Valley & State

Arizona woman seeks leniency in ballot harvesting case

A parade of character witnesses provided a judge with glowing reports about a southern Arizona woman who admitted collecting four voted early ballots in the 2020 primary election as her lawyer seeks …
PUBLIC INDECENCY

Chandler police arrest Mesa man suspected of stalking, sex crimes

A man has been arrested and accused of felony stalking and public sexual indecency over the last four months in a Chandler neighborhood. Chandler police said Bryant James Walker was arrested …

Arizona Senate debate gives Masters a chance to reset race

Republican Blake Masters has a much-needed chance Thursday night to reset his Arizona Senate race against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the campaign’s only televised debate. Kelly is coming in from …

Police: Ex-grad student kills Arizona professor on campus

The University of Arizona has released the name of a professor who authorities said was fatally shot on campus by a former graduate student. University President Robert Robbins identified the victim …
Donation

'Bust A Move' and donate blood with Young MC

Multi-platinum, Grammy-award-winning rap artist Marvin Young, or Young MC, known for his hit song “Bust a Move,” will host his first American Red Cross blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 16 from …

Buckeye Council awards grants to nonprofits

BUCKEYE — The Buckeye City Council only needed about 12 minutes to get through Tuesday night’s short agenda. There were no hearing or action items on the agenda for Tuesday’s …
VENOM

Venemous insects, reptiles and share Valley homes

Arizona has 19 different types of rattlesnakes, as well as scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes and spiders, which can all lead to health concerns for Valley homeowners
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FILE - Voters deliver their ballot to a polling station in Tempe, Ariz., Nov. 3, 2020. An Arizona judge is declining a request by the state Republican Party to block most mail ballots for the 2022 election, preserving the voting method used by the overwhelming majority of voters. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen ruled Monday, June 6, 2022, that nothing in the Arizona Constitution prohibits the Legislature from allowing citizens to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona candidates on the ballot

Arizona has a slew of contested elections in November whether that’s statewide races or contests for the Legislature. Voters will have some choices when they start early ballots in October. …
FILE - An election worker sorts ballots, Oct. 21, 2020, at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Arizona's largest county is facing a repeat of #SharpieGate, the social media uproar that erupted after the 2020 election based on the false claim that Sharpie pens provided at the polls would ruin ballots. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Key dates ahead for general election

The Arizona general election has key dates to pay attention to as voters decide who will take office in federal, state, county and local races in November. In Maricopa County, 17 justice of the …
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice-chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, speaks with reporters as she walks to the House chamber during final votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Liz Cheney speaks at ASU, says Arizona GOP candidates threaten democracy

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney says the Republican candidates for Arizona governor and secretary of state pose a huge risk for democracy because both say they will refuse to certify election results if they …
Arizona Republican State Sen. Paul Boyer introduced Proposition 308 for the ballot, and it was passed by both houses. But a majority of Republicans opposed it.

Arizona weighing in-state tuition rate for some non-citizens

Arizona voters this November will decide whether to allow students regardless of their immigration status to obtain financial aid and cheaper in-state tuition at state universities and community …
FILE - Kari Lake, Republican candidate for Arizona governor, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Aug. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Kari Lake walks back 'rare and legal' abortion comment

A spokesman for Kari Lake says the Republican candidate for Arizona governor didn’t mean to suggest abortion should be legal. Spokesman Ross Trumble says Lake is not calling for changes to abortion …
Around the Region
West Valley

The wind howled through Sun City in the evening and early morning Oct. 3-4 and left a swath of damage in its wake.

Surprise has said goodbye to longtime city leader Diane Arthur.
The draining of Viewpoint Lake continues in preparation for work to replace the liner.
The first Friday of each month, the newly opened del Sol Art and Crafts Gallery in Sun City West hosts a Gallery Gala.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies completed an ongoing burglary ring investigation in Sun City with arrests in the past two weeks.
Phoenix

Brianna Westbrook wants to be a politician her constituents can recognize: one who understands working-class America, and who will “Listen first, talk second.” Westbrook grew up in …

Some low-income communities of color around the United States are learning to tackle extreme neighborhood heat fueled by climate change through nonprofit programs that educate and engage. Community …
Supporters of abortion rights are suing to keep an old Arizona law that criminalizes nearly all abortions from being enforced. They argue in the lawsuit filed Tuesday that laws passed by the state …
A leader of Education Forward Arizona has been named president of South Mountain Community College. The college and the Maricopa County Community College District have announced Dr. Richard C. …
PHOENIX — Maricopa County elected and appointed officials — especially those charged with overseeing elections — have poured many resources into fighting disinformation and …
East Valley

Get ready for 13th San Tan Valley Quarterly BBQ. This season’s event will take place from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at its usual 4-acre desert location, 27382 N. Dolores Place, San Tan …

Under the budget approved June 21 by the Apache Junction Water District board, rates for customers have increased 2.2% to 4.8% depending on if they live in or outside the city limits. The new rates …
This is the seventh in a series of questions asked of Higley USD Governing Board candidates.
A special use permit has been approved for a comprehensive sign plan for an industrial development east of Sossaman Road and north of Elliot Road in Mesa. The Mesa Board of Adjustment on Oct. 5 …
Money Magazine has named Tempe one of the best places to live in the U.S. 
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kirsch: School discipline measures need better adjudication

As an education attorney since 2006, this school year presented more student discipline cases than the past 14 combined — for general education as well as students with …

Whitehead: Winning together with strong district schools

“Winning Together” was not simply a campaign slogan for me. It has, is and will remain my touchstone for public service. That is why I support and endorse the Scottsdale Unified, Paradise …

Joffe: What’s driving today’s Phoenix real estate market: Everything

Location. Location. Location. It’s the real estate mantra that drives the industry and in Arizona it still proves to be the case. I’ve been in the residential market for nearly 40 years …
Queen Creek resident Avery Xola is the Voter Education Manager for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, responsible for educating Arizonans on the electoral process.

Xola: Voting registration for new Arizona college students

If you are like me, you have probably taken notice of more people on the road at all times of day and more out of state license plates. The Census Bureau reported that between April 1, 2020, to July …

Frenkel: Preserve, improve property values — vote yes on the SUSD DAA

Scottsdale is a great place to live work, and play. These factors unquestionably make it easier to chart a strategic path to navigate the variables that comprise our real estate market. This year …
Local sports

No. 21 Washington looks for bounce-back win vs. Arizona St

Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. didn’t have his best game last weekend. Neither did his Washington Huskies. Coach Kalen DeBoer doesn’t expect a repeat performance when the 21st-ranked Huskies face …

Niners look to end road struggles with win at Carolina

The San Francisco 49ers are looking for their first road win of the season when they visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Niners are 0-2 on the road after going 18-7 away from home over the …

No. 12 Oregon on 4-game win streak, travels to face Arizona

Arizona’s Jayden de Laura had one of the best passing games in school history against one of the Pac-12′s worst teams. Now he’ll try to duplicate the feat against a team that’s among the …
National sports

Ewart Shadoff opens with 64 for 2-shot lead on LPGA Tour

Jodi Ewart Shadoff has played 245 times on the LPGA Tour without winning and can only hope this is the week that drought ends. The 34-year-old from England made four straight birdies late in her …

Tom Hoge rides a pair of eagles to 63, Las Vegas lead

Tom Hoge has returned from a few weeks of fishing, and it didn't hurt his golf. He opened with a pair of eagles for a 63 in Las Vegas at the Shriners Children's Open. That gives him a one-shot lead …

Star-studded Padres and Mets square off in wild-card round

For two teams that finished second fiddle in their divisions, the Padres and Mets bring an awful lot of star power into the playoffs. Manny Machado, Juan Soto and Yu Darvish on the San Diego side. …

'Cooper Clutch' as QB Rush stays perfect for Cowboys

Cooper Rush just keeps on winning as Dak Prescott's injury replacement at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Rush shrugs off his penchant for victories, saying QB wins are team wins. Rush is 3-0 …

Wembanyama's 2-game Las Vegas exhibition stay ends with win

Victor Wembanyama and his French team Metropolitans 92 have gotten a split of their two-game exhibition series against the G League Ignite. Wembanyama is the presumed front-runner to be the No. 1 …
Most recent

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy held a joint drone drill with the United Kingdom on Friday in the Persian Gulf, testing the same unmanned surveillance ships that Iran twice has …

MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Thousands of voters in Lesotho are casting their ballots in the country’s general elections. The elections are a tight race between the top three parties out of a …
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s health minister said on Friday that authorities are inspecting suspected cases of cholera, less than a day after the cash-strapped country confirmed its first case of the …
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The death toll from a Russian missile attack on apartment blocks in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia rose to 11 on Friday as the city was hit again by missiles and …
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — KYIV — Ukraine’s emergency service says the death toll from a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia has risen to 11. …
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Valley business

Cosanti Originals annual bell sale returns Oct. 20

Paradise Valley-based Cosanti Originals is hosting its annual bell sale this month. The Annual bronze bell sale, featuring some of the gallery’s finest bronze windbells, takes place 9 a.m. …

Glendale business owner earns ‘Under 40’ honor for contributions

BUSINESS Glendale business owner earns ‘Under 40’ honor for contributions Forrest Anderson Plumbing & A/C also kicking off Military Hero Giveaway contest Oct. 14 Special to …

Free resources available to Mesa-based small businesses

Small business owners based in Mesa can access several free resources — via Mesa Business Builder — to help them develop skills needed to grow their business. The three programs are Mesa …

Abrazo celebrates one year in Surprise

Abrazo Surprise Hospital, the city’s first full service hospital, marks its second anniversary in October as it continues to provide medical care close to home for Surprise-area residents.

Neighbors

Glendale neighborhood hosting ‘Serve Day’ this Saturday

A Glendale community is about to receive a facelift.

Drought-resilient landscapes forum coming to Glendale

A presentation on drought resilient landscapes is coming up as part of the Glendale Water Services Department’s Green Living Series.

Community Cheerleader: Nancy Haggerty is October’s Hometown Hero

Nancy Haggerty has lived through some tough times to get to a point where life is good for her. She is the founder of Nancy’s Closet, an extension of Marketplace Matters ministry, whose goal is …

Blood drives planned in Apache Junction, Gold Canyon

With the ongoing critical need for blood, two drives are planned for October and two in November in the Apache Junction and Gold Canyon area. They are: noon-4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 8, for a …

Things to do

Courage Under Cancer Foundation fashion show fundraiser in November

The Courage Under Cancer Foundation’s second annual fashion show fundraiser is 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Robert Horne Ford’s showroom, 3400 S. Tomahawk Road in Apache …

‘The Addams Family’ to open at historic Scottsdale theater

Greasepaint Theatre presents the musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” Oct. 21-30 at Stagebrush Theatre in Scottsdale. Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa with book by Marshall …

Booming Tempe arts scene boosts economy

Tempe has long been a cultural center in the Valley. From the home of wildly successful bands, such as the Gin Blossoms, to a multitude of murals, the city has made the arts a focal point of its daily life. 

Scottsdale Taste of Italy, music festival set for Oct. 15-16

Scottsdale’s Taste of Italy and Music Festival will bring Italian culture, food, and entertainment to the Valley this month. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501(c)(3), …

Entertainment

'Queen of the House' singer Jody Miller dies at age 80

Jody Miller, whose “Queen of the House” won the 1966 Grammy Award for best country performance by a woman, has died at age 80. Miller died Thursday in her hometown of Blanchard, Oklahoma, of …
FILE - Adnan Syed, center, the man whose legal saga spawned the hit podcast "Serial," exits the Cummings Courthouse after a Baltimore judge overturned his conviction for the 1999 murder of high school student Hae Min Lee on Sept, 19, 2022, in Baltimore. The family of the victim has asked Maryland’s intermediate appellate court to halt Syed’s court case, pending the family’s appeal of a judge’s overturning of Syed’s murder conviction. Prosecutors must decide whether to drop the charges against Syed or retry him for the killing by Oct. 18. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

Family of victim in 'Serial' case asks court to halt case

The family of the victim in the murder case chronicled in the first season of the “Serial” podcast has asked Maryland’s intermediate appellate court to halt Adnan Syed’s court case pending …
FILE - Jada Pinkett Smith arrives appears at the premiere of "Bel-Air" in Santa Monica, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2022. Pinkett Smith has a book deal with Dey Street Books for a memoir. The book is currently untitled and scheduled for next fall. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jada Pinkett Smith has deal for 'no holds barred' memoir

Jada Pinkett Smith has a lifetime of thoughts she’d like to set down. The actor, singer entrepreneur and host of “Red Table Talk” has a deal for what Dey Street Books is calling an “honest …
FILE - Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the Old Bailey in London on July 14, 2022. Spacey heads to court Thursday, Oct. 6, to defend himself in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Rapp, the actor who in 2017 made the first in a string of sexual misconduct allegations that left the “House of Cards” star's theater and filmmaking career in tatters. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

Kevin Spacey faces civil trial on sexual assault claims

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Spacey heads to court Thursday to defend himself in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Rapp, the actor who in 2017 made the first in a string of sexual misconduct allegations that …
FILE - Hilary Swank attends the Disney 2022 Upfront presentation at Basketball City Pier 36 on May 17, 2022, in New York. Swank announced, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, the she's pregnant with twins and says that revelation might explain some of her wardrobe alterations and other actions on set of her new ABC series “Alaska Daily.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Hilary Swank talks filming new series while expecting twins

Hilary Swank has announced she’s pregnant with twins and says that revelation might explain some of her wardrobe alterations and other actions on set of her new ABC series “Alaska Daily." The …
Obituaries & Memorials

Ann Marie Cancellieri

Surprise, AZ- Ann Marie Cancellieri, age 86, of Surprise, AZ and formerly of Milford, MA died at home on September 27. She was the wife of the late Francis M. Cancellieri. Ann Marie was born …

Janice (JJ) Thies White

Janice passed August 4th at Emmanuel Assisted Living in Surprise, Arizona, surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy Martin & …

Richard Bauer

Obituary Richard Allen Bauer, 86, of Sun City Arizona passed away September 17, 2022. He is survived by his wife Joanne Bauer; daughters Theresa Bauer, Elizabeth {Thomas} Clarke, and Tammy …

Eugene Francis Voelzow

Eugene Francis Voelzow, age 90, passed away peacefully in his home on September 9, 2022 in Bend, Oregon.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Gene graduated from the University of Ohio and was drafted into the …

Dr. Thomas G. Makovic

Dr. Thomas G. Makovic, 85, died peacefully at home on 9/7/2022 in Sun City AZ. His loving wife, son, and granddaughter were by his side. Throughout his life he was very active and enjoyed …
Nation

EU leaders struggle to bridge gas price cap divide

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union leaders converged on Prague Castle on a crisp Friday morning to try to bridge significant differences over a natural gas price cap as winter approaches and Russia’s …

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

SEPT. 30 - OCT. 6, 2022 The Ukrainian army continues its advance, retaking Russian-occupied territories like the city of Lyman. In Somalia, displaced Somalis fleeing from drought, battle now …

Hurricane Ian floods leave mess, insurance questions behind

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Christine Barrett was inside her family’s North Port home during Hurricane Ian when one of her children started yelling that water was coming up from the shower. Then …

Hospital chain attack part of ongoing cybersecurity concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — Diverted ambulances. Cancer treatment delayed. Electronic health records offline. These are just some of ripple effects of an apparent cyberattack on a major nonprofit health system …
World

Armenia, Azerbaijan hold talks in efforts to ease tensions

PRAGUE (AP) — The leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia have held talks in Prague in efforts to ease tensions between the two longtime adversaries. Armenia agreed to “facilitate a civilian EU …

Austria's president likely to be re-elected as 'safe' choice

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, who held office through a period of domestic political instability, a global pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine, has campaigned for …

Marcos Jr. reaffirms US ties in first 100 days of presidency

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has been reaffirming ties with the United States in a key turnaround from the often-hostile demeanor his predecessor displayed …

Putin's path: from pledges of stability to nuclear threats

As he turns 70, Russian President Vladimir Putin finds himself in the eye of a storm of his own making: His army is suffering humiliating defeats in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Russians are …

EXPLAINER: Fewer people cross Mediterranean; many still die

ROME (AP) — The back-to-back shipwrecks of migrant smuggling boats off Greece has once again put the spotlight on the dangers of the Mediterranean migration route, the risks migrants and refugees …