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Valley and State

Inside Arizona's election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

PHOENIX (AP) — On the floor of Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where Sir Charles Barkley once dunked basketballs and Hulk Hogan wrestled King Kong Bundy, 46 tables are arrayed in neat rows, each with a …

Capitol rioters make questionable claims about police

PHOENIX (AP) — Joshua Matthew Black said in a YouTube video that he was protecting the officer at the U.S. Capitol who had been pepper sprayed and fallen to the ground as the crowd rushed the …

Wildfire evacuation orders set for several Crown King towns

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Evacuation orders were set Sunday for several towns in Crown King due to a wildfire that had grown to 2,500 acres Sunday south of the Prescott National Forest. It’s one …

Arizona reports 448 new COVID-19 cases with 2 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 448 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. The latest numbers pushed the state’s pandemic totals to 868,830 cases and …

Arizona could become an electric vehicle manufacturing hub

PHOENIX (AP) — Can Lucid, Nikola and ElectraMeccanica turn Arizona into a major electric vehicle manufacturing hub? “We have the potential to become a massive global leader in emerging auto …
First responders
Peoria is joining eight other West Valley cities to take a regional approach to some aspects of policing and to have officers’ conduct investigating by another city rather than their own department.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area April 29-May 6: Assault on police reported at 6:05 p.m. April 30 in the 24400 block of East …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from April 29-May 6: Theft reported at 12:07 p.m. April 29 in the 21100 block of East …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Oudenhoven: Mask wearing is supported by science

This is in response to the opinion from Bruce Lamb (“Some employees don’t live in Sun City”). Bruce, I too am tired of the pandemic. But science is science. You wanting to not …
Saul Anuzis

Anuzis: The larger promise of new vaccine tech

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that fully vaccinated Americans can gather indoors with friends and family — without wearing masks or social distancing.

Pastors: Protect our voting rights

Esteemed DOJ leadership: We have authored this letter to request your immediate intervention in Arizona, on behalf of Black voters, who are currently being involuntarily and very likely …
Stroke survivor and Buckeye resident Stephanie Flynn poses with her family. [Courtesy of Abrazo Health]

Flynn: Young stroke survivor thanks Abrazo West care team

The morning started off like any other day, little did I know it would end up being the most dramatic day in my life.
Steve Edwards

Edwards: How cowboy church came about when Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled

I got the call from Rodney Wayne regarding Lost Dutchman Days with news… Lost Dutchman Days 2021 was canceled and so was the cowboy church that I had started over 25 years ago. Heartbroken, …
Nation

Bye, bye, bye: Latin American boy band CNCO loses member

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latin American boy band CNCO is downsizing. The group announced on its official Instagram page Sunday that 22-year-old is leaving the band, making the successful quintet a …

Tearful reunions mark second Mother's Day under pandemic

Joyous reunions among vaccinated parents and children across the country marked this year's Mother's Day, the second one celebrated during the coronavirus pandemic. Some families separated by …

Pierre ‘Pete’ du Pont IV dies; ran for president in 1988

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Among the moneyed du Ponts, who preferred the privacy of their elegant homes and the offices and plants of the chemical company that bore their name, Pierre S. “Pete” du …

Famed German architect Jahn killed in Illinois bike accident

CHICAGO (AP) — Helmut Jahn, a prominent German architect who designed an Illinois state government building and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington, was killed when two …

Micronesians feel hatred in Hawaii, decry police shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — Comments on social media about a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by Honolulu police have been so hateful that a Catholic priest, who hails from the same small Pacific island as the …
World

Bystanders stop man who stabbed 4 at New Zealand supermarket

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Shoppers and staff at a New Zealand supermarket were being praised for their bravery Monday after authorities said they managed to stop a frenzied man from hurting …

German Catholics to bless gay unions despite Vatican ban

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's powerful Catholic progressives are openly defying a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions by offering such blessings at services in about …

Palestinians fear loss of family homes as evictions loom

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Samira Dajani’s family moved into their first real home in 1956 after years as refugees, her father planted trees in the garden, naming them for each of his six …

South's Moon hopes to restart N. Korean diplomacy with Biden

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s leader said Monday he’ll use his upcoming summit with President Joe Biden to push to restart diplomacy with North Korea, saying that Biden favors a …

Afghanistan Taliban plan 3-day cease-fire for Eid holiday

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban said Monday they would participate in a three-day cease-fire for the Eid-al-Fitr holiday this week marking the end of the Muslim holy month of …
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Business

Amazon blocked 10 billion listings in counterfeit crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which has been under pressure from shoppers, brands and lawmakers to crack down on counterfeits on its site, said Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony …

Is Epic Games' showdown with Apple turning into a mismatch?

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — If Epic Games hopes to dismantle the fortress surrounding Apple's iPhone and its app store, the video game maker probably will need to roll out some heavier artillery …

EU launches conference to debate its future with citizens

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday expressed hope that Europe would rediscover the path of “great projects, great ambitions and great dreams” as the European Union launched …

Queen's cousin accused of willingness to sell Kremlin access

LONDON (AP) — An investigative report by British media said Sunday that Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, was willing to use his royal status for personal profit and to seek …

Neighbors

Ford ‘fill an F-150’ water drive benefiting Salvation Army

Ford and its philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Co. Fund, are teaming up with Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix and Valley-wide Dunkin’ locations to launch the ninth annual Fill an F-150 Bottled …

Meet the artist: Scottsdale resident, student Dana Corbo

Meet Dana Corbo, an artist, high school senior and Scottsdale resident who currently has work in two Scottsdale Arts exhibitions. Miss Corbo has two paintings in Scottsdale Public Art’s …

A passion for music: Living in two separate worlds at once

I first became aware of music around the age of two. I was marching around the breakfast table to the music of John Philip Sousa being broadcast over the radio on Don McNeill‘s Breakfast Club. …

Pereira hired as Mesa public information and communications director

The city of Mesa has hired Ana Pereira as the new public information and communications director, after a nationwide search. She will begin working on May 10. Ms. Pereira has an extensive …

Things to do

Western musical comedy opens at Fountain Hills Theater

The Ballad of Buzzard Basin, a brand-new, old-time cowboy musical that celebrates the essence, and yes, dag-nab-it, the quintessence of the old, old, old west, will be opening at Fountain Hills …

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center opens May 29

Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, is opening with modified programming and limited open swim hours beginning May 29. Open swim hours will be 11:30 …

Mesa pools open May 29

All nine city of Mesa pools will open for the summer, with modified programming and hours, beginning Saturday, May 29. The pools open for public swimming at 1 p.m. most days. Skyline and Rhodes …

Gila River Music Festival May 21-22

The inaugural Gila River Music Festival is May 21-22 in Kearny, a small town on the Gila River an hour from the Valley just down the road from Superior. “The music festival will feature a …

Entertainment
Whipped rocotta tops a salad. [Lynda Balslev for Tastefood]

Transforming ricotta: just whip it

I am a little late to the ricotta party. For a long while, this Italian whey cheese has been relegated solely to lasagnas and other filled pasta dishes. Aside from that, ricotta has not played a role …
Jennifer Lopez performs at "Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World" on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Vax Live concert raises $302 million, exceeds vaccine goal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Global Citizen fundraising concert advocating the importance of vaccine equity has pulled in $302 million, exceeding the goal for the organization’s campaign. Global …
This image released by NBC shows musical guest Miley Cyrus, from left, host Elon Musk, and Cecily Strong during promos in Studio 8H on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via AP)

Elon Musk shows humility and hubris as 'SNL' host

Elon Musk showed a combination of humility and hubris as he opened his highly anticipated hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.” The Tesla CEO, SpaceX founder and one of the world’s richest …

Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock ’n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the …
FILE - This May 28, 1998 file photo shows Tawny Kitaen.  Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos during they heyday of MTV, has died. She was 59. Authorities in Orange County, California say she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday, May 7, 2021.  (Bruce C. Strong/The Orange County Register via AP)

Tawny Kitaen, star of '80s rock music videos, dies at 59

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tawny Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos during they heyday of MTV and starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor …