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Haitians scramble to survive, seeking food, water and safety as gang violence chokes the capital

Life in Port-au-Prince has become a game of survival, pushing Haitians to new limits as they scramble to stay safe and alive while gangs overwhelm the police and the government remains largely …

Hawaii lawmakers take aim at vacation rentals after Lahaina wildfire amplifies Maui housing crisis

An acute housing shortage hitting fire survivors on the Hawaiian island of Maui is squeezing out residents even as they try to overcome the loss of loved ones, their homes and their community. The …

Marijuana grow busted in Maine as feds investigate trend in 20 states

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The high electricity consumption of a home, its cardboard-covered windows and odor of marijuana drew law enforcement's attention to an illicit grow operation off the beaten …
Valley & State
2024 ELECTION

Glendale mayoral hopeful Aldama's signatures challenged in court Monday

A trial to determine the validity of Glendale mayoral candidate Jamie Aldama's signatures will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22 in Maricopa County Superior Court at 201 W. Jefferson St. The …
POLICE

Body found in canal; Mesa, Gilbert police investigate

A man’s body was found floating in a canal Saturday morning, and authorities are investigating the case as a “suspicious death.” The Gilbert Police Department received a call …
Legal

Mayes ask court to dismiss immunity claim on hand count of ballots

PHOENIX — Attorney General Kris Mayes wants a judge to toss a bid by a Mohave County Supervisor seeking a court order granting him immunity if he votes to scrap machine counting of ballots. …
MILLION-DOLLAR WINNER

19 people show power of Arizona Lottery pool-playing

Nineteen people teamed up to buy Powerball tickets from a Phoenix Circle K, and they have shared $1 million in prize money, Arizona Lottery officials said. The winning ticket was purchased for …
ENVIRONMENT

Arizona issues weekend pollution advisory

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued an ozone high-pollution advisory for Saturday and Sunday. According to ADEQ, these are among the things Arizona residents should do: …
LOVEY BORENSTEIN

Community invited to celebrate life, legacy of Chompie’s matriarch

The Borenstein family, founder of Chompie’s restaurants, invites the community to celebrate the life of Lovey Borenstein on Sunday. Borenstein, who died recently, would have been 90 on …

The drug war devastated Black and other minority communities. Is marijuana legalization helping?

A major argument for legalizing the adult use of cannabis after 75 years of prohibition was to stop the harm caused by disproportionate enforcement of drug laws in Black, Latino and other minority …

Record Store Day celebrates indie retail music sellers as they ride vinyl's popularity wave

Record Store Day celebrates independent retail music sellers who have endured long after megastores like Tower Records closed. The holiday invented at a gathering of independent record store owners …
LEARNING CENTER

AT&T, A New Leaf team up to bridge digital divide in Mesa

According to Digital Bridge K-12, around 200,000 K-12 students in Arizona don’t have computer or internet access at home. According to the National Telecommunications and Information …

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Opinions with Civility
I read your story about the many candidates that are seeking to replace Rep. Debbie Lesko.
Everyone wants to stop violence today, but no one knows how. Some think we will be able to find the answer with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) because it has amazing capacities that our scientists …
Like many of my golfing friends here in Sun City, I moved here after retiring, hoping to continue competing at a high level in local tournaments.
Some people are acting as if abortion is a God-given right. I’m sure that God, who values all human life, would not be in favor of abortion.
Democracy is worth fighting for - Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, et al per the Declaration of Independence - 1776.
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Local sports

Diamondbacks play the Giants after Marte's 4-hit game

The Arizona Diamondbacks play the San Francisco Giants after Ketel Marte had four hits on Friday in a 17-1 win over the Giants.

Jordan Montgomery wins in debut, Diamondbacks get 22 hits in 17-1 win over Giants

Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings in his season debut, Blaze Alexander hit a grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 17-1. Ahead 2-1 in the fifth, Arizona …

Jordan Montgomery shines in his delayed season debut with the Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery’s debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks went better than is tune-up starts in Triple-A. The 31-year-old left-hander cruised through six innings against the San Francisco Giants, …
National sports
Ryan Garcia knocked Devin Haney down three times and handed the WBC super lightweight champion his first loss, winning the fight by majority decision but not the title because he was over the weight …
Dave McCarty, a member of the Boston Red Sox championship team in 2004 who played with seven MLB teams in an 11-year career, has died. He was 54. The Red Sox announced McCarty’s death in a …
Daulton Varsho hit a three-run homer and José Berríos pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Berríos allowed six hits, struck out six …
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Valley business

Banner Health names new chief technology officer

Michael Reagin is joining Banner Health’s senior leadership team as executive vice president, chief technology officer.

Michael Reagin will join Banner Health’s senior leadership team in June, in the newly created role of executive vice president, chief technology officer. Reagin will be responsible for IT, …

Chandler greenlights QuikTrip over fierce opposition

Chandler Planner Ben Cereceres speaks during the City Council’s April 18, three-hour meeting, where a QuikTrip rezoning and development plan was advanced by a 5-2 vote.

​A nearly three-hour April 18 meeting led to involved 17 people coming to a podium to talk about a gas station. Near the end of one of the longer meetings in recent Chandler history, the City …

Scottsdale native brings AI to dentistry

Scottsdale native Ryan Miller is introducing AI into the medical world.

Ever been lying in bed worrying about the day’s medical appointment? What did the doctor say about the diagnosis? How much was the bill? You’ll call first thing in the morning …

Waste Not and Birdcall are teaming up to fight hunger

Local nonprofit Waste Not and restaurant Birdcall are teaming up April 24 to raise funds to fight hunger in Arizona.

April 24 is Stop Food Waste Day and local nonprofit, Waste Not, is teaming up with Valley restaurant, Birdcall, to help raise awareness. Arizona is known as the worst offender for food waste in …

Neighbors

Chandler mom seeks funds, donor match for toddler with leukemia

Destiny Martinez of Chandler holds her son, Ollie, in this recent photo. Ollie has a form of leukemia that requires an expensive search for a bone marrow donor match as well as a procedure.

​Destiny Martinez isn’t at home in Chandler much these days. She spends most of her time at an area hospital, where her son, Ollie, spends most of his days as a leukemia patient in need …

Valley veterans reminisce, get hero’s sendoff on flight to D.C.

Paul Lewis, right, of Ahwatukee, served in the Army, and Wayne Vandever, of Surprise, is an Air Force veteran.

Tucked into a gathering room in a corner of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are a bunch of men and women wearing gold shirts.

Valley of the Sun United Way launches new ‘Fair Chance Collaborative’

The Valley of the Sun United Way, with help from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is launching a new program to help those who have been involved with the justice system help to find things like a job, food and health care.

Valley of the Sun United Way is forming a new Fair Chance Collaborative to help address the multi-dimensional needs of individuals in the Phoenix metropolitan area who have been involved with the …

Cycle the Arts event planned as part of Bike Month celebration

Scottsdale’s Cycle the Arts is scheduled for Sunday, April 21.

Scottsdale’s Transportation and Streets department and Scottsdale Arts will host the 2024 Cycle the Arts event on Sunday, April 21. This year’s bike tour of the city’s public art …

Things to do

Scottsdale Arts celebrates 25 years of visions with ‘Visions ‘24’ exhibition

Scottsdale Arts, will exhibit “Visions ’24” to highlight the skills, inspirations and ideas exchanged between high school students and professional teaching artists from May 10 through September 22.

Scottsdale Arts Learning and Innovation, a department of the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, will exhibit “Visions ’24” to highlight the skills, inspirations and ideas exchanged between …

Museum of Illusions Scottsdale has something for students, teachers and mothers

Museum of Illusions Scottsdale has deals for everyone during May.

Museum of Illusions Scottsdale is offering a slew of deals and experiences for visitors of all ages including promos for students, teachers, and mothers in May. Every day in May, students can …

Ray LaMontagne co-headlining tour to come to Phoenix

This Oct. 20, 2012 photo shows Ray LaMontagne performing at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Acclaimed songwriters and musicians Ray LaMontagne and Gregory Alan Isakov will join forces for an extensive co-headline tour this fall.

With one show sold out, Fuerza Regida adds 2nd Phoenix show

Fuerza Regida performs at the Suenos music festival on May 29, 2022, at Grant Park in Chicago.

Fuerza Regida has announced a new Phoenix date for its upcoming summer tour.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Janet Louise Nonemaker

Janet Nonemaker passed away peacefully March 16, 2024 at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima, Washington surrounded by family after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Janet was born August 11, 1941 in …

Jeanne Elizabeth Stevens

Jeanne Elizabeth Stevens, 92, of Surprise, AZ, passed away on April 4, 2024.

Earl E Jensen Jr.

Earl found eternal rest in the arms of his Savior on April 14, 2024 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Earl Jr. was born to the late Earl and Emily Jensen on June 18, 1943 in …

James Morton Akason

James Morton Akason passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024, in Sun City West, AZ, with his wife Carol by his side. The last year of his life, cancer impacted his physical health and mobility, but …
Cliff Webb

Cliff Webb

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Clifford Preston Webb, on March 19, 2024.  He was 87 years old and died peacefully of natural causes. …
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Nation

A look at what's in the $95 billion foreign aid package passed by the House

A look at what's in the $95 billion package passed by the House on Saturday that will provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel, replenish U.S. weapons systems and give humanitarian assistance to …

David Pryor, former Arkansas governor and senator, has died at age 89

David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator who was one of the state’s most beloved and active political figures, has died at the age of 89. His son, former two-term Democratic U.S. …

Tesla cuts US prices for 3 of its electric vehicle models after a difficult week

Tesla knocked $2,000 off the prices of three of its five models in the United States late Friday, another sign of the challenges facing the electric vehicle maker led by billionaire Elon Musk. …

A coffee roastery in Finland has launched an AI-generated blend. The results were surprising

An artisan roastery based in the Finnish capital has introduced a coffee blend that has been developed by artificial intelligence in a trial in which it’s hoped that technology can ease the …

Morning sickness? Prenatal check-ups? What to know about new rights for pregnant workers

Pregnant workers have the right to a wide range of accommodations under new federal regulations for enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted an …
World

Ecuadorians head to polls to toughen fight against gangs behind wave of violence

Ecuadorians head to the polls in a referendum touted by the country’s fledgling leader as a way to crack down on criminal gangs behind a spiraling wave of violence. The majority of 11 questions …

2 Japanese navy helicopters carrying 8 crew believed crashed in Pacific, Defense Ministry says

TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese navy helicopters carrying eight crewmembers were believed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo during a night-time training exercise, and rescuers were …

Pakistani province issues a flood alert and warns of a heavy loss of life from glacial melting

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani province has issued a flood alert because of glacial melting and warned of a heavy loss of life if safety measures aren't undertaken, officials said Saturday. …

Blinken will be the latest top US official to visit China in a bid to keep ties on an even keel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to China this coming week as Washington and Beijing try to keep ties on an even keel despite major differences on issues from the …

The US military will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States will begin plans to withdraw troops from Niger, U.S. officials said Saturday, in what experts say is a blow to Washington and its allies in the region in …
Entertainment
FILE - The Universal Studios Hollywood officially reopens to the public at 25% capacity with COVID-19 protocols in place in Los Angeles, on April 16, 2021. A tram accident at Universal Studios in Los Angeles injured multiple people Saturday night, April 20, 2024, authorities and the company said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

15 people suffer minor injuries in tram accident at Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles

A tram accident at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles has injured 15 people. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says units were dipatched to the park on Lankershim …
Firefighters extinguish a fire at Oregon's historic Timberline Lodge, which was featured in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film "The Shining," Thursday evening, April 18, 2024, in Government Camp, Ore. (Clackamas Fire Department via AP)

Oregon lodge famously featured in 'The Shining' will reopen to guests after fire forced evacuations

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's historic Timberline Lodge, which featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film “The Shining,” will reopen to guests Sunday after a fire that prompted …
FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Morgan Wallen arrives at the CMT Music Awards on at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Wallen has been arrested after police say he threw a chair off the rooftop of a newly opened six-story bar in downtown Nashville. Wallen, 30, was booked into jail early Monday, April 8, 2024 on three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, Metro Nashville Police tweeted. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers, File)

Recently arrested Morgan Wallen says he's "not proud" of behavior

Country music star Morgan Wallen says he’s “not proud” of his behavior and accepts responsibility after being charged following accusations that he threw a chair off the rooftop of a six-story …
New York Police officers inspect a backpack left at the scene where a man lit himself on fire in a park outside Manhattan criminal court, Friday, April 19, 2024, in New York. Emergency crews rushed away a person on a stretcher after fire was extinguished outside the Manhattan courthouse where jury selection was taking place in former President Donald Trump's hush money criminal case. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Live video of man who set himself on fire outside court proves challenging for news organizations

NEW YORK (AP) — Video cameras stationed outside the Manhattan courthouse where former President Donald Trump is on trial caught the gruesome scene Friday of a man who lit himself on fire and the …
FILE - Mandisa accepts the award for pop/contemporary album of the year at the Dove Awards Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Mandisa, a contemporary Christian singer who appeared on “American Idol” and won a Grammy for her 2013 album ‘Overcomer’, has died. She was 47. A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the singer was found dead in her home in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and 'American Idol' alum, dies at 47

Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa, who appeared on “American Idol” and won a Grammy for her 2013 album “Overcomer,” has died. She was 47. A representative for the singer told The …