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YPRES, Belgium — Crimson poppies still dance in the breeze as if nothing horrific happened in Flanders Fields. But a century after the start of World War I, the flowers endure as a symbol of war dead, in part because of a celebrated poem:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — This gem of a city tucked in the Blue Ridge foothills of western North Carolina attracts artists, musicians, foodies, outdoor enthusiasts and a fair share of modern-day hippies, all lured by the beautiful setting and open-minded vibe. Its gorgeous historic buildings downtown, free music venues, Appalachian art center and lofty nearby peaks are all perfect for travelers looking to please their senses without spending a dime.
TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins provided updates on several projects to a collection of city residents on Aug. 27.
FARGO, N.D. — It's a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals' frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate. So why not visit the state's largest city, Fargo? With just over 100,000 people, this city on the eastern edge of the state offers local culture with a good dose of pride and quirkiness. You'll need a car to get around, but let's face it: If you're in Fargo, you probably drove here.
If you’re looking to get the latest news on the light rail or the new colleges, check out Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's Twitter Town Hall during primetime on Mesa Channel 11.
All you "Tweeps" out there concerned about Mesa: Get your typing fingers ready because Mayor Scott Smith is taking his Twitter Town Hall meetings into prime time.
The city of Phoenix is ready to listen.
The city of Phoenix is ready to listen.
The decision has clearly paid off and then some.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will hold a Twitter Town Hall on July 31 to answer residents’ questions about developments such as the new Chicago Cubs complex, the new downtown college branches, light rail construction or any other topic. The event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. and will air live on Channel 11 and at www.mesachannel11.com.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will hold a Twitter Town Hall Tuesday, answering questions received through Twitter about a variety of topics. The town hall is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday and will be live on Mesa Channel 11, as well as online at www.mesachannel11.com. To participate, tweet questions and add #AskSmith.
Arizona became a state on Feb. 14, 1912, and on Valentine’s Day 2011, Arizonans began a festive countdown to the state’s 100th birthday. Special events are ringing in our centennial from canyons to pine forests, mountaintops to grasslands. The fun continues — some of it right here in the East Valley — throughout 2012.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith will hold his first Twitter town hall at noon this Thursday, answering questions residents have tweeted. To participate, tweet your question and add #AskSmith. The hourlong event will be aired live on Mesa Channel 11, or at www.mesachannel11.com
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's Twitter town hall, scheduled for lunchtime Thursday, has been rescheduled for Sept. 22.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is holding a lunchtime Twitter Town Hall on Sept. 22, when he’ll also appear on Mesa Channel 11 to field residents’ questions about the city. Smith will hold the forum from noon to 1 p.m. Just Tweet your question and add #AskSmith to participate. You can also watch the town hall live on Channel 11 or at www.mesachannel11.com
TUCSON - She arrived right on time - smiling, as Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords so often did, as she made her way through the small crowd that had assembled for her first "Congress on Your Corner" gathering of the new year. The meetings had become one of her hallmarks as a congresswoman, a way to get face-to-face with the people she served and hear them out, from those who cheered her close re-election to those who opposed her positions on health care or immigration.
SEDALIA, Mo. — It's 7:19 p.m., yet Rep. Ike Skelton appears hard at work. "I just voted against the repeal of DADT," Skelton tweets via BlackBerry to alert a few hundred followers to his stance against gays openly serving in the military.
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Halloween is nearly upon us, and with it comes no shortage of church hall trick-or-treat festivals, haunted houses and sleazy costume parties. But if you’re in the mood for something a little different this year — or something not Halloweeny at all — check out these ideas.
It's been eight years since 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people. At least a dozen Valley events are planned to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and the people who since have fought for the United States to prevent further attacks.
An educational program for small-business owners in Gilbert has proven so popular, classes are consistently overbooked, organizers say.