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NEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Valley and State

Appeals court upholds dismissal of ousted lawmaker's lawsuit

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Arizona legislator who was expelled by the state House in 2018 for sexual harassment. The San …

Phoenix area hit with monsoon rain, lightning and thunder

PHOENIX (AP) — In Phoenix, scorching heat has been swapped for rain, lightning and flooding thanks to monsoon thunderstorms. Residents across metro Phoenix woke up Friday to a drenched landscape …

Lawsuit aims to stop referendum effort to block tax cuts

PHOENIX (AP) — An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit to stop a citizen petition drive that aims to block big tax cuts enacted by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. …

Arizona reports 1,479 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is reporting 1,479 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest daily case number in over a week. The state's dashboard released the latest numbers Friday, which included …
Health Care

ASU partnership provides free hearing services to low-income Arizonans

When Michele Michaels became program manager at the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing four years ago, she started keeping track of those who called seeking services but couldn’t afford the care. Today, her list includes more than 500 names — and is being put to good use.
First responders
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Florence area June July 15-22: Theft of property, shoplifting reported at 4:41 p.m. July 18 at the 900 block of …
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office took the following reports of crime in the Queen Creek area from July 15-22: Assault with a deadly weapon reported at 8:25 p.m. July 15 in the 21100 …
Surprise Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Catalina Cortez, a 15-year-old runaway.
Opinions: Highlighting Valley Voices
Rodney E. Rohde

Rohde: US is split between the vaccinated and unvaccinated

In recent weeks, one piece of data has gotten a lot of attention: 99.5% of all the people dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. are unvaccinated

Stratton: Hedge funds work for Arizona

In a state as big as Arizona, it’s no surprise that our communities have different needs. But there are some constants. No matter where we live, we’re all concerned about our …

Schneider: The biting truth about dental and mental health

Stress, anxiety and depression can all take a toll on your teeth and gums.
Steve Ezyk

Ezyk: Helmets donated to Knights of Columbus for car show

On July 10 a couple from the DJ Jacobs Memorial Helmet Fund donated eight high-end children’s ATV helmets to our October car show. Their young son lost his life in a tragic accident in Star …
In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a portion of the Bush fire burns through the Tonto National Forest, as seen from Apache Junction. [The Associated Press]

Montrose: What’s in wildfire smoke?

Fire and health officials began issuing warnings about wildfire smoke several weeks earlier than normal this year.
More sports

Sabres add 1st-round pick in trading Ristolainen to Flyers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres launched their offseason overhaul Friday by trading veteran defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers. Buffalo acquired fifth-year …

Rangers buying out Tony DeAngelo, introduce Barclay Goodrow

The New York Rangers are buying out the player they paid to go away and giving the money saved to a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion they hope will improve team chemistry on and off the ice. The …

'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron

TOKYO (AP) — What a moment for Naomi Osaka. For the new Japan. For racial injustice. For female athletes. For tennis. The four-time Grand Slam winner lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of …

Japan's judoka stars look to calm nation's Olympic angst

TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the …
Nation

AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don't want shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according …

Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday with a video on Twitter …

The Latest: Olympic map changed after Ukraine protests

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: A map on the Olympic website has been changed after …

Washington Post reporter sues paper for discrimination

Washington Post politics reporter Felicia Sonmez sued the paper and several of its current and former editors for discriminating against her as a victim of sexual assault. In a suit filed …

Brother of Miami condo victim heartbroken but not hopeless

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — He has given his DNA, talks frequently with the medical examiner and search team, and even reluctantly visited the site of the collapsed Surfside condo, to see for …
World

Slovenia PM accuses EU official of lying over rule of law

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday accused a European Union official of being a liar in the wake of the publication this week of an annual report on adherence …

Germany toughens rules for travel from Spain, Netherlands

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is listing Spain and the Netherlands as “high-incidence areas,” meaning that most people arriving from those countries who aren’t fully vaccinated will have to go into …

Belarus shuts more civil society groups in wide crackdown

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced the closure of 15 nongovernmental organizations, part of a sweeping crackdown on civil society activists and independent …

European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency on Friday recommended authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under …

German far-right fails in bid to oust state governor

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party failed in an attempt Friday to unseat the left-wing governor of an eastern German state, a long-shot bid that opponents denounced as …
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Business

Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change

By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in …

GM issues 2nd Bolt recall; faulty batteries can cause fires

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling some older Chevrolet Bolts for a second time to fix persistent battery problems that can set the electric cars ablaze. Until repairs are done, GM says …

Americans are spending again and American Express is booming

NEW YORK (AP) — Spending at restaurants, shops and entertainment venues has come back in force as vaccines become more common, fueling a revenue surge at American Express during the second …

German railway: Floods caused $1.5 billion damage to network

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's national railway operator estimated on Friday that last week's flooding caused damage worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to its network, offering another glimpse of the …

Neighbors

Freshman orientation held at Apache Junction High School

You’re a freshman on the first day of high school. The campus seems huge. So do some of the kids. You’re not sure where your classes are or how to get from Point A to Point …

Sheppard appointed deputy Pinal County manager

MaryEllen Sheppard was recently appointed Pinal County deputy county manager. Sheppard, who joined Pinal County in February 2019 as human resources director, has been serving in an interim role …

Pretrial, probation and parole supervision week July 18-24

During the week of July 18-24, the essential responsibilities performed by probation, parole and community supervision professionals will be honored in Pinal County and nationwide. These …

MCC student-athletes earn NJCAA All-Academic honors

Twenty-eight Mesa Community College student-athletes earned All-Academic honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. With only 10 of the 18 MCC squads eligible to be considered …

Things to do

Desert scorpion hunting class at Lost Dutchman State Park

At Lost Dutchman State Park, 6109 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, there are creepy things crawling in the dark. Scorpions find their way into all the nooks and crannies of the desert and after …

The Improv Syndicate live Sunday in Gold Canyon

PG-13 improvised humor from The Improv Syndicate is Sunday, July 25, at the Gold Stallion restaurant, 6030 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. The show starts at 6 p.m. No cover. “If you …

Salt River Tubing open seven days a week

Salt River Tubing and Recreation is open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water flow conditions permitting, with safety protocols in place. “SRTR will strive to do its best to …

Fit Families Bingo Blast Aug. 20 in Apache Junction

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department presents Fit Family Bingo Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the multi-generational center, 1035 N. Idaho Road. Bingo is for all ages — …

Entertainment
Singer Alice Cooper, left, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield laugh during a Progressive Insurance commercial shoot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Odd couple: Mayfield, rocker Alice Cooper team for TV spot

CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield never dreamed of being on a team with Alice Cooper. The Browns quarterback also had no idea the legendary rocker, known for theatrical stage shows featuring …

Country star Morgan Wallen addresses his use of racial slur

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In his first interview in six months, disgraced country star Morgan Wallen said it was ignorant of him to use a racial slur. During with Michael Strahan on ABC's “Good …
Natalia Santos of Angola, carry her country's flag during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

TOKYO (AP) — The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes Friday night. Those video game songs that get stuck in your head. An orchestral medley of songs from …
This image released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie, Gael García Bernal and Luca Faustino Rodriguez in a scene from "Old." (Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: Crystal waters, soft sands, clunky dialogue in ‘Old’

“Can you believe I found this online?” a delighted Prisca asks husband Guy at the beginning of as their family arrives at a glistening beach resort. Not to be a Debbie Downer quite so soon, …
Michael Cumella, aka DJ MAC, speaks through a vintage megaphone near the gravesite of Nat M. Wills, a vaudeville star of the early 20th century known as “The Happy Tramp" at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx on June 27, 2021. Wills was among the jazz and vaudeville greats included on a tour led by Cumella.  (AP Photo/Julia Rubin)

NYC's starry Woodlawn Cemetery an overlooked cultural gem

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cumella, dressed in 1920s garb, laid his old Victrola record player down among the tombstones and turned to the small tour group assembled under the towering trees at …