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Lawsuit to block Scottsdale parks funding ballot measure fails

The City of Scottsdale’s ballot measure to create a sales tax to pay for maintenance, personnel and capital improvements at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the city’s 44 parks and …

Eminem brings Taylor Swift's historic reign at No. 1 to an end, Stevie Wonder's record stays intact

Eminem’s 12th studio album, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce),” has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, unseating Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” after 12 weeks. …
environmental contamination

Chandler Council agrees to join national PFAS lawsuit

​It’s not unusual for local governments to jump on board in class-action and other types of lawsuits, especially with public health and safety issues. But according to one Chandler …
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ON STAGE

‘Hunchback’ musical making way to Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix

Valley Youth Theatre will open its 2024-25 season with a production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Who's No. 2? Four leading Democrats emerge as a possible running mate for Kamala Harris

As support coalesces around Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Party's nominee for president, the conversation has turned to a potential running mate. Among the leading contenders are …
ELECTION 2024

Arizona, Valley elected officials, groups react to Biden decision, Harris endorsement

PHOENIX - The Sunday announcement by Joe Biden that he was not running for reelection and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris produced a flurry of reaction on social media from Arizona …

Kamala Harris is now in a bright spotlight as she fights to secure the Democratic presidential nod

Vice President Kamala Harris is suddenly being thrust into the most scrutinizing of spotlights as she becomes, for now, the leading candidate to succeed President Joe Biden as the presumptive …
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Glendale candidate forum gives Conchas, Encinas a say on inaccurate portrayals

Other than a mutal endorsement from the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Lupe Conchas and Lupe Encinas are running their own city council campaigns in their own districts. Both attended a forum led …

Biden's decision to drop out leaves Democrats across the country relieved and looking toward future

Voters nationwide reacted with relief and hope to news that President Joe Biden would drop his reelection bid. Biden announced his decision to withdraw from the race for the Democratic nomination in …
Election 2024

Arizona Democrats react to Biden dropping out of presidential race

Arizona Democrats reacted swiftly to the announcement Sunday that President Joe Biden was withdrawing from the presidential race. The move, which some in the state's congressional delegation had …
SATURDAY NIGHT COLLISION

Speed appears factor in deadly 3-car crash: Phoenix PD

Phoenix Police Department detectives are investigating a three-car collision that killed a man and sent two others with serious injuries to a hospital Saturday night. Speed appears to be a …
BREAKING

Arizona's political leaders react to Biden's withdrawal from presidential race

President Joe Biden has ended his re-election campaign for president. In a letter, Biden cited his accomplishments but stated: “I believe it is the best interest of my party and the …
U.S. ATTORNEY

Sentencing date set for Phoenix man convicted in assault of Border Patrol agent

Michael Leroy Witt of Phoenix will be sentenced Oct. 8 after being convicted this month of several charges, including assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The 55-year-old was found guilty by a …

Suspect arrested in triple-homicide of victims found after apartment fire in suburban Phoenix

Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a triple homicide in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee. Phoenix police say 30-year-old Chase Christman remains jailed on suspicion of …
42 COUNTS

Man indicted in connection with thefts from Maricopa County Home Depot stores

A 30-year-old man has been indicted on 42 counts involving organized retail theft and shoplifting connected to items taken from The Home Depot stores in Maricopa County, including those in Chandler, …

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After a career in business, engineering, and nonprofit work helping kids stay out of college debt, my wife and I moved to the Mesquite District in Peoria.
Well after 50 years from the end of the Civil War, black Americans in much of the country were not allowed to enter the homes of whites by the front door.
Small businesses are the backbone of Arizona’s economy, but skyrocketing prescription drug prices are making it difficult for employers to offer their employees flexible and affordable health …
Immediately after the assassination attempt on former president Donald Trump, we have heard Republicans and Democrats calling for a change in campaign rhetoric.
I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the renomination of Lauren McFerran as chair of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This decision poses a significant threat to …

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Local sports

Rays rout Yankees 9-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Taj Bradley pitched one-hit ball over seven innings to remain unbeaten in eight straight starts, Randy Arozarena hit two of Tampa Bay’s four home runs and the Rays routed the New …

Carroll, Thomas homers lead D'backs to 3-0 win over Cubs

Corbin Carroll hit a two-run homer and Alek Thomas had a solo shot in Arizona’s three-run fifth inning to help the Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 for their sixth win in seven games. Zac …
IFL

Rattlers back in playoffs after downing SA 41-34

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The streak continues. The Arizona Rattlers are back in the Indoor Football League playoffs.
National sports
Connor Stalions is set to share his side of the story from an alleged sign-stealing scheme within Michigan’s football team before the Wolverines went on to win the national championship. Netflix …
Juan Soto hit two of the Yankees’ five home runs and New York salvaged a four-game series split with a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Soto went 11 for 18 in the series, including a four-hit …
Turner Sports intends to continue its longtime relationship with the NBA. Warner Bros. Discovery informed the league Monday that it will match the $1.8 billion per year offer by Amazon Prime Video. …
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Valley business

Chandler leadership responds to recent layoffs

Northrop Grumman, one of the largest companies with a presence in Chandler, recently announced the potential layoff of 543 employees. Chandler city staff has attempted to connect many employees from that company and others that have recently announced layoffs to new employment openings.

​In light of a dearth of private-sector layoffs at Chandler companies, the city of Chandler recently issued a statement. “It is unfortunate anytime a Chandler or neighboring resident …

Cornerstone Healing Center launches virtual mental health program

Cornerstone Healing Center has launched its Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program to address a variety of mental health conditions. 

Cornerstone Healing Center announced the launch of its Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program, which is designed to address a wide variety of mental health conditions. 

WeRIDE gains traction in West Valley

Surprise officials, including Mayor Skip Hall, celebrate the soft launch of the WeRIDE microtransit program in April 2023 at City Hall.

Surprise has no regular bus service, no link to light rail and very few options for residents without cars to get around the growing city.

Sun City Safeway may be sold

The Safeway stores in Sun City and Sun City West are on a long list of grocery stores to be sold if the Kroger-Albertsons merger is approved.

The Sun City Safeway, 10926 W. Bell Road, and the Sun City West Safeway, 13503 W. Camino Del Sol, are both listed among the more than 100 stores Albertsons, which owns the chain, may be selling in …

Neighbors

NOAH offers free childcare supplies in Scottsdale office

Free hair cuts are just one of the supplies and services the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) is offering at its Community Care Day event, Saturday, July 27.

Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) will provide free diapers, baby wipes, school supplies, wellness kits, food boxes, haircuts, and other essentials at its Community Care Day event, …

Lawsuit to block Scottsdale parks funding ballot measure to be decided by July 19

The lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute attempting to block a measure on the Nov. 5 ballot to fund the maintenance, capital improvement projects and safety personnel in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, as well as capital improvements in the city parks and WestWorld should be decided July 19, barring any appeals.

The attempt to remove the proposed Protect and Preserve sales tax from the Nov. 5 ballot had its day in court July 18 and an answer as to whether it can stay should be clear shortly. Maricopa …

2 Phoenix natives serve Navy during exercise series

Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Colton Donis-Thorpe, left, and Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Charlie Padilla-Garcia, right, are both from Phoenix.

Scottsdale nonprofit appointments new executive director

Claudia Chavez has been appointed the new executive director of STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services). Chavez has been with STARS for 13 years, most recently as director of operations.

Claudia Chavez has been appointed the new executive director of STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services). Chavez has been with STARS since 2011. She has held various roles, most …

Things to do

Phoenix restaurant to host search for Arizona’s next country star

Foley Ranch in Desert Ridge Marketplace will launch of the Rising Star Vocal Competition, a new event for vocal performers.

Keshi planning Glendale tour stop Halloween night

Keshi will perform in Glendale on Halloween night.

Keshi will embark on a headlining world tour this fall and winter in support of his forthcoming sophomore album, “Requiem,” and is planning a West Valley stop on Halloween night.

Scottsdale’s ‘Fashion Week 4 Kids’ returns Nov. 16

The ninth annual Fashion Week 4 Kids event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Open casting calls will be held between Aug. 10 and 25 for children ages 5 to 12 years old who are interested in walking in the fashion show.

Fashion Week 4 Kids and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations announce the ninth annual Fashion Week 4 Kids event to take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. …

Rapper Don Toliver to bring fall tour to Phoenix

Don Toliver brings his headlining tour to Phoenix on Oct. 18.

Multi-platinum rapper Don Toliver is bringing his biggest headline tour to date to downtown Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Mary M. Pongracz

Loving wife and mother Mary Molnar Pongracz passed peacefully on July 15 at the age of 85, surrounded by her immediate family husband George, daughters Katherine and Rosie in Sun City AZ. It was the …

Virginia Monroe

Virginia Monroe (83) died June 26, 2024, after a brief battle with cancer. Born Helen Virginia Wingfield on July 22, 1940, she was the third daughter of Ruby Hagerud Wingfield and George Wingfield. …

Janice Jons-Sherman

On Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, Janice Jons-Sherman passed away at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents Zara “Sally” and Orville Jons, sisters Ruth Jons, Jean Hackett, Kay …

Jane Frances Zimmerman

Jane Frances Zimmerman was born on August 18, 1926, in New Orleans, LA to Byron A Armstrong and Frances Berdami Armstrong. She passed away July 9, 2024, in Glendale, AZ. She was an only child. Jane …

Lloyd Edward Findlay

Lloyd, age 89, of Sun City West, passed away Monday, June 17, 2024 due to complications of coronary artery disease. Lloyd was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia on April 8, 1935 to parents George …
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Nation

CrowdStrike says more machines fixed as customers, regulators await details on what caused meltdown

Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike says a “significant number” of the millions of computers that crashed on Friday, causing global disruptions, are back in operation as its customers and regulators …

Officials to release video of officer shooting Black woman in her home after responding to 911 call

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Illinois’ capital plan to release video on Monday of police entering the home of a woman who called 911 for help and the violent scene that ensued when a …

National bail fund returns to Georgia after judge says limits were arbitrary

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people behind bars, said Monday it is reopening its Atlanta branch after a judge temporarily blocked part of …

More money could result in fewer trips to ER, study suggests

Giving cash to poor people could result in fewer emergency department visits, a new study suggests. The study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at almost …

Most airlines except one are recovering from the CrowdStrike tech outage. The feds have noticed

Delta Air Lines struggled for a fourth straight day to recover from a worldwide technology outage caused by a faulty software update, stranding tens of thousands of passengers and drawing unwanted …
World

Biden’s withdrawal from the US presidential race spells new uncertainty for Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end his campaign for reelection brings a new element of uncertainty for Ukraine. Questions about the future of American support are compounding the pain of …

Assailant kills 6 people and wounds 6 others at a care home in central Croatia, officials say

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — An armed assailant entered a care home for older people in central Croatia Monday and opened fire, killing six people and wounding six others, police said. Croatia's …

A top Chinese university fires a professor after a student accused him of sexual harassment

HONG KONG (AP) — A top Chinese university fired a professor on Monday, a day after a graduate student accused him of sexual harassment on social media in a rare public allegation and posted …

UAE sentences Bangladeshi nationals to prison over protests against their home government

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced dozens of Bangladeshi nationals to prison, including three for life imprisonment, over protests against their home …

Man dies after being struck by lightning on Germany's highest peak

BERLIN (AP) — A man died after being struck by lightning near the summit of Germany's highest peak, police said Monday. The 18-year-old German resident was one of a group of three young men who …
Entertainment
FILE - Duke Fakir holds his life time achievement award backstage at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009. Fakir wrote a memoir, "I'll Be There: My Life With The Four Tops." Fakir, the last of the original Four Tops, died Monday of heart failure at age 88.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, last of the original Four Tops, is dead at 88

The last surviving original member of the Four Tops has died. Abdul “Duke” Fakir was 88. He was a charter member of the Motown group along with lead singer Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie" Benson …
Maya Rudolph appears at the Time100 Gala in New York on April 25, 2024, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris appears at a luncheon for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the State Department in Washington on April 11, 2024. (AP Photo)

Calls for Maya Rudolph to reprise her Kamala Harris on 'SNL' are flooding in on social media

Will Maya Rudolph’s “funt,” aka Vice President Kamala Harris, be back on “Saturday Night Live?” Speculation has been running hot since Sunday, when President Joe Biden dropped his election …
FILE - Hunter Biden arrives at federal court, June 3, 2024, in Wilmington, Del. Hunter Biden has dropped a lawsuit accusing Fox News of unlawfully publishing explicit images of him as part of a streaming series. An attorney for the president’s son filed a voluntary dismissal on Sunday, July 21 in federal court in New York City. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, file)

Hunter Biden drops lawsuit against Fox News over explicit images featured in streaming series

NEW YORK (AP) — Hunter Biden has dropped a lawsuit accusing Fox News of illegally publishing explicit images of him as part of a streaming series. An attorney for the president's son filed a …

Adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s ‘Nickel Boys’ to open New York Film Festival this fall

“Nickel Boys,” an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will open the 62nd New York Film Festival in September, organizers said Monday. Filmmaker RaMell Ross …
Barbra Streisand, George Takei, Mark Hamill post reactions to President Joe Biden dropping out of 2024 White House race after disastrous debate, age concerns. (July 21)

Hollywood reacts to Joe Biden exiting the presidential race

Hollywood was quick to react to the news that President Joe Biden was ending his bid for reelection and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris. Democratic supporter Barbra Streisand wrote Sunday on X …