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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona representative introduces bill to keep A-10 alive

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers have introduced a bill that would keep the A-10 “Warthog" attack aircraft in operation. Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick introduced the bill in Congress …

Tucson business co-owner could get prison term in tax case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson business co-owner who has already paid nearly $1.1 million in restitution to the federal government could be sentenced to up to a year in prison after pleading guilty …

Jury trials resume in Pima County; differ from pre-pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jury trials have resumed at Pima County Superior Court, but they are different from the way they were before the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago. Instead of sitting together in …

Man, child found dead in Mesa home in likely murder-suicide

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A man and a child have been found dead in a Mesa home in an apparent murder-suicide. Mesa police say officers arrived at the scene about 8 p.m. Wednesday after a woman called …
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Preliminary plat change proposed for Mercado Fiesta Condominiums

Modifying a preliminary plat to redevelop the one-story Mercado Fiesta Condominiums west of Alma School Road on the south side of Southern Avenue should be approved by Mesa City Council, the …
First responders
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April 8-15: Theft of property reported at 8:32 a.m. April 9 in the 6600 block of West Pleasant Oak …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from April 8-15.
The Apache Junction Police Department — in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety — would like to remind everyone that it’s not only illegal to drive …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
John Safin

Safin: Help our communities return to a brighter future

Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order on March 25 certainly had and will continue to have an impact on our community. Whether you agree or disagree with the transition of “required” virus mitigation to “recommended,” it’s here.
Tim Dickman

Dickman: Short-term rentals are a pig in the parlor — with lipstick

Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland (who also was a former U.S. Senator and congressman from Utah) famously noted in the landmark 1926 case of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. that: “A nuisance may be merely a right thing in the wrong place — like a pig in the parlor instead of the barnyard.”

Civic Alliance: The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy

We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters.

Kraft: Mother Earth needs a tax break

Tax season is here and we must all pay taxes. This is an unavoidable truth. Unfortunately, another unavoidable truth is Mother Earth is overtaxed. Her current rate is way too high. We can’t …

Harding: Visiting the site of the Granite Mountain Hotshots? Honor them by doing it safely

Planning to visit Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park in Yarnell? Make sure you do it by not parking illegally along State Route 89, putting yourself and others at risk.
More sports

Japanese Results

TOKYO (AP) - Results from Japanese football:

Widener expected to start for the Diamondbacks against Nationals

Arizona Diamondbacks (5-8) vs. Washington Nationals (3-7) Washington; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Taylor Widener (1-0, 2.46 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8 strikeouts) Nationals: …

Arizona takes on St. Louis on 5-game skid

St. Louis Blues (19-17-6, fourth in the West Division) vs. Arizona Coyotes (19-20-5, fifth in the West Division) Glendale, Arizona; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT LINE: Coyotes +109, Blues -132; …

National League Team Statistics

Through April 15
Nation

US has been wracked with several mass shootings in 2021

After a significant drop in mass shootings in the United States during a pandemic-hit 2020, this year has already seen several deadly cases. Police in Indianapolis in a shooting late Thursday at a …

Podcast helped in hunt for 1996 killer of California student

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Lambert would like to get back to making music but he can’t seem to stop chasing a ghost that has haunted him for nearly 25 years. A billboard on the side of the road …

Florida 'anti-riot' bill goes to governor amid racial strife

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature approved stiffer penalties against violent protesters on Thursday, handing a major legislative victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who …

SpaceX, NASA give 'go' for astronaut launch, 3rd for Dragon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is gearing up for its third astronaut launch in under a year, after getting the green light from NASA a week ahead of next Thursday’s planned …

‘I’m going home,' woman with dementia tells arresting cop

DENVER (AP) — A police officer who arrested a 73-year-old woman with dementia, pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her, after she walked away from a store without paying for about $14 worth …
World

Ukraine, France and Germany hold security talks

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is holding talks on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid growing tensions with Russia, which …

Germany's Merkel urges lawmakers to support pandemic bill

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged parliament Friday to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, …

Pakistan blocks social media access amid anti-France rallies

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan blocked access to all social media on Friday, after days of anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider …

Day workers fill trains out of Mumbai as virus dries up jobs

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Migrant workers are swarming rail stations in India's financial capital Mumbai to go to their home villages as virus-control measures dry up work in the hard-hit …

SKorean steelmaker to end partnership with Myanmar military

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean steelmaker on Friday said it plans to end a joint venture with a military-controlled firm in Myanmar following criticism that its business has benefited …
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Business

Australian judge rules Google misled Android users on data

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Google broke Australian law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices, a judge found Friday. The Federal Court decision …

China's economic growth surged to 18.3% as activity revived

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth surged to 18.3% over a year ago in the first quarter of 2021 after factory and consumer activity returned largely to normal following the coronavirus …

Sanctioned Russian IT company partners with Microsoft, IBM

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped six Russian technology companies with sanctions for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies engaged in “dangerous and disruptive cyber …

Regulators rebuke PG&E for neglect in reducing wildfire risk

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are stepping up their oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric after finding that the nation's largest utility has neglected the maintenance of an …

Neighbors

Young Girl Scouts donate funds to local youth peers

A local Girl Scout Brownie troop delivered $1,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, donating funds to the hospital’s Camp Rainbow program serving cancer patients. Brownie Troop 4917 from …

Meet Your Neighbor: Electrician Robert Zuart powers Valley lives

Meet your neighbor, Robert Zuart, a Scottsdale resident who makes a living as a professional electrician. Read below to get to know Mr. Zuart, including what he considers to be the best days. …

April 17 pickleball tournament in Mesa to benefit Superstition Community Food Bank

Local health agencies are partnering with Superstition Community Food Bank to sponsor a pickleball benefit tournament to feed the hungry. The tournament is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the …

Arizona Rotary Clubs host inaugural ‘Rotary Week of Service’

Scottsdale and Tempe Rotary clubs are among those in Arizona inviting friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to join them as they conduct service projects to benefit the local community during the …

Things to do

‘The Sound of Music’ continues Friday-Saturday at Zao Theatre

"The Sound of Music," the world’s most beloved musical, graces the Zao Theatre stage March 26-April 17, featuring the music of Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard …

Classical music makes its grand return at Mesa Arts Center

The series Classical Music Inside Out returns for the 2021-22 season at Mesa Arts Center, kicking off with Shelly Watson in October and culminating with an all-star performance featuring Zuill …

Salt River Tubing opens Saturday, May 1

Salt River Tubing and Recreation will be open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, beginning Saturday, May 1, with safety protocols in …

National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series ends April 14

Mesa Arts Center is hosting a live virtual speaker series with stunning imagery and stories from National Geographic’s world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, …

Entertainment
People look at images of Prince Philip displayed in the front window of "the Gallery at Ice" in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Princely letter: Philip apologized to Nixon for 'lame' toast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout his decades in public life, was known for putting his royal foot in his mouth with occasional off-the-cuff remarks that could be embarrassing. But his faux pas at a …
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 file photo, Alessandro Michele acknowledges the applause of the audience at the end of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2020/2021 collection, presented in Milan, Italy. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is celebrating the fashion house’s 100-year anniversary, giving historic sweep to a collection unveiled virtually Thursday that embraced its equestrian heritage, borrowed references from the Tom Ford-era and outright stole from a sister brand Balenciaga. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Gucci celebrates 100 years with Michele's 'Aria' collection

MILAN (AP) — Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele is celebrating the fashion house’s 100th anniversary this year, giving historic sweep to a collection unveiled virtually Thursday that …

Tribute planned for Adam Schlesinger, who died of COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the Monkees, R.E.M., Dashboard Confessional and The Black Keys are turning out for a virtual tribute concert next month for Adam Schlesinger, who died of COVID-19 a year …

Venice Film gives lifetime achievement to Roberto Benigni

ROME (AP) — The Venice Film Festival said Thursday it will give its lifetime achievement award this year to Oscar-winning director and actor Roberto Benigni. The Golden Lion for Lifetime …
Michelle Hunziker upon her arrival at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 22, 2019. Swiss-Italian TV host Michelle Hunziker apologized on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for mimicking Asians on a satirical television program that drew wide-spread protests on social media. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Sketch mocking Chinese launches racism debate in Italy

MILAN (AP) — A sketch on a popular Italian TV show mocking Chinese people has launched a debate about racism, and satire, in Italy. While Asian and Black people took to social media to share …