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History

Town of Paradise Valley resident shares a page from Tombstone history

In order to tell a little of the story of the newspaper in the town that became known as “the town too tough to die,” I need to start with a bit of Arizona history. Tombstone itself …
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Economic uncertainty permeates through downtown Tempe amid COVID-19 pandemic

The cloud of economic uncertainty above downtown Tempe continues to hang overhead as the prolonged absence of fans at Arizona State University home football games continues. The city of Tempe …
Education

Queen Creek schools leader to head Cave Creek district

The Cave Creek Unified School District has a new superintendent. Dr. Cort Monroe, the assistant superintendent of Student Support Services for the Queen Creek Unified School District, was chosen to leader the north Valley district.

'Thanksgiving Grandma' keeps up tradition despite COVID loss

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who drew widespread attention after opening her Thanksgiving table to a stranger she accidentally texted has kept the tradition going, despite losing her husband to …
Education

The power of support: Community reinforcement strengthens Scottsdale Schools' success during pandemic

What started as a novelty turned into a boring routine for Scottsdale Unified School District elementary students and parents alike. COVID-19 flipped the academia world upside down, and for age …
First responders
First responders in Florence now have a state-of-the-art tool to help them care for patients in cardiac distress.The new device also protects first responders from COVID-19 infection while caring for …
Scottsdale Police Department officers responded to a delayed assault that involved a stabbing in the early morning hours Nov. 19. At 1:45 a.m. Nov. 19, Scottsdale officers responded to a delayed …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area from Nov. 11-18.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Roy Miller

Miller: New ACC commissioner needs guidance

Newly elected Arizona Corporation Commissioner Lea Marquez Peterson wants APS to slash its rates, but she is dreaming if she thinks she can accomplish this, even with her eight suggestions for the …

Lux: Running a country not like business

In response to the letter written by someone from the Surprise Chamber of Commerce, the headline reads the “Chamber wants politicians to focus on relief.” The letter then lists several …
Bobby Boland

Boland: Understanding the different types of COVID-19 tests

Over the last six months, the world’s scientists and experts have discovered and proven unique methods for identifying the coronavirus.
Jim Mathewson

Mathewson: I cheated at "Jeopardy" and it still makes me laugh

The recent passing of "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebec has sparked a flood of tributes for him and the game show itself.  Former contestants and celebrities who've competed there have shared numerous …
Josh Gottheimer

Gottheimer: Democrats, Republicans, stop fighting and get something done

Editor's note:  This opinion appeared on No Labels NoLabels.org, a national organization working to revive bipartisanship and to move Washington beyond gridlock to solutions to challenges faced …
More sports

Billy Evans, 88, member of 1956 gold medal U.S. team, dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Billy Evans, a member of the 1956 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and Kentucky Hall of Famer who helped the Wildcats go 25-0 in 1953-54, has died. He was 88. The …

Conferences join forces on virus testing procedures for refs

Debbie Williamson is used to the challenges of putting together the officiating puzzle. Whether it’s assigning officials to specific games or figuring out how a referee can make it from one city …

Chiefs show calm, cool confidence in 35-31 win over Raiders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the biggest differences between the merely good and the exceptionally great is confidence. The Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of it. When the Raiders marched …

Analysis: Medvedev, Thiem get tennis set for intriguing 2021

No one thinks it’s time to write off Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal — or even Roger Federer — just yet. Well, they shouldn’t, anyway. Still, the season-ending ATP Finals set the stage for …
Nation
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Arizona, federal health officials offer holiday safety tips as COVID-19 surges

As federal and local health experts issue warnings and guidance on how to safely celebrate during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, some local residents are considering how the resurgent …

Michigan governor says she has authority for stay-home order

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to …

NATO, acting US Pentagon chief discuss Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has spoken to the new acting U.S. defense secretary about the alliance’s commitment to stay in Afghanistan as long as necessary, his …

Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap. Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa's age and weight put him at high risk for severe …

Election 2020 Today: Biden advisers on virus, pot embraced

Here’s what’s TODAY’S TOP STORIES: ‘HE WON’: President Donald Trump and made clear he would keep trying to overturn the election result. VIRUS TRANSITION: President-elect Biden’s …
World

Ethiopia warns Tigray residents that 'anything can happen'

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government is again warning residents of the besieged capital of the embattled Tigray region as the clock ticks on a 72-hour ultimatum before a military assault, …

Reggaeton star Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his representative said Monday. The announcement came a day after the musician won …

Air quality up in some EU cities during pandemic lockdown

BRUSSELS (AP) — Air quality significantly improved in European metropolitan areas such as Milan and Madrid because of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, …

Greek military setting up field hospital for COVID-19 cases

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s armed forces are setting up a field hospital with more than 50 beds in the northern city of Thessaloniki as part of plans to tackle a surge in the number of …

China prepping for mission to bring back material from moon

WENCHANG, China (AP) — Chinese technicians were making final preparations Monday for a mission to bring back material from the moon's surface for the first time in nearly half a century — an …
Business

Amusement revenue struggling in Glendale, while construction soaring

Even with a 2020 wrecked in many sectors by the coronavirus outbreak and its multilayered fallout, Glendale has some eye-popping trends when it comes to construction.

AP source: Biden taps ex-Fed chair Yellen to lead treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic …

EU invites Biden to patch up trans-Atlantic ties

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Charles Michel is inviting Joe Biden once he is U.S. president to come visit and patch up trans-Atlantic relations that have suffered over the past four years …

Retail trade group sees solid holiday sales despite pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects that holiday sales could actually exceed growth seen in prior seasons, despite all the uncertainty …

Travel

The Latest: US to start distributing experimental virus drug

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Tuesday will start distributing 30,000 doses of an experimental antibody drug to fight COVID-19, the one President Donald Trump received last month. Over the …

White House still planning holiday parties, despite warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health officials are sounding alarms and urging Americans not to travel and limit gatherings this holiday season amid a new surge in coronavirus cases. But that isn't …

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big …

Virus Today: 3rd vaccine shows promise, death toll soars

Here's what's happening on Monday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY —Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said that late-stage trials showed its giving public …

Things to do

Mesa Historical Museum book fair in December

The Mesa Historical Museum, 2345 N. Horne, is holding a fundraising book fair 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, with all books half-price on Sunday. “We have over 10,000 books, …

Breakfast with Santa Drive-Thru Dec. 12

Registration is being accepted for the Mesa Parks and Recreation’s “Breakfast with Santa Drive-Thru” event. “Even though it might look a little different, we are keeping …

Peoria theater to celebrate Sean Connery with movies

Arrowhead Fountains 18, at 16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Drive, Peoria, will celebrate the career of Sean Connery this month.

West Valley artists display works in Arizona’s largest artist studio tour

West Valley artists will be part of Arizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour when Hidden in the Hills returns for a 24th consecutive year during the last two weekends of November: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20, 21 and 22 and Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

Entertainment
A fiberglass replica of Bruce, the shark featured in Steven Spielberg's classic 1975 film "Jaws," is raised to a suspended position for display at the new Academy of Museum of Motion Pictures, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. The museum celebrating the art and science of movies is scheduled to open on April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Bruce, the last ‘Jaws’ shark, docks at the Academy Museum

Bruce, the fiberglass shark made from the “Jaws” mold, is ready for his close-up. The 1,208 pound, 25-foot-long, 45-year-old shark, famous for being difficult to work with on the set of Steven …
This combination photo shows holiday album covers, top row from left, "A Tori Kelly Christmas" by Tory Kelly, "A Holly Dolly Christmas" by Dolly Parton, "A Very Trainor Christmas" by Meghan Trainor, second row from left, "The Christmas Album" by Leslie Odom Jr., "The Gift," by Carrie Underwood,  "It's Christmas Time Once More" by Davy Jones, bottom row from left, "It's Christmas All Over" by the Goo Goo Dolls, "The Best Time of Year" by Keedron Bryant and "The Pianoman at Christmas" by Jamie Cullum. (Capitol and Schoolboy/Butterfly/Epic/S-Curve Records and BMG/Capitol Records Nashville/Not Too Late Records/Warner/Warner/Blue Note via AP)

Get in the holiday mood with Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton

Here’s a collection of 2020 holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. ____________ Carrie Underwood, (Capitol Nashville) Carrie Underwood takes fans to church with her first holiday …
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Riz Ahmed in a scene from "Sound of Metal." (Amazon Studios via AP)

In ‘Sound of Metal,’ a groundbreaking portrait of deafness

What should deafness sound like on film? For his debut feature “ ,” filmmaker Darius Marder wanted to create a sound experience that audiences had never heard before. The idea was to simulate …
Musical director Riccardo Frizza, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, directs the orchestra during rehearsals for Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Marino Faliero, at the Donizetti theater in Bergamo, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo  devastated by coronavirus reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.   (Gianfranco Rota/Teatro Donizetti via AP)

In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

MILAN (AP) — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of …
This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Nov. 29-Dec. 5 shows Diego Boneta, from left, Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monae, Britney Spears, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges and Margaret Cho. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Nov. 29: Blues musician John Mayall is 87. Actor Diane Ladd is 85. Musician Chuck Mangione is 80. Country singer Jody Miller is 79. …