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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Arizona man who wore horns in riot seeks release from jail

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who stormed the U.S. Capitol seven weeks ago while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns has asked to be released from jail as his lawyer disputed …

Navajo Nation reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven additional deaths. The latest numbers released Tuesday night bring the total …

Bill to purge Arizona permanent early voting list revived

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate has revived a stalled bill that would purge about 200,000 people from a list of voters who automatically get mail ballots. The measure died on the Senate floor …

Downtown Flagstaff to resume paid parking next month

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — After nearly a year, Flagstaff plans to resume enforcing paid parking downtown. The city of Flagstaff announced that drivers will have to pay for parking starting March …

Arizona city becomes latest to pass hair discrimination ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — It is now illegal in Tucson, Arizona, to enforce dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against hair texture and hairstyles in the workplace and public schools, …
First responders
The Mesa Police Department took reports of the following robberies and burglaries Feb. 12-18: Burglary at a residence/home Feb. 12 in the 600 block of North Cherry.Burglary at a parking/drop …
The Apache Junction Police Department took the following reports of fraud and identity theft Feb. 12-18: Fraud/forgery — identity theft, reported at 8:40 a.m. Feb. 12 in the 1600 block of …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took reports of vandalism, theft and other incidents in Gold Canyon Feb. 12-18: Fraud, reported at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 12 in the 9700 block of East Windy Pass …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Ostrom: Colorectal cancer screenings must remain a priority

Did you know that one of the most prevalent and deadly cancers in the United States is colorectal cancer? In fact, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the …

Elliott: Says Senate’s audit subpoenas ‘sound fair’

I just read on the internet that, “A judge will determine whether the Arizona Senate has the authority to subpoena ballots, tabulation machines and other equipment and data from Maricopa County …
Eric Kurland

Kurland: Voters love voting by mail, so why are they threatening it?

There are so many reasons to be proud to live in the Grand Canyon State — from the “five Cs” I taught to my grade school students to the awe-inspiring scenery that makes us a …
Roberto Reveles

Reveles: Citizens gathered at Gosar’s office in protest of his role in attack on Capitol

Residents of Gold Canyon gathered Thursday, Feb. 18, at Congressman Paul Gosar’s district office on Kings Ranch Road in protest of his role in the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol. The …
Mike Siegel

Siegel: What’s best for Goodyear, city manager or strong mayor?

Goodyear is growing in amazing fashion in both commercial and residential development.
More sports

Good or great? D-backs confident Marte can be the latter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There's very little doubt Arizona's Ketel Marte will be a good baseball player this season. He can hit for average, steal bases, smash homers and play multiple defensive …

BALL ST. 90, KENT ST. 71

Percentages: FG .417, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 5-24, .208 (Pippen 2-7, Bainbridge 1-2, Beck 1-3, Santiago 1-4, Hamilton 0-1, Hernandez 0-1, Jacobs 0-2, Jordan 0-4). Team Rebounds: 4. Team …

Weightlifting risks being dropped from 2024 Paris Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC warned weightlifting’s troubled governing body again on Wednesday the sport faces being dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics if doping and leadership issues …

After surprisingly quick start to season, Devils faltering

After a surprisingly fast start to the season under new coach Lindy Ruff, the New Jersey Devils have run into problems lately, including a two-week shutdown because of COVID-19 issues. The Devils …
Nation

Amid surge, US tries to expedite release of migrant children

HOUSTON (AP) — With its long-term facilities for immigrant children nearly full, the Biden administration is working to expedite the release of children to their relatives in the U.S. U.S. …

Health network allowed employees' kin to skip vaccine line

One of Pennsylvania’s largest health networks allowed employees' family members to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line, raising questions of fairness at a time of strong public demand and scarce …

Palm Beach County refuses to lower flags for Rush Limbaugh

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, refusing to lower its courthouse flags to half-staff in honor of the late conservative broadcaster The …

Police grilled South Dakota AG on phone use before crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Investigators questioning South Dakota’s attorney general after a fatal car crash pressed him on how he did not realize he had struck a man and whether he had been …

EXPLAINER: UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

As the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide last April, global organizations banded together to help ensure that the world's most vulnerable people would get vaccines amid the rush for shots. The …
World

Italy orders food delivery services to treat riders better

ROME (AP) — Italy is going after online food delivery companies, with one prosecutor lamenting Wednesday that the cyclists who deliver the food, many of them immigrants, are practically treated …

Sanctions prompt Venezuela to expel head of EU delegation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government on Wednesday ordered the expulsion of the head of the European Union delegation in the South American nation following the bloc’s decision to …

South Africa to spend $172 million on mass vaccination drive

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to spend $712 million to vaccinate some 67% of its 60 million people to control the country's COVID-19 battle and get the economy to rebound from its decline …

Hungary rolls out China's Sinopharm jab amid lagging trust

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Doctors in Hungary on Wednesday began administering a COVID-19 vaccine developed in China, making the country the first European Union nation to use a Chinese jab as …

Asylum seekers rush to register for US border processing

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In the first five days since the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden began to process the thousands of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico, the United Nations High …
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Business

Kabat’s Frontier ACE Hardware recognized for outstanding performance

Ace Hardware Corp. recently announced that Kabat’s Frontier Ace Hardware of Apache Junction achieved designation as a “Pinnacle Performance Retailing” store for its outstanding …

PG&E wildfire victims sue former management for neglect

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric's rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility's …

Chairman Powell: Fed is in no hurry to raise interest rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told Congress on Wednesday that the central bank will not begin raising interest rates until it believes it has reached its goals on maximum …

Red-hot US housing market: January new home sales jump 4.3%

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Demand for new homes in the U.S. surged 4.3% in January with the housing market still one of the strongest segments of the economy. Last month's increase pushed sales …

Neighbors

Hope in the Garden photography exhibit to benefit at-risk youth

Beginning March 18 Berridge Nurseries will be featuring a collection of nature-themed photos taken by youth from the nonprofit organization, Kids in Focus, which uses the art of photography to give …

Litchfield Park girl strikes a pose in Make-A-Wish fashion shoot

For much of her young life, Audrey Murphy dreamed of having her hair and makeup styled by professionals, putting on beautiful outfits and striking pose after pose as a fashion photographer captured her in action, just like models in Vogue magazine.

Splash pads in Queen Creek ready to open next month

The weather will be heating up soon and that means splash pad season in Queen Creek. The town recently announced that the splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, will open for …

CAC’s Ackland receives distinguished college administrator award

Dr. Terri Ackland, academic dean for arts and humanities at Central Arizona College, has been named a distinguished college administrator by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Ackland is one of 26 …

Things to do

How to communicate with your mule and donkey topic of March 6-7 clinic

An in-person clinic on how to communicate with a mule or donkey is being held at the Queen Valley Mule Ranch March 6-7. “Maybe you’re feeling a bit down about how your animal is …

Engvall ready for 2 shows in Surprise

Grammy Award-nominated comedian Bill Engvall is scheduled to perform two shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.

Rec on the go in Florence

The Town of Florence Recreation Division wants you to get out and get active! Sports equipment is available for use for free. Items available include basketballs, tennis equipment, pickleball …

Splash pad at Founders’ Park to open March 1

The splash pad at Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, will open for the season on March 1. The splash pad at Mansel Carter Oasis Park, 19535 E. Appleby Road in Queen …

Entertainment
A woman wearing a face mask walks past a fashion store's front window in Monte Napoleone shopping street during the Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Del Core intros new brand with live show during digital MFW

MILAN (AP) — It was a lockdown well-spent for Daniel Del Core. The German designer chose the unlikely moment when the world was reeling from the coronavirus last spring and the luxury sector was …
This cover image released by Knopf shows "Speak, Okinawa," a memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina. (Knopf via AP)

Review: 'Speak, Okinawa' is a masterful memoir and more

“Speak, Okinawa,” by Elizabeth Miki Brina (Knopf) Elizabeth Miki Brina’s “Speak, Okinawa” is a masterful memoir in which Brina examines the complex relationship she has with her …
This cover image released by Luellie Records shows "Take My Hand" by Rick Holmstrom. (Luellie Records via AP)

Review: Mavis Staples' guitarist opts for garage band basics

Rick Holmstrom, "See That Light” (LuEllie Records) Mask up, plug in and rock out to a stripped-down sound. That's the recipe for success on “See That Light,” the new solo album by Rick …
FILE - Mandy Moore arrives at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on Jan. 12, 2020, Moore announced the birth of her first child, a son named August Harrison Goldsmith, on her Instagram Tuesday. “Gus is here,” Moore wrote in the post along with a photo. This is the first child for Moore and husband Taylor Goldsmith, a musician she married in 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Mandy Moore announces birth of son 'right on his due date'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore is officially a mom. The 36-year-old “This Is Us” star announced the birth of her first child, a son named August Harrison Goldsmith, on her Instagram …
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Andra Day in "The United States vs Billie Holiday." (Takashi Seida/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Review: Andra Day shines in overstuffed Billie Holiday bio

Billie Holiday has always been a monster of a role. Diana Ross tackled her on film and Audra McDonald did it on stage. Now it's time for Andra Day — a singer and actress perfectly named to play …