control District
A Santa Clara County Vector Control District mosquito trap hangs from a tree in Morgan Hill. As is protocol, Vector Control District technicians set up mosquito traps within a 1-mile radius of any dead, West Nile virus-positive bird. The collected mosquitoes are then tested for the virus.

Although a handful of dead birds discovered earlier this month signals the return of West Nile virus to Santa Clara County, the season is off to a slow start, and no human cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported, officials stated last week.

“We’re not used to having so few dead birds,” said Russell Parman, Santa Clara County Vector Control District assistant manager. “It’s throwing us off.”

MV rally draws hundreds supporting diversity, equality

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Stand Up for Equality and Diversity participants wield signs at Saturday’s rally in Mountain View. Rallygoers hoisted homemade signs denouncing racism, bigotry and neo-Nazism.

A young child placed a rose in front of Heather Heyer’s photo Saturday on the steps of Mountain View Civic Center Plaza. The memorial for the 32-year-old, killed during the white nationalist rally Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Va., was part of the larger Stand Up for Equality and Diversity rally.

According to organizer and Mountain View City Councilman Lenny Siegel, several hundred people attended the rally, staged in response to both the Charlottes-ville event and the alt-right’s planned, then canceled, March on Google. More than 30 speakers shared their thoughts through spoken word and poetry, and on a few occasions the crowd broke into song, belting out “This Land Is Your Land” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Scientists, enthusiasts over the moon for eclipse

Madhulika “Lika” Guhathakurta, lead NASA eclipse scientist, has traveled the world chasing solar eclipses. She’ll be based at the Salem, Ore., fairgrounds and live streaming for NASA during Monday’s big celestial event. Courtesy of NASA

Lori Thomas didn’t know it at the time, but Super Bowl 50 provided a sort of mental recital for what’s coming Monday.

Thomas served as Foothill College’s publicity coordinator, and she was living just around the corner from Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016, showdown day between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. A year and a half later, Thomas is retired and living in Newport, Ore., where she’s eagerly awaiting the Great American Eclipse, a celestial showdown of sorts expected to attract Super Bowl-sized crowds of up to 100,000 people to her quaint beach town, population 10,000.

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