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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Pima County opens large new drive-thru COVID testing site

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Its testing capacity stretched by the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron wave, Pima County is opening a large new drive-thru testing site with help from the federal …

Police: Officers fatally shoot man who reached for gun

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police fatally shot a man who reached for a gun as officers tried to get him out of a car that had pulled into the driveway of a home belonging to somebody else early …

Police: 1 dead, 1 injured in apparent shootout after crash

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say a teenage boy is dead and a man had serious injuries following what appears to have been an exchange of gunfire following a minor vehicle crash early Saturday …

Exchange: Rio Verde Foothills homes to lose water source

RIO VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Flooding rains have eroded the roads here until they resemble desert washes, but they still will carry you to someone’s version of paradise. The roads curl past …

Sinema faces blowback in Arizona for votes defying Democrats

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights …
First responders
Two people have been arrested by Scottsdale Police Department for the reported death of Ilya “Mike” Shimonov earlier this month, officials say. Shimonov was reportedly shot on Jan. 3, …
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two suspects have been arrested in Nevada and Arkansas in the fatal shooting of a man in a Scottsdale hotel parking lot, according to authorities. Scottsdale police …
Mesa police used a net grappler on the front of a truck to catch a moving vehicle and arrest a suspect accused of firing a handgun at a home. At around 8:43 a.m. Jan. 18, Mesa police responded to …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Braden Biggs

Biggs: Larger population means better roads, new places to eat and shop

As many hopefully know, I am quite active on social media and work hard at engaging the public through civil discussion and educational moments as one of your elected representatives and as a …

Przybylski: What voter suppression do you mean?

So much is being said about the right to vote. The part that is of concern to me is the specifics. I am not aware of any individual or group that is being denied the right to vote.

Shinkoskey: Biden, Romney are just ‘Christian Lite’

Both Pres. Biden and Sen. Romney are activated by an understanding of religion that might best be described as “Christianity Lite.” They feel called to seek unity, never be judgmental, be a loving neighbor to all, and take a soft-shoe approach to knotty public problems.

Breen: Our American voting rights must be protected

Voting rights? I’m puzzled. Why should there be any issue re: the right of all U.S. citizens to be able to vote? Or why make it more difficult for any U.S. citizen to vote?

Goncalves: Voter legislation, elections up to states

I am so sick and tired of hearing the Democrats claim that there is “voter suppression” in this country! I would like them to publish the names of anyone who has been denied the right to vote if they are a citizen of the U.S. and have proper ID. They talk about the minorities not having ID. What an insult to them!
More sports

Arizona State visits No. 16 USC following Peterson's 23-point game

Arizona State Sun Devils (6-9, 2-4 Pac-12) at USC Trojans (16-2, 6-2 Pac-12) Los Angeles; Monday, 11 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 USC hosts the Arizona State Sun Devils after Drew Peterson …

Colton scores twice as Lightning cruise past Sharks 7-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Ross Colton scored twice and the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the San Jose Sharks 7-1 on Saturday night. Alex Killorn and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for …

Stanford gives up 15-point lead, rallies to beat ASU 79-76

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Michael O'Connell and Brandon Angel scored 16 points apiece and Stanford gave up a 15-point second-half lead before rallying to beat Arizona State 79-76 on Saturday night. …

Draisaitl has 4 points, Oilers beat Flames 5-3 to stop slide

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists, Evan Bouchard also scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers came from behind to snap a seven-game losing streak Saturday night …

Foligno's goal sends Wild to 4-3 OT win against Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored with 37.9 seconds left in overtime to send the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. Minnesota twice trailed in …

Ovechkin scores 2, Capitals rally to beat Senators 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season in the third period, Nicklas Backstrom pounced on a turnover to get the winner 1:13 into overtime and the Washington …
Most recent
Migrants at Hungary border become part of election campaign

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — A group of migrants huddles beside a small, smoky fire inside an abandoned building in northern Serbia, the last moments of warmth before they set out into the driving snow …

Middleton scores 34, Bucks hold off Kings minus Giannis

Gould's FG on final play gives 49ers 13-10 upset of Packers

Bridges, Biyombo lead Suns to 113-103 win over Pacers

Nation

Maryland school shooting: Teen faces attempted murder charge

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — A 17-year-old was being held without bond Saturday on charges including attempted second-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a fellow student at a high school …

Video shows struggle that preceded restrained teen's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a Black 17-year-old struggling with staff at a Wichita juvenile center last fall before he died after he was restrained facedown for more than 30 …

'Stop Right There!': Foley recalls epic duet with Meat Loaf

NEW YORK (AP) — “Stop Right There!” Three words of warning — and three words that Ellen Foley credits with launching her career in music. It was Foley who belted out the words to Meat …

Ian Alexander Jr., only child of Regina King, dies at age 26

NEW YORK (AP) — Ian Alexander Jr., the only child of award-winning actor and director Regina King, has died. He turned 26 on Wednesday. “Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the …

Don't approach lab monkey missing after crash, people told

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Residents of a Pennsylvania county were warned Saturday not to approach a monkey that was missing after a crash involving a pickup that was towing a trailer taking about 100 of …
World

In Kashmir, India batters press freedom — and journalists

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For five years, Sajad Gul wrote about conflict wracking his homeland, a disputed Himalayan territory where a violent armed rebellion and India's brutal counterinsurgency have …

Mexico's energy reform strains ties with US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s plan to favor its own state-owned electrical power plants and limit energy sales by private, foreign-built projects could affect U.S. investment in Mexico, officials …

Kuwaiti minister in Lebanon over diplomatic row with gulf

BEIRUT (AP) — Kuwait’s foreign minister handed Lebanese officials Saturday a list of suggestions for confidence-building measures with oil-rich Gulf states after relations between the two sides …

Berlusconi drops bid to be elected as Italy's president

ROME (AP) — Former premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday bowed out of Italy's presidential election set for next week, though he insisted he had nailed down enough voters to become head of …

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. …
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Business

Meet your Business: Heidi Crumpacker opens AJ Dance Dynamix

Your Name: Heidi Crumpacker Business: AJ Dance Dynamix Town/Neighborhood: Apache Junction Hours of operation: Varies daily Personal background highlights: I am back in Arizona after 15 …

GM to spend $6.5B, add 4,000 jobs at Michigan EV factories

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors is poised to announce next week major electric-vehicle investments in Michigan, with plans to spend $6.5 billion and create up to 4,000 new jobs at two …

Mars gives M&M's a makeover to promote inclusivity

Candy maker Mars is giving a makeover to its six M&M's characters as a way to promote inclusivity. The company said that it will provide a modern take on the appearances of the characters — …

US, Colorado reach proposed settlement in 2015 mine spill

DENVER (AP) — Colorado, the U.S. government and a gold mining company have agreed to resolve a longstanding dispute over who’s responsible for continuing cleanup at a Superfund site that was …

Neighbors

Fourlis named 2021 Superintendent to Watch by national organization

Dr. Andi Fourlis of Mesa Public Schools has been selected as a 2021 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association. Fourlis joins 19 other superintendents nationwide …

Billingsley hired as Pinal County director of community development

Pinal County recently announced the hiring of Brent Billingsley as the director of community development. Billingsley, who began his career with Pinal County in the mid-90s, most recently worked …

Free ‘Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ class Feb. 1

“Resident’s Guide to Mesa’ free classes with useful information to support Mesa residents who want to improve their neighborhoods continue Dec. 3. “Attend these free …

Shannon Faulkner of Gold Canyon graduates from University of Iowa

Shannon Faulkner of Gold Canyon was among the nearly 1,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students conferred their degrees in December at the University of Iowa. Faulkner was a student …

Things to do

Glendale to host Supercross’ next round

Football gives way to Supercross at State Farm Stadium in Glendale next month.

The Fitzgeralds perform in Gold Canyon in March

The Fitzgeralds — Canadian fiddlers and dancers — perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. From …

The Brothers Four perform in Gold Canyon in February

The Brothers Four perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. As they celebrate more than 60 years of performing and …

Register for Mesa parks and recreation programs

Although cooler weather prevails right now, spring will be here soon. Registration is underway for Mesa residents for the city of Mesa’s Parks and Recreation spring programs. Registration …

Obituaries & Memorials

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …

William (Bill) Joseph Johnson

William Joseph Johnson (Bill) 68, of Sun City, AZ died in his sleep January 18, 2022 at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ. Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa on March 25, 1953 and was …

Charlotte Lape Byrne

Charlotte passed away on January 7, 2022. Charlotte and her identical twin Marcia were born in Evanston, Illinois to William Edward Lape and Verna Love Lape on October 16, 1920. Charlotte weighed …

Marie Lampert

Marie Margarete Bartolain Lampert, 96, of Prescott, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 15, 2022. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by daughter, …

Robert Gottfred "Fred" Loose

Robert Gottfred “Fred” Loose, passed away on October 20, 2021. Fred was born in Denver, CO and grew up in Fort Morgan. After graduating from Fort Morgan High School, he attended Otero Junior …
Entertainment
Actor Dale Dickey poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 2022, to promote the film "A Love Song," an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Dale Dickey takes center stage at Sundance in 'A Love Song'

NEW YORK (AP) — Dale Dickey tends to get “those crusty roles,” as she heard someone once call them. A familiar, craggy face from films like “Winter’s Bone” and “Hell or High Water,” …
FILE - Tom Cruise, foreground, and Hayley Atwell appear during the filming of the movie "Mission: Impossible 7" in Rome on Oct. 13, 2020. It will be another year before a new "Mission: Impossible" movie hits theaters. Paramount Pictures and Skydance announced Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, that the release of "Mission: Impossible 7" will be pushed from Sept. 20 to July 14, 2023. "Mission: Impossible 8," previously set for July 2023, will instead open June 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Next 'Mission: Impossible' movies delayed to 2023, 2024

NEW YORK (AP) — It will be another year before a new “Mission: Impossible” movie hits theaters. Paramount Pictures and Skydance announced Friday that the release of “Mission: Impossible …
This cover image released by I Love You / Thirty Tigers shows "Olly Olly" by Penny and Sparrow. (I Love You / Thirty Tigers via AP)

Review: Penny and Sparrow push past Americana in 'Olly Olly'

“Olly Olly,” Penny and Sparrow (I Love You / Thirty Tigers) In the first few unassuming bars of Penny and Sparrow’s new album, “Olly Olly,” it is not immediately apparent that this …
A crown sits on display next to the body of Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares as she lies in state at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Soares died at age 91 of natural causes in her Rio de Janeiro home on Thursday afternoon, family members said on the artist's official Instagram account. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Brazil bids farewell to its samba queen, Elza Soares

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians on Friday were grieving the loss of legendary samba singer and force of nature Elza Soares, a day after she died in her Rio de Janeiro home. Family and friends …
This cover image released by Red House shows "Ghost Stories" by The Whitmore Sisters. (Red House via AP)

Review: Whitmores’ sisterly sonorities shine on duo debut

“Ghost Stories,” The Whitmore Sisters (Red House Records) Sibling harmony can be a contradiction in terms. It also makes for lovely music, and that’s the case here. The sisterly …