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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Page school superintendent quits over alleged racist remark

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — The superintendent of the Page Unified School District has resigned after allegedly making a racist remark at a meeting. Larry Wallen’s resignation came late Sunday evening, …

3rd Pima County resident faces illegal voting charges

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona attorney general on Monday announced the indictment of a Pima County man who is accused of voting in the 2020 election despite being a convicted felon who had not had his …

Tucson police: Body is found in a pond on city's south side

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A body has been found in a pond on Tucson’s south side, according to authorities. Police said officers were working with the Tucson Fire Department to recover the …

Arizona collects over $1,500 in fantasy sports tax in August

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona collected just under $1,600 in tax revenue during the first four days of fantasy sports contests after they became legal in August. The Arizona Department of Gaming on …

How a Buckeye community event will help area nonprofits

The City of  Buckeye invites the community to a unique celebration this weekend. Celebrate Halloween and support local charities  at "Let the Ghoul Times Roll" -- Buckeye’s 81st …
First responders
Surprise Police are investigating a death that occurred at a residence in the area of 13400 W. Redfield Road.
After investment losses and an explosion of pension costs for public safety employees over the past 15 years, Peoria leadership recently gave the go-ahead for a plan staff says will save on costs and …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Oct. 14-21: Burglary at residence reported at 10:39 a.m. Oct. 14 in the 20800 block of East …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kauzlarich: Support bond funding for Cave Creek's school district

If you have a Scottsdale address north of Jomax Road (or North of McDowell Mountain Road if you live in Rio Verde), you probably live in the Cave Creek Unified School District. This sprawling …

Suhaysik: Driver's should slow down and drive right, right now

I’m wondering when traffic laws became optional? Folks texting while driving. Speed limits are completely ignored. Red lights are meaningless. HOV lanes obviously are there as race tracks. …

DeMolay: The U.S. Congress must do more to fight spam calls in Arizona

There are two informative articles about robocalls. One was written March 3, 2021, by Walt Hickey and is on the businessinsider website: “The Annoyance Engine: Spam robocalls became profitable …
Steve Edwards

Edwards: Planes and now helicopters disrupting home life near Superstitions

Other aircraft are putting our lives in danger. You all have seen the helicopters flying over and you think it is the military. I can tell you that the majority of aircraft that are flying over you …

Ware: Northwest Valley Connect needs paid & volunteer drivers in your community

If you are into sports this season, Northwest Valley Connect has touchdowns in green. Our goal supports drivers such as yourself to come and assist community members with rides to dialysis, cancer …
More sports

Palm Introduces “Palm Buds Pro”

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 26, 2021-- Expanding on Palm’s light-weight mobility philosophy, Palm is launching the next premium smart product in its mobile portfolio, the Palm Buds …

Tipoff: In era of rampant transfers, Texas stands out

Texas’ Chris Beard prepared for his first season coaching at his alma mater by assembling a virtual all-star team of transfers from across the country. Now it’s a matter of finding …

Analysis: Pop's still coaching because he's still having fun

The final buzzer sounded at the Tokyo Olympics, the gold medal for the U.S. was won and Gregg Popovich held his emotions in check for at least a couple of minutes. He shook hands with France coach …

Tom Brady's monumental game included memorable mementos

Tom Brady had one memento he wanted back from a fan in the stands and one he wanted to give his after his latest historic performance. Both of the Brady admirers left Raymond James Stadium happy …

'Home' race just like Formula One season for Haas: A clunker

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As home races go, the U.S. Grand Prix was just like the rest of the season for Haas F1. A clunker. The only Formula One team owned by an American finished last again. Its …

Column: Astros proof that cheaters really do prosper

Stop if this sounds familiar. The World Series is here, and so unfortunately are the Houston Astros. For the third time in just five years, if you’re keeping score at home. And, yes, they’ve …
Most recent
Miles donations are providing flights for Afghan refugees

A campaign that began with ordinary people donating frequent-flyer miles has raised enough in two months to provide 40,000 flights for refugees from Afghanistan, and organizers and the White House …

Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country

Higher shipping rates help UPS as Q3 results top Street

Samsung's Lee fined over illegally using propofol

Nation

Civil rights pioneer seeks expungement of '55 arrest record

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Months before Rosa Parks became the mother of the modern civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus, Black teenager Claudette Colvin …

Ports of LA, Long Beach to fine firms over container backlog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In an effort to ease congestion at the nation’s busiest port complex, officials said Monday that they will start fining shipping companies whose cargo containers linger for too …

Ex-Liberty spokesman says he was fired for raising concerns

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former spokesperson for Liberty University is suing the evangelical Virginia school after being fired, alleging in a lawsuit filed Monday that his termination came in …

Police: 6 injured, including officer, in Idaho mall shooting

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police in Boise, Idaho, said Monday that five people and a police officer have been injured in a shooting at a shopping mall. They say one person is in custody. Police on …

Ohio printed 35,000 wrong Wright Brothers license plates

COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) — Ohio printed out 35,000 new license plates before realizing a banner depicted on the plate was attached to the State officials acknowledged the error immediately after the …
World

South African court rules Zuma's corruption case to continue

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s effort to get a prosecutor removed from his corruption case has been dismissed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Zuma filed a …

Moderna to supply Africa with up to 110 million COVID doses

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Moderna on Tuesday said it will make up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries, which local officials called a breakthrough on the world's …

Russia's coronavirus deaths mark another high

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this …

Dutch court: Crimean treasures must be sent to Ukraine

AMSTERDAM (AP) — An Amsterdam appeals court ruled Tuesday that a trove of historical treasures from Crimea that have been stored for years at a Dutch museum must be given to Ukraine, saying they …

Pakistan, China urge world to send humanitarian aid to Kabul

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a rare joint appeal, the leaders of Pakistan and China on Tuesday urged the international community to swiftly send humanitarian and economic aid to Afghanistan, where people …
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Business

EU ministers debate how to tackle rising energy costs

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers met Tuesday for emergency talks focusing on energy amid deep divergences between the 27 member countries on how to tackle a this year. The wave of price …

Dutch pension fund to divest from fossil fuel producers

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' biggest pension fund announced Tuesday that it will stop investing in companies that produce fossil fuels, saying the move — long been demanded by …

YouTube, TikTok, Snap execs face senators on kids' safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing down on hugely popular social media platforms and their impact on children, the leaders of a Senate panel have called executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat to face …

Asian shares mostly higher, tracking Wall Street rally

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday after another rally to a record high on Wall Street. Stocks have been pushing broadly higher as companies turn in much stronger profit …

Neighbors

Recovering from the explosion, coming out on top

As a fire fighter for the Peoria Fire-Medical Department, Capt. Hunter Clare was badly injured in an explosion at an APS battery facility in Surprise in April of 2019, and has yet to return to full duty work.

Marr oversees change of leadership at Concord General Contracting

Leadership is the legacy that defines Dale Marr, who in 2021 is celebrating 40 years in the construction industry, 28 of those helping guide the growth of Concord General Contracting …

Tempe-based TruWest Credit Union donates items to MCC Mesa Market

TruWest Credit Union employees recently donated food, pantry and hygiene items for the Mesa Community College “Mesa Market.” TruWest partnered with MCC to refurbish the “Mesa …

SWIMkids USA’s founder Whitehead receives national honor

Lana Whitehead, the founder and pesident of SWIMkids USA in Mesa, has received the 2021 U.S. Swim School Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The highly prestigious national award is …

Things to do

Ben Johnson Days slated for Apache Junction in November

The Annual Ben Johnson Days hosted by the Goldfield Ghost Riders has events Nov. 6 and 13-14 in Apache Junction. Events include a fun gymkhana, trailer raffle and two poker rides, with proceeds …

Event Jan. 8 to kick off Apache Junction founder’s centennial

On Aug. 21, 1922, George Cleveland Curtis gave Apache Junction its name. To kick off the year-long celebration of the founding of Apache Junction, there will be an event 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. …

Fit Families Mud Run Saturday in Apache Junction

The mud run is back. The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation team is excited to be live and in-person Oct. 23 with its eighth Fit Families Mud Run. “Last year may have been mud-less — …

Falcon Field Airport honors veterans with 80th anniversary events

Eighty years ago with the world at war, the city of Mesa opened its arms to young men from Britain and forged a bond that continues today. Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport is again welcoming friends …

Obituaries & Memorials

The Rev. Fr. William K. Young + Olofson

Rev. Fr. William was born on June 21, 1938, in El Paso, Texas, to King William Young and Pat Fellers Young. He graduated from Ysleta HS in 1956 and received his BA from the University of Texas, El …

Connie B. Walker

Connie born in Wauseon, Ohio, January 4, 1938 artist (oil painter) and long-time resident of Apache Junction, Arizona, passed away peacefully at the age of 83. She was known for her paintings of a …

Joan Arlene Janis

A life well lived is precious. It is filled with hope, strength, grace and devotion. A life well lived is a legacy of joy, love and laughter that our hearts will always treasure. It is with …

William Michael “Mike” Sterry

William, died peacefully on July 16th 2021 at his home in Sun City West, AZ with his wife Linda at his bedside. He was 92 and his passing was the result of a 15 month struggle with congestive heart …

George H. Schryver

George, born in Plainfield, NJ, on March 24, 1947, passed away due to a malignant neoplasm of the brain on September 22, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Betty Garzon Schryver. When …
Entertainment

Sonny Osborne, bluegrass banjoist behind 'Rocky Top,' dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bluegrass musician and singer Sonny Osborne, whose fast banjo licks turned “Rocky Top” into a hit with The Osborne Brothers, has died. He was 84. Alison Brown, a …
This combination of photos shows promotional art for the series "Star Trek: Prodigy," premiering Oct. 28 on Paramount+, left, the film "Army of Thieves," premiering Oct. 29 on Netflix, and the series "Colin in Black and White," premiering Oct. 29 on Netflix. (Paramount+/Netflix/Netflix via AP)

New this week: Kaepernick, Sheeran and 'Star Trek' spin-off

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — coming to Netflix on …
This cover image released by Thomas & Mercer shows "Gated Prey" by Lee Goldberg. (Thomas & Mercer via AP)

Review: Undercover investigation goes awry in 'Gated Prey'

“Gated Prey” by Lee Goldberg (Thomas & Mercer) A string of home invasions have Los Angeles County’s rich and famous on edge, so the sheriff’s department sets up an undercover investigation …
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami.  Minnesota's Congressional delegation on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, is introducing a resolution to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to pop superstar Prince, citing his "indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture,” The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

First steps made in Congress to honor pop superstar Prince

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota's Congressional delegation on Monday is introducing a resolution to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to pop superstar Prince, citing his "indelible mark on …
In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 file photo a visitor looks at wooden royal statues of the Dahomey kingdom, dated 19th century, at Quai Branly museum in Paris, France. In a decision with potential ramifications across European museums, France is displaying 26 looted colonial-era artifacts for one last time before returning them home to Benin. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

129-year journey nears end as France returns Benin treasures

PARIS (AP) — In a decision with potential ramifications across European museums, France is displaying 26 looted colonial-era artifacts for one last time before returning them home to Benin. The …