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  • List tabs Gilbert as No. 1; Chandler, Mesa in top 10 for working parents

    A list compiled by a financial website and a business publication has listed three East Valley cities as among the nation’s best places for working families.Nerdwallet — a site that analyzes areas like banking, real estate and other fiscal topics — and Business Insider compiled a list of the best cities in the United States for working parents to live.The publications formed the list by ranking cities by four metrics weighted evenly, starting with the affordability to live there. The affordability is based on median income and other costs like real estate taxes, utilities and fuel costs.Also evaluated were child care costs based on state averages, and the final two areas were the quality of a city’s schools based on metrics by the website GreatSchools.org and the number of households with children in the municipality.The resulting list of 25 top cities featured five cities in Arizona, with Chandler and Mesa finishing in the top 10 and Gilbert placing first by a sizable margin.“It’s another great feather in the cap of Gilbert,” said Gilbert Councilmember Jordan Ray.

  • Chandler teen finishes 2nd in national essay contest

    The stock market is a cruel and complicated thing. It has made millionaires of some and broken the spirits of countless others. Yet, despite all of its intricacies, an eighth-grader from Chandler managed to make sense of it all.Emma Baier, now a freshman at ASU Polytechnic Prep High School, wrote an essay while still in eighth grade at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School that looks at the investment potential of automobile manufacturers Ford and Tesla.The essay was part of a class stock market game project, Baier’s teacher Kimberly Meyer said in an email.“I had the students keep a running journal of their experiences with the game, including current events, trends, profits and losses,” she said.At first, Baier, 14, was anything but excited about the prospect of detailing financial investments.“When I heard we were going to do the stock market game at the beginning of the year, I panicked,” Baier said in an email. “The stock market is always seen as this giant, looming, intimidating beast hanging over a student’s head. It’s presented as incredibly complicated and scary,”

  • Final concepts selected for downtown Mesa redesign

    While the concepts differ, the three finalists for the redesigned City Center in Mesa all have one thing in common: a reinvigoration of the heart of Mesa.The city has spent the last year accepting requests for qualifications from designers to remake an 18-acre plot surrounded by Main Street, Center Street, First Street and Centennial Way that encompasses City Hall and the City Council chambers. The project was part of a 2012 bond package with a total projected cost of $70 million.A total of 18 teams applied to redesign the downtown area, and the city ended up selecting three designs, each with a different view of how to better the downtown area.“We’re building a neighborhood here, not just a park,” said Carol Meyer-Reed, partner at the landscaping firm Meyer/Reed.She and the members of the design firm Otak presented their view of that design at an event hosted by the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday. The team’s design, called the Living Room Plaza, would feature a mirror pond, courtyards, housing choices, a multitude of parking spaces, offices and even a light bar Meyer-Reed said could become “Mesa’s Time Square.” The design team anticipates the cost at $50 million, but said the investment could produce between $200 million and $250 million in private investment and approximately $2.5 million in tax funding.The second design, from Woods-Bagot and Surface Design, called Mesa Central, blends in the surrounding natural aesthetics like the buttes and foothills into the design, said Urban Designer Riki Nishimura. Landscape architect James Lord added the design also has several parking lots both above and below ground, a hydro room that connect with mist and rain, and the potential to add sports fields, a theater and exhibition space right in the middle of the area.

  • Hare era begins for Mesa with 43-14 rout of Dobson

    Questions about what changes the new hire will make come with any coaching transition. Through one game – and it's only one game – in the Scott Hare era at Mesa High, the easy answer is points.The Jackrabbits in Friday's season-opening win over crosstown rival Dobson eclipsed their scoring output through three games a year ago in thumping the Mustangs 43-14 at home.Mesa unveiled its new no-huddle spread attack – after years of the wing-T offense – to great success with running-back-turned-quarterback Turrell Pietz-Noble, but scored in all three phases and led by nearly 30 in the third quarter."It was exciting to get out there and show out," said the senior Pietz-Noble, who rushed for 88 yards and passed for 112 and a touchdown. "We've been waiting for this, to do this, to see everyone do their job and move the ball like that, all summer."Seniors Alex Kellybrew and Draven Taylor each scored twice for the Jackrabbits. Kellybrew had a 55-yard interception return in the first quarter and a 3-yard run in the second. Taylor put Mesa on the board with a 14-yard run to cap the opening drive and added a 64-yard reception from Pietz-Noble with 1:24 left in the first half.The Jackrabbits weren't flawless -- 17 penalties for 180 yards and a fumble Dobson returned for a touchdown attest to that – but were efficient and comfortable in their new schemes. Hare wasn't surprised.

  • Chandler Council set to vote on fate of ‘Elevation’

    The long-awaited demise of the Elevation Chandler building is now entering its final stages.Final development agreements about the project are on the agenda for the Sept. 8 Chandler City Council. The six-story tension steel skeleton will be down near the end of the year if all is approved.“It has been a mess of a property … we want to get the development agreement done to move forward and close on the land,” said Chandler Vice Mayor Rick Heumann.Elevation Chandler, which will remain the name of the property, has been abandoned since 2006 when original developer Jeff Cline had financial issues and construction was halted.The city is taking precaution after the failure of the first project eight years ago. Chandler City Councilmember Nora Ellen said the city is inserting impact fees into the agreement with Hines — the developer looking to purchase the land — that will include a non-refundable demolition fee. The worst-case scenario for the city is the current eyesore will be gone.An in-with-the-new process will begin for Elevation Chandler, pending the aforementioned approvals. First priority for the new Chandler Veridian project is a multi-family housing development on the south side of the plot. The housing development may even break ground before or during the taking down process of the current structure as they are on opposite ends of the property.

  • Body found in canal in Gilbert identified as teen

    Authorities say a body pulled from a Gilbert canal has been identified as missing teenager.The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday identified the body as that of Maxwell Flancer.His mother reported him missing Tuesday night after Flancer never showed up at his father's home, located about a mile from the canal.The teen's mother found his hat floating in the canal Wednesday afternoon and called authorities.A county sheriff's dive team used an underwater robot with a camera and sonar to locate the body.Gilbert police say the cause of death hasn't been determined yet and the case remains under investigation.

  • And all that Mraz

    Touring in support of his new album “Yes!,” Jason Mraz — the two-time Grammy-winning artist known for tunes like “I’m Yours” and “Love is a Four Letter Word” — takes the stage at Comerica Theatre along with the group Raining Jane.DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $41.50-$89.75. (602) 379-2800 or LiveNation.com.

  • Quick look: New this week at the movies

    >> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.As Above, So BelowA thriller centered on two archaeologists in search of a lost treasure in the catacombs below Paris. Starring: Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, Edwin Hodge, James Pasierbowicz, Oscar Zhang, Josh Kervarec. RCantinflasCantinflas is the untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world — one joke at a time. The film relives the laughter that charmed generations. Starring: Michael Imperioli, Óscar Jaenada, Joaquín Cosio, Teresa Ruiz, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Gabriela de la Garza, Giovanna Zacarías, Ana Layevska, Cassandra Ciangherotti. PGFrank

  • Football Friday Night out

    High school football season, that annual rite of fall, is upon us. The game is only part of the experience for football fans. It’s also about getting together with people in your community, before, during and after the contest.Each week, GetOut will highlight five games worth watching, along with a nearby restaurant to visit for a pregame meal or a postgame celebration. All the games begin at 7 p.m. Here are our picks for Week 1:Highland at Queen CreekQueen Creek Cafeand Sports Lounge(480) 888-9241 or

  • Territorial Days and Wildlife fest are Worth the Trip

    CHINO VALLEYTerritorial Capital Days Pancakes & ParadeIn need of some small-town Americana? Take a Saturday morning jaunt to Chino Valley’s annual Territorial Days celebration — themed this year around the town’s railroad history — which kicks off with a down-home pancake breakfast (served from 6 to 11 a.m.), followed by a parade (starting at 9:15 a.m.) and a day full of activities, food and vendors at Memory Park. If you’re an early riser, you can also participate in the 7:15 a.m. 2-mile or 10K races that benefit the Chino Valley High School cross country team. The Chino Valley Lions and Lionesses sponsor the event in conjunction with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.DETAILS >> Pancake breakfast from 6 to 11 a.m., parade at 9:15 a.m., with activities and food available until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Parade begins near the Heritage Middle School, 1076 N. Road 1 W. with festivities continuing throughout the day at Memory Park, 1020 W. Palomino Road. (928) 636-2493 or ChinoValley.org.PINETOP-LAKESIDEWildlife and Science Festival

  • 10 things to do this weekend and beyond

    Red Rocks Music FestivalThis four-day festival of classical chamber and operatic music starts with two concerts Thursday and Friday in Phoenix before heading to Sedona for the weekend. Thursday’s show features a quartet playing the works of Gabriel Fauré and César Franck and Friday’s performance, “The Magnificent Blend of Voice & Strings,” will include the vocal talents of soprano Ariana Wyatt and baritone Adam Margulies.DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, and Friday, Aug. 29. Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $28 for each show or $48 for both. (877) 733-7257 or RedRocksMusicFestival.com.English Country DancingThis traditional style of folk dance has been around for hundreds of years and underwent a revival in the U.S. and Great Britain in the 20th century. Steps are not difficult to learn, partners are not necessary for the classes and dress is informal.DETAILS>> 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $7 per person. (602) 258-0109 or AZIrish.org.

  • Quick Look: New this week at the movies

    >> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.A Five Star Life (subtitled)Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia, two lively young nieces, and best friend — and former lover — Andrea. But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. Starring: Lesley Manville, Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Alessia Barela, Gianmarco Tognazzi. Not RatedEs El Chapo?In February, the world’s biggest drug lord, Chapo Guzman, was reportedly captured in Mazatlan, Mexico, without a single shot being fired. Many people in Mexico and the U.S. don’t believe it’s the real Chapo Guzman who was arrested. Filmmaker Charlie Minn visits the home state of Chapo Guzman in Mexico to get answers. Not RatedIf I Stay

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  • List tabs Gilbert as No. 1; Chandler, Mesa in top 10 for working parents

    A list compiled by a financial website and a business publication has listed three East Valley cities as among the nation’s best places for working families.Nerdwallet — a site that analyzes areas like banking, real estate and other fiscal topics — and Business Insider compiled a list of the best cities in the United States for working parents to live.The publications formed the list by ranking cities by four metrics weighted evenly, starting with the affordability to live there. The affordability is based on median income and other costs like real estate taxes, utilities and fuel costs.Also evaluated were child care costs based on state averages, and the final two areas were the quality of a city’s schools based on metrics by the website GreatSchools.org and the number of households with children in the municipality.The resulting list of 25 top cities featured five cities in Arizona, with Chandler and Mesa finishing in the top 10 and Gilbert placing first by a sizable margin.“It’s another great feather in the cap of Gilbert,” said Gilbert Councilmember Jordan Ray.

  • Let Joe Know: If you get a check in the mail and did nothing for it, it’s a scam

    People send checks to me every day. Sometimes they are for hundreds of dollars. Other times, they’re written for more than $5,000. But I can’t cash them. And neither can the people who send them to me.The checks end up in their mailbox from senders they don’t know, seemingly for no reason. They’re actually being sent from scammers. I’d like to tell these people something different, that the checks are good and they would call me “the maker of fortunes!”Instead, I’ve become “the dream killer.”Scammers send these checks and ask that part of the money be sent back to them. Or they ask that the person perform some “job” by wiring money to other people. By the time you find out the scammers’ check is bad, you’ve already spent your good money in their scheme. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that I get questions about different checks EVERY DAY.For years, I’ve told people that if they did nothing to earn the check, it’s a scam. But I don’t think the message is getting through. So, with the latest batch of checks, I did something different. I called the banks listed on the check, and asked if there was any money available. Each time, I’d hear the same thing, in different ways: “the funds are not available at this time” or “it won’t clear” and even “it’s a scam.”One time I did hear that the account was legitimate, but the banker couldn’t tell me for sure that there was money there for this check. She seemed confused. I understand why hope can sometimes trump reason. But I have seen these things end horribly for some consumers. One man lost more than $9,000. Other people had their bank accounts closed because of depositing a fraud check.

  • Chandler teen finishes 2nd in national essay contest

    The stock market is a cruel and complicated thing. It has made millionaires of some and broken the spirits of countless others. Yet, despite all of its intricacies, an eighth-grader from Chandler managed to make sense of it all.Emma Baier, now a freshman at ASU Polytechnic Prep High School, wrote an essay while still in eighth grade at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School that looks at the investment potential of automobile manufacturers Ford and Tesla.The essay was part of a class stock market game project, Baier’s teacher Kimberly Meyer said in an email.“I had the students keep a running journal of their experiences with the game, including current events, trends, profits and losses,” she said.At first, Baier, 14, was anything but excited about the prospect of detailing financial investments.“When I heard we were going to do the stock market game at the beginning of the year, I panicked,” Baier said in an email. “The stock market is always seen as this giant, looming, intimidating beast hanging over a student’s head. It’s presented as incredibly complicated and scary,”

  • Final concepts selected for downtown Mesa redesign

    While the concepts differ, the three finalists for the redesigned City Center in Mesa all have one thing in common: a reinvigoration of the heart of Mesa.The city has spent the last year accepting requests for qualifications from designers to remake an 18-acre plot surrounded by Main Street, Center Street, First Street and Centennial Way that encompasses City Hall and the City Council chambers. The project was part of a 2012 bond package with a total projected cost of $70 million.A total of 18 teams applied to redesign the downtown area, and the city ended up selecting three designs, each with a different view of how to better the downtown area.“We’re building a neighborhood here, not just a park,” said Carol Meyer-Reed, partner at the landscaping firm Meyer/Reed.She and the members of the design firm Otak presented their view of that design at an event hosted by the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday. The team’s design, called the Living Room Plaza, would feature a mirror pond, courtyards, housing choices, a multitude of parking spaces, offices and even a light bar Meyer-Reed said could become “Mesa’s Time Square.” The design team anticipates the cost at $50 million, but said the investment could produce between $200 million and $250 million in private investment and approximately $2.5 million in tax funding.The second design, from Woods-Bagot and Surface Design, called Mesa Central, blends in the surrounding natural aesthetics like the buttes and foothills into the design, said Urban Designer Riki Nishimura. Landscape architect James Lord added the design also has several parking lots both above and below ground, a hydro room that connect with mist and rain, and the potential to add sports fields, a theater and exhibition space right in the middle of the area.

  • Chandler Council set to vote on fate of ‘Elevation’

    The long-awaited demise of the Elevation Chandler building is now entering its final stages.Final development agreements about the project are on the agenda for the Sept. 8 Chandler City Council. The six-story tension steel skeleton will be down near the end of the year if all is approved.“It has been a mess of a property … we want to get the development agreement done to move forward and close on the land,” said Chandler Vice Mayor Rick Heumann.Elevation Chandler, which will remain the name of the property, has been abandoned since 2006 when original developer Jeff Cline had financial issues and construction was halted.The city is taking precaution after the failure of the first project eight years ago. Chandler City Councilmember Nora Ellen said the city is inserting impact fees into the agreement with Hines — the developer looking to purchase the land — that will include a non-refundable demolition fee. The worst-case scenario for the city is the current eyesore will be gone.An in-with-the-new process will begin for Elevation Chandler, pending the aforementioned approvals. First priority for the new Chandler Veridian project is a multi-family housing development on the south side of the plot. The housing development may even break ground before or during the taking down process of the current structure as they are on opposite ends of the property.

  • Price to fill the tank dips by 2 cents

    The price of fuel for the Labor Day weekend is the second highest it’s been in five years, although it has decreased when compared to last week.Data compiled by AAA Arizona indicates the state average has dropped by 2 cents to $3.435 per gallon. Tucson and Flagstaff once again have the lowest and highest averages at $3.291 and $3.681, respectively.The national average is down by a fraction of a penny to $3.434 a gallon.

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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?

  • Take Me Home: Missy

    Missy is an incredibly adorable, scruffy terrier mix who is sweet and affectionate. Shy at first, she warms up quickly, especially if treats are involved. It turns out Missy loves attention from her people and is so appreciative of the love and kisses you give her. She enjoys being held, being pet, cuddling on the couch, and once in a while will even find her way into your lap.Missy reciprocates your affection by giving some kisses of her own. Being less than a year old, Missy is very playful. Combine that with a terrier’s natural curiosity and you get an active dog that is happy to share all the adventures that life has to offer with her people. Missy rides well in the car, does fine on a leash, and loves to go on walks. She has a very cute habit of “walking herself” by walking with her leash in her mouth so she can feel like she is running the show. When she is being walked with other dogs, she’ll even take their leashes in her mouth so she can “walk them” as well.Missy likes just about any dog she’s ever met, giving kisses, engaging them in playtime and wrestling matches, and, of course, “walking” them. She would do best in a home with another canine brother or sister so she can watch and learn what it is like to be a happy dog and continue to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Missy is cautious of fast movements and loud noises, so she will need a family that is willing to give her the time she needs to feel comfortable and to let her know she is safe. Missy is looking forward to the day she has a family to love and call her very own.If interested in learning more about Missy, please fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Living boldly in our bodies, whatever shape, honors God

    Words are powerful creatures. Sometimes sleek and smooth, sometimes coarse and rough. Once they’re out there, we can’t snatch them back, tame them, or change them. Of course, not all words are hurtful or intended to wound. But words that hurt can kill us slowly and painfully, like a torturer. They cut away at our confidence, they eat up our self-esteem. While we might be able to maintain outward façade of normality, we inwardly shrivel and die. In those hidden depths, we can look and feel like “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch.One of the saddest times of my teen years was the utter helplessness of seeing one of my best friends waste away to a skeletal shadow of her real self. With a normal weight for her age and height, her 14-year-old world caved in when a teenage boy told her she was fat. Chalk up another victim of cruel words, as well as the evils of anorexia, one of the three major eating disorders, along with bulimia, and binge eating. She could have died. Thanks be to God that she didn’t. After months of medical intervention and loving care, she regained a healthy weight, but no doubt the psychological scars lingered like unwelcome specters, for a long time afterward.Since my husband and I have been doing a fair amount of early-morning mall walking to get some exercise without fainting in the summer heat, I couldn’t help but notice the store mannequins serenely advertising their wares, lips sealed but seemingly smugly upturned behind the store windows. Each circuit left me feeling increasingly irritated by the evidently unrealistic body images being portrayed, and marketed to the naïve and vulnerable. With every passing step, I was left wondering how many more impressionable women will be unduly shaped and influenced by some improbable ideal of the “right” body image.As Christians, we’re obviously part of the world, but our faith informs our choices, including where we shop, and how we understand our bodies in a healthy and faithful way. The fact that God sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to live amongst us as the Word made flesh, tells us just how important our natural human form is to God. We are beautiful creatures of flesh and bone, blood and guts, hearts and minds. The fact that Jesus is resurrected in bodily form confirms that we’ll also have recognizable bodily forms in the resurrection. Our bodies will be healed, but our identities will remain intact. Since our bodies matter to God, in faith, we have good reason to take care of ourselves. It’s yet another aspect of being a good and faithful steward. It’s another way we can honor God with gratitude, and enjoy God’s gift of life in and through our beautiful bodies. Honoring God embraces a heartfelt desire to be as healthy in body, mind, and spirit as the constraints, or blessings, of our genetic makeup, and parentage will allow.Our bodies are, after all, the means by which we love and serve God and our neighbors during our all-too-brief earthly sojourn. For many of us, it’s tough to love our neighbors, because we have a hard time loving ourselves. The only body image that’s worth our time and effort is having a clear and realistic picture of how we’re fulfilling our part in Christ’s body, as a mirror of God’s love and peace in the world. That is, how we’re using our bodies to share the good news of Jesus Christ, in word and deed. Live boldly and confidently, in the sure promise of God’s unconditional love. Whatever the world might say or do to shape our body image, God’s love is shaping and empowering us in much more important ways; the kind of ways that make an eternal difference. Fortunately, in the world of marketing, there’s a glimmer of hope emerging through advocacy and medical groups. Voices are speaking up, inviting stores to display a greater variety of mannequin sizes, with a more realistic range of body images. Eating disorders affect millions of God’s children of all ages in the U.S. and across the world. Eating disorders are serious, even life threatening. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, I pray that you will seek medical help as well as spiritual counsel.• The Rev. Susan E. Wilmot is priest-in-charge at St. James the Apostle Episcopal Church, 975 E. Warner Road, Tempe. Reach her at rector@stjamestempe.org or or at (480) 345-2686.

  • Keeping the Faith: Belief, not belligerency

    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.Peter wrote this during a time when Christianity was new, unheard of in most places, and very often viewed with suspicion. Thus, a graceful and thoughtful explanation “for the hope that you have” was absolutely required. Thousands of years later, Christianity is still handled with suspicion by many. Not because it is a novel invention, but because a large core of its adherents have misapplied Simon Peter’s good words.Having a “prepared answer” — that is a ready opportunity to interact, dialogue, and discuss beliefs with others — has been replaced with defensiveness, anger, and out-and-out hostility toward those who see things differently. Many have forgotten to read the second half of old St. Pete’s instructions: “But do this in a gentle and respectful way,” he said.Yes, I am a follower of Jesus. Yes, I consider myself a Christian (on most days). Yes, there are a number of essential beliefs important to me and to which I hold. Yes, some of these beliefs are in conflict with the beliefs of others, and these conflicts are not easily dismissed. But my beliefs, as important as they may be, do not give me the right to be belligerent toward others who do not share my beliefs.I will allow that Christians aren’t the only ones who behave this way. Devotees to other faiths, politicians of all parties and persuasions, soccer fans, college alumni, and those with all manner of competing opinions will attack, degrade, and smear those they consider their opponents. The intent, it seems, is clear: Win the argument at all costs.This cutthroat way of life is consuming every facet of our society, resulting in a complete collapse of common civility — that’s a column unto itself — and there is no relief on the near horizon. Anywhere there is an “us” versus “them” attitude there will be nothing but antagonism and disappointment until “them/they” are somehow rehabilitated or totally vanquished in favor of “us/we.”

  • Take me Home: Beautiful Hannah is a great companion

    Hannah is a beautiful girl, estimated to be a 2-year-old Shepherd blend. She originally was found as a stray in Yuma. She weighs more than 60 pounds. Hannah is a great companion for humans, however, not so much for other animals. She becomes possessive if dogs are around and want her toys or her food. She’ll need to be the only animal in the home because of this. She can and does, however, interact with other dogs when there are no toys or food around.Hannah isn’t too great with her doggy manners upon meeting new dog friends. Volunteers at the shelter say she’s an awesome dog with people and they have no doubt that even though she needs to be the only animal in the home she’ll be enough to fill the role of companion. She’s been spayed, microchipped and is up to date on vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $125. Hannah calls Friends for Life Animal Rescue in downtown Gilbert home for now until a forever family is found.To learn more about Hannah, contact Friends for Life at (480) 497-8296 or visit www.azfriends.org.

  • Chandler Regional opens new tower for trauma program

    Chandler Regional Medical Center will now be able to better serve the most critically injured patients in the East Valley.The new five-story, 96-bed, $125 million Tower C includes four state-of-the-art trauma bays, two helipads and six new operating rooms.Chandler Regional Medical Center was designated a Level I trauma center in March 2014, meaning it now serves the severest of injuries.“We’ve brought in a lot of rooms, spaces, equipment to support the trauma program,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “This is the place where the most critically injured patients in the hospital will come.”In addition to the trauma center, Tower C includes an expanded, 32-bed intensive care unit.Bricker said the unit is divided into zones to deal with different types of medical situations.

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