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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Felony charges recommended against ex-Arizona prisons boss

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police on Wednesday said they are recommending felony charges against former Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan in an encounter at his Tempe home nearly two weeks ago in …

Hikers find human remains in hilly, desert area of Kingman

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Human remains have been found in a hilly, desert area of Kingman, police said Wednesday. They said say two hikers reported finding the remains Sunday in Monolith …

Police investigating death of 3-year-old at a Buckeye home

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Police in the Phoenix suburb of Buckeye are investigating the death of a child at a home Wednesday. They said officers were called to the scene around 8:30 a.m. The …
Things To Do

Forty8 Live! to produce Surprise's Rib Fest

HDE Agency has rebranded as Forty8 Live!

Republican lawmakers target Arizona school boards group

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona School Boards Association, which successfully sued the Arizona Legislature to invalidate key parts of the state budget last year, is now being targeted by Republican …
First responders
Police Chief Thomas E. Kelly, who is retiring, has served in a big city and around the world but feels very proud about what his Apache Junction officers and staff have been able to do at a smaller …
The Mesa Police Department took the following reports of robberies Jan. 3-9: Robbery of an individual at a convenience store Jan. 4 in the 2000 block of West Broadway Road. Robbery of an …
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of two sex offenses and other incidents in Gold Canyon Jan. 6-12: Disorderly conduct — noise disturbance, reported at 6:43 …
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices

Solomon: Why does it take the Supreme Court so long to decide a case?

Dec. 1, 2021 will go down as an important date in American history. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which was argued on the day, has the potential to rewrite abortion law in the United States.

Dotson: Fact-checking may be important, but won’t help us learn to disagree better

Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing opinions on COVID-19 risk or abortion, but basic facts like election counts and whether vaccines work. Surveying rising political antagonism, journalist George Packer recently wondered in The Atlantic, “Are we doomed?”
Steven Alexander

Alexander: ‘Golfer’s elbow’ hindering your golf game?

You are humming along, just finished playing a round of golf, when you pull up to the cart drop-off. You reach to grab your bag off the cart and wham, pain on the inside of your elbow makes you drop …
Phoenix Philatelic Association president Kevin Lesk, left, admires Monroe Wingate’s stamp collection.

Hospice patient shares lifelong passion: 2 million stamps in collection

It was 1939, and Monroe Wingate was just 9 years old when his father returned home from a business trip with a little package of German stamps. Two of them depicted an eagle circling the world with a swastika. Hitler’s invasion of Europe was all over the news and the young boy knew he was holding a piece of history.

Rigler: As COVID-19 cases rise, please help keep ERs open for emergencies

With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Arizona has seen more COVID-19 cases in the past week than any other week of the pandemic. Alongside this increase, we’ve seen more people seeking care in hospital emergency rooms and more people seeking COVID-19 testing.
More sports

NBA Prospect Watch: Scouts love athleticism of Purdue's Ivey

Purdue’s Jaden Ivey has not had any trouble finding ways to stay motivated even after playing his way into NBA lottery consideration. No matter how high he rises on draft boards, Ivey continues …

Notre Dame's Blake Wesley making a name for himself

Blake Wesley arrived at Notre Dame without some of the same fanfare as other incoming freshmen. The accolades went to players like Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, Duke's Paolo Banchero and Auburn's Jabari …

Korda sisters both feel like defending champs as LPGA begins

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The 2022 LPGA season gets underway on Thursday with a new sponsor, a new venue, significant purse increases and most of the stars who put a big spark into 2021. The Hilton …

Opportunities were missed to stop sports doctor Anderson

DETROIT (AP) — Suspicions that a University of Michigan sports doctor was committing sexual assault went back decades, long before a $490 million settlement this week with victims, but no one …

UCLA's Johnny Juzang raises NBA draft stock with NCAA run

UCLA guard Johnny Juzang took a big star turn at the NCAA Tournament last spring, shooting the Bruins into the Final Four with a string of incredible performances. The run heaped the hype onto …

Former NFL players among North Carolina sports hall class

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A trio of former National Football League players, a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and a holdover from 2021 highlight the new class of inductees for the …
Most recent
Barbados holds snap general election amid criticism

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados held a snap general election on Wednesday after cutting ties with Queen Elizabeth II late last year and appointing its first …

Woman missing in wildfire was last seen trying to save dogs

Man who threatened Dutch minister gets 6 months in prison

Yvette Mimieux, '60s starlet of 'Time Machine,' dies at 80

Nation

Man accused of fatal subway shove arraigned on murder charge

NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of pushing a woman to her death in a New York City subway station was arraigned on a murder charge Wednesday and ordered held without bail. Martial Simon, 61, …

Prior infection, vaccines provide best protection from COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — A new study in two states that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19. The …

3 cops face complex federal trial in George Floyd's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who were with Derek Chauvin when he pinned George Floyd to the street is expected to be complex as prosecutors try …

US home construction rises third straight month in December

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of new homes in the U.S. rose again in December as builders ramp up projects amid a persistent shortage of homes. The December increase puts home …

Asian shares fall after retreat on Wall Street

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell in cautious trading on Wednesday. with Tokyo's Nikkei 225 down nearly 3%, after stocks on Wall Street sank to a new low for the year. Shares also sank in Hong …
World

Unilever won't top $68B bid for GSK consumer healthcare unit

LONDON (AP) — Unilever, the maker of Vaseline skin care products and Dove soap, says it won’t increase a 50 billion-pound ($68.2 billion) offer for GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare unit …

Rio de Janeiro police move to regain control of some favelas

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some 1,200 police officers were deployed to Rio de Janeiro’s working-class Jacarezinho neighborhood and its surroundings early Wednesday, marking the start of a state effort …

Global vaccine program COVAX low on funds, seeks $5.2B

GENEVA (AP) — The global initiative to share coronavirus vaccines equally between rich and poor countries asked Wednesday for $5.2 billion in funds to be able to keep buying doses in coming months. …

UAE envoy: Yemen's Houthis used missiles in Abu Dhabi attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's rebels used cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and drones in an attack on Abu Dhabi this week that killed three people and set off fires at a fuel depot …

Kazakh defense minister fired; last Russia-led troops leave

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says all the troops deployed to Kazakhstan by a Russia-led security alliance this month to help quell violent unrest have left the former Soviet nation, …
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Business

Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling

Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month. In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the Seattle coffee …

Ukraine court refuses to arrest ex-leader in treason case

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Ukraine on Wednesday rejected a motion by prosecutors to put former President Petro Poroshenko in custody pending an investigation and trial on the charges of …

Donors to launch Houston newsroom with $20M in seed funding

Five philanthropies plan to spend more than $20 million to bolster news coverage in Houston and create what they say will be one of the largest local nonprofit news organizations in the country. …

EXPLAINER: Microsoft's Activision buy could shake up gaming

Microsoft stunned the gaming industry when it announced this week it would buy game publisher Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, a deal that would immediately make it a larger video-game company …

Neighbors

Meet the Girl Scout: Mesa resident Gina Ferroni

Meet Gina Ferroni, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Mesa. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Meet the Girl Scout: Tempe resident Savanna Ellis

Meet Savanna Ellis, a Girl Scout hailing from the city of Tempe. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season through Feb. 27, featuring …

Meet the Girl Scout: Abby hails from Peoria

Meet Abby, a Girl Scout from Troop 997 in Peoria. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season Jan. 17-Feb. 27, featuring traditional …

Meet the Girl Scouts: Queen Creek sisters Lizzy, Ally Small

Meet Lizzy and Ally Small, two Girl Scouts hailing from the town of Queen Creek. For the next six weeks, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council will host its cookie season Jan. 17-Feb. …

Things to do

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 …

Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo in February in Apache Junction

The Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo, to be held Feb. 25-27 at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd., at Tomahawk Road, is a full eight-event rodeo, with professional cowboys and …

Obituaries & Memorials

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 …

Charlotte Lape Byrne October 16, 1920-January 7, 2021

Charlotte and her identical twin Marcia were born on October 16, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to William Edward Lape and Verna Love Lape. Charlotte weighed just under 3 pounds at birth and Marcia just …

Myrlene Ann Shoup-Hugo

Myrlene Ann Shoup-Hugo (92) passed away in Sun City, Arizona on January 13, 2022 surrounded by her three sons. She was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on July 16, 1929. Her childhood was a happy one …

Kent Ray Myers

Kent Ray Myers was born March 15, 1943 in Alexander, Iowa, the youngest of five boys. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1963 after realizing he would never be a farmer. He earned his success and valued …

John Willis Kohl

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 22nd - 10:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Surprise. Masks will be required plus social spacing in the sanctuary. Weather …
Entertainment

HBO leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO and HBO Max have become the top contenders at the GLAAD Media Awards with a combined 19 nominations, landing the bulk of its nods for its TV shows like “Hacks,” “The Other …
This cover image released by Republic Records shows "Strictly a One-Eyed Jack" by John Mellencamp. (Republic Records via AP)

Review: Mellencamp album reflects on life and wasted time

“Strictly a One-Eyed Jack," John Mellencamp (Republic Records) John Mellencamp‘s latest studio album, “Strictly a One-Eyed Jack,” is a work of deep reflection. Over the course of 12 …
FILE - Cardi B performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on June 16, 2019. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday that Cardi B had offered to the financial relief for victims of the Bronx fire. The Grammy-winning artist grew up in the Bronx. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Bronx-raised Cardi B offers to pay fire victim burial costs

NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that ripped through a New York City high-rise. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday …
Mexican multi-millionaire Mauricio Fernandez stands inside a replica of his northern Mexico mansion, “La Milarca,” being built as a museum for his art collection in municipality of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. While the endeavor is criticized because it is funded in large part with public money, 71-year-old former Mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia said he wants to give the public access to his collections of art, historic artifacts and fossils. (AP Photo/Marcos Martinez Chacon)

Mexican millionaire builds controversial replica of mansion

SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCÍA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican multi-millionaire is building a replica of his northern Mexico mansion to serve as a museum for his art collection, an endeavor criticized because …
FILE - Lily Tomlin appears at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2017. Tomlin is this year's recipient of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups® Awards Career Achievement Award.  The 20th anniversary virtual event, hosted by Alan Cumming, will be telecast on “Great Performances” on PBS on March 18 . (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

AARP to honor Lily Tomlin with Movies for Grownups Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lily Tomlin is this year's recipient of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups Awards career achievement honor. The 82-year-old actor, comedian and star of “Grace and …