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Wildfire north of Los Angeles spreads as authorities issue evacuation orders

Authorities issued evacuation orders Saturday as a wildfire in Los Angeles County spread thousands of acres close to a major highway and threatened nearby structures, officials said. The blaze that …

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

The issue of abortion will be before voters in at least four states this year, and possibly more. Voters have sided with abortion rights supporters every time the issue has been directly on the …

Pilgrims commence the final rites of Hajj as Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Masses of pilgrims on Sunday embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia. The ritual marks the final days of Hajj pilgrimage and the start of the Eid …
Valley & State
transportation

Lane restrictions on I-10 near Chandler, Monday through Wednesday

Drivers traveling on I-10 through the Wild Horse Pass corridor should plan for lane restrictions Monday thorugh Wednesday, June 17-19. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises motorists …
local policy

Chandler mayor: Public input now at work, study sessions

​Before the public input portion of the Chandler City Council’s June 13 meeting, Mayor Kevin Hartke made a mildly surprising announcement. After pressure from one local activist and a …
SOUTHERN AVENUE

Motorcyclist killed in Mesa after crashing into SUV

A 23-year-old man died at a hospital Friday night after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into Mazda SUV at a Mesa intersection, police said. The crash occurred about 9:50 p.m. June 14 at …
RYAN SO

Mesa police release cause of Scottsdale detective’s death

Scottsdale police detective Ryan So was shot after a rifle fell to the ground and discharged, according to preliminary information from the Mesa Police Department, which is investigating his death. …
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Scottsdale Unified partially renews contract with Hop Skip Drive

The Scottsdale Unified School District will continue to use a student transportation service on a limited basis despite one of its drivers being arrested in April for allegedly sexually assaulting a …
CRIME

Elder abuse reports jump in Maricopa County

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Saturday, June 15. To raise awareness, the office of Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is bringing attention to this issue. “The elder …
WEST VALLEY PREPS

Kellis girls unleash faster tempo near Glendale home

When the Kellis girls basketball team reconvened in May for its summer tournaments, the Cougars came back with less height but even more motivation. The young team emerged as a 5A Conference …
SETTLEMENT

Arizona Attorney General set to take governor to court if funds from opioid settlement are used to balance budget

PHOENIX — Attorney General Kris Mayes says if state lawmakers and Gov. Katie Hobbs want to immediately seize $75 million out of an opioid settlement fund to balance the state budget …
WEATHER

Excessive heat warning issued through Father’s Day weekend for Maricopa, Pinal counties

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that will be in place through Sunday when temperatures could reach 112 degrees. Among the counties under the warning are …
COURT

Fichem still responsible for legal fees from election lawsuits, Court of Appeals says

PHOENIX — Mark Finchem and his attorney can’t escape a court order that they pay more than $47,000 in legal fees in his unsuccessful attempt to overturn his 2022 loss in the race for …

Some Mexican shelters see crowding south of the border as Biden's asylum ban takes hold

Some shelters south of the U.S. border are caring for many more migrants now that the Biden administration stopped considering most asylum requests. But the impact appears uneven more than a week …
ADOT

ADOT schedules 6 weekend projects for Valley freeways

A variety of road work will be taking place this weekend along Valley freeway, including a project that will close a section of Loop 101 in Scottsdale. The Arizona Department of Transportation …

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My heartfelt condolences to Detective So’s family and his Scottsdale Police family. I thank all the brave law enforcement men, women and first responders that protect us 24/7. They deserve …
Why is peace and unity so difficult to achieve, not only in world events, but in our own personal lives? Why have so few achieved these two healthy and constructive aspects in their lives? While …
Let me start out quoting a banner I recently came across “Mean Tweets-World Peace.” I think this captures my view of President Trump. He tells it like it is (mean to some) and …
Are political action committees (PACs) good for small towns? PACs are backed by special interest money and make deals to influence elected officials and candidates for elected office. The result is …
In 2013, the federal government institutionalized Housing First — the provision of permanently subsidized housing — as the nation’s exclusive approach to homelessness.

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Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

This Date in Baseball - Astros are the first team to throw two immaculate innings in the same game

This Date in Baseball, June 15 - Astros are the first team to throw two immaculate innings in the same game

Diamondbacks host the White Sox to begin 3-game series

The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Chicago White Sox to begin a three-game series.

Walker hits 2 HRs, Pederson adds a grand slam and the D-backs coast past the Angels 11-1

Christian Walker hit two homers, Joc Pederson added a late grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks coasted past the Los Angeles Angels 11-1. Arizona won two of three in the series and has won eight …
National sports
Chicago scored its first run after what appeared to be an intentional balk, Lenyn Sosa hit a three-run homer and the White Sox picked up a rare road win with a 9-2 victory over the Arizona …
Gervonta “Tank” Davis made a triumphant return to the ring after more than a year away. He dominated Frank Martin and knocked him out at 1:29 of the eighth round Saturday night to retain the WBA …
Connor McDavid now has the record for the most assists in a single NHL postseason after passing Wayne Gretzky with three more in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. McDavid assisted on goals by Darnell …
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Valley business

HonorHealth performs procedure for patients at risk of foot, leg amputations

Hasan Aldailami, M.D. was part of the HonorHealth team to first treat a patient with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a new minimally invasive technique.

HonorHealth is the first healthcare system in Arizona to treat patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a minimally invasive technique to bypass blocked arteries in the leg and restore blood flow to the foot. 

Valley Starbucks employees try to keep organized labor momentum

In this 2019 photo, Kevin Johnson, right, then-CEO of Starbucks, makes coffee using a siphon method alongside a barista during a visit to the company’s Starbucks Reserve store at the company headquarters in Seattle. There are now eight union Starbucks stores in the Valley.

​More than 400 Starbucks coffee shops have unionized across the U.S, and that effort has made inroads in the Valley. With nine union stores in Arizona, including eight in the Valley, Starbucks …

Insults, awards for Chandler Chamber honorees

Ron Spoon, a Chandler Unified School District custodian, second from left, claims his CUSD Support Services Staff of the Year plaque from Superintendent Frank Narducci at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s May 30 community awards. On the left is Chamber board chair Robert Sinkule.

​The emcee of the 2024 Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Community Awards show had insults for just about everyone he mentioned. No one seemed to mind the ribbing at the May 30 event …

Build-to-rent communities surge in Phoenix amid high home interest rates

Mark-Taylor’s EVR Spur Cross build-to-rent community is in Queen Creek. (Photo courtesy of Mark-Taylor Investment Management)

PHOENIX – High mortgage interest rates are pushing prospective homebuyers to consider build-to-rent communities instead.

Neighbors

Meet JJ – Creative soul looks to flourish with forever family

JJ is a fun-loving, active teen who is ready for any new adventure. He loves to ride his bike and jump on trampolines but is willing to do anything outdoors.

Rally opposing legal changes to female sports held June 13

Our Bodies, Our Sports is holding a rally against what they consider harmful changes to female athletes enforced by changes to Title IX June 13 at the Scottsdale Airport.

Our Bodies, Our Sports, a coalition of female athletes and female former athletes, coaches and prominent women’s advocates will hold a “Take Back Title IX” rally to oppose changes …

ProShred leads free shredding event in south Glendale

Joseph Caradonna, Patty Caradonna and Joe Caradonna of ProShred Security of Arizona. The company joins forces with the City of Glendale drive-thru shred session from 8 a.m. to noon June 15 at GESD System of Care Center, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road.

Valley residents are invited to join ProShred Security of Arizona  and the city of Glendale for a free drive-thru shred event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15 at GESD System of Care Center, …

East Valley superintendent discusses postponing retirement to help district

Higley Unified School District Superintendent Sherry Richards calendars time to be out in classrooms, calling it a happy place to be.

It was all coming together nicely for Sherry Richards. She would wrap up her education career June 30, having been an interim superintendent for a highly achieving school district that she loved, …

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Phoenix country music festival to raise money for autism

Foley Ranch in Phoenix (pictured) will host a day of music to raise money for autism on June 30.

An evening of acoustic originals featuring top country artists from the Southwest with gather in Phoenix in support of autism and at-risk populations.

Joshua Bassett bringing headline tour to Phoenix

Joshua Bassett will perform Tuesday, July 30 at Arizona Financial Theatre.

Singer/songwriter and actor Joshua Bassett will bring his The Golden Years Tour, featuring special guest Thomas Day, to Phoenix.

Sarah Silverman comedy touring planning Phoenix stop

Sarah Silverman arrives at the premiere of

Sarah Silverman will bring her Postmortem Tour to Phoenix.

Apocalyptica announces U.S. tour, Phoenix stop

Perttu Kivilaakso, left, and Eicca Toppinen, of Apocalyptica perform at the Domination Music Festival in Mexico City on May 4, 2019.

Heavy metal band Apocalyptica announced their "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour" across the United States will include a stop in Phoenix in 2025.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Inés Villarreal Woodward

Inés Woodward died 4/20/24. A funeral mass will be celebrated 6/21/24 at 9:45am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale.

LaVerne Joseph Martelle

LaVerne, 87, died peacefully in his sleep at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Born on June 13, 1936, in Harpers Ferry, IA; to Charles Leo “Jake” Martelle and …

Dr. John Nelson Simons

John N. Simons passed away peacefully at his home on Wilson Bay, Gull Lake, Minnesota the afternoon of June 3, 2024. He was 91 and had spent recent decades on the lake, which he loved dearly. Dr. …

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr.

Leonard (Len) James Wicketts, Jr., 86, of Sun City, AZ, died May 30, 2024, with his loving family at his bedside. Born in Marquette, MI, he and wife, Sally, married in 1957 and remained married for …

Lorraine Barbara (Curylo) Grzesik

Lorraine Barbara (Curylo) Grzesik passed away peacefully on May 20, 2024 after a long and fruitful life. She was born June 19, 1926 to Walter and Blanche Curylo in Chicago. Lorraine was an avid …
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Nation

Shooting at splash pad in Detroit suburb leaves 'numerous wounded victims,' authorities say

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Gunfire erupted at a splash pad in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills as families were frolicking in the water to beat the summer heat, leaving multiple people …

Missouri abortion ban wasn't about lawmakers imposing religious beliefs, judge says

A judge in Missouri says lawmakers who passed a restrictive abortion ban were not trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone in the state, rejecting a case filed by more than a dozen …

On Father's Day, this LGBTQ+ couple celebrates the friend who helped make their family dream reality

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — David Titterington had a sense of what his childhood friend would ask him when she led him into a photo booth at a mutual friend's wedding roughly a decade ago. As the …

Maine police kill armed man after a night of gunfire and burned homes that left a man missing

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine State Police tactical team fatally shot a man on a rooftop early Saturday after an hourslong standoff in which authorities said he opened fire at officers, two homes …

Divers find remains of Finnish WWII plane that was shot down by Moscow with a US diplomat aboard

The World War II mystery of what happened to a Finnish passenger plane after it was shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet bombers appears to finally be solved more than eight decades later. The …
World

Israeli military announces 'tactical pause' in attempt to increase flow of aid into hard-hit Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday announced a “tactical pause” in its offensive in the southern Gaza Strip to allow the deliveries of increased quantities of humanitarian aid. …

Chinese premier promises more pandas and urges Australia to put aside differences

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Qiang's visit to Australia on Sunday focused on positive aspects of the bilateral relationship including shared giant pandas and a rebounding wine …

Honduras plans to build a 20,000-capacity 'megaprison' for gang members as part of a crackdown

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The president of Honduras has announced the creation of a new 20,000-capacity “megaprison," part of the government's larger crackdown on gang violence and efforts to …

Italian activist freed from Hungary returns home after being elected to European Parliament

ROME (AP) — Italian anti-fascist activist Ilaria Salis returned to her parents’ house in the northern Italian city of Monza on Saturday evening, after being freed from house arrest in Budapest …

Rome LGBTQ+ Pride parade celebrates 30th anniversary, makes fun of Pope Francis comments

ROME (AP) — The Rome LGBTQ+ Pride parade celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday as tens of thousands of people in brightly colored outfits marched through the Italian capital waving banners, …
Entertainment
Rebecca Lovell of Larkin Poe performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 14, 2024, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Photos offer a glimpse of Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee

MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is underway in Tennessee, bringing tens of thousands of fans to a 700-acre farm campground and concert venue for more than 150 …
FILE - Hannah Einbinder attends the 17th annual Chanel Tribeca Festival Artists Dinner at The Odeon on Monday, June 10, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Hannah Einbinder uses comedy as a coping mechanism in debut standup special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To rising comic Hannah Einbinder, her bits are for more than just laughs. She says her jokes are a coping mechanism she uses to process the tough topics she tackles in her …
FILE - Director Ron Simons poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah. Simon, an actor who turned into a formidable screen and stage producer, winning four Tony Awards and having several films selected at the Sundance Film Festival, has died. He was 63. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons dies at 63

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Simons, an actor who turned into a formidable screen and stage producer, winning four Tony Awards and having several films selected at the Sundance Film Festival, has died. He …
Singer Zsela poses for a portrait on Friday, May, 24, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Zsela is letting go and leaning into uncertainty with her debut album ‘Big For You’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zsela leans into the ebb and flow of uncertainty and invites listeners to do the same throughout her debut album “Big For You.” The album, written over four years, …
Cuban musician Silvio Rodriguez looks on during an interview with The Associated Press in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Rodríguez, 77, one of Latin America's most famous musicians, has released a new album, his first in three years. (AP Photo/Ariel Ley)

Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodríguez, icon of the revolution, dwells on island's troubles in new album

HAVANA (AP) — He was the poetic voice of the Cuban Revolution, an inspiration for millions of Latin Americans living under dictatorships throughout the 1960s and 1970s who dreamt of the ideal Cuba …