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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona utility: Really wet summer follows very dry winter

PHOENIX (AP) — The second-driest winter on record in the Salt River Project's watershed was followed by a monsoon that the water and power utility said was the second-wettest since it started …

Man who died in custody after running nude in Phoenix ID'd

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who was running through Phoenix streets naked before being restrained by police and then dying while in custody has been identified, authorities said. Officers received …

Fugitive kills self, woman fatally shot by Arizona officers

PHOENIX (AP) — A fugitive killed himself and a woman was fatally shot after pointing a gun at law enforcement officers Wednesday afternoon, police said. They said a man wanted for a felony was …

Navajo Nation reports 45 more COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 45 more COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,338 confirmed COVID-19 …

Phoenix woman accused of fatally sedating 2 young daughters

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her two young daughters, police said Wednesday. They said 35-year-old Retta …
First responders
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following thefts Aug. 30-Sept. 4: Theft at a highway/road/alley/sidewalk Aug. 30 in the 2000 block of South Nina Circle. Theft at a residence/home …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took reports of an assault and other incidents in Gold Canyon Sept. 1-5: Thefts of property, reported at 8:50 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 11400 block of East Fossil …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of shoplifting incidents Sept. 1-5: Shoplifting, reported at 3:51 p.m. Sept. 1 in the 2500 block of West Apache …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Denise McCreery

McCreery: Supporting Arizona small businesses is our collective responsibility

National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate entrepreneurs and small business owners all across the country. Today, Arizona is home to more than 550,000 small businesses, employing an …

Tramel: Alzheimer’s -- The horrible disease of the stolen person

If you have experienced a loved one being taunted by this horrible disease, then you may understand the struggles and the difficulty it takes to care for someone with this neurodegenerative disorder. …

Brophy McGee: Health care solutions require leadership, a bipartisan approach

Health care is a complex issue, and solutions that improve access to quality care at a lower cost must be carefully constructed. Real, lasting change with minimal to zero unintended consequences …
Marian McGill

McGill: Golf is changing and clubs must follow

Two of the biggest topics buzzing around our industry these days are the resurgence of golf and how to make the sport, and private golf clubs, more inclusive. Our core demographic is changing and if …

Rasmussen: Masking, vaccination are personal choices

I believe in American values, especially freedom of choice. I cherish my personal freedoms, especially when it comes to my body. I choose not to be vaccinated. What is the purpose of vaccinations? To prevent the inoculated from contracting an unwanted disease or infection. So, why are the vaccinated so afraid of the unvaccinated? The logic escapes me.
More sports

Cardinals soar into playoff position behind ageless arms

NEW YORK (AP) — On the morning of the trade deadline in late July, the St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team sitting 7 1/2 games outside a playoff spot. Even with new slugger Nolan Arenado at …

Wednesday Sports in Brief

GYMNASTICS WASHINGTON (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress on Wednesday that the FBI and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry …

No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU tops Pac-12 this week

Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU. After winning their first two games by 27 points each, the Sun Devils (2-0) …

National League Team Pitching

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National League Team Batting

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National League Team Statistics

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Police detain teenager after threat to German synagogue

BERLIN (AP) — German security officials said Thursday they had detained a teenager who was allegedly planning to attack a synagogue in the western city of Hagen with explosives, news agency dpa …

France calls killing of Islamic State leader big victory

3 crew leave China's space station for Earth after 90 days

At London's Old Vic, 'Camp Siegfried' probes American Nazis

Nation

The Latest: China hosts virtual meeting on Afghanistan

BEIJING — China says it will host a virtual meeting of Central and South Asian state leaders to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The meeting of members of the China and Russia dominated …

Lawyer says Murdaugh to turn himself in on insurance fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer who found the bodies of his wife and son three months ago plans to turn himself in to face charges in that ended with the shooter only …

Committee wants to file own plan in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A committee charged with representing tens of thousands of alleged victims of child sex abuse in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy asked the judge on Wednesday to terminate …

Man called largest child porn purveyor gets 27-year sentence

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man described by U.S. authorities as the world's most prolific purveyor of child pornography at the time of his arrest in Ireland was sentenced on Wednesday to 27 years in …

Oath Keeper pleads guilty in Jan. 6 riot, will cooperate

A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 pleaded guilty Wednesday and will cooperate with investigators against his fellow extremists, marking …
World

UN chief urges 'rapid' emission cuts to curb climate change

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations called Thursday for “immediate, rapid and large-scale” cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming and avert climate disaster. Ahead …

Indonesian court rules president negligent over pollution

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected to fulfill citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to …

Parliamentary election unlikely to change Russia's politics

MOSCOW (AP) — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless , Russia is holding three days of voting this weekend in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the …

Australia buys US nuclear subs due to changed security needs

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia decided to invest in U.S. nuclear-powered submarines and dump its contract with France to build diesel-electric submarines because of a changed strategic …

Southwest China earthquake collapses homes, kills at least 2

BEIJING (AP) — An earthquake collapsed homes, killed at least two people and injured dozens Thursday in southwest China's Sichuan province, state media reported. Rescue work was underway …
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Business

Asian shares mostly lower on lackluster China, Japan data

Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after Japan and China released data that were weaker than expected. Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul but rose in Sydney. Japan …

Japan exports slow as supply chain hiccups hit factories

Japan’s exports rose 26% in August from a year earlier, preliminary data released Thursday showed, below analysts’ forecasts, as supply chain disruptions hit manufacturers. The 6.6 trillion …

US working on new COVID-19 rules for international visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is considering requiring vaccinations against COVID-19 and contact tracing of international visitors after the U.S. revamps current broad restrictions …

Los Angeles County votes to phase out oil and gas drilling

Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to phase out oil and gas drilling and ban new drill sites in the unincorporated areas of the nation's most populous county. Over 1,600 …

Neighbors

Apache Junction showcasing local artists at City Hall, library

Attention all artists interested in displaying their masterpieces at the city of Apache Junction offices. The city is bringing back the program of showcasing local artists at City Hall and the Apache …

Food, clothing, other services provided by Genesis Project in Apache Junction

The Apache Junction City Council recently was updated on the services provided by Genesis Project, a coalition of churches banded together for the purpose of aiding the less fortunate. The council …

Tempe construction firm helps fight child hunger in Mesa

As part of Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s National Day of Giving, the construction manager’s Southwest division spent an afternoon volunteering with Feed My Starving Children to …

Night Life: While everyone else sleeps, graveyard workers keep Glendale running

Residents rest for the busy pace ahead when routines will fuel the day’s energy. The population takes a break from bouncing off each other in the familiar frenzy that arrives when the sun comes up. There’s a select few, however, who find themselves in go-mode during the overnights. The graveyard shifts.

Things to do

22nd Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival in Chandler Oct. 2

Chandler Center for the Arts celebrates the rich cultural history of Mexico through vibrant music and dance at the 22nd Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival. The 7 p.m. Oct. 2 event at the …

FuelFest Dec. 4 in Chandler with Cody Walker, Tyrese Gibson

FuelFest is set for its inaugural and rescheduled date at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Chandler. Now in its third year, FuelFest blends enthusiasts’ passion for …

Mesa Sprint Triathlon Sept. 25 benefits youth programs

Registration is underway for the 10th Annual Mesa Sprint Triathlon that starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road. The event consists of a 400-yard swim, …

Mask Alive Festival in Mesa Sunday

A large gathering of masked performers returns as an in-person festival this September. Cultural Coalition’s Fourth Annual Mask Alive Festival will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Pioneer …

Obituaries & Memorials
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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 …

Wanda Colleen Davis

Wanda Colleen Davis, known as “Colleen” or “Gram” by friends and family, passed away in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on September 11, 2021, at the age of 95. She was born in Cleveland, …

Robert Walfred Latvalla

Robert formerly of Minnesota, Massachusetts, and most recently Arizona, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, in his 93rd year, died peacefully on September 10, 2021. He is preceded …

Martha Lee Brady

Martha Lee Brady passed peacefully on September 11, 2021, at the age of 90. Though the world has lost a sweet, loving, and talented soul, Martha has joined her beloved husband, Roger, sisters Jean …

Richard Christian Herrmann

Richard died suddenly on September 2, 2021 after celebrating his 90th birthday a month earlier. “Dick” was a thoughtful, loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great …
Entertainment

Review: Drag queen dreams in ‘Talking About Jamie’

a predictable and glossy “Billy Elliot”-like musical of British working-class aspiration that’s nevertheless a joy, is the kind of movie that might have once been made about the trials of …
This combination of photos shows cover art for the books competing for the National Book Award for young people's literature, top row from left, "Amber McBride's “Me (Moth)," Darcie Little Badger's “A Snake Falls to Earth,” Safia Elhillo's “Home Is Not a Country,” Kyle Lukoff's “Too Bright to See,” Carole Boston Weatherford's “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre,” bottom row from left, Paula Yoo's “From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry," Anna-Marie McLemore's “The Mirror Season,” Malinda Lo's “Last Night at the Telegraph Club,” Shing Yin Khor's "The Legend of Auntie Po," and Kekla Magoon's "Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People." (Top row from left, Feiwel & Friends, Levine Querido, Make Me a World, Dial Books, Carolrhoda Books, bottom row from left, Norton Young Readers, Feiwel & Friends, Dutton Books for Young Readers, Candlewick via AP)

National Book Award longlists announced in 2 categories

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories ranging from retellings of the myths of Paul Bunyan and of Hans Christian Andersen's “The Snow Queen” to a look back at the Black Panther Party are among the 10 nominees …
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Eduardo Minett, from left, Natalia Traven and Clint Eastwood in a scene from "Cry Macho." (Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Review: A man. A boy. And a chicken. 'Cry Macho' lays an egg

Last year, and each took on movie parts in which they showed off their fatherly sides by taking care of a child. Apparently, there's something in the water over in Hollywood because this month, it's …
This cover image released by Cutthroat Pop Records shows "A Filament in the Wilderness of What Comes Next" by Chris Robley. (Cutthroat Pop Records via AP)

Review: Chris Robley beautifully captures state of the union

“A Filament in the Wilderness of What Comes Next,” Chris Robley (Cutthroat Pop Records) Chris Robley’s music is beautiful when it’s angry. The Maine-based singer-songwriter bemoans the …
FILE - This Nov. 11, 1940 file photo shows playwright Tennessee Williams at his typewriter in New York. A rarely seen Williams short story “The Summer Woman” appears in the fall issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)

Rarely seen Tennessee Williams story set in post-WWII Italy

NEW YORK (AP) — For Tennessee Williams, Rome was a longtime love affair, “the capitol of my heart” with its skies of “stainless blue” and cathedral domes “bathed in golden light.” At …