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Seniors get vaccine assist from local groups

Complex websites and a lack of computer savviness have forced some seniors to wonder how to snatch up a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. But a few Valley organizations are looking to change that.The …

Busloads of asylum seekers arriving in Tucson amid pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Busloads of asylum seekers have started to arrive in Tucson, Arizona, for the first time since President Joe Biden began reversing border policies implemented by former …

Arizona National Guard adjutant general to retire in April

PHOENIX (AP) — Maj. Gen.. Michael T. McGuire, adjutant general of the Arizona National Guard, plans to retire on April 10, capping a 34-year military career that included helping direct the state's …

Arizona reports 2,276 additional COVID-19 cases, 84 deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported 84 COVID-19 deaths along with 2,276 additional confirmed cases, a number nearly double the state's latest rolling average of daily new cases. The latest …
Government

Arizona legislators back new measures to restrict initiatives

PHOENIX — Republican lawmakers acted Thursday to erect two new hurdles in the path of individuals and groups seeking to craft their own laws. With only Republicans in support, the House …
First responders
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Feb. 25-March 4:
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from Feb. 25-March 4:
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A body believed to be that of a Kentucky man previously reported missing at Grand Canyon National Park was found along with a motorcycle inside the canyon, …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Williams: Teacher's perspective as Scottsdale Schools plans full re-open

If anything has shaped a theme for this school year, aside from the obvious of teaching and keeping school safe in a pandemic, it’s the phrase “the only constant is change.” All …

Hunter: Response to Hildebrand's short-term rental opinion

Mr. Hildebrand: What can I say but “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The willful ignorance on the part of the short-term rental industry about the very real …

Zoukis: What Biden can do about reducing repeat offenders

When the U.S. government initiated efforts in 2018 to reduce recidivism in federal prisons, the aim was to end the cycle that makes many inmates repeat offenders. To achieve that goal, inmates would …

Kampert: Who are the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters?

A lot have been written about both organizations, most of it wrong. Let’s start with the Oath Keepers. If you believe the media, they are a “right-wing, white supremacist, anti-government …

Mason: Short-term rental industry is in trouble

The STR industry is in trouble. People are rising up to save their neighborhoods and are demanding meaningful restrictions on STRs. State and local governments are responding to peoples’ …
More sports

VCU 73, DAYTON 68

Percentages: FG .407, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 10-26, .385 (Crutcher 4-7, Brea 2-4, Watson 2-5, Amzil 1-4, Chatman 1-4, Blakney 0-1, Nwokeji 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 3. Blocked …

Spanish Results

MADRID (AP) - Results from Spanish football:

E. WASHINGTON 75, IDAHO ST. 62

Percentages: FG .328, FT .762. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (Ford 3-8, Carr 1-4, Smellie 1-4, Cool 1-6, Karstetter 0-1, Parker 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked Shots: 1 …

NHL players voice support for launching women's pro league

Jason Spezza would have jumped at the opportunity to voice his support for women’s hockey even if he didn’t have four daughters growing up at home. The veteran Maple Leafs forward was a big …
Most recent
Mobile orchestra tries to bring cheer to Venezuelan streets

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela (AP) — Orchestra music envelops the streets of a Venezuelan city every time a truck carrying musicians has made its way through traffic for the past year, capturing the …

Boeing CEO waived pay but got compensation worth $21 million

Syracuse 68, Florida St. 67

German Results

German Summaries

Nation

Journal's 'appalling' racism podcast, tweet prompt outcry

A prominent medical journal’s provocative tweet was meant to prompt interest in a podcast on racism. Instead, the Twitter post and the podcast stoked backlash and admonishment from the doctors' …

St. Louis-area mom, 2 children killed; baby taken, but safe

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis-area man fatally shot his estranged wife and two of her children before fleeing with the couple's baby, who was later found safe, and then killed himself hours later on …

Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice

More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn’t do. The Biden …

Swelling after COVID-19 shots may cause cancer false alarms

Getting a mammogram or other cancer check soon after a COVID-19 vaccination? Be sure to tell the doctor about the shot to avoid false alarm over a temporary side effect. That's the advice from …

3rd-degree murder count could be reinstated in Floyd's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s …
World

WHO head wants virus vaccine patents waived to boost supply

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Friday for patent rights to be waived until the end of the coronavirus pandemic so that vaccine supplies can be dramatically …

UK says vaccine shipment from India won't hurt poor nations

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s vaccines minister on Friday dismissed suggestions that the country was getting key COVID-19 jabs intended for poorer countries, insisting that 10 million doses coming from …

First oak trees selected to replace Notre Dame's spire

PARIS (AP) — The first eight oak trees destined to replace the destroyed spire of Paris' scorched Notre Dame cathedral have been selected from the Bercé forest in the French Loire region, church …

Meghan: talk with Oprah without royals' input 'liberating'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex has described to Oprah Winfrey how “liberating” it was to have a conversation - let alone a sit-down interview - with the television host …

No winners: UK waits for Harry, Meghan's take on royal split

LONDON (AP) — The timing couldn’t be worse for Harry and Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will finally get the chance to tell the story behind their departure from royal duties directly …
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Business

Credit card borrowing falls to lowest in level in 4 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing by Americans fell in January for the first time in five months, as the use of credit cards fell to the lowest level in four years, offsetting gains in auto loans and …

New York cinemas reopen, brightening outlook for theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — After growing cobwebs for nearly a year, movie theaters in New York City reopen Friday, returning film titles to Manhattan marquees that had for the last 12 months instead read …

Exam finds multiple cracks in part of United jet's engine

Microscopic examination supports early suspicions that wear and tear caused a fan blade to snap inside one engine of a United Airlines plane that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff last …

Alaska Native group, Neiman Marcus settle lawsuit over coat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native cultural organization and the luxury department store Nieman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over the sale of a coat with a copyrighted, geometric design …

Neighbors

Leo Lew appointed county manager for Pinal County

Interim County Manager Leo Lew was appointed permanent county manager for Pinal County at a recent board of supervisors meeting. Mr. Lew has been interim county manager since Louis Andersen left …

New recording studio opens in West Valley

K.J. Nelson was already making music for himself. Friends also ask him to mix their work.

Meet Your Neighbor: Lawrence balances legal, gymnastics work

Meet Maria Lawrence, a Phoenix proprietor who is co-owner of a gymnastics facility as well as an attorney.  Name: Maria Lawrence Age (optional): 53 Occupation: Attorney & Co-Owner …

Scottsdale singers remain committed to supporting youth musicians

The Scottsdale-based Upscale Singers are still performing — just not in person this spring — but their commitment to musical opportunities for youth hasn’t changed. While …

Things to do

Zao Theatre presents ‘The Sound of Music’ March 26-April 17

The Sound of Music will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, March 26-April 17 at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction. It will be filled with a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb …

Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello, perform online March 18

Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of the Performing Live series, Duo Parnas, rising stars of violin and cello will be in an online event at 7:30 p.m. March 18. Purchase tickets for $10 …

‘Superstition Sleepover’ March 20-21 at Prospector Park

The weather is warming up, so what better place to be than outside enjoying the great outdoors? Join the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department as it hosts the annual 2021 Superstition …

Alton Brown at Mesa Arts Center Nov. 11

Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown will bring “Alton Brown Live – Beyond The Eats” to the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., on Thursday, Nov. …

Entertainment

Judge: Paper must run Page 1 statement on Meghan's legal win

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has ordered the Mail on Sunday to publish a front-page statement highlighting the Duchess of Sussex’s legal victory over the newspaper for breaching her copyright by …
Hip Hop artist Nas performs before the NBA All-Star basketball game in New York on Feb. 15, 2015, left, and Lil Baby performs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 23, 2019. Lil Baby has blazed the Billboard charts, but Grammy voters gave the young hip-hop star the cold shoulder in the best rap album category, instead, surprisingly nominating the genre’s more matured voices like Nas. (AP Photos by Frank Franklin II, left, and Chris Pizzello)

Old vs. new school: the best rap album debate at the Grammys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby have blazed the Billboard charts, but Grammy voters gave the young hip-hop stars the cold shoulder in the best rap album …
Police officers stand outside the main entrance of St Bartholomew's Hospital where Britain's Prince Philip is being treated in London, Friday, March 5, 2021. Buckingham Palace says Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure in a London hospital. The palace says the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, "underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital." (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Prince Philip transferred back to private hospital

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has been transferred from a specialist cardiac hospital to a private facility to continue his recovery after a heart procedure, Buckingham Palace said Friday. The …
This combination photo shows Spike Lee, from left, during the 58th New York Film Festival on Oct. 3, 2020, in New York, author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Gala on May 22, 2018, in New York, U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo at the Governors Awards on Oct. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles, Wynton Marsalis during at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 28, 2019 and artist Betye Saar at the LACMA Art and Film Gala on Nov. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. For the first time since 1908, the American Academy of Arts and Letters is expanding its core membership to 300 within the next five years, and this year’s 33 inductees are the largest and most diverse group in recent memory, including Lee, Coates, Harpo, Marsalis and Saar. (AP Photo)

American Academy of Arts and Letters expands, diversifies

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century. For the first …
Police officers stand outside the occupied iconic Odeon theater, Friday, March 5, 2021 in Paris. Out-of-work French culture and tourism workers have occupied the theater on Paris' Left Bank to demand more government support after a year of pandemic that has devastated their livelihoods. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Jobless French culture workers occupy theater to demand aid

PARIS (AP) — Out-of-work French culture and tourism workers are occupying an iconic theater on Paris’ Left Bank to demand more government support after a year of pandemic that has devastated …