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Tempe Juneteenth celebration combines art activism with reflections on social justice, racial equality

TEMPE – Downtown Tempe came alive with vibrant cultural celebrations as the city hosted its annual Juneteenth Block Party Saturday. Organized by Downtown Tempe Authority, the theme for …

Tropical Storm Alberto forms in southwest Gulf, 1st named storm of the hurricane season

Tropical Storm Alberto has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, the first named storm of what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday …
ON TOUR

Prog rock trio Dada to bring reunion tour to Phoenix

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

VIVA PHX festival to celebrate 10th anniversary this year

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

Chandler Police: Two killed in collision along Price Road

Two people died in a June 19 overnight crash at the intersection of Price Road and Armstrrong Place,  just north of Germann Road, according to a  Chandler Police Department spokesperson. …
WOMAN DIES

Phoenix police provide update on weekend drowning

No foul play is evident in the weekend drowning death of a 30-year-old woman, Phoenix authorities said Tuesday. At about 8 p.m. June 16, police found Angela Lisa floating in a raft with her head …
Crime

San Tan Valley man charged in child porn investigation

A San Tan Valley man is in custody in connection with an investigation into sexual exploitation of a minor. Ian Sutherlin, 28, was identified by the Homeland Security Investigations Phoenix …

US chipmaker onsemi will invest $2 billion in a chip production facility in the Czech Republic

The U.S. chipmaker onsemi is planning a multi-year investment of up $2 billion in its production facility in the Czech Republic. The government said the money will be invested in the company’s …
Government

Hobbs signs budget, vetoes bill that would have criminalized certain library materials for children

PHOENIX — Gov. Katie Hobbs isn’t going to allow teachers and librarians to be locked up even if they provide sexually explicit materials within a public school or public library. The …

Arizona governor signs budget into law after fierce negotiations to make up a massive shortfall

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has signed a fiercely negotiated budget into law. The spending plan agreed to over the weekend erases a shortfall of over $1 billion. It cuts back on higher education, trims …
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Glendale drops charge against Arrowhead Country Club superintendent for pond problems

Monday morning, Glendale dropped charges against Arrowhead Country Club Superintendent Stephen Bais for violating a city code related to odors emanating from hole 6. The charges were filed in …
ARIZONA SUMMER

ADOT activates blowing dust warning system as monsoon begins

The official start of the monsoon began last weekend, and for the fifth season the Arizona Department of Transportation’s warning system is ready to help drivers negotiate dust storms. A …
Legal

Prosecution of two Cochise County supervisors can move forward

PHOENIX — Two Cochise County supervisors charged with delaying certification of the 2022 election results will have to go to trial. In a series of new rulings, Maricopa County Superior …
Community

Phoenix Mercury's Cloud uses platform to raise awareness of gun safety

PHOENIX — Natasha Cloud had an arranged dinner with her agent early on a June night, but a burdened heart forced the Phoenix Mercury guard to cancel. Cloud, teammate Natasha Mack and other …
Business

Titan Solar to close Arizona operations

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, …

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Opinions with Civility
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 …
Why is peace and unity so difficult to achieve, not only in world events, but in our own personal lives? Why have so few achieved these two healthy and constructive aspects in their lives? While …

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Arizona & National Sports Coverage
Local sports

Nationals host the Diamondbacks to open 3-game series

The Washington Nationals start a three-game series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Arizona Digest

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select Arizona stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of Arizona and the rest of the world, visit …

New York visits Phoenix following Copper's 30-point game

Phoenix faces the New York Liberty after Kahleah Copper scored 30 points in the Phoenix Mercury's 87-78 victory over the Seattle Storm. Tuesday's game will be the second meeting of the season between …
National sports
Sprinter Erriyon Knighton tested positive for a banned substance that an arbitration panel determined came from contaminated meat. The decision keeps the 200-meter specialist eligible to run at the …
The Green Bay Packers have released Jack Podlesny to narrow their kicking competition to two players. Podlesny’s exit leaves incumbent Anders Carlson and former Minnesota Viking Greg Joseph as the …
Aaron Judge is out of the New York Yankees’ starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles, one night after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Judge was feeling …
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Valley business

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 …

Insults, awards for Chandler Chamber honorees

Ron Spoon, a Chandler Unified School District custodian, second from left, claims his CUSD Support Services Staff of the Year plaque from Superintendent Frank Narducci at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s May 30 community awards. On the left is Chamber board chair Robert Sinkule.

​The emcee of the 2024 Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Community Awards show had insults for just about everyone he mentioned. No one seemed to mind the ribbing at the May 30 event …

Neighbors

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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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.

Phoenix country music festival to raise money for autism

Foley Ranch in Phoenix (pictured) will host a day of music to raise money for autism on June 30.

An evening of acoustic originals featuring top country artists from the Southwest with gather in Phoenix in support of autism and at-risk populations.

Joshua Bassett bringing headline tour to Phoenix

Joshua Bassett will perform Tuesday, July 30 at Arizona Financial Theatre.

Singer/songwriter and actor Joshua Bassett will bring his The Golden Years Tour, featuring special guest Thomas Day, to Phoenix.

Sarah Silverman comedy touring planning Phoenix stop

Sarah Silverman arrives at the premiere of

Sarah Silverman will bring her Postmortem Tour to Phoenix.

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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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Nation

Canadian airline WestJet begins canceling flights as mechanics threaten to strike

Canadian airline WestJet has begun canceling some flights in anticipation of a strike by aircraft maintenance technicians, saying it wants to avoid having passengers and planes stranded if there is a …

Pharrell at Louis Vuitton celebrates the diversity of human skin in Paris UNESCO show

Louis Vuitton has celebrated the beauty of humanity in a star-studded menswear showcase at UNESCO in Paris. Models in all the hues of human skin paraded around a giant globe on Damier check grass, …

Wedding guests can add the gift of gab when 'signing' an audio guestbook

There's a new twist on the guestbook at a wedding or other event. With audio guestbooks, you use old-fashioned phones to capture recorded messages for the bride and groom. Couples who have embraced …

'Verzuz' will return after Swizz Beatz, Timbaland lock in new distribution partnership with X

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are bringing the “Verzuz” series back with a new major platform for viewers to watch musicians face off in a song-against-song battle. The …

Mediterranean diet or not, eating seasonally can be good for you

It’s been years since scientists established that the Mediterranean diet really is good for you. But nutrition experts say you can improve your health anywhere by mimicking at least one aspect of …
World

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say the strategic partnership they signed Wednesday is a breakthrough. But neither side has released the text of the …

Italy's coast guard searches for dozens of migrants missing after their ship capsized

MILAN (AP) — Italy's coast guard was searching by sea and from the air on Thursday for dozens of people missing when a boat capsized and partially sank earlier this week in the perilous central …

Jihadis from Africa’s Sahel have crossed into Nigeria’s north, a new report says. A lot is at stake

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Jihadi fighters who had long operated in Africa’s volatile Sahel region have settled in northwestern Nigeria after crossing from neighboring Benin, a report said Wednesday, …

Supporters of Myanmar's jailed leader Suu Kyi mark her 79th birthday with a flower-themed protest

BANGKOK (AP) — Supporters of Myanmar’s imprisoned ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi carried out peaceful flower-themed protests marking her 79th birthday on Wednesday, some taking to the streets in …

Climate protesters arrested after painting Stonehenge monument orange

LONDON (AP) — Two climate protesters were arrested Wednesday for spraying orange paint on the ancient Stonehenge monument in southern England, police said. The latest act by Just Stop Oil was …
Entertainment
This image released by A24 shows filmmaker Annie Baker on the set of "Janet Planet." (Claire Folger/A24 via AP)

In 'Janet Planet,' playwright Annie Baker explores a new dramatic world

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker has been hailed as one of the preeminent voices of her generation, but the movies have long lingered in her mind and in her …
Kazuko Shiraishi speaks at a park in Tokyo, on Nov. 15, 1996. Shiraishi, a leading name in modern Japanese “beat” poetry, known for her dramatic readings, at times with jazz music, died of heart failure on June 14, according to a Tokyo publisher of her works on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. She was 93. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan's 'beat poet' Kazuko Shiraishi, pioneer of modern performance poetry, dies at 93

TOKYO (AP) — Kazuko Shiraishi, a leading name in modern Japanese “beat” poetry, known for her dramatic readings, at times with jazz music, has died. She was 93. Shiraishi, whom American …
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012, file photo activist Noam Chomsky stands during a press conference to support the Gaza-bound flotilla in the port of Gaza City. Chomsky is hospitalized in his wife's native country of Brazil after suffering a massive stroke, she confirmed Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

Noam Chomsky's wife says reports of famed linguist's death are 'false'

NEW YORK (AP) — Noam Chomsky's wife, Valeria Wasserman Chomsky, says reports Tuesday that the famed linguist and activist had died are untrue. “No, it is false,” she wrote Tuesday in …
Lily Gladstone, left, and Isabel Deroy-Olson pose for a portrait to promote the film "Fancy Dance" on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

‘Fancy Dance’ with Lily Gladstone balances heartbreak, humor in story of a missing Indigenous woman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lily Gladstone knows the gravity stories about what she calls the “epidemic” of missing and murdered Indigenous people have. But she also values humor in telling those …
FILE - Justin Timberlake arrives at the 2022 Children's Hospital Los Angeles Gala, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif. A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that singer Justin Timberlake has been arrested and is accused of driving while intoxicated on New York's Long Island. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Justin Timberlake arrested: What you need to know about the pop star

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake was arrested early Tuesday and is accused of driving while intoxicated on New York’s Long Island. He was released and his next court date is scheduled for July …