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I can only imagine how the parents of the little girl “accidentally” shot with a Taser by a Tempe police officer felt after being notified of her injuries. The incident occurred while the girl was in her classroom at a Tempe public school.
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Heather Godina always knew she wanted to complete a triathlon. She had experience in two-thirds of the event heading into her 29th birthday, with a strong background in swimming and two full marathons under her belt, so it wasn’t unimaginable to add a bicycle to the equation.
Bill Bitter went to college expecting to graduate and become a concert violinist, but he realized his talents were better served as a teacher than performer.
Was February frenzied enough for you? If so, and, like the rest of us, it was hard to remember which way was up, then this is your chance to exhale. If not, well, apologies the past two weeks of high school state basketball tournaments nearly every day wasn’t enough to satisfy. Spring has already sprung, but before it’s here to stay, let’s go back to glory (and gory) days. In case you missed something, or some things — which is likely given the volume at which craziness occurred — here’s a remembrance of plays made, a few that weren’t, spirits which soared and hearts being broken:
PARIS — Food nourishes the tiny Rue du Nil from the dim light of morning — when the first deliveries start going out to Paris' most sought-after restaurants — until well after midnight, when the young chef who transformed an unchic side street into a culinary destination finally closes up.
It’s difficult to comprehend the struggle a child suffering in a third-world country goes through every day and how your small contribution to a nonprofit makes a difference. The African Children’s Choir, performing this month in the East Valley, will give you that personal experience with not only the cause but the kids you’re supporting.
Arizona has enjoyed a slow, steady rise to track prominence nationwide. Much of that rise was aided by the Chandler girls program, which won two Nike Team National titles, and individuals like Billy Orman, Devon Allen and Bernie Montoya.
KENTON, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart.
Every Friday, more than 2,000 school children from low-income families in the Southeast Valley are discreetly given a backpack of food to ensure they have enough to eat during the weekend so they’ll return on Monday nourished, alert and ready to learn. The backpacks are provided by Arizona Brainfood, which is supported by Mesa United Way and a number of local businesses and philanthropic organizations.
One of the many surprises in Wes Anderson's rich, layered and quirkily entertaining new film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is the emergence of a new comic actor, one with impeccable timing and just the right mix of gravitas and utter zaniness.
The state House voted Thursday to put a five-year lifetime cap on government-funded health – but not for everyone.
Phil Vassar knows how to write hits ... and sing them, too. For more than a decade the country singer-songwriter has hit the charts over and over again, with tunes such as “Carlene,” “American Child,” “The Sound of a Million Dreams” and the No. 1 smash “Just Another Day In Paradise.”
It's a conundrum many parents face: what to do with the steady flow of drawings, paintings, collages and more that children bring home from school and camp? Which are the keepers and — besides sticking them up on the refrigerator with magnets — how can you display them creatively?
In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 photo, members of the Ralston Valley High School musical "Pippin," first row, Abbie Speed, 16; second row, from left, Patrick Heaton, 17, Autumn Ayers, 17, and Isabel Alvorado, 16; back row, from left, Serena Buxton, 16, Valeria de Luna-Kent, 16, Natalie Sarver, 16, and Tia Crane, 16, model leprechaun beards in Arvada, Colo. Making and taking handmade St. Patrick's Day props cranks up the fun at parades and parties. It turns spectators into participants. (AP Photo/Jennifer Forker)
Actor and Mesa native Charlie LeSueur recently left his footprints in cement at the Superstition Mountain Museum for his work preserving a part of television history. Now, LeSueur is working to make a new footprint by developing the theatrical talents of students at Sequoia Star Academy in his role as its performing arts director.
Calling them a federal “dictate,” Sen. Al Melvin convinced Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools adopted just four years earlier.
There is a new choice in public charter schools that will be debuting two brand new campuses late summer 2014, just in time for the next school year. EAGLE (Expecting Academic Greatness with a Loving Emphasis) College Prep will debut their Maryvale and Mesa campuses and initially offer kindergarten through third grade and build out a new grade each consecutive school year until they reach 8th grade. The new campuses will join the two existing EAGLE College Prep schools in South Phoenix.
A stay-at-home mom finally sends her youngest off to school and decides to go back herself and gain a master’s degree. On the morning walk, her friend responds to the idea with, “Why would you do that? Isn’t it too late in life to be worth it?”
It still hurts. Losing in the fashion the Tempe High boy’s basketball team did in the Division II semifinals last week will never be forgotten.
As February Frenzy fades away — given all the drama, controversy and action we’ve seen it’ll take awhile — and March moves in, the spring sports have begun.
The 1989 Corona del Sol team was honored Saturday on the 25-year anniversary of its state championship. The 2014 team likely will enjoy similar recognition in 25 years.
Impressively, last year’s championship matchup between these two schools was trumped by this year’s. Overtime. Controversy. Star players showing why they are stars. Unsung Heroes. This one had it all. Seeking payback from last year’s nailbiting loss, Pinnacle led by six points midway through the fourth quarter, but Casey Benson again brought the Aztecs back, and Pinnacle’s putback at the buzzer which would have won the game was waved off because of a Corona foul before the shot. After much deliberation and review, Pinnacle was awarded two free throws with .3 seconds left, and Ben Wahlberg hit 1 of 2 to force OT. Benson (16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime) and Dorian Pickens (41 points) were tremendous, and the Aztecs got some key plays late from Cassius Peat and Alex Barcello. Benson’s scoop shot with 30 seconds left in overtime gave Corona the lead and a final defensive stand in which Pinnacle missed its final three shots, which made Corona the third big-sized school in Arizona (Mountain View and Phoenix Union) to win three consecutive titles.
Long after Wells Fargo Arena emptied, a dozen teenagers wearing blue uniforms and reddened faces slowly meandered across the floor a final time this season. One held a video camera while the others talked, looked around at the backdrop in which their season came to an end, and embraced.