Your nonpartisan digital daily news source
E-edition

E-edition

Read the latest print edition here.


View this issue

Browse other issues

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video

Your Valley Daily News

Register for our free newsletter

DON'T MISS A BEAT: Simply submit your e-mail address below, click on the opt-in email link and watch your inbox for news from the Daily Independent at YourValley.net. Thank you for reading!

NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Gunman in Arizona train shooting faced charges in California

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A man who died in an Oct. 4 gunfight with law enforcement officers after fatally shooting a federal agent inside an Amtrak train in Arizona faced multiple criminal charges in …

Arizona reports 1,991 additional COVID cases, 47 more deaths

Phoenix (AP) — Arizona on Wednesday reported 1,991 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 47 more deaths as virus-related hospitalizations increased. The state's pandemic totals increased to …

Teenage boy arrested in connection with homicide in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A teenager has been arrested in connection with a homicide case in Phoenix, according to police. Police said the 17-year-old boy was booked into the Juvenile Corrections Center on …

Ruling: Agency must identify workers to be used as witnesses

PHOENIX (AP) — An appellate court has ruled that federal officials don't have to identify all the employees of an Arizona company who provided information in a Fair Labor Standards Act case but …

Tucson employees face firing if they don't get vaccinated

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to require that all city employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 1 or face getting fired. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and …
First responders
The Mesa Police Department took reports of thefts Oct. 8-13: Theft from a building, assault, domestic violence, disorderly conduct at a residence/home Oct. 9 in the 800 block of West Southern …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of sex offenses Oct. 7-13: Sexual assault, reported at 4:18 a.m. Oct. 9 in the 2900 block of West Windsong Street. Sexual …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took reports of a driving under the influence of alcohol and other incidents in Gold Canyon Oct. 7-13: Driving under the influence of alcohol, reported at …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Lamber: Halloween — it's the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians

According to AAA and the NHTSA, Halloween is the single deadliest day of the year for child pedestrians. They are three times more likely to be struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day. Contributing factors include kids on the roads, costumes that do not reflect light, distracted driving, impaired driving and inadequate supervision, among other factors.

Ward: We are a new voice for Arizona education advocacy

For too long, school board members in Arizona have been left without a choice. While each board is all but required to join a school board association, they’ve been forced to rely on the …

Griffiths: Sen. Sinema should support Freedom to Vote Act

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has never been afraid to take on tough fights in the name of freedom and equality. I first met Sen. Sinema in 2008 when she led the campaign for marriage equality. I saw her …

Hague: Need something done? Better ask a woman

Sara was a pretty good student at Florida State with a dream of becoming an attorney ... until she took the dreaded LSAT to determine her aptitude for law school. To her dismay, she absolutely bombed it.

Question of the Day: What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume?

This year, Halloween falls on Sunday. The observance of All Hallow's Eve is traditionally celebrated with costumes, parties and trick-or-treating and has been popular around the world since the 18th …
More sports

NWSL Glance

All Times EDT

AP College Picks: Clemson, Iowa St look to redirect seasons

For the first time this season, there are no games on the college football schedule matching two ranked teams. That doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing matchups. In the spotlight are a …

A perfect example of the difficulties of NFL short weeks

For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why. It's difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key …

Broncos visit Browns in matchup of reeling, desperate teams

DENVER (3-3) at CLEVELAND (3-3) Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, Fox/NFL Network OPENING LINE: Browns by 6, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Denver 3-3; Cleveland 3-3. SERIES …

Browns' Mayfield out with shoulder injury, Keenum starting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield had to surrender to the pain. Cleveland's starting quarterback, who has played the past four weeks with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will sit out …

Cunane, No. 5 NC State headline preseason ACC picks

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Fifth-ranked North Carolina State will open the season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, while senior center Elissa Cunane is the preseason player of the …
Most recent
Review: ‘Harder They Fall’ updates the Western, with style

These. People. Existed. Those three words — and that very emphatic punctuation — appear onscreen at the beginning of setting a definitive tone for this stylish and bold new Western by Jeymes …

$650M plan would give Los Angeles Zoo flashy transformation

Review: 'The French Dispatch' is a film of 4 quirky stories

Biogen CEO: 'Major bottleneck' still limits Alzheimer's drug

Nation

Ex-Minneapolis cop to be resentenced in death of 911 caller

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report hearing a possible rape happening behind her home will be sentenced on a …

Atlanta police close midtown blocks in response to shooter

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Atlanta closed streets around at least four square blocks of office and apartment buildings in response to gunfire in the city’s midtown neighborhood early Wednesday. The …

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some …

San Francisco shuts burger spot for not checking vaccination

The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers' vaccination status. The company's Fisherman's Wharf location — its …

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises for 5th day

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks rose Wednesday after Wall Street advanced for a fifth day on strong corporate earnings. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Seoul declined. Wall …
World

Czech Republic imposes new restrictions as infections soar

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic on Wednesday approved several new measures to tame a steep rise in coronavirus infections, which have reached levels unseen since late April. Face coverings will …

South Africa starts vaccinations for those aged 12 to 17

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, with a goal of inoculating at least 6 million people from this age …

Credit Suisse faces penalties over Mozambique loan deals

ZURICH (AP) — Credit Suisse has announced settlements totaling nearly $700 million with British and U.S. authorities over lending to Mozambique state-owned companies that Swiss regulators say …

Spanish court rules to extradite Venezuela spy chief to US

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a former Venezuelan spy chief to the United States where he is wanted on charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a terror …

Serbia introduces evening COVID passes amid infection surge

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Wednesday introduced COVID-19 passes for indoor venues late at night following weeks of surging infections and relatively low vaccination rates. Serbian Prime …
Thank You For Supporting Local Journalism
Business

Gates Foundation to spend $120M on access for COVID-19 pill

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower income countries, if the drug gets …

Bitcoin sets high, tops $66,000 on mainstreaming excitement

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin jumped to a record high Wednesday morning, topping $66,000, as it rides a wave of excitement about getting further mainstreamed by the financial establishment. Bitcoin …

UK fines Facebook $69.4 million for failing to supply data

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog fined Facebook 50.5 million pounds ($69.4 million) on Wednesday for violating rules during the U.K. investigation into the social media giant’s …

German central bank chief to step down after 10 years

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's central bank announced Wednesday that he will step down after a decade at the helm, removing a key hawkish voice from the European Central Bank’s governing …

Neighbors

Gold Canyon resident named new coordinator for nonprofit organization

Gold Canyon resident Jennifer Rhine-Walker is the new local coordinator for International Cultural Exchange Services. “I have lived in the Phoenix East Valley for a little over a year and am …

AJUSD’s Chad Young an Arizona Diamondbacks ‘Most Valuable Teacher’

Peralta Trail Elementary school teacher Chad Young was vacationing in Flagstaff over fall break when he got a phone call from the school’s office manager. The school, Young was told, had …

Mesa hosts volunteer recruitment fair, ‘Love your City’ kick-off

The city of Mesa’s volunteer recruitment fair is 4-6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 19, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. It is an opportunity for residents to learn about the different ways to …

Valley volunteers come together to build new playground for Mesa children

In early October, more than 100 volunteers from Fiesta Bowl Charities and Salt River Project joined KABOOM! to build a state-of-the-art playground at a local community center. The new …

Things to do

Meet the Artist: Sollars brings 'photo-synthesis' workshop to Canal Convergence

Meet Tempe artist Kendra Sollars, who leans on her championship-level synchronized swimming experience to illustrate body movements through water, ultimately creating works of art. This November, …

Día de los Muertos Festival Oct. 23-24 at Mesa Arts Center

The Mesa Arts Center campus, 1 E. Main St., will host a celebration of the memory of departed loved ones with the annual Día de los Muertos Festival Oct. 23-24. There is no charge to attend …

‘50 Over 50’ portrait exhibit focuses the lens on women 50 and older

Celebrate the beauty and accomplishments of women age 50 and over at the 50 over 50 photo exhibit developed by Gold Canyon photographer Rena Colling. Colling will unveil the results of her project …

Oktoberfest celebration Saturday in Mesa

A beer, brats and barbershop harmony Oktoberfest celebration will be held 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Apache Wells Activity Center’s Navajo room, 2233 N. 56th St. in Mesa. A buffet will …

Obituaries & Memorials

William Michael “Mike” Sterry

William, died peacefully on July 16th 2021 at his home in Sun City West, AZ with his wife Linda at his bedside. He was 92 and his passing was the result of a 15 month struggle with congestive heart …

George H. Schryver

George, born in Plainfield, NJ, on March 24, 1947, passed away due to a malignant neoplasm of the brain on September 22, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Betty Garzon Schryver. When …

Dr. Frank C. Reed

Dr. Frank C. Reed died on October 9, 2021 at the age of 77. Frank was born and raised in Oswego, New York, the son of Peg and Frank Reed, Sr, brother of Margaret Reed (all deceased) and husband of …

Patricia Joan Jennings

Patricia, 83 years old, peacefully passed after a brief illness on October 6th, surrounded by her family. Pat was born on Sept. 12, 1938, in Trona, California.She was preceded in death by her mother, …

William Lloyd Leasure

Sun City West – William Lloyd “Bill” Leasure passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West, AZ on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Bill was preceded in death by Mary Ann in 2016, and daughter …
Entertainment
FILE - Musician David Byrne performs at the Broadway reopening of "David Byrne's American Utopia" at the St. James Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, Filewld)

David Byrne says audiences seem 'thrilled' to be in theater

NEW YORK (AP) — Since returning to Broadway's “American Utopia” after the pandemic pause, David Byrne has noticed a few things about his audience: It seems younger, a little more diverse and …
In this undated photo provided by Jaroslaw Golebiowski, a view of a renovated portrait of Polish composer Frederic Chopin. A peeling portrait of Polish piano composer Frederic Chopin purchased at a flea market hung modestly in a private house in Poland for almost three decades before an expert dated the painting to the 19th century. The small painting now resides in a bank vault somewhere in eastern Poland while its owners negotiate their next steps. News of the artwork’s existence broke this week as Warsaw hosted the 18th Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. The art expert who examined the portrait says it has significant historic value, but he refrained from estimating what it might sell for.  (Jaroslaw Golebiowski via AP)

Chopin international piano competition closes in on winner

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The jury of the Frederic Chopin international piano competition was hearing the last finalists Wednesday in Warsaw before announcing the winner of the 40,000 euro ($45,000) …
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from "Dune." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Review: Dennis Villeneuve's doom-laden, dynamite 'Dune'

A cool wind sweeps through the sands of Denis Villeneuve’s chilly, majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science-fiction novel. Hot as it may be on Arrakis, the desert planet …
FILE - CNN's John King speaks to the crowd before moderating a debate between Republican presidential candidates on Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. King revealed that he has multiple sclerosis on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, during a discussion of vaccine mandates on his “Inside Politics” show. He said to panel members who surrounded him on the television set that he's grateful that they are all vaccinated against COVID-19 since he's immunocompromised. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

CNN's John King says he has MS, grateful for vaccinations

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's John King revealed during an on-air discussion of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis. “I'm going to share a secret I've never spoken …
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Patron, leaves after attending a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey, in London. Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch. But don’t call her an oldie. The 95-year-old queen has politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine. The Oldie magazine on Tuesday Oct. 19, 2021, published the queen’s response to its suggestion. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool, File)

Thanks but no: UK queen turns down "Oldie of the Year" title

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch. But don’t call her an oldie. The 95-year-old queen has politely declined the honor of being named …