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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Scottsdale principal terminated after outcry over book

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A Scottsdale high school's principal will not be back next year after a firestorm over a summer book assignment. The Paradise Valley Unified School District governing …

Arizona evictions up, but not close to pre-pandemic levels

PHOENIX (AP) — Eviction filings are creeping up in Arizona, but they are not even close to pre-pandemic levels as agencies do a better job of getting out rental aid, court officials and advocates …

Security enhancements made in response to prison break

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona corrections officials say they have made enhancements on fence structures and gates in response to an escape of two incarcerated men from a prison earlier this year. The …

Arizona reports 5,236 more COVID cases; hospitalizations up

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported over 5,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases as virus-related hospitalizations continued to rise. The 5,236 additional cases and 14 deaths reported …

Phoenix man sentenced to prison in ammunition smuggling case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 26-year-old Phoenix man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for attempting to take thousands of rounds of ammunition from the United States to Mexico. A …
First responders
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Nov. 25-Dec. 2: Burglary of business reported at 2:32 p.m. Nov. 26 in the 18600 block of …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Nov. 25 Dec. 2: Theft reported at 9:53 a.m. Nov. 27 in the 600 block of East Florence Heights …
The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies and burglaries Nov. 14-17: Burglary at a residence/home Nov. 14 in the 1200 block of South Merino.Burglary at a residence/home …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Castillo: Congress must pass the Build Back Better Act

I agree with the content and urgency of Yvonne Marley’s recent letter (“Marley: Congress should pass Build Better Act,” YourValley.net, Nov. 24, 2021). Our senators do not have …

Brinkman: We must improve, keep Obamacare for a healthier America

It’s funny that when the Affordable Care Act was passed a decade ago, almost everyone was against it. But now after 10 years, the program has become more popular and it’s practically …
Aaron and Natalie Merullo volunteer to clean up along U.S. 89 near the Arizona-Utah border as part of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program.

Adopt a Highway: Volunteers ‘Keep it grand’ along the Arizona-Utah border

It could be said that Aaron and Natalie Merullo are a special welcoming committee for travelers crossing the state line from Utah into Arizona. The couple maintains the first mile of U.S. 89 when motorists from Utah cross the state line into Arizona.

Eland: Having empathy for potential adversaries is not weakness, it’s smart

Although bipartisanship seems to be rare in a polarized Washington, after Donald Trump was defeated for a second term as president, the coast was clear for Republicans to join Democrats in bashing both Russia and China.

Experts:  How vulnerable is your personal information? Here are 4 essential reads

When you enter your personal information or credit card number into a website, do you have a moment of hesitation? A nagging sense of vulnerability prompted by the parade of headlines about data breaches and hacks?
More sports

Gaudreau, Tkachuk lead Flames over Ducks in shootout

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the shootout and the Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Friday night. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist for …

Kraken take early lead, hold off Oilers for 4-3 victory

SEATTLE (AP) — Though it took a little more than a month to find a style of play that would lead to success, the expansion Seattle Kraken are now rolling. And they’re beating some pretty …

Warriors end Suns' winning streak at 18 with 118-96 victory

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry bounced back from one of the worst shooting nights of his career and scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors convincingly ended the Phoenix Suns’ …

Pacioretty scores 2, Golden Knights beat Coyotes 7-1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice and Chandler Stephenson had a short-handed goal in a four-goal second period, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 on Friday …

Jets' Scheifele ends goal-scoring drought with 3 vs. Devils

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele had three goals and an assist to end a seven-game goal-scoring drought, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 8-4 Friday night. Nikolaj …

Mitchell scores 34, leads Jazz past Celtics 137-130

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 34 points and six assists to lead the Utah Jazz over the Boston Celtics 137-130 Friday night. Mike Conley added 29 points and seven assists for the …
Most recent
Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A tropical storm weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps, …

China's communists bash US democracy before Biden summit

No. 2 Purdue outlasts Iowa in Big Ten opener

Scheifele has hat trick, Jets beat Devils 8-4

Nation

EXPLAINER: How unusual to charge parents in school shooting?

Guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators, but parents are rarely charged for the violence that occurs, experts say. That's what makes the case …

Colorado supermarket shooting suspect incompetent for trial

DENVER (AP) — Experts have found a man charged with killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket earlier this year is mentally incompetent to stand trial for now, attorneys said during a court …

Nearing 100, Betty White's life is a page-turner in new book

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photo of Betty White, with dimpled smile and guileless gaze, fills the cover of a coffee table book arriving the month before her 100th birthday. The image evokes the …

In 'Flee,' an Afghan refugee's tale in vivid animation

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when a boy his same age arrived alone in his small Danish town. “He arrived all by himself and stayed with a family just around the corner from …

Census Bureau works to improve confidence in 2020 headcount

The Census Bureau is looking to improve trust in the numbers it gathered during the 2020 census by fixing problems caused by the unprecedented challenges of conducting a U.S. head count during a …
World

SKorea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials scramble to tighten …

Struggling Chinese developer warns it could run out of money

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt warned Friday it may run out of money to “perform its financial obligations” — sending regulators scrambling …

Portugal’s interior minister quits after series of scandals

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s interior minister resigned Friday after a series of gaffes and missteps that could have made him a political liability for his center-left Socialist Party ahead …

Belarus mother imprisoned for 'unsanctioned mass gatherings'

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Belarus court on Friday sentenced a neighborhood activist to four years in prison for creating an “extremist group” on the messaging app Telegram, the country's top …

Mexico overhauls handling of migrants to release pressure

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Benjamín Villalta, a 39-year-old Nicaraguan, couldn’t believe that a Mexican immigration office would open in the middle of the night to give him and some 40 other …
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Business

Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Joe Biden's $2 trillion social and environment package was a Broadway show, its seven months on Congress' stage could qualify it as a hit. But lawmaking isn't show …

Drone footage: Bell Bank Park in Mesa set to open in January

Above is submitted drone footage for Legacy Sports USA’s Bell Bank Park in southeast Mesa. Legacy Sports USA’s Bell Bank Park is set to open Jan. 7 at 1 Legacy Drive in southeast …

DAs, retailers say California needs stronger shoplifting law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by a recent run of large-scale smash-and-grab robberies, prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California's governor and attorney general …

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the November jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the November jobs report was a sour one. U.S. employers added just 210,000 jobs. That was the lowest monthly gain since December — and not even half the …

Neighbors

Video: Paving the path for a bright future

Centennial High School Senior Crystal Bond has a bright future ahead of her.

Video: Coach Babb continues legacy of heritage at Peoria High School

The heritage of Peoria High School runs deep. Layers and layers of past legacies have made it what it is today and William Babb is a prime example of that.

Video: Zuri’s Circle spreads its wings in Peoria

For Peoria resident Kimberly Muhammad, volunteerism and lifting her community up is a way of life.

Peoria high teacher introduces students to the world of science

It was around the sixth grade when Diego Cardenas Rivera started to take an interest in STEM disciplines. At that time he became involved with the MESA program at Peoria High School. He learned about …

Things to do

Santa making several visits to Merry Main Street in Mesa

Santa Claus will be getting away from the North Pole a few times this holiday season to visit downtown Mesa and join in the Merry Main Street festivities. Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will be taking …

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Arizona Big Train Operators will hold annual Christmas open houses in December. Members open their train layouts to the public to view different style layouts both inside and outside and …

Monterey Park playground grand opening in Mesa Dec. 16

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Monterey Park, 7045 E. Monterey Ave. in Mesa, for the grand opening celebration of a new playground. It is the first phase of the expansion of …

Native storyteller to bring the right kind of medicine to Phoenix workshop

Healing, positivity, a sense of community, and definitely jubilant laughter are currently on the road with Uncle Jody Gaskin, who will bring the good stuff to a Saturday workshop in Phoenix.

Obituaries & Memorials

J. Donald Monroe

Don Monroe, 83, a former Sun City West resident, died peacefully on November 21, 2021 in Hamden, CT, after a brief illness. Born and raised in Aberdeen, SD by the late Cecil and Grace Sherwood …

James F. Cochran

In Loving Memory ofJames F. Cochran, passed away on October 29, 2021 in Sun City West, AZ. Jim was a loving husband to Dianne for 54 years and a wonderful father to their three children: David, …

Ronald Joseph Vermeersch

Ronald, 84 passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 26th at home in Sun City, Arizona. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 16th 1937 to René Maurice Vermeersch (1983) and Emily Rose …

Beverly B. Meers

Beverly, age 91, of Youngtown, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Beverly was born April 28, 1930 in Unadilla, New York, to Elmer and Edith Bookhout.She was predeceased by her …

Thomas Max Miller

In loving memory of our brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend Thomas Max Miller, who died November 13, 2021, at the age of 94 in Mesa, Arizona. Max was born on the family …
Entertainment
FILE - In a Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, in San Diego. Nearly two decades after earning a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more than four years after his death, rock icon Petty has been awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Florida, the school’s board of trustees announced Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Late musician Tom Petty receives posthumous Ph.D. for music

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly two decades after earning a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more than four years after his death, rock icon Tom Petty has been awarded an honorary Ph.D. …
FILE - Actor Antony Sher poses for photographers after winning the best Shakespearean performance award at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in central London Jan. 27, 2015. Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Sher had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. (Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, file)

Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Antony Sher dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, has died aged 72, the Royal Shakespeare Company said Friday. Sher had been diagnosed with terminal …
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A federal judge says no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed at next week's scheduled trial for former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is facing child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks issued the order ahead of the trial, which is set to begin Tuesday in Fayetteville. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)

Duggar trial focusing on computer where child porn was found

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A desktop computer found with child pornography at former reality TV star Josh Duggar's workplace also included an operating system that could allow a user to circumvent …
Billy Porter performs as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden helps light National Christmas Tree near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday while remembering those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and crediting the American people for his …
This image released by MGM shows Cooper Hoffman, left, and Alana Haim in a scene from "Licorice Pizza." The National Board of Review named the "Licorice Pizza" as best film of the year. (MGM via AP)

NBR Awards name 'Licorice Pizza' its best film of 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Thomas Anderson's “Licorice Pizza” has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review. Anderson also won best director honors and the film's …