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The Putin-Kim summit produced an unusual — and speedy — flurry of glimpses into North Korea

The imagery from Pyongyang emerged quickly, notable in its variety — glimpses into North Korea in near-real time that showed its leader, Kim Jong Un, grinning and glad-handing with Russian …

Another police dog dies while trying to help officers arrest a suspect in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the second time this month, a police dog has been killed while trying to help arrest a suspect in South Carolina. A Richland County Sheriff's Department dog named Wick …

New York moves to limit 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

New York's governor has signed a bill that would allow parents to block their children from getting social media posts suggested by a platform’s algorithm, a move to limit feeds critics argue are …
Valley & State

Chandler school board member, admins have different priorites re: bond

​In the week since the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board member voted 4-1 to allow voters to decide in a Nov. 5 whether to approve a $487 million bond, it’s become clear the …
Election 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris will campaign in Phoenix on Dobbs decision anniversary

WASHINGTON – Vice President Kamala Harris will mark the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade in Phoenix, at a campaign event focused on abortion rights. …

Phoenix native serves with U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

Ensign Jake Santucci, a native of Phoenix, is serving in the U.S. Navy where naval aviators learn the skills they need to fly missions around the world.
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Maricopa, Pinal counties under excessive heat warning for Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Thursday, Jne 20 temperatures could reach 113 degrees in Maricopa and Pinal counties. Weather Service officials said …

'Large firework' damages Mesa home, Phoenix men arrested: PD

Two Phoenix men have been arrested as suspects in connection with a June 13 explosion from a "large firework" at a Mesa home, police said. Daniel J. Traynor, 18, and Eliyzar R. Frias, 19, were …

Hobbs vetoes five water bills amid concerns about development

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs on Wednesday vetoed five bills changing water laws in Arizona, concluding they would cause more harm than good. The governor rejected an extensive measure that …
Teen violence

'Gilbert Goon' arrested again on same day of sentencing

A man connected with the Gilbert Goons was arrested last week on suspicion of an alcohol offense, the same day he was sentenced for his role in an assault in Gilbert in 2022, police said.   …

Loop 101 lane restrictions in Chandler next two nights

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for overnight Loop 101 (Price Freeway) lane restrictions and ramp closures this week for pavement improvements. Loop 101 …

Arizona governor appeals court decision on director appointments

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs is trying to get the Court of Appeals to overturn a judge’s ruling that her actions to get around her fight with the Senate over director nominations are …

‘Grease’ coming to Peoria stage in July

TheaterWorks in Peoria kicks off its 2024-25 mainstage season with a timeless theater classic.

Gilbert Road Bridge will have 2 lanes over Salt River in time for July 4: MCDOT

The Gilbert Road Bridge will open with two lanes June 28  for drivers traveling between Mesa and State Route 87, Maricopa County transportation officials said. The reopening, scheduled for …

Questions answered on Chandler fiberoptics

The reasons for multiple fiberoptic installation companies knocking on the doors of Chandler homes were explained at a June 18 subcommittee meeting. Dennis Aust, the city’s telecom and …


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Are you unhappy when your chosen candidate wins the primary, and then loses the general election? If so, read on.  Across the country, Republican registered voters are about 30% of the …
As a Paradise Valley resident, I read the opinion piece written by Joe Smyth in the June 19 edition of the Independent newspaper. Let me state clearly that I completely agree with Mr. Smyth’s …
President Biden’s apparent confusion at campaign events is making headlines, with the GOP releasing videos every time he wanders away from world leaders or seems to shake an imaginary hand.
Peace and prosperity since WWII has incentivized Americans to focus on personal pleasures and amusement. Self-reliance has been exchanged for dependencies like drug abuse, carnal fantasies, …
My heartfelt condolences to Detective So’s family and his Scottsdale Police family. I thank all the brave law enforcement men, women and first responders that protect us 24/7. They deserve …

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Jesse Winker's go-ahead home run rallies Nationals past Diamondbacks 3-1

Jesse Winker hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. Ildemaro Vargas added an RBI single for Washington, which has won …

This Date in Baseball - Ken Griffey Jr. hits career HR #500 and Sammy Sosa hits career HR #600

This Date in Baseball, June 20 - Ken Griffey Jr. hits career HR #500 and Sammy Sosa hits career HR #600

Diamondbacks bring 1-0 series lead over Nationals into game 2

The Arizona Diamondbacks meet the Washington Nationals with a 1-0 series lead.
National sports
To Florida coach Paul Maurice, plays like diving to save an empty-net goal and finding a way to get the puck away from Edmonton star Connor McDavid are the reminders that Matthew Tkachuk will do …
Andrés Giménez hit a two-run homer and Will Brennan had a pair of solo shots, lifting the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez’s …
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 20, 2024--The LA Kings today officially announced and unveiled a brand evolution consisting of new team logos and design elements. Specifically, the team's new …
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Valley business

Titan Solar to close Arizona operations

The solar industry may be in for a tough year, and one Chandler company is closing as a result of some industry trends.

Titan Solar, a one-time fast-growth solar installer based in Chandler, is closing operations after failing to close on a sale of the company, according to multiple media reports. The company, …

Empty Sears spot in Chandler Fashion Center has found tenant

These are the types of prizes one could win at Round1 Bowling & Arcade. The entertainment center is moving into the former Sears location in the Chandler Fashion Center mall.

Round1 Bowling & Arcade appears to be the missing piece the the Chandler Fashion Center has been seeking for space occupied for many years by a Sears department store. No opening date has …

HonorHealth performs procedure for patients at risk of foot, leg amputations

Hasan Aldailami, M.D. was part of the HonorHealth team to first treat a patient with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a new minimally invasive technique.

HonorHealth is the first healthcare system in Arizona to treat patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia using a minimally invasive technique to bypass blocked arteries in the leg and restore blood flow to the foot. 

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 …


Meet JJ – Creative soul looks to flourish with forever family

JJ is a fun-loving, active teen who is ready for any new adventure. He loves to ride his bike and jump on trampolines but is willing to do anything outdoors.

Rally opposing legal changes to female sports held June 13

Our Bodies, Our Sports is holding a rally against what they consider harmful changes to female athletes enforced by changes to Title IX June 13 at the Scottsdale Airport.

Our Bodies, Our Sports, a coalition of female athletes and female former athletes, coaches and prominent women’s advocates will hold a “Take Back Title IX” rally to oppose changes …

ProShred leads free shredding event in south Glendale

Joseph Caradonna, Patty Caradonna and Joe Caradonna of ProShred Security of Arizona. The company joins forces with the City of Glendale drive-thru shred session from 8 a.m. to noon June 15 at GESD System of Care Center, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road.

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, …

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, …

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Donald Sutherland, the towering actor whose career spanned 'M.A.S.H.' to 'Hunger Games,' dies at 88

FILE - Actor Donald Sutherland appears at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2017. Sutherland, the towering Canadian actor whose career spanned

  Donald Sutherland,  the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from "M.A.S.H." to “The Hunger Games,” has died. He was 88. Kiefer Sutherland, the …

Prog rock trio Dada to bring reunion tour to Phoenix

Dada’s reunion tour will include a Phoenix stop Aug. 1 at The Rebel Lounge.

Progressive rock trio Dada will mark their 30th anniversary with a nationwide headline tour that will come to Phoenix.

VIVA PHX festival to celebrate 10th anniversary this year

Tickets on sale now for the 10th anniversary VIVA PHX festival in October.

Founded in 2014, the VIVA PHX festival will return to downtown Phoenix.

3-day Home & Landscape Show making return to Glendale

The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show will appear in Glendale July 12-14.

The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show, the largest home show in the Southwest, returns to Glendale in July.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Rosalie Louise Chaffin

Rosalie Chaffin passed away June 9, 2024. She is survived by her children Shelley and Jeffery.

Inés Villarreal Woodward

Inés Woodward died 4/20/24. A funeral mass will be celebrated 6/21/24 at 9:45am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale.

LaVerne Joseph Martelle

LaVerne, 87, died peacefully in his sleep at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Born on June 13, 1936, in Harpers Ferry, IA; to Charles Leo “Jake” Martelle and …

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 …
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Slovakia’s parliament backs a contentious plan to overhaul the country's public broadcasting

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s parliament voted on Thursday to approve a government plan to overhaul the country’s public broadcasting services, a move that critics say would result in …

Orange County judge can stand trial for murder in wife's shooting death, judge says

A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence for a Southern California judge to stand trial on a murder charge in the shooting death of his wife. The decision came Thursday after Orange County …

California voters lose a shot at checking state and local tax hikes at the polls

The California Supreme Court has removed a measure from the state’s November ballot that would have made it harder to raise taxes. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his Democratic allies in the state …

Louisiana's new law requiring the Ten Commandments in classrooms churns old political conflicts

A bill signed into law this week makes Louisiana the only state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every classroom in public schools and colleges. It also churns long-running …

A US veteran died at a nursing home, abandoned. Hundreds of strangers came to say goodbye

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Marine Gerry Brooks died alone at a nursing home in Maine, abandoned and all but forgotten. Then the funeral home posted a notice asking if anyone would serve as a …

Peace must be a priority, say Catholic leaders on anniversary of priests' violent deaths in Mexico

Two years have passed since a leader of one of Mexico’s organized crime gangs stormed into a Catholic church in the remote Tarahumara mountains and fatally shot two Jesuit priests. Among other …

US will redirect air defense inceptor missiles to Ukraine that other allies had on order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Thursday that it will rush delivery of air defense interceptor missiles to Ukraine by redirecting planned shipments to other allied nations, as …

'Teflon Mark' Rutte set to bring consensus-building skills from Dutch politics as next NATO chief

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Over the course of more than a dozen years at the top of Dutch politics, Mark Rutte got to know a thing or two about finding consensus among fractious coalition …

Heat wave claims lives of at least 125 in Mexico this year, hitting country's most vulnerable

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — When the nursing home in southern Mexico began to bake in the country’s ongoing heatwave, staff cycled their elderly residents through the few cooling options they …

Treason trial of Russian American woman opens as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — The trial of a Russian American dual citizen whom Russia accuses of treason opened on Thursday as tensions rise between Washington and Moscow, including over the arrests of two …
FILE - Donald Sutherland, left, and his son Kiefer Sutherland pose for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote the film "Forsaken." Donald Sutherland, the towering Canadian actor whose career spanned "M.A.S.H." to "The Hunger Games," has died at 88. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, son Kiefer pay tribute to Donald Sutherland

Famous fans, colleagues and family pay tribute to actor Donald Sutherland, the star of “M.A.S.H.” “Klute” and “The Hunger Games” who died at age 88. “I was blessed to direct him in …
FILE - Actor Donald Sutherland appears at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2017. Sutherland, the towering Canadian actor whose career spanned "M.A.S.H." to "The Hunger Games," has died at 88. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Donald Sutherland, the towering actor whose career spanned 'M.A.S.H.' to 'Hunger Games,' dies at 88

The film and television actor whose prolific career stretched from “M.A.S.H” to “JFK” to “The Hunger Games,” Donald Sutherland has died at 88. The tall and gaunt Canadian actor was known …
FILE - Ruby slippers once worn by Judy Garland in the "The Wizard of Oz," are displayed at a news conference, Sept. 4, 2018, at the FBI office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The Minnesota hometown of Judy Garland, the late actress who wore the ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz,” will raise funds this weekend to recover the prized footwear after it was stolen from a local museum and then turned over to an auction company. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)

Judy Garland's hometown is raising funds to purchase stolen ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota hometown of Judy Garland, the actress who wore a pair of ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz,” is raising money to purchase the prized footwear after it …
FILE - Travis Scott arrives at GQ's Men of the Year Party in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 2023. Scott was arrested by Miami Beach police early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Rapper Travis Scott arrested in Miami Beach for misdemeanor trespassing and public intoxication

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Travis Scott was arrested by Miami Beach police early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public intoxication. Miami Beach police confirmed the …
FILE - Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Indio, Calif. Kendrick Lamar turned his Juneteenth “Pop Out” concert into a celebration of Los Angeles unity. The 37-year-old rapper curated a three-hour livestreamed concert featuring a mix of up-and-coming LA rappers and stars including Dr. Dre and Tyler, The Creator. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

After Drake battle, Kendrick Lamar turns victory lap concert into LA unity celebration

Not content with merely taking a victory lap after winning his battle last month against fellow rap superstar Drake, Kendrick Lamar turned his Juneteenth “Pop Out” concert into a celebration of …