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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona reports nearly 500 new virus cases, 12 deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Saturday reported nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases and a dozen new deaths as coronavirus cases continue to remain fairly steady amid growing vaccination …

14-year-old boy dies in Phoenix stabbing; woman arrested

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police said Saturday that a 14-year-old boy who was involved in a fight with other males at a central Phoenix light rail station had died after being stabbed. A …

Navajos say new Arizona restrictions will complicate voting

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Republicans say the voter restrictions they're pushing after President Joe Biden's win in the state last year are designed to strengthen the integrity of future …
News

Sale of 978 E. Roosevelt St. topic of Apache Junction council executive session

The sale of city-owned residential property at 978 E. Roosevelt St. is one of two topics on the Apache Junction City Council’s May 17-18 closed-door executive sessions. The 2.37 acres, …
Art

Scottsdale’s Larsen Gallery selected as auction house to sell rock star’s Warhol

Larsen Gallery has announced rock legend Alice Cooper will sell his prized Andy Warhol at the 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction on Oct. 23, in Scottsdale. With an estimated value of $2.5 million to …
First responders
A man claiming to have a bomb at a Queen Creek Walmart was shot by Sheriff's deputies last night.   According to the Maricopa County Sheriff;s Office, yesterday at about 7:30 p.m., …
When the City of Surprise selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña to serve as the neighboring city’s next police chief, well, some were surprised. But more than that, they are …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April May 6-13: Theft of property reported as 7:58 a.m. May 7 in the 1300 block of South Main …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Fairall: May highlights plight of seniors

May is Older Americans Month. This elder awareness protection program was started in 1963 by President John Kennedy and was originally known as Senior Citizens Month. The 2021 theme of Older …
John L. Smallwood

Smallwood: Key factors to know about the greatest disruptor of wealth

Paying taxes isn’t a favorite pastime of most Americans. And in retirement, paying higher taxes can be an unwelcome surprise when the financial plan did not account for them.
Carol Gaxiola

Gaxiola: We have an opportunity to save lives, protect our communities

My 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, was taken by gun violence nearly 20 years ago. Her murder still haunts me, and I have done everything I could since then to see that no one else experiences a similar loss.
Dr. Barry Goodfield

Goodfield: Our treatment offers hope, healing to those with PTSD

I founded the Goodfield Institute LLC in the USA and The Netherlands and am also founder and CEO of Operation New Outlook, a nonprofit organization that works for and with veterans, first responders and their families to enhance their quality of life by treating post-traumatic stress.

Maricopa County Chairman Sellers: Senate’s allegations ‘dangerous,’ ‘lies’

Yesterday, I received a letter from the Senate President asking that members of the board and other Maricopa County subject matter experts come to a meeting and resolve “three serious …
More sports

NBA Expanded Conference Glance

All Times EDT

N.Y. Knicks 118, Charlotte 109

Percentages: FG .382, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 13-49, .265 (Bridges 5-12, Graham 5-12, McDaniels 2-5, Rozier 1-7, Ball 0-4, Monk 0-4, Washington 0-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: …

L.A. Lakers 122, Indiana 115

Percentages: FG .477, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 11-29, .379 (Caldwell-Pope 3-6, Horton-Tucker 2-2, Schroder 2-6, Kuzma 1-2, Davis 1-4, James 1-4, McLemore 1-4, Matthews 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. …

Brooklyn 105, Chicago 91

Percentages: FG .347, FT .706. 3-Point Goals: 11-41, .268 (Markkanen 4-7, Williams 3-4, Temple 2-7, Arcidiacono 1-3, White 1-6, Dotson 0-1, Ja.Green 0-1, Young 0-1, Valentine 0-3, Vucevic …
Nation

Soldiers who perished on secret mission are memorialized

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly 60 years ago, dozens of soldiers assembled for a top secret mission to Vietnam, three years before President Lyndon Johnson officially sent U.S. combat troops to the …

McKissick easily wins 3rd term as South Carolina GOP chair

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Republicans on Saturday selected Drew McKissick to lead them for a third term as chairman, turning back a challenge from a recent transplant to the state …

AP statement on Israeli attack on building housing AP office

NEW YORK (AP) — An Israeli airstrike that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday. All AP employees and freelancers evacuated the building safely. AP President …

Heart study: Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective

An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe …

Virginia GOP nominee's independence from Trump up for debate

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — If Glenn Youngkin was looking to pivot back to the political center after winning the GOP's nomination for governor in Virginia, Donald Trump made it a little tougher by …
World

US climate envoy Kerry meets with pope on climate crisis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, met privately with Pope Francis on Saturday, afterward calling the pope a “compelling moral authority on the subject of the …

Ethiopia again delays national election amid deadly tensions

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia has again delayed its national election after some opposition parties said they wouldn’t take part and as conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is …

Tensions rise as Palestinian march aims to defy Paris ban

PARIS (AP) — Marches in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were being held Saturday in a dozen French cities, but the focus was on Paris, where riot police got ready as organizers said they …

Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the …

China cancels Everest climbs over fears of virus from Nepal

BEIJING (AP) — China has canceled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world's highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighboring Nepal, state media …
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Business

Pipeline operator says "normal operations" have resumed

ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the nation's largest gasoline pipeline — hit earlier this week by a ransomware attack — announced Saturday it has resumed “normal operations," delivering fuel …

Detroit tourism seeks rebound after year lost to pandemic

DETROIT (AP) — Timothy Tharp has owned businesses in Detroit long enough to remember when parts of downtown resembled a ghost town. He’s also seen its resurgence with new restaurants, hotels and …

Granholm: Normal service at gas pump likely by late Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the nation is “over the hump” on gas shortages following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest …

Walmart to allow vaccinated shoppers, workers to go maskless

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Friday that it won’t require vaccinated shoppers or workers to wear a mask in its U.S. stores unless state or local laws say …

Neighbors

Occupational therapy assistants use creative treatment including hippotherapy

Occupational therapy assistants play an important role in helping people with challenges and disabilities participate in everyday life activities. They are not confined to an office or desk for …

Meet Your Neighbor: Michelle Edwards, Arches Academy founder

Name: Michelle Edwards, founder and principal of Arches Academy, 1150 W. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. Town/Neighborhood: Apache Junction When/Why I moved here: We originally moved …

Mesa resident Erin Connors graduates from Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato, celebrated its 2021 spring semester student commencement by providing graduates “commencement-in-a-box” packages and personalized photo opportunities …

Maricopa Community Colleges honor MCC emerging artists

Eight Mesa Community College students recently received honors in Artists of Promise, a competition hosted by the Maricopa County Community Artists of Promise College District to highlight student …

Things to do

Salt River Tubing’s 41st anniversary ‘Rocking Rodeo Roundup’ May 15

Join Salt River Tubing at its 41st Anniversary Rocking Rodeo Roundup celebration on Saturday. Salt River Tubing’s hoedown is 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 15 with a cost of $19 plus tax and fees per …

West Valley Arts Council helps to unify community

Just over year ago, the West Valley Arts Council was missing something.

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum has summer exhibitions

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 E. Main St., has four new summer exhibitions. They are: Passage, a collaborative site-specific installation of more than 7,000 unfired clay beads, each bead …

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Entertainment

'Well, that's it.' 96-year-old DJ bids farewell in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners Saturday with “Time to Say Goodbye,” sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea …
These photos show the PopStroke franchise in Fort Myers, Florida, which features designs for the building and property that will be replicated in Glendale.

Tiger Woods’ putting complex coming to Glendale

Tiger Woods’ brand of putting courses is coming to Glendale.
FILE - This Aug. 26, 2019, file photo shows "Jersey Shore" cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. Ortiz-Magro will not be charged after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence in April 2021, but will charge the 35-year-old with a probation violation based on a domestic violence conviction in a different case in 2020. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

No charges for Ortiz-Magro after domestic violence arrest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro will not be charged after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence last month, authorities said Thursday. Los Angeles city …
This image released by Netflix shows Amy Adams in a scene from "The Woman in the Window." (Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix via AP)

Review: 'Woman in the Window' is, alas, a muddled mess

The girl isn’t gone. There’s one on the train, and there’s another in the window. “Woman in the Window,” based on A.J. Finn’s 2018 best-seller, is the latest adaptation in a run on …
This image released by Netflix shows Ewan McGregor in a scene from "Halston," premiering Friday. (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP)

Ewan McGregor won't soon forget his fashion turn as Halston

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine, if you will, a galaxy far, far away where the one-name fashion wonder Halston dresses Obi-Wan Kenobi in something fabulous from the swinging '70s. Ewan McGregor can. …