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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona reports 2,274 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — As the holiday weekend winds down, Arizona health officials are reporting 2,274 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths. The state Department of Public Health Services released …

Flagstaff delays construction of USGS facilities over costs

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Flagstaff is hitting pause on the construction of new buildings in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey because of soaring costs. The Arizona Daily …

Navajo Nation reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, another death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and one new death. The total number of COVID-19 deaths on the reservation now stands at 1,540. The number …

Chandler aims to limit more data centers after early growth

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Chandler is eyeing a proposal that would make it more difficult for new data centers to open in the city. Data centers that house computer and network infrastructure …

DPS: Wrong-way driver killed in wreck involving 4 vehicles

PHOENIX (AP) — A wrong-way collision on a Phoenix freeway early Saturday involved four vehicles and killed the wrong-way driver, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. The crash occurred …
First responders
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Nov. 18-25: Theft of vehicle reported at 7:19 a.m. Nov. 20 in the 4900 block of South Pinal Parkway …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Nov. 15-25: Sexual assault of a minor reported at 7:28 p.m. Nov. 18 in the 1000 block of West …
The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of burglaries Nov. 10-13: Burglary at a residence/home Nov. 10 in the 200 block of West First Avenue. Burglary at a commercial/office …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Terán: Arizona Republicans tried to block $150M in tax cuts from families in their districts

This week, the fifth round of President Biden and Democrats’ middle-class tax cuts hit bank accounts across Arizona, delivering crucial relief to the families of 1,382,000 children.

Dickerson:: Give new life to a deserving Arizona pet for Adopt a Senior Pet Month

At the Arizona Humane Society, we care for and love each and every one of the more than 15,000 sick, injured and abused pets that walk through our doors each year. But, of course, we can’t help but have some that pull on our heartstrings just a tad bit more than others … this includes our beloved senior pets.

Shinkoskey: American freedom must be balanced by common sense

A lot of people today think it is not right to stop people from doing whatever they want to …

Wealth versus worth: Remembering Tex Earnhardt

If you’ve ever traveled by motorcycle, you know stopping for gas can be time consuming. Dismount, take off your helmet and gloves, unzip your riding pants, dig your wallet out of your jeans, angle the pump perfectly to avoid squirting gas on the tank, etc. It can be cumbersome.

Remembering Thanksgiving at 400: America’s original holiday beer bash

A holiday question persists year after year, probably stretching all the way back to the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621: “What are we going to do with all the uneaten turkey?” The Pilgrims, on the other hand, could have asked a different question after that first celebration exactly 400 years ago: “What are we going to do with all the empty kegs?”
More sports

Brooks, Bane lead Grizzlies past poor-shooting Kings

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored 21 points, Desmond Bane added 18 and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Sacramento's poor shooting to beat the Kings 128-101 on Sunday night. …

Celtics beat short-handed Raptors for 4th win in 6 games

TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Smart scored 21 points, Al Horford had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 109-97 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing …

Thomas' late 3 helps US top Cuba 95-90 in Cup qualifying

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (AP) — Isaiah Thomas made sure USA Basketball’s road to the 2023 World Cup didn’t begin with a major upset. Thomas scored 21 points, including a sealing 3-pointer with …

NBA-leading Warriors beat Clippers, await showdown with Suns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-90 victory over the Los Angeles …

Defending champ Bucks rout Pacers for 7th straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to seven, routing the Indiana Pacers 118-100 on Sunday night. The …

Curry has 33 points, Warriors beat Clippers for 8th straight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-90 victory over the Los Angeles …
Most recent
Capitals claw back after losing 2-goal lead, beat Canes 4-2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dmitry Orlov scored on a power play with 2:55 remaining, and the Washington Capitals recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Sunday. …

AP source: Marlins, Avisail Garcia agree to 4-year contract

Magic's Carter, Heat's Dedmon fined by NBA

Goran Dragic leaves Raptors because of personal matter

Nation

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Virgil Abloh, a leading fashion executive hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, has died after a private battle with cancer. He was 41. Abloh's death was …

'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney's “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres …

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a …

For cop who shot Daunte Wright, will 'wrong gun' plea work?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Daunte Wright in April, her reaction on body-camera video seemed to instantly establish the key facts of the case: “I …

Trial set to start on charges Smollett faked racist attack

CHICAGO (AP) — A popular actor steps out onto the street and is brutally reminded that, despite his fame and wealth, places still exist where the color of his skin and sexual orientation put him in …
World

Thousands protest coronavirus restrictions in Czech capital

PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Sunday to protest the government’s restrictive measures to tackle a record surge of coronavirus infections. The protesters …

Dutch impose new tighter lockdown amid spiking infections

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands moved into a tougher lockdown Sunday that was announced amid spiking infections even before the country recorded its first confirmed cases of the new, more highly …

In Iraq, family mourns victim of tragic Channel death

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Snow globes, teddy bears and makeup brushes — these were the trinkets left behind in northern Iraq by Maryam Nouri who perished this week along with at least 26 others in an …

Tens of thousands without power in UK in storm's wake

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Scotland and northern England remained without power Sunday after a storm brought sleet, subzero temperatures and disruptions across much of the …

Rally in Belgrade demands end to alarming air pollution

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday to demand an end to Serbia's alarming levels of air pollution. The rally came a day after another environmental protest in …
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Business

Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes. Warming temperatures and an extended …

Anti-government protesters block bridges, roads in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Skirmishes on Saturday erupted in Serbia between police and anti-government demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges in the Balkan country in protest against new laws …

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Saturday ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that …

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Worried scientists in South Africa are scrambling to combat the lightning spread across the country of the new and highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant as the world …

Neighbors

Sock donation drive at Apache Junction library

Through Jan. 8, the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road, will collect new, white crew socks for the Genesis Project — a faith-based community effort dedicated to feeding, …

19th Annual Patriotic Luncheon honors military heroes, veterans

The 19th Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon was held Nov. 10, at the Arizona Biltmore, where the Veterans Medical Leadership Council welcomed guests to celebrate America’s heroes. The …

Mesa Community College academic advisor receives national recognition

Jocelyn Mandal, student services analyst-advising at the Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus, recently received the Certificate of Merit as part of the Outstanding Advising Award-Primary …

Free ‘Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ class Dec. 3

“Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ free classes with useful information to support Mesa residents who want to improve their neighborhoods continue Dec. 3. “Attend these free …

Things to do

Holiday festivities at Apache Junction Public Library

A holiday class and event are slated the first two Saturdays of December at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. They are:• 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, make a fairy wand …

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Arizona Big Train Operators will hold annual Christmas open houses in December. Members open their train layouts to the public to view different style layouts both inside and outside and …

Apache Junction holiday program, light parade Dec. 4

The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the city’s annual holiday program and light parade 3-11 p.m. Dec. 4 at Flatiron Community Park, 100 N. Apache Trail. There …

Merry Main Street in Mesa starts Friday

Merry Main Street, a celebration of the holiday season, will be held in downtown Mesa Nov. 26-Jan. 2. The festivities begin Nov. 26 with an evening of music, food and fun for everyone. It …

Obituaries & Memorials

Robert "Bob" Louis Siegel

Age 97 passed away on July 25,2021. Born February 20,1924 in Chicago, Illinois Robert Louis Siegel was the first born son of Louis Siegel and Lucile Bolbeck. He married Mildred Arnold (Millie) in …

Elizabeth Zeitler

Elizabeth (Betsy) Eklin Zeitler, age 75, of south of Calumet, MN and Sun City, AZ, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. Elizabeth was born in …

Michael D. Hamerski

Michael D. Hamerski, 76 of Mesa, AZ passed away suddenly on 11/12/2021 at his home in Sunland Springs Village. Michael was born in Stevens Point, WI to Peter and Helen Hamerski on 11/22/1944. He …

Leah Ann Center

Leah passed during a roadtrip with her cherished partner Carl of 17 years on 11/03/21. Born in 1937, Leah graduated from NIU where she met her husband of 45 years. Leah left 2 children, 4 …

Carole Mae Folk Holcomb

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Carole Mae (Folk) Holcomb, our loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on November 11, 2021, at 6:50 …
Entertainment
Bob Dylan's new series of paintings "Deep Focus" are part of an exhibit of his visual art at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Miami. "Retrospectrum" will showcase over 180 of Dylan's acrylics, watercolors, drawings and ironwork sculptures, including new pieces that will be shown for the first time. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Bob Dylan artwork show opens in Miami, new cinema paintings

MIAMI (AP) — Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. But recently America’s master lyricist has also captured moments in a new series of paintings that, just like his …
Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang-chyi arrives at the 58th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Chen is nominated for Best Leading Actress for the film "Increasing Echo" at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/ Billy Dai)

Hong Kong drama bags nominations at Golden Horse Awards

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s annual Golden Horse Awards kicked off Saturday with a Hong Kong drama receiving the most nominations for the Asian equivalent of the Academy Awards. The Golden …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr, Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of …

Perfectionist. Genius. Icon. That was Stephen Sondheim

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2010, the year he turned 80, Stephen Sondheim had to endure a public fuss when a Broadway theater was being renamed in his honor. At a ceremony outside the 1,055-seat …
FILE - Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim poses after being awarded the Freedom of the City of London at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, on Sept. 27, 2018. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. Sondheim's death was announced by his Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, who told The New York Times the composer died Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, at his home in Roxbury, Conn. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of …