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Tax-free status of movie, music and games traded online is on table as WTO nations meet in Abu Dhabi

As the World Trade Organization opens its latest biannual meeting of government ministers on Monday, its longtime moratorium on duties on e-commerce products is coming under pressure like never …
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Millennium boys answer toughest challenge in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Entering the postseason there was little doubt to most that the Millennium Tigers were the team to beat in the Open Division bracket. After two convincing victories of 18 and 33 points …
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NBA All-Star Aftermath: Breaking Down the Brilliance of the 2024 Showcase

The 2024  NBA All-Star Weekend, held with great anticipation and fanfare, showcased the remarkable talents and competitiveness of the league's top players, culminating in an event filled with …
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VALLEY METRO

West Phoenix transit route proposal up for discussion at public meetings

Phoenix and Valley Metro have scheduled meetings where officials will provide information on a proposed west Phoenix transit route. “Based on community feedback and significant technical …

Chandler Council approves police, fire union contracts

Chandler’s police officers and firefighters have new two-year union contracts with the city after the City Council approved them at a Feb. 22 meeting. The vote came after a detailed …
Tourism

Phoenix looks to hire consultant to recraft downtown

City of Phoenix officials want to create a downtown entertainment district, and they think they have the people to craft the plan. A Phoenix subcommittee last week unanimously approved a …
TRANSPORTATION

Free shuttle service available for Chandler Ostrich Festival

The Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival has announced there will be complimentary shuttle services for the event. The festival will take place March 8-10 and 15-17, at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, …

US appeals court panel declines to delay execution of one of longest-serving death-row inmates

A U.S. appeals court panel has declined to delay Idaho’s scheduled execution next week of one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates. Thomas Creech was sentenced to death in 1983 for …
Government

Audit rips Arizona State Land Department for low rates on leases

PHOENIX — State Auditor General Lindsey Perry is blasting the Arizona State Land Department for leasing land to a Saudi-owned company in western Arizona for below-market rates and not requiring …

Border Patrol releases hundreds of migrants at a bus stop after San Diego runs out of aid money

Buses dropped off hundreds of migrants at a San Diego bus stop instead of at a reception center that had been serving as a staging area because it ran out of local funding sooner than expected. The …
March Madness

Fan events surround the big games as the Final Four returns to the Valley

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four will be held in Glendale this April, but the Madness will extend to downtown Phoenix with connected events throughout the weekend. The Final Four Fan …
ELECTION ETHICS

Mesa council to vote on guidelines preventing use of city resources to influence elections

The Mesa City Council is set to vote on guidelines that forbid elected city officials and advisory board members from using city resources to influence an election. The vote will take place …

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I am a retired Phoenix Police Officer, 1962-1991.
The nation’s Medicare physician payment system has been broken for a long time. Don’t believe me? Ask any doctor from any specialty. Every one of them will agree.
Writing a brief response to Tom Marone’s recent letter to address major factual inaccuracies regarding the Presidential Records Act.
The world has been reeling in the wake of the Oct. 7 terrorist massacre that left more than 1,400 people dead in Israel.
I was puzzled when I read Mr. Frank Bagnato’s opinion, “Be careful what you wish for” in the Feb. 21 edition.
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Local sports

Jets in action against the Coyotes after overtime win

The Winnipeg Jets host the Arizona Coyotes after the Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.

Collins and Arizona State host No. 21 Washington State

Arizona State takes on the No. 21 Washington State Cougars after Frankie Collins scored 21 points in Arizona State's 84-82 overtime loss to the Washington Huskies. The teams play Saturday for the …

Phoenix puts home win streak on the line against Los Angeles

Phoenix will try to keep its seven-game home win streak intact when the Suns take on Los Angeles. Sunday's game is the fifth meeting this season between the two teams. The Suns won the last matchup …
National sports
Local favorite Patty Tavatanakit held off a fast-finishing Albane Valenzuela to clinch the LPGA Thailand by one stroke. The 24-year-old Bangkok native showcased her prowess with a brilliant approach …
Noah Hanifin had two goals and an assist and the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 on Saturday for their third straight victory. Nazeem Kadri, Martin Pospisil, Dryden Hunt and Blake Coleman …
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Trevor Moore scored in the shootout as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. Leo Carlsson scored for the Ducks in the shootout. Kevin Fiala, who had a goal and …
Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist, Mats Zuccarello added a career-high four assists and the Minnesota Wild beat the Seattle Kraken 5-2. Marcus Johansson, Matt Boldy and Dakota Mermis also …
Kiefer Sherwood scored twice, Filip Forsberg added his 27th of the season and the Nashville Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Juuse Saros …
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Valley business

WESTMARC to host economic development Fellows inaugural cohort

The West Valley will host Economic Recovery Corps Fellows, designed to build capacity in some of the hardest-hit and most economically distressed areas across the U.S. while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders.

Go-kart and gaming center to open in Chandler Feb. 28

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The center is located on the west side of Cooper Road, just south of Loop 202.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28, according …

South Chandler home sells for $2.755 million

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the $2.755 million sale of a luxury single-level residence on the fifth hole of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the $2.755 million sale of a luxury single-level residence on the fifth hole of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler. The firm wrote, …

Arizona Science Center in Phoenix expanding staff scientists team

Arizona Science Center is adding 12 senior and staff scientist positions plus a Director of Tribal Relations and Native American Engagement.

Neighbors

Arizona Jewish Historical Society to showcase rescued Torah Scrolls from Holocaust

The Cutler*Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 E. Culver St., in Phoenix.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will host the Czech Holocaust Torah Celebratory Commemoration in Phoenix.

Gilbert pioneer family's son learned much from parents

Howard Morrison has taken after his parents, Gilbert pioneers Marvin and June Morrison, in his desire for public service.

The podcast Guiding Growth: Conversations with Community Leaders from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, event and meeting venue Modern Moments and the Gilbert Independent/yourvalley.net explores the …

Arizona Community Foundation distributes $27.4M in grants, scholarships

Statewide nonprofits received almost $28 million in grants from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Drop off your recyclable items at this spot in Phoenix

Newspapers and even old laptops are among the items accepted at the upcoming recycling event Feb. 17 at Pecos Park in Phoenix.

Valley residents are encouraged to drop off items for recycling at an upcoming Phoenix event.

Things to do

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica coming to Peoria Lake Pleasant

The Wall That Heals is coming to Pleasant Harbor in Peoria.

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, is coming to Peoria.

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice shelters at Scottsdale’s Taliesin West

Visitors on the tour have the opportunity to experience a selection of the shelters, including Treehouse, The Loft, INcognITo and more. While on the tour, guests can walk through the spaces, imagining what life for the apprentices was like at Taliesin West.

Previously exclusive to Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members, Taliesin West’s Shelters In the Desert Guided Tour is now available to the public for a limited time through April 8, providing …

West Valley Chorale sets spring concerts in Sun City, Sun City West

 The West Valley Chorale

The West Valley Chorale, directed by Ken Goodenberger, artistic director, with Christine Kyhn, principal accompanist, continues celebrating its 40th season by presenting “America in Song” …

African music festival, in 10th year, coming to Phoenix

Eddy Kenzo, seen outside his studio in the Makindye area of the capital Kampala, Uganda on Nov. 18, 2022, will be on the Madaraka Festival lineup on June 15 in Phoenix.

The touring Madaraka Festival, an event celebrating African music and culture, will stop in Phoenix this summer.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Russell Lee Fishell

RUSSELL LEE FISHELL September 9, 1928 – February 10, 2024 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Russell passed to Rest on Saturday, February 10, 2024 He was born in …

Christy Kay Johnson

Christy Johnson (nee Schiewe), 71, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on February 1, 2024. She was born on December 25, 1952 in Salem, OR. Christy was a beloved wife to her husband David …

Linda "Yvonne" Kohli

It is with great sorrow that the Kohli family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and friend, Linda “Yvonne” Kohli. After a precipitous decline in health due to cancer and …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …
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Nation

Death of beloved New York City owl, Flaco, in apparent building collision devastates legions of fans

Tributes are pouring in for Flaco, the beloved Eurasian eagle-owl that became a feel-good New York story after escaping its Central Park Zoo enclosure and flying free around Manhattan. Flaco was …

A collection of the insights Warren Buffett offered in his annual letter Saturday

Billionaire Warren Buffett is known as one of the world's greatest investors, and the 93-year-old has a devout following of people who admire his track record and appreciate his sage advice on life …

Vigil held for nonbinary Oklahoma teenager who died following a school bathroom fight

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — More than two dozen people gathered at an Oklahoma church for a vigil for Nex Benedict, a nonbinary teenager who died one day after a fight in a high school bathroom. The …

West Africa's regional bloc lifts coup sanctions on Niger in a new push for dialogue

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS has lifted travel, commercial and economic sanctions imposed on Niger that were aimed at reversing the coup staged in the country …

Macron booed by French farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support agriculture

French President Emmanuel Macron has been greeted with boos and whistles at the opening of the Paris Agricultural Fair by angry farmers who blame him for not doing enough to support them. Several …
World

Corruption scandals cast a shadow over Portugal’s early general election and may favor populists

The official two-week campaign period before Portugal’s early general election has begun. The country’s two moderate mainstream parties are once again expected to collect most vote but with the …

Belarusians vote in tightly controlled election amid opposition calls for its boycott

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusians will cast ballots Sunday in tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections that are set to cement the steely rule of the country's authoritarian leader, …

Famed Cuban diva Juana Bacallao, who ruled the island's cabaret scene, dies at 98

HAVANA (AP) — Juana Bacallao, a renowned Cuban singer and cabaret diva who still performed until recently, has died. She was 98. Bacallao died Saturday after spending several days at a hospital …

Why South Africa is facing a turning point in May's national election and who the major players are

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Polls suggest South Africa will face a historic turning point in a national election in May as the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the …

South Africa's ANC launches election manifesto as president highlights party's achievements

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday highlighted the achievements of his African National Congress, which has ruled the country for all of its 30 years …
Entertainment
Cillian Murphy, right, and Emily Blunt embrace during the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Inside the SAG Awards: A mostly celebratory mood for 1st show since historic strike

Inside the ballroom at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Oppenheimer” was front and center — literally and figuratively — snagging the night’s top prize along with awards for Cillian …
This image provided by Kino Lorber shows Nour Karoui, top, Eya Chikhaoui, left, Ichraq Matar, center, and Tayssir Chikhaoui, right, in the movie Four Daughters, filmed in Tunis, Tunisia. The film about a Tunisian family and the radicalization of two teenage daughters who joined the Islamic State is up for one of the most prestigious film awards in the world. (Kino Lorber via AP)

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

A documentary about a Tunisian family and the radicalization of two teenage daughters who joined the Islamic State group is up for one of the most prestigious film awards in the world. “Four …
Actor statues stand outside an entrance to the Shrine Auditorium, the site of Saturday's 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The SAG Awards will stream Saturday live on Netflix. Here's what to know

Since Netflix launched into original films, the streaming service has been an annual force in Hollywood’s awards season. On Saturday, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it will play host, too. The …
Defendants memorabilia seller Edward Kosinski, left, former Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi, center, and rare-book dealer Glenn Horowitz take a seat at the defense table in Supreme Court, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, in New York. A judge in New York will continue hearing testimony today in a criminal case involving ownership of the handwritten lyrics for the songs on the "Hotel California" album by The Eagles. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Backstory of disputed 'Hotel California' lyrics pages 'just felt thin,' ex-auction exec tells court

A former auction house executive says the explanation he was given for the source of 13 pages of drafts of lyrics to the Eagles’ “Hotel California” raised red flags. Former Christie’s …
FILE - Seth Meyers arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. Meyers celebrates his tenth year hosting "Late Night with Seth Meyers." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Seth Meyers is in his comfort era as 'Late Night' turns 10

Time flies when you're hosting a late-night show four times a week. But Seth Meyers admits it took a while to feel comfortable as host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” which is marking its 10th …