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Navalny's mother brings flowers to his grave a day after thousands attended his funeral in Moscow

The mother and mother-in-law of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were among mourners who brought flowers to his grave in Moscow a day after thousands turned his funeral into one of the …

Russian drone strike on the Ukrainian port city of Odesa kills 3

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Three people were killed when a Russian drone hit an apartment block in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa overnight, regional Gov. Oleh Kiper said Saturday. A …
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NBA All-Star Aftermath: Breaking Down the Brilliance of the 2024 Showcase

The 2024  NBA All-Star Weekend, held with great anticipation and fanfare, showcased the remarkable talents and competitiveness of the league's top players, culminating in an event filled with …
Valley & State

How Apache Stronghold's fight to protect Oak Flat in central Arizona has played out over the years

Native American groups have struggled with mining interests over a decade over Oak Flat, a piece of national forest land in central Arizona. The nonprofit Apache Stronghold says the land is sacred to …

A US appeals court ruling will allow mine development on Oak Flat, land sacred to Apaches

An Apache group that has fought to protect land it considers sacred from a copper mining project in central Arizona has suffered a significant blow. A federal court panel voted 6-5 on Friday to …
GOVERNMENT

State senators block request to adjourn House for Israel trip

PHOENIX — State senators voted Thursday to deny a request to allow the state House to adjourn for more than a week to allow 17 of its members to take a trip to Israel.
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SRP, Phoenix to begin removing trees that threaten power lines

In an effort to increase power reliability and reduce potential safety risks, SRP and the city of Phoenix are scheduled to begin removing trees growing too close to power lines.
POLICE

Phoenix shooting may be linked to fatal multi-vehicle collision

Phoenix police detectives are investigating a crash that ended in a 19-year-old man’s death and may be connected to a report of shooting near 61 st Avenue and Fillmore Street. The …
Teen Violence

The root of all evil

With the current spate of arrests and incidents of youth violence in the southeast Valley — particularly Gilbert — spiking, the negative effects of wealth on children are being discussed …
Water Conservation

Phoenix plans regulations for large water users

New large water users in Phoenix would face additional regulations and reductions under a proposed ordinance change heading to city council. Users have to use a lot of water for the changes to …
Fencing

Fabric, tarps, razor wire may be prohibited as fences in Apache Junction

Changes to the Apache Junction’s city code pertaining to fences are planned including allowing metal panels and prohibiting razor and concertina wire, fabric or tarps. The Planning and …
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Opinions with Civility
I grew up less than a mile from the Mason-Dixon Line in south-central Pennsylvania, where small towns lack stoplights but have an abundance of cows.
I find somewhat amusing the recent exchange between Graves and Hendricks.
Legislative Republicans in Arizona are advancing a bill to terminate your right to vote…well at least from the “comfort of your kitchen table,” according to columnist Laurie Roberts.
I belong to the Women’s Club and play on Wednesday.
The RCSC members constant bickering between each other on gym floors over ceiling fans, complaining to staff members and remote control vandalism created the problem
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Guenther scores tiebreaking goal in third as Coyotes beat Senators 5-3 to snap 14-game skid

Dylan Guenther scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 to snap a 14-game losing streak. Michael Carcone, J.J. Moser, Nick Schmaltz …

Coyotes take losing streak into game against the Senators

The Arizona Coyotes aim to stop a 14-game losing streak with a win against the Ottawa Senators.

No. 6 Arizona hosts Evans and Oregon

Oregon visits the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats after Kwame Evans Jr. scored 22 points in the Ducks' 78-71 win over the Oregon State Beavers. Saturday's game is the second meeting of the season between the …
National sports
All eyes may be on the draft prospects at the NFL scouting combine as they run the 40-yard dash, bench press 225 pounds and see how high and far they can jump and how quick they are. But while acing …
The president of Formula 1’s governing body tells the Financial Times the controversy around Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is damaging the sport but that the FIA won’t conduct its own …
James Harden scored 21 of his 28 points in the second quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Washington Wizards 140-115 on Friday night. Kawhi Leonard added 27 points and Paul George scored 22 …
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Valley business

SRP seeking new power generation resources

SRP announced it will need to double or triple power resource capacity from a wide range of technologies to meet projected energy demand and achieve its 2035 sustainability goals.

Peoria business to host women’s clothing drive

Affirm Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC., which has a local office in Peoria, is hosting a community clothing drive in honor of Women’s History Month in March.

$2.5M expansion coming to The Nash jazz club in Phoenix

The Nash announced plans for an expanded center for jazz in downtown Phoenix, headquartered on Roosevelt Row.

Valleywise Health reopens mental health beds at its Maryvale hospital

Valleywise Health is reopening 15 inpatient behavioral health beds at its Maryvale hospital this week.

Neighbors

Phoenix-based Feeding Matters approved for $240K to launch consortium

Feeding Matters, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that is the first organization in the world serving kids with pediatric feeding disorder, has secured funding for the launch of the Family Centered Pediatric Feeding Disorder Research Consortium.

Chicanos Por La Causa Phoenix event to focus on education, cultural identity

Chicanos Por La Causa will host the Latina Leadership Conversation II centered on education, cultural identity, and strategic goals for the community.

Phoenix native serves aboard Navy warship in San Diego

Petty Officer 3rd Class Mara Chavez, a native of Phoenix, serves the U.S. Navy aboard USS Tripoli operating out of San Diego.

Street dedication will honor Black Phoenix activist Vernell Myers Coleman

Vernell Myers Coleman. (Courtesy Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame)

Thirty-four years after her death, Phoenix activist Vernell Myers Coleman is being honored with a street name dedication. “She made many, many contributions to the city and her …

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Surprise teen adventure trip heading to spring training game

Surprise has scheduled an upcoming teen adventure to Surprise Stadium with a spring training game between the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals, one of two home teams in Surprise.

Surprise has scheduled an upcoming teen adventure to Surprise Stadium with a spring training game between the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks and the Kansas City Royals, one of two home teams in Surprise.

Australian comic Celeste Barber bringing tour to Phoenix

Actress, writer, and comedian Celeste Barber is bringing her tour to downtown Phoenix.

Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix to close season with jazz musical

Black Theatre Troupe concludes its 2023-24 season with a rousing musical set in the birthplace of jazz.

Peso Pluma’s return to the road to include Phoenix show

Peso Pluma has added a Phoenix stop to his 2024 tour.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Rachel Karen Dirkse

Rachel Karen Dirkse (April 1, 1940 - February 25, 2024) was a beloved resident of Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Fountain Hills, Arizona. She peacefully passed away at the age of 83, leaving …

JOY ANN PALETHORPE

Joy Ann Palethorpe (December 4, 1946 - February 8, 2024) Passed away peacefully.

Russell Lee Fishell

RUSSELL LEE FISHELL September 9, 1928 – February 10, 2024 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather Russell passed to Rest on Saturday, February 10, 2024 He was born in …

Christy Kay Johnson

Christy Johnson (nee Schiewe), 71, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on February 1, 2024. She was born on December 25, 1952 in Salem, OR. Christy was a beloved wife to her husband David …

Linda "Yvonne" Kohli

It is with great sorrow that the Kohli family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and friend, Linda “Yvonne” Kohli. After a precipitous decline in health due to cancer and …
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Nation

Peace, music and memories: As the 1960s fade, historians scramble to capture Woodstock's voices

An estimated 450,000 people attended the Woodstock festival in August 1969. It was a haphazard event that now evokes memories about a society’s state of mind nearing the end of a tumultuous decade. …

World Trade Organization ends meeting in UAE after failing to reach major agreements

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Negotiators taking part in a World Trade Organization meeting in the United Arab Emirates ended their summit early Saturday after failing to reach agreements on …

Medical groups urge Alabama Supreme Court to revisit frozen embryo ruling

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Groups representing Alabama doctors and hospitals urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to revisit a decision equating frozen embryos to children, saying the ruling is …

Mistrial declared in Delaware lawsuit blaming landscaper's cancer on use of Roundup weedkiller

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge declared a mistrial Friday in the latest lawsuit alleging that exposure to the popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The ruling came about two hours …

Judge blocks Texas from collecting info on transgender children receiving gender-affirming care

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Friday temporarily blocked state Attorney General Ken Paxton from forcing an LGBTQ+ advocacy group to hand over information about transgender children …
World

Hard-liners are leading in Iran’s parliamentary election which may have witnessed record-low turnout

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A day after parliamentary election concluded in Iran, hard-liners are leading in initial vote counting in the capital of Tehran, state media reported …

Last surviving member of the first team to conquer Mount Everest says it is crowded and dirty now

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The only surviving member of the mountaineering expedition that first conquered Mount Everest said Saturday that the world's highest peak is too crowded and dirty, and the …

'They wanted to humiliate us.' Palestinian women detained by Israel allege abuse in Israeli custody

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nabela thought the United Nations school in Gaza City was a safe haven. Then, the Israeli army arrived. Soldiers stormed the place, ordering men to undress and hauling women to …

US to airdrop humanitarian aid into Gaza — how it can help and why it's so complicated

President Joe Biden has announced that the U.S. will begin airdropping sorely needed humanitarian assistance into Gaza amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. But the White House warns that there are few …

Russians embrace hope amid despair as Alexei Navalny says his final goodbye

Russians have seen many images of Alexei Navalny — a firebrand protest leader with a bullhorn. A government critic whose face was splashed with green dye by an attacker, which he joked turned him …
Entertainment
In this photo released by The Waseda International House of Literature and "Authors Alive! special edition Haruki Murakami x Mieko Kawakami," Japanese author Haruki Murakami attends an event in Tokyo Friday, March 1, 2024. (The Waseda International House of Literature/"Authors Alive! special edition Haruki Murakami x Mieko Kawakami" via AP)

Haruki Murakami unveils his new short story at a Tokyo literary event

TOKYO (AP) — Only 1,100 lucky audience members were there to hear the yet-to-be published short story “Kaho,” read aloud by bestselling Japanese author Haruki Murakami himself. The reading …
This photograph released by the Reliance group shows Mark Zuckerberg, left, and his wife Priscilla Chan at a pre-wedding bash of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani in Jamnagar, India, Friday, Mar. 01, 2024. (Reliance group via AP)

A party like no other? Asia's richest man celebrates son's prenuptials with a star-studded bash

NEW DELHI (AP) — What happens when the son of Asia's richest man is about to get married? His father throws a three-day prenuptial bash four months before the actual ceremony. Tycoons from …
Director Joel Souza testifies in the trial against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in state district court in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday, March 1, 2024. Gutierrez-Reed was working as the armorer on the movie "Rust" when actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded Souza. Gutierrez-Reed is fighting involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence charges. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool)

Film director who was shot by Alec Baldwin says it felt like being hit by a baseball bat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A movie director who was shot by Alec Baldwin during a movie rehearsal — and survived — testified Friday at trial that he was approaching the cinematographer when he heard …
This image released by the New York Philharmonic shows Long Yu conducting a performance of Aaron Zigman’s "Émigré," at David Geffen Hall in New York on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. (Chris Lee/New York Philharmonic via AP)

Aaron Zigman's 'Émigré' oratorio, about Jews who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai, has US premiere

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Zigman goes back to the 1940s in composing “Émigré,” an oratorio portraying Jews who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai. His 90-minute, two-act work, given its U.S. …
FILE - Sterling K. Brown, from left, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Gil Robertson attend the 15th Annual AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

African American Film Critics group celebrates Black Hollywood and beyond while building its stature

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Ava DuVernay remembered working as a publicist years ago, struggling to draw major traffic to star-studded events for the African American Film Critics Association. …