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Body of apparent drowning victim recovered from Tempe lake

Phoenix (AP) — Firefighters have recovered the dead body of an 18-year-old man who apparently drowned after jumping into Tempe Town Lake early Tuesday morning. Police and fire personnel …

Texas woman dies in hit-and-run crash in Phoenix suburb

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A woman killed in a hit-and-run crash in Chandler has been identified as a Texas resident, according to authorities. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said …

Navajo Nation reports 17 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 17 more COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,548 confirmed COVID-19 cases …
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Expensive items on Buckeye Council’s consent agenda

A lengthy list of expenditures could be approved by the Buckeye City Council Tuesday night without any discussion. The Council’s consent agenda for Tuesday's regular 6 p.m. meeting includes …
2020 election audit

Arizona court rejects latest attempt to seal Maricopa County election audit records

PHOENIX — A judge has slapped down the latest claim by Cyber Ninjas that it doesn't have to respond to demands for public records — at least not from the public. Maricopa County …
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Classes have been disrupted for the second day in a row for Canyon View High School students, following a threat made on social media Thursday night. Canyon View students will be attending classes …
During a traffic stop of a vehicle Sept. 16 in the 200 block of East Southern Ave., Apache Junction Police Department officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Sergio Barrios Valle, 38, of …
Scottsdale Police Department detectives have arrested Valley resident Sean Edward Winkler, 28, on charges related to child sex trafficking.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Rigler: Foodborne illness affects 1 in 6 Americans

We’ve all had those times when our stomach doesn’t feel just right, often after eating. And often, that stomachache is no more than minor discomfort that lasts just a short time.
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Zebrowski: Bringing behavioral health into the spotlight

Behavioral health has always been as important as physical health, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The tight relationship between behavioral and …

Comage-Trower: Children are battling with suicidal ideology, self-harm

When we picture children, we conjure images of toys, laughter, running carefree through school playgrounds and huddling close together with friends to share jokes and show off new light-up sneakers. …

Pacey: ADOT specialty license plates earn millions for Arizona charities

The numbers are in and here’s a list of the top-10 most popular specialty license plates in Arizona for fiscal year 2021, which ran from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Poverty got worse in 2020 as low-wage workers took brunt of economic blows

Poverty in the U.S. increased in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy and unemployment soared. Those at the bottom of the economic ladder were hit hardest, new figures confirm, suggesting that the recession may have widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
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Alitalia's final weeks flying marked by protests, apologies

ROME (AP) — Italy’s failing national airline Alitalia told passengers on Tuesday to just bring a single piece of hand luggage when travelling, given the intensifying strikes and labor protests …

Mesa wins national award for digital government excellence

Boeing funds Mesa College Promise program

Free admission to Mesa museums during ‘I Love Mesa Day’


'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people will get a chance to get to know the shy, teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell. The actor and singer is intimately intertwined …

The Latest: UN chief warns the world 'on edge of an abyss'

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief is warning global leaders that the world has never been more threatened and divided and “we face the …

Global Citizen's Hugh Evans hoping music can mobilize world

Hugh Evans started his fight against extreme poverty by mobilizing his friends when he was growing up in Australia. On Saturday, Evans will try to mobilize the world to tackle poverty and COVID-19 …

World leaders return to UN and face many escalating crises

NEW YORK (AP) — World leaders will be back at the United Nations for the first time in two years on Tuesday with a formidable agenda of escalating crises to tackle, including the still raging …

Oklahoma sets 7 executions in 6 months; 1st since 2015

Oklahoma scheduled seven executions Monday in what would be the first lethal injections for the state since putting them on hold six years ago following a series of mishaps. Among the men …

Croatia police trying to identify woman with memory loss

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police said Tuesday they are still working to establish the identity of a woman with no recollection of who she is or where she came from before she ended up on a …

'Some wanted me dead:' Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has acknowledged his increasingly vocal conservative critics, saying their “nasty comments” were the work of the devil and adding that “some wanted me dead” after …

German officials fear anti-mask radicalization after killing

BERLIN (AP) — Senior politicians in Germany expressed shock over the weekend killing of a young gas station clerk who asked a customer to wear a face mask, and they warned Tuesday against the …

Dutch king's speech outlines limited government plans

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king outlined a pared-back government plan for the coming year on Tuesday in his traditional speech opening the new parliamentary term that came amid …

UK police charge 3rd Russian in 2018 poisoning of ex-spy

LONDON (AP) — British police said Tuesday they are charging a third Russian suspect in the 2018 nerve agent attack on a former Russian agent in England. Scotland Yard said prosecutors believe …
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Biden bets on rapid COVID tests but they can be hard to find

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is betting on millions more rapid, at-home tests to help curb the latest deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overloading hospitals and threatening …

Mesa launches small business technical assistance program

The Mesa Office of Economic Development recently launched the Mesa Business Builder Small Business Technical Assistance Program. The program is designed to assist small and micro-sized Mesa-based …

Carmaker Stellantis loses former FCA CEO Manley

MILAN (AP) — PSA Peugeot’s takeover of Fiat Chrysler to form the world’s fourth-largest carmaker has had its first executive casualty, with former Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley stepping down as …

Gillian Flynn, Lena Waithe to head their own book imprints

NEW YORK (AP) — “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn is a familiar name on bestseller lists, but her personal reading tastes run to books most haven't heard about. “I start every conversation …


2022 Scenic Arizona Calendars are now available

Copies of Independent Newsmedia’s 2022 Scenic Arizona Calendar are now available for purchase. Photographers with submissions featured in the calendar include: Curtis Roberts, of Peoria; …

Peoria student: You are not alone

Tony Servin knows all too well the rift that a suicide can cause, especially when that person has her whole life ahead of her.

Mesa student awarded Coast Guard Foundation scholarship

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced recently that it has awarded 158 …

Mesa woman celebrates 103rd birthday

Broadway Mesa Village Assisted Living and Memory Care, 7231 E. Broadway Road in Mesa, celebrated the birthday of Vivian Bickford, who turned 103 on Sept. 1. “Ms. Vivian is known around the …

Things to do

Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 23 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 …

Fear Farm ready to open scary spectacle in Glendale

Fear Farm is back in Glendale, and with a new location.

Salt River Tubing open weekends in September

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, weather and water flow conditions permitting. The cost is $19 plus tax per person or tube, …

OdySea Aquarium welcomes 3 Whitetip Reef Shark pups

OdySea Aquarium announces the birth of three healthy whitetip reef shark — Triaenodon obesus — pups including one male and two female pups.

Obituaries & Memorials

Junia “June” Dorothea Fisher Hoffman

Sun City, AZ -  Junia left this life on August 10, 2021, just one month before her 106th birthday.  She was born in 1915 in Pratt, Kansas to Chester Harry Fisher and Lula Hope Gould …

Pamela Blake Strimbu

Pamela Blake Strimbu, a longtime Arizona resident who recently moved to Fountain Hills, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021, after losing a brave and courageous, off-and-on, 5-year battle …

Elizabeth Ella Gough

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Gough, 90, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on September 15, 2021 in Surprise due to complications from COVID-19. She was born in Frackville, Pennsylvania on July 20, 1931 as …

Jeanne M. Brubaker

Jeanne, 98, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on September 7, 2021, at home. She had been a patient at Banner hospital in early August after breaking her hip. Her niece Barb Dallara from Philadelphia …
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Dianne Albert Herschelman

Dianne Albert Herschelman, 85, of Sachse, TX died August 18, 2021 in Richardson, TX. She was born to John A. and Lucile H. Albert in Burlington, Iowa. She received a B.A. degree in Journalism from …
A guest holds programs during the unveiling of a memorial sculpture of the late actor Burt Reynolds at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. Reynolds died in 2018 at the age of 82. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Bronze bust unveiled at Burt Reynolds' Hollywood gravesite

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plaque and a palm tree weren't enough to mark the swagger and star power of Burt Reynolds. That's why a bronze bust, mustachioed of course, and sporting his “Smokey and …
ADDS IDS - Members of South Korean K-pop band BTS, from left, V, Suga, Jin, RM, Jung Kook, Jimin and J-Hope appear at the United Nations meeting on Sustainable Development Goals during the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (John Angelillo/Pool Photo via AP)

K-pop stars BTS dip into global diplomacy at UN gathering

It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others — a plug for vaccines, young people and the earth's well being from superstar Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, …
Actress Kristin Chenoweth gives the curtain speech on the stage of "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. The show opened today after being closed due to Covid-19 concerns in early 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Chenoweth, Miranda, Rivera and more to celebrate Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's biggest lights — including Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera and Idina Menzel — will make appearances at Sunday's TV celebration of …
FILE - This photo from Friday May 9, 2008, shows R. Kelly arriving for the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, prosecutors in Kelly's sex trafficking trial at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York, played video and audio recordings for the jury they say back up allegations he abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Prosecutors wrap up as R Kelly trial moves into next stage

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors at the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case Monday after calling dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping allegations …
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris, right, speaks as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen listens during an event at the Treasury Department in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021. Harris will appear on the daytime talk series "The View" on Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Kamala Harris to face panelists on 'The View' Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will visit “The View” studio on Friday for her sixth appearance on the daytime chat show — but her first as vice president. She'll answer …