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  • 7th annual Sept. 11 off-road racing event in Chandler

    The Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series, Arizona, presented by ADS Racing Shocks, will be honoring our country’s finest Sept. 11-12 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler (20000 S. Maricopa Road).Fire fighters, police officers and military personnel will be admitted free with a picture ID. There will also be free Monster Truck rides with donations to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Fund and Vettix.Gates open at 3 p.m., racing starts at 6 p.m. Special event pricing: $11 for adults, $9 for children (ages 6-12) and children 5 and under free.

  • Chandler seeks to hire city manager

    The city of Chandler is in the process of filling its vacant city manager seat and the recruitment process acquired more than 50 applicants.Through the 50 applicants, five candidates will interview to become Chandler’s city manager. Interviews will be conducted on Sept. 21.According to the city of Chandler, the five candidates are:• Majed Al-Ghafry, assistant city manager of the city of El Cajon, Calif. Al-Ghafry has 25 years of experience in city management, public works and engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in civil, traffic and traffic operations.• Paul Grimes, village manager of the Village of Orland Park, Ill. Grimes has 20 years of city management and private sector experience in administrative, business and economic development.• John Kross, town manager of Queen Creek, Ariz. Kross has more than 25 years of city experience in management, community development, planning and economic development.

  • FAA plans fines for drug-testing violations at Mesa Airlines

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a nearly $175,000 fine against a Phoenix-based regional airline for several failures in its drug-testing program for workers in safety-sensitive jobs.The FAA said Monday that Mesa Airlines is accused of hiring five dispatchers and a quality assurance inspector without assigning them to a random drug-testing program. The operator of regional jets flying under the American Airlines and United Airlines banners also reportedly failed to notify the FAA that a mechanic refused to submit to a drug test and had several other issues with its drug-testing program.Mesa spokeswoman Marcia Scott said the airline had no immediate comment on the proposed fines. The company has 30 days to respond to the FAA decision.

  • Book ‘Who is Gym?’ delves into state’s high school sports history

    It was a Friday evening some years ago when Scott Hanson, a 30-year high school football referee, walked onto the turf at Cactus High School in Glendale. As he entered he couldn’t help but notice the name of the stadium, M.L. Huber Stadium.He asked several people around but nobody seemed to know who Huber was or why the stadium was named after him. After calling the school the following Monday he found out Huber was Cactus’ first principal.This started Hanson on a quest, to chronicle the names of Arizona’s high school ball fields and gymnasiums. After three years of research Hanson finally had all the material needed to put together his book, “Who Is Gym?”“I talked to athletic directors and historians and librarians and family members of people who had stadiums named after them,” Hanson said. “Everywhere from Lake Havasu to Thatcher and Nogales to Fredonia.”Hanson also had a natural curiosity. A Phoenix native, he loved history and, combined with his officiating, the history of Arizona’s high school fields and gyms seemed like a natural fit for his passions.“I finally just pushed myself to power through it and get a book done,” Hanson said. “It was sort of a part of me. I’m a sports freak so it just kind of fit in to my whole M.O., I guess.”

  • Powering the grid: SRP teams up with Chandler company

    From the moment we wake up to when we fall asleep there is hardly a facet of our daily lives not enveloped in the Internet. Powering all of that data on our smartphones and computers are data centers, a massive collection of servers that act as the heart from where the various arteries of the Internet are tied.All that processing power takes a lot electricity. In fact, 2 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States last year was consumed by these data centers and that number is not expected to stop growing.“By 2030 that could be as much as 20 percent of all power consumed by data centers,” said Clint Poole, manager of Salt River Project Telecom.The extent to which the power grid would have to grow to meet the power demand of these data centers would mean costly and lengthy development projects. Seeing that this problem was unavoidable the people at BASELAYER had a novel idea – instead of bringing the power grid to data centers why not bring data centers to the power grid?BASELAYER, a young startup headquartered in Chandler, specializes in a revolutionary product that has been growing in popularity in recent years, modular data centers. These centers, pioneered by companies like IBM and Google, are essentially portable data centers, the size of a shipping container, designed as ready-made appliances able to be deployed and set up on demand, wherever they are needed.That mobility and flexibility is a big departure from the traditional data center models.

  • Saddle up your pony - Rawhide is back!

    Hang on to your cowboy hats! Rawhide Western Town is getting ready to reopen for the 2015-2016 season starting Friday, Sept. 4.Come experience the “new” Old West every weekend. The improved Western Town boasts new park hours, and new stunt shows by the Rough Riders in the Six Gun Theater. Make sure to catch a ride on the new Rawhide Express train as it chugs past the desert terrain. Sample live music and hometown hospitality. Rawhide’s specialty shops and boutiques are also a good place to stop and stock up on all your Western kitsch needs.New park hours are Fridays, 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-10 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Rawhide is also available every day of the week for private event bookings.Admission and parking are free, not including special events and holidays.DETAILS>> Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. N. Loop Road, Chandler. For more details, visit rawhide.com or call 480-502-5600.

  • Driving With Gass…Man!

    Greetings and salutations East Valley! I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Kevin Gassman and I’m the host of Driving With Gass…Man! It’s a radio show about music, comedy, art and life. The show airs every weekday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. on 99.1FM All That Rocks! We’re online and on your phone too. Our morning show is with Len Novin, formally of KUPD, and his show is on from 6-10 a.m. and is called, The Morning Mullet, and features special guest co-hosts like Shea Hillenbrand from the Diamondbacks to rock stars like David Ellefson of Megadeth.So what are we doing here in GetOut? Well, every week I’ll be writing about some of the best musical acts for you to know, including genres of all types. I’ll be breaking the column down into two segments. The Local Lane, which will feature a band from right here in the Valley. And Indie Ave., which includes bands from out of state.But before we start with that, I want to give you an idea of what you can hear on my radio show.Driving With Gass…Man is different every day.Mondays at 2 p.m., the editor of the GetOut, Kaely Monahan, joins me to talk about the local entertainment scene and what events you should go to. Later in the day at 5 p.m. we have The Metal Pedal, where we play old school heavy metal and feature new music from a local band as well as a band from beyond.At 5 p.m. every Tuesday is Diners Ed, a segment about the restaurant industry. Each week, comedian Bryan Ricci and I eat at a local restaurant and review our service. Check out “Diners Ed” on Facebook and tell us your pet peeves of the restaurant industry. Are you a “Secret Server” or “Spy Diner?”

  • Labor Day dining deals

    Salut to Labor DaySummer time vibes are still sizzling at Salut Kitchen Bar for Labor Day weekend. The Tempe bar and restaurant is celebrating Labor Day weekend by inviting everyone to come by and have the “Best Brunch in Tempe.” Although this year Labor Day lands on Sept. 7, the restaurant will be celebrating from Saturday to Monday.Bottomless mimosas ($18) will be served for penny refills. Other crafty cocktails available to accompany meals are screwdrivers, bacon Bloody Marys and white sangrias.Not 21 yet? Brunch items are available to treat yourself to after a busy week. The menu offers meals such as chicken and waffles, beer chorizo benedicts, hummus nachos and more. Item prices for brunch do not pass $13, and some are as low as $5, including alcoholic beverages.DETAILS>> Sept. 5-7, 9 a.m-2:30 p.m. Salut Kitchen Bar, 1435 E. University Drive, Tempe. 480-625-3600. salutkitchenbar.com.Head to Paul Martin’s for happy hour

  • GetOut Weekend: Go jammin' with Kravitz, AZ Reggae Festival, and more!

    Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz burst onto the scene in 1993 with the release of “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” his third album, and he’s been a rock mainstay ever since. With an eclectic sound that incoroporates R&B, reggae, jazz, funk, and so much more, the only question is — are you gonna go to this show?DETAILS>> 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $45-$65. livenation.com.Ralphie MayVoted one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, Ralphie May has released a record-setting four one-hour comedy specials and will be releasing two more this year, proving that his relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. In addition, he recently released a vintage comedy album recorded in Houston in 1998 and his new line of barbecue sauce called “Fat Baby Jesus.” Lovable enough to get away with anything, Ralphie continues to capture the hearts of thousands on his sold out tours and promises to make you gleefully uncomfortable.DETAILS>> 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $25-$50. standuplive.com.

  • Art for Valley’s vulnerable youth

    Art accomplishes more than just pleasing the eye or stimulating our creative sides. It can also be used as a medium to promote healing and growth. Art therapy is recognized around the world for the significant benefits it offers to individuals who have been through difficult situations. The Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona organization, based in Phoenix, provides such therapy free of charge for the Valley’s neglected and traumatized youth. But it takes a lot of generosity to keep the organization operating.“Free Arts works (specifically) with kids who have experienced some kind of trauma,” said Alicia Sutton Campbell, Free Arts executive director.The organization follows a model called “Art with Intention” where volunteers foster positive relationships with the kids by supporting them and building a community.“It’s difficult for kids to talk about the trauma they’ve experienced, so using something like the arts is an accessible way for kids to be able to talk about their experiences or just make a connection with an adult” who may be the only trusting and caring person currently in their lives, Sutton Campbell said.The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, a group that provides funding to worthy causes, has worked with Free Arts for the last three years. This year they awarded the organization a $250,000 grant. The money goes to support existing programs, educating the community, and increasing the number of children it can reach. Many of the children who benefit from Free Arts are in foster care or similar state systems.The Free Arts programs are year-round and provide different outlets for youth to express themselves through art. One of these programs is the Professional Artist Series, where youth work with a professional artist to create different types of art. The series is one of four programs offered including mentorship, camps, and Free Arts days to help the kids build positive, healthy relationships and experiences.

  • Fall movie preview

    Before We GoPG-13Sept. 4Chris Evans and Alice Eve star as two strangers whose chance encounter in Grand Central Terminal sparks a nighttime adventure through New York City that will change their lives forever. The Visit

  • ‘Learning to Drive’ a satisfactory, if unambitious, film

    Learning to Drive is the perfect settle film, a movie the attendees — more likely than not a couple — will feel comfortable watching. Settle films like Learning to Drive aren’t memorable pieces of cinema, but they have just enough to keep an audience engaged and satisfied for at least 90 minutes, and nobody leaves the theater overly upset with what he or she just watched.One thing Learning to Drive has going for it is a title that isn’t a misnomer: the film is literally about Sir Ben Kingsley teaching the great Patricia Clarkson (one of the few actors to earn the word “great” as part of his or her title) how to navigate an automobile. Clarkson never had a reason to learn before — as a native New Yorker she relied on subways and other people — but is inspired to do so after her husband (Jake Weber) leaves her for another woman. Taking a few driving lessons offers Clarkson an opportunity to escape her post-marital woes while at the same time serving as a means of connecting with her Vermont-based daughter (Grace Gummer, the GREAT Meryl Streep’s daughter).As Clarkson struggles with the end of her marriage, Kingsley is trying to create a domestic life of his own. An Indian Sikh who fled to America seeking political asylum, Kingsley works both as a driving instructor and as a taxi driver to support his nephew (Avi Nash) and his new wife (Sarita Choudhury) from an arranged marriage. Kingsley swears by the arranged-marriage system, although the match starts off on the wrong foot due to an initial intellectual and cultural divide between the newlyweds.As you probably guessed, the title Learning to Drive works as both a literal description of the film’s plot and a symbolic representation of what the act of gaining independence does for Clarkson’s character and what domesticity does for Kingsley. It’s a little less than subtle for sure, albeit a name that does serve as a pretty good indicator of the film’s tone. This film is exactly as agreeable as it sounds, complete with soft-chuckle inducing comedy (there is one exception courtesy a filthy Samantha Bee joke) and inoffensive drama in which the results perfectly satisfy what the audience would want given the circumstances. Surprises or any true sense of concern and danger do not lurk in the shadows of this film.It loses a few points for lacking such things, as well as a weird undertone of sexism with Kingsley’s character. (He gets upset at his wife for not leaving the apartment, even though it remains unclear whether or not he at least gave her a tour of her new neighborhood). Issues abound too with unnecessary dips into magical realism and the disparity between the moderately rich literati lifestyle Clarkson lives against the poverty Kingsley lives in; while it’s not quite snobs vs. slobs, the filmmakers do put a little more weight on Kingsley’s problems for economic reasons.Those issues are more like hills than mountains though, concerns worth stewing over without impeding upon the film’s enjoyment. The fun comes from watching Clarkson and Kingsley, both of whom are nothing less than terrific and put in nuanced performances that, in Clarkson’s case, only reach histrionics when the moment calls for it. They also have a terrific rapport, saying very much to each other without speaking more than necessary; the moments of silence both calm and awkward serve as their own form of communication.

Tech Data Doctors Deals

  • CVS expands operations into Chandler

    CVS, the national pharmacy chain, is expanding its operations into the Southeast Valley for the first time.The company, already a mainstay corporation in Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor, will be growing its presence in the East Valley to include a 120,000-square-foot facility located in Chandler.The facility, which is set to open this fall and will be located along the Price Corridor, will be dedicated to support operations for CVS/caremark and CVS/specialty, both a part of the pharmacy’s prescription benefits service. Specifically, the new location will handle medication that requires special handling, namely those that come in injectable form or any form considered non-traditional.The location will begin hiring at the start of September and will look to find some 700 individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds.“CVS Health is hiring pharmacists (including pharmacy supervisors and managers) and pharmacy technicians (and those in training) for consultative roles to help answer prescription-related questions and to provide pharmacy care services and disease management support for CVS/caremark members,” said Christina Beckerman, manager for corporate communications at CVS. “In addition, the company is also seeking highly-skilled customer care and benefits verification representatives for the CVS Health call center to help CVS/caremark members and CVS/specialty patients navigate their drug benefits and ensure they can access important therapies they need.”The expansion is in response to recent growth of the company’s pharmacy operations and is meant to supplement the role of facilities already operating in the Valley. The location was chosen, according to CVS, for its abundance of skilled labor and closeness to the Scottsdale locations.

  • Financial Focus: Maximizing the estate planning value of life insurance

    What is maximizing the estate planning value of life insurance?Simply put, maximizing the estate planning value of life insurance means getting the most bang for your buck. That is, it involves keeping as much of the proceeds as possible away from the IRS and in the hands of your beneficiaries. When you die, all your worldly goods (e.g., your money, house, car, stocks, bonds, as well as your life insurance proceeds) become a pie. The pie is then cut into slices and served. One slice goes to your heirs and beneficiaries, one slice to the federal government, one slice to your creditors, and so on. The size of the slice that goes to the federal government can be as big as 40 percent (the rate for the estates of persons who die in 2013 and later years), and what goes to the federal government does not go to your heirs and beneficiaries. You need to plan now to make sure that the slice that goes to the federal government is as small as possible, leaving a biggerslice for your loved ones.How is it done?Understand how life insurance is taxedIf you want to reduce estate taxes, a good first step is to understand how the estate tax system works. Although this is a technical area best left to the experts, the basics can be grasped fairly easily and will give you some direction regarding how to make the wisest arrangements.

  • Sign company sales person earns award

    Mandy Pope, a sales staffer at Fastsigns of Mesa, received a sales award at the recent outside sales summit in North Carolina.The award recognizes outside sales professionals with sales between $300,000 and $499,999 from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Just 52 people received the award from employees at 590 Fastsigns centers.

  • Chamber to host government roundtable

    The Gilbert Chamber of Commerece is set to host a government roundtable with representatives from Gilbert Public Schools in efforts to discuss the latest local, regional and national issues in education.The discussion will take place on Sept. 18 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Gilbert Public Schools Board Room, 140 S. Gilbert Road.For more information, visit www.gilbertaz.gov.

  • Chandler chamber readies for golf tourney

    The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its golf tournament for Sept. 18.The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. on the Whirlwind Golf Course. It benefits programs and events including the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation scholarship program.Register at www.chandlerchamber.com under the calendar date of Sept. 18. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Maryann@chandlerchamber.com or 480-963-4571.

  • New 20-acre development breaks ground in Queen Creek

    Thompson Thrift recently broke ground on a significant development for the Town Center, 20 acres located at the southeast corner of Rittenhouse Road and Ellsworth Loop Road.Serving as an economic driver for Queen Creek, the QC District will be anchored by Sprouts Famers Market and HomeGoods.The QC District will be built in two phases. Phase I is currently under construction and will encompass 16 acres of retail and dining options including Sprouts, HomeGoods, Starbucks, Red Robin and Orangetheory Fitness, among others. Phase II will be a 4-acre development slated to include either an entertainment district or high-density, upscale multi-family, mixed-use, residential-retail community which will be developed at a later date.

Pets Food Health TV Travel

  • Oz is looking for his forever home

    Oz is a 3 year old cat looking for a forever home. His funny lopsided ear and smile, his gentle and sweet ways, his funny nature and quirks will steal your heart for this easy going big lug of a kitty. He would love to snuggle with you, watch TV, play video games, hang out and of course loves to drink from the faucets when at all possible. He loves to just chill out, hang out and love on his family. He would be fine with nice kids, cat friendly dogs, and a small number of cats who would allow him to be the head kitty although he very sweet about it.If interested in Oz, contact Lost Our Home Pet Foundation at 480-540-9322 to arrange a meet-and-greet at the Tempe PetSmart, 1140 W. Elliot Road, in The Groves near Priest Road. See him and other adoptable cats and dogs with Lost Our Home Pet Foundation at www.LostOurHome.org. All cats are litter box trained, spayed/neutered, tested for FELV/FIV, current on shots, and 24PetWatch microchipped.

  • Worth the Trip: Dunton Hot Springs

    As the road winds through the Valley of the West Fork of the Dolores River, following the irregular course of the river, the asphalt ends and you are left with nine miles of dirt road before you arrive at Dunton Hot Springs, one of the most unique resorts in the West.Back in the 1800s, Horatio Dunton, attracted by the natural hot springs, founded a mining camp on the site. Soon it was a thriving little community and by 1906 could boast a population of 600. Eventually the gold and silver played out and Dunton became a ghost town. Then in 2001, the scion of a German industrial family bought the property and restored the old buildings into upscale cabins. Not all the buildings on site today were here originally; an old Pony Express cabin on the Denver-to-Utah route was taken apart and moved here. It is now the yoga studio.My accommodation was Christy’s Tent and it was, indeed, a tent – actually a very luxurious tent with a centerpiece bed, beautiful furniture, gas-burning (wood) stove and an attached bathroom with its own heating system.The centerpiece of the resort is the hot springs itself and one can approach the natural waters numerous ways. One can climb down to the original spot where the spring emerges and there is a bench down there, but it is really like sitting in a deep hole in the ground. There is also a hot springs pool on the outside of the bath house. Nearby to it is what looks like a wagon, but is really the sauna. The exotic way to attend to the hot springs is in the bath house. It’s not a large structure but extremely well appointed with a sitting area, cold-dip pool and steam-shower room – besides the naturally dug out bath, which is about five-feet deep. The natural hot springs water is about 105 degrees and thick with healthy minerals.Since the owners are European, bathing suits are optional for the baths. Most guests when I was there preferred to “bathe” au naturale.Mid-morning, we wife and I stripped down and slowly made our way into the pool. You are buoyant, which is good because even I had trouble touching the bottom. There’s a swinging bench so you can sit. Although I wasn’t even sick, I felt like yelling, “I’m healed. I’m healed.” Such are healing powers of hot springs.

  • Spiritual Side: The Hebrew month of Elul

    Release – like a check that’s been held by the bank or a man kept in prison. Release – like a falling leaf or a sigh after disappointment. This is the season of release.One year in seven, traditional Jews observe a Biblically mandated year of release – in Hebrew, shmitah. During a shmitah year, debts are forgiven. Property once leased is returned to its original owners. Farmland is allowed to lie fallow, unplowed, unworked, so that it can return to health and wholeness. This is a shmitah year, a time of release.Shmitah is not just about property, however. It is a spiritual practice as well. The release of shmitah extends to grudges. During a shmitah year, as at the High Holy Days – fast approaching – we are to release our resentments, permit them to depart from our lives and let us be. We know deep down that resentment does not serve us. In fact, resentment inflicts more pain on the person who holds it than it does on the source of their anger. We lead clearer, freer lives without it. Bearing a grudge, wisdom has it, is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.On Aug. 16, we enter the Hebrew month of Elul. It’s the lead-up to the Days of Awe: Rosh HaShanah (when the Hebrew year 5776 begins) and Yom Kippur. This is the time to prepare – to pause and take stock, to consider where we’ve lost our way, to set goals for the coming year. This is the season to evaluate what needs to be renewed, and what can fall away. What did we achieve? Where did we miss the mark? This process, called tshuvah, is not a passive one. It does not just happen. Rather, for it to be effective, we must designate some time away from distractions. We must go to the right place – whether it be a kitchen table, mountain top or therapist’s office. We must gather the proper tools – address book, journal, credit card receipts, prayer book. There, we can review the year, contemplate our choices. There, we can understand and evaluate our relationships.And this year, especially, in the spirit of shmitah, we can take the time to consider the grudges we hold. First, we name them and try to remember what prompted them in the first place. Then, we can honor them and thank them. Like scars on the soul, they are evidence of hurts we’ve suffered and survived. We can give ourselves permission to burn for a moment with bitterness and hurt. And then: Shmitah – release.We release them to the wind, allow them to blow away and plague us no more. Because holding onto them hurts no one but ourselves. Because we want to live free from the shackles of the past. Because we want to start a New Year fresh.

  • Keeping the Faith: Woodpeckers on the wall

    The coming week marks the anniversary of the division of Berlin, Germany. On the afternoon of August 12, 1961, leaders of the German Democratic Republic signed an order to close the border between East and West Berlin, and erect a massive Wall dividing the city. Later that evening the order was put into effect.Roads that ran into West Berlin were destroyed. Barbed wire and land mines were put into place. Apartment windows that overlooked the forbidden side of the city were enclosed or barred. Concrete and steel were piled into place along the 27 miles of city border.Guards were stationed along the Wall with orders to shoot anyone attempting to escape to West Berlin. And shoot they did. While thousands succeeded in scaling the Wall, scores of would-be defectors were shot and killed over the three decades the Berlin Wall stood, often in plain view of the West’s television cameras.But this Wall, like all things evil, did not last. On November 9, 1989, following weeks of unrest, the East German government announced that its citizens would be allowed to visit West Germany and West Berlin.The border guards, unable to control the huge crowds who were eager to exercise this new freedom, abandoned their posts altogether. Ecstatic East Berliners cascaded over, around, and through the iconic Wall that had separated families, friends, and a country for a generation. They were met on the other side by their brothers and sisters, who received them with open arms.The Berlin Wall didn’t fall down all at once, neither literally or figuratively. In the weeks that followed that revolutionary November night, people from all over the world came to Berlin with picks, shovels, and sledgehammers to knock a piece of the Wall down.

  • Keeping the Faith: In scorn of the consequences

    “If there was one last crust of bread in this town, it would be mine.” That’s a quote from a rather pretentious member of the clergy, stating how God would take care of him should the world come unhinged tomorrow. “Everyone else may starve,” he continued, “but God has promised me that I will always have enough.”This preacher quickly defended his statement by quoting Psalm 37:25 - “I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children out begging for bread.” This man considered himself godly; righteous; virtuous; favored by God. Thus, no harm would ever befall him or his family. They were guaranteed the divinely-charmed life with no worries about the future, for God had written them a blank check.The spiritual mathematics of such self-confidence looks like this: “I am godly, so I will always have what I want and will never go without.” The corollary for such a statement is also true: “If you are ungodly, then you will not always have what you need, and you will suffer.”To hear advocates of this position explain, those who please God always land on top of the heap. Their cupboards are always full, their gas tanks never empty, their table always running over, and their checks never bounce. The reward for righteous living is a full belly.But what about the godly Christians of yesteryear who did literally starve to death? Women like missionary Lottie Moon who gave her food away to the Chinese she loved and served, only to die of malnutrition herself? There is St. Lucian of Rome, and countless others like him, who was starved to death in a prison cell because he would not renounce Christ. What about the millions of souls facing starvation and persecution in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and beyond, many of whom are faithful Christians?And going without bread is not the only disaster to fall upon the truly devoted. Christians worldwide suffer daily under the ruthlessness of various regimes. Believers living in radicalized countries are persecuted at all levels of society. Many people of faith daily bear the economic and social consequences of living out their beliefs.

  • Creating fun lunches for school

    For kids, especially younger ones, lunch time at school is as much about the socializing as it is the food. How many times has your son or daughter come home with a lunch box that looks like it was not even touched? Kids are hungry and want to eat, but they would just rather socialize.In my home, we have encouraged better sack lunch consumption by applying the following tips:• Get the kids involved in the planning and making of their lunch. If you can do this the night before, you’ll save time in the morning rush to get out the door.• Keep the lunch balanced and colorful. According to federal dietary guidelines, children should eat two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. And what could be more colorful than an apple or a peach or some broccoli florets?• Tack a cue from the culinary field where small bites and tapas are in. Make your own “Lunchables” meals, such as a combination of grapes, crackers, ham slices and cheese.• Feed the sweet tooth a bit. It is OK for children to have something small and sweet. Moderation is the key.

Jen Welter's amazing story might be just beginning

MATT YORK/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arizona Cardinals training camp assistant linebackers coach Jen Welter runs drills with players during NFL trai…

Published: September 3, 2015 - 6:54 am @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/jen…

A diverse local news ecosystem is emerging, and it doesn’t need ‘scale’ or venture capital

This has been a very bad year — after a succession of bad years — for journalism jobs at big corporate chain-owned local newspapers. Given wha…

Published: September 3, 2015 - 6:55 am @ https://medium.com/@mattderienzo/a-diverse-local-n…

VolunteerMatch and SUBWAY® Restaurants Team Up to Inspire Weekend Volunteerism with "You Share, We Share" Campaign

Categories: Volunteerism, Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions SAN FRANCISCO, Sep. 03 /CSRwire/ - VolunteerMatch, the Web’s largest volu…

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The Curious Case of the Basketball Star Turned Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Almost nine decades after the last of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories appeared in Strand magazine, new exploits of the master det…

Published: September 3, 2015 - 5:55 am @ http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/author…

No, Police Defenders, There Is No ‘War on Cops’

There’s no excuse for the brazen, chilling murder of Harris County Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot repeatedly while fueling his police cr…

Published: September 3, 2015 - 5:54 am @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/03/n…

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