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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State
COVID-19

From doughnuts to pot to cash, incentives rise as vaccination rates slide

MESA – On a recent weekday morning, Paul Petersen of Florence was one of the first to arrive at Mint Dispensary to get something not usually offered at the cannabis shop: a free COVID-19 …

Arizona GOP budget holdouts near win on tax cut changes

PHOENIX (AP) — A pair of Republican Arizona lawmakers who objected to a $1.9 billion tax cut in a $12.8 billion GOP budget deal were close Thursday to winning major concessions that would secure …

Navajo Nation reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 12 new COVID-19 cases and one more death. Tribal health officials said the total number of virus-related deaths on the Navajo …
News

Loop 202 Red Mountain, Santan freeway lane closures next week

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for weeknight travel delays on eastbound Loop 202 while alternating lane closures are in place for pavement …
News

Mesa Public Library resumes evening hours

Mesa Public Library is again offering evening hours at all three locations. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Main Library, 64 E. First St.; Red …
First responders
Overnight, the Telegraph Fire pushed south to Troy Mountain where firefighters worked to contain the fire’s edge. “Crews scouted State Route 177 corridor for opportunities to construct …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from June 10-17.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area June 10-17.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Breen: Decries AZ recount effort as ‘fraudit’

Mike Siegel hits the nail right on the head (“Definition of political hypocrisy: Kelli Ward,” Daily Independent, June 15, 2021). Kelli Ward seems like a Trump wannabe. It’s …
David Ryan Miller

Miller: Biden’s Supreme Court commission probably won’t sway public opinion

Many liberals feared the court was becoming too conservative and called on then-candidate Joe Biden to “pack the court” by adding new seats and filling them with liberal justices.
Liza Noland

Noland: Why Local First Arizona launched Pipeline AZ

One of the biggest challenges for Pinal County is the majority of people in the workforce are commuting to Maricopa county to work. When this happens, Arizona’s tax dollars, your local …
Gail Baer

Baer: Philanthropist — It’s not a big word; It’s you!

When we consider the word “philanthropist,” we often picture someone older with extreme financial wealth.

Hochschartner: Cultured meat can save trees

In order to prevent deforestation, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly should back government funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren’t familiar with the term, cultured meat is …
More sports

NWSL Glance

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USL Championship Glance

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LEADING OFF: MLB eases protocols, Altuve on power tear

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ EASING UP Major League Baseball has taken another big step in relaxing coronavirus regulations, allowing fully vaccinated players …

US Open Round 1: 'Mr. Mickelson, trouble calling on Line 1'

By mid-afternoon, cell phones throughout the 858 area code were buzzing. And buzzing. The third time one went off in the gallery behind him, Phil Mickelson stepped away from his tee shot at No. …
Nation

3 dead, 2 missing after tubers go over North Carolina dam

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Three people are dead and two remain missing after a group floating down a North Carolina river on inflatable tubes went over a dam, authorities said Thursday. Rockingham …

Man charged in boy's freeway death spoke with police: papers

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident told police he pulled out and fired a gun at a car on the freeway after he got angry …

Weird 'living fossil' fish lives 100 years, pregnant for 5

The coelacanth — a giant weird fish still around from dinosaur times — can live for 100 years, a new study found. These slow-moving, people-sized fish of the deep, nicknamed a “living …

Lordstown Motors reverses, says it has no firm truck orders

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Struggling electric truck maker Lordstown Motors said Thursday it doesn't have any firm orders for its vehicles, just days after its president said the company had enough to …

Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix and match two-dose COVID-19 vaccines? It's likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure. The authorized COVID-19 shots around the world are all …
World

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the …

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says war, violence, persecution and human rights violations caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis …

Hong Kong newspaper increases print run after arrests

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Friday increased its print run to 500,000 copies as residents showed support for the beleaguered press freedom a day after police …

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of American journalist Danny Fenster for another two weeks Thursday, while the U.S. State Department urged that it be granted consular …

Nicaraguan government pursues NGO in widening crackdown

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan authorities ordered the capture of a former education minister and a businessman Thursday as the government's crackdown continued to expand beyond leaders of …
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Business

Las Vegas weighs tying growth to conservation amid drought

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From to , officials …

US Mint to issue quarters honoring notable American women

Poet and author Maya Angelou, America’s first woman in space and a revered Cherokee Nation leader are among female trailblazers whose likenesses will appear on the U.S. quarter. The new …

Cruise giant Carnival says customers affected by breach

Carnival Corp. said Thursday that a data breach in March might have exposed personal information about customers and employees on Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess …

Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention …

Neighbors

Mesa author shares his life-changing experience in book

Mesa resident Glenn Walling shares his life-changing experience in his debut book “I Met God and Also Satan: The Out-of-Body Experience That Dramatically Changed My Life.” It is …

Dogs’ paws at risk without protection during heat

Dogs need protective boots when walking outside during the summer in Glendale.

Northwest Valley Connect seeking volunteers

Northwest Valley Connect, a nonprofit that serves nearby residents who need transportation assistance, is seeking additional volunteers to help the cause.

Apache Lodge No. 69 celebrates 50th anniversary

Apache Lodge No. 69 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special dinner June 10 at the Oriental Lodge in Mesa. In attendance were masons from the Grand …

Things to do

Professional tour of pickleball at Legacy Sports Park in 2022

Legacy Sports USA announced recently that it has added another premier pickleball event to its roster of elite sports at Legacy Sports Park, which is set to open in January 2022 in Mesa. It is …

East Valley revolting children take the stage in 'Matilda'

Nearly 40 revolting children from across the East Valley will take the stage this summer in “Matilda The Musical,” the Tony Award-winning show inspired by Roald Dahl that has captivated …

Litchfield Park to celebrate Independence Day with Splash Bash, Wigwam fireworks show

A year after canceling its annual Fourth of July Splash Bash and fireworks show at the Wigwam resort due to the COVID-19, the city of Litchfield Park is bringing both events back this Independence Day.

Goodyear returns to full in-person events with Star Spangled Fourth

After more than a year of canceled, drive-thru and virtual events, the city of Goodyear plans to return to in-person celebrations with a literal bang.

Entertainment

Frank Bonner, Herb on 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Bonner, who played a brash salesman with an affection for polyester plaid suits on the TV comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati,” has died. He was 79. Bonner died Wednesday …
FILE - The New Yorker writer Janet Malcolm leaves the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco on June 3, 1993 in the suit trial brought by psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, who claims he was misquoted and libeled in a 1983 magazine article. Malcolm, the inquisitive and boldly subjective author and reporter known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself, has died. She was 86. Malcolm's death was confirmed Thursday by a spokesperson for The New Yorker, where Malcolm was a longtime staff writer. (AP Photo/George Nikitin, File)

Janet Malcolm, provocative author-journalist, dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Malcolm, the inquisitive and boldly subjective author and reporter known for her challenging critiques of everything from murder cases and art to journalism itself, has died. …
This undated portrait released by Warner Music shows rapper IDK, who is launching a music business program through Harvard University for students of color. IDK’s No Label Academy, a 10-day program, will take place August 21-31 on the school’s campus in Boston and will help students kickstart careers in the music industry. (Jack McKain/Warner Music via AP)

Rapper IDK to launch music business program through Harvard

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper IDK is launching a music business program through Harvard University for students of color. IDK’s a 10-day program, will take place August 21-31 on the school’s campus …
Terrence Delane is among the headliners at a Juneteenth comedy show celebration Saturday in Glendale.

Celebrate Juneteenth with Glendale comedy show

On the heels of Juneteenth officially becoming a national holiday, a day to celebrate through comedy is coming to Glendale.
FILE - In this Tuesday May 23, 2017 file photo, a sign with flowers and candles are placed after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead. A public inquiry into a mass attack at a 2017 Ariana Grade concert in northwest England concluded Thursday June 17, 2021, that “serious shortcomings” by venue operators, security staff and police helped a suicide bomber who killed 22 people carry out his “evil intentions." (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Inquiry slams security faults before Manchester Arena attack

LONDON (AP) — A public inquiry into a mass attack at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in northwest England concluded Thursday that “serious shortcomings” by venue operators, security staff and …