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  • Helping your loved one with a new gadget

    Have you noticed an edge in your mother's voice when she says she couldn't open a picture you emailed her? Or is there more of an anxious tremor when she asks how to open “the text messaging.” There are good reasons for these edgy and anxious moments. Our loved ones know they're missing precious places to connect with us and they want to stay in the loop!To properly engage your loved one using technology, start by recognizing desperation. Gadgets that we consider necessary for bridging communication can inadvertently create an enormous gulf. The situation is akin to pioneering families who couldn't access a photograph from far-flung relatives because they couldn't read the directions for opening a trunk that holds it. They know the precious contents are there, but getting to them seems nearly impossible.Making this basic shift in recognizing frustration goes a long way in bolstering your patience with a loved one’s technology helplessness.The next step is to synch up with the loved one in some thoughtful way. For example, if your parents have a Gmail account, get a free one for yourself. That way, a missing email can be tracked down more easily. You’ll be able to give specific directions, like “Click on the folders” on the left side, “Do you see the folder called ‘Spam’?” “No?” “Click the word ‘More’ and ‘Spam’ should come up below the line.” These specific instructions are more useful when you can see an identical screen.They are a big improvement over issuing general directions like, “Check the Junk mail folder.” Your loved one might not be familiar with these terms or use the same synonyms that you attach to technology, “spam” and “junk,” etc. Even though your general directions make perfect sense, they will be more effective when they’re tied directly to the screen that your loved one is viewing.

  • Basha promotes Gerald Todd as new football coach

    Through all the swirling rumors and guessing games, Basha stayed inside the walls.Gerald Todd was named the third football coach in school history on Wednesday morning, according to an email from athletic director Brent Rincon.Todd has been at Basha since 2006, where he has served as an asst. coach under former coaches Tim McBurney and Bernie Busken, and as a social studies teacher.Todd takes over for Busken, who resigned last month after four years at the school, including a 6-6 record in 2013. Spring football begins in a couple weeks.Prior to coming to Basha, Todd had a couple stints at Carlsbad High (N.M.) as both a teacher and an assistant coach (1997-99, 2001-06) with running backs, and later as offensive coordinator. He also coached in Texas from 1992-1995 and 1999-2001.Todd played and began his coaching career at Abilene Christian University (Tex.) in the early-to-mid 1990s.  He graduated from Abilene Christian with a degree in political science in 1989 and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from New Mexico State in 2002.

  • Brewer signs off on law to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics

    Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday allowing the state Department of Health to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge.Proponents of HB 2284 said there is no reason for a special exemption for these clinics from the same regulations that apply to all other health care facilities. But foes said they are needed because there is a heightened need for privacy both for patients and staff.Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said Brewer's signature is no surprise.“She has been hostile to women's health care, and Planned Parenthood's role in providing women's health care since the day she took office,” he said.The governor has never hidden either her opposition to abortion – or her animosity toward Planned Parenthood.“I do not support the goals of Planned Parenthood because I believe in life,” she said in a 2012 interview with Capitol Media Services. “They believe in choice. So let's just cut right through the fat and tell it like it is.”

  • Gilbert teen beautifies neighborhoods by painting hydrants

    Several neighborhoods in Gilbert now look a little prettier thanks to some Saturday-morning efforts of a local Boy Scout and more than 30 of his cohorts.As part of his effort to become an Eagle Scout, 14-year-old Bryson Jones gathered 25 other Boy Scouts from unit 507 along with 10 adults to paint fire hydrants in the community. The collection of painters repainted 60 fire hydrants over the course of three hours on March 29.“It was a great opportunity to give back to the community,” he said.Jones, an eighth-grader at Mesquite Junior High School, said he picked the hydrants as his project because of the state they were in prior to his project. Several were all white due to prolonged exposure to the sun, and he said several were filled with dust and cobwebs.This isn’t the only community project Jones and his fellow Boys Scouts have engaged in, as Jones said in an email they have planted trees on two separate occasions and painted buildings for Sunshine Acres in Mesa. Like those projects, Jones said a fun perk of painting the fire hydrants is the opportunity to see the end result of the group’s efforts on a frequent basis.The practical purpose for these kinds of projects comes from necessity in becoming an Eagle Scout, and Jones still has a little more work to do to earn the designation. But the other point Jones emphasized was the youth factor, given the number of young people who opted to help him out with this project.

  • Chandler student’s play wins national recognition

    “Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest” is the story of Nate and Fred, who must save Prince Mirrorgaze from Master Bully in a tale of self confidence overcoming bullying.The play was written by Chandler’s Michael Ford, a seventh-grader at Basis Charter School.Ford’s play won Young Playwrights for Change – a nationwide playwriting competition sponsored by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Theatre for Young Audiences USA.“Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest” was the winner of the Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre’s local competition, and was submitted to the national contest alongside 19 other regional entries from across the country. Ford’s play was selected as the winning script by a panel of nationally recognized writers and theater artists, including Paula Donnelly, Gary Garrison, Marty Johnson, Aba S. Kumi, Louis Sachar and Mary Hall Surface.“I am completely excited. I half don’t believe it,” Ford said. “I’ve won nothing like this before.”Ford’s play will be presented in a staged reading by up to four professional actors and a director at The Kennedy Center for their New Visions, New Voices festival on May 16 in Washington, D.C.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for April 19 at Kiwanis Park

    Valley residents can participate in the sixth annual Tempe Community Easter Egg Hunt at the North Soccer Field at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on April 19.The egg hunt will begin at 9 a.m., but there will be face painting and crafting activities run by Tempe High School Key Club students from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Children are encouraged to come with parents and bring their own basket or sack to collect the eggs.

  • After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan, a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there's nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend.A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 | OFFICIAL | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014A Haunted House 2 - Official Trailer 2 | Marlon Wayans | 2014

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    After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan, a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there's nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend.A Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 MovieA Haunted House 2 - Trailer 2 [HD] 2014 Movie

  • Kidnapping, catchy tunes highlight Gilbert theater’s ‘9 to 5’

    Take a break from the office grind and enjoy some laugh therapy with Dolly Parton’s Tony Award-winning musical, “9 to 5,” on stage through May 17 at Hale Centre Theatre.The boisterous, jaunty tale follows Judy, Violet and Doralee as they kidnap their domineering and lecherous boss and make some major adjustments around the workplace in his absence. The only problem: What do they do with him now?Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, or Saturday afternoons. For showtimes and tickets, call (480) 497-1181 or visit HaleTheatreArizona.com.

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  • ASU Chaucer event celebrates medieval humor

    Arizona State University’s English department is about to get medieval.The 2014 ASU Chaucer Celebration — themed “Chaucerian Comedy and the Senses (of Humor) — focuses on 14th century poetry, storytelling, music and comedy. A series of events celebrating the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, the noted “father of English poetry,” will take place Friday, April 18, on the ASU Tempe campus.Best known for penning “The Canterbury Tales,” Chaucer is considered one of the most important English language writers. In the Middle Ages, English was the language of the commoners, while typical “literary” languages were Latin, Greek or French. Chaucer’s work changed all that.According to English professor Richard Newhauser, Chaucer is still relevant today because he was humorous and provided commentary on what was acceptable in society, often making fun of himself.“Chaucer was genuinely funny, and things we find humorous help define who we are and what groups we can relate to,” Newhauser says. “There is a range of human experience that makes Chaucer a classic, and it is why he is still being studied after 700 years.”The choice to celebrate Chaucer each April at ASU is an informed one; the earliest archival mention of his name described an Easter clothing purchase in 1357. The duchess for whom Chaucer worked as a court page bought him a cape, new shoes and pants, considered very fine clothing at the time.

  • Win 2 tickets to ‘Once’ at ASU Gammage

    An unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us — sounds like a great date night show, right?You could see it, the hit Broadway musical “Once,” live on stage at ASU Gammage, on the house. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, opening night performance.To enter, send an email, subject lined ONCE, to GetOutAZ@getoutaz.com. Include your full name, your city of residence, a selfie and a short answer to this question: What song or musician is especially powerful for you and why?Two winners will be drawn and notified via email.

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  • Legislation to shift requirements to drive three-wheeled vehicles gains house approval

    With only one dissenting vote the state House approved legislation Tuesday allowing motorists to drive certain enclosed three-wheeled vehicles without having a motorcycle license.SB 1201 is being pushed by Elio Motors which hopes to market such a vehicle here. While it's enclosed like a regular car and has a steering wheel, it is currently classified under Arizona law as a motorcycle, meaning would-be drivers need to take a separate test and get a special license.The same measure also gives legal status to “quadricycles” – four-wheel pedal-driven bicycles which can accommodate up to 14 passengers. A Tucson-based company makes them and leases them out, with a driver, for parties and similar events.Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, voted against the measure because the law would permit the passengers, who also can pedal, to drink while driving around town. The measure needs final Senate approval before going to the governor.

  • House bill would offer tax breaks for landowners who lease property to churches

    Landowners who lease property to churches would get a big tax break under terms of legislation given Senate approval on Tuesday.Current law sets the taxable value of church-owned property used for religious purposes at 1 percent of its “fair market value.” By contrast, residential property is assessed at 10 percent of its property; commercial land has a 19.5 percent assessment.HB 2281 would apply that 1 percent assessment rate in cases where churches rent their space, with the presumption the property owner would pass along the savings to the church.Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, argued that lower property taxes paid by some mean higher taxes on everyone else to make up the difference, but Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, said it's only fair, saying there's no reason that churches rich enough to own their own buildings should get a tax break that's not available to congregations that have to rent.The 16-14 vote sends the measure to the governor.

  • Mesa company bans workers from smoking

    A Mesa company has banned employees from smoking on and off the job in an effort to save on annual health insurance costsLee Benson, CEO and owner of Able Aerospace Services, began banning smoking in 2010 and fires its employees if they do decide to smoke, according to a report from the Phoenix Business Journal.“We drug test for nicotine,” Benson said. “If they smoke, we fire them.”The policy saves the company between $750,000 and $1 million annually, according to the report.When first enacted, Benson gave workers six months to quit smoking and 10 workers left the company due to the no smoking policy, the report says.Able Aerospace Services repairs and refurbishes airplane and helicopter parts at its shop at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and employs 360 workers, according to the report.

  • Eastmark to open event pavilion

    Eastmark, a Mesa neighborhood community, will celebrate the opening of a new event pavilion with a concert series on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The concert series will be hosted at Eastmark Great Park, which is located near Ray and Ellsworth roads.There will be a dedication of the pavilion at 10 a.m., and the bands will take the stage at 11. Local school music groups, a jazz band, blues group, ’50s cover band and hip-hop group will perform after the dedication. There will also be food trucks at the event.

  • Judge rules Horne did not violate campaign finance laws

    Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled on Monday.In a 30-page ruling, Tammy Eigenheer acknowledged there were phone calls and emails between Horne and Kathleen Winn prior to the general election. At that time Winn was operating Business Leaders for Arizona, billed as an independent campaign committee.Eigenheer also said state laws preclude a candidate from coordinating with an independent committee on how it spends its money.But Eigenheeer said that the Yavapai County Attorney's Office had not proven to her that what either Horne or Winn broke campaign finance laws.The judge pointed out that there were reasons other than the election for Horne and Winn to have communicated with each other. That included that Winn, who now works at the Attorney General's Office, was helping Horne with a commercial real estate purchase.In essence, Eigenheer said evidence of improper conduct in a key phone call between the pair was largely circumstantial.

  • 'Let Joe Know': Are thieves spending your tax refund?

    Thieves could be spending your tax refund right now, and you wouldn’t know it until you try to file your taxes. It’s happening across the country and in the Valley.Kelli Branscomb and her husband were busy preparing their taxes at their Valley home. They used Turbo Tax online and put bits and pieces of information in, until they were finally ready to file.But when they did, they got a shock.“It said pending, which means our return had been submitted to the IRS for acceptance or approval,” Branscomb told me.She says someone else used their Social Security numbers.“We didn’t sign it or verify the account number. We did not send out our return,” Branscomb said.

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  • Helping your loved one with a new gadget

    Have you noticed an edge in your mother's voice when she says she couldn't open a picture you emailed her? Or is there more of an anxious tremor when she asks how to open “the text messaging.” There are good reasons for these edgy and anxious moments. Our loved ones know they're missing precious places to connect with us and they want to stay in the loop!To properly engage your loved one using technology, start by recognizing desperation. Gadgets that we consider necessary for bridging communication can inadvertently create an enormous gulf. The situation is akin to pioneering families who couldn't access a photograph from far-flung relatives because they couldn't read the directions for opening a trunk that holds it. They know the precious contents are there, but getting to them seems nearly impossible.Making this basic shift in recognizing frustration goes a long way in bolstering your patience with a loved one’s technology helplessness.The next step is to synch up with the loved one in some thoughtful way. For example, if your parents have a Gmail account, get a free one for yourself. That way, a missing email can be tracked down more easily. You’ll be able to give specific directions, like “Click on the folders” on the left side, “Do you see the folder called ‘Spam’?” “No?” “Click the word ‘More’ and ‘Spam’ should come up below the line.” These specific instructions are more useful when you can see an identical screen.They are a big improvement over issuing general directions like, “Check the Junk mail folder.” Your loved one might not be familiar with these terms or use the same synonyms that you attach to technology, “spam” and “junk,” etc. Even though your general directions make perfect sense, they will be more effective when they’re tied directly to the screen that your loved one is viewing.

  • Bill would give terminally ill patients access to non-FDA approved drugs

    Terminally ill patients could get access to drugs that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the terms of a measure given preliminary Senate approval Tuesday.HCR 2005 permits but does not require manufacturers, health care institutions and doctors to make certain investigational drugs and devices available. Eligibility would be limited to those with a disease that, without life-sustaining procedures, will result in death in the near future “or a state of permanent unconsciousness from which recovery is unlikely.”Only those drugs that have been through at least the first phase of FDA testing – meaning they have been screened for harm – would be available. Federal procedures usually require four stages of investigation.A final Senate vote puts the measure on the November ballot where voters get the last word.

  • Brazil struggles with its World Cup preparations

    SAO PAULO — Although expectations are high for Brazil's football team at the World Cup, it's already clear the country didn't do a very good job preparing for the tournament.With only two months before the opener, there are serious concerns about the country's readiness. Doubts remain about whether stadiums will be finished in time, and it's highly unlikely all promised infrastructure work will be completed.Organizers will also have to worry about the widespread street protests that are expected during the tournament with demonstrators already unhappy about corruption, poor public services and the billions of dollars being spent to host the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.Even though Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2007, local organizers are scrambling to complete all the necessary work. FIFA is more than worried, saying it's "a race" to make sure the country delivers everything it promised."Brazil will be a well-done World Cup," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, then criticized local authorities for taking too long to start work projects. "Some of the delays is because there was no work for years. But we're on the way now to finishing the stadiums."Three stadiums remain under construction, including the one hosting the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12 in Sao Paulo.

  • Brewer signs off on law to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics

    Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Tuesday allowing the state Department of Health to make unannounced inspections of abortion clinics without first getting a warrant from a judge.Proponents of HB 2284 said there is no reason for a special exemption for these clinics from the same regulations that apply to all other health care facilities. But foes said they are needed because there is a heightened need for privacy both for patients and staff.Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, said Brewer's signature is no surprise.“She has been hostile to women's health care, and Planned Parenthood's role in providing women's health care since the day she took office,” he said.The governor has never hidden either her opposition to abortion – or her animosity toward Planned Parenthood.“I do not support the goals of Planned Parenthood because I believe in life,” she said in a 2012 interview with Capitol Media Services. “They believe in choice. So let's just cut right through the fat and tell it like it is.”

  • Philly's 13th St. brings good luck to great food

    PHILADELPHIA — Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn't entirely caught on with the locals.The good news is that it doesn't matter what you call it. Philadelphia food-lovers just know 13th Street — which runs through the center of the neighborhood — as a vibrant area chockfull of great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern Indian. And don't forget the freshly made prickly-pear gelato for dessert.While the city boasts many foodie destinations — from Fishtown in the north to East Passyunk in the south — Midtown Village is the most centrally located, sitting in the shadow of City Hall between the Liberty Bell and tony Rittenhouse Square.The once-seedy 13th Street corridor has been transformed in recent years in part through the efforts of chef Marcie Turney and her partner Valerie Safran. Their portfolio of restaurants, upscale gift shops and grocery store became core elements of the casually hip district.Among their properties: Perpetually popular Barbuzzo, which offers a Mediterranean kitchen and bar; Jamonera, a Spanish wine bar with an extensive sherry list; and the relatively new Italian dining room Little Nonna's. Their innovative take on Mexican food, Lolita, was scheduled to reopen in April after undergoing renovations.Another Mexican outpost is the hard-to-miss El Vez, a gregarious emporium from hometown restaurateur Steven Starr. And across the street is the eye-catching Sampan and its semi-hidden Graffiti Bar, both offering a contemporary Asian menu from chef Michael Schulson.

  • Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes ever graduate.The problem is so profound that the advocacy group Complete College America dubs remedial classes the "bridge to nowhere." The challenge, educators say, is that even as billions are spent annually on remedial classes, many of these students run out of financial aid before they can complete their credit requirements, get discouraged by non-credit classes or find themselves unable to complete them.The Baltimore school is one of several places around the country looking to improve the odds for these students.The school, which serves a large swath of non-traditional students from the city of Baltimore, has combined some non-credit developmental classes, so students spend less time in them. It also has increased tutorial and other student supports and is re-thinking how classes are taught.Ennels' math classes include online, real-time assessments and students work at their own pace in areas they specifically need help.

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