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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

2 suspects arrested in shooting death of man in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested in Nevada and Arkansas in the fatal shooting of a man in a Scottsdale hotel parking lot, according to authorities. Scottsdale police …
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Arizona bill would OK guns on college campuses

PHOENIX — Insisting it will make students safer, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to let anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon bring it on to university and college …

Republicans on Senate panel OK guns on college campuses

PHOENIX (AP) — The seemingly never-ending fight between Arizona gun rights advocates who want students to be able to carry guns and colleges and universities that opposes allowing firearms on …
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Panel approves gender-of-birth sports rule

PHOENIX — Rejecting pleas from parents of transgender children, a Senate panel voted Thursday to limit their participation in public or private school sports to the biological sex of their …

Arizona man accused in Oath Keepers plot jailed until trial

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of coordinating teams that were on standby to deliver guns to members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot …
First responders
Two people have been arrested by Scottsdale Police Department for the reported death of Ilya “Mike” Shimonov earlier this month, officials say. Shimonov was reportedly shot on Jan. 3, …
Mesa police used a net grappler on the front of a truck to catch a moving vehicle and arrest a suspect accused of firing a handgun at a home. At around 8:43 a.m. Jan. 18, Mesa police responded to …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Jan. 13-20: Theft of property reported at 11:22 a.m. Jan. 13 in the 6700 block of East Flynn …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Larger population means better roads, new places to eat and shop

As many hopefully know, I am quite active on social media and work hard at engaging the public through civil discussion and educational moments as one of your elected representatives and as a …

Przybylski: What voter suppression do you mean?

So much is being said about the right to vote. The part that is of concern to me is the specifics. I am not aware of any individual or group that is being denied the right to vote.

Shinkoskey: Biden, Romney are just ‘Christian Lite’

Both Pres. Biden and Sen. Romney are activated by an understanding of religion that might best be described as “Christianity Lite.” They feel called to seek unity, never be judgmental, be a loving neighbor to all, and take a soft-shoe approach to knotty public problems.

Breen: Our American voting rights must be protected

Voting rights? I’m puzzled. Why should there be any issue re: the right of all U.S. citizens to be able to vote? Or why make it more difficult for any U.S. citizen to vote?

Goncalves: Voter legislation, elections up to states

I am so sick and tired of hearing the Democrats claim that there is “voter suppression” in this country! I would like them to publish the names of anyone who has been denied the right to vote if they are a citizen of the U.S. and have proper ID. They talk about the minorities not having ID. What an insult to them!
More sports

Red Sox slugger Ortiz on track for baseball hall election

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Big Papi appears headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- no last-minute walk-off needed. The Red Sox slugger looks to be on track for induction in Cooperstown this …

Bills head to KC for AFC title game rematch against Chiefs

BUFFALO (11-6) at KANSAS CITY (12-5) Sunday, 6:30 p.m. EST, CBS BETTING LINE: Chiefs by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Buffalo 10-6-2; Kansas City 9-9. …

Clark sets triple-double record, No. 25 Iowa routs Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Iowa's Caitlin Clark posted her second straight 30-point triple-double, setting a Division I basketball record for men or women, and the No. 25 Hawkeyes rolled to a 105-49 …

Brady, SB champs aim to avenge regular-season losses to Rams

L.A. RAMS (13-5) at TAMPA BAY (14-4) Sunday, 3 p.m. EST, NBC BETTING LINE: Buccaneers by 3, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Rams 9-9, Buccaneers 10-8. SERIES …

La Salle coach raises awareness for daughter with leukemia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Emily MacGillivray treated her house like an obstacle course. The toddler, a tornado of energy, could be found after a scamper sitting on counter tops. “We never had a kid …

NBA at 75: Wilkins soared in 1980s, often felt unappreciated

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, the “Human Highlight Film," played his college basketball at Georgia and is best known from his NBA days as the biggest star that the Atlanta …
Most recent
Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without …

Texas synagogue hostage-taker killed by multiple gun shots

New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

Nation

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

NEW YORK (AP) — Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots. They are the …

Open hearing sought on trial evidence in Floyd's killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights charges in George Floyd’s killing asked the judge to open at least parts of a hearing …

Asian shares slide after more losses on Wall Street

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in Asia on Friday after a late afternoon sell-off wiped out gains for stocks on Wall Street. Tokyo fell 0.9% after Toyota Motor Corp. announced production cuts …

The 18 jurors picked for federal trial over Floyd's killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eighteen people were picked to hear the federal case against three former Minneapolis officers who are charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights during the May 2020 …

Column: 'Games must go on' spiel grows weaker by the day

The Olympic Charter runs 112 pages and reads like something Gwyneth Paltrow would have written if she were in charge of the Games instead of Goop. “The goal of Olympism,” the charter reads, …
World

Red Cross: Yemen prison airstrike killed, injured over 100

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike targeting a prison run by Yemen's Houthi rebels killed and wounded over 100 detainees on Friday, rescuers said, part of a pounding aerial …

Latin America, Asia, latest to get hit with omicron surge

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is …

Russia hits all-time high of new infections, blames omicron

MOSCOW (AP) — Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high Friday and authorities blamed the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the …

EU nations urge stronger borders to ease migration pressures

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Ministers from European Union nations under pressure from unauthorized border crossings asked Friday for more action to strengthen and protect the bloc’s external …

Nigeria extremists still ‘very dangerous,’ says UN official

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic extremist insurgency in northeast Nigeria is a “very, very dangerous (and) very threatening” crisis that needs more than $1 billion in aid in 2022 to assist …
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Business

Think your home value is soaring? Talk to a farmer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer Jeff Frank doesn’t feel rich, but simply based on the skyrocketing value of his land in northwest Iowa, it’s an apt way to …

Intel building $20B Ohio chip facility amid global shortage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Intel will invest $20 billion in a new computer chip facility in Ohio amid a global shortage of microprocessors used in everything from phones and cars to video games. …

China criticizes US missile sanctions as hypocrisy

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology, and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling …

Chevron, Total exit Myanmar over deteriorating human rights

PARIS (AP) — TotalEnergies and Chevron, two of the world's largest energy conglomerates, said Friday they were stopping all operations in Myanmar, citing rampant human rights abuses and …

Neighbors

Shannon Faulkner of Gold Canyon graduates from University of Iowa

Shannon Faulkner of Gold Canyon was among the nearly 1,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students conferred their degrees in December at the University of Iowa. Faulkner was a student …

Mesa invites local students to learn about city history

To encourage young students to learn more about their city’s past, the Mesa Historic Preservation Board is sponsoring a historical fiction writing contest. The competition is open to all …

Former World War II POW Dean E. Lange of Mesa dies

Dean E. Lange, 98, who retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force — formerly of Fairmont, North Dakota, and Denver, Colorado — passed away Jan. 14, 2022, at his home in Mesa with his wife, …

Meet the Girl Scout: Ella Hamer

Meet Ella Hamer, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Scottsdale. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Things to do

Glendale to host Supercross’ next round

Football gives way to Supercross at State Farm Stadium in Glendale next month.

The Fitzgeralds perform in Gold Canyon in March

The Fitzgeralds — Canadian fiddlers and dancers — perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. From …

The Brothers Four perform in Gold Canyon in February

The Brothers Four perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. As they celebrate more than 60 years of performing and …

Register for Mesa parks and recreation programs

Although cooler weather prevails right now, spring will be here soon. Registration is underway for Mesa residents for the city of Mesa’s Parks and Recreation spring programs. Registration …

Obituaries & Memorials

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …

Charlotte Lape Byrne

Charlotte passed away on January 7, 2022. Charlotte and her identical twin Marcia were born in Evanston, Illinois to William Edward Lape and Verna Love Lape on October 16, 1920. Charlotte weighed …

Marie Lampert

Marie Margarete Bartolain Lampert, 96, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by daughter, …

Robert Gottfred "Fred" Loose

Robert Gottfred “Fred” Loose, passed away on October 20, 2021. Fred was born in Denver, CO and grew up in Fort Morgan. After graduating from Fort Morgan High School, he attended Otero Junior …
Entertainment
This cover image released by Red House shows "Ghost Stories" by The Whitmore Sisters. (Red House via AP)

Review: Whitmores’ sisterly sonorities shine on duo debut

“Ghost Stories,” The Whitmore Sisters (Red House Records) Sibling harmony can be a contradiction in terms. It also makes for lovely music, and that’s the case here. The sisterly …
FILE - Singer Adele performs onstage at the Brit Awards 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.  Adele has postponed a 24-date Las Vegas residency hours before it was to start, citing delivery delays and coronavirus illness in her crew. The chart-topping British singer said she was “gutted” and promised to reschedule the shows. In a video message posted on social media, a tearful Adele said: “I’m so sorry but my show ain’t ready.” (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

Adele postpones Las Vegas residency, citing pandemic impact

LONDON (AP) — Adele has postponed a 24-date Las Vegas residency hours before it was to start, citing delivery delays and coronavirus illness in her crew. The chart-topping British singer said …
This image released by Gravitas shows Pierce Brosnan, left, and Kaya Scodelario in a scene from "The King's Daughter." (Gravitas via AP)

Review: 'The King's Daughter' is truly a royal, watery mess

Once upon a time there was a film that didn't know what it was. A romantic comedy? Perhaps. A period drama? A fairy tale? A tween fantasy mixed with royal intrigue? No matter. Producers threw a lot …
FILE - Christina Aguilera performs at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Ruben Blades in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, 2021. Aguilera's Spanish-Language EP "La Fuerza" releases on Friday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Q&A: Aguilera picks up Spanish full force with "LA FUERZA"

NEW YORK (AP) — Christina Aguilera doesn't pick up exactly where she left 22 years ago with her Latin Grammy winning Spanish album “Mi Reflejo.” The superstar singer comes full force as a …
This cover image shows "Delta Man," an independent release by Bobby Allison and Gerry Spehar. (LCMedia via AP)

Review: ‘Delta Man’ spotlights Allison-Spehar partnership

“Delta Man,” Bobby Allison and Gerry Spehar (Independent) The new album by longtime songwriting collaborators Bobby Allison and Gerry Spehar includes an exuberant self-assessment on “Bubba …