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  • Tempe police investigating officer-involved shooting

    A man wanted by police on a weapons charge was shot and injured Tuesday morning in Tempe.Tempe Police spokesman Lt. Mike Pooley said the shooting happened late Tuesday morning at a Motel 6 near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard.Police said they received a tip about a fugitive wanted on a weapons charge who was located at the motel.The fugitive, a 55-year-old man, reportedly rammed two unmarked police cars in the parking lot with his own vehicle, prompting officers to shoot him.Officers at the scene from the US Marshal Task Force, Mesa Police and Tempe Police departments are okay and do not appear to be injured, Pooley said.The fugitive was reportedly shot at least twice and has been transported to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

  • Fantasy of Lights Parade to launch Tempe’s holiday celebration for 20th time

    Tempe’s annual holiday kickoff has served as a consistent source of entertainment and joy for families for two decades without necessarily offering the same experience one year after another.Like in previous years, the Fantasy of Lights Holiday Opening Night Parade presented by Wells Fargo, now in its 20th year, will feature a series of attractions for viewers who line up along downtown Tempe. The route takes participants down Mill Avenue beginning at Third Street before turning along Seventh Street to end at Centerpoint Plaza.There are always a few constants from one year to the next with the parade, including the 40 to 50 parade units that encompass floats, balloons, vehicles and other celebratory devices. A few annual staples include real estate developer Michael Pollack’s lighted train, an appearance by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and Marcia’s Mop Parade marching down Mill Avenue. It’ll end as it tends to end with the lighting of Tempe’s sizable holiday tree at Centerpoint Plaza and an appearance by the season’s most valuable spirit of charity, Santa Claus.All in all, it creates a feel that Kate Hastings, the parade’s managing director, equated to the traditional hometown parade for parents to bring their kids for the evening.“At this point, there are people who grew up with this parade … and they’re now bringing their children,” she said.And yet, things aren’t quite the same as they are from one year to the next. A few changes are minor in nature, with Hastings saying Arpaio is leaving his usual tank at home and trading it in for a convertible to drive that night. There are also a few new participants set to march through downtown Tempe, highlighted by the Girl Scout Daisies and new high school bands that will showcase their talents downtown.

  • Reloaded Aztecs ready for another run at Div. I title

    The saying goes that good teams don’t rebuild, they simply reload. That seems to be the case with the East Valley’s boys basketball teams as several of them are set to make deep playoff runs again.Corona del Sol returns as the favorite in Division I after winning a third straight state title last year. Meanwhile, Perry has young talent that could propel it far come February.In Division II, Tempe looks to improve from a semifinal ouster in last year’s tournament while Division III Valley Christian prepares to defend its state title.Here is how the divisions pan out.Division ICorona del Sol enters the year as the clear-cut favorite in Division I. The Aztecs are led by sophomore point guard Alex Barcello, senior forward Dane Kuiper and freshman center/power forward Marvin Bagley III.

  • Gilbert student earns international educational experience

    A Gilbert middle school student is raising funds to represent her community as an ambassador in three countries next summer.Cooley Middle School seventh-grader Madison Ramirez was selected and is signed up to take a trip to France, Spain and Italy through the People to People Ambassador Program. According to its website, People to People takes thousands of students from across the country and sends them abroad for two to three weeks at a time.Many programs offer opportunities for students to visit more than one country during the multi-day journey. For Ramirez, that means stops in France, Italy and Spain during her trip.Ramirez said she learned about the program through a cousin who was tabbed to participate in the program, and she applied for the People to People because of what it could offer her in her personal and professional pursuits.The personal motivations are an interest in visiting those three countries and the sights they have to offer. The Vatican, located within the Rome’s city limits, has etched itself into her bucket list of things to see, and she said the Eiffel Tower is another sight she wants to see on her trip.“I’ve always wanted to go to Paris,” she added.

  • Tempe’s McClintock High School named National Title I Distinguished School

    The Arizona Department of Education named Tempe’s McClintock High School a National Title I Distinguished School earlier this month.The award nationally recognizes Title I schools for their students’ exceptional academic performance. McClintock High School is one of two K-12 schools in the state chosen to represent Arizona at the National Title I Conference in February and to receive a $5,000 stipend.Under the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I provides financial funds for educational agencies to help students who are economically disadvantaged reach the state’s academic standards. The National Title I Association began the Distinguished Schools program to publicly identify Title I schools that have successfully used their federal funds to improve the educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.Schools must meet the requirements of at least one of the two categories — exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and closing the achievement gap between students — to qualify for such an award. Out of 53 Title I schools in Arizona, McClintock was the only one to qualify and be chosen by the Department of Education for outstanding student performance. Ed Pastor Elementary School in Yuma County was chosen for the second category of closing the achievement gap.Nancy Konitzer, deputy associate superintendent for Title I, said it is difficult for Title I high schools to qualify for the first category since one of its requirements is to have a minimum 80 percent graduation rate. She said McClintock surpassed this requirement because of the graduation-focused programs in place at the school that have brought all McClintock students up to the state’s academic achievement target this year.Principal Derek Hoffland said much of the school’s programs help remedial students not only graduate but also progress to higher-level learning. He and other faculty members eliminated remedial science and social studies classes a few years ago to close the achievement gap between students in those classes and their higher-performing classmates.

  • Girls & Boys Clubs of the East Valley hosting Thanksgiving dinner in Gilbert

    Thanksgiving is a day of warmth amid a cold season that serves as a sharp contrast to the start of a desolate stretch of months. It’s the start of a stretch that can be quite difficult for families who cannot afford several of the components that fuel the warmth, whether it’s the turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing or the camaraderie that comes from spending an afternoon among the people who care.Family isn’t limited to blood relations though, and people can find a scintilla of that concept through their community. That’s one of the goals for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, which has and will continue to host a series of Thanksgiving meals at its 12 locations, including a Gilbert meal on Nov. 25.The idea combines a little of the axiom “it takes a village” with a dash of “no man is an island” to offer residents in need a free meal, or who want to spend time in their community, as a means of celebrating Thanksgiving.“Our goal and our idea is to get our Gilbert family together for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner,” said Lauren Seematter, the branch executive at the Gilbert location.Attendees of the Gilbert banquet will receive a rather large feast offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs and the rest of the Gilbert community. The meal, which is accompanied by a little song and dance, will feature mashed potatoes offered by Red Lobster, 25 turkeys courtesy of the Gilbert Elks Lodge and cooked by Gilbert Public Schools, and a smattering of accoutrements to provide a complete meal.“It’s literally run by the community,” she said.

  • Setting the stage with Jay Leno

    For more than 20 years, Jay Leno used comedy and charm to keep late-night viewers enthralled as the host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”Since passing “The Tonight Show” torch in February to Jimmy Fallon, Leno has taken his act on the road for an intimate comedy tour while continuing to produce his Emmy Award-winning show and website, “Jay Leno’s Garage.”Leno began his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1960s. Two decades later, he became a household name as Johnny Carson’s permanent guest host on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Upon Carson’s departure in 1992, Leno became the show’s host and maintained the role on the late-night circuit for more than 20 years. With stand-up comedy remaining his first love, the Television Hall of Fame inductee continues to tour the country, showcasing his comedic timing for sold-out crowds.Leno spoke to GetOut from his office in Burbank, Calif., to discuss his life after “The Tonight Show,” as well as his passion for motors, monologues and comedy.Q: What’s life been like for you since your last episode of “The Tonight Show”? Are you happier?JL: Oh yeah, I’m having a great time. When I was doing “The Tonight Show,” I was on the road two to three days a week, but I’d always have to run back to the studio to tape the show. The day after “The Tonight Show” ended, I had to fly to a gig back east to Atlantic City. Normally I’d fly in on a Saturday morning, do the gig, then get back on the plane again that night at 11:30 p.m. to come back to Los Angeles. But on this trip, I had a show in Bethlehem, Pa., the following Monday, so I stayed at the hotel in Atlantic City a couple of days, watched some new comics and then we all went out to eat. It was a lot of fun to hang out with comics again and talk about show business and other nonsense. I had missed out on that for so many years and now I’m enjoying myself again.

  • 'Mockingjay – Part 1” serves as a solid prelude to war

    Three films into the four-movie franchise and “The Hunger Games” series remains one of cinema’s biggest teases. For two years the series has offered an underlying promise of some grand battle between good and evil loaded with flaming arrows and bodies being tossed about with little regard for the lives of the stunt people.It didn't happen in films one and two — scenes of violence in those films are pretty well contained to the arena — and the third, “Mockingjay – Part 1,” has even fewer action sequences than either of the first films. Yet that doesn't prove problematic for the entertainment level on screen; rather, the first half of the final chapter does a very good job showing the machinations of revolution and continuing the unraveling of torture of poor Katniss Everdeen's mind and soul.“Mockingjay” picks up right after from the end “Catching Fire,” with Katniss, once again portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, and fellow tribute Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) undergoing medical treatment in District 13 as a result of the last games. Lawrence's healing is interrupted by a request from district president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) and former game designer cum Capitol traitor Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to serve as the face of the rebellion, aka the titular mockingjay. It’s an obligation she prefers to avoid, but her mind changes after visiting the remains of her home in District 12 and watching love interest Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) shill on behalf of the villainous Snow (Donald Sutherland).The goal is to brew a revolution through a series of propaganda pieces sent out to the outlying districts featuring Lawrence, Claflin, and the series’ second love interest, Gale Hawthorne (handsome Liam Hemsworth). Also on board to help are a film crew, mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Wood Harrelson), daffy Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), genius tribute Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), her sister and mother (Willow Shields and Paula Malcomson, among others), and a collection of new faces.There's not much more to add to the outline aside from a few funky character names and some hyper-specific plot points due to the aforementioned dearth of on-screen action. There are glimpses from rebellious districts, executions, and one scene with Lawrence, an explosive arrow and a pair of bombers that ends as one would expect from that scenario; the rest is talk about war and overturning Sutherland's oppressive regime.Everything is, in essence, a promise to what will come in 2015, when the final film and the back half of the finale comes out. It's a promise to what should be an epic spectacle, a showdown between Sutherland's troops and the angry district denizens led by Lawrence and Moore, as well as the fulfillment of the dreams many fans have had since the series started.

  • Score affordable art at ASU Student Art Market

    It’s hard to be an art collector on a budget, but this weekend, you can purchase original works of art, crafted by local student artists, for as little as $30, at a student art market in downtown Tempe.The market (nicknamed SAM) is the creation of five Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre graduate students in an Arts Entrepreneurship seminar. The market will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Casey Moore’s, a restaurant and bar at the corner of Ninth Street and Ash Avenue in Tempe.The five ASU grad student entrepreneurs — Kara Chesser, Mollie Flanagan, Shelby Maticic, Ashley Laverty and Emily May — are working together to help student artists support themselves through their art.“It wasn’t until we did our research that I realized how enthusiastic people would be about a student art market”, said May. “It really helped us to understand what appeals to the people we hope to draw to the market.”Linda Essig, professor of the Arts Entrepreneurship seminar at ASU, wrote the following in her blog, CreativeInfrastructure.org: “How can young artists learn not just about ‘marketing,’ the skill, but about ‘market’ as a social system? Without realizing they were doing so, the students in my graduate seminar have created an opportunity to do just that.”SAM (Student Art Market) was created to connect the local community to student artists. Offering student art to the community allows the local public to interact with artists while enjoying their work.

  • Shuttered Monti’s in Tempe to auction off decor, other items

    Monti’s La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue in Tempe closed on Nov. 17 after nearly 60 years in business — and now dozens of items and memorabilia from within the historic home-turned-restaurant will be sold in a live auction on Thursday, Dec. 4. The auction will be held at Monti’s starting at 7 p.m. A preview of the memorabilia begins at 5 p.m.“This is bittersweet. Monti’s has been Tempe’s most historic home for decades, and all of these items are personal and very special to my family,” said Michael Monti, the restaurant’s owner, in a press release. “We never imagined we would have so many people reaching out and wanting the same special keepsake from the restaurant. So we decided it is only fitting we open this up to a community auction and allow all of our friends and customers, who have supported us over the years, to take part in the auction and take a piece of Monti’s home with them.”Surplus Asset Management will conduct the auction. Auctioneer Daren Shumway will give bidders the chance to score dozens of historic framed pictures, like a large carved frame by renowned artist Dee Flagg, as well as maps, vintage menus and sports memorabilia.Additionally, a second auction of furniture, fixtures and equipment will held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Monti’s. The preview for that event begins at 8 a.m.A full catalog of the auction items is available online at SAMAuctions.com. Bids may be made in person or online. To register to bid, call (602) 442-4554.

  • Reel deals: Stretch your dollars at the theater

    AMC offers unlimited ‘Interstellar’ ticket to loyalty membersIf you’re an AMC Stubs member and a fan of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” you can purchase an unlimited ticket to the space thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The ticket, which ranges in price from $19.99 to $34.99 depending on location, allows AMC Stubs members to see the film as many times as they’d like, as often as they’d like. Stubs members who have purchased a ticket to the film can upgrade to an unlimited ticket for $14.99. There are a limited number of tickets available. Contact your local AMC Theatre for details.Harkins 2015 Loyalty Cups now on saleLooking for a gift for that difficult-to-buy-for friend or family member? Why not pick up a Harkins Theatre loyalty cup and T-shirt, which reward the owner with $1.50 soft drink refills (loyalty cup) and a free medium popcorn (T-shirt). The cups and shirts are $5.25 and $25, respectively, and can be purchased at any Harkins Theatre or online at HarkinsTheatres.com/store. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the 2015 Harkins Loyalty T-shirt will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  • Copperstar Repertory Co. closing its doors

    After over six years of producing and teaching theater skills to local youth, Copperstar Repertory Co. in Chandler has one show left before it permanently drops the curtain.The nonprofit theater company has staged numerous shows over the years that were showcased at the Mesa Arts Center, but Copperstar closed suddenly at the end of October due to limited funding.“They just couldn’t keep going, as their expenses far outweighed their income,” said Katy Henthorne, a parent volunteer at Copperstar Repertory Co.The theater is selling its props and costumes as well as looking for another company to take over the Chandler location’s two-year lease.The sudden closing of Copperstar Repertory Co. was a shock to those involved with the theater.“They had such a great season of shows lined up too that my daughter Leah was looking forward to being a part of. In fact, she had already rehearsed and performed in two numbers from two of the shows during a season opener at the Mesa Arts Center back in September,” said Henthorne.

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  • Brewer loses bid to get ruling reconsidered

    A court has rejected Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request to reconsider a ruling that blocked her policy of denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down Brewer's request to get a 15-judge panel to reconsider the ruling.In July, a three-judge panel of the court concluded there was no legitimate state interest in treating young immigrants who were granted deferred action on deportation differently from other noncitizens who could apply for driver's licenses.Instead, the panel suggested the policy was intended to express hostility toward the young immigrants, in part because of the federal government's policy toward them.The Obama administration took steps in 2012 to shield thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

  • Arizonans rank high on national debt list

    So as you pull out that credit card for that holiday purchase, you might ask yourself if you're already overextended.One out of five Arizonans already is, according to the financial advice web site WalletHub. That's how many are spending more than they make.And that's the ninth highest figure in the entire country.So how do we manage to do that?Well, there's credit cards, and auto loans.WalletHub figures the average credit card and auto debt for Arizonans at more than 17 percent of what we make. That figure computes out to the sixth highest in the country. Topping the list are New Mexico and Utah.

  • Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

    Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst?NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.Perry, 30, has dominated the Billboard charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including nine No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore effort, 2010's multiplatinum "Teenage Dream," matched the record Michael Jackson set with "Bad" for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1 with five.Perry released "Prism," another platinum effort, last year. It includes the No. 1 smashes "Roar" and "Dark Horse."The Grammy-nominated star's upcoming performance is the fourth consecutive halftime show to display the NFL's push to include younger acts on its large stage: Bruno Mars had a show-stopping set at this year's Super Bowl at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Beyoncé electrified in 2013 in New Orleans; and there was Madonna, with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and the Black Eyed Peas in 2012 and 2011, respectively.Other halftime performers in the last decade have included the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

  • Seminar at Banner Desert in Mesa to focus on pelvic health

    Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa will host a free seminar about pelvic health on Dec. 4.Urogynecologists Dr. Ryan Stratford and Dr. Kelly Kantartzis will discuss issues like leaky bladders, incontinence, and pelvic prolapse. Attendees can also ask questions to the doctors during the event.The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Banner Desert, located at 1400 S. Dobson Road.

  • Chandler dentist offering veterans discounted work

    San Diego resident and Navy veteran Jim Jengeleski walked into a Chandler dental office with a request.“I said, ‘I’m a veteran. I don’t have dental insurance. What can you guys do for me?’ ” he said.The J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry office set him up with a 10 percent discount, a perk available to all veterans this November. The Department of Veterans Affairs projected between 350,001 and 650,000 veterans live in Arizona, and Dr. Justin Philipp said they comprise 10-15 percent of his clientele.“I think the community around me is really supportive of veterans, but it always seems like there’s something else that could be done,” he said. “So we thought we’d give it a try to help out this year.”In addition to the discount, his office will donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit founded for awareness and support of post-9/11 injured veterans. Every crown procedure will result in a $50 donation.“It seemed like a good activity to be involved in,” he said. “They do a lot to help get people back on their feet, help injured veterans try to get back into the normal life here and get back up to speed.”

  • Let Joe Know: Job seekers: Beware when posting your résumé on state website

    If you’re looking for a job, you may have posted your resume on the state website, azjobconnection.gov. It’s required if you collect unemployment benefits in Arizona.That’s why Dan Thompson posted his resume on the site. He’s looking for middle management manufacturing work.He read me one of the replies: “Hello Dan, how are you doing? I’m Robert Wayne Ford from Jindal Steel and I’m contacting you in regard to your resume posted on azjobconnection.gov.”It’s one of several replies he received just a few days after posting.But instead of being delighted, Thompson was angry.“I replied to him, ‘I’m turning you into the authorities,’” he says.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • 12 Days of Holiday Cookies: Day 4 inspired by Zagnut

    Zagnut candy bars are like a crumbly, coconutty Butterfinger, minus the chocolate. These cookies play off that crisp coconut texture, combining both coconut flour (often found with the gluten-free products) and shredded unsweetened coconut. You also can make your own coconut flour by pulsing unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor until finely ground.COCONUT WAFERSStart to finish: 30 minutesMakes 3 dozen1 cup packed brown sugar2 eggs

  • Take me Home: Charlie is a friendly, loving gal

    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.She is a friendly, loving gal who enjoys attention from her people. She appreciates the companionship of her people, happy and content to simply lie near you. Charlie is glad to accept some petting before she decides it is time to move on to enjoy some “me” time. When it is time to call it a day, don’t be surprised to find Charlie making herself comfortable in bed with you.Charlie is always looking for food. She loves mealtime and will do the cutest “hungry” dance that consists of her standing on her hind legs and doing a little jig as you carry her food dish over to her. Charlie loves to sit on the windowsill where she can watch all of the sights, listen to all of the sounds, and sniff all of the scents that the great outdoors has to offer. Charlie is an energetic kitty — when she’s not directing her energy toward daydreaming near an open window, talking with you, or trying to score a meal from you, she’ll focus her energy on a vigorous play session. Charlie loves playtime and in particular loves wand toys. She engages the wand toy with such enthusiasm that it is almost as fun for you to watch as it is for her to play. Charlie also loves playing with paper balls or anything that makes a crinkling sound.If interested in learning more about Charlie, please fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Shapiro: Justice is a Jewish tradition

    The Jewish tradition requires justice — in Hebrew, “tzedek.” This goes beyond criminal justice. Indeed, we seek justice in all cases, between all creatures. A just world is a world in balance, a world without want. We seek to bring balance to the world through the performance of mitzvot, religious and ethical actions that nudge the world just a bit further from pain and a bit closer to bounty.In daily usage, we create tzedek/justice by giving tzedak-ah/monetary aid to those in need. While the action may look a lot like charity, the philosophical underpinnings are profoundly different.The word “charity” derives from the Latin caritas — love of all. Charitable giving is goodwill giving, a choice the giver makes from the heart. Tzedakah, on the other hand, is not a choice but rather an obligation. How can this be? Jewish thought holds that the cash in my wallet, the dollars in my bank account aren’t really my money. I worked for it, but I didn’t create it. It belongs to God. (Here, you are welcome to substitute the words Life or The Universe, if you prefer). Through me, the money has identified a problem in the world — a hungry person, a worthwhile cause, rent that needs to be paid. When I give tzedakah, I am doing my small part to set a world out of balance to right. I am merely the money’s conduit to where it needs to be. Giving is not my choice, but rather my privilege.Indeed, this pursuit of justice is so obligatory that even the recipient of tzedakah must give tzedakah. No one is exempt; we all do our part. Indeed, the Talmud (classical rabbinic legal codes) teaches that “tzedakah is equal to all other commandments combined.”The task that confronts us is, of course, enormous. It may even be impossible. But we cannot afford the luxury of being overwhelmed; the need is too great. Nor are we solely responsible to bring the world into balance. For this the ancient rabbis taught, “It is not your responsibility to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it” (Pirkei Avot 2:21). Bringing balance to the world is a team effort, and you are on the team. It’s no coincidence that Jews have been in the front lines of the movements for civil rights, feminism, and LGBT equality, among others.The Torah commands us “tzedek tzedek tirdof/Justice justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Why does the Torah, usually so skimpy with words, double down on “justice?” It cannot be a simple waste of ink — there must be a message in the repetition.

  • 12 Days of Holiday Cookies: Day 3 inspired by Reese's NutRageous

    This cookie was all about packing an outrageous number of peanuts into one small, but so-very-delicious package. Inspired by the NutRageous bar, these drop cookies combine peanut butter, whole peanuts, chocolate and caramel into salty-sweet morsels you will find dangerously addictive.CARAMEL PEANUT BUTTER ROCKSStart to finish: 30 minutesMakes 3 dozen1 cup smooth peanut butter1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 12 Days of Holiday Cookies: Day 2 inspired by Twix

    So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?With our cookies, it doesn't much matter. We've taken those three things we love about Twix and combined them into one terrific bar cookie you can eat however you like.GOLD BARSStart to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active)Servings: 241/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

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