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Apocalyptica announces U.S. tour, Phoenix stop

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

Scottsdale mayoral candidates face off in Scottsdale Independent hosted forum

All three candidates for the Scottsdale mayor’s office took part in the Scottsdale Independent’s forum June 11 to a standing room only crowd at the Scottsdale City Hall. They …

A 98-year-old man's liver was donated. He is believed to be the oldest American organ donor ever

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Orville Allen lived a lifetime of service, and when he died at age 98 he had one last thing to give: his liver. Allen, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and a …
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Mexican rapper Santa Fe Klan bringing summer tour to Phoenix

One of the faces of rap in Mexico, Santa Fe Klan, will bring his next U.S. tour to Phoenix.

Chandler Council can fund programs with opioid settlement funds

​The Chandler City Council is set to vote on many things at its 6 p.m. regular meeting Thursday — including how it will spend some of its opioid settlement funds. Monday, June 10, the …

Republicans stick to attacking criminal justice system, echoing Trump, after Hunter Biden conviction

Republicans loyal to Donald Trump are largely echoing the former president’s claim that the Justice Department has treated President Joe Biden’s son with kid gloves while zealously prosecuting …

Boy drowns in water surrounding Mesa apartment complex

A 6-year-old boy is dead after being found in water surrounding Lakeview at Superstition Springs, Mesa police said. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital after he was pulled from the water …

ProShred leads free shredding event in south Glendale

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, …

Queen Creek’s Town Center sales tax repealed

Come Oct. 1, shoppers at Queen Creek’s Town Center will see a drop in the sales taxe they are charged. After 17 years, the Queen Creek Town Council has repealed a 0.25% sales tax within the …

Linguist and activist Noam Chomsky hospitalized in his wife's native country of Brazil after stroke

Linguist and activist Noam Chomsky is hospitalized in his wife’s native country of Brazil after suffering a massive stroke a year ago. His wife, Valeria Chomsky, confirmed Tuesday via email that …

GOP Arizona treasurer wants Democratic AG to back off from Hobbs probe

PHOENIX - State Treasurer Kimberly Yee is asking Attorney General Kris Mayes to back away from any investigation of whether laws were broken in the awarding of a new foster care contract by the Hobbs …

Judas Priest bringing heavy metal tour to Phoenix

Heavy metal titans Judas Priest have announced the second leg of their Invincible Shield Tour will hit Phoenix.

Arizona schools bracing for good, bad with AI technology

AI is coming to a classroom near you. In fact it’s already here.

Ski Mask The Slump God to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Multiplatinum Florida rapper Ski Mask The Slump God announced his 11th Dimension Tour will make a stop in downtown Phoenix this summer.

Maricopa, Pinal counties under excessive heat warning

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Thursday for Maricopa and Pinal counties as high temperatures up to 113 degrees are in the forecast. Weather Service …


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I definitely am opposed to this proposed new airport in Peoria.
Four years ago, Gov. Doug Ducey ignored a call from Donald Trump. Trump was trying to stay in office as president even though he lost the election. Ducey was certifying the results of the election in Arizona that was won by Joe Biden. Now, Attorney General Kris Mayes is going to use the former governor as part of her attempt to put some of Trump's associates, attorneys and political supporters behind bars.
Much higher spending levels for biomedical research are clearly needed.
During John Roberts’ confirmation hearing as chief justice in 2005, he claimed that the “primary check on the courts has always been judicial self-restraint.” Sen. Sam Brownback, …
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D-backs All-Star SS Geraldo Perdomo returns to lineup after missing 2 months with knee injury

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated All-Star Geraldo Perdomo from the injured list after the shortstop missed roughly two months with a right knee injury. The D-backs also sent first …

Angels take on the Diamondbacks after O'Hoppe's 4-hit game

The Los Angeles Angels take on the Arizona Diamondbacks after Logan O'Hoppe had four hits on Sunday in a 9-7 win over the Astros.

This Date in Baseball - Nolan Ryan pitched the 6th no-hitter of his career to extend his MLB record

This Date in Baseball, June 11 - Nolan Ryan pitched the 6th no-hitter of his career to extend his MLB record
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 12, 2024--Ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics, an incredible collection of eight paintings signed by Michael Phelps is being unveiled for the first time. The “Golden …
Luminaries from the NBA and the sports world are reacting to the death of basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West. He died Wednesday morning at age 86 with his wife, Karen, by his side, according to a …
Rohit Sharma won the toss and India opted to bowl first against the United States on Wednesday at the Twenty20 World Cup. A win for either side will confirm qualification for the Super Eight stage. …
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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.

Phoenix mall redevelopment project lands seven new tenants

Construction is ongoing at PV, the site of the former Paradise Valley Mall that is being redeveloped. (RED Development)

The project to redevelop the former Paradise Valley Mall is closing in on being completely leased, with several new announcements for the north Phoenix property. RED Development announced …


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, …

Sun City resident brings vibe of the tropics to West Valley

Larry Kubiayk stands on stage at the Sun Bowl in Sun City, one of many West Valley venues he has played around town.

Editor's note: This article first appeared in  Sun Life Magazine ,  a Daily Independent publication . There’s a beach buzz anywhere Larry Kubiayk brings his guitar, even in the …

Meet Calysta – Outgoing teen ready for forever family


Calysta is an intelligent, outgoing teenager who brings joy and laughter everywhere she goes.

President and CEO of STARS retiring

STARS President and CEO David Henderson is retiring June 30 after a transformational career.

STARS, A Scottsdale nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities, bids farewell to it’s president and CEO, David …

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Peoria hosts Made in Arizona film series

Peoria is hosting their first “Made in Arizona” film series, celebrating movies made here in Arizona.

Movie fans are invited to take part in Peoria’s first “Made in Arizona” film series, celebrating movies made here in Arizona.

Amateur golf tournament returning to Scottsdale

The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships is returning to Scottsdale June 12-15.

The Southwestern Amateur Golf Championships returns to the Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course from June 12-15. This year’s tournament marks the 109th year for the Men’s Division …

The Tubes, who emerged from Phoenix, part of upcoming 80s music tour

Fee Waybill of The Tubes performs July 9, 2022, in Chicago.

The 80s New Wave tour Totally Tubular Festival will bring a lineup of iconic 80s artists to Phoenix.

‘Make Music Day’ celebration coming to Phoenix

Rosie's House has teamed up with Valley organizations on a Phoenix event for Make Music Day, the worldwide festival of making music that takes place annually on the summer solstice.

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Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

Sandra (Sandy) Lee Call

Sandra (Sandy) Lee Call of Fountain Hills passed away on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, at her beloved cabin in Happy Jack, AZ. She leaves behind her devoted husband of 35 years, William Call, and their …

Paul Stephan Palys

Paul Stephan Palys, 81, passed away peacefully after a long illness on May 23, 2024. The youngest of seven children, he immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1963 at the age of 19 and …
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Some things to know about NBA great Jerry West's life and Hall of Fame career

Hall of Famer Jerry West, who died at 86, was nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” because of his late-game heroics and his silhouette is believed to be the basis of the NBA logo. He was enshrined into the …

Southwest Airlines CEO says he won't resign. A hedge fund is trying to get him fired

DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of Southwest Airlines said Wednesday he will not resign in the face of pressure from a hedge fund that wants him fired and that his leadership team will produce its own plan …

Senators blast health regulators and law enforcement over illegal e-cigarettes

Senate lawmakers are questioning top federal officials about the rise of illegal electronic cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business that has flourished in recent years. Members of the …

Man accused of hijacking bus in Atlanta charged with murder, other crimes

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of hijacking a commuter bus in downtown Atlanta, fatally shooting one person and leading police on a chase through three counties faces more than two dozen criminal …

US widens sanctions on Russia to discourage countries such as China from doing business with Moscow

The United States widened its sanctions against Russia Wednesday as G7 leaders prepared to gather in Italy for a summit where the top priorities will be boosting support for Ukraine and grinding down …

What are the main sticking points in the cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas?

The latest proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza has the support of the United States and most of the international community, but Hamas has not fully embraced it, and neither, it seems, has Israel. …

Palm Dog: Kodi, star of 'Dog on Trial,' is the top dog of Cannes

CANNES, France (AP) — The verdict is in: The titular “Dog on Trial” was declared this year's Palm Dog winner in Cannes on Friday. Kodi the Belgian Malinois mix, who plays Cosmos in the …

Fresh off France trip, Biden heads back to Europe for G7 summit to talk Ukraine support, migration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden headed to Italy on Wednesday for a summit of the world's leading democracies with an urgency to get big things done, including turning frozen Russian assets …

Russia fires more missiles and drones at Ukraine ahead of diplomatic efforts to stop the war

Russian forces have fired missiles and drones at the Kyiv region and five other areas of Ukraine in a nighttime attack. The barrage came ahead of several days of intense diplomatic activity around …

NATO chief says Hungary has agreed not to veto alliance's assistance to Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary has agreed not to block NATO from giving support to Ukraine but it will not provide any personnel or funds to help the war-ravaged country, NATO Secretary-General Jens …
Matty Healy of The 1975 performs at Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago on Aug. 4, 2023, left, and model Gabbriette Bechtel attends the Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2023-2024 ready-to-wear collection in Paris on March 2, 2023. Healy and Bechtel are engaged, according to Healy's mother, the English actress Denise Welch. (AP Photo)

Matty Healy's mom says The 1975 singer and model Gabbriette Bechtel are engaged

The 1975’s Matty Healy and model Gabbriette Bechtel are engaged, according to Healy’s mother. On Wednesday, English actor Denise Welch confirmed the news on ITV's “Loose Women.” Welch said …
FILE - French singing star, Francoise Hardy, looks at a music score during a break in rehearsals, January 31, 1966, at the Savoy Hotel in London, England, where she is to appear for a three-week cabaret spot. Francoise Hardy, a beloved French singer and pop culture icon since the 1960s, has died at age 80. Her son, musician Thomas Dutronc, announced her death on social networks. (AP Photo, File)

Françoise Hardy, French singing legend and pop icon, dies at 80

PARIS (AP) — Françoise Hardy, a French singing legend and pop icon since the 1960s, has died. She was 80. Her son, musician Thomas Dutronc, announced her death on social media, sharing a poignant …
The artwork Interieur a La Fougere Noire (1948) by French artist Henri Matisse is on display at the international art show Art Basel, in Basel, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

As Art Basel opens, buyers confront a 'cooling' but still very active market

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Multi-million-dollar works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama and Alberto Giacometti went on the market this week as fair Art Basel opened in Switzerland. Thousands …
This combination of photos shows Usher performing at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2016 at Barclays Center in New York on Oct. 27, 2016, left, and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds performing during the Bourbon and Beyond Music Festival in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 17, 2023. Both Usher and Edmonds will be honored at The Apollo’s Spring Benefit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

The Apollo Theater celebrates 90th anniversary at star-studded spring benefit with Usher, Babyface

NEW YORK (AP) — The Apollo Theater, a bastion of Black music and culture and one of New York City's most storied venues, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. On Tuesday, the historic …

Science fiction author Ted Chiang wins PEN/Malamud Award for short story writing

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Ted Chiang has won a lifetime achievement prize for short stories, the PEN/Malamud Award, marking only the second time a science fiction writer has been honored since the …