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  • Man indicted in deadly freeway crash in Gilbert

    A man has been indicted in a freeway crash last year that killed a passenger in his car and injured an Arizona Department of Public Safety worker.Court records show 36-year-old Joaquin Daniel Ballesteros-Carpio was indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession or use of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.Authorities say Ballesteros-Carpio was found with a drug pipe in his front pocket at the scene of the Oct. 25 crash in Gilbert.They say Ballesteros-Carpio was driving on the Santan Freeway when he and suddenly swerved and hit a DPS service vehicle parked on the shoulder.Authorities say Ballesteros-Carpio was driving on a suspended license at the time. He needed to be extricated from his car and a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Allstate to host pool safety party in Mesa

    Allstate will host a pool safety event next weekend in Mesa focused on drowning prevention and general tips for keeping kids, as well as others, safe during the summer pool season.“Swimming pools can bring a lot of fun to the summer months, but they can also bring a lot of risks into the picture,” said Mesa Allstate agent Ramon Henriquez in a statement. “It’s important to go through a checklist of safety measures and legal liabilities well before you invite your first guest over to enjoy the pool.”The event features a presentation on water safety from the American Red Cross as well as a raffle and water safety swag.Water safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission include keeping a careful eye on children and others in a pool environment at all times, exercising caution when dealing with pool toys or implements, and thoroughly educating children and adults in swimming, first aid, CPR and other water safety practices.The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is scheduled to run from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Rhodes Aquatic Complex located at 1860 S. Longmore.

  • Mom gives birth in van in Mesa parking lot

    A Valley woman has quite a story to tell after giving birth in a Mesa parking lot on Wednesday.Mesa police Capt. Forrest Smith said the woman, who asked not to release her name, was on the way home from the hospital after it was deemed she wasn’t ready to give birth.But the baby apparently wasn’t waiting any longer and was born in a Dodge Caravan in a parking lot on Country Club Drive near 5th Place sometime after 6:30 a.m., according to Smith.Smith said the 25-year-old mother and newborn were taken to Banner Desert Medical Center and that both are doing well.

  • Mesa police investigating 'suspicious death' at apartment complex

    Officials are investigating a “suspicious death” at a Mesa apartment complex.According to Mesa police, officers responded to an apartment complex near Mesa Drive and Brown Road around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.The victim found at the scene is a Native American male.There is no one in custody and there are more questions than answers at this time, Mesa police said.The scene is secure and officials are still investigating.No other information was available.

  • Wells Fargo offers $5,000 reward for suspect in Mesa robbery

    Wells Fargo is offering $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed two of their Valley banks.According to Lori Brown from Wells Fargo, investigators believe a Wells Fargo near Hayden and Chaparral roads and another Wells Fargo near Dobson and Baseline roads were both robbed by the same man.The first robbery in Scottsdale occurred on June 11, and the second in Mesa on July 26.The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s with a medium build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and between 180 and 200 pounds.Wells Fargo is asking anyone with any information to contact the FBI at (623) 466-1366.

  • 13 arrested after warrants issued in Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix

    Thirteen people have been arrested and many more arrests are expected after a seven-month long drug and stolen property investigation centered in Gilbert.Gilbert along with Chandler, Mesa and Tempe police all worked together and executed search warrants at four locations Wednesday morning uncovering stolen property like guns, bikes and other items along with heroin, meth and marijuana.Three of the locations are homes in Gilbert near Gilbert and Elliot Road, the other is an apartment in Chandler. Tuesday, two other homes in Phoenix were busted that are also connected to the investigation.Sgt. Jesse Sanger of Gilbert Police said that residents in the neighborhoods were sick of the crime that was taking place and were instrumental to taking down this ring.Sanger said the victims of the theft span across the Valley including break-ins to homes, businesses and vehicles.It is unclear how many people may be involved in this ring. The investigation is on-going.

  • Ten things to do this weekend ... and beyond

    Free First Friday NightsScale the towering Schuff-Perini Climber, fight your way through the foamy Noodle Forest, and explore a host of other air-conditioned attractions for a steal when Children’s Museum of Phoenix opens to the public free of charge the first Friday night of each month, thanks to a grant from Target.DETAILS >> 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Free admission. (602) 253-0501 or ChildrensMuseumOfPhoenix.org.Animal Flashlight WalkGo on a nighttime search for nocturnal animals with Interpretive Ranger Brennan Basler. The 1-mile, one-hour walk is accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Bring water and a flashlight, and wear closed-toe shoes. A program about desert tortoises and a snake feeding begin in the air-conditioned Nature Center at 6 p.m.; there is no additional cost to partake in these activities.DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa. $6 per vehicle park entry fee. (480) 984-0032 or Maricopa.gov/parks/usery.

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  • Phoenix Art Museum displays work of Antonio Berni

    Step out of your comfort zone and into another world at the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition “Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona,” open through Sept. 21. The exhibition contains more than 100 objects by the groundbreaking artist, who rose to prominence early in his career as a leading painter and promoter of “New Realism” in Latin America.Antonio Berni’s work explores the lives of two fictional characters, Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel, in the not-so-pretty conditions of Argentina in the 1960s and ’70s. The two are depicted growing up and fighting their “monsters” in a harsh world that threatens to swallow them up.I was fortunate enough to be able to get a sneak peek of the exhibit before it opened, and I have to say it was one of the most powerful exhibitions I’ve come across. Berni’s work is hanging from ceilings, projected onto white walls, and threatening to crawl at you from the floors, all while using discards from everyday life.Berni’s Juanito was created as a character of a young boy who left his home in the countryside to seek work in Buenos Aires and ended up living in poverty on the city’s outskirts. Ramona, on the other hand, was a young working-class woman who was lured into a life of high-society prostitution. Over the latter part of the 20th century, Berni’s invented characters became so well-known that they attained cult status in Argentina as popular legends and folk heroes.Juanito is seen as an “everyman” with many different faces in the paintings and assemblages, most often in a boyish state. Meanwhile, Ramona is pictured in almost a femme fatale state growing into a strong woman, though she isn’t without her demons. Both characters seem to have a tangible optimism throughout the artwork, despite the conditions they’re fighting against.Berni constructed narratives of Juanito and Ramona’s lives in his artwork through the use of everyday items discarded around him. For Juanito, he used waste materials like old wood, machine parts and crushed tin cans found littering the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, while for Ramona, he used gaudy costume jewelry and chintzy, second-hand fabrics. Everything is combined to create works of art that literally feel as if they might jump out at you.

  • Breakfast joint Snooze to open new Gilbert and Tempe spots

    Just months after announcing its expansion this fall into downtown Gilbert, at the corner of Gilbert Road and Page Avenue, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is announcing plans for its third Valley location.Another Snooze is scheduled to open late 2014 inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at Arizona State University in Tempe.Located at the intersection of College Avenue and Sixth Street — and next door to another neighborhood newcomer and Gilbert fave, a soon-to-open Postino WineCafe — Snooze will serve chef-crafted breakfast and brunch fare, such as breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy and eggs Benedict topped with spicy barbacoa beef, shaved Niman Ranch ham or slow-roasted pork. Anyone waiting for a table gets free coffee.Housed inside a custom-designed 3,500-square-foot space, the new Tempe location will showcase Snooze’s signature retro-futuristic décor, best described as The Jetsons meets Happy Days. A low-slung, brick-lined building constructed in the 1950s, ASU’s Art Annex building is being revamped to serve as an anchor of the “ASU Recruitment Walk,” which will transform a once-quiet section of campus into a thriving streetscape brimming with new retail shops, green spaces, walking lanes, university-run businesses — and Snooze and Postino WineCafe.Snooze was founded in Denver in 2006. It opened its first Arizona location in Phoenix in November 2013.For more information, visit SnoozeEatery.com.

  • Colorful culinary haven

    Arizona boasts such varied topography that if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a weekend escape, the choices are infinite, whether you want to camp, hike, ski or go rafting. However, if you want something a little more cosmopolitan — if you’re a foodie, for example — once you leave Maricopa County, it would be a desert out there. Thankfully, there’s John Sharpe.The well-known chef, who ran such Southern California restaurants as Bistro 201 in Laguna Beach, decamped from the hustle and bustle of The OC and ended up in the small town of Winslow, taking over the Turquoise Room at the historic La Posada Hotel.Since opening the Turquoise Room Restaurant and Martini Lounge in 2000, Sharpe has been a James Beard finalist twice, which after a lifetime in the restaurant business, Sharpe finds ironic. “I don’t even know how they found me,” he told me when I visited him at the Turquoise Room.One could hop across the Valley of the Sun from Gilbert to Scottsdale to north Phoenix and not eat as well as you would at the Turquoise Room, where Sharpe introduced a contemporary Southwest cuisine using local and regional foods as much as possible. The two nights I was at the La Posada resort, the “week’s specials” on the Turquoise Room menu included Colorado elk medallions with black currant sauce and grilled churro (locally raised) lamb salad, which my wife chose. I went off the special with the grilled chicken breast with sweet corn tamale. Both were exceptional.On our second night, my wife and I went with beef dinners. She chose the Harris Ranch Farms Angus prime rib and I chose the Black Angus ground round. The desserts are amazing, but my favorite was an apple and rhubarb pie, the likes of which I had never encountered before.If there was one failure, it’s the Turquoise Room’s inability to make good French fries — too soggy for my taste.

  • Johansson excels in 'Lucy'

    I'm a sucker for a film that shoots for infinity but barely scrapes into the atmosphere. I appreciate the effort and the willingness to do something a little different in order to bring a modicum of ingenuity and interest into a medium that thrives and lives on repetitiveness and creature comfort.Those are in part the reasons I can't stop thinking about “Lucy” – a cripplingly flawed film buoyed by the joy of its extraordinary ambitions and a cold, steady and all-in-all terrific performance by star Scarlett Johansson.Before he aims for whatever ambition is truly on his Kanye West-like mind, writer/director Luc Besson begins with the boyfriend of Johansson's titular Lucy forcing her to transport a briefcase filled with a mysterious new drug to the frightening Jang (Min-sik Choi). Because film logic is insane, the tense confrontation concludes with Choi surgically implanting the bags into Johansson and three other unwilling drug mules to transport to various ports in Europe.The insanity builds up when Johansson is beaten brutally while awaiting transportation to her destination, which causes the bag in her stomach to rip open and unleash the drug into her system. The result is a rapid increase in her brain power and the ensuing incorporation of hyper intelligence, psychic abilities and other superhuman abilities. She uses her newfound skills to seek revenge against Choi and spread her knowledge of the universe to Morgan Freeman, playing Professor Morgan Freeman (the character's real name is immaterial; all that matters is he's Morgan Freeman). She also meets a handsome cop (Amr Waked) during her abbreviated jet-setting adventure.I alluded to “Lucy” as a flawed film, and its blemishes are large and obvious enough to merit noting. The science behind the film's premise is idiotic (although it sounds pretty convincing coming from Freeman's mouth), and the special effects are haggard, sloppy and definitely picked more for their fiscal friendliness than quality. Besson once again displays his tin ear for English dialogue – a trait shared by other Besson films like “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element” – as well as a major lack of subtlety; the first third of “Lucy” plays like an extended stock footage show, one capable of making Ed Wood drool in jealousy.And yet, and yet, and yet. I have to use this refrain for “Lucy” multiple times to emphasize how much I admire Besson for his wonderment and his insouciance for taking an audience wherever he wants to go. It's a risky gambit, as putting Besson's name on a project as a writer, director, producer or any combination of the three creates certain expectations of explosive gun fights (or gun fights that end in explosions), stoic leads who speak only when necessary and economical run times – essentially the prototypical action film.

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  • Arizona, E.V. cities show slow recovery from recession

    It's probably no surprise to those living here, but several of Arizona's largest cities are among the worst in the nation in recovering from the recession.A new study by Wallet Hub, a finance-advisory firm targeting small businesses, ranks Tucson as 143 out of the Top 150 communities for getting back to normal following the recession.But Glendale did little better at 142, with Tempe just a notch above that.Among all Arizona communities ranked, Chandler fared better than all the others, but that still placed it only 91st on the list, followed by Gilbert at 92 and Scottsdale at 96.Peoria came in at 123, with Mesa at 135 and Phoenix at 138.The rankings are based on a scoring system the company crafted.

  • Queen Creek Olive Mill: Domestic olive oils often trump imported ones

    The quality of imported oil, of the olive variety, is under scrutiny after a 2010 report by the University of California, Davis Olive Center determined most “extra-virgin” olive oils fail to meet U.S. or international standards regarding the content and taste.There is hope for the bread-dipping/pasta-loving consumer — domestic olive oils tend to be fresher.Subpar oilNine out of the 10 tested California extra-virgin oils passed the International Olive Council (IOC) and United States Department of Agriculture. Of all the brands tested, data provided by the Australian Oils Research Laboratory shows Kirkland Organic, Corto Olive, California Olive Ranch, McEvoy Ranch Organic and Lucero passed all IOC and USDA extra-virgin tests.UC Davis and the Australian Oils Research Laboratory examined the quality of retail olive oil sold in California and found that 69 percent of the imported products and 10 percent of domestic oil samples failed to meet USDA/IOC sensory standards because they may have been cut with lesser, refined quality oils such as hazelnut oil, became rancid or were made with damaged olives.‘Pure’ oil

  • Goodnight Pediatrics opens new location in Gilbert

    Goodnight Pediatrics has added a fifth location with the opening of a facility at the Gilbert Tuscany Village Property.Goodnight Pediatrics, an all-night children’s urgent care center, has two locations in Phoenix, one in Peoria and one in Avondale. It moves into a complex that includes Salon Di Bella, Rise Up Bread Co., and other businesses.

  • Desert Car Care of Chandler offering free oil change to teachers

    Desert Car Care of Chandler will offer teachers with school IDs a free oil change on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.The service includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter, and a 15 point safety evaluation. Teachers may also enter to win a Keurig coffee maker, gift cards and car services.Desert Car Care of Chandler is located at 95 N. Dobson Road, and more information is available by visiting www.desertcarcare.com.

  • Allegiant adds service from Mesa to Cincinnati

    The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will begin offering direct flights to Cincinnati, Ohio, via Allegiant Air in November. The airline is advertising one-way tickets to Cincinnati as low as $81, according to a statement from the airport, and has high hopes for the new service.Jessica Wheeler, a representative for Allegiant, pointed out that this will be the only year-round service to Mesa from Cincinnati.“It’s just a convenient option for area residents,” said Wheeler.Brian Sexton, airport spokesperson, said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway officials are excited about adding Cincinnati as a destination, which will be Allegiant’s easternmost from Mesa.“We’re excited to welcome the Cincinnati service in the Gateway Airport,” Sexton said. “There’s a large demand for service into the Ohio market, so this is the destination that we’ve long been hoping for.”Each individual flight out of Gateway represents an average of $80,000 of spending in the community by visitors on that flight, Sexton said, citing a recent economic impact study conducted by Arizona State University. That study also estimated visitors’ off-airport spending for the 2010 fiscal year at nearly $69 million and total economic benefit to the local economy at $685 million.

  • Staples stores in East Valley to offer 25-percent off for teachers

    Staples locations across the East Valley will host a Teacher Appreciation event from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3.Teachers in the Staples Teacher Rewards program can redeem a coupon for 25-percent off purchases $10 or more during the event. Staples will also offer teachers a “Calendar of Savings,” which presents educators with monthly offers.Teachers not enrolled in the program can register from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 to obtain event membership benefits. To learn more about the Teachers Rewards Program visit staplesrewardscenter.com.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Go For the Food: Traverse City, Michigan's Harvest

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Let's face it: In today's hurry-up culture, there always will be a need for fast food. Even when you're enjoying a leisurely vacation in a place like Traverse City, a Lake Michigan resort community with a nationwide reputation for restaurants serving high-quality, farm-to-table fare.You could head for the outskirts and one of the chain eateries your kids so cherish. But if you're sunbathing on the Grand Traverse Bay waterfront, shopping in downtown's many boutiques or taking in a film at the glamorous State Theatre, chances are you'll have no appetite to navigate the traffic for another assembly-line lunch.Mom-and-pop diners and brew pubs within walking distance can satisfy cravings for burgers and fries. But how about a quick, inexpensive meal consisting of Korean beef tacos with sambal slaw and Sriracha mayo? Or udon noodles with carrot, onion, green beans, bok choy, crushed peanuts and fresh herbs? Could fresh hummus with pickled carrot and feta tempt your palate?You'll find such treats at Harvest, a recently opened restaurant tucked into an alley off Front Street, the main drag a block from the bayshore. It's the brainchild of Simon Joseph, an entrepreneurial chef who cruised into town three years ago aboard Roaming Harvest, the city's first food truck."Traverse City was becoming known as a food-centric place," says Joseph, "but we were missing a vibrant street food scene."No longer. His truck is among up to eight at a time crammed onto the parking lot of a popular Front Street bar called The Little Fleet. Wanting to expand, Joseph decided to open a brick-and-mortar version of Roaming Harvest with more items on the menu. He renovated the building in the alley, giving it what Joseph describes as an "open industrial" look with high ceilings, exposed joists, birch table tops, and stools with galvanized steel legs and teak seats.

  • Keeping the Faith: When enough is enough

    More than a century ago Leo Tolstoy wrote about a greedy farmer in his tale, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” This farmer was discontent with his life because he never seemed to have enough. He moved town to town looking for greener pastures and greater opportunity. On his journeys he heard rumors of a far-away place where a distant tribe possessed more land than anyone could walk over in a year; and it was all there for the taking. He went to investigate and found the rumors to be true. The farmer met with the tribal chief who informed him that he could in fact have all the land he wanted.“Pay a thousand rubles and begin walking in a circle,” the chief instructed. Everything within that circle, so long as the circle was completed by sundown, would be his. So early the next morning, the farmer began his grasping acquisition of land. He began running, as quickly as he could, trying to make as large a circle as possible. Late in the day the farmer realized how far from the starting point he was and began the desperate return trip. He ran with all his waning strength back to the beginning of his circle. Just as the sun was setting he arrived, sweating and wheezing, at where he had begun. The people cheered and celebrated. Never had anyone acquired so much land in a single day!In joy they bent down to rouse the farmer from his exhaustion, but he did not stir. He was dead. Tolstoy concludes the story by saying: “The farmer’s servant picked up a spade and dug a grave and buried him. Six feet from his head to his heels was all he needed.”How much land — you can insert different words here like “square footage” or “cars in the garage” or “clothes in the closet” or “number of gold certificates” — how much of all this stuff do you really need? Probably not as much as you think. Any observer of culture would have to admit that our society is filled with greedy Tolstoy-like farmers, killing themselves in the chase to get just a little more, hoping that one more acquisition, conquest, accomplishment, beach house, or success will bring some satisfaction.Beyond the obvious physical toll it takes, there is the not as obvious but just as real impact this land grabbing lifestyle has on our emotional and spiritual well-being. David Gushee calls this American way of life, “Affluenza:” Materialism, commercialism, and consumerism drive us, he says, to get the latest and greatest with no thought for the least of these, no thought for what it does to our own souls, and no thought for what it does to God’s good world.When we chase after just more and more stuff, we are chasing a mirage. It is a lie to believe that having enough money in the bank, obtaining the most expensive piece of property, making the investment with the highest return, shaping the most clever fiscal policy, or acquiring the best performing stock will lead to economic safety, security, and some kind of relaxation and peace of mind. Not so. Such thinking is a death-spawning run in a circle.

  • Allstate to host pool safety party in Mesa

    Allstate will host a pool safety event next weekend in Mesa focused on drowning prevention and general tips for keeping kids, as well as others, safe during the summer pool season.“Swimming pools can bring a lot of fun to the summer months, but they can also bring a lot of risks into the picture,” said Mesa Allstate agent Ramon Henriquez in a statement. “It’s important to go through a checklist of safety measures and legal liabilities well before you invite your first guest over to enjoy the pool.”The event features a presentation on water safety from the American Red Cross as well as a raffle and water safety swag.Water safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission include keeping a careful eye on children and others in a pool environment at all times, exercising caution when dealing with pool toys or implements, and thoroughly educating children and adults in swimming, first aid, CPR and other water safety practices.The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is scheduled to run from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Rhodes Aquatic Complex located at 1860 S. Longmore.

  • Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

    At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato.All kinds of tomatoes are at the best just now, big and small, beefsteak and cherry. At the base of this salad are sliced beefsteak tomatoes, which are topped with chopped small tomatoes and drizzled with a tomato-based vinaigrette.Given that this is an essence-of-tomato salad, it's crucial that all of the tomatoes in the line-up be as ripe as possible. The best place to find them is at a farm stand or farmers market. How do you know if a tomato is ripe, ripe, ripe? Smell the stem end; its perfume should fairly shout, "Tomato!" And once you get them home, do not put them in the fridge. It will kill both flavor and texture.You also can heighten that flavor by pre-salting your tomatoes and letting them drain for 15 to 20 minutes, as I have done here. The salt not only seasons them, but also pulls out water, thereby concentrating their tomato-ness.I've teamed up the tomatoes with one of their best friends, an avocado, the creaminess of which contrasts beautifully with the tomato's acidity. Come to think of it, tomatoes have many best friends. Certainly, there's not a fresh herb that doesn't play nicely with tomatoes. So if you don't have mint in the house, feel free to substitute basil, cilantro, chives, oregano, dill, parsley, tarragon or any other fresh green herb.I took the dressing in an Asian direction, adding ginger, soy sauce and rice vinegar to a small chopped tomato. Because the chopped tomato adds so much body to the dressing, you can cut back on the usual amount of oil without any problem. The dressing still seems rich.

  • Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

    SAN FRANCISCO — Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work, where the incessant drumbeat of email has become an excruciating annoyance.Moskovitz is trying to turn that chronic headache into an afterthought with Asana, a San Francisco startup he runs with former Facebook and Google product manager, Justin Rosenstein.Asana peddles software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar to enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email."We are trying to make all the soul-sucking work that comes with email go away," Rosenstein says as Moskovitz nods sitting across from him in a former brewery that serves as Asana's headquarters. "This came out of a deep, heartfelt pain that Dustin and I were experiencing, along with just about everyone around us."The misery keeps mounting in the corporate world, which remains an email haven. This year, each worker using a business email account will send and receive a daily average of 121 mail messages, a 15 percent increase from 105 per day in 2011, according to The Radicati Group, which tracks email usage.

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