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LOS ANGELES — The pre-pre-season opening kickoff of the 2014 National Football League schedule is returned for a score in "Draft Day," an entirely conventional serio-comic sports world melodrama that pushes its buttons with undeniable professional finesse. In his most effective full star turn in perhaps a decade, Kevin Costner dominates as the greenhorn general manager of the beleaguered Cleveland Browns who could emerge from the heavy shadow of his late revered father with the successful handling of the annual draft of college players.
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FILE - In this June 2, 2013, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner in action against the Seattle Storm in the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. Griner's busy WNBA offseason included competing in China, her first vacation in Miami and courtside seats to watch favorite player LeBron James. The slam-dunking Griner can add published author to her list of achievements with "In My Skin," which chronicles her love of basketball and struggles with bullying, sexuality and family acceptance. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Sunday, April 6
NEW YORK — Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.
Mari Faidley, center, a Starbucks shift supervisor, holds a stack of cups as she takes a drink order from a guest at Starbucks annual shareholders meeting, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Howard Schultz, left, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, pours tea for Oprah Winfrey, right, to announce their partnership to offer Teavana Oprah Chai tea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Playing For Change band, including "Grandpa Elliott," left, performs Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Starbucks Coffee Company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Adam Brotman, right, Starbucks chief digital officer, talks about the company's mobile apps and the use of pre-paid Starbucks cards, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, talks about Starbucks' Teavana tea products, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Schultz says growth in the tea market is a key part of Starbucks' strategy for the years ahead. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sandy Roberts, Starbucks strategy manager for global coffee engagement, pours samples of coffee for shareholders and other guests, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A new study released by Research Professor Lee McPheters of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University has identified the top 10 cities and states for job growth in 2013.
Given the opportunity, coffee can be so much more than just a pit stop on the way to work. A coffee house with ambiance is a space to curl up with a book, study, work, meet up, procrastinate, knit… whatever. But don’t think you have to venture north to Seattle and brave the land of rain and flannel to find a good one. Here are a few of my East Valley favorites, where you’ll want to hang out, order a cup and stay a while.
Sunday, March 9
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop.
Earthy hues that blend into the landscape tend to dominate the outdoor furniture market. Understated woods, metals and cushions are easy-to-incorporate neutral elements.
In this Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, photo, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim stands on the field during warm-ups before an NFL football game between the Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Keim has overhauled the roster of a team that limped home to a 5-11 season by losing 10 of its last 11 games in 2012. Heading into Sunday's regular-season finale at home against San Francisco, Arizona is 10-5, has won seven of eight, and has a shot at tying the franchise record of 11 victories in a season.
In Singapore's equivalent of food courts, hawkers sell steaming bowls of noodles, giant crabs in pepper sauce and slices of pungent durian. In Barcelona, patrons at the La Boqueria nibble finely aged ham and buy fresh produce to prepare at home. In the United States? Historically, it's been a wasteland of spongy pretzels, giant sodas, greasy fried rice and endless burgers.
LOS ANGELES — It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall?
It is not hyperbole to call the 1998-99 Chandler High girls basketball the best in Arizona history.
If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors.
Valley country-rock musician Ryan Sims is the kind of guy who keeps his friends close and his former band mates closer.
Pre-historic creatures come alive via giant puppetry, stilt-walkers and inflatables in this interactive stage production, transporting audiences to a land long ago and far away.
NEW YORK — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.
SEATTLE - Carson Palmer overcame four interceptions to throw a 31-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd with 2:13 left, and the Cardinals kept their playoff hopes alive with a 17-10 win over Seattle on Sunday, snapping the Seahawks 14-game home win streak.