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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 …

Forecasters: Above-normal wildfire threat on tap for Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Drought conditions spanning all of Arizona are contributing to projections for above-normal wildfire threats this spring and summer, the National Weather Service …

Navajo Nation reports 12 virus cases, 1 death on Friday

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Friday reported 12 additional COVID-19 cases and one death from the virus. In all, the tribe has reported nearly 30,000 confirmed cases and 1,195 …

Arizona finds death penalty drug after hiatus in executions

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has finally obtained a lethal injection drug and is ready to resume executions after the difficulty of finding such drugs led to a nearly seven-year hiatus in carrying out …

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 …
First responders
PHOENIX (AP) — A man suspected of robbing six banks in Arizona has been arrested, according to the FBI. FBI Phoenix Field Office officials said 40-year-old Jeffrey Patterson was arrested Tuesday …
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:
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Patrons watch simulcast horse racing at Turf Paradise Jan. 29, 2016, in Phoenix.

Fales: Historic horse racing could be a winner for Arizona

There has been a lot of recent attention on the expansion of gaming through sports betting and other mechanisms. I am genuinely concerned that in this rush to expand gaming, our leaders are …

Marks: Protect Arizona’s short-term rentals

Responsible tourism is critical to our state’s economy, and in the wake of COVID-19, we can’t afford to enact policies that would cripple recovery efforts. But Rep. Kavanagh has proposed …

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 …
More sports

Arizona plays Minnesota, looks to end home skid

Minnesota Wild (13-7-1, fourth in the West Division) vs. Arizona Coyotes (10-10-3, fifth in the West Division) Glendale, Arizona; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Arizona hosts Minnesota …

At the NBA All-Star Game, HBCUs will take center stage

Mo Williams played for the Eastern Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, and he fully understands the enormity of the event’s platform. His team lost that game. His current team — and a …

SANTA CLARA 81, PACIFIC 76

Percentages: FG .554, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (G.Williams 2-3, Justice 2-4, Mitchell 1-1, J.Williams 1-3, Vrankic 1-3, Caruso 0-1). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: None. Blocked …

No. 9 UCLA 58, No. 11 Arizona 49

Percentages: FG 32.727, FT .826. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Corsaro 1-1, Osborne 1-6, Darius 1-1, Bessoir 0-3) Blocked Shots: 3 (Corsaro 1, Osborne 1, Bessoir 1) Turnovers: 13 (Osborne 4, …
Nation

Pope to visit Iraq church damaged by IS militants

The scenes are seared in the memory of the Rev. Ammar Altony Yako: A church that for decades has been the pride of the town of Qaraqosh, a center for Christian life in Iraq, stood badly …

Shiite powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today's Iraq

One highlight of Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq is his meeting Saturday with a revered religious leader for Shiite Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Francis has spent years trying to …

Students at Brigham Young make rainbow light display on 'Y'

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Students at Brigham Young University illuminated the letter “Y” on a mountain overlooking the Provo campus on Thursday with rainbow colors in a display meant to send a …

Police investigate pepper spraying of mother near toddler

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on a woman suspected of shoplifting who tried to escape with her 3-year-old child …

US to open more beds for immigrant children as numbers rise

HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is instructing long-term facilities that hold immigrant children to lift capacity restrictions enacted during the coronavirus pandemic to open up …
World

Diplomats: UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need …

Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after the U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell …

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 …

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 …
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Business

Yellen says Congress needs to 'go big' for relief package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Friday that despite the strong job gains last month, Congress still needs to “go big” by passing President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion …

SEC suing AT&T for telling analysts nonpublic information

The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing AT&T and three of its investor relations executives for telling Wall Street analysts about the telecom giant's sales data before it released quarterly …

Dems draw on civil rights history to push Amazon union vote

BESSEMER, Alabama (AP) — Some Democratic members of Congress and national union leaders on Friday sought to rustle up support for unionizing a massive Amazon facility outside Birmingham, comparing …

Boeing CEO waived pay but got compensation worth $21 million

Boeing CEO David Calhoun declined a salary and performance bonus for most of last year but still received stock benefits that pushed the estimated value of his compensation to more than $21 million, …

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 …