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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Trial date set for family of Arizona boy starved to death

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A trial date has been set for the parents and grandmother of a 6-year-old Flagstaff boy who died after being locked in a closet and denied food. Elizabeth Archibeque and …

FBI searches for suspected serial bank robber in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The FBI is looking for whoever is responsible for robbing multiple banks in metropolitan Phoenix. The agency has referred to the suspect as the Piggy Bank Bandit because he or she …

Navajo Nation reports 23 new coronavirus cases, four deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has continued on a downward trend in the number of daily coronavirus cases. Tribal health officials on Friday reported 23 new cases of COVID-19, down …

17-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of UArizona student

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A teenager has been arrested in the Feb. 20 shooting death of a University of Arizona student in a campus parking garage, the Tucson Police Department announced Friday. The …
Government

Recreational marijuana dispensaries not allowed in Town of Paradise Valley

The Paradise Valley Town Council voted unanimously to outlaw recreational marijuana dispensaries following zero objections from the public. The 7-0 vote was made on Feb. 25 during a Town Council …
First responders
The Queen Creek Town Council voted to approve a contract worth $130,254 with Axon Enterprises through the Sourcewell national cooperative contract for the purchase of hardware, professional services …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Feb. 18-25: Warrant arrest reported at 1:16 p.m. Feb. 18 in the 100 block of South Pinal Parkway …
Apache Junction Police Department officers responded to the Fry’s Grocery Store at 150 E. Old West Highway at about 9 p.m. Feb. 18 for a report of a man who had forcibly groped a woman in the …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Leonard Kirschner poses near the precipice during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park. [Courtesy of the Kirschner family]

Kirschner: America’s national parks beckon ... and you must go!

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.
Hospice of the Valley social worker Erin Butler worked with Valley Metro to help her patient, Tressie Jennings, ride a train — virtually. [Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley]

Social workers are essential — especially at Hospice of the Valley

It’s only fitting that the theme of the upcoming Social Work Month in March is: “Social Workers Are Essential.”
Leonard Kirschner poses near the canyon during a pre-pandemic visit to Grand Canyon National Park.

Kirschner: America’s national parks are calling, and you must go post COVID-19

It was a year ago when COVID-19 struck and our world changed. Social isolation, masks and hand-washing became the norm. Travel stopped.

Sewell: No matter the direction, beauty is all around Arizona

Call me biased, but I am confident I can convince anyone that Arizona is one of the most scenic states in the country. So, with spring just around the corner, I want to encourage you to lace up your …

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …
More sports

UNLV 68, FRESNO ST. 67

Percentages: FG .457, FT .789. 3-Point Goals: 10-21, .476 (Ballard 5-7, Hill 2-2, Stroud 2-3, Holland 1-5, Campbell 0-2, Robinson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 1. Blocked Shots: …

Golden State 130, Charlotte 121

Percentages: FG .461, FT .688. 3-Point Goals: 17-41, .415 (Monk 5-11, Hayward 3-3, Ball 3-8, Rozier 3-8, Washington 2-4, Bridges 1-3, Co.Martin 0-2, McDaniels 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team …

L.A. Lakers 102, Portland 93

Percentages: FG .386, FT .900. 3-Point Goals: 11-37, .297 (Lillard 5-13, Hood 2-5, Trent Jr. 2-11, Jones Jr. 1-1, Simons 1-1, Little 0-1, Covington 0-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: …

CS BAKERSFIELD 84, CS NORTHRIDGE 58

Percentages: FG .390, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Starks 2-3, Anderson 2-5, Harrick 1-4, Merkviladze 1-4, Brown 0-2, Wright 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 2. Blocked Shots: …
Most recent
GEORGIA ST. 84, SOUTH ALABAMA 81

Percentages: FG .458, FT .905. 3-Point Goals: 11-24, .458 (Johnson 6-9, Allen 2-6, Brooks 1-1, Boyce 1-2, Williams 1-3, Roberts 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: 7 …

SEATTLE 63, GRAND CANYON 57

Avalanche hold on in final seconds for 3-2 win over Coyotes

UTAH ST. 75, NEVADA 72

Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

Nation

Man gets nearly 20 years for Colorado synagogue bomb plot

DENVER (AP) — A man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison on Friday for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year by a judge who described the case as "dripping with Nazism and …

4 men convicted in 1993 WTC bombing have had sentences cut

NEW YORK (AP) — Decades after going to prison, some of the men responsible for the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people 28 years ago Friday are still trying to whittle down their …

Pythons, iguanas: Florida restricts some exotic reptiles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards, oh my! Florida is moving to restrict 16 invasive reptile species that have wreaked havoc in the Everglades and across the …

Breakout 'Borat' star Maria Bakalova conquers Hollywood

So what did YOU do at 5 a.m. after staying up all night for your prom? Maria Bakalova became a movie star. The 24-year-old actress has been telling the story of how she had a few free hours after …

Ivory Coast 2nd country to receive COVID vaccines via COVAX

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast on Friday became the second country in the world to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX initiative, with 504,000 doses of the …
World

Police: Infamous gang leader killed after prison breakout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti's most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, was killed on Friday, a day after he and dozens of other inmates in a prison breakout that left at least eight …

WFP: Security protocols, leaks a focus of Congo probe

ROME (AP) — A U.N. investigation into the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Congo that killed the Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and driver will look into whether the long-planned mission's …

Vaccine roll-out gaps a core concern for G-20 countries

MILAN (AP) — The uneven distribution of vaccines between wealthier and poorer countries is a key concern of Group of 20 nations as leaders consider how to create even footing for recovery from …

Myanmar's UN envoy dramatically opposes coup in his country

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador strongly opposed the military coup in his country and appealed for “the strongest possible action from the international community” to restore …

Dutch poet declines assignment to translate Gorman's works

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A writer who was chosen to translate American poet Amanda Gorman's work into Dutch has handed back the assignment following criticism that a white author was selected …
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Business

Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks

Chief executives of the nation's largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for …

SoftBank says deal reached with WeWork founder, directors

TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank Group Corp. has reached a settlement in a U.S. legal dispute with directors of office space-sharing venture WeWork Inc. and its founder Adam Neumann, the Japanese technology …

Nevada governor proposes giving tech firms power to govern

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor on Friday unveiled a proposal that would allow technology companies to establish jurisdictions with powers similar to those of county governments, arguing …

White House climate czar to AP: Texas storm 'a wake-up call'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly winter storm that caused and other states is a “wake-up call” for the United States to build energy systems and other infrastructure that are more reliable and …

Neighbors

Queen Creek gets new church

Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) is opening a campus in Queen Creek next month. It’s one of 11 campuses CCV has throughout the Valley. The church’s first service is Sunday, March …

Queen Creek donor gives Scottsdale butterfly facility large collection

Butterfly Wonderland recently received a large, private donation of over 60 preserved butterfly, moth, dragonfly, spider, and other insect specimens from Queen Creek resident Della Johnson. The …

Scenic Arizona: Flooded area of the desert

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net is publishing submitted photos that highlight the community and showcase Arizona’s beauty. Readers are invited to submit scenic pictures of desert …

Meet Your Neighbor: UK transplant Andrew Pavey now 20-year Mesa resident

Name: Andrew Pavey Age: 51 Town/neighborhood: I live in the Alta Mesa neighborhood near the Higley and Brown Road cross streets in Mesa. When and why I moved here: I moved to the USA in January …

Things to do

Scottsdale reinvents Western Week with new date, modifications

The city of Scottsdale has announced a new timeline for its annual Western Week celebration, which honors Old Town’s distinctive heritage, history, cultures and experiences.

Desert survival class March 6 at Superstition Mountain Museum

A desert survival and safety class being offered at the Superstition Mountain Museum might be one of the most important classes that you have ever taken. Anyone who hikes or camps should be …

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

Engvall ready for 2 shows in Surprise

Grammy Award-nominated comedian Bill Engvall is scheduled to perform two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.

Entertainment
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, Elisabeth Moss attends the "The Handmaid's Tale" season three finale red carpet at the Regency Village Theatre, in Los Angeles. The drama series’ fourth season begins April 28, 2021, and will include 10 episodes. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

As 'Handmaid's Tale' returns, creator sees no end in sight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns in April for season four, its creator is reluctant to predict when the dystopian drama will be ready for its final act. “Every time I …

Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix on Friday released a study it commissioned from top academic researchers that shows the streaming giant is outpacing much of the film industry in the inclusivity of its …
Maren Morris performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on  June 15, 2019 , left, and Chris Stapleton performs during Marty Stuart's Late night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on June 7, 2018. Morris and Stapleton lead the nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The academy announced on Friday that Morris and Stapleton both had six nominations ahead of the April 18 awards show, which will air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)

Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton lead ACM Awards nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards, but only Stapleton joined the all-male ballot for the top prize of …
File---File photo taken Nov.20, 2020 members of South Korean K-pop band BTS pose for photographers during a press conference to introduce their new album "BE" in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-Man, file)

German radio station apologizes for comment on K-pop's BTS

BERLIN (AP) — A Bavarian radio station apologized Friday for a host's comments comparing popular South Korean K-pop band BTS to the coronavirus, saying his choice of words had gone too far but was …
This image released by Apple TV+ shows Billie Eilish in a scene from "Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry." (Apple TV+ via AP)

Review: Billie Eilish, unfiltered, in new documentary

If you're coming to “ ” hoping for a primer on the music sensation, you’ve come to the wrong place. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler’s two hour and 20-minute documentary about the “Ocean Eyes” …