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  • AOL co-founder’s tour highlights Phoenix entrepreneurial community

     When venture capitalists think about technology, they often focus most of their attention on California, New York and Massachusetts.In 2015, 75 percent of venture capital went to these three states, according to a city of Phoenix news release.To help spread that wealth, tech mogul and co-founder of AOL Steve Case and his venture capital firm Revolution launched a national tour that highlights other budding capitals of entrepreneurship. They pulled into Phoenix recently during the fifth and final stop of their latest Rise of the Rest tour.Organizers designed the tour to put the spotlight on emerging startup communities in the Southwest. It brings together local startups, investors and government officials to foster entrepreneurship in communities that would not usually receive attention from large investment groups.The tour bus made stops at Phoenix area businesses, which included Local Motors, a 3-D printing car manufacturer, and WebPT, a cloud-based medical record storage platform.

  • Anti-pot campaign war chest gets $1-million boost

    The campaign to keep Arizonans from using marijuana for pleasure is getting a big boost from the state's richest person.Campaign finance reports show Discount Tire Co. dumped $1 million into the effort to kill Proposition 205. It is a private company owned by Paradise Valley resident Bruce Halle.Efforts to reach Halle or his company were unsuccessful.Forbes listed his "real time net worth'' as of Monday at $6.3 billion.The donation makes him the single largest contributor to the cause. Only Empire Southwest which sells heavy construction machinery comes close, with total donations to date of $200,000.Current law allows Arizonans with certain medical conditions, a doctor's recommendation and a state-issued ID card to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Proposition 205 would expand the right to buy, grow and possess up to an ounce for any adult.

  • Ahwatukee author’s book explores Bible’s ‘Song of Songs’

    Anyone who ever wondered why the passionate love poem “Song of Songs” is in the Bible may find some answers in Ahwatukee author Judy Lokits’ new book.Titled “Deep Calls Unto Deep: In the Song of Solomon,” Lokits’ book guides readers through the language of the “Song of Songs” to encourage a deeper knowledge of God and develop ways of making contact with him.Her Bible study includes a built-in personal journal, allowing the readers to record personal growth and insights along the way rather than to answer a list of questions.Lokits aims to show how “Song of Songs” offers readers a look at “the depths of the passionate and eternal love of God for his people, along with a way to climb through it and to make it real for themselves,” her publisher, Tate Publishing and Enterprises, says.An Ahwatukee resident since 2012, Lokits began writing four years earlier and has authored one other book, “Bouquets From My Beloved.”A Bible study teacher and a motivational speaker, she also is an artist who teaches watercolor painting and pastel pet-portrait beginner and intermediate classes. As a member of the Fine Artists at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, her paintings were regularly exhibited in various locals shows and galleries.

  • Tempe Union board candidates outline district challenges

    The Ahwatukee Foothills News asked the six candidates for three seats on the governing board for Tempe Union high School District the following question:What are the three biggest challenges (not necessarily problems) facing the school board and how would you deal with them?Here are their answers. The full answers to all AFN’s questions can be read at ahwatukee.com. Some responses here were edited for length.ANDRES ADAN BARRAZA: “Our education budget, student absence rates and plummeting teacher retention rates. … When we lose committed teachers, it directly impacts student participation. I propose lessening the workload of teachers. Make systems more efficient for them and administrators. Efficiency means more time given back to our faculty and less waste, which means we save money. The money we save should stay with the department for their use.“I believe in order to keep students in school, we need to support more funding for student services. By contracting additional professionals to provide assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties for our students, we can reach out to more students in need.“Chronic absences are largely associated with some difficult personal issue that the child is going through, from dealing with a death in the family to bullying. We need to be able to reach out to these students and help them work through their issues while staying on track for graduation.”

  • ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (Oct. 21-24)

    Northbound Loop 101 closed between Chaparral and Shea in East Valley The northbound lanes of Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) will be closed between Chaparral Road and Shea Boulevard this weekend for work on the nearly completed freeway widening project in the Scottsdale area. The Arizona Department of Transportation says drivers should consider alternate routes and allow extra travel time while the following Phoenix-area freeway restrictions are in place this weekend:·         Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between Chaparral Road and Shea Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 24) for final lane striping and other work, including bridge-joint improvements. DETOUR: Consider alternate freeway routes, including westbound Loop 202 WB (Red Mountain Freeway) to northbound State Route 51. Northbound Interstate 17 is another option. Expect heavy traffic on local detour route. Traffic exiting northbound Loop 101 at Chaparral Road will detour west and can use northbound Pima or Hayden roads to travel beyond freeway closure. Note: Football fans in East Valley traveling to Sunday’s Cardinals-Seahawks game should consider other freeway routes, including westbound I-10, due to Loop 101 closure.·         Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane in areas between Verrado Way and State Route 85 from 10 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday(Oct. 23) for resurfacing. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, including westbound Yuma or Broadway roads or Southern Avenue to northbound SR 85, to travel beyond I-10 restrictions. Note: Westbound I-10 on-ramp at Miller Road closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday(Oct. 22). 

  • Garden of Eatin’ art show aimed at promoting more displays in Ahwatukee

    There are two things the leadership at Emmanuel Lutheran Church thinks Ahwatukee needs: gardens and art.Three members—Jayne Peterson, Pam Yount and Debbie Parkins—have done their part with the former.They helped set up and oversee the Garden of Eatin’ on the grounds of the church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place, Ahwatukee.Now they’re ready to do their part to bring more art to Ahwatukee. They are organizing the church’s first art show, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the garden.Parkins is hoping both amateurs and professionals will take advantage of the show to display some of the work they’re proud of.“A lot of us are art enthusiasts and we want to start some displays in Ahwatukee,” Parkins said. “A lot of other communities have art walks and art shows and Ahwatukee needs more of that.”

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  • Movies on Screen

    Keeping Up with the Joneses – Opens Friday, October 21A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.Rated PG-13Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Opens Friday, October 21When Army Major Susan Turner, who heads Reacher's old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.Rated PG-13

  • Mountain Pointe High to present haunting production

    More than 65 Mountain Pointe High School students, with the help of a number of teachers, will be bringing back an Ahwatukee Halloween favorite this weekend and next with their presentation of the interactive haunted show.The parent booster club says the show has such realistic effects that it compares favorably with far more expensive haunted-themed attractions in the region.Tickets are $7 for the show, which runs 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Oct. 28-29, throughout the theater area, 44th Street and Knox Road, Ahwatukee. Tickets are available at the door.Figure on spending at least 20 minutes if you go at any point during the three hours the auditorium is open on show nights, said Corey Quinn, a biology teacher and Class of 95 Mountain Pointe alumnus who is a faculty sponsor for the show, along with fellow teacher Kim Bonagofski.This year’s show, titled “End of Days,” is similar to the Theatre Company’s Halloween productions for at least the last five years, Quinn said, adding that the school has had at least a decade-long tradition of staging some kind of scary offering this time of year.“We have drawn as many as 500 people in a night,” said Quinn. “This is absolutely one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Theatre Company. We make by far more money on this show than all the other shows we put on in the school year combined.”

  • For Rodriguez, Chandler means Mexican restaurants, top-notch rooms

    A 30-year veteran of comedy, Paul Rodriguez still gets butterflies before each performance.“I’m always afraid,” he said. “If you’re not afraid, you don’t get excited. I’m always professional enough to deliver—at least 99.9 percent of the time.”That 0.1 percent is what makes him nervous. He opened for country singer Mac Davis years ago and the audience’s response still frightens him.“The announcer said, ‘Here’s this Mexican kid who’s going to be funny,’” he recalled. “I would get to the punchline and they would all look at me like they’re from another country. I thought I was up there 35 minutes, so I said thank you and good night. The (producers) said I was only up there for 5 minutes.“If I went back out there, I’d either make them laugh or they’d lynch me. They probably thought I was the janitor up there by mistake. It hasn’t happened to me again, but that one sticks out in my mind. It’s always there. Before each show, I think this could be another Atlantic City nightmare.”Rodriguez, who plays Wild Horse Pass on Saturday, has performed under tougher circumstances, he explained.

  • Bloody fun: ‘The Return of Dracula’ explores the duality of a count

    As a dancer, Emilio Minto just wants to bring a little light into a world that’s otherwise dark.“My vision is to bring light to a very dark industry and what often seems like a negative world,” Minto said. “I want to bring joy and happiness. There needs to be a smile that we need to bring to this world.”Minto is doing this via “The Return of Dracula.” Frances Smith Cohen’s piece has been called a haunting work. It features Minto as the vampire; Scott Bodily as his alternate persona, the count; and Amber Robins as the innocent maiden, Mina.“I’m very excited,” he said about the show that begins Thursday at the Herberger Theater Center, Stage West.“It’s a really neat role. We’re taking Dracula and splitting it into a dual character. Two dancers are playing the role of one character. The count, who’s a nobleman, renounces his faith because he loses the love of his life and becomes a monster.”Late bloomer

  • Chandler singer finding his ‘voice’ on NBC competition show

    Chandler resident Blaine Long admitted that his stint on “The Voice” hasn’t gone as planned—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.He passed the blind auditions and advanced to the battle round after Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus turned their chairs around. He chose to be mentored by Shelton.The only star who didn’t show interest was R&B singer Alicia Keys.“That felt really cool,” Long said about the acceptance from three of the mentors. “It was a tough decision, though, because I wanted Alicia. She was my pick, but Blake said the right things.“What I thought was funny was that they edited out the thing that really got me to choose him.”Shelton told him that he would push the producers to allow Long to sing tracks that suited his voice.

  • Singing the ‘Blues’: Jimmy Eat World prepping landmark new album

    After 23 years in the business, Jimmy Eat World drummer Zach Lind has heard everything. But when fans recall listening to his Mesa-bred alternative pop band in their childhood, it makes him laugh.“It makes us feel old,” said Lind, calling from Chicago’s Riot Fest. “It is a weird feeling. On the other hand, I’ve always admired people who said they have done this job or that job for 25, 30 or 40 years.“We’re becoming that. We’re entering into our 23rd year as a band. It’s a good feeling. I take pride in the fact that we stuck around and did it for that long and made nine albums.”The ninth album is “Integrity Blues,” slated for release on Friday. Jimmy Eat World settled on the title after a bit of a struggle.“Primarily, our album names are based on a song title,” he said. “We hesitated a little bit on ‘Integrity Blues.’ We didn’t want the takeaway of it to be something that’s understood as us bragging. You’re assuming that you have integrity, so you’re playing the integrity blues.”Lind explains that there’s a much different message.

  • Pair of sisters makes ‘Ahwatukee Nutcracker’ history

    A pair of Ahwatukee sisters will make history of sorts at this December’s performances of local dance instructor Kimberly Lewis’ 17th annual signature community gift, “The Nutcracker.”Olivia Gregg, 16, played the Sugarplum Fairy in Lewis’ production last year and her sister Bella Gregg, 14, will play the same role this year.“This is the first time we ever had sisters back to back as the Sugarplum Fairy,” Lewis said.The girls themselves have been in one other role in different years of “Nutcracker”: Olivia played Clara when she was 9 years old and Bella played her when she was 10.Olivia, the only cast member to play the Sugarplum Fairy twice in Lewis’ Christmas extravaganza, is a junior at Desert Vista High School, where she is a member of the varsity dance line. She was 12 when she first played the Sugarplum Fairy.She and Bella, a Desert Vista freshman, both dance in the school’s Senior Elite Company and for the Elite Competition Team at Lewis’ Dance Studio 111 in Ahwatukee.

  • In Your Neighborhood: Desert Vista High senior’s viola mastery will be on display

    At 17 years of age, Desert Vista High School senior Ryan Grieser is quickly becoming a classical music star for his mastery of the viola.He earned two solo performances in 2014 in famed Carnegie Hall in New York City with prize-winning work at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition. He also won the Youth Symphony of the Southwest concerto competition and will be soloing with that orchestra later this year.In addition to many other successful competitions and masterclasses, he also has served as principal violist with All-National Honors Orchestra, Arizona High School All-State Orchestra, and Youth Symphony of the Southwest.Ryan has also won prizes in solo competitions from the American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, Phoenix Symphony Guild, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Virtuoso Violas, and Four Seasons Orchestra.One of two boys in a set of triplets, Ryan has attended various summer music festivals, including Eastern Music Festival and the Heifetz International Music Institute, where he was a student of viola professors Jeffrey Irvine and Martha Katz. He has also played in masterclasses with several renown violists, including Atar Arad, Paul Coletti, and Robert Vernon.Now you can listen to Ryan.

  • Instead of giving up, Ahwatukee man reinvents giant Halloween display

    You won’t find plastic skulls and cheesy skeletons in Steve Powers’ Halloween display.He’s made practically everything by hand for the giant Halloween show that unfolds on the front yard of his Ahwatukee home every weekend through the end of October.And he almost gave it all up.Since moving to Ahwatukee 11 years ago, the commercial airline pilot had grown his Halloween display from a few scattered tombstones into an elaborate musical horror show he titled “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in tribute to the Disney film of the same name.Actually, a trip to Disneyland inspired Powers to develop the show.After seeing the characters that populate the Haunted Mansion ride, Powers, who had no carpentry experience, set about building columns and characters and using cables and choreography to develop a seven-minute show that has drawn thousands to his neighborhood.

Documentary Plumbs the Future of Western Water, Blends Optimism With Caution

If you think California can secure its water future on its own, think again. If there’s one key takeaway from the new documentary Beyond the M…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 8:32 am @ https://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/10/21/documentar…

Phoenix Police investigating deadly multi-car crash; driver in custody

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating after a multi-car crash overnight left one woman dead. According to Phoenix Fire officials, around …

Published: October 22, 2016 - 8:15 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/wes…

6 tips for renting a car from AAA Arizona

Renting a car can make a trip easier, and they come in handy if you’ve been in a fender bender or your car is in the shop for repairs. As a go…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 8:14 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/water-cooler/…

FreedomWorks - Timeline

See more of FreedomWorks by logging into FacebookMessage this Page, learn about upcoming events and more. If you don't have a Facebook account…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 8:08 am @ https://www.facebook.com/FreedomWorks/videos/10154…

Inside big pharma's fight to block recreational marijuana

Marijuana legalization will unleash misery on Arizona, according to a wave of television ads that started rolling out across the state last mo…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 7:38 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2…

Soros group is accused of violating Arizona election law

PHOENIX (AP) - A campaign finance violation complaint has been filed with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office against a newly formed indepen…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 7:03 am @ http://www.azfamily.com/story/33450690/soros-group…

Is Georgia turning blue?

Ballot Box feed By Jonathan Easley Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWATCH LIVE: Trump delivers 'first 100 days' speech in Gettysburg California House R…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 6:30 am @ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-r…

Cork city guide: what to see, plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

“It’s always Cork first and Ireland second,” said Roy Keane in a 1997 RTE documentary, Have Boots Will Travel. Keane, now the national footbal…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 6:32 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/oct/22/cor…

In Nevada, Latino Groups Are Finding the Voters Data Can’t

Daniel Zamora says that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign reminds him of the movie Saw, and no, not because he thinks it’s frightening. It’…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 6:01 am @ https://www.wired.com/2016/10/nevada-latino-groups…

How TV Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Its Weed

Marijuana is reaching a point of no return. Election Day is nearly upon us, and with it comes what might be the much-needed antidote to the fi…

Published: October 22, 2016 - 5:31 am @ https://www.fastcocreate.com/3064589/how-tv-learne…


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