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Yellen urges world leaders to 'unlock' frozen Russian Central Bank assets and send them to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday offered her strongest public support yet for the idea of liquidating roughly $300 billion in frozen Russian Central Bank assets and …

Macy's to close 150 stores as sales slip as it pivots to luxury at Bloomindale's and Blue Mercury

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's will close 150 stores, 50 this year it said Tuesday, after posting a fourth quarter loss and declining sales. While adjusted net income and revenue topped Wall Street …
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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 …
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ON TOUR

Kings Of Leon add Phoenix stop to summer tour

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rock band Kings of Leon will perform in Phoenix this summer.
LIVE MUSIC

Dan + Shay to bring summer tour to Phoenix

The three-time Grammy Award-winning duo Dan + Shay have extended their The Heartbreak on the Map Tour, which now includes a Phoenix stop.
THINGS TO DO

Tedeschi Trucks Band bringing soul caravan to Phoenix

Grammy-winning powerhouse Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their soul sounds to Phoenix.
THINGS TO DO

Monthly Family Literacy Night program coming to Glendale

A free series of one-hour meetings for parents of young children who are learning to read is coming to Glendale.
LOCAL BUSINESS

Chandler speech therapy business celebrates 5-year anniversary

The SPEAK Center for Language & Learning, also known as the CASA Speech Therapy, recently held a fifth-anniversary celebration that included local elected officials and Chandler Chamber Director …
Health care

Arizona blood supply dwindles for sickle cell patients

PHOENIX — Arizona currently has a  one- to two-day supply  of donated blood, barely half of the standard supply. The shortage is critical for Arizonans who need frequent blood …
EDUCATION

More than $500K in contracts on Chandler school board agenda

There isn’t any new spending on the agenda for Wednesday’s Chandler Unified School District Governing Board meeting. But there’s at least $500,000 in new costs or spending to …
NONPROFIT

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona in Phoenix marks Center’s 20th year

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona’s Laura Dozer Center in North Phoenix is celebrating 20 years of service in the Valley this March.
THINGS TO DO

Pickleball tournament coming to Glendale

The newly opened Glendale venue, The Pickleball Space, will host its inaugural March Mad MoneyBall Tournament.

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Opinions with Civility
The Postal Service has experienced better days.
Regarding concerns with Goodyear Airport: The opinion writer lives 7.3 miles from the airport, which is not close, at that distance no trainee flies at rooftop altitude.
It’s been 42 years since the San Francisco Giants became Scottsdale’s Spring Training home team. Four decades of games, sunshine and fun at the intersection of Drinkwater Boulevard and …
I am a retired Phoenix Police Officer, 1962-1991.
The nation’s Medicare physician payment system has been broken for a long time. Don’t believe me? Ask any doctor from any specialty. Every one of them will agree.
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Local sports

Jets host the Blues after Connor's 2-goal showing

The Winnipeg Jets host the St. Louis Blues after Kyle Connor's two-goal game against the Arizona Coyotes in the Jets' 4-3 overtime win.

Coyotes bring 12-game losing streak into matchup with the Canadiens

The Arizona Coyotes come into the matchup against the Montreal Canadiens as losers of 12 straight games.
LOCAL SPORTS

As losses mount, Coyotes endure growing pains in uphill battle

TEMPE — The Arizona Coyotes dropped their 12th straight game Sunday at Winnipeg. But making matters worse in last Wednesday’s loss to Toronto at Mullett Arena, the home team finished …
National sports
The West Conference has been a beast this season. So much so that LeBron James and Stephen Curry are on the bubble of making the postseason. The standings are so volatile heading into the home …
Kailer Yamamoto scored the only goal in a shootout and the Seattle Kraken overcame David Pastrnak’s hat trick to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. Jordan Eberle, Vince Dunn and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored …
Leon Draisaitl and Evan Bouchard each had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2  to snap a three-game skid. Zach Hyman and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored and …
Mexico beat the United States for the second time ever, getting goals from Lizbeth Ovalle and Mayra Pelayo for a 2-0 victory in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. The U.S. entered the game 40-1-1 …
Bam Adebayo scored 28 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 26 and the short-handed Miami Heat beat the Sacramento Kings 121-110 for their fourth straight win. Kevin Love provided a big spark with 19 points …
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Valley business

Help Phoenix Babbo Italian Eatery raise money for pancreatic cancer research

Babbo Italian Eatery is hosting its third annual Baseball for Babbo Day of Giving event this month.

WESTMARC to host economic development Fellows inaugural cohort

The West Valley will host Economic Recovery Corps Fellows, designed to build capacity in some of the hardest-hit and most economically distressed areas across the U.S. while cultivating the next generation of economic development leaders.

Go-kart and gaming center to open in Chandler Feb. 28

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The center is located on the west side of Cooper Road, just south of Loop 202.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, the country’s premier entertainment destination, has announced that it will officially open its newest location in Chandler on Wednesday, Feb. 28, according …

South Chandler home sells for $2.755 million

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the $2.755 million sale of a luxury single-level residence on the fifth hole of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced the $2.755 million sale of a luxury single-level residence on the fifth hole of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler. The firm wrote, …

Neighbors

Arizona Jewish Historical Society to showcase rescued Torah Scrolls from Holocaust

The Cutler*Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located at 122 E. Culver St., in Phoenix.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will host the Czech Holocaust Torah Celebratory Commemoration in Phoenix.

Gilbert pioneer family's son learned much from parents

Howard Morrison has taken after his parents, Gilbert pioneers Marvin and June Morrison, in his desire for public service.

The podcast Guiding Growth: Conversations with Community Leaders from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, event and meeting venue Modern Moments and the Gilbert Independent/yourvalley.net explores the …

Arizona Community Foundation distributes $27.4M in grants, scholarships

Statewide nonprofits received almost $28 million in grants from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Drop off your recyclable items at this spot in Phoenix

Newspapers and even old laptops are among the items accepted at the upcoming recycling event Feb. 17 at Pecos Park in Phoenix.

Valley residents are encouraged to drop off items for recycling at an upcoming Phoenix event.

Things to do

Vietnam Memorial Wall replica coming to Peoria Lake Pleasant

The Wall That Heals is coming to Pleasant Harbor in Peoria.

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile education center, is coming to Peoria.

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice shelters at Scottsdale’s Taliesin West

Visitors on the tour have the opportunity to experience a selection of the shelters, including Treehouse, The Loft, INcognITo and more. While on the tour, guests can walk through the spaces, imagining what life for the apprentices was like at Taliesin West.

Previously exclusive to Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members, Taliesin West’s Shelters In the Desert Guided Tour is now available to the public for a limited time through April 8, providing …

West Valley Chorale sets spring concerts in Sun City, Sun City West

 The West Valley Chorale

The West Valley Chorale continues celebrating its 40th season by presenting “America in Song.”

African music festival, in 10th year, coming to Phoenix

Eddy Kenzo, seen outside his studio in the Makindye area of the capital Kampala, Uganda on Nov. 18, 2022, will be on the Madaraka Festival lineup on June 15 in Phoenix.

The touring Madaraka Festival, an event celebrating African music and culture, will stop in Phoenix this summer.

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Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

Lillian May Sidlow

Lillian May Sidlow, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, died on February 13, 2024, in San Jose, California. Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1930. She married Homer Sidlow, on …
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Nation

Court documents shed new details in killing of nursing student at University of Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — The suspect in the killing of a nursing student on the University of Georgia campus used an object as a weapon in the crime and he’s also accused of “disfiguring her skull,” …

The Latest | Biden says Israel is willing to halt war during Ramadan if a hostage deal is reached

President Joe Biden says Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during the upcoming Muslim fasting month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some of the hostages held by the …

By defining sex, some states are denying transgender people of legal recognition

Efforts in Republican-led states to write definitions of male and female into law are leading to outcry that the measures deny transgender people legal recognition. At least 13 states have proposed …

Argentina's president condemns threat by provincial governor to cut energy supplies in dispute

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of Argentina's libertarian President Javier Milei on Monday condemned a threat by the governor of the oil-rich province of Chubut to cut off energy …

Norfolk Southern urges shareholders to reject activist investor's takeover plan at the railroad

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern wants its shareholders to back its current management team and strategy and reject a bid from a group of investors seeking to take control of the railroad. …
World

UK's Prince William pulls out of memorial service for his godfather because of 'personal matter'

Kensington Palace says Britain’s Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, because of a personal matter. The palace …

China's embattled former foreign minister steps down as member of the legislature

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s former foreign minister, Qin Gang, who has been missing from public view since last June, has resigned from the national legislature, state media reported …

Why thousands of junior doctors in South Korea are striking, and what it means for patients

Thousands of junior doctors in South Korea are a week into a labor boycott in protest of the government’s push to recruit more medical students to cope with the country’s fast-aging population. …

NATO's chief says the alliance has no plans to send troops to Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance has no plans to send combat troops into Ukraine, as some Western countries are thought to be considering putting boots on the …

A Russian court sentences the co-chair of a Nobel-winning rights group to 30 months in prison

A Moscow court on Tuesday sentenced a veteran human rights advocate who spoke out against the war in Ukraine to two years and six months in prison. He was taken directly into custody from the …
Entertainment
FILE - Taylor Swift arrives at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. A photographer told police he was punched in the face by Taylor Swift’s father on the Sydney waterfront on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, hours after the pop star’s Australian tour ended. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Photographer accuses Taylor Swift's dad of punching him in the face on Sydney waterfront

A photographer has told police he was punched in the face by Taylor Swift’s father on the Sydney waterfront hours after the popstar’s Australian tour ended. Ben McDonald said he provided police …
FILE - Music mogul and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the Billboard Music Awards, May 15, 2022, in Las Vegas. Combs was sued Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, by a music producer who accused the hip-hop mogul of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to have sex with prostitutes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Music producer latest to accuse Sean 'Diddy' Combs of sexual misconduct

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been sued  by a music producer who accused the hip-hop mogul of sexually assaulting him and forcing him to have sex with prostitutes. The suit was filed Monday in federal …
FILE - Members of The Eagles, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh pose with an autographed guitar after a news conference at the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, Jan. 19, 2013. Henley, the co-founder of classic rock band the Eagles, is scheduled to testify Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at the criminal trial of three collectibles professionals. They're charged with colluding to veil the questioned ownership of sheets of draft lyrics to “Hotel California” and other Eagles hits in order to sell them and deflect Henley’s demands for their return. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Eagles' Don Henley quizzed at lyrics trial about time a naked 16-year-old girl overdosed at his home

Don Henley has testified that what he calls a “poor decision” led to authorities finding drugs and a naked 16-year-old girl suffering from an overdose at his Los Angeles home in 1980 and spurred …
FILE - Alec Baldwin attends the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 50th Anniversary Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, April 4, 2016, in New York. A New Mexico judge has set a trial date for Baldwin on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from a deadly shooting on the set of the Western “Rust.” Jury selection is scheduled to begin July 9, with the trial starting the following day. The proceedings are expected to last eight days. Baldwin, the lead actor and a co-producer on the film, pleaded not guilty in January. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Alec Baldwin to stand trial this summer on a charge stemming from deadly 'Rust' movie set shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge has set a trial date for Alec Baldwin on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the 2021 deadly shooting on the set of the Western movie …
A general view of atmosphere during the 96th Academy Awards Oscar nominees luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer will present at the Oscars (plus everything else you need to know)

After a winter barrage of award shows — the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys — the grandaddy of them all, the Academy Awards, are around the corner. The 96th Oscars may be a coronation for …