Arizona gained 24,700 private sector jobs last month, enough to push the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate down a tenth of a point, to 6.8 percent. But all indications are that many of these aren't necessarily the best jobs in the world.
Oh, boy. Here we go. Another wild ride in Arizona education. Of course, there’s the election of Diane Douglas as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the invisible candidate who will become, maybe, a very visible opponent of Common Core in her new role. After all, that was her one issue in the campaign.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is misleading the public by neglecting to mention dangerous aspects of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Creating a truck route along Pecos Road will be disastrous for the air quality of the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. As a family nurse practitioner I am well aware of the prevalence of severe asthma and allergies among the Valley’s population. Asthma is the number one reason for school absences. Building another freeway near schools and homes will increase the pollution, escalating rates of asthma and other cardiopulmonary illnesses, thus impacting the health of all and education of our children.
Two things about this 3-year-old Maine Coon Mix: She is a girl, despite being named Charlie and she only has eight of her nine lives left. A Good Samaritan rescued Charlie as a stray and left her at the Humane Society in a box that didn’t provide enough ventilation on a hot Phoenix day. Happily, Charlie made a full recovery.
The Attorney General's Office is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling which says gays can marry. But its top litigator insists it's not because he wants to stop same-sex weddings.
Fans of craft and local beer in Mesa are flocking to a new bar built specially for imbibers of the millennia-old beverage. The Brass Tap, tucked inside Mesa Riverview, opened its doors in March and, according to its owners, is thriving.
Another election season has come and gone. You might reasonably conclude that, once again, no ballot fraud occurred in Arizona, from the absence of any news accounts. But that’s almost certainly not true.
Stephen Hawking is somebody we often view as a deep thinker, but not necessarily a deep feeler. Most people seem to assume that he’s just a giant brain and a voice box. Anyone who’s seen Hawking in interviews, though, will tell you that he has a wonderful personality and sense of humor. In “The Theory of Everything,” we learn that Hawking’s life isn’t merely defined by his contributions to the scientific community. Rather, his life is truly a love story about family, finding passion in your work, and celebrating human existence.
Foxie, a Catahoula Leopard dog/Rhodesian Ridgeback, may seem a little shy at first, but once she gets to know you she will be your best friend forever. All she wants is fresh air, love and cuddles, and guidance. If 3-year-old Foxie sounds like the girl for you, come meet her at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA, Building 6, 25 N. 40th St. in Phoenix. She would love a comfy home to sleep in. Her adoption fee is $150 and she is spayed.
It’s been 20 years since “Dumb and Dumber” and almost 10 years since the awful “Dumb and Dumberer.” Unlike the needless prequel, “Dumb and Dumber To” finally reunites all the principle players that made the original a ‘90s comedy classic. This sequel is likely to be enjoyed by anyone who was a fan of the first film, meaning that the overall consensus will be split down the middle. Chances are you either despised “Dumb and Dumber” or you still find yourself quoting the movie in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, I’m among the latter group.
The fact that politics may have been involved in drawing legislative lines is no reason to declare them illegal, the attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission is urging the U.S. Supreme Court.
Despite overwhelmingly recognizing the risks of drowsy driving, recent data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) shows that nearly three in 10 drivers have reported driving dangerously drowsy within the last month. Though that may surprise you, it shouldn’t. Recent traffic fatality statistics show that fatigue-related traffic deaths are much higher than originally thought. In fact, AAAFTS reports that over 20 percent — one in five — fatal crashes in the United States involve a drowsy driver. This is ten-fold higher than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) previously conservative estimate of just over two percent during 2005 to 2009.
D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Wednesday during the nonprofit organization’s annual dinner. The award, ADL’s highest honor, was established to recognize individuals who have exhibited extraordinary humanitarianism, and whose everyday actions exemplify the principles of opportunity, anti-discrimination, equal rights, community involvement and fairness for all.
As an Ahwatukee resident not directly impacted by the plans for South Mountain Freeway, I probably shared some complacency about the new road being a “done deal.” My family live far enough away from Pecos Road that we won’t really notice the noise, dust and general disruption of the construction or, eventually, the traffic using the new road.
Sarah A. Jones, MPA, has been named executive director of the American Parkinson Disease Association’s (APDA) Arizona Chapter, which serves all 15 counties, and more than 20,000 Arizonan’s with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive, neurological movement disorder that currently has no cure. In her new role, Jones will be responsible for maximizing APDA’s services to people with PD and raising awareness and funds to support and expand programs and services throughout the state.