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It’s my favorite time of year, when the weather starts to cool, football is on every Monday night, and Sundays are spent making memories with friends and family at tailgating parties. This football season, take a load off your party planning. Instead of barbecuing in the parking lot, pick up some tasty eats on the way. These East Valley picks have game-winning catering options and are affordable for crowds of any size.
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of nearly 100 plaintiffs after a Mesa neighborhood was submerged by floodwaters two months ago.
Mesa recorded nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain on Sept. 8 -- a single-day record -- as the remnants of Hurricane Norbert rolled through Arizona and caused flash flooding across the state.
Some slightly cheaper turkey and a big drop in the price of those doughy brown-and-serve rolls is going to make the Thanksgiving dinner a bit less expensive this year.
The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.
Isadora is a beautiful adult girl rescued as a stray several years ago and adopted out from Friends for Life. She was recently picked up by a Good Samaritan who had seen her roaming the neighborhood for several months. The people noticed that she was increasingly matted and looked to be bleeding from her back end. .
PHOENIX (AP) — Some homeowners say jets taking off from Sky Harbor International Airport were rerouted in September to fly over several historic neighborhoods near central Phoenix.
The Federal Aviation Administration was bombarded with complaints.
And FAA officials say a preliminary look at the issue determined some planes that were supposed to be flying over an industrial area were flying too far east over residential neighborhoods.
Now, the FAA is working with air traffic control at Sky Harbor to make sure jets are flying in the intended air space.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says he's encouraged by the FAA's decision to work with the city to reduce noise that has disrupted residents in Phoenix's historic neighborhoods.
He says he'll keep working with all sides until a result is reached that works for everyone.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine why a man stopped breathing after being placed in handcuffs by Phoenix police officers following a confrontation.
Police say 48-year-old Daniel Zamora died Sunday morning after being taken into custody by three officers after one home was broken into and a window of another home in a north Phoenix neighborhood was smashed.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard says police had received reports that Zamora had made unusual statements and may have been hallucinating.
Howard says Zamora tried to punch one of the officers but that they were able to take him into custody after a brief struggle. That's when the officers noticed Zamora had stopped breathing.
Police and firefighters tried unsuccessfully to revive Zamora.
The medical examiner will determine cause of death.
Only about one in four sexual assaults committed in Arizona is ever solved by police. One attack that hasn’t been solved by police is the brazen and savage attack by an unknown assailant on a 91-year-old woman in one of Tempe’s better neighborhoods.
PHOENIX -- Close to one out of every seven votes cast this year will come from Hispanics, according to a non-partisan organization promoting Latino turnout.
‘Human trafficking is homegrown here,” said Cindy McCain, co-chairperson of Gov. Brewer’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council and wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in a recent phone interview.
Close to one out of every seven votes cast this year will come from Hispanics, according to a non-partisan organization promoting Latino turnout. And group members predict that large percentage of them will vote for Democrats — but not necessarily because of what those candidates offer, but how Republicans are campaigning.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging ALL LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
LD 18 voters deserve the opportunity to cast an informed vote, but Jeff Dial is depriving voters of that opportunity by dodging all LD 18 Senate Debates, including the Clean Elections Debate. His opponent, Janie Hydrick, on the other hand, has appeared at the debate venues, and answered, at length, any and all questions from debate moderators and audience members. Her answers have shown her to be the candidate who embraces the moderate values of LD 18 residents.
Roughly two years ago, I came home from work to find a letter on my front door. That letter was to inform me about a junior high school in my neighborhood that was closing. As any community member would, I simply asked why?
PHOENIX (AP) — A coalition of Arizona advocacy groups defended its practice Wednesday of dropping off early ballots for voters.
The grassroots organizations are facing an outcry in the wake of surveillance video posted last week that shows a volunteer hand-delivering numerous ballots to a Maricopa County elections office a day before the Aug. 26 primary.
"It's a nonstory. Nothing that they did was illegal," said Tony Navarrete, a spokesman for immigration advocacy group Promise Arizona. "It was them making the promise to voters that they were going to turn in their ballots during the primary."
The video has been viewed more than 360,000 times on YouTube.
A.J. LaFaro, the Republican Party's chairman for Maricopa County, said he witnessed the man, who is a canvasser for Citizens for a Better Arizona, dropping off a box full of ballots.
Lafaro said "ballot harvesting" raises issues about the security of those ballots before they're counted, even though signatures on ballot envelopes are checked by election workers.
"From the time those ballots are mailed to the time they're turned back in, lots of things can happen," LaFaro said.
Ramiro Luna, Citizens for a Better Arizona field director, criticized LaFaro and others for referring to canvassers as "thugs." According to Luna, canvassers knock on doors —mostly in Hispanic communities — and encourage voters to participate. But they are trained not to touch a ballot or mark it in any way, he said.
"The ballot is something we keep as sacred. It is between the voter and the election department. All we are doing is providing a service to make sure the ballot is counted and is turned in on time," Luna said.
LaFaro acknowledged the Republican Party has been doing the same thing when it sends get-out-the-vote volunteers to canvass neighborhoods.
"On occasion we offer to take their ballot and deliver it for them," LaFaro said. "If it's not illegal, we're going to make that offer."
But he argued it was on a much smaller scale compared to Democratic-leaning groups.
"We don't comprehend, nor do we subscribe to what we see out there on the progressive-socialist side," LaFaro said. "That gentleman bringing in several hundred ballots, what function does that serve? We still cannot comprehend why they do it."
Maricopa County Elections spokesman Daniel Ruiz said there is no law covering how a ballot gets to the poll. What counts is whether the ballot is signed and the signature can be verified. However, voters who don't plan on mailing a ballot or dropping it off in person should make sure to give it to someone they trust, Ruiz added.
LaFaro said he will urge the Legislature to change the law when it returns in January to make the process illegal.
The collection of ballots by groups like Citizens for a Better Arizona has become an issue in the Arizona secretary of state's race. The practice would have been banned under a major 2013 election law rewrite that the Legislature repealed this year after opponents collected enough signatures to send it to the ballot.
"I see no reason why any individual, whether it's a candidate themselves, a campaign operative, a party individual, myself, you, anybody, should be in possession of an extraordinary number of ballots," Republican candidate Michele Reagan said at an Oct. 7 debate. "It creates a system where there is an opportunity for fraud, and that is not acceptable."
Democrat Terry Goddard agreed that banning mass collections should be considered, within limits.
"I agree that what Sen. Reagan occasionally calls harvesting is wrong and whatever that means should be abolished," Goddard said, while warning that not all collections should be banned. "Let's look carefully before we jump, because the thing at stake is your right and my right to vote, and it seems to me that under every circumstance we ought to protect that right."
A new eatery in Chandler that will donate a portion of its revenue to area nonprofits is set to open on Oct. 17.
WWE goes pink with Susan G. Komen
WWE goes pink with Susan G. Komen
WWE and Susan G. Komen will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign. “The “Courage Conquer Cure” campaign will continue throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and WWE will donate 20 percent of the retail price of all co-branded merchandise sold on WWEShop.com and at WWE live events, as well as 5 percent of all other WWE merchandise sold on WWEShop.com, to Komen. For the first time, fans will have the option of donating $1, $5 or $10 upon checkout from WWEShop.com with all proceeds benefiting Komen.
WWE and Komen will also feature special “Keep Calm and Never Give Up” T-shirts inspired by WWE superstar John Cena, “Support the Twins” T-shirts and pink Hulk Hogan “Hulkamania” T-shirts.
To support Komen’s mission, WWE will utilize all its assets including WWE Network, TV and pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, PSAs, digital and social media to generate awareness and encourage fans to get involved. The campaign will also be featured on the reality series “Total Divas,” in an episode that airs on Oct. 19 on E!. Throughout the month, the WWE announcer table, entrance ramp and ring skirts will be co-branded and the middle ring rope turned pink to promote the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about Susan G. Komen, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org/wwe or call 1 (877) GOKOMEN.
Mountain Vista Medical Center offering mammogram special in October
In honor of National Breast Cancer Month, Mountain Vista Medical Center is offering a special price of $75 for routine screening mammograms on weekdays through October. Mammograms can help detect tumors and increase the chances of a successful fight against breast cancer.
DETAILS>> Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. Call 1 (877) 924-WELL (9355) for more information or to make an appointment for a digital screening mammogram. Please mention the mammogram special when you call. A physician’s order is required. Insurance will not be billed and the screening is not valid for patients with breast implants or pre-existing breast conditions.
Valley business hosting Breast Cancer Action Project
Spiritude Restorative Therapies for Women LLC will be hosting the Breast Cancer Action Project to benefit for the nonprofit organization Breast Cancer Action, based in San Francisco. The event will strive to change the focus of Breast Cancer Awareness Month from awareness to action. at its location, .
DETAILS>> All events will be inside Bikram Yoga East Valley, 1011 N. Val Vista Drive, Suite 106, in Gilbert. Noon Oct. 11 — Audrey Parets will conduct a free one-hour lecture and a Q & A session in which she will outline breast health advice that women can pursue on their own as preventative measures. Noon Oct. 12 — Spiritude will offer a complimentary screening of the film, “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” which reveals those individuals and companies who have co-opted what marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause.” A silent auction will also be held throughout the weekend with proceeds benefitting Breast Cancer Action. For more information on the Breast Cancer Action Project, visit spiritude.com, or call (480) 861-1101. For further information on Breast Cancer Action, visit bcaction.org.
Valley Auto Repair Shops putting the brakes on breast cancer
Dozens of locally owned, neighborhood auto repair shops (including all NARPRO shops) are joining forces to raise money for a promising breast cancer vaccine. All proceeds from the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign will go directly to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. During the month of October, at least 30 locally owned shops from across Arizona will join more than 100 other independent shop owners in 26 states in the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign. Customers will receive free brake pads (up to $80 retail value) when scheduling a brake service in October. Customers will pay labor and any additional parts while each shop donates 10 percent of every brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.
DETAILS>> To locate a shop participating in the campaign, visit www.brakesforbreastsAZ.org.
Donate & Skate at Arizona Coyotes game
BH Skating Pop Up Rink Events presents #PINKRINK, Donate & Skate event during pre-game activities at the Arizona Coyotes game at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Proceeds from the event will support Making Strides Against Cancer AZ.
DETAILS>> The event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and feature a promotional skating rink venue that will include 3-on-3 hockey exhibitions, as well as opportunities for the public to Donate & Skate until 6 p.m.. The first 100 guests who donate $5 or more will receive a #PINKRINK gift.
Raising Cane’s donating sales proceeds to Susan G. Komen
During the month of October, all six Arizona locations of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers will donate 15 percent of proceeds from lemonade and tea jug sales to Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona. The proceeds donated will directly support the organization in providing grants to local hospitals and community establishments that provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs for medically underserved and uninsured women and men
DETAILS>> Arizona Raising Cane’s locations. 2715 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix; 4325 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix; 960 E. University Drive, Tempe; 9935 W. McDowell Road, Avondale; 1945 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa; 7920 W. Bell Road, Glendale.
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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Storms dropped heavy rain in parts of southern and central Arizona, flooding roadways in some low-lying areas and leading firefighters to rescue a man whose van got stuck.
The National Weather Service says up to 2 inches of rain fell early Thursday in Apache Junction, a city on the eastern fringe of the Phoenix area.
That's where the man's van got stuck in high water in a low spot on a street. Helicopter news video shows firefighters helping him climb from his van into a fire truck amid rushing water. Other footage shows intersections and parts of neighborhood roads underwater.
Storm runoff also briefly closed one lane on the U.S. 60 freeway in the same area.
The weather service said motorists shouldn't drive into areas where water covers the roadway.
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PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix recaptured a Maricopa County jail inmate about five hours after he escaped from custody while at a hospital for a medical appointment.
Officials say 39-year-old John Todman fled in a stolen vehicle Wednesday morning after he bolted when let out of a transport vehicle at the county hospital.
Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Todman was found hiding under a bed in a home during a search of the neighborhood where the stolen vehicle was abandoned.
Crump says Todman will be a treated at a hospital and then rebooked into custody. Crump says a police dog bit Todman while dragging him out from under the bed.
Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Jones says Todman is an ex-convict who is awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery and other crimes.
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