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Defined benefit plans were created to assure that after a career serving the public and risking their lives for others, firefighters had a secure and dependable retirement income. Public employees have frequently forfeited pay raises to improve and protect their retirement benefits. They earn less during their careers, but receive good pension benefits that are guaranteed. This protects employees and family members in their retirement years.
Saying Tucson has been “uncooperative and evasive,” the American Civil Liberties Union wants a judge to immediately order it to turn over documents about use of a device by the police department that allows it to track cell phone users without their knowledge.
The parent company of the state's largest electric utility is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars through a third party to ensure that Republican Mark Brnovich becomes the next state attorney general.
Attorneys for the state are asking a federal judge to throw out a challenge to the state's new “revenge porn” law.
“The Book of Life” has most of the same pros and cons as “The Boxtrolls” from a couple weeks ago. Both films are absolute joys to watch for their delightful characters, unique worlds, and dazzling animation. As creative as they are in terms of presentation, neither film is all that original when it comes to storytelling. “The Book of Life” isn’t just a familiar story like “The Boxtrolls,” through. It’s also a very overstuffed and awkwardly paced one too. So exactly how problematic is the story? Well, read the synopsis below and find out for yourself.
The city of Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation departments are hosting open houses around the city to get resident feedback on the city’s transportation system.
HERE: ‘Race To Nowhere’ screening Oct. 23
With “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” and “Up in the Air,” few modern directors have done a more authentic job at capturing the age we live in better than Jason Reitman. It’s actually pretty surprising that it’s taken him this long to make a movie concerning digital media’s effect on culture. What’s even more shocking is the fact that some of these innovations are barely a decade old. On top of all that, it’s only been 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, which instigated the need for every man, woman, and child to have a cell phone. We might have gotten by fine without them for years, but now it’s impossible to imagine life without any mobile devices or social networking.
Desert Vista graduate Ashley Paul earned All-American honors during her career at Washington state after helping the Thunder to state titles in cross country and track.
The pansies and sexual deviants, funded and pimped by the Democrat Party, and aided and abetted by that great socialist propaganda machine, the American “education” system, have plunged the United States into total decline...
I am supporting Mitzi Epstein, a strong candidate for the Arizona House of Representative in Legislative District 18.
Some Phoenix leaders voiced opinions on an abused pension system that needs an investigation as to how it was bankrupted by those whom exploited the system. Those that corrupted and stole the funds need to be investigated and punished.
The Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Foundation recently elected two new members for Fiscal Year 2015.
Desert Vista High School’s student body flooded the school’s gymnasium Friday morning to celebrate its annual homecoming assembly.
Sixty years ago, Seton Catholic Prep was just a tiny school near modern-day Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard where a Boys & Girls Club stands today.
While traveling in Central America, I had the opportunity to worship at an international, interdenominational, English-speaking church. The congregation contained Africans, Italians, Spaniards, Latinos, Americans, and Asians. We sang old Irish hymns and modern, Australian worship choruses. The service was a mixture of Lutheran, Reformed, and Pentecostal elements. The welcome was given by a Canadian, a German read the Scripture lesson, and an American did the preaching. It was a wonderful, diverse experience, and for a little while I thought the kingdom of God had come.
On Oct. 15, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department lifted the ban on charcoal and wood fires in the city’s mountain and desert preserves but is maintaining the ban on smoking outside of enclosed vehicles. Visitors can now use charcoal in established grills and have open fires in fire rings in picnic areas and can continue to use propane and gas grills.
Ahwatukee resident Neal A. Lester received the East Valley NAACP’s highest honor, the Roy Wilkins Community Service Award, on Oct. 4 at the NAACP’s 40th Freedom Fund Gala Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort-Pavilion in Chandler.
Hello Ahwatukee readers! Although I do not write book reviews in the summer months, I do continue reading, perhaps more than ever. Lucky enough to spend summers in the cool pines of Northern Arizona, I walk a lot and an audio book is my constant companion. I was having a difficult time trying to choose which book to review as I start a new season, so I elected to do eight mini reviews instead of one long one. I’ll try to capture their essence briefly. Here’s the first one:
Facing a lawsuit they appeared to be losing, state prison officials have agreed to improve health care for the more than 34,000 inmates in their custody.
Reference is made in a letter to the editor (AFN) Oct. 8, “Prop 487 not right for Phoenix” by Chad A. White. Therein Chad makes the statement that this proposition would place an end to firefighters and police officers death and disability benefits. There is no truth to this claim as far as I have read. Either a misunderstanding or misrepresentation. Prop 487 clearly addresses reform only to the method in which pensions have and are structured and which continues placing the city in deficit shortfall.
This August, I began my 19th year as a public school educator in the field of American history and government. The message I convey to my students each year is that they can make an impact in the world that they live in. When they enter my classroom, they see the following statements on my back wall: Use Your Voice, Take A Stand, Make A Difference.
Carol Jean Kennedy, A.K.A “CJ,” recently returned from training in Flagstaff and her debut race in the Valley yielded some impressive results at the Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K.
A new nationwide survey by AARP shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes. But the report, along with interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans are falling even further behind in the fight to protect their identities as scam artists go digital.