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The word watermark doesn’t tend to come up in casual conversation. Yet consciously or unconsciously, watermarks are a big part of daily life and faith. Here are a few examples. High-quality stationery has long been associated with watermarks. I can still remember my mom’s special bond-quality writing paper, with the curious watermark on every page. We all handle money regularly, but if you work in retail, banking, or any profession that deals with money frequently, then you’ll be more than familiar with the watermarks used in paper currency to help stop counterfeiting. The same is also true of those who work in airport security checking passports for the safety of all travelers. If you’re in any kind of construction work, home or building repair specialist, then watermarks have a whole different meaning, especially if you’re called in to deal with the aftermath of a flood or some other type of water damage. Then there’s digital watermarking used in audio or image data for copyright purposes. Other types of digital watermarks protect data integrity and computer security. Last, but not least, from a spiritual perspective, the word watermark reminds us of our baptism.
Chandler Christian Academy
19620 S. McQueen Road
(480) 899-9197 or ChandlerChristianAcademy.org
Originally an extension of Chandler Church of the Nazarene, Chandler Christian Academy came into existence in 2012 as a preschool-through-eighth-grade educational option. The academy offers a curriculum rooted in Christian principles mixed with a strong academic program. Chandler Christian Academy also has special activities like a passport club, volleyball, guitar lessons and other options for students to create a well-rounded educational experience.
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School
(480) 963-4951 or EDline.net/pages/stmarybasha_catholic_es.
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Seton Catholic Preparatory High School
1150 N. Dobson Road
(480) 963-1900 or SetonCatholic.org
Valley Christian High School
6900 W. Galveston St.
(480) 705-8888 or VCHSaz.org.
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National craft store chain Michaels has teamed with seven leading North American museums to create Passport to Imagination 2014, a low-cost, in-store summer program where kids ages 5-12 can explore culture through crafting.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff's deputy who recently killed himself may have been shaking down immigrants in an unusual case where authorities discovered hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops, driver's licenses, passports and other documents in the man's home during a drug investigation, according to newly released court records.
The revelations tie the allegations of racial profiling against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office to the investigation into former Deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz, whose bizarre behavior earlier this month led to a standoff at his house and later, his May 8 hanging death while he was being investigated for drug possession and the trove of stashed documents and recordings.
Among the materials found at Armendariz's home were about 900 hours of recorded traffic stops; nearly 200 driver's licenses and identification cards; five U.S. immigration cards; 104 license plates; four foreign passports; and 26 credit, debit and merchant cards.
The information is detailed in transcripts of previous closed-door hearings released publicly late Friday.
While it remains unclear why Armendariz took the materials, a federal judge overseeing the racial profiling case against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office asked staff and attorneys during a May 7 hearing "whether or not Deputy Armendariz may have been shaking down some illegal aliens."
"That is part of our understanding," said Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan. "He very well could have. What's mysterious to me is why we didn't get any complaints from those people."
Sheridan said that after an initial review of the materials, "80 percent of those documents are Hispanic in nature." He did not elaborate in the transcripts of the hearing, and it was not clear what specifically they are investigating. Sheriff's officials did not return calls from The Associated Press. Arpaio's attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message and email.
About a week before Armendariz's death, he was arrested for drug possession after he reported a burglary at his home. No burglars were found, and investigators believe he was either under the influence of drugs or having a manic episode. He later resigned.
The burglary call led to the discovery of the drugs and evidence and sparked an investigation.
Days later, police returned after friends of Armendariz became concerned that he was threatening to harm himself. After a standoff, he surrendered and was taken to a psychiatric center. He was evaluated and released, then later found dead.
After his arrest, Armendariz, 40, implicated other sheriff's office employees in the collection of documents, and a review of some of the recordings found in Armendariz's home indicates other officers may also have been present for what could amount to some 5,000 traffic stops, according to the hearing transcripts.
Arpaio's lawyer, Tim Casey, said a criminal investigation has been launched that may lead to witness tampering and obstruction charges.
However, during a later federal hearing on May 14 regarding the racial profiling case, Casey expressed hope that their probe would find the scandal involved just one "rogue person" — Armendariz.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow acknowledged that might be the case while also explaining that the investigation should be full and complete "no matter how high up the chain it goes."
"We will do that," Arpaio replied.
The investigation involves at least 18 detectives who are reviewing the traffic stop recordings for misconduct and others who are attempting to track down individuals whose records were found in Armendariz's home.
Nearly a year ago, Snow ruled the sheriff's office systematically racially profiled Latinos in its immigration and traffic patrols. Arpaio denies the allegations and has appealed the ruling.
In the meantime, Snow has ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee the agency's efforts at retraining deputies and making sure the department complies with constitutional guidelines, among other things.
Gilbert’s Global Village Festival is a multi-cultural celebration for all ages.
Banner Gateway Medical Center has scheduled a seminar for March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide the public information about gynecological cancers.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Just before noon on a brilliant Riviera day, two columns of guards line up smartly in front of the Prince's Palace, gold braid glinting on their full dress uniforms, vivid blue helmets rivaling the azure sky.
PHOENIX — Not willing to maintain a dual registration system, Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants a court to order the federal Election Assistance Commission to modify its voter registration forms to demand proof of citizenship.
PHOENIX — Secretary of State Ken Bennett is directing election officials to separate their federal election ballots from state and local races to keep those who cannot prove citizenship from voting in the latter.
Boulder City, Nev. -- It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — It's easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.
If you’re at SanTan Village as often as you’re stopping by your own mailbox, this might interest you: The shopping center is offering a “Passport to Dining” through Sept. 30.
With a successful swim across the English Channel on Aug. 1, Mesa attorney Kent Nicholas finished a feat registered by only 69 other people in the world: the open water Triple Crown.
“To the Venter who called Rod Livdahl a Liberal: Rod is not a Liberal but rather a progressive. And the opposite of a Progressive is a regressive, not the ‘C’ word. Get used to it.”
PHOENIX — Two state officials filed suit Wednesday in a bid to force the federal Election Assistance Commission to let Arizona add a requirement for proof of citizenship to that agency's voter registration form.
A self-guided tour of local craft breweries, the Ale Trail aims to acquaint you with the finest hand-crafted beers in Arizona’s high country.
The tour consists of 10 stops and is available anytime the breweries are open. Simply buy an Ale Trail Passport ($5.95) and carry it with you to get $20-$25 worth of discounts on food and drink at the breweries. An unbreakable souvenir beer pint is also available.
You can buy your passport and pint glass online and they will be mailed to you, or you can get started in person at Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Route 66.
The walking route covers about one mile of level ground in downtown Flagstaff. There is one stop each in Sedona and Williams, so bring a designated driver to get you to those brew pubs. [More on next slide ...]
DETAILS >> Available during breweries’ business hours. An Ale Trail Passport, good for discounts on food and drink at participating breweries, is $5.95. An Ale Trail map ($2) and souvenir pint glass ($10.95) are also available. (928) 774-4505 or www.FlagstaffAleTrail.com
Are you traveling abroad this summer? If so, you won’t be alone. Increasingly, Americans seem to have gotten the “travel bug.” In fact, over one-third of the population now holds valid passports, according to the U.S. Department of State. Of course, seeing the world can help broaden our horizons in many aspects of life — including how we invest.
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PHOENIX -- Saying federal law trumps state, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Arizona cannot demand proof of citizenship from individuals who use a federal voter registration form.
Finding air-conditioned summer entertainment can be tricky in the Valley of the Sun. It got a bit easier when Arizona’s newest cultural attraction — Butterfly Wonderland — opened last month in Scottsdale.
WASHINGTON — The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
"The Sapphires" is missing a lot — detailed characters, a unique narrative arc, half-plausible scenes of the Vietnam War — but it's got two uncommon things going for it: genuine charm and Chris O'Dowd. They are not mutually exclusive.
SAN FRANCISCO — If you're a baseball fan looking to add a new pastime to your vacation itinerary, consider setting a goal to visit all 30 of the sport's major league stadiums.
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone celebrates a mass to mark the 900th anniversary of the Order of the Knights of Malta, inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. The Knights of Malta, one of the most peculiar organizations in the world, is marking its 900th birthday with a colorful procession through St. Peter's Square, a Mass in the basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The Knights are at once a Catholic religious order, an aid group that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country to call its own. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)