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Buckeye appoints new police chief

Buckeye has selected Bob Sanders as the city’s new police chief. Sanders has served as deputy police chief since 2014.

Man suspected in killing of woman in NYC hotel room arrested in Arizona after two stabbings there

A man suspected in the death of a woman who was fatally bludgeoned in a New York City hotel room earlier this month has been arrested in Arizona, where police say he is a suspect in two stabbings in …
ON TOUR

Gunna’s ‘Bittersweet Tour’ will hit downtown Phoenix

Gunna will bring his Bittersweet Tour to Phoenix.
Valley & State
LIBRARY

County buys $9M Anthem property for North Valley library expansion

A new Maricopa County library is coming to the North Valley.

A Colorado man is dead after a pet Gila monster bite

Authorities say a Colorado man is dead after being bitten by his pet Gila monster. Lakewood police say 34-year-old Christopher Ward died in a hospital Friday, four days after the bite by the venomous …

Man suspected in killing of woman in NYC hotel room arrested in Arizona after two stabbings there

A man suspected in the death of a woman who was fatally bludgeoned in a New York City hotel room earlier this month has been arrested in Arizona, where police say he is a suspect in two stabbings in …
REAL ESTATE

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. The firm wrote, …
hometown heroes

12 Heroes honored for their contributions to the Peoria community

The Heroes came out in spades to be honored Feb. 20 at the Rio Vista Community Center in Peoria.
Crime

Lord death ruled a homicide by Maricopa M.E.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner has ruled 16-year-old Preston Lord's death a homicide.   Lord was severely beaten during a house party in Queen Creek on Oct. 28. He died of his …
ON STAGE

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ coming to Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria

Charlie Bucket, a boy whose dreams of finding a Golden Ticket to tour Willy Wonka’s over-the-top chocolate factory come true in an upcoming Arizona Broadway Theatre production in Peoria.
DOWNTOWN

Arizona Science Center in Phoenix expanding staff scientists team

Arizona Science Center is adding 12 senior and staff scientist positions plus a Director of Tribal Relations and Native American Engagement.

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Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices & Encouraging Civility

Mikolajczyk: Don't be a 'fellow traveler'

“Fellow Traveler” is a term from the 1950’s. It described Communist sympathizers masquerading as democracy advocates.
Ryan J. Taylor

Taylor: GOP can win by modernizing Broken Windows policing

America is experiencing a resurgence in violence not seen since President Bill Clinton resided in the White House.

Shinkoskey: Authoritarians in their own fraternity

MAGA’s candidate for president is good buddies with Russian president Putin, who exiles, disqualifies, or kills political opponents like Alexei Navalny.

Wheatley/ Goodman: Funding crucial to growth

On Jan. 12, 2024, Governor Hobbs released her Fiscal Year 2024-25 Executive Budget Proposal.
James Whitford

Whitford: HUD's biggest disbursement fails

The headline in my local paper read, “Local Coalition Receives $692,793 Grant to Help Homeless.”
Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

No. 21 Washington State, back in the Top 25 for first time in 16 years, eyes trip to No. 4 Arizona

Washington State puts its first ranking in 16 years on the line when the No. 21 Cougars head to fourth-ranked Arizona for a showdown between the top two teams in the Pac-12. They meet on Thursday …

Oilers host the Bruins after Kane's 2-goal game

The Edmonton Oilers host the Boston Bruins after Evander Kane's two-goal game against the Arizona Coyotes in the Oilers' 6-3 win.

Coyotes take losing streak into home matchup against the Maple Leafs

The Arizona Coyotes will try to break their 10-game losing streak when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
National sports
Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd left the team's game against the New Jersey Devils with an upper-body injury. Dowd never returned for the second period. The Capitals quickly ruled him out from …
Streaming service FuboTV has filed an antitrust lawsuit against ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery and Hulu, which are planning to launch a sports-streaming venture in the fall. The lawsuit has been …
Marko Arnautović came off the bench to help Inter Milan to a 1-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. Arnautović replaced the injured Marcus Thuram at …
Right-hander Jakob Junis is guaranteed $7 million as part of his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and could earn $12 million over two seasons. Junis gets a $4 million salary this year as …
Tennessee has hired three new assistant coaches with first-time head coach Brian Callahan bringing former Cincinnati colleague Colt Anderson with him as the Titans’ new special teams coordinator. …
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Valley business

Ono Hawaiian opens store No. 2 in Surprise

Ono Hawaiian BBQ opened its new store in Surprise at 13612 N. Prasada Parkway on Feb. 16, marking its second location in the city and 108th store for the brand.

The Prasada area in Surprise has a new restaurant to offer westside residents Pacific barbecue.

Influential Surprise Retail Survey returns to city

Costco and In-N-Out Burger were previous most desired retailers and restaurants who eventually opened in Surprise.

The influential, annual Surprise Retail Survey is available for residents to sound off on a favorite restaurant or retail store they’d like to see in the city.

Horse meditation circles open to women at Cave Creek ranch

The Horse Meditation Circles in Cave Creek are open to women of all ages and backgrounds, with no prior experience with horses or meditation required. Each session is crafted to provide a safe and supportive environment for personal growth and exploration.

A unique form of therapy is offering women a serene setting for healing and introspection in Cave Creek.

New owner of Pilgrim Fasteners wants to expand

MEIDOH Co., Ltd., an international producer of automotive fasteners, recently announced it has acquired Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners, which has a Chandler facility, and plans to expand, according to a news release.

MEIDOH Co., Ltd., an international producer of automotive fasteners, recently announced it has acquired Pilgrim Aerospace Fasteners, which has a Chandler facility, and plans to expand, according to a …

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

Surprise art house to present Extravaganza exhibit

The work of Judy Pate is displayed inside her studio at Ground Floor Artists in Surprise.

Surprise residents can unleash their inner artist and soak up the creative energy at Ground Floor Artists’ “Art Extravaganza" in March.

Close out Girl Scouts Cookies season with 5K celebration in Glendale

The last weekend of the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Season will wrap up with the annual Bring Home the Cookies 5K in Glendale.

Family gallery tour is next public art event in Surprise

Surprise's next public art event is a family gallery tour, which is an opportunity for families to experience art in three local art galleries.

Surprise's next public art event is a family gallery tour, which is an opportunity for families to experience art in three local art galleries.

Mon Laferte planning Phoenix tour stop

Chilean-Mexican superstar Mon Laferte will bring her tour to Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

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

Amazon to be added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, replacing Walgreens Boots Alliance

Amazon.com Inc. is being added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, joining Apple, Walt Disney, Walmart and other companies that make up the 30-stock average. S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday that …

San Francisco wants to offer free drug recovery books at its public libraries

The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are those about recovering from addiction. Now, city officials want to provide universal access to free drug recovery books, …

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say a former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with …

Divers find body in Texas river of Audrii Cunningham, 11, who had been missing since last week

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl from a Texas river days after she went missing last week and authorities are preparing to file a murder charge against …

United flight from San Francisco to Boston diverted due to damage to one of its wings

United Airlines says a flight heading from San Francisco to Boston had to be diverted after the plane suffered damage to one of its wings. United says the Boeing 757-200 with 165 passengers aboard …
World

Rivals of Pakistan's ex-premier Khan name Shehbaz Sharif as joint candidate for prime minister

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The political rivals of Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced details of a power-sharing agreement late Tuesday, naming Shehbaz Sharif as their joint …

South Africa sets May 29 elections that could be the most pivotal since apartheid ended

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa will hold pivotal national elections May 29 as polls show the ruling African National Congress could lose its majority for the first time since it came …

'Without us, you don’t eat': Greek farmers drive tractors to parliament to demand financial help

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Scores of bright-colored tractors were parked outside Greece's parliament Tuesday, horns blaring, as thousands of farmers angry at high production costs shifted their protests …

A widow and two powerful officials indicted: Takeaways from the probe into Haiti’s slain president

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge who investigated the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has indicted some 50 suspects in the case, including the slain president's widow, …

Ransomware group LockBit is disrupted by a global police operation that includes 2 arrests

LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have infiltrated and disrupted LockBit, arresting two people involved with the prolific ransomware syndicate that has extracted $120 million from thousands of …
Entertainment
FILE - Kevin Costner, left, and Christine Baumgartner arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, March 27, 2022, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A judge has declared that Costner and his wife of nearly two decades, Baumgartner, are now legally divorced, according to court records filed Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Divorce of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner is finalized, officially ending their marriage

The divorce of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner, his wife of nearly two decades, has been finalized. California court records filed Tuesday say the two have been declared single by a Santa …

San Francisco Opera commissions Huang Ruo's `The Monkey King' for 2025 premiere, based on novel

The San Francisco Opera has commissioned Huang Ruo to compose “The Monkey King” for a fall 2025 premiere — based on an episode from the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West.” The …
Writer/director Ethan Coen, left, and writer Tricia Cooke pose for a portrait to promote "Drive-Away Dolls" on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke give sexploitation cinema a queer spin in 'Drive-Away Dolls'

NEW YORK (AP) — Scripts of all kinds sit in the drawers of Ethan Coen’s home, some to be returned to, some forever abandoned. When writing with his brother Joel over many years, the absurd …
The Hoosier Gym is shown Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Knightstown, Ind. Thousands of people still visit The Hoosier Gym annually. The gym where many scenes from the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed in the mid-1980s plays host to dozens of high school games each year as fans still flock to the site. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

The Hoosier Gym, home of the Hickory Huskers, still resonates with basketball fans

The court is the same one where Jimmy Chitwood played. The locker room is exactly as it was when Norman Dale coached. The wall separating the bleachers from the floor is still there. Things change. …
FILE - The Beatles address the media in the press room of Kennedy International Airport on their arrival, Feb. 7, 1964 in New York. The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own film, all of which are to be directed by Sam Mendes. (AP Photo, File)

Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one film, but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own spotlight — all of which are to be …