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Nintendo cancels its Live 2024 Tokyo event after persistent threats to workers and customers

TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo canceled its upcoming video game showcase and postponed several other events because of persistent threats to the company, its workers and players. “We decided we could …

A rocket attack targets the US Embassy in Baghdad, causing minor damage but no casualties

BAGHDAD (AP) — A rocket attack on the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad caused minor damage but no casualties Friday morning, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The attack is the first on the …

Nvidia CEO suggests Malaysia could be AI 'manufacturing' hub as Southeast Asia expands data centers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The CEO of technology giant Nvidia said Friday that he views Malaysia as a potential hub for artificial intelligence “manufacturing,” though he did not confirm the …
Valley & State

Nikola Corporation Prices Offerings of Common Stock and Convertible Senior Notes

PHOENIX, Dec. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikola Corporation (Nasdaq: NKLA) today announced the pricing of its concurrent public offerings of 133,333,334 shares of common stock, at a public offering …

High-profile attacks on Derek Chauvin and Larry Nassar put spotlight on violence in federal prisons

Recent assaults on two notorious, high-profile federal prisoners have renewed concerns about whether the federal Bureau of Prisons is capable of keeping people in its custody safe. Derek Chauvin was …

Valley nonprofits among those receiving civic engagement grants

Four Valley nonprofits are among those to receive $3.55 million in civic engagement grants through the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust.

Peoria police to host Shop with a Cop this Saturday

Any Peoria residents who hear police vehicles with their sirens blaring on Saturday morning should know that it’s for a good cause.

New Freddy’s location opens in Goodyear

A new Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is open in Goodyear.

Vigil for second slain Combs High teen scheduled

Combs High School will say goodbye to its second student killed by violence in less than a month. Jamiere Jenkins, 17, a member of the Combs High School football team, died Nov. 28 in the Cambria …

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona announces new leadership team

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona announced two changes to leadership roles.

Buckeye police chief retires after 10 years with department

Chief Larry Hall is retiring next month after leading the Buckeye Police Department for a decade.


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Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices & Encouraging Civility
Christian Farrior (Submitted photo)

Farrior: Changing how we view Blackness

A bit of our fear around the discussion of race stems from how we view ourselves regarding the concept of Blackness. I say “concept” because we know that race is a social construct. It …

James: Fountain Hills’ town employees are impressive

I’m so impressed every time I listen to staff members report to the Town Council. The Town’s employees work hard to solve our problems on a shoestring budget. …
Paradise Valley Code Compliance Officer Tina Brindley (left) and Councilmember Anna Thomasson return a trash can after pick-up (Submitted photo)

Thomasson: My day with our TPV code enforcement officer

When Town of Paradise Valley code enforcement officer Tina Brindley rolled up to my house Monday morning at 7:30 a.m., I jumped in the town seal-emblazoned white truck (with the hand crank windows!) …

Dover: Concerning local parallels to national politics

I’ve been seeing an interesting, and unwelcome, parallel between our town politics and that of Washington, D.C. Whereas during the years of President Trump’s term of office we saw …

Mynars: Schweikert’s vote on George Santos

As a Fountain Hills resident, I must congratulate our District 1 U.S. Congressman, David Schweikert, for his vote to expel New York Congressman, George Santos (a.k.a. the “Serial …
Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

Arizona State takes on San Diego after Perez's 20-point performance

Arizona State faces the San Diego Toreros after Jose Perez scored 20 points in the Sun Devils' 76-74 victory over the SMU Mustangs. The teams meet Saturday for the first time this season. San Diego …

Konecny scores twice, Flyers beat Arizona 4-1 to end Coyotes' winning streak at 5

Travis Konecny scored twice, Carter Hart made 25 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat Arizona 4-1 on Thursday night to end the Coyotes’ winning streak at five. Cam York had a goal and an assist …

Texas Tech F Cambridge suffers season-ending knee injury after transfer from Arizona State

Texas Tech senior forward Devan Cambridge will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Cambridge got hurt in the Red Raiders’ 87-58 victory over Omaha, a day before the school …
National sports
Jon Rahm is the biggest name yet to bolt to Saudi-funded LIV Golf. It's a huge catch for LIV and an equally huge loss for the PGA Tour. The move creates as many questions as answers. What does this …
Simon Nemec scored his first career goal midway through the second period, Akira Schmid made 16 of his 37 saves in the third and the New Jersey Devils beat the skidding Seattle Kraken 2-1 for their …
Casey DeSmith made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and 10th in the NHL and the Vancouver Canucks beat Minnesota 2-0 on Thursday night to end the Wild’s winning streak at four. Nils …
Blake Coleman had a short-handed goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Coleman’s scored the go-ahead goal at 11:44 of the third period. Ramus …
Kyle Connor scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots in his 250th career win and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2. The Jets won their third straight coming off a …
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West Valley

Surprise is tying up some loose ends with its partners on the new Heritage Senior housing project in the Original Town Site.

A Glendale apartment complex is under new ownership after the property sold for $86 million.
Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan joined Grace Bible Church Senior Pastor Bill Bjork in an interfaith prayer meeting for Israel and the Jewish people Dec. 4 at Grace Bible …
Sections of Cactus and Perryville roads in Surprise will be closed as crews work to install a new sewer line.
The city of Surprise announced the inaugural Vet Fest, happening in 2024.

Phoenix Police Department detectives have arrested a 21-year-old man as the fourth suspect in the death of Bernardo Pantaleon. Christopher Ibarra was booked on one count of first-degree murder …

An investigation is underway following a Tuesday night shooting in Phoenix that killed a 23-year-old man, police said. Ramon Flores Gonzalez died at the scene after being shot shortly after 11 …
Stand-up comic Andrew Schulz has announced 12 additional dates to the first leg of “The Life Tour,” including a Phoenix stop.
Following their summer run crisscrossing the continent with their metal comrades Ghost, Swedish heavy metal icons Amon Amarth will return to U.S. and Canadian stages this spring, including in Phoenix.
Bill Burr’s 2024 North American tour will visit downtown Phoenix.
East Valley

Residential food waste is responsible for 40 percent of landfill material nationwide. In advance of the holiday season, when entertaining and preparing holiday food contribute to larger than normal …

A 11,074-square-foot roof section at Apache Junction Public Library will be repaired and recoated under a more than $52,000 contract approved recently by the City Council. The council voted …
Queen Creek Council Member Travis Padilla proposed that employee paternity leave be shortened from four weeks to one during Wednesday’s council meeting. Currently, the town provides employees …
Kasai Japanese Steakhouse, 14344 N. Scottsdale Road, is partnering with The Foster Alliance to raise money for those who need it most. For every teppan dinner sold at the Scottsdale restaurant, …
Move over Brenda Lee, Sandy Macdonald and other talented residents participating in The Watermark at Morrison Ranch’s Christmas Chorale will use their voices to have friends, family and the …
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Valley business

Investment group donates to Chandler-area H.S. program

Wilde Wealth Management Group chief operating officer Jackie Yoder poses with a symbol of her firm’s recently announced combined $15,000 donation to the Casteel High School Mountain Bike Program and the Arizona Chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

To increase access to health and wellness, especially among Chandler-area youth, the team at Wilde Wealth Management Group recently announced a combined $15,000 donation to the Casteel High School …

Scottsdale chamber announces Business Volunteer Award recipients 

Christina Heide

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2023 Business Volunteer Award recipients. These awards, given annually since their inception in 2004, honor chamber members and supporters who, …

Mug N' Shot closes in Gilbert's Heritage District

Mug N' Shot has closed after fewer than eight months in business.

Mug N' Shot closed Dec. 1 at 100 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. The sports bar, which opened in April, served beer, spirits and elevated finger foods. https://mugnshot.com

Self-serve dog wash, more to open in West Chandler

Bark & Luv is a natural dog/pet wash set to open in early 2024. It will be located at 7131 W. Ray Road, Suite 22, in a shopping center just east of I-10 that includes Z’Tejas and B.J.’s Restauarant & Brewhouse.

Bark & Luv is a natural dog/pet wash set to open in early 2024. It will be located at 7131 W. Ray Road, Suite 22, in a shopping center just east of I-10 that includes Z’Tejas and …


Arizona Community Foundation in Phoenix adds chief people officer to leadership team

Monica Brown will serve as the Arizona Community Foundation’s first chief people officer.

The first chief people officer at Arizona Community Foundation will begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Glendale Chamber, councilmember to honor first responders

A public safety appreciation event, dedicated to express gratitude for those who serve and protect Glendale, is coming to the West Valley.

Park University vice president learned early to make her own way

Yira Brimage is vice president of the Gilbert campus for Park University.

Yira Brimage holds the top leadership position for Park University’s Gilbert Campus and is a member of the University’s executive leadership team.  

Phoenix native serving at Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmer School

Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Oetinger, a native of Phoenix, serves at Aviation Rescue Swimmer School.

Things to do

Create memorable holiday gifts at Mesa Public Library

Specific equipment may vary by location, but each THINKspot offers a 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machines, embroidery machine, vinyl cutter, studio space and an iMac with professional video and audio editing software.

Give gifts this holiday season that are both meaningful and easy on your wallet by creating custom, personalized and unique objects in Mesa Public Library’s makerspace, THINKspot. …

Barrett-Jackson ushers in event season with Scottsdale auction

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobile auctions and the sale of private collections.

Barrett-Jackson is gearing up for the annual Scottsdale auction Jan. 20-28, 2024, at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. “The heartbeat of our Scottsdale auction is, and always …

29th annual Christmas Parade of Lights returning to Wickenburg

The 29th annual Christmas Parade of Lights is coming to Wickenburg.

Peoria-based Westside Concepts opens newest attractions in central Phoenix

Peoria-based Westside Concepts has opened Copper & Sage and Blue Stave in central Phoenix.

Peoria-based Westside Concepts has introduced its latest addition to their culinary family – Copper & Sage and Blue Stave, two experiences crafted in collaboration with Chef Evon Profitt.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Linda Ann Patton

PATTON, Linda Ann “Lyn” (nee Batche), 86, formerly of Sun City West, Arizona, passed away November 17, 2023 at home in Virginia Beach VA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Michael and …

Linda Anne Adamo

Linda A. Adamo originally from Brooklyn, NY but resided in Sun City West, AZ went to walk with the angels on November 29, 2023. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by family at the age of 76 …

Virginia Ellen Bravos

Virginia Ellen Bravos (Ginny), 97, of Sun City Arizona passed away on November 15th, 2023. She was born in Lancaster, PA in 1926 and raised in Millersville, PA. She was a registered nurse. She …

Ray Larson

The son of Alfred and Violet Larson (formerly of Mt. Vernon & the MVHS class of ‘66). Ray passed on to eternal life on November 17, 2023 at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife of 50 …

Lois May Gentry

Lois, 91, of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of Peoria IL, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at White Dove Assisted Living in Peoria Arizona. Lois was born on May 5, 1932 in Bartonville IL, …
The Latest News Around The Globe

German rail workers begin 24-hour strike as pay talks stall

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing Germany’s train drivers began a 24-hour strike Thursday night, causing widespread rail cancellations and travel disruptions across the country. The strike …

Biden heads to Las Vegas to showcase $8.2B for 10 major rail projects around the country

President Joe Biden is heading to Las Vegas to showcase $8.2 billion in funding for 10 major passenger rail projects across the country. The money includes funding to spur work on high-speed, …

Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions

One of the biggest and brightest stars in the night sky will momentarily vanish. That's because an asteroid will pass in front of it in a one-of-a-kind eclipse. The rare event will occur late Monday …

AP PHOTOS: 2023 images show violence and vibrance in Latin America

A little girl perches on the shoulder of her mom, whose eyes fill with trepidation as she wades through waist-deep water in the jungle of the Darien Gap. Another woman sits beside railroad …

Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly higher ahead of a key US jobs report

Asian shares are mostly higher ahead of a U.S. jobs report after Wall Street rose Thursday to snap its first three-day losing streak since Halloween. U.S. futures were lower and oil prices gained …

South Korea's defense chief vows retaliatory strikes on 'heart and head' of North Korea if provoked

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s defense minister on Friday vowed massive retaliatory missile strikes on “the heart and head” of North Korea in the event of provocation, as the rivals …

Journalists' rights group counts 94 media workers killed this year, most of them in Gaza

BRUSSELS (AP) — A leading organization representing journalists worldwide expressed deep concern Friday at the number of media professionals killed around the globe doing their jobs in 2023, with …

What is Bodhi Day? And when do Buddhists celebrate it?

Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day Siddhartha Gautama attained awakening or enlightenment and became the Buddha 2,600 years ago. Bodhi Day is typically celebrated in the …

The UN secretary-general invoked 'Article 99' to push for a Gaza ceasefire. What exactly is it?

It's called “Article 99.” And it hasn't been used for decades. Until this week. With an intensifying Israeli offensive and escalating civilian casualties, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio …

Hong Kong's new election law thins the candidate pool, giving voters little option in Sunday's polls

HONG KONG (AP) — One of the Hong Kong's longest-serving pro-democracy council members is organizing a farewell party with her residents in late December. Another democratic council member isn't …
This cover image released by Money/Republic Records shows “Pink Friday 2” by Nicki Minaj, releasing Dec. 8. (Young Money/Republic Records via AP)

Attention all Barbz: Nicki Minaj has released 'Pink Friday 2,' 13 years after the original

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj 's highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Pink Friday 2,” is finally here. Out Friday, the 10-time Grammy nominee's 41st birthday, “Pink Friday 2” is …
FILE - Director and co-writer Martin Scorsese poses at the Los Angeles premiere of the film "Killers of the Flower Moon," Oct. 16, 2023. Scorsese will be honored with the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award in February, the Producers Guild of America said Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Martin Scorsese will receive David O. Selznick Award from Producers Guild

Martin Scorsese will be honored with the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award in February, the Producers Guild of America said Thursday. “Marty’s trailblazing career as a …
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Margot Robbie in a scene from "Barbie." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer,’ ‘Succession’ are among AFI Award recipients

Barbenheimer is continuing into awards season. Both “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” are among the 10 films that will receive an AFI Award in January, the American Film Institute said Thursday. …
Labor Unions activists stage a demonstration to protest against Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni's Government outside La Scala opera house's gala season opener, Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Don Carlo' at the Milan La Scala theater, Italy, Thursday Dec. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

La Scala's gala premiere of 'Don Carlo' is set to give Italian opera its due as a cultural treasure

MILAN (AP) — Italian melodrama's official recognition as a global cultural treasure is getting trumpeted Thursday with La Scala’s season premiere of Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” an opera that hits …
FILE - Benjamin Zephaniah arrives for the British Book Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on May 14, 2018. Zephaniah, the British dub poet and political activist who drew huge inspiration from his Caribbean roots, has died. He was 65. In a statement on Instagram, his family said Zephaniah died Thursday Dec. 7, 2023 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor eight weeks ago. (John Stillwell/PA via AP, File)

British poet and political activist Benjamin Zephaniah dies at age 65

LONDON (AP) — Benjamin Zephaniah, a British dub poet and political activist who drew huge inspiration from his Caribbean roots, has died. He was 65. In a statement on Instagram, his family said …