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  • More houses are homes to several generations of a family

     The economy may have largely recovered from the depths of the downturn, but there’s a record number of grown children living with their folks. And with soaring housing prices, aging parents, and the changing ethnic makeup of the nation, the trend of multigenerational living looks like it’s just getting started.About 19 percent of all Americans, roughly 60.6 million people, lived in multigenerational homes in 2014. Those are households typically made up of parents, their adult children, and often their grandkids, according to a recent Pew Research Center report that looked at U.S. Census data.That’s practically a throwback to the 1950s, when about 21 percent of Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents.As nuclear families became the norm, that percentage dropped to 12 percent in 1980. But then the economy tanked in the mid-2000s. And as times became tough, the number of adult children living with their parents started rising again, according to the report.The report defined adult children as age 25 and up, so college students home on breaks aren’t counted, and looked at households with at least two generations.

  • Bill of rights for children’s athletics should get more attention

     Each year an estimated 21.5 million kids ages 6 to 17 participate in organized youth sports programs, according to a recent ESPN survey.This is a considerable increase over the participation rates in the 1970s.Title IX had a lot to do with the increase in sports participation as opportunities for girls in sport increased dramatically with its passage into law in 1972.The increase in the number of community and school sports teams led to an increased need for youth sport coaches. As both girls and boys programs expanded, volunteers with little expertise and experience in youth sport coaching were recruited to fill the need.In 1979 a group of concerned experts drafted a “Bill of Rights for Child Athletes” to guide volunteer coaches and parents of child athletes.

  • Kitchen remodel costs could make you lose your lunch

     If your oven heats up to only 300 degrees and your linoleum floor is peeling at the edges, it’s a good bet that your kitchen is long overdue for a renovation. But how much does a kitchen remodel cost?According to Remodeling magazine, the average price of a minor kitchen renovation is $20,122, while a major overhaul will drain $60,000 from your bank account.Here’s more of what you can expect to pay—and, even more important, some ways to save.The biggest line items on a kitchen makeover are cabinetry (29 percent of a typical budget), appliances (14 percent), and countertops (10 percent). John Bodrozi, co-founder of the digital home management app HomeZada, breaks down the type of remodel you can expect in three price ranges:$8,000 to $15,000: Replacing existing appliances, refinishing existing cabinet doors, and resurfacing existing countertops.$25,000 to $50,000: Demolishing the kitchen but keeping main appliance and plumbing fixtures in the same location. Then adding new cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.$50,000 to $100,000: Same as above while also reconfiguring the appliance and plumbing fixtures as well as electrical and HVAC. A renovation this size usually means opening up the kitchen to include an eating area.

  • Altadena principal uses student disturbance as a teachable moment

     When Kyrene Altadena Middle School Principal James Martin heard reports of students yelling profanities and knocking items off the shelves at a nearby Safeway supermarket, he recognized an opportunity to educate beyond the classroom.So instead of punishing the undetermined number of students involved in the incident, Martin is focusing on getting a message to the entire student body on the need for responsibility and appropriate behavior on and off campus.Martin initially verified reports of the Aug. 5 incident on the Ahwatukee 411 Facebook page, then met with Safeway’s managers and owners of other nearby businesses that Altadena students typically patronize, including a convenience store, a fast food restaurant, and a frozen yogurt shop — all near Chandler Boulevard and Desert Foothills Drive.Martin gave his card to the business operators and asked them to contact him if there were problems with students.He and other administrators started taking turns visiting the businesses after school on Wednesday and Fridays as part of a collaborative plan with Phoenix Police Officer John Harpster, Altadena’s school resource officer.

  • Olympics champs hope victories, exposure will increase golf’s profile

    Can a gold medal be used as seed to grow the field for golf? Newly crowned Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose of Great Britain hopes so.He thought that his hard fought victory over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in Rio would raise golf’s profile globally and could go a long way toward drawing a younger crowd to the game.The diminished popularity of golf has been partly linked to the controversy involving two of Ahwatukee’s four golf course communities. The owners of the golf courses at the center of those communities say golf’s waning popularity has made their operation less profitable.“I think that it brought golf into a context that they could understand,” said Rose, who dueled with Stenson down to the last hole before sinking the birdie putt that gave him the gold. “They may not know what it’s all about, and the fact that it came down to the final hole, they can identify with that. I think it takes it out of the golf world and brings it into certainly the sports world.”Rose said he received phone calls from people he had not spoken to in years and messages from others that talked about the effect the constant television coverage had on their children that watched.“I think it’s just the fact that the Olympics is an event that takes over the world really for a few weeks, and you can’t sort of ignore it,” he said. “You could tell it was just opening their eyes… the Olympic Games.”

  • Noah’s Ark facsimile raises questions that go beyond fact

    Recently the small town of Williamstown, Kentucky, located about 40 miles south of Cincinnati, was in the national news for an unusual reason: the grand opening of Ken Ham’s “Ark Encounter,” a 510-foot boat that claims to be the largest timber structure in the world.Ham is the Australian-born president of Answers in Genesis, an organization dedicated to promoting what it considers to be the biblical understanding of the creation of the world around 6,000 years ago.There has been some controversy about the “life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark.” Significant tax incentives were provided by the state of Kentucky and the local government as a way of creating jobs. Those working at the attraction were required to sign declarations of faith, raising questions about separation of church and state.A colleague of mine asked on Facebook whether the more that $100 million it took to build the attraction could not have been put to better use. Someone replied to him, “What’s the harm?”A part of me agrees with the question.If you want to spend $40 per person to see a big wooden, land-locked boat, you can do that. In fact, there are discounts for seniors or for also buying tickets to Ham’s Creation Museum, located nearby.

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  • Making Noise: Bassist Sergio Vega said Deftones ‘pounce’ on fresh ideas

    Deftones has a simple formula for writing new songs: “just start making noise.”“Basically, when someone does something that draws the other people in, we pounce on it,” said bassist Sergio Vega. “Everyone is very quick to add to each other’s ideas.”The band used this method for its eighth album, “Gore,” which was released in the spring. Vega said Deftones members may not waver from their recording process, but the sound is always different.“What changes from record to record is really our palate,” explained Vega, who joined Deftones in 2009 when then-bassist Chi Cheng died after a serious auto accident. “What makes it unique isn’t the songwriting process as much as what toys we have.”Vega recently added to his toy chest in the form of a six-string bass, which adds new elements to Deftones’ music. That’s part of the Deftones’ wish to incorporate different pedals, amplifiers and other equipment into the mix.“Gore” is the follow-up to 2012’s “Koi No Yokan,” an album that was released a year before Cheng died. The four-year gap is the longest in the Deftones’ career. Contrary to what this long silence would imply, the band found itself on a creative streak.

  • Sensational Sedona: The best keeps getting better in Red Rock country

    It’s always a good time to visit Sedona.Over the past year, several resorts and restaurants in the area have stepped up their game with facelifts, expansions and other enhancements aimed at making tourists’ experience even better than before.Here’s a look at three.Orchards InnOrchards Inn, located in Uptown Sedona and just steps from some of the area’s best shopping, dining and art galleries, recently completed a nearly year-long remodeling. The inn, which boasts of some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Red Rocks, added on a Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant with 89 Agave Cantina and re-imagined its guest rooms and suites.Each room now features new furniture and fixtures with details and colors that reflect the nearby mountains, creek beds and running water. Every detail is infused with subtle hints of the Southwest, allowing guests to experience the unique visual and cultural surroundings of Sedona even when they are in the comfort of their room.

  • Ahwatukee teens in one of 8 bands in special needs concert

    Two Ahwatukee boys and one from Chandler comprise one of the eight bands of teens and adults with special needs that will be showcased in a special concert Saturday at Tempe Center for the Arts.The concert, titled “Music from the Heart – Rock Band Showcase,” is the seventh annual presentation by Higher Octave Healing, a nonprofit that works with the bands and Arizona State University’s Music Therapy Clinic.Co-sponsored by the Tempe Diablos and the Rotary Club of Downtown Tempe, the shows at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. will each have four different bands.Among the four bands playing in the first session is The Genius Guys — consist of Ahwatukee residents DeAndro Baker,16, and Curtis Waller,18, both Desert Vista High School students. DeAndro, who plays bass, guitar and drums, and Curtis, a vocalist who also plays piano and drums, are joined by Trevor Jaco, 16, of Chandler, who plays guitar, bass, piano and drums as well as sings.The band members get the “full rock star experience,” said Kymla Eubanks, founder and CEO of the Tempe-based Higher Octave Healing, which provides music therapy throughout the Valley. That includes a green room (the room where a rock band waits before hitting the stage), refreshments and backstage passes to hand out to select fans. They’ll also have autograph signing sessions after both concerts.

  • Country duo got their music education touring with top artists

    The country music duo Maddie and Tae haven’t gone to college, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been schooled. Touring with award-winning artists has been educational for the young women who moved to Nashville at 17.“We always say we didn’t go to college, but we did attend Dierks University, Lee University or Brad University,” Tae (Taylor Dye) said about Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley.“The experiences have been amazing in themselves and all of the artists we tour with are all different in their own ways.”Maddie and Tae will perform as part of the KMLE Country 8 Man Jam with Aaron Lewis, Charles Kelley, Brandy Clark, Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, Love & Theft, Locash and Tucker Beathard on Tuesday at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.KMLE 8 Man Jam is an intimate acoustic performance during which the artists and the audience come together for a session of music and stories. The only way to get in is to win by listening to KMLE 107.9.These kinds of shows are what make Maddie and Tae tick.

  • Good Karma: Reunited Culture Club enjoys legacy, continues to evolve

    Culture Club guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay has witnessed the evolution of his band since it scored the international hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” But it’s not in the way it may seem.“We have a full brass section now, a percussion player and the background singers,” said Hay, calling from a California golf course. “In a weird way, we’re morphing into the ’80s version of Chicago—Chicago with the male version of Cher singing. George is slowly turning into Cher.”Fans can see this for themselves when Culture Club brings its live show to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Aug. 23. The tour is Culture Club’s longest recent jaunt.“We had such a good time doing 22 shows last summer and it was so well received that we thought it was silly not to continue touring,” Hay said.“We have this whole body of work. Everybody looks back and appreciates what we did and how special the band is. The magic is still there when we play. It was so much fun.”The concert will feature the hits as well as a song or two from its forthcoming album, tentatively titled “Tribes.”

  • 2016 State Fair concert lineup

    A pop star who rarely plays concerts, an “American Idol” winner and two ’90s alt-rock bands are among those scheduled to play the Arizona State Fair this October.Iggy Azalea, Scotty McCreery, The Flaming Lips and Garbage are among the acts booked.Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 for premium seating. General admission seating is free with paid fair admission. Visit azstatefair.com/concerts for more information.Here is the list as of press time:Country stars Big and Rich, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, $20TBA, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 12Hip-hop recording star B.o.B., 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, $15Fiesta Friday with MC Magic, Baby Bash, Amanda Perez, Brown Boy, MOBFAM and Kap-G, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, $15Rapper Iggy Azalea, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, $25Latin pop star Luis Coronel, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, $20“American Idol” winner/country star Scotty McCreery, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, $15TBA, Thursday, Oct. 20Pop star Charlie Puth, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, $20Alt-rockers The Flaming Lips, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, $20Pop-rap duo Jack and Jack, 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, $15Hard rockers Slayer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, $20Alt-rockers Garbage, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, $20Pop stars Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammer, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.Old School Jam with SOS Band, One Way, Evelyn Champagne King, Grandmasters Furious Five featuring Melle Mel and Scorpio, and Rob Base, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, $15.The Arizona State Fair opens Friday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Ahwatukee woman earns spot in Guinness records book for teaching dance

    Ahwatukee is home to the newest person to get their name in the Guinness World Book of Records.On Aug. 13, Asha Gopal, founder and director of Arathi School of Dance made the world-renown record book with her 200th student graduation in a special type of Indian classical dance.This graduation, called arangetrem, follows years of training that’s similar to how a karate devotee earns a black belt. The word “arangetram” is Tamil for ascending the stage by a dancer on the completion of formal training.It requires the understanding of classical music and many aspects of dancing so the graduate dancer can now pass on the art form to other aspiring learners of the art.The 200th student, Divya Mohanraj, 15, started dancing when she was 5 and her training lasted a bit longer than the average seven to nine years it usually involves. She attends BASIS in Chandler.Gopal, an Ahwatukee resident for 20 years, also was recognized for her milestone by a Guinness World Records representative when Divya performed at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The two-and-a-half-hour dance itself requires four costume changes.

  • Ahwatukee residents urged to block Zika mosquitoes

    Maricopa County public health and environmental services officials, who are battling to stay a step ahead in the fight against the Zika virus, are urging Ahwatukee residents to rid their yards of standing water and report pockets of high mosquito activity.The Zika virus alarm level ratcheted up a notch last week after federal and Florida state health officials reported that a growing number of people in that state have become infected after being bitten by local mosquitoes carrying the virus.Most of the damage is confined to a north Miami neighborhood, for now. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented warning to pregnant women—or women expecting to become pregnant—to avoid Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.Meanwhile, Yuma County reported its first travel-related case of Zika, the 18th documented case in Arizona.By comparison, South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) had documented more than 400 travel-related Zika cases when the first locally transmitted case was reported July 29.But James Will, eastern region supervisor of the Vector Control Division in Maricopa County’s Environmental Services department, said it’s a question of when, not If, the East Valley will see its first local case.

  • Village Planning Committee to air plans for freeway, Chandler Boulevard extension

    The Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee on Monday will hold discussions on two hot-button issues affecting thousands of residents and motorists in the community—current construction and other plans for the South Mountain Freeway and the extension of Chandler Boulevard.Because general discussion of items not on the agenda is allowed during the meeting — 6 p.m. at Pecos Recreation Center, 17010 S. 48th St., Ahwatukee — it’s possible that there also will be some general discussion of True Life Companies’ plan to replace the course at Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club with an urban-agricultural development. However, at this point there is no formal plan for that project before the committee or city officials.But there’ll be plenty to discuss as city and Arizona Department of Transportation officials disclose the status of design and construction plans for the freeway and a revised design for the city-owned Chandler Boulevard Extension.Because the freeway design is only half complete, committee Chairman Chad Blostone said “now is the time for public input to affect the design.”A group of Ahwatukee residents, organized under the name Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children, and the Gila River Indian Community are suing ADOT in federal court in an effort to stop the freeway project.They are charging that ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration “acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in approving the South Mountain Corridor Loop” by not complying with environmental and other regulations.

Tucson police: Shooting reported at Tucson Medical Center

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson police are responding to the report of a shooting in a parking area at Tucson Medical Center, according …

Published: August 31, 2016 - 1:29 am @ http://www.azfamily.com/story/32935487/tucson-poli…

McCain easily defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary

The 2008 GOP presidential nominee easily defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward and two other Republicans. He faces a tough Democratic challeng…

Published: August 31, 2016 - 12:56 am @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/31/mccain-…

Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio wins his Republican primary

PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Arizona sheriff famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration and keeping jail inmates in tents easily won his Re…

Published: August 31, 2016 - 12:55 am @ http://www.businessinsider.com/controversial-arizo…

McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth te…

Published: August 31, 2016 - 12:26 am @ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ef2e75b70c154a129bd…

John McCain coasts to easy Arizona GOP primary victory

PHOENIX, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Arizona Sen. John McCain coasted to an easy victory on Tuesday in his Republican primary over his conservative chall…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 11:55 pm @ http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/08/31/John-McC…

Arizona primary day results and updates

PHOENIX — The Latest on Arizona’s primary election (all times local): The top election official in metro Phoenix is struggling to keep her job…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 11:25 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1255677/arizona-primary-day-…

Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio easily wins Tuesday's primary in Arizona

PHOENIX — Tuesday’s primary election in Arizona was a breeze for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Published: August 30, 2016 - 11:23 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1255098/maricopa-sheriff-joe…

Survivors of the Aurora shooting have to pay at least $700,000 to theater chain

Survivors of the Aurora shooting have to pay at least $700,000 to theater chain August 30, 2016 Seth Meyers: When it comes to climate change, …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 11:03 pm @ http://theweek.com/speedreads/646024/survivors-aur…

Tucson police: Shooting reported at Tucson Medical Center

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson police are responding to the report of a shooting in a parking area at Tucson Medical Center, according …

Published: August 30, 2016 - 10:58 pm @ http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/32935487/tucson…

Veteran Arizona sheriff defeats three in Republican primary

PHOENIX The Arizona sheriff famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration and keeping jail inmates in tents easily won his Republican pri…

Published: August 30, 2016 - 10:54 pm @ http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arizona-election…

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