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A Thai court sentences an opposition lawmaker to 2 years in prison for defaming the monarchy

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Monday sentenced a lawmaker from a progressive opposition party to two years in prison after finding her guilty of defaming the monarchy in a speech she made during a …

South Africa's election could bring the biggest political shift since it became a democracy in 1994

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africans will vote Wednesday to decide whether their country will take its most significant political step since the moment 30 years ago when it brought down …

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

Generations of American families have grown up not knowing exactly what happened to their loved ones who died while serving their country in World War II and other conflicts. But a federal lab tucked …
Valley & State
DEVELOPMENT

Mixed-use, transit-oriented Phoenix project progresses

Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project, recently conducted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower. Phoenix officials stated in a release the event …
ON TOUR

Junior H and his $AD Boyz Mania Tour coming to Phoenix

Urban Mexican music artist Junior H will bring his $AD Boyz Mania Tour to Phoenix.
valley business

Chandler nursing / rehab center hires new director

Desert Cove Nursing Center, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, recently welcomed Todd Corless as its new executive director. Corless has almost 30 years of experience working as an …

3 people dead after wrong-way crash involving 2 vehicles east of Phoenix; drivers survive

Authorities say three people have died in a wrong-way crash involving two vehicles east of Phoenix. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say the head-on crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. …
POLICE

Brothers arrested as suspects in deadly April 1 car fire

Two brothers have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found following a car fire, Phoenix police said. Jose Lomeli, 40, was charged with second-degree murder in …
MUNICIPAL FINANCE

Chandler Council approves $1.629B budget

Chandler’s fiscal 2025 budget is set. The Chandler City Council unanimously voted May 23 to tentatively adopt a $1.629 billion budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. …
MUNICIPAL SERVICES

A.J. Chandler Park’s expensive future addressed

​Why is there $10 million listed in a fiscal 2026 city of Chandler capital improvement plan for A.J. Chandler Park? That’s precisely what the Chandler City Council sat down to discuss at …

Bear shot dead by Arizona game officers after swipe attack on teen in mountain cabin

Arizona state wildlife officials say a black bear was shot and killed by fish and game officers after it entered a home through an open door and injured a teenager in a mountain community near the …
GROUNDBREAKING

Upgrades begin at United Cerebral Palsy of Central AZ N. Phoenix campus

A $250,000 grant is allowing United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona to undertake outdoor renovations at its Laura Dozer campus in north Phoenix. A recent groundbreaking signified the beginning …

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Opinions with Civility
It might be the most significant public policy challenge in the United States with the most straightforward answer.
Gov. Katie Hobbs said Thursday she has no solution to the problem of available housing being converted into vacation rentals.
I enjoyed and appreciated your profile of an outstanding judge in our municipal court, Steven Cohen.
In reply to the letter by Patricia Casey in the May 22 issue, I am very disappointed that someone in Sun City West is so dishonest.
Technology has changed, and keeps changing, but no one changed the babies, young children, teens and adults. They all still need the same tender loving care they always did. There is nothing …
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Local sports
USL Championship

Rising falls 2-1 to Indy Eleven

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Phoenix Rising FC (4-5-3) dropped a 2-1 decision to Indy Eleven on Saturday afternoon at IU Michael A. Carroll Soccer Stadium.

Tommy Splaine's single in 9th gives Arizona 4-3 win over USC in Pac-12 title game

Tommy Splaine lined a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Arizona rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Southern California 4-3 in the Pac-12 baseball tournament championship …

Pac-12 goes dark: conference baseball tournament marks end of an era

Waves of fans streamed into Scottsdale Stadium an hour before the start to see the Pac-12 baseball championship game. They got a dose of history with it. With Arizona and Southern California atop the …
National sports
Reports in Japan are saying vehicle manufacturer Toyota will end its massive sponsorship deal with the International Olympic Committee after this year’s Paris Olympics. Toyota has a contract …
Texas beat No. 16 seed Texas A&M 6-5 to win the Austin Super Regional and advance to the Women's College World Series. The top-seeded Longhorns lost the opener Friday, then kept their season alive by …
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving scored 33 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks made all the big plays late again, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference …
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Valley business

Scottsdale based distillery’s gin receives gold medal

Scottsdale based One Handsome Bastard distillery received a gold medal for its Blue Clover gin at New York contest.

The Fifty Best, a digital guide for wines and spirits, evaluated 22 contenders for the annual “Best Gin” award, selecting Blue Clover Gin from old Town Scottsdale’s One Handsome …

Slick City action park slides into Peoria

Slick City Action Park will open in Peoria in June.

Slick City action park – an indoor dry-slide and air court park designed for all ages – is excited to announce its new location in Peoria, 7586 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite 100, according to a news release.

Antiques abound at west Chandler vendor boutique

Mollie Leone, left, and her husband opened Momo’s Mercantile boutique last fall, where daughter Ali Leone, right, is one of about two dozen vendors.

When Mollie Leone was looking for a place to set down permanent roots for her vendor boutique Momo’s Mercantile, west Chandler seemed like the logical place to do so. Hours and days, on …

The Maggiore Group opens sixth restaurant, the Italiano

The Italiano, will be the six restaurant opened by the Maggiore Group. It will feature dishes from all over Italy.

The Maggiore Group is opening the Italiano restaurant. Lead by Chef Joey Maggiore, The Italiano located at 9301 E. Shea Blvd. in Scottdale, will be the group’s sixth concept introduced to …

Neighbors

The Saguaros Raise $775K for children’s charities at 2024 Olympiad

The Saguaro’s raised more than $775,000 for children’s charities during their 2024 Olympiad at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Saguaros’ annual Olympiad event, held April 19, 2024, at Scottsdale Stadium, brought together around 700 real estate professionals to celebrate the culmination of months of fundraising. And …

Glendale grad walks across stage, 3 months after debilitating car crash

Jett Weinstein was one of 650-some Mountain Ridge High School graduates Thursday in Glendale.

Even inside State Farm Stadium – home to Super Bowls and other megaevents – a few footsteps brought down the house.

Jordin Sparks, raised in Glendale, will sing National Anthem before Indy 500

Jordin Sparks, seen performing the National Anthem before the Indy 500 on May 24, 2015, will again sing the National Anthem before the big race on May 26.

Grammy-nominated Jordin Sparks will sing the National Anthem before the 108th running of the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend.

Miss Arizona set for next chapter in life

Miss Arizona Tiffany Ticlo, who was previously Miss Scottsdale, graduated from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering with a degree in computer science and is starting a career as a solutions analyst with Deloitte. She will also be handing her crown over to the new Miss Arizona in June.

Miss Arizona 2023 Tiffany Ticlo (Formerly Miss Scottsdale) graduated suma cum Laude this month with a 3.9 GPA from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU with a degree in computer science …

Things to do

Juneteenth celebration coming to Glendale

A Glendale event will celebrate what has come over the generations to be known as the oldest African-American holiday.

The Marías will bring summer tour to Phoenix

The Marías arrive at Billboard Power 100 on Jan. 31, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Grammy-nominated band The Marías announced that their anticipated The Submarine Tour will include a Phoenix stop.

Grammy winner Lucky Daye to bring summer tour to Phoenix

Lucky Daye performs at All Points East Festival on Aug. 18, 2023, in London.

Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Lucky Daye will bring his summer tour to Phoenix.

Danny Ocean to bring new tour to Phoenix

Danny Ocean performs during the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Laura Pausini in Seville, Spain, on Nov. 15, 2023.

Latin music star Danny Ocean will bring his anticipated North American Reflexa Tour to downtown Phoenix.

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Obituaries & Memorials

Don Edward Logan

Don E. Logan passed away May 15, 2024. For full obituary, visit www.messingermortuary.com

Evelyn Eunice Ammeson (Jacobsen)

Evelyn Ammeson died peacefully Sunday, May 19, at home in Sun City surrounded by family. She was 94 years old. Her last days were full of anticipation and longing to be with her Savior Jesus, whom …

Larry Duane Lindquist

On April 30, 2024, Larry Duane Lindquist passed away from this life surrounded by wife and children at the Banner Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. His departure comes as a great shock and a deep wound …

Keith Vernon Cunningham

Keith Vernon Cunningham, 88, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2024. He was born to the late Hugh Wilson and Vera Maureen (Windell) Cunningham in Corydon, Indiana on September …

Gerald Wayne Helmich

Gerald W. Helmich, 81, passed away in his sleep after a short illness the morning of May 12, 2024 in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in East St. Louis, IL on April 28, 1943 to Orville and Emma (Detchman) …
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Nation

Russian POWs get to make phone calls home. Ukrainians don't. A growing movement wants that to change

For hundreds of Russian soldiers taken prisoner, phone calls home can offer a bit of comfort and hope. It's a lifeline unavailable to Ukrainian POWs, whose families have gone without hearing their …

Nigeria is emerging as a critical mineral hub. The government is cracking down on illegal operations

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's government is cracking down on illegal mining, making dozens of arrests of unlicensed miners since April for allegedly stealing the country’s lithium, a critical …

Man throws flaming liquid on New York City subway, burns fellow rider

NEW YORK (AP) — A man set a cup of liquid on fire and tossed it at a fellow subway rider in New York City, setting the victim's shirt ablaze and injuring him. The random attack happened on a …

California evangelical seminary ponders changes that would make it more welcoming to LGBTQ students

An evangelical seminary in Pasadena, California, is considering revisions to its sexual standards. According to a draft of those changes obtained by The Associated Press, these changes could mean …

In one North Carolina county, it's 'growth, growth, growth.' But will Biden reap the benefit?

SILER CITY, N.C. (AP) — At the epicenter of President Joe Biden’s promised economic boom, a slow tractor can still halt traffic. Just 81,000 people live in rural Chatham County, North …
World

China has threatened trade with some countries after feuds. They're calling 'the firm' for help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business is good at “the firm.” The eight-person team at the State Department is leading Washington's efforts to ease the economic blowback for countries targeted by …

France to lift state of emergency in efforts to allow political dialogue in riot-hit New Caledonia

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron decided Monday to lift the state of emergency in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia in a move meant to allow political dialogue following …

North Korea informs Japan of a plan to launch satellite

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan said Monday that North Korea has informed it of a plan to launch a satellite by June 3, an apparent effort to put its second military spy satellite into orbit. …

Putin arrives in Uzbekistan on the 3rd foreign trip of his new term

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Sunday in the capital of Uzbekistan where he is to hold talks with President Shavkay Mirziyoyev that are expected to focus on deepening the …

4 people killed and over 30 injured after a bus and a cargo train collide in Peru

LA OROYA, Peru (AP) — Four people were killed and more than 30 others were injured after a passenger bus and a cargo train collided Sunday in central Peru, the country's national police said. …
Entertainment
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Anya Taylor-Joy in a scene from "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

‘Furiosa,’ ‘Garfield’ lead slowest Memorial Day box office in decades

The box office is cruising for a two-decade low. “Furiosa,” the Mad Max prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, claimed the first place spot for Friday-Saturday-Sunday with $25.6 …
Spectators watch from boats a film projected on a screen set up on a wooden structure during the Muyuna Floating Film Festival, that celebrares tropical forests, in the Belen neighborhood of Iquitos, Peru, Saturday, May 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Indigenous community in the heart of Peru's Amazon hosts film festival celebrating tropical forests

BELÉN, Peru (AP) — In the heart of Peru’s Amazon region, a poor Indigenous community put aside the trials and tribulations of everyday life and celebrated an international film festival with …
FILE - Mickey Mouse, from left, Elizabeth Gluck, Richard M. Sherman and Minnie Mouse pose for a photo at the ceremony honoring the Sherman Brothers with the rename of Disney Studios Soundstage A at the world premiere of Disney's "Christopher Robin" at the Walt Disney Studios, July 30, 2018, in Burbank, Calif. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning classic Disney tunes, died Saturday, May 25, 2024. He was 95. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Richard M. Sherman, who fueled Disney charm in 'Mary Poppins' and 'It's a Small World,' dies at 95

Richard M. Sherman, one half of the prolific, award-winning pair of brothers who helped form millions of childhoods by penning classic Disney tunes, has died. He was 95. Sherman, along with his late …
Clowns march celebrating The Day of the Peruvian Clown, in downtown Lima, Peru, Saturday, May 25, 2024. Professional clowns gather annually on this date to honor the beloved clown "Tony Perejil" who died on May 25, 1987 and was known as "the clown of the poor" because he performed in low-income neighborhoods to which he would donate a portion of his earnings. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Hundreds in Peru mark Clown Day in hopes of getting the holiday official recognition

LIMA, Peru (AP) — With their unmistakable red noses, extravagant shoes, colorful outfits and unique makeup, hundreds of clowns Saturday gathered in the streets of Peru’s capital to mark Clown …
From left, cast members Kenzo Lee, Lillian Mimi McKenzie, Kaitlyn Tanimoto, Victoria Rani, and Kimberly Green perform in "What Do I Do With All This Heritage?" on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Los Angeles. The show offers more than 14 true stories of Asian American Jews. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Theater show spotlights the stories of those who are Asian American and Jewish

A first-ever theater show to explore the lives of Asian American Jews tells 14 stories of people ranging in age from 12 to 75. This production is titled “What Do I Do with All This Heritage?” …