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The art of drag has become a target. With Pride Month nigh, performers are organizing to fight back

About 10 drag artists from around the United States are banding together to protect and promote their art form. Qommittee announced its formation Wednesday ahead of June’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It …

Washington Post said it had the Alito flag story 3 years ago and chose not to publish

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine days after The New York Times reported about the political symbolism of an upside-down American flag that flew at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home, the Washington …

Europe's cybersecurity chief says disruptive attacks have doubled recently, sees Russia behind many

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Disruptive digital attacks, many of which have been traced to Russia-backed groups, have doubled in the European Union in recent months and are also targeting election-related …
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THIS WEEKEND

Luke Combs concert tailgate parties coming to Glendale

Look for an outdoor party outside State Farm Stadium when country superstar Luke Combs brings his tour to Glendale this weekend.
ON TOUR

Mexican music icon Marco Antonio Solís coming to Phoenix

Mexican music icon Marco Antonio Solís’ Eternamente Agradecido World Tour in the U.S. this summer will include a Phoenix stop.

Authorities urge proper cooking of wild game after 6 relatives fall ill from parasite in bear meat

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reaffirmed the importance of properly cooking wild game after six people became sick from a parasite traced to bear meat that was served at …
government

Peoria city council to consider $995M final budget, public safety pension payment

Peoria City Council at its public meeting May 28 will consider its $995 million final budget for fiscal year 2025, a 4.7% increase from last year.

Book Review: A dark secret exposed about a World War II internment camp in 'First Frost'

In 1964, Walt Longmire’s football career at Southern Cal ended, so he enlisted in the Marines. On his way to boot camp, his truck broke down near the desert town of Bone Valley, Arizona. Unfriendly …
ON TOUR

Slipknot celebrates 25 years with tour, Phoenix stop

Alternative metal band Slipknot have included Phoenix on their upcoming North American Here Comes The Pain Tour.
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST

Bush Highway reopens after wildfire burns 85 acres

Bush Highway in the northeast Valley reopened Monday night after being closed while crews worked to stop the progression of a wildfire at State Route 87, authorities said. The road, which was …

Last year's deadly heat wave in metro Phoenix didn't discriminate

The victims of last summer's staggering 31-day streak of daily temperatures reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit and over were old and young, male and female, homeless and well-to-do, Black, white, …
SOUTH MOUNTAIN

SRP proposes substation, overhead lines to meet Phoenix future energy needs

Salt River Project will be conducting three meetings as the Tempe-based utility is seeking public comment on its proposal to meet energy needs for growth in Laveen. Phoenix is planning for …

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Opinions with Civility
More than four million Americans will turn 65 this year, more than ever before. Whether this milestone means retirement or not, these individuals need to make important choices about their health care.
Arizona schools are going to get their day in court - more like a month - in their bid to convince a judge the state is not living up to its constitutional obligation to fund education adequately. …
Arizona doctors can temporarily come to California to perform abortions for their patients under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
It might be the most significant public policy challenge in the United States with the most straightforward answer.
Gov. Katie Hobbs said Thursday she has no solution to the problem of available housing being converted into vacation rentals.
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Local sports

AHL's Roadrunners vote to keep team in Tucson for at least 30 games next season

The Roadrunners are staying in Tucson. The AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes announced the team will play at least 30 games at Tucson Arena next season, thwarting owner Alex Meruelo’s plans to …

Rangers activate Nathan Eovaldi to start World Series rematch instead of pitching rehab game

The Texas Rangers have activated Nathan Eovaldi from the 15-day injured list to start their World Series rematch against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team opted for that rather than have the …

This Date in Baseball - Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb’s 62-year-old A.L. stolen base record

This Date in Baseball, May 29 - Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb’s 62-year-old A.L. stolen base record
National sports
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 105-100 to avoid a sweep in the Western Conference finals. Anthony …
Sam Reinhart scored a power-play goal 1:12 into overtime, and the Florida Panthers topped the New York Rangers 3-2 to even the Eastern Conference Final at two games apiece. It was the third straight …
Kia Nurse scored 22 points and Aari McDonald added a season-high 21 to help the Los Angeles Sparks rally for a 88-82 victory over the Indiana Fever, handing Caitlin Clark her third straight home …
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Valley business

Chandler nursing / rehab center hires new director

Corless has almost 30 years of experience working as an administrator. He has led various facilities across Arizona and has worked as a regional vice president overseeing 10 facilities across three states. He began leading the Desert Cove center on April 15.

Desert Cove Nursing Center, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, recently welcomed Todd Corless as its new executive director. Corless has almost 30 years of experience working as an …

Scottsdale based distillery’s gin receives gold medal

Scottsdale based One Handsome Bastard distillery received a gold medal for its Blue Clover gin at New York contest.

The Fifty Best, a digital guide for wines and spirits, evaluated 22 contenders for the annual “Best Gin” award, selecting Blue Clover Gin from old Town Scottsdale’s One Handsome …

Slick City action park slides into Peoria

Slick City Action Park will open in Peoria in June.

Slick City action park – an indoor dry-slide and air court park designed for all ages – is excited to announce its new location in Peoria, 7586 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 100, according to a news release.

Antiques abound at west Chandler vendor boutique

Mollie Leone, left, and her husband opened Momo’s Mercantile boutique last fall, where daughter Ali Leone, right, is one of about two dozen vendors.

When Mollie Leone was looking for a place to set down permanent roots for her vendor boutique Momo’s Mercantile, west Chandler seemed like the logical place to do so. Hours and days, on …

Neighbors

The Saguaros Raise $775K for children’s charities at 2024 Olympiad

The Saguaro’s raised more than $775,000 for children’s charities during their 2024 Olympiad at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Saguaros’ annual Olympiad event, held April 19, 2024, at Scottsdale Stadium, brought together around 700 real estate professionals to celebrate the culmination of months of fundraising. And …

Glendale grad walks across stage, 3 months after debilitating car crash

Jett Weinstein was one of 650-some Mountain Ridge High School graduates Thursday in Glendale.

Even inside State Farm Stadium – home to Super Bowls and other megaevents – a few footsteps brought down the house.

Jordin Sparks, raised in Glendale, will sing National Anthem before Indy 500

Jordin Sparks, seen performing the National Anthem before the Indy 500 on May 24, 2015, will again sing the National Anthem before the big race on May 26.

Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem before the 108th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend.

Miss Arizona set for next chapter in life

Miss Arizona Tiffany Ticlo, who was previously Miss Scottsdale, graduated from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with a degree in computer science and is starting a career as a solutions analyst with Deloitte. She will also be handing her crown over to the new Miss Arizona in June.

Miss Arizona 2023 Tiffany Ticlo (Formerly Miss Scottsdale) graduated suma cum Laude this month with a 3.9 GPA from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU with a degree in computer science …

Things to do

Art exhibit ‘Fields of Color’ coming to Phoenix

Nancy Breiman’s “Sky Candy,” on oil, will be on display in the upcoming “Fields of Color” exhibit in downtown Phoenix.

A new art exhibit dedicated to “Fields of Color” is opening in Phoenix.

Junior H and his $AD Boyz Mania Tour coming to Phoenix

Urban Mexican music artist Junior H will bring his $AD Boyz Mania Tour to Phoenix.

Juneteenth celebration coming to Glendale

A Glendale event will celebrate what has come over the generations to be known as the oldest African-American holiday.

The Marías will bring summer tour to Phoenix

The Marías arrive at Billboard Power 100 on Jan. 31, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Grammy-nominated band The Marías announced that their anticipated The Submarine Tour will include a Phoenix stop.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Janet Louise Weith

Janet Louise Weith July 12, 1938 – May 21, 2024 Janet Louise Weith passed away peacefully in Philadelphia, PA on May 21, 2024. Jan was preceded in death by her loving husband George James …

Beverley Elizabeth Wheeler

Beverley Elizabeth Wheeler, 83, of Noblesville, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville. She was born on April 20, 1941 to the late Stanley and Lois (Murphy) …

Gary Michael Simpson

Gary M (Michael) Simpson, 79, formerly of Marshall, WI and Kansas City, MO, passed away at home Feb. 10, 2024. He was a long-time employee & subsequently retired from Ford Motor Company. He loved …

Don Edward Logan

Don E. Logan passed away May 15, 2024. For full obituary, visit www.messingermortuary.com

Evelyn Eunice Ammeson (Jacobsen)

Evelyn Ammeson died peacefully Sunday, May 19, at home in Sun City surrounded by family. She was 94 years old. Her last days were full of anticipation and longing to be with her Savior Jesus, whom …
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Nation

Farmers must kill 4.2 million chickens after bird flu hits Iowa egg farm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 4 million chickens in Iowa will have to be killed after a case of the highly pathogenic bird flu was detected at a large egg farm, the state announced Tuesday. …

Bette Nash, recognized as the world's longest-serving flight attendant, dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Bette Nash, recognized as the world's longest-serving flight attendant, has died. She was 88. American Airlines, Nash's employer, announced her death on social media Saturday. …

Defense lawyers in Tyre Nichols case want jury to hear evidence about items found in his car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday about whether the jury at the trial of four former Memphis police officers charged in the beating death of Tyre Nichols should hear …

Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' is headed to an Australia museum

NEW YORK (AP) — The sole physical copy of Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is headed to Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. Only a handful of ears have listened to …

A Kentucky family is left homeless for a second time by a tornado that hit the same location

BARNSLEY, Ky. (AP) — Devin Johnson's life was uprooted for a second time when a tornado flattened his home over the Memorial Day weekend — on the same lot in Kentucky where another twister left …
World

Netanyahu frequently makes claims of antisemitism. Critics say he's deflecting from his own problems

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — After the International Criminal Court’s top prosecutor sought arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense minister and top Hamas officials, …

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be indicted for royal defamation, prosecutors say

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai prosecutors said Wednesday former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be indicted for defaming the monarchy, three months after he was freed on parole on other charges. …

How a primary election led to activists being arrested in Hong Kong's biggest national security case

HONG KONG (AP) — Verdicts in Hong Kong’s largest national security case to date, involving some of the city's best-known pro-democracy activists, will be delivered on Thursday, more than three …

Colombia's congress votes to ban bullfights, dealing a blow to the centuries-old tradition

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s congress voted Tuesday to ban bullfights in the South American nation, delivering a serious blow to a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs and …

North Korean leader Kim doubles down on satellite ambitions following failed launch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged his military scientists to overcome a failed satellite launch and continue developing space-based reconnaissance capabilities, which …
Entertainment
FILE - Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 4 2022. Weinstein is expected to return to a New York court as he faces a retrial of his landmark #MeToo-era rape case in a matter of months. The fallen movie mogul has a court hearing Wednesday, May 29, 2024 to address issues related to the retrial, which is slated for sometime after Labor Day. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP, file)

Harvey Weinstein to appear before judge in same courthouse where Trump is on trial

Harvey Weinstein is expected to return to a New York court as he faces a retrial of his landmark #MeToo-era rape case in a matter of months. The fallen movie mogul has a court hearing Wednesday to …
FILE - Sean Kingston arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. A SWAT team raided rapper Kingston's rented South Florida mansion on Thursday, May 23, 2024, and arrested his mother on fraud and theft charges that an attorney says stems partly from the installation of a massive TV at the home. Broward County detectives arrested Janice Turner, 61, at the home in a well-off Fort Lauderdale, Fla., suburb. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper Sean Kingston agrees to return to Florida, where he and mother are charged with $1M in fraud

Rapper and singer Sean Kingston has agreed to return to from California to Florida, where he and his mother are charged with committing more than a million dollars in fraud. The 34-year-old Kingston …
FILE - Producer Albert S. Ruddy accepts the Oscar for best picture for "The Godfather" at the 45th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 27, 1973. The Canadian-born producer and writer who won Oscars for “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby,” died Saturday, May 25, 2024, at age 94. (AP Photo, File)

Albert Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of 'The Godfather' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' dies at 94

“The Godfather” producer Albert S. Ruddy has died at 94. The Canadian-born producer and writer won Oscars for “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby,” developed the raucous …
FILE - Jessica Stone attends the Broadway opening night for "Water For Elephants" at The Imperial Theatre on Thursday, March 21, 2024, in New York. (Photo by CJ Rivera/Invision/AP, File)

Jessica Stone, who knits Broadway and circus in thrilling 'Water for Elephants,' enjoys a Tony nod

NEW YORK (AP) — You don't initially see a full elephant at the Broadway musical “Water for Elephants.” It's more like a tease. First come a pair of enormous ears. Then a trunk. And then the …
Dominique Meyer gestures, during a press conference to present the 2024/2025 Opera, Ballet and Concert Season of La Scala Theater, in Milan, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. The general manager of Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala bade a bittersweet farewell to the theater during the presentation of 2024-25 season. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

La Scala's French manager leaves theater financially fit as Meloni government turns to Italians

MILAN (AP) — The general manager of Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday bade a bittersweet farewell to the theater during the presentation of 2024-25 season, saying, "I would have been …