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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State
Health

Phoenix pharmacists react to questions of opioid epidemic responsibility

While Ohio jury in November laid some of the blame for that state’s opioid epidemic at the feet of pharmacists, medication experts in Phoenix have their own opinions about the issue. A …

99% of Tucson employees compliant with COVID vaccine mandate

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is hoping all city employees are compliant with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. City officials said 99% of city employees had at least …

Ducey to kick off holidays with lighting of Capitol tree

PHOENIX (AP) — A 25-foot-tall (7.6-meter) white pine will be lit by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey for the first time Wednesday in the lobby of the state Capitol's executive tower in a celebration marking …

Off-duty Tucson police officer fired after a fatal shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson police officer has been fired after he was accused of fatally shooting a 61-year-old man in a wheelchair, authorities said Tuesday. Police announced at a news …

Arizona judge takes narrow view of legislative privilege

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate can't claim legislative privilege to avoid releasing a wide variety of records from the review of the 2020 vote count conducted on behalf of Republican leaders, a …
First responders
The Peoria Police Department received four grants totaling $149,869 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for various enforcement and education efforts, as well as overtime.
Peoria police seek the public’s help in locating a child that ran away from home on Thanksgiving.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Nov. 18-25: Theft of vehicle reported at 7:19 a.m. Nov. 20 in the 4900 block of South Pinal Parkway …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Arroyo: Arizona leads on energy infrastructure

As the winter approaches and heating costs are expected to rise, now is the time to prioritize the development of a reliable energy grid. A properly functioning energy grid enables our economy and …

Rittenhouse trial: The problem with public opinion for American justice

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a case study in why public opinion doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter in a court of law. Everyone, White or Black, should be able to plead self-defense. Even if the public hates them.

Greeney: Why are we using USAF jets in air shows?

Do we really need our Air Force planes doing aerial stunts in 2022? Personally, I find this “entertainment” to be a major waste, air pollution, noise pollution, unnecessary risk to the pilots and the attendees.

Andrews: Trump bad for GOP’s chances in 2024 presidential race

Andrews: Trump bad for GOP’s chances in 2024 race Letter by Rich Andrews or Sun City Nothing or no one has united the Democratic Party more than its fear and loathing of D.J. Trump. And …

Sayler: Violence against women now an international crisis in America

Violence against women is an epidemic — a global health crisis. The World Health Organization estimates about 30% of women have been subject to either intimate or non-partner violence during their life. 42% of female victims of intimate partner violence report being physically injured and some have fatal outcomes like homicide or suicide.
More sports

With Daniel Jones iffy, Giants grab QB Jake Fromm from Bills

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants gave an indication of their concern about starting quarterback Daniel Jones by signing quarterback Jake Fromm off the Buffalo Bills’ practice …

Washington, No. 11 Arizona start Pac-12 play

Washington (4-4, 0-0) vs. No. 11 Arizona (6-0, 0-0)McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Arizona hosts Washington as conference play starts for both …

Suns face the Pistons on 17-game win streak

Detroit Pistons (4-17, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (18-3, first in the Western Conference)Phoenix; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Phoenix will try to extend its 17-game win …

AFC has record 12 teams at .500 or better through Week 12

The NFL has never quite seen a conference like this year's AFC. Heading into December, only four teams in the conference have losing records, with the 12 teams at .500 or better the most for a …

Suns top Warriors, tie franchise mark with 17th straight win

PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored 24 points, Chris Paul added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Phoenix Suns tied a franchise record of 17 straight wins by beating the Golden State Warriors …

Mariners sign Cy Young winner Robbie Ray to $115M, 5-yr deal

SEATTLE (AP) — AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray and the Seattle Mariners finalized their $115 million, five-year contract Tuesday night. Ray is coming off the best season of his career with …
Most recent
Local plant shop Pueblo serves as an oasis amid the Sonoran Desert

Michael Lanier began his plant selling business, Pueblo, in 2015 as a booth at a local farmer’s market. Now, the business is located in what used to be an auto shop on Grand Avenue in …

Slovakia eyes bonus to boost vaccinations for 60 and overs

EU to make it harder for migrants to enter from Belarus

Weather vanes: Exhibit looks at artworks with a purpose

Nation

Live updates: Portugal orders measures to fight virus surge

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal is entering a so-called state of calamity -- the second this year -- to curve an upward trend in coronavirus infections despite having one of the strongest vaccination …

4 jurors seated for Kim Potter trial, many more needed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys for the suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright's death are to resume jury selection Wednesday after seating four the first …

Investigators track ammunition in fatal filmset shooting

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities pursued new leads Tuesday on possible sources of live ammunition involved in actor Alec Baldwin's fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of a …

Louis Vuitton show pays tribute to designer Virgil Abloh

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Louis Vuitton's first ever U.S. fashion show turned into a somber yet whimsical tribute to groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh days after his death. The Miami menswear …

Vegas police confirm case involving R&B singer Trey Songz

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police said Tuesday they’re investigating sexual assault allegations involving R&B artist Trey Songz at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. In a statement, Las Vegas police said sex …
World

Nigeria detects first case of omicron variant from October

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in a sample it collected in October, weeks before South Africa alerted the world about the variant last …

Official: Blinken, Russian FM to meet amid Ukraine tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet separately with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts on Thursday on the margins of a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, at a time of …

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in …

Russia says it's worried about Ukrainian military buildup

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Wednesday expressed concern about Ukraine's military buildup near the area of the separatist conflict in the country's east, a statement that comes amid Ukrainian and …

UN migration agency: COVID has 'radically altered' mobility

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. migration agency says the coronavirus pandemic has “radically altered” mobility around the world, projecting in a new report that the growth in the number of …
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Business

EU decides against emergency summit on omicron for now

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has decided against holding a special remote summit of the bloc's leaders on the omicron coronavirus variant for the time being, an official said Wednesday. …

NATO debates the lessons of mission creep in Afghanistan

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Barely 3 months after the chaotic U.S.-run troop evacuation from Afghanistan, NATO foreign ministers met Wednesday to debate a rapidly compiled report on the lessons to be …

China calls on citizens to leave eastern Congo after attacks

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday urged its citizens to leave three provinces in eastern Congo as violence intensifies in the mineral-rich region. A posting from the Chinese Embassy in …

Austrian lockdown extended through Dec 11 as planned

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's lockdown has officially been extended until Dec. 11 as planned amid signs that the measures are helping to bring down a sky-high coronavirus infection rate. A …

Neighbors

Support group helps Arizona families cope with cancer

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and nearly 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year.

CAC recognizes 2021 outstanding alumni, Athletic Hall of Fame inductee

Central Arizona College recognized this year’s outstanding alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame awardees at the 2021 Vaquero Awards on Nov. 20. Each year CAC inducts outstanding alumni into the …

Eagles No. 3850 donates $10K to AJUSD programs

Lost Dutchman Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3850 recently donated $10,000 to Apache Junction Unified School District athletics, fine arts and special education departments; and Cactus Canyon Junior …

Surprise party trailer revved up for fun

From its spring training games to its scenic mountain views, the selling points of Surprise are obvious to most. But Marley Park resident Natasha Hamburg said she thinks she’s found …

Things to do

Merry Main Street in Mesa held through Jan. 2

Merry Main Street, a celebration of the holiday season, is in downtown Mesa through Jan. 2. The festivities began Nov. 26 with an evening of music, food and fun for everyone. It included a …

Train layouts showcased at Christmas open houses in December

Arizona Big Train Operators will hold annual Christmas open houses in December. Members open their train layouts to the public to view different style layouts both inside and outside and …

Grand Menorah lighting ceremony coming to Glendale

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will host a Menorah Lighting to celebrate Hanukkah.

Holiday festivities at Apache Junction Public Library

A holiday class and event are slated the first two Saturdays of December at the Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 N. Idaho Road. They are:• 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, make a fairy wand …

Obituaries & Memorials

Donna Bobit

Donna Louise Foster Bobit. 90, left this world on November 13, 2021 She passed away peacefully of natural causes. Donna was born in Alma, MI on December 31, 1930. She grew up in St. Louis, MI …

Robert "Bob" Louis Siegel

Age 97 passed away on July 25,2021. Born February 20,1924 in Chicago, Illinois Robert Louis Siegel was the first born son of Louis Siegel and Lucile Bolbeck. He married Mildred Arnold (Millie) in …

Elizabeth Zeitler

Elizabeth (Betsy) Eklin Zeitler, age 75, of south of Calumet, MN and Sun City, AZ, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at her daughter’s home surrounded by family. Elizabeth was born in …

Michael D. Hamerski

Michael D. Hamerski, 76 of Mesa, AZ passed away suddenly on 11/12/2021 at his home in Sunland Springs Village. Michael was born in Stevens Point, WI to Peter and Helen Hamerski on 11/22/1944. He …

Leah Ann Center

Leah passed during a roadtrip with her cherished partner Carl of 17 years on 11/03/21. Born in 1937, Leah graduated from NIU where she met her husband of 45 years. Leah left 2 children, 4 …
Entertainment
This image released by MGM shows Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, from left, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in "House of Gucci." (Fabio Lovino/MGM via AP)

Gucci heirs says ‘House of Gucci’ narrative is inaccurate

The Gucci family is not pleased with the depiction of their relatives in the new film “ House of Gucci.” In a statement issued this week, they said the narrative is “anything but accurate” …

Review: Paul Verhoeven gives us nunsense with 'Benedetta'

Christmas is just around the corner and Paul Verhoeven has left a present for us during this hallowed season: A film with lesbian nuns, full-frontal nudity, tons of sex, Catholic hypocrisy and brutal …

Review: In memoir, it's good to be comedy king Mel Brooks

“All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” by Mel Brooks (Ballantine) Bagels and Nova Scotia lox for the writing team’s breakfast while punching up the script for “Blazing …
This image released by Gallery Books shows  a recipe for macaroni and cheese from the book, "Vegan, at Times; 120+ Recipes for Every Day or Every So Often," by Jessica Seinfeld with Sara Quessenberry. (Mark Weinberg/Gallery Books via AP)

Jessica's Seinfeld's vegan mac and cheese uses plant milk

A recipe from Jessica Seinfeld's “Vegan, at Times”: I have served this many times to non-vegans and they always go for seconds. I use cashew or almond milk for their mild flavor, but you can …
This cover image released by Gallery Books shows "Vegan, at Times; 120+ Recipes for Every Day or Every So Often" by Jessica Seinfeld with Sara Quessenberry. (Gallery Books via AP)

Jessica Seinfeld encourages you to go vegan, no pressure

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Seinfeld became a vegan almost by stealth. The cookbook author and philanthropist started quietly making separate meals for herself without dairy or meat. “I just …