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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

QAnon figure says he's running for congress to fix elections

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, said Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona because the state is at the forefront of the fight …
Travel

British Airways flight resumption offers boost to Phoenix Sky Harbor

ritish Airways has resumed flights between Phoenix and London, adding a big impact to the Valley’s international destinations. The flights began Aug. 31, and will complete three trips a …
Homelessness

Phoenix moving shelter to larger hotel to house homeless seniors

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic when homeless shelters were short on beds because of physical distancing requirements, the city of Phoenix and a local nonprofit converted a former hotel into …

Financial planner picked to fill Democratic House vacancy

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Sarah Liguori will fill a vacant seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors decided Monday. Liguori will hold the District 28 …
Arts

Arizona arts commission seeking $5M budget in return to previous years' funding

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is looking for $5 million in its proposed budget for this year, hoping to return to funding levels last seen nearly a decade ago. The money is not only important …
First responders
Peoria police are investigating a shooting at an apartment, according to a news release.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area Oct. 7-14.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area Oct. 7-14: Theft from vehicle reported at 8:39 a.m. Oct. 8 in the 5900 block of East Helios …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Kirby: A new voice has emerged for school board members, parents

For too long, school board members in Arizona have been left without a choice. While each board is all but required to join a school board association, they’ve been forced to rely on the …

Drummond: How is city’s governmental bureaucracy set up?

Would just like to thank Jim Burezewski on his letter (“Story advocating for raise in pay for city manager?” in opinions, page 8 of the October 2021 issue of the Apache Junction/Gold …
Pat Overson

Overson: When it comes to roofing find an honest roofer

Your roof is one of the biggest, most important and most expensive structures in your home. A mistake on your roof can cost you even more money and even put you and your family in danger. It is …
(Arianna Grainey/Independent Newspapers)

Smith: Confused by what a Scottsdale politician says?

Scottsdale voters should be confused by Councilwoman Littlefield’s Opinion piece urging voters to not support the Scottsdale General Plan 2035. The piece appeared Monday, October 11, timed to …
Theresa Serrano-Keel

Serrano-Keel: Wear pink to raise awareness of breast cancer

October marks a significant occasion for my family as my sister, Stephanie Serrano, lost her six-year battle to breast cancer two years ago. Stephanie co-owned Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants …
More sports

Boston ALCS Team Stax

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Houston ALCS Team Stax

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Houston-Boston Runs

Red sox second. Xander Bogaerts called out on strikes. Alex Verdugo walks. J.D. Martinez doubles to deep left center field. Alex Verdugo to third. Hunter Renfroe walks. Christian Vazquez singles to …

Flyers rout Kraken 6-1, spoil Hakstol's return to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny scored, Carter Hart stopped 24 shots and the Flyers spoiled former coach Dave Hakstol’s return to Philadelphia with a 6-1 win over the …

Panarin, Shesterkin lead Rangers over Maple Leafs 2-1 in OT

TORONTO (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored in overtime, Igor Shesterkin stopped 40 shots and the New York Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an …

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan carted off field with injury

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted off the field strapped to a backboard after taking a hit to his head and neck area Monday night against the Buffalo …
Most recent
South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military says North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile to its eastern waters as it continued a recent streak of weapons tests apparently aimed at …

Flyers spoil Hakstol's return in 6-1 win over Kraken

NHL Expanded Glance

NHL Expanded Conference Glance

Nation

Who will get Powell Jobs' $3.5B gift for climate work?

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next ten years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public …

Mel Brooks plans sequel to 'History of the World, Part 1'

NEW YORK (AP) — It is still good to be the king. Forty years after the release of his beloved “History of the World, Part I,” Mel Brooks has a sequel in the works. The 95-year-old show …

GameStop mania severely tested market system, regulator says

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market certainly shook when hundreds of thousands of regular people suddenly piled into GameStop early this year, driving its price to heights that shocked …

Powell's age and cancer bout left him vulnerable to COVID

Despite getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Colin Powell remained vulnerable to the virus because of his advanced age and history of cancer, highlighting the continued risk to many Americans until …

Critical Shortage: Vitalant Blood Supply Plummets to Levels Not Seen Since Pandemic's Start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit blood provider Vitalant has a critical blood and platelet shortage and is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment now. Type O …
World

Chinese-North Korean defectors face hardship in South Korea

GWANGYANG, South Korea (AP) — Abandoned, he feels, by three countries, Cho Guk-gyeong shows a visitor his South Korean alien registration card, which describes him as “stateless.” It’s an apt …

Hezbollah leader declares his group has 100,000 fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah declared for the first time Monday that his powerful militant group has 100,000 trained fighters. Hassan Nasrallah disclosed the size of the …

Sweden's Volvo Cars launches IPO, seeks Stockholm listing

HELSINKI (AP) — The Chinese-controlled Swedish car maker Volvo Cars will make a return as a listed company after a hiatus of more than two decades following an initial public offering and share …

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing …

US says Guantanamo detainee can pen letter about torture

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will allow a Guantanamo Bay detainee to provide information to Polish officials about his torture in CIA custody following the 9/11 …
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Business

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Declaring an impasse in contract talks with striking union workers, global spirits producer Heaven Hill said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse …

Biden's dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle and in …

Contract talks resume between Deere and its striking workers

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Contract talks between Deere & Co. and its 10,000 striking workers have resumed, but it wasn't immediately clear how far apart the two sides remained Monday. Both the Moline, …

Treasury says it needs to modernize its economic sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says that the economic and financial sanctions the United States has employed over the past two decades to battle global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, …

Neighbors

AJUSD’s Chad Young an Arizona Diamondbacks ‘Most Valuable Teacher’

Peralta Trail Elementary school teacher Chad Young was vacationing in Flagstaff over fall break when he got a phone call from the school’s office manager. The school, Young was told, had …

Mesa hosts volunteer recruitment fair, ‘Love your City’ kick-off

The city of Mesa’s volunteer recruitment fair is 4-6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 19, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. It is an opportunity for residents to learn about the different ways to …

Valley volunteers come together to build new playground for Mesa children

In early October, more than 100 volunteers from Fiesta Bowl Charities and Salt River Project joined KABOOM! to build a state-of-the-art playground at a local community center. The new …

Goodyear dogs on a mission to help

Science tells us that dog ownership is linked to myriad health benefits. Dogs can help lower anxiety and loneliness, increase cognitive function and promote better heart health for their human …

Things to do

Italian Association of Arizona to debut pizza, wine festival on Nov. 6

Italian Association of Arizona will present its first Italian Pizza & Wine Festival from 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Scottsdale City Hall.

Gold Canyon Business Fair returns Nov. 13

The Gold Canyon Business Fair returns Nov. 13 and will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gold Canyon Community Church, 5810 S. Alameda Road, within the large outdoor courtyard. It will be presented by …

Superstition Mountain Museum hosting holiday shopping weekends

The Superstition Mountain Museum’s holiday boutiques are returning in November.The weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, means big holiday shopping and savings opportunities for visitors …

Desert survival class Nov. 6 in Apache Junction

Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail (State Route 88) in Apache Junction, is hosting a desert survival class at 9 a.m. Nov. 6. Join instructor Jean Robert Pelletier, a former Green …

Obituaries & Memorials

William Lloyd Leasure

Sun City West – William Lloyd “Bill” Leasure passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City West, AZ on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Bill was preceded in death by Mary Ann in 2016, and daughter …

Shirley Hubbard

Shirley joined her heavenly Father on Friday, October 15, 2021 in the city of Glendive, Montana. She was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Willison, No. Dak., the second daughter of Chas V. and Margaret (Sande) …

Les Curry

Les, 71, a Sun City resident since 2016, died suddenly on October 2, 2021 in Taos, NM, while vacationing with his wife Helen.In addition to Helen, he is survived by his daughter, Rhea Hill; his son, …

Harold Ray Compau

Harold, after 6 years of Park Hosting at Estrella Mt. Park in Goodyear with his wife Shirley, bought a home in Sun City Oct. 2008. There he started more volunteering with his TCA, at Boswell Hospital …

U.S. Army Major General Vance Coleman

U.S. Army Major General Vance Coleman, a year-round resident of Sun City and former President of the RCSC and former President of the Sun City Democrat Club passed away from cancer, Wednesday, …
Entertainment
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Kanye West arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. On Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, a Los Angeles judge approved the request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name to just Ye, spelled Y-E, with no middle or last name. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper formerly known as Kanye West is now just Ye

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye is now Ye. A Los Angeles judge on Monday approved the request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name from Kanye Omari West to just Ye, …
This cover image released by Viking shows "Orwell's Roses" by Rebecca Solnit. (Viking via AP)

Review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it …
This cover image released by Random House shows "Oh William!" by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House via AP)

Review: Elizabeth Strout writes a 'Lucy Barton' sequel

“Oh William!” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) Elizabeth Strout has written another voice-driven novel, the third in a series of books about the fictional writer Lucy Barton and the people …
This combination of images shows promotional art for the series "Invasion," premiering Friday, Oct. 22 on Apple TV+, left, the film "Dune," premiering Friday, Oct. 22 on HBO Max, center, and the series "Insecure," premiering its fifth and final season Sunday, Oct. 24 on HBO Max. (Apple TV+/HBO Max/HBO Max via AP)

New this week: 'Dune,' 'Invasion' and an Elton John album

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Denis Villeneuve’s …

Review: Elton John taps some talented friends for new album

“The Lockdown Sessions,” Elton John (Interscope Records) It's been more than 35 years since Elton John recorded with Stevie Wonder and that's clearly way, way too long. But the wait is over: …