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Mesa police say they have arrested a man in connection with a fire that left dozens of people displaced from their homes early Monday morning.
With the USA and coalitions dabbling in some type of skirmish with ISIS terrorists in the Syrian and Iraqi regions, now’s an important time to reflect on the advancement of terrorism and its impact on America’s way of life. Case in point:
New water conservation initiatives enacted by Tempe’s city council earlier this month will reduce water use by an estimated 780 million gallons of water per year by 2020, although it will inevitably raise the price of the water for residents and businesses.
Legendary progressive pioneers Jethro Tull featuring Ian Anderson hits The Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, to perform the best of Jethro Tull and songs off Anderson’s latest album “Homo Erraticus.”
While Pinal County “Sheriff Underpants” Paul Babeu has been out on the campaign trail touting gubernatorial candidate and “forensic accountant” Christine Jones, Pinal County Jail employees have been sweating bullets worrying about whether or not they’re going to have a job. All that thanks to the long running dispute between their boss and the federal government over the cost to house federal prisoners in the county jail and any number of other Babeu made up reasons to bad mouth the feds.
NEW YORK — "You must try harder." David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The library may not be the first thing that comes to mind when the kids get cabin fever, but based on these library events — which are only a fraction of the programming offered by your local lending institution — there’s plenty of fun, engaging and interactive ways to while away the blazing summer hours. Most libraries have limited space, so be sure to register beforehand to reserve a spot.
Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s
This fun and funky club, targeting kids in grades 3-5, combines math principles with zany activities like “Bouncy Dice Explosion,” “Glow-in-the-dark Geometry” and “Toilet Paper Olympics,” designed to get your tween fired up about the sum of all things.
DETAILS >> 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 23. Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Free; registration required. (480) 782-2828 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Rich Ihle Reptile Adventures
Perry Library hosts local snake man Rich Ihle, who brings eight different reptiles from around the world to discuss with the kids. He chats about each reptile, how they live, what they eat and their defense mechanisms. Rich will have a large python that kids can pet, so things could get a little slithery.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000 or Mcldaz.org.
Zoo to You
It’s hard to muster up courage for the zoo when it’s 110 degrees in the shade, but fear not — the Phoenix Zoo is coming to Chandler’s Sunset Library with a free, hands-on educational presentation with live animals. Ticket prices for similar programs at the zoo can run as high as $25 a person, making this event — designed for kids 5 and older — a real bargain. It is expected to fill up quickly, and tickets are required. The free tickets become available at Sunset Library’s info desk Saturday, June 21. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, but families are limited to six tickets per household, so if you need several tickets, plan on picking them up Saturday morning — there’s a good chance tickets will be “sold out” by the end of the day.
DETAILS >> 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road. Free; pick up your tickets Saturday, June 21. (480) 782-2800 or Chandlerlibrary.org.
Magician Eric Giliam
Local magic phenom Eric Giliam showcases his award-winning illusion skills in this all-ages show. Tickets to see this Valley performer run in the $15-$20 range, so don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy a fun, free, kid-centered show by a quality entertainer.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. Chandler Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler. Free; admission is first-come, first-served; doors open 45 minutes before the show. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org
‘The Little Red Hen’
Normally you’d have to drive to downtown Phoenix to catch a puppet show from the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, but this Chandler Library event brings them to you. Kids ages 3-11 will be treated to a sing-along performance about the independently minded chicken who pursues a goal in spite of her flaky friends. The participatory performance will have kids laughing and clapping while teaching them a moral about helping others.
DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800 or ChandlerLibrary.org.
Despite being a non-fan of writer/director/actor/comedian, Seth MacFarlane (the “brains” behind such farcical fare as Family Guy and Ted), I still had high hopes for his latest project, A Million Ways to Die in the West. I love westerns and the genre is pretty easy pickins when it comes to laughs, but unfortunately MacFarlane scrapes most his material from the bottom of the comedic bucket.
The renovation of the master bathroom in my 83-year-old father's new house turned out beautifully, with a frameless glass shower and handmade ceramic tile accents. Neither of us wanted to make it look institutional with a grab bar.
A Valley woman is facing child abuse charges for allegedly forcing a 3-year-old girl to eat her own feces after having an accident in the bathtub.
In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.
This photo provided by Best Bath Systems shows Great Grabz Horizon in oil rub bronze bars placed in the toilet area of a bathroom. Most people think of grab bars for the shower and bathtub, but consider putting one near the toilet as well. (AP Photo/Best Bath Systems)
Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, and anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.
AP- On its surface, "The Other Woman" is a very welcome thing: A movie starring talented, funny women with their own punch lines and everything. In the movies, this is bizarrely rare.
Thousands of people are within days of a long awaited, country style vacation. Country Thunder 2014 is just around the corner, and with a star-studded lineup, the four-day country music festival will likely attract a record crowd.
It was my first year at the University of Arizona and I spent it housed in the Yuma dorm, Room 306. Going from a small charter school to living in a dorm with more people than I graduated high school with could be considered a bit of a “culture shock.” There are so many dynamics to the dorm experience, starting with the reputation of the dorm you’re about to inhabit and the small 10-foot-by-10-foot dorm room you’ll be sharing with one or possibly more human beings. You’d be surprised how cramped a small room for two can feel when you introduce a roommate’s girlfriend (or boyfriend for the ladies) to the equation. Not to mention what it’s like to have to share bathrooms with and fight for laundry space with a floor’s worth of people. It may test your patience and gross tolerance levels, but if you do it right it’ll turn out to be one of the neatest experiences of your life and a chance to develop some life-long relationships.
Early on in the new Schwarzenegger vehicle, Sabotage, you get a close-up look at a toilet overflowing with disgusting fecal matter, which it turns out is very symbolic of the entire film you are about to sit through. Ultra-violent and downright dumb, this is one of the worst Arnold movies ever.
The Hollywood blockbuster “Noah” will hit the theaters later this month. It cost $130 million to bring it to the big screen and it depicts the destruction of everything on earth with a crisis of what could only be the original biblical proportions.
NEW DELHI — Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change?
In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor displays a Biochar, a charcoal-like product made from human waste, used as cooking fuel or fertilizer, at the Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor demonstrates the use of a toilet tap where water is recycled and reused, during Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
In this Friday, March 21, 2014 photo, an exhibitor from Loughborough University demonstrates the use of a toilet during Reinvent The Toilet Fair in New Delhi, India. Scientists who accepted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge to reinvent the toilet showcased their inventions in the Indian capital Saturday. The primary goal: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost. India is by far the worst culprit, with more than 640 million people defecating in the open and producing a stunning 72,000 tons of human waste each day - the equivalent weight of almost 10 Eiffel Towers or 1,800 humpback whales. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
The City of Mesa is asking residents to check fixtures around the house for leaks that can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month as part of Fix a Leak Week.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who developed an international reputation for her vociferous attacks on illegal immigration, is ending her career as an elected politician at the end of the year.
NEW YORK — Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive.