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Maricopa County has seen a rise in the number of people burning wood on No Burn Days in the past two years and if the trend continues it could result in higher fines and tougher restrictions in years to come.
The holidays are a wonderful and fun time to go shopping. But, while you are out buying presents for your family members, especially the kids, it is important to read the warning labels for age-appropriate toys, small parts, and other things that may be harmful. This also includes the noise level that a toy registers.
Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether the troubled Child Protective Services needs to be split into a separate agency headed by someone who reports directly to her.
ABCO Shredding and Recycling Services will host a paper-shredding and electronics-recycling fundraiser for Hospice of the Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15. Participants can watch the shredding at two Phoenix locations: ABCO Shredding, 21628 N. 2nd Ave. and White Dove Thrift Shoppe, 5035 N. 7th Ave. A third location is for drop-off only: White Dove Thrift Shoppe, 8461 E. McDonald Dr., Scottsdale. The cost is $5 per box or bag, with all proceeds going to nonprofit Hospice of the Valley.
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, "Ender's Game" frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth's fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven't even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
PHOENIX — Citing everything from grazing to insects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday granted endangered species protection to two cacti found in Arizona.
Boulder City, Nev. -- It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.
Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School recently received the green light to adopt the Kyrene Teaches with Technology Project (KTTP) 2.0 program, designed to integrate new technology devices like an iPad into five second-grade classrooms.
Q: Is a regular antivirus program good enough to protect my business computers? — Brad
Arizona hospitals should net $108 million in the first six months of 2014 under a Medicaid expansion plan, even after paying their new assessments, according to a state study.
Sometimes a shift is so gradual, its effect isn’t realized until an event forces retrospection.
Bill Richardson asked that AZ PASS (Arizona People Acting for a Safer Society) monitor events in Arkansas surrounding a plan to arm teachers (“Are our kids safer this fall?” AFN, Aug. 21). We are happy to let the people of Ahwatukee know that the Arkansas Education Commissioner did not let the plan that Mr. Richardson likes so much take effect due to safety concerns. Common sense often prevails. I would guess too that not too many insurance companies want to write school liability insurance policies when teachers are walking around schools with loaded guns (http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/08/19/arm-teachers-arkansas).
Working on a computer for a large part of each day can be challenging, not just with reference to mental aspects but in dealing with physical ramifications as well. You can find yourself stuck in awkward positions for extended periods of time, often without realizing it until one of the dreaded “syndromes” surfaces.
Our kids started back to school on Aug. 5. That same day we received an email from the school district reminding us of all of the safety measures they’ve implemented. One of my favorites was, “All of our schools have 24-hour exterior cameras, creating a virtual video fence to deter unauthorized activity.” A virtual video fence?
Amigos, here’s a worthy poster to nail on the gate post: “Wanted: Safe Bargain Shopping on the Internet.” In case you’re new to frugal buying online, here’s a big “howdy” to the new frontier of shopping.
If you’re interested in learning how to perform a health check on a ferret or how to diagnose a guinea pig by looking at x-rays, Arizona Animal Welfare League is offering a look inside the life of a veterinarian.
Aaron Post and his team at Bar Vision in Phoenix produce innovative bar technology — devices that track pouring measurements to prevent bartenders from over pouring. They design products that improve “pour profits” rather than detect “pour loss.”
When all else fails, do it yourself. That’s what two Salt River Project employees did to improve their department’s ability to accurately measure water and, more importantly, to help distribute the precious resource SRP delivers to about 2 million people in the Valley.
Preparing teens for adulthood includes helping them navigate the ins and outs of social media. Sometimes teens don’t think before they act. But, this makes sense because the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the mid-20s. This part of the brain is responsible for “executive functions;” which includes the ability to organize thoughts, solve problems, foresee possible consequences and delay gratification. That’s why many times adolescents do things that simply don’t make sense to us. So, when it comes to social media they need to be educated.
The one thing I’ve learned in my 40 years of living, is that effective problem solving, whether it be personal or business, will ultimately come from you. The more you are prepared from your own research and detective work the better off you will be to diagnose or determine where your paths in life will lead you. I say this based on the unfortunate diagnosis of Valley Fever (VF) of my 4-year-old male Aussie Shepherd, Kugel, last year. He is doing great now and I am very fortunate that we caught it when we did.
You spend time and money to create a nice home. How can you protect it from intruders without it costing a fortune? It’s easier than you think.
At long last, summer is almost here — which may mean it’s time to put together your traveling plans. Still, while you and your family may enjoy going on a summertime trip, there’s one part of your life that should not go on vacation — your investment portfolio.
Police cannot use the state's traffic laws to draw blood from suspected drunk drivers without a warrant absent their specific permission at the time of the test, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled last week.
Q: What is better for a computer, leaving it on all the time or shutting it down every night? — Justin