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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Phoenix area, metro Las Vegas expecting cooler weather

PHOENIX (AP) — After five consecutive days of 115-plus degree heat, the Phoenix metro area is expected to get some cooler weather this week. But there’s no break from wildfires that continue …

Mesa wig store gets support after backlash over mask mandate

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A wig store in suburban Phoenix serves people who have lost their hair from chemotherapy and continues to require shoppers to wear masks to protect people with cancer from …

Arizona reports 385 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 385 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. They said the state now has recorded 889,727 known cases of the disease and …
SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE

Litchfield Park council OKs $214,517 expenditure for three new police vehicles, four radios

The city of Litchfield Park will purchase three Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility police vehicles and four police radios for use by its new patrol officers from the Avondale Police Department, at a cost of $214,517.

Navajo Nation reports 6 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported six new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths. Tribal health officials released the latest numbers on Saturday. The sprawling …
First responders
Scottsdale Fire Department recently announced the creation of three 56-hour community risk reduction captain positions. Captains Pete Earls, Steve Hunter and Kelly Cavner were named to fill these …
The Telegraph Fire in the Globe Ranger District has burned 176,122 acres and is 72% contained. The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. June 4 south of Superior, was human caused and is under …
Overnight, the Telegraph Fire pushed south to Troy Mountain where firefighters worked to contain the fire’s edge. “Crews scouted State Route 177 corridor for opportunities to construct …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Menconi: Resident thankful for news

I wanted to let you know that I subscribed to my local newspaper because Rachel Maddow, one of my favorite pundits, told her viewers to subscribe to their local newspapers in order to keep their very …
Dr. David Bray

Bray: We can’t wait for the next pandemic for a better PPE plan

Right now, Americans can purchase nearly limitless quantities of masks, hand sanitizer and other personal protective equipment. But this time last year, it was an entirely different story.
Leonard Kirschner

Kirschner: Obamacare ruling a relief to GOP, too

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It has been a source of political debate since day one.

Wechsler: No need to rename no-name team

I agree with Daniel Snyder’s decision to defer renaming his Washington Football Team (“A rose by any other name,” Daily Independent, June 15, 2021). There’s not much going …
S. Jay Olshansky

Olshansky: Millions rejecting one of humanity’s best life-saving weapons — vaccines

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees at a Houston hospital who did not want to be vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe.
More sports

Phoenix takes 1-0 lead into game 2 against Los Angeles

Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Phoenix Suns (51-21, second in the Western Conference during the regular season) Phoenix; Tuesday, 9 …

National League Team Pitching

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National League Team Statistics

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Berlin museum centering on Germans expelled after WWII opens

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is opening a museum exploring the fate of millions of Germans forced to leave eastern and central Europe at the end of World War II, along with other forced displacements of …

Miami Team Stax

Washington Team Stax

American League Team Batting

N.Y. Mets Team Stax

Nation

The Latest: Policy switch aims to boost India's vaccinations

NEW DELHI — Every adult in India is now eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The changed role for the federal government starting Monday ends a complex system of …

Photo shows Dubai princess, focus of UN concern, in Spain

A Dubai princess who has been the subject of concern from a United Nations panel after being seized trying to flee the sheikhdom in 2018 appeared in a social media post early Monday that described …

Will Smith opening up, releasing memoir 'Will' in November

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith is ready to open up about his life story. Penguin Press announced Sunday that Smith will release his memoir called “Will” on Nov. 9. The actor-rapper shared a …

1 killed and 5 wounded in shooting in Oakland; motive sought

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 22-year-old man was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting in Oakland near the city’s Juneteenth celebration, though it wasn't known whether the violence was …

Police: Man wanted in 3 Oregon deaths arrested in Milwaukee

NORTH BEND, Oregon (AP) — A man sought in the killings of his father and two other people at a casino campground and in a shooting at a marijuana dispensary in a small Oregon city turned himself in …
World

Armenia PM party wins snap parliamentary election

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Results released Monday showed that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a …

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev …

Ethiopia votes in greatest electoral test yet for Abiy

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia was voting Monday in the greatest electoral test yet for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as insecurity and logistical issues meant ballots wouldn't be cast in more …

US envoy hopes N. Korea responds positively on offered talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea said Monday he hopes to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks after the North Korean …

Ivory Coast's former president Gbagbo attends Mass in public

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has made one of his first public appearances since returning home after nearly a decade in exile, attending Mass on Sunday as …
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Business

Paying fortifies ransomware gangs but scant support for bans

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don't expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It …

Biden and Congress face a summer grind to create legislation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until recently, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog …

Asian markets skid on jitters over future Fed action

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets skidded on Monday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index down 3.4%, after a sell-off Friday on Wall Street gave the S&P 500 its worst weekly loss since February. Investors …

Agency: Tennessee zinc miner fired for voicing safety worry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal regulators have brought a complaint against a zinc mining company, claiming that an employee in Tennessee was illegally fired for making safety complaints about the …

Neighbors

Central Arizona College graduates recognized

Central Arizona College recognized the May 2021 graduating class and celebrated their success during a recent virtual graduation ceremony.Students Sarah Lautzenheiser and Alexsondra Nathan were …

Meet Tony and Jessica – Energetic siblings look to share joyous life with family

The energy is contagious when you spend time with siblings Tony and Jessica. The teenagers are full of life, love, and positivity.

Mesa author shares his life-changing experience in book

Mesa resident Glenn Walling shares his life-changing experience in his debut book “I Met God and Also Satan: The Out-of-Body Experience That Dramatically Changed My Life.” It is …

Dogs’ paws at risk without protection during heat

Dogs need protective boots when walking outside during the summer in Glendale.

Things to do

Juntos Project brings Latinx voices to the MCC virtual mainstage in July

Mesa Community College and Arizona theatre company Teatro Bravo partner in the Juntos Project to present the world premiere of “Three’s A Party,” written by Justin Santory and …

The Improv Syndicate live June 20 in Gold Canyon

Celebrate Father’s Day June 20 with PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 …

Dive-in movie event June 19 at Brimhall Aquatic Complex

Rock on and float away at the Brimhall Aquatic Complex, 4949 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa, for a showing of “Trolls World Tour” 7-10 p.m. June 19. Inner tubes will be available to rent on …

Professional tour of pickleball at Legacy Sports Park in 2022

Legacy Sports USA announced recently that it has added another premier pickleball event to its roster of elite sports at Legacy Sports Park, which is set to open in January 2022 in Mesa. It is …

Entertainment
Entertainer Pitbull walks through pit road before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 30, 2021. Pitbull, known as Mr. Worldwide, is ready to get back to his main business even as he spends more and more time with his latest investment in NASCAR. Pitbull’s new tour titled “I Don’t Know About You But I Feel Good” starts July 25 as the Grammy-winning rapper moves from the racetrack back to the stage. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

NASCAR co-owner Pitbull mixing racing with upcoming tour

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — The man known as Mr. Worldwide is ready to get back to his main business, even as he spends more and more time with his latest investment in NASCAR. Pitbull's new tour …
Radio City Music Hall's marquee advertises Dave Chappelle's untitled documentary during the closing night celebration for the 20th Tribeca Festival on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

15 months later, Radio City reopens with Dave Chappelle

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen months after shuttering for the pandemic, New York's Radio City Music Hall reopened its doors Saturday for the Tribeca Festival premiere of a new Dave Chappelle documentary …
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles, during day five of of the Royal Ascot horserace meeting, at Ascot Racecourse, in Ascot, England, Saturday June 19, 2021.  (David Davies/PA via AP)

Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was smiling broadly as she attended the final day of the Ascot races on Saturday, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians to act …

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — National security adviser Jake Sullivan. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Bernie Sanders, …
A festivalgoer crowd surfs on the first day of Download Festival at Donington Park at Castle Donington, England, Friday June 18, 2021. The three-day music and arts festival is being held as a test event to examine how Covid-19 transmission takes place in crowds, with the the capacity significantly reduced from the normal numbers. (Joe Giddens/(     /PA via AP)

Metal fans mosh at 1st UK live music festival since pandemic

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of heavy metal fans were camping, singing — and even moshing — on Saturday at Britain’s first full music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The …