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  • Congresswoman Sinema to ship up to Boston for marathon, raising funds for charities

    Tens of thousands of people from all over the world will trek 26.2 miles around the greater Boston area and square off against Heartbreak Hill as part of an anticipated record-setting Boston Marathon. Among those who will visit Massachusetts’ capitol city is District 9 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who has coordinated with eight friends to raise more than $34,000 for charities linked to the event.Sinema, who represents sections of Mesa, Chandler, Tempe and Ahwatukee, is set to run the 118th iteration of the Boston Marathon on April 21. She’ll tackle the marathon — her 10th overall — alongside a group of friends, all of whom have never run the marathon before.“We just wanted to honor those who died and those who survived,” she said.Hosted annually on Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts – the third Monday of April – the event is the country’s premiere marathon and draws some of the top distance runners from all over the world. As Sinema put it, the Boston Marathon is the “holy grail” for distance runners.“I never dreamed I’d run Boston,” she said.The marathon’s usual capacity is 27,000, but the response to the 2013 bombing led the event organizers, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), to expand the field to a record high of 36,000, according to the B.A.A.’s website.

  • Mesa man shoots son-in-law with flare gun in Chandler

    Police arrested a Mesa man suspected of shooting his son-in-law with a flare gun and attempting to stab him with a folding pocket knife Saturday morning near Alma School and Pecos Roads in Chandler.George Brown, 66, was involved in a domestic dispute in front of the victim’s home when the dispute turned violent, police said.The victim was shot in the abdomen with the flare gun causing an open wound with burns, police said.Witnesses stated that they heard Brown say he wanted to shoot the victim and watch him burn to death, according to court documents.During an interview with police, Brown admitted to attempting to stab the victim with the knife saying “I was fixin' to kill him,” according to court documents.Brown is suspected of attempted murder, assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

  • Mesa police arrest 16 in stolen goods operation

    Mesa police say they've completed an operation resulting in numerous arrests and the recovery of hundreds of guns as well as thousands of stolen items.Police said in advance of a scheduled Tuesday afternoon news conference that the operation targeted a pawn shop that allegedly trafficked nearly exclusively in stolen property.Police say 16 arrests were made in conjunction with the operation dubbed "Bonded Ammo."According to police, the recovered items were stolen from individuals and retailers. They say the Organized Retail Crime Association helped police identify items stolen from Target, Wal-Mart and Kroger.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for April 19 at Kiwanis Park

    Valley residents can participate in the sixth annual Tempe Community Easter Egg Hunt at the North Soccer Field at Kiwanis Park in Tempe on April 19.The egg hunt will begin at 9 a.m., but there will be face painting and crafting activities run by Tempe High School Key Club students from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Children are encouraged to come with parents and bring their own basket or sack to collect the eggs.

  • Seton Catholic students use Avengers’ shenanigans to win language contest

    After the Avengers forget their friend Pepper Potts’ birthday, students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School assembled to resolve the situation by making a traditional French dessert.Nine French III students from Seton Catholic and across the East Valley, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, won first place for a play about the Avengers they wrote and performed at the Arizona State University Language Fair in February.“We learned a lot of new French that we hadn’t gotten to yet,” said junior Ana Price. “Overall doing the play was a lot of fun. It was enjoyable to learn this French and not just study out of a book.”The play focuses on the Avengers learning how to make crème brûlée so they can give Pepper a nice birthday. However, the cooking class degenerates into a fight and develops into a dance scene, French teacher Robin Noudali said.“It turns out it was a dream sequence that Iron Man had fallen asleep in French class and he is remembering,” she said. “Then it ends with the teacher saying, ‘Next class is cooking class, and we’re making crème brûlée.’”The students worked on the play during class for several weeks. Through the performance the students improved their pronunciation, memorization and translation skills, which are all necessary to be successful in a foreign language, Noudali said.

  • Chandler PD searching for robbery suspects

    The Chandler Police Department is searching for four suspects who allegedly robbed a bank in Chandler earlier this afternoon.A release sent by the department states the incident at occurred at 1:30 p.m. at Compass Bank, located at 3075 W. Chandler Blvd. when four black male suspects entered and passed a note to the teller. The suspects left with an undisclosed amount of money and drove east in the gateway vehicle, a black Chevrolet HHR with tinted windows and a temporary tag.Officers pursed the vehicle on the 101 from Ray Road but backed off the chase after the car sped along at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour and made reckless traffic movements. The vehicle was last seen going north on Price Road through Guadalupe, where it drove through a red light.Anyone with information about the suspects should contact the department at (480) 782-4130.

  • ASU Chaucer event celebrates medieval humor

    Arizona State University’s English department is about to get medieval.The 2014 ASU Chaucer Celebration — themed “Chaucerian Comedy and the Senses (of Humor) — focuses on 14th century poetry, storytelling, music and comedy. A series of events celebrating the work of Geoffrey Chaucer, the noted “father of English poetry,” will take place Friday, April 18, on the ASU Tempe campus.Best known for penning “The Canterbury Tales,” Chaucer is considered one of the most important English language writers. In the Middle Ages, English was the language of the commoners, while typical “literary” languages were Latin, Greek or French. Chaucer’s work changed all that.According to English professor Richard Newhauser, Chaucer is still relevant today because he was humorous and provided commentary on what was acceptable in society, often making fun of himself.“Chaucer was genuinely funny, and things we find humorous help define who we are and what groups we can relate to,” Newhauser says. “There is a range of human experience that makes Chaucer a classic, and it is why he is still being studied after 700 years.”The choice to celebrate Chaucer each April at ASU is an informed one; the earliest archival mention of his name described an Easter clothing purchase in 1357. The duchess for whom Chaucer worked as a court page bought him a cape, new shoes and pants, considered very fine clothing at the time.

  • Win 2 tickets to ‘Once’ at ASU Gammage

    An unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear and the power of music to connect all of us — sounds like a great date night show, right?You could see it, the hit Broadway musical “Once,” live on stage at ASU Gammage, on the house. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, opening night performance.To enter, send an email, subject lined ONCE, to GetOutAZ@getoutaz.com. Include your full name, your city of residence, a selfie and a short answer to this question: What song or musician is especially powerful for you and why?Two winners will be drawn and notified via email.

  • Make a date with fashion at EVIT runway show

    The creative designs of students in EVIT’s Fashion, Interiors and Textiles program will be showcased during the 2014 Fashion Show at the East Valley Institute of Technology.The show starts at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the culinary banquet hall on the Dr. A. Keith Crandell (Main) Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.Fashion students’ work will be judged by Corbin Chamberlin, 2008 EVIT alumni and fashion reporter for Financial Times; Shawnee Doherty of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; fashion photographer Rebecca DeVaney; Phoenix Art Museum curator Dennita Sewell; and Paradise Valley fashion instructor Missy Martin, among others.Many EVIT design students have gone on to such renowned schools as the Pratt Institute and LIM College in New York, and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California.Tickets are $5-$20. To order or for information, call (480) 461-4141 or visit EVIT.com.

  • Moms paint free at Gilbert gallery

    SunDust Gallery, the Gilbert spot that offers art programs for kids, teens and adults amid an eclectic display of local art, is offering a special deal to moms on Thursdays.From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., moms who bring children in to paint get one free canvas, same-size or smaller, with the purchase of a canvas for themselves. Moms must ask for the deal, which is good for a limited time and limited to one per person.SunDust also hosts Ladies Night Out painting parties each Wednesday and BYOB painting parties Friday and Saturday nights.Information and more deals can be found at (480) 464-6077 or SunDustGallery.com; click on “Coupons.”

  • Win 4 tickets to Childsplay’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock’

    You could rock out to the hit cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock” live on stage.The TV show, which presented academic subjects through songs like “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” has received a bit of a makeover as Childsplay premieres an updated take on the hits and a set that reflects the digital age in “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”Enter to win four tickets to the show by answering this question: What was your favorite lesson from “Schoolhouse Rock”?Email your answer, subject lined SCHOOLHOUSE, along with a selfie, your full name, and your city of residence to GetOutAZ@getoutaz.com. One winner will be drawn and notified via email.Performances of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will be April 20-May 25 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

  • Enjoy organ rebel who goes old school at Mesa concert

    If you or your youngsters have ever toiled to tickle the ivories, you might enjoy Cameron Carpenter’s Night of Glam, Rock & Style concert April 16 at Mesa Arts Center.The recipient of the 2012 Leonard Bernstein Award and the first organ performer to be nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album, Carpenter plays a variety of styles and genres, like Bach and Liszt alonside film and jazz music.The versatile musician travels with his own digital organ yet subscribes to the very old-fashioned — and may we say charming — practice of greeting audience members at the door of the concert venue prior to the performance.For information and tickets, call (480) 644-6500 or visit MesaArtsCenter.com.

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  • Judge rules Horne did not violate campaign finance laws

    Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled on Monday.In a 30-page ruling, Tammy Eigenheer acknowledged there were phone calls and emails between Horne and Kathleen Winn prior to the general election. At that time Winn was operating Business Leaders for Arizona, billed as an independent campaign committee.Eigenheer also said state laws preclude a candidate from coordinating with an independent committee on how it spends its money.But Eigenheeer said that the Yavapai County Attorney's Office had not proven to her that what either Horne or Winn broke campaign finance laws.The judge pointed out that there were reasons other than the election for Horne and Winn to have communicated with each other. That included that Winn, who now works at the Attorney General's Office, was helping Horne with a commercial real estate purchase.In essence, Eigenheer said evidence of improper conduct in a key phone call between the pair was largely circumstantial.

  • 'Let Joe Know': Are thieves spending your tax refund?

    Thieves could be spending your tax refund right now, and you wouldn’t know it until you try to file your taxes. It’s happening across the country and in the Valley.Kelli Branscomb and her husband were busy preparing their taxes at their Valley home. They used Turbo Tax online and put bits and pieces of information in, until they were finally ready to file.But when they did, they got a shock.“It said pending, which means our return had been submitted to the IRS for acceptance or approval,” Branscomb told me.She says someone else used their Social Security numbers.“We didn’t sign it or verify the account number. We did not send out our return,” Branscomb said.

  • Tempe-focused app offers users friendly nightlife experience

    Learning didn’t always come easy for 23-year-old Scottsdale native Daniel Mazzon, as teachers said his ability to listen and comprehend the material was below average. But instead of going through the motions, Mazzon opted to venture on his own and apply the skills he had to a different project.The result for the former Scottsdale Community College student is an app he says adds a new twist to the Tempe nightlife scene, and hopefully beyond the Valley.Mazzon felt that in a textbook world, the visions of his imagination would only be considered a fantasy. Last year, after seeing a demand that was lacking in the nightlife industry, Mazzon began to create Visionthenight – a free nightlife app that incorporates various forms of social media.“I knew that if I tackled every category the nightlife industry had to offer while adding my own original twists to it, Visionthenight would have the potential to change the social aspect of the nightlife industry for the better,” he said.Mazzon said he wanted to create an app that appealed to a party school like ASU, which is the first college to have it. The app can be used at bars in Mill Avenue in Tempe and Old Town Scottsdale.Right now the app is web-based and uses other application plug-ins such as Facebook, Google Maps, and SMS messaging. Visionthenight can be downloaded through the App Store on iTunes and can be used on the Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

  • ‘Chuck’ Wahlheim, co-founder of ‘East Valley Partnership,’ dies at 82

    Arizona businessman and former President of Cox-Arizona Publications Charles “Chuck” Wahlheim has died at the age of 82. A cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but his family says he had been in failing health for some time.He had an extensive career owning and/or operating over 50 newspapers, network and cable television stations — both as a publisher and corporate CEO. He assisted Rupert Murdoch with his first U.S. newspaper acquisition; Wahlheim, started using the East Valley brand in the Mesa Tribune, Chandler Arizonan, and the Tempe Daily News — newspapers purchased by the Cox newspaper chain out of Atlanta — as a marketing device aimed at giving his company’s newspapers creditability as an alternative.He co-founded the 850-member “East Valley Partnership” to identify, pursue and otherwise influence important regional businesses and political interests; he co-founded “Kid’s Voting,” a non-profit nationwide organization that helps educate more than 5 million children in 41 states on the importance of democracy and voting in America.He is a veteran of the Korean War having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. Funeral plans weren’t immediately released.

  • Gilbert Town Council delays vote on BMX project, USA BMX willing to wait for decision

    Concerns voiced by Gilbert residents over a proposed BMX complex at a recent open house has led the Town Council to put off making a decision on the multi-million-dollar project. Even with the delay, the organization involved in the project is willing to wait for a decision from council members.The project in question is the construction of a new home for locally-based USA BMX that would feature a hall of fame, museum, business office, BMX course and bike park located near Greenfield and Germann roads and close to SanTan Village Mall. If built, the BMX course, which would include a 4,000-seat arena, would host four large scale national events a year.A vote by the Gilbert Town Council to approve or reject the project was set for April 17, but a recent Town Hall meeting on April 8 persuaded officials to wait on the vote. Gilbert spokesperson Dana Berchman said in an email the town is compiling the feedback it received from the meeting and added any ensuing steps, including if or when the project appears on an agenda, belong to the Town Council. She added there are no plans to host a third town hall meeting about the BMX complex.According to ABC15.com, the meeting — the second to address the topic in the last month — included concerns from audience members about traffic problems from an already busy section of Gilbert and noise coming from events at the complex.Both issues were addressed at the first town hall meeting in March, but something emphasized at the April meeting was the project’s expense, in particular the town’s contribution to it. The total cost to build the complex is estimated at $20 million, and the town would pay for at least $15 million up front to cover the expenses through bonds or money in reserve or parks funds.Town residents expressed a wish for those funds go to different projects, although Gilbert Economic Development Director Dan Henderson said the town will receive the money back in the long run. In a previous interview, Henderson said USA BMX will reimburse the town through lease payments over a 30-year period, and the agreement comes with a stipulation based on the growth of the facility’s popularity.

  • Gov. Brewer signs bill that factors inflation into income tax brackets

    Some Arizona taxpayers who get a raise this year could get some tax relief next April.And one large company – maybe two – might be in line for millions in tax credits.Without comment Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Friday which requires the Department of Revenue to adjust its individual income tax brackets next year to account for inflation.Arizona tax rates in five brackets, based on amount of income. Earnings below $50,000, one of the break points, are taxed at a lower rate than earnings above that.This law requires a one-time inflationary adjustment, so a 2 percent inflation rate would move that break point between the tax rates to $51,000.Brewer also signed a measure designed to give up to a $5 million state income tax credit apparently designed for Apple.

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  • Walk away from this pulled pork to make it better

    Here was the problem: I needed dinner ready by 7:15 p.m. But I was going to be out of the house for the two hours before that.Further complicating things, I had a pork tenderloin that I wanted to turn into pulled pork. But my typical stove top method of braising it until it falls apart wouldn't work if I wasn't there to keep an eye on the pot. And I hadn't planned far enough ahead (welcome to my world...) to have time to use the slow cooker.The solution? Braising the pork in the oven. It's faster than a slow cooker — but equally hands off — yet far gentler than stove top cooking. And along the way, I discovered a whole new — and so very effortless — way to make a rich sauce for my pork that had the added benefit of slipping in some vegetables.It actually was pretty simple. I brought a blend of white wine and chicken broth to a simmer, then added chopped butternut squash, sliced onion and my pork tenderloin. I returned the whole thing to a simmer, then popped the pot in the oven and walked away for two hours.By the time I got home, the pork was so tender it was falling apart. So were the vegetables. So I used a slotted spoon to fish out the pork, then I pureed the squash and onion. Add barbecue sauce and the pork (which was so tender it pretty much pulled itself) and I had a vegetable-rich barbecue pulled pork. The sauce was incredible, in part because the squash gave it a great natural sweetness, as well as a velvety texture.BUTTERNUT BARBECUE PULLED PORK

  • Greg Allen: Is, Was God dead in America?

    Someone recently told me about a movie titled “God’s Not Dead.” It stars Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame, Dean Cain of Superman fame, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. After I looked up the synopsis and read the critical reviews I decided to go watch it.The movie critics gave it a failing grade. One critic, who gave it a D-, said it was based on the premise of urban legend. At the end of the movie the credits read something like this film is inspired by ... then it listed court cases that have been brought against colleges and universities across America that have discriminated against students by violating their freedom of speech and religious liberties - the list was quite long. So, for that critic to say the film is a depiction of urban legend he’s either biased or misinformed.Some of the brightest minds in history, atheists, claimed they were once believers in God. On the other side of the coin you have C.S. Lewis, a brilliant English philosopher, who was an atheist then became a devout believer in a Divine Being.There’s a small faction in today’s society who are neither tolerant nor believing of such things. It’s their quest to change minds and quite often in a militant way.Such are those who make it their life’s work to remove every ruminant of God from society. They long to remove the words “In God We Trust” from American currency and eradicate the Ten Commandments from wherever they may be displayed.Why do they condemn or hate God so? If He’s nonexistent as they claim why don’t they just treat it like a myth, like the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus and not give it a second thought?

  • Dr. David Marz: Parade leads to uprising

    People around the world gather to wave flags, stare in awe at fireworks, throw candy, and line the streets to watch parades that commemorate a historical event. Many times these parades are linked to current revelry of food, drinking, and a full out party atmosphere. They are fun events. We enjoy them. All the while the true cultural-historical reason for the commemoration is often misplaced. Forgotten are the lives that were committed, and even lost, to bring about such historical events.Around the world today such parades have commenced. On this day, communities of faith join together in the celebration, clinching onto palm branches, yelling “Hosanna.” Hope is in the air. Today is known as Palm Sunday. It commemorates Jesus’ ride on a donkey toward Jerusalem and the people who welcomed him with praise. This story has become so familiar to the modern day family of faith that we often miss the revolutionary power of the event. The people of the day were under occupation and they believed that Jesus was coming to overturn the oppressive and corrupt political systems of the occupiers. Those in power saw this man from Nazareth stirring up the everyday people and making trouble. So by scheming means those in power arrested him, ridiculed him, falsely tried him, tortured him, and finally used a cross to kill him as a public form of showing what happens to those who resist.On this day some 2000 years ago, we might take into account that Jesus was not ushering in a new time of power, might, and authority that was to overthrow the oppressive occupiers. By riding a donkey (a symbol of peace and humility) rather than a warhorse, Jesus was resisting the continued fighting and turmoil that was brought about by the oppressive occupiers. Jesus sought a new revolutionary idea — active resistance through non-violent means to fight the systems that oppress. His invitation of a peace-filled resistance was too simple and revolutionary. So the parade of welcome turned to an uprising against him and his WAY. Today we often cheer for our heroes, but it is said that you should never meet your heroes because then you will learn who they really are. As modern families of faith, we might want to see who our Jesus really is. Many say we believe in Jesus and we get comfort. Yet that is very different from believing in the WAY of Jesus.Two things we can do:1) We might return to scriptures and reread the stories of faith through the lens of a revolutionary man who came to resist the powers of oppression through the way of peace. We might want to read again how he sought to stand up for the woman, children, poor, and the outsiders who were being cast down. All the while he used non-violent means to advance his kingdom.2) This week, known as Holy Week, we might choose to embrace an active belief in a new WAY. This week we remember the great suffering of one man that led to his death. He chose to suffer with and for all who are in loss, pain, suffering, and who are oppressed. Might we embrace the fact that he has partnered with each of us in our current day suffering? He is with you in your suffering.

  • Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

    WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.In fact, it can make them "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman."We need glucose for self-control," said Bushman, lead author of the study, which was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Anger is the emotion that most people have difficulty controlling."The researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks. Each night, they measured their levels of the blood sugar glucose and asked each participant to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing his or her spouse. That indicated levels of aggressive feelings.The researchers found that the lower the blood sugar levels, the more pins were pushed into the doll.

  • Deschanel talks fashion, Prince and 'New Girl'

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Zooey Deschanel is almost bubbling over with excitement: Her show "New Girl" is a hit, she just released a pop song with Prince, she's working on a movie with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, and now she's sitting in a Tommy Hilfiger store filled with racks of dresses she helped design.It's fitting, then, that bubbles are a theme of her new fashion collaboration with Hilfiger, To Tommy From Zooey.A self-described "fabric nerd" known for her bright blue eyes, long bangs and retro-inspired dresses, Deschanel spent two years working with the designer to create a collection of flirty frocks based on her own personal style."It makes me so happy when people like them. And I love all the dresses," she beamed. "It's almost like I got a whole new closet full of clothes!"Wearing a cream-colored dress from the collection, the 34-year-old actress talked with The Associated Press about working with Prince, being true to herself and what the future holds for "New Girl" couple Nick and Jess.AP: There are 16 dresses in your new collection. Will Jess get to wear some on "New Girl"?

  • Dowtnown Mesa Association hosting egg hunt for Easter

    The Downtown Mesa Association is hosting an Easter Hunt on April 18 for kids in the area around the Mesa Arts Center. The eggs will be filled with candy and free items from Mesa businesses.The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m., but there will be crafts, hula hoops, games and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance after the hunt ends.

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