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Pieceful Solutions will have an opening celebration on July 16 for its new campus in Gilbert tailored to autistic students.
Come Jan. 1, thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.
The ASU professor who made nationwide headlines after video showed her confrontation with Arizona State University police has plead guilty.
I’ve said it before, there’s nothing cooler than apes in comics. Comic book publishers know it, readers know it, and even Hollywood has jumped on the ape bandwagon again (see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.) Since Edgar Rice Burroughs first planted poor baby Greystoke in the middle of the Mangani (great apes) tribe off the coast of Africa, spectacular simians have been a huge part of our pop culture heritage; and at the recent Phoenix Comicon I happened to come across one of the most awesome ape adventures of all.
The topic du jour for education is STEM, the abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The reason for the focus is illustrated simply by the future demand for jobs within the four topics; projections by the U.S. Department of Education anticipate careers in STEM will increase exponentially this decade. Biomedical engineering positions alone are expected to jump by 62 percent.
Two East Valley schools are looking to take their games to the next level.
I once approached my life and work as if I was building a house. Drive a nail here. Lay a block there. Smear a bit of paint in the corner. Cut out a window now and again. Figuratively, this is how I treated my life, and it is a solid, powerful image. It is also an image with plenty of biblical roots.
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A campus police officer accused of using excessive force on an Arizona State University professor during an arrest is on paid administrative leave.
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
Service Branch: United States Marine Corp
Where and When Served: 2000-2009 in Iraq
A Dobson High School graduate, Chitwood served a six-month stint in Iraq and became a company training officer for soldiers going to the Middle East. He was stationed in Kansas City, Virginia, Washington, California and South Korea.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History, at 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, will host “Roar and Snore with a Dinosaur” on July 11 from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. on July 12.
“The answer to the problem about all the illegal alien kids that were dropped off at the Phoenix bus stop is simple, the president invited them here so put them back on a bus and drop them all off in front of the White House. Problem solved!”
Finding the roots of the blues, from Memphis to the Tennessee Delta
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Sameer Sarmast leaves the house each day with his wallet, his keys and... dates.
Spades of gold symbolically speared earth in Chandler on June 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony at Ocotillo for the first Village Health Club and Spa in the East Valley.
Coronado Elementary School in the Higley Unified School District will offer a Mandarin immersion program for kindergarteners and first-graders this coming school year.
Page Springs Cellars and 15 other wineries will pour samples at the Tilted Earth festival in Cottonwood.
FILE - This Sept. 11, 2012 file photo shows a healthy chicken salad school lunch, prepared under federal guidelines, sitting on display at the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. A House committee has endorsed a GOP plan to allow some schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards. The vote comes as First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a campaign in support of the standards, holding a White House meeting this week. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
It used to be something only the Arizona geek community knew about but now Phoenix Comicon has become one of the largest conventions in the U.S. This year’s event brought in over 77,000 people to the downtown Phoenix area and in anticipation of this growth, the organizers of PCC utilized more of the Phoenix Convention Center this time.
“Our Father.” Only two words, and yet, if we learned to pray these words as Jesus instructed, our lives would be radically transformed. In Jesus’ day it was not uncommon to address God as Father; this wasn’t new. But Jesus made this way of speaking to and thinking about God, normative. “Father,” in Jesus’ view, should be the customary interpretation of God.
Since its invention, photography has served as a unique way to capture the world around us in stunning detail not possible before. Today, the technology is accessible to nearly everyone, yet goes largely unused in the daily lives of many. One Mesa resident decided to change this and document her own life in photographs.
Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!