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  • Ex-Phoenix police officer enters plea in porn case

    A former Phoenix police sergeant accused in a child pornography case has pleaded not guilty.Maricopa County prosecutors say 61-year-old Robert Carrillo entered his plea Monday. His next court date is set for Oct. 29.Carrillo was arrested Aug. 29 at his Chandler home on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor .Investigators say they found as many as 8,000 sexually inappropriate images of underage girls on a computer flash drive inside Carrillo's house.Authorities say some of the images are of girls as young as age 2.Phoenix police say Carrillo retired this spring after 37 years with the department, many of those spent in the property crimes division.

  • Russell Pearce resigns after controversial statements

    Former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, the chief sponsor of Arizona's hard-line law against illegal immigration, has resigned a top leadership position in the state Republican Party after he was criticized for remarks advocating mandatory contraception or sterilization for people on Medicaid.The party late Sunday night announced Pearce's resignation as first vice chairman -- the state party's second top leadership post -- after some Republican candidates denounced the comments that Pearce recently made while hosting a radio program.Pearce said in a statement released by the party that he was resigning his position because he didn't want to be a distraction during the campaign leading up to November's elections.He was criticized for saying: "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligation."But Pearce said in his statement that he had "shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author.""This was a mistake," Pearce added in the statement. "This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates."

  • Barrio Queen restaurant to expand to Gilbert

    Gilbert’s Heritage District is set to include another restaurant in the near future, albeit one the owner and a Gilbert Chamber of Commerce official said won’t detract from the downtown’s increasing options.Barrio Queen — a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale and subsidiary of Barrio Culinary Concepts — will open a location in the downtown’s Heritage Marketplace and anticipates opening in February or March 2015. The Gilbert location could be part of a larger expansion for the company, with co-owner Steve Rosenfield mentioned franchise expansions into Tempe, Avondale, Happy Valley and potentially Las Vegas.Rosenfield, who owns the restaurant with his wife Linda Nash, said the Gilbert location will differ from the Scottsdale spot, which was named one of the top new restaurants of 2012 by Esquire magazine. Rosenfield didn’t mention all of the new additions — he said the company is “still fooling around” with ideas — but a few he did outline include a heavier emphasis on seafood like fresh fish and shrimp on the menu, tequila flights and a tequila camp once a month, and a takeout window.It’s also a larger facility than the operation in Scottsdale, which Rosenfield said provides for a more spacious dining area. The dining area encompasses a few of the Scottsdale restaurant’s features like certain pieces of art, but Rosenfield said that part of the restaurant will be unique as well. The inside of the restaurant also opens right to a patio he said features “beautiful seating” and a fire pit.“We’re trying to do everything the people of Gilbert will enjoy,” he said.Rosenfield said Barrio Queen has attempted to open up a location in downtown Gilbert for several years and said the motivation to move into the neighborhood stemmed from the area’s vibrancy.

  • Chandler police form committee to connect with LGBT residents

    The Chandler Police Department is forming a new committee to help connect with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Chandler.“The LGBT committee provides an opportunity to let that portion of the community know that there are people that they can reach out to within our organization,” said Leah Powell, Chandler’s community resources and diversity manager. “If they have special questions, special needs, that there is somebody to communicate with.”Chandler Chief of Police Sean Duggan said the formation of the committee was not a reaction to anything that had happened involving the LGBT community, but rather an attempt to strengthen the bond the department has with that community.The department’s new LGBT committee aims to not only improves relations with the community, but also to helps the department be more inclusive in its hiring practices, especially with police jobs quickly becoming available in Chandler.Duggan said that there are about 23 people planning on leaving the department by the end of 2016 and those positions need to be filled.“Part of it is the recruiting element, but it’s also to ensure that we are engaged with the community, that we have partnerships, and that we work together to identify issues and address them,” he said. “To do that we need to be connected with all aspects of our community … it’s policing and it’s being engaged and having connectivity with the entire community.”

  • Gilbert High coach investigation stemmed from claim he misused furniture funds

    The brief investigation that led to Gilbert High School football coach Tim Rutt’s placement on administrative leave stemmed from an accusation he embezzled funds designated for furniture.According to a report from the Gilbert Police Department, the accusation came from Kim Calahan, who was the president of the school’s Tiger Touchdown Club — a booster club that supports the team. Calahan stated she believed Rutt, who was later cleared of the accusations by the department, embezzled $2,000 dedicated to purchase new furniture for his office and instead purchased furniture for his home. She claimed a player told her several team members went to Rutt’s home to move his old furniture to the high school office.The report states Calahan and booster members Lori Runge and Jennifer Baragar approached school athletic director Dan Haasch with the accusation on Aug. 8, and the district subsequently put Rutt on leave on Aug. 14. Calahan, Runge and Baragar all resigned from the booster club shortly thereafter.An ensuing police investigation concluded on Aug. 26 with the determination that Rutt did not commit a crime, although the Gilbert Public Schools district kept Rutt on paid leave in order to complete its own investigation into the allegations, said District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone in a previous interview. Rutt was ultimately brought back as a teacher and as the team’s head coach on Sept. 3; the team lost to Desert Ridge 45-15 in his first game, although it beat Mesquite 27-14 the week prior.Rutt’s reinstatement with the Tigers came a few days after the team’s offensive coordinator, Max Hall, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and possession of narcotics on Aug. 30. In the police report of the incident, Hall, who was a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and Mountain View High School in Mesa, admitted to using cocaine the morning of his arrest and was found with cocaine, two hypodermic needles, a metal spoon and a lighter at the time of his arrest.In a statement released on Sept. 5, Nardone emphasized Hall was not a certified staff member for the district, stated Hall “will not be returning to Gilbert High School.”

  • Tempe win over McClintock another chapter in longtime rivalry

    Tempe High School took home another victory after a slow start against McClintock High School Friday evening, marking the third consecutive win for the Buffaloes in the oldest Tempe school rivalry.The Tempe High Buffalos (3-0) dominated the McClintock Chargers (1-2) with a final score of 36-10 on Sept. 12. Early scoring by the Chargers propelled Tempe’s offensive and defensive lines to take over the game after the first quarter.“We started off slow, but we were able to get back,” said Tempe head coach Brian Walker.McClintock and Tempe have been rival schools since the establishment of McClintock in 1964. Tempe, established in 1909, and McClintock are the oldest schools in the Tempe Union High School District.While the McClintock facility was being built, future McClintock students attended Tempe high classes until spring of 1964. The rivalry set in shortly after the completion of the new school on the block. The Charger community is celebrating its 50th year anniversary as a Tempe school this year.McClintock Principal Derek Hoffland, who has worked with both schools for over 20 years, has seen the rivalry grow over time. Students who go to McClintock and Tempe often attended the same middle school, he said, adding more excitement to the rivalry through familiar faces.

  • To Purgatory and back with author Jeb Rosebrook

    Author Jeb Rosebrook is one of Arizona’s biggest literary advocates and his new book, the first in nearly a half a century, finds him right where he left off — in fine form.The Poisoned Pen is hosting a book-signing with the critically acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter and author on Sept. 18. Rosebrook will be talking about his new book “Purgatory Road,” his time in New York during the golden age of television, his years in Hollywood and how he immortalized Prescott in the Steve McQueen film, “Junior Bonner.”Rosebrook recently spoke to GetOut about his 50-year absence from publishing and how technology has rejuvenated his literary career.Q: Your first book was published almost 50 years ago and it begs the question: why the long break?JB: Following Dutton’s publication of my first novel “Saturday” in 1965, I was given a contract for a second novel, a contemporary Western. I was terribly undisciplined in my storytelling, and the novel was not published. I left my career in advertising on Jan. 1, 1968, to pursue a career in television and film. I began by writing an episode for “The Virginian” television series. I also adapted a character from “Saturday” as my first original screenplay and was optioned by actor James Coburn in 1970. Although it was never produced, it provided me with the opportunity to write a second original, “Junior Bonner,” a Steve McQueen-Sam Peckinpah film, filmed in Prescott in 1971. There followed the Disney science fiction film, “The Black Hole,” several television series, mini-series, telefilms, including two Writers Guild writing nominations for “The Conflict,” an episode for “The Waltons,” and a telefilm, “The Prince of Central Park,” plus an Emmy nomination as co-writer of “I Will Fight No More Forever,” the story of Chief Joseph. So while I was away from the book scene, I was still writing.Q: What’s the premise of your new book, “Purgatory Road”?

  • Cocktail of the Month: Raspberry Mint Mule-Jito

    Looking for a cool refresher with a little kick? This cocktail from Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill packs a nice punch, balanced by the soothing fizz of ginger beer. Sounds like just the ticket after a long week at the office.6 raspberries5 mint leaves1 lemon wedge1 lime wedge1 oz. Bacardi rum

  • Fall Movie Preview: ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Unbroken’ lead autumn drumbeat

    Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.”Looking for a diamond in the rough, the actress-turned-director searched the movies that studios owned but weren’t making.“So I scanned through these generals and landed on ‘Unbroken,’ a story of resilience and strength and the human spirit, of faith and survival at sea,” says Jolie. “It was about three sentences and I came home and I said to Brad, ‘What about this one?’ And he said, ‘Oh, honey, that one’s been around forever.’ It had a reputation for being one that never gets done.”But “Unbroken” — the true tale of Louis Zamperini, a track star who was lost in the Pacific for 47 days after his plane was shot down during World War II — stuck with Jolie, even though it had been kicking around Hollywood for decades. “It was like a fever, an obsession,” she says.“So I fought for it and I fought for it and I fought for it,” says Jolie. “It took me months of fighting to get the job.”Even for the world’s most famous stars, determination is a necessary ingredient for the fall movie season. Few of the fall’s films haven’t had to claw their way to theaters. It’s a season for the movies’ most unconventional thinkers, the ones dedicated to making a tragic Olympic wrestler drama (“Foxcatcher”) or finding humor in North Korea (“The Interview”).

  • Dancers ply their art outside in ‘Ballet Under the Stars’

    Ballet Arizona kicks off its 29th season Sept, 18 at Tempe Center for the Arts with the return of “Ballet Under the Stars” — a free annual community performance.Ballet Arizona started “Ballet Under the Stars” 17 years ago, bringing a full show, free of charge to various parks and amphitheaters throughout the Valley.The outdoor production provides a unique experience for the audience and dancers alike.“It’s very different than the theater because we are outdoors,” said Ballet Arizona dancer Nayon Iovino. “It’s so open outside and very peaceful.”While the nontraditional production allows the audience to experience their surroundings and the performance in a collaborative way, the dancers face several challenges with the outdoor setting, including the unpredictability of the weather.Ballerina Michelle Vagi says sometimes the lighting can be disorienting to the dancers when they first enter the stage. The wind can also pose a challenge during the performance, added Iovino, who choreographed one of the numbers for “Ballet Under the Stars.”

  • Football Friday Night Out

    Tailgating is fine and dandy — and definitely fun if you’ve got the time — but if like us you’ve got five things to do before kickoff and no time for packing the cooler, here are five places to grab a bite before or after the big game.Skyline at Corona del SolThis contest looks to be a matchup of standout running games. Corona del Sol running back Colin Freeland is averaging nearly 8 yards per carry. The Aztecs also have a stout defense led by defensive end/linebacker Cassius Peat, a three-star prospect. Their defense will be tested against Skyline’s two-headed monster of a backfield led by Amarii Keyes and Dylon Gillette, who both average more than 9 yards per rush.Babbo Italian Eatery(480) 785-5700 or babboitalian.com9920 S. Rural Road. Suite 105, Tempe (.5 mile from Corona del Sol HS)

  • Eat up: East Valley dining news

    Rockin’ Taco Street Fest at El PalacioChandler’s El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina (2950 E. Germann Road) will host the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The event includes a taco-eating contest and a salsa competition, live entertainment, a street taco station, margarita hut, Corona’s sand bar and beach games. Admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and younger admitted for free. Each ticket purchase includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a vacation getaway courtesy of Wyndham Vacations. Additional raffle tickets are available for $5 each or two for $8. Tickets are available at RockinTacoAZ.com or at the door.Both the taco-eating contest and the salsa competition are open to the public, with the winner of the taco-eating contest taking home $50 cash, while the top three salsa competition winners will be awarded gift cards to El Palacio of Chandler. The salsa competition requires pre-registration online at RockinTacoAZ.com no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.A percentage of the proceeds of the event will benefit Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ.TD for taste buds: Free Cardinals cupcakes at SprinklesOn Sunday, Sept. 14, in honor of the Cardinals’ first 2014 away game against the New York Giants, Sprinkles is offering guests wearing Cardinals jerseys, shirts or hats a free Cardinals red velvet cupcake with a limit of one per customer. If fans need a whole box to feed a hungry game-watching crowd, Sprinkles is also taking preorders for boxes of “Go Cards” cupcakes, which include a dozen red velvet cupcakes with red and white polka dots proclaiming “Go Cards.” Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. For more information, call (480) 970-4321 or visit Sprinkles.com

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  • Barrio Queen restaurant to expand to Gilbert

    Gilbert’s Heritage District is set to include another restaurant in the near future, albeit one the owner and a Gilbert Chamber of Commerce official said won’t detract from the downtown’s increasing options.Barrio Queen — a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale and subsidiary of Barrio Culinary Concepts — will open a location in the downtown’s Heritage Marketplace and anticipates opening in February or March 2015. The Gilbert location could be part of a larger expansion for the company, with co-owner Steve Rosenfield mentioned franchise expansions into Tempe, Avondale, Happy Valley and potentially Las Vegas.Rosenfield, who owns the restaurant with his wife Linda Nash, said the Gilbert location will differ from the Scottsdale spot, which was named one of the top new restaurants of 2012 by Esquire magazine. Rosenfield didn’t mention all of the new additions — he said the company is “still fooling around” with ideas — but a few he did outline include a heavier emphasis on seafood like fresh fish and shrimp on the menu, tequila flights and a tequila camp once a month, and a takeout window.It’s also a larger facility than the operation in Scottsdale, which Rosenfield said provides for a more spacious dining area. The dining area encompasses a few of the Scottsdale restaurant’s features like certain pieces of art, but Rosenfield said that part of the restaurant will be unique as well. The inside of the restaurant also opens right to a patio he said features “beautiful seating” and a fire pit.“We’re trying to do everything the people of Gilbert will enjoy,” he said.Rosenfield said Barrio Queen has attempted to open up a location in downtown Gilbert for several years and said the motivation to move into the neighborhood stemmed from the area’s vibrancy.

  • Mesa preschool accuses Groupon of religious discrimination

    A local business is accusing popular deal-of-the-day provider Groupon of discrimination and is urging a boycott.Munchkin’s Preschool in Mesa said the international company refuses to work with it due to a policy that prohibits its use of the words “faith-based” in its advertising.Tracy Tingue, a partner of Munchkin’s Preschool, contacted Groupon to set up a campaign to attract business to the new school, something he said other local preschools and day cares have used and is a key part of the school’s business strategy.Tingue said what Groupon told him was that the savings giant simply would not do business with the school.“They’re saying who can and can’t do business with them,” he said.“I don’t have to purchase every Groupon that comes to me, I have a choice. Give the (consumer) that same choice.”

  • Valley Honda dealers give local firefighters free lunch

    Six fire stations in the Phoenix metro area, including Tempe and Mesa, received free food from the Honda’s task force known as the “Helpful Guys in Blue.”Honda is doing a Helping the Helpful campaign this September, performing what it calls “random acts of helpfulness” across the Valley.

  • Fuel costs dip again, lower than 2013 cost

    The price to fill the tank continued its recent slid this week and is now dropped below last year’s prices.AAA Arizona reports the average cost is down by 2 cents to $3.394 a gallon, part of a dip of almost 10 cents in the past month. Tucson and Flagstaff hold down the low and high averages at $3.258 and $3.640, respectively.The national average fell by a cent to $3.422 a gallon.

  • Local businesses make improvements at Mesa Ronald McDonald House

    A collection of local businesses made improvements on the Valley’s newest Ronald McDonald House.Engenuity Systems, Small Box Energy and Dataline Resource combined to give the Mesa charity a building automation system with security and HVAC. The Ronald McDonald House hosts families who travel to Phoenix for their child's medical treatment.The new Mesa house, located at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, is the third in the greater Phoenix area and the first in the East Valley. The three Valley houses will be able to host 79 families.The construction occurs during a $2.1 million capital campaign by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. Banner Health said the campaign is approximately halfway to completion and is expected to finish later this year.

  • Gilbert among best places in US for Hispanic businesses

    The best place in Arizona for a Hispanic business to open its doors is in Gilbert — at least in part because Latinos there, on average, earn more than anywhere else in the country.A new study by WalletHub also found that Gilbert had the fourth highest ratio of Hispanic homeowners to renters, the 12th lowest unemployment rate of Hispanics and the 18th longest workday for Hispanics.Odysseas Papadimitriou, chief executive of the Evolution Finance, the consumer finance information company that runs WalletHub, said that last factor is something someone starting a business might want to consider.“He wants to go more to where people tend to work longer hours,” Papadimitriou said.“In a small company, in a start-up, people work even longer than in most places,” he explained. “So you have less of a cultural shock, if you will, if people are already used to working nine hours, and you're asking them to work 10 hours, that's not that big of a deal.”Chandler came in 10th nationwide, bolstered by those factors of low Hispanic unemployment and high percentage of homeowners. Scottsdale managed to claim the No. 22 spot out of the 150 largest communities nationwide, gaining its ranking mostly because of having the third lowest unemployment rate among Hispanics nationwide — and despite having one of the least affordable housing markets. Scottsdale also was marked down for having the lowest number of Hispanics per capita in the state and the most expensive office space.

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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?

  • Keeping the Faith: Love is the final word

    This is the first year of the official Sept. 11th Museum and Memorial. Located underground, on the foundation stones of the World Trade Center Towers, it contains more than 10,000 artifacts of the day, 23,000 pictures, and an archive of more than 500 hours of video.Within the collection of artifacts and archives there is also an assembly of audio recordings; final conversations of those in the towers as they called home, spouses, parents, partners, friends, and left voice mails. Rabbi Irwin Kula is responsible for collecting a good many of these conversations.In the days after 9/11 he began seeking out the last words and sentences of anyone he could find who was killed that day. He took those words and adapted them into a chant for his synagogue. The tune and meter of the chant he chose was traditionally about the destruction of the Jewish temple. He thought it appropriate for the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.What he discovered was not only that the words fit the traditional chant perfectly, but also this: All the final conversations he had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done … Be sure to get revenge … I hate them for what they did to me … Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety.Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is … it is about love … and it’s no more complicated than that. As a rabbi, my community of rabbis, and I think priests, ministers, and monks — we’ve made it a lot more complicated than it is. When you make it more complicated than it is, you lose the experience.” Beautifully said.As I understand the Bible, particularly as I read it through the lens of Jesus of Nazareth, God isn’t much into religion. He’s not interested in carving up the world along tribal or cultic lines. He’s not officiating a spiritual contest, declaring winners and losers in who can most strongly declare how right they are. That’s all much too complicated. Rather, he works to put the world on the right path, on the road to redemption, on the way of love.

  • Boessling: A full life

    When you stare death in the face one day, which we all will have to do, will you be able to say, “I have lived a full life? I am ready to die.” Wait! I know death is not a popular subject, but please don’t turn the page just yet to the sports section to catch up on high school football stats. I would ask you to just give me a few minutes of your time to describe a full life that you can live in and through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.Maybe you have heard the story of the philosophy professor who teaches his class about the importance of setting priorities. He fills a jar with rocks and asks his students if the jar is full; they all agree it is. He then continues filling the jar with pebbles, which roll into the empty spots and asks the students again if the jar is full and again they say yes. Now, he pours a box of sand into the jar and the sand fills the remaining space in the jar. The professor then explains to the students that only now is the jar full. He shared with them that this symbolizes their life. Let’s look at that deeper from a Christian perspective.First and foremost, a full life is found not in earthly pebbles and sandy possessions. When I was in high school some 15 years ago, there were two bumper stickers I saw a lot on cars. The first one was, “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins.” But someone came out with another creative sticker to remind people of the reality of life and death, “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Still Dies.” When possessions of this world are the first to go into your jar, life can really leave you lifeless and empty searching for meaning. And boy do we like to fill our lives with other stuff.Sitting down to sip on some coffee with a few friends recently, each of us were describing our week here in Gilbert.Our conversation was filled with many things that we do on this earth, week in and week out. We are all busy with the hustle and bustle of our routines while also trying to keep up with everyone else in the rat race of life. What’s that show called, Keeping up with the ... who? But upon reflecting, we agreed that the pursuit of happiness can sometimes lead us to put all our time, talents and treasures into filling our lives with boats, cabins, cars, trips and treasures. Now, don’t read me wrong, none of these are bad things to do and enjoy. However, if we are living to be filled up by them, we will at some point find ourself empty, dry, depressed or dead. Then what? Jesus reminds us where to focus our lives, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).Rather than focusing first on the sand or the pebbles, a full life is found through faith by grace in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection who is the Rock and Redeemer. If the professor had put the sand in first, then there would have been no room in the jar for the rocks. Life must first be filled with the rocks, the most important stuff! Jesus knows that we will keep trying to fill our God-shaped hole in our heart with stuff other than Him, the Rock of all Ages. But if you have ever felt empty from life’s attempt to complete you, Jesus wants you to know that anyone can, “Come to Me (Him), all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-30). Your life can be filled up by Jesus’ Spirit through His Word and your baptism, instead of by stuff that fades.

  • Take me Home: Beautiful Bailey is a lot of fun

    Bailey is a beautiful 1-year-old gal with bunny-like fur and a very loud purr. If you walk into a room and see her lying on her back with all four paws in the air, it’s her subtle way to solicit belly rubs. Bailey is very friendly — once she is standing upright again, she’ll rub against you in greeting with the hope of soliciting more petting. Bailey is content to sit next to you but isn’t above taking advantage of an empty lap either. She allows you to hold her like a baby and will not only give you sweet kitty-kisses of thanks — she’s been known to throw in some nose kisses as well.Bailey is very animated when it comes to playtime and becomes downright silly. She is super playful and enjoys playing with a wide range of toys. Bailey loves chasing the laser light and toy mice with feathers attached to them. Wand toys of all types never fail to captivate Bailey and she also likes playing with her kitty roommates. She’ll even engage them in a friendly wrestling match or two. Some other fun facts about this sweet girl: Bailey is an accomplished hairstylist, grooming your hair into a style suited just for you. She is also a very good eater and will ensure that not one morsel is left in her dish. If interested in learning more about Bailey, fill out an application for her today at www.azrescue.org.

  • Arizona sees slight overall increase in abortions in 2013

    More than 13,000 Arizona women terminated their pregnancies last year by abortion, a slight increase from the year before.A new report Thursday from the state Department of Health Services shows the abortion rate — the percentage of pregnancies that were terminated by the mother — increased slight to 10.3 per 1,000 women. And the percentage of pregnancies that ended in abortion also increased among most age groups. Overall in Arizona, the abortion ratio was 155.8 — meaning 155 abortions for every 1,000 live births.Tiny Greenlee County was highest at 536, meaning a third of all pregnancies there ended in abortions. Among other counties, Pima County was second at 176; Apache County's ratio was less than 13.0.State Health Director Will Humble said he finds the most significant thing in the report to be the sharp drop in the rate of abortions among 18- and 19-year-old girls — the number of abortions based on how many girls there are in Arizona of that age — dropping by a third.He said this comes at the same time that teen pregnancy also is down.But Humble said this may have less to do with levels of sexual activity and more with the availability of contraceptives. The leading factor there, he said, could be the decision last year by the Food and Drug administration to make Plan B — the “morning-after pill” — available to all women of child-bearing age over the counter without prescription.Cathi Herrod, president of the anti-abortion Center for Arizona Policy, said Humble may be right in his analysis. She said no one collects data about how many doses of the drug are made available to teens.

  • Keeping the Faith: I remember

    I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time, I thought of it as little more than a curiosity. How wrong I was.It’s been ten years since that September morning, and still I can recall the horror and heroics of that day. The pancaking towers, the daring and duty-bound firefighters, the dust-soaked city of New York, and the ash-covered-walking-wounded, stumbling like ghosts through Manhattan.Each September since 9/11, when the proper and solemn remembrance ceremonies begin, I am tempted to believe the now faded bumper stickers that were so common in the months following the tragedy: The stickers read, “We Will Never Forget.” Not true. We will forget.No, those who lived in the cities directly attacked will never forget. Those who huddled around television sets as bewildered and confused witnesses will never forget. And of course, those who buried their loved ones murdered in the attacks would easier forget their own names as forget that Tuesday morning.But those following us will forget. They are not calloused or forgetful. They are simply too young. Most of the students who entered college this fall were in elementary school ten years ago, and many of this generation (including my own children), were even younger or not yet born.This is more than a generation that thinks Starbucks and cell phones were created shortly after Adam and Eve; that can text eighty words a minute, but can’t write in cursive; that has never known the limitation of having only three network television channels, and can’t imagine life without Google and YouTube. This is a generation that will come to maturity in the shadow of a dreadful event not even in their collective memory.

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