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The Obama administration is implementing tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S. out of concern that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security.
Premise: all mankind is born free.
In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.
Gov. Jan Brewer is building up a political war chest to help influence who controls the Legislature for the next two years — and potentially who succeeds her.
The general consensus seems to be that this has been a disappointing summer movie season. That either means that the standards of moviegoers are going up or they’ve just become spoiled brats. Come on, people. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla” might not have been blockbuster masterpieces, but for what they were, they did provide perfectly solid entertainment. The same cannot be said about “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Now that the latest from Michael Bay is in the mix, the summer movie season must be graded on a curve.
So, the latest expose to come out about Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is that he trolls on both liberal and conservative blogs using the names Thucydides and Falcon 9, defending none other than (drum roll please) John Huppenthal! And many of the comments can be traced back to the IP address of the Arizona Department of Education. WOW!
Ahwatukee resident Shonna Slayton will be hosting a book-signing this Saturday for her novel, “Cinderella’s Dress.”
Although she’s had a few great reoccurring roles on TV shows like “Parks and Recreation,” Jenny Slate is a comedic actress who’s rarely been given a chance to shine on screen. After accidentally dropping the f-bomb, she was under utilized on “Saturday Night Live” and left after a season. Then she had some supporting roles in “The Lorax,” “This Means War,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip wrecked,” where none of the actors came out looking good. In “Obvious Child,” Slate is finally given a chance to show off her full range as both a comedian and actress, proving that she’s a star in the making capable of tremendous feats.
Trevor Sapp, a 2009 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School, graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., becoming a third generation military officer on May 28. Trevor is the son of William and Allyson Sapp of La Mesa, Calif., former longtime residents of Ahwatukee.
He admitted it's not going to happen.
“He served with honor and distinction.” Those are the exact words that President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice said on National Television regarding recently released U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
There is nothing to indicate that Bowe Bergdahl’s behavior in Afghanistan was heroic. For that matter, neither was the behavior of Jessica Lynch, Lori Piestewa, or Patrick Tillman. But they were good soldiers, and that’s more important. The bar of heroism has been lowered substantially by two successive administrations, trying to put lipstick on the Afghanistan pig by showering accolades upon the soldiers fighting it. Any 13-year conflict runs the risk of some stench rubbing off on the soldiers.
1. On May 25 at 2 a.m. police took a theft report in the 16700 block of South 22nd Street.
When the trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow” hit awhile back, everyone seemed to have the same reaction. “So what, it’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Transformers?’” In a nutshell, yeah, that’s exactly what the film is. The good news is that “Edge of Tomorrow” is also one of the summer’s more surprising blockbusters. As an action picture, it’s infinitely smarter and more entertaining than any of the “Transformers” movies. While not as funny or heartfelt as “Groundhog Day,” it does have a very welcome sense of humor and genuine affection for its characters. It’s kind of a shame that this $178 million blockbuster is likely destined to get lost in the shuffle of summer movies as it’s really worth checking out.
Justin Hunsaker graduated from Skyline High School in May, but senioritis doesn’t appear to have been on his to-do list. Besides being named to speak in the school’s graduating ceremonies, he won several essay competitions.
If it is summertime, then Tom Cruise must be saving the world from an alien invasion again, and so it goes with Edge of Tomorrow, the new sci-fi flick that is a cross between Groundhog Day and War of the Worlds, with some Elysium style exoskeleton action thrown in for good measure.
“One thing is certain: Although they only work 111 days a year, none of Arizona’s congressional delegation has taken the time to visit patients in the VA hospital. And what about veteran John McCain? In 20 years in Washington, he apparently never visited Walter Reed with its crumbling paint and horrible conditions, even though it was less than 10 miles from his office.”
After nearly 13 years of war, the number of people we mourn on Memorial Day has grown exponentially. Between invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, “limited bombing campaigns” in Libya and more, the U.S. has both caused too many deaths and suffered too many losses.
Watching and reading the news lately has been even more distressing than usual. It isn’t just the content, although that has been particularly grim. As one who grew up with Walter Cronkite every night, the news increasingly resembles a school playground with pre-teens shouting at each other.
1. On May 19 at 2:50 a.m. police took a domestic violence assault report in the 8800 block of South Pointe Parkway.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
WASHINGTON — When World War I began in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed U.S. neutrality. Then in 1917, he sent U.S. troops to Europe. After the war, he worked to create a lasting peace, and in 1919, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
LOS ANGELES — Sebastian Junger wants 84 minutes of moviegoers' time, especially civilian moviegoers.
A historic World War II B-24J bomber plane, the only one of its kind still flying, is being preserved for generations to come thanks to the work of a team of West Coast detailers.