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The investigation into unusual spikes in Ahwatukee water customers’ usage last summer has ended with the city Water Services Department exonerated and scores of residents out hundreds of dollars in payments they called abnormally high.

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On the morning of March 21, video of 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg being run down by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe quickly became the most-watched drama on local television and across the Internet. This should come as no surprise. A barbarous bunch getting more bloodthirsty by the day, …

You know those “national conversations” we have all the time, about the big issues: guns, sexual harassment of women and the latest episode of “The Bachelor”? It’s time for Arizona to have a “state conversation.” The subject?

We were standing on the 14th hole of the Arizona Biltmore golf course when The Guy From Grand Rapids, maybe four beers and 80 strokes in, began to expound about his lack of desire. Not that kind of desire (for which I thank heavens). His lack of desire to see the Grand Canyon.

Spring is coming, producing not only longer and warmer days but also an overproduction both in our homes and on our streets of unwanted puppies and kittens. As a result, more animals will be dumped at local shelters or left to mature and reproduce on their own in our alleys and neighborhoods.

Some weeks, you cannot stomach another cynical look at our cynical times. Instead, you seek a few hundred words of inspiration. Then you spot Captain Benny Ashley shuffling across Columbus Avenue in midtown Phoenix and you know his is exactly the story to tell.

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Az Sports Local
  • By Brian Benesch, AFN Sports Editor
  • Updated

Their season was played under the dark clouds of team manager and senior Alex Depriest’s tragic death from diabetes and the looming teachers strike, but through it all, the Desert Vista High School boys volleyball team kept winning. Read more

Az Sports Local
  • By Eric Newman, AFN Staff Writer

A local high school soccer club with ties throughout Ahwatukee and the East Valley is getting ready to play in Salt Lake City next month in the 2018 US Soccer Far West Regional President’s Cup and eyeing national finals. Read more

Az Sports Local
  • By Brian Benesch, AFN Sports Editor

The NFL Draft got underway last Thursday with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield going first overall to the Cleveland Browns. The league’s annual selection meeting is a familiar place for many local high school players. Read more

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