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A Gilbert middle school student is raising funds to represent her community as an ambassador in three countries next summer.
Badminton is commonly known as the world’s fastest racket sport, as it requires players to think fast and act fast due to great velocity a shuttlecock can reach.
If you’re looking for a job, you may have posted your resume on the state website, azjobconnection.gov. It’s required if you collect unemployment benefits in Arizona.
The city of Tempe has become a national front-runner in LGBT equality after scoring a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.
Claiming consumers here were misled, Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors alleging it sold vehicles to Arizonans the company knew were unsafe.
PHOENIX — Doctors who recommend marijuana to patients can't be charged with crimes even if they did not follow the procedures required by law, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The judges acknowledged that Robert Gear, a Phoenix naturopath with offices in several communities, had been charged with recommending the drug to a patient without having access to 12 months of her medical records. That is a requirement under the law.
Gear was indicted on charges of forgery and fraudulent schemes after saying on a form required by the Department of Health Services that he had, in fact, seen those records.
But Judge Patricia Norris, writing for the unanimous appellate court, said what Gear or did not do is legally irrelevant. She said the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act specifically bars criminal charges against any physician who certifies that a patient is likely to benefit from the drug.
Norris said a contrary ruling would be bad public policy.
"Criminal scrutiny and prosecution of physicians for certifying patients for medical marijuana use would have a chilling effect on the voluntary participation of physicians, and, thereby, hinder qualifying patients' efforts to obtain competent medical advice regarding medical marijuana, its medical risks, and its alleged therapeutic and palliative benefits,'' the judge wrote.
Thursday's decision upset Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon
"I'm just disappointed there are no consequences for doctors that don't follow the rules on how to prescribe a medical marijuana card,'' he said.
But Kimberly Kent, the attorney who represents Gear, said the law is clear. She said a doctor who determines marijuana is appropriate for a patient is immune from criminal prosecution.
Kent said it's a separate question of whether Gear might face some discipline, either by the health department or the board that regulates naturopaths.
Arizona law allows those with certain medical conditions to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But they must first get a written recommendation from a doctor.
Court records say that a confidential informant working for the county's drug task force went to Gear to get such a recommendation. She completed a medical questionnaire and medical records statement provided by Gear's staff and disclosed information about her medical history and physical condition.
She also said she had seen other doctors in the past 12 months but did not "have a complete set of medical records'' with her. But she agreed she would either request that her records be sent to Gear or would bring them to her on her next visit.
Based on his examination of the woman, Gear certified the woman for medical marijuana use. He also completed a form which said he had "reviewed the qualifying patient's medical records, including medical records from other treating physicians from the previous 12 months.''
Norris said there is no legal basis for the charge.
She said the 2010 law provides immunity for any case in which a doctor certifies that "a patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana.'' And Norris said that is exactly what Gear did.
The question of whether he was not truthful on the form does not strip Gear of that immunity, she said, particularly as that requirement to review 12 months' worth of medical records is not required under the law but instead a regulation by the health department.
"Dr. Gear did not lose his statutory immunity merely because he completed the mandated DHS form,'' Norris wrote.
Beyond that, she said the immunity extends beyond delivering the certification sought by the patient.
"It also encompasses a physician's actions in preparing and completing the written certification,'' Norris said.
State Health Director Will Humble, whose agency enacted the rules about the medical records and designed the form, declined to comment on Thursday's ruling.
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An Arizona State University student has received 18 months probation and a deferred jail term of 45 days on Nov. 19 in connection with the fatal fall of 18-year-old ASU freshman Naomi McClendon.
The town of Gilbert is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.
NEW YORK — Planes are full. Passengers clamor for amenities. Investors want a payout. New planes are on order.
United Food Bank is working with Ike’s Love and Sandwiches’ locations in Mesa and Tempe to funds and food through the New Year to feed thousands of people.
Majerle's Sports Grill in Chandler has organized a fundraiser on Nov. 21 to benefit two Chandler officers who died recently.
Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler has organized a fundraiser on Nov. 21 to benefit two Chandler officers who died recently.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Governor-elect Doug Ducey is launching an initiative to encourage the importance of giving to others.
Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.
Tempe City Council member Kolby Granville got his start in running innocently enough.
Flagged by posters of empty buses, art classrooms and stages, Mayor Greg Stanton made a plea Wednesday to all residents of Phoenix to help fund extracurricular activities in Phoenix schools by taking advantage of the state tax credit.
PHOENIX (AP) — Defense attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias sought to portray the victim Wednesday as a man torn between his devout Mormon faith and his secret sexual urges as they worked to convince a jury to spare her life.
Arias was found guilty of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors deadlocked on whether she should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Prosecutors have one more shot with a new jury to secure a death sentence. Otherwise, Arias faces life in prison.
Testimony Wednesday mirrored the previous trial during which Arias' attorneys portrayed her as a naive woman in love with a man who only used her for sex, while Alexander maintained to friends and family that he was a virgin and devout Mormon saving himself for marriage.
"There's a mastery here of deception," said defense witness L.C. Miccio-Fonseca, a psychologist who described Alexander as a man who led two separate lives — one of sexual deviancy with Arias and another of religious conviction around his friends and family.
"He was a committed Mormon," Miccio-Fonseca said. "He was a spiritual man. I think he really genuinely struggled with this."
Prosecutors argue that Arias killed Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair. He suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head and had his throat slit. Arias acknowledged killing him, but claims it was self-defense after he attacked her in his home.
Miccio-Fonseca said that despite being snubbed in public by Alexander and kept hidden from his friends and family, Arias continued to seek his affection and sex because she was in love with him.
"Love is pretty powerful and so it makes us do crazy things," she said.
"Because her love for him was powerful, wasn't it?" asked defense attorney Kirk Nurmi.
"Oh yes," Miccio-Fonseca said.
The retrial resumed Wednesday with arguments by defense attorneys accusing authorities of destroying evidence on Alexander's computer that may have benefited Arias' case. They say files were deleted by police that showed he had visited numerous pornographic websites, something her attorneys claim would have helped bolster Arias' contention that the victim was a sexual deviant.
They are seeking a dismissal of all charges or at least to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option.
The judge denied a request by the defense to delay the trial based on the allegations, explaining she would take up the matter at a later date.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez said his office had the computer reanalyzed just this week, and it showed the defense claims are false. He also noted that if anything was deleted from the computer, it was done by Arias' previous defense attorneys, not authorities.
"It confirmed that he had not accessed any of the (pornographic) sites that they're claiming he accessed," Martinez said.
But Nurmi told the judge a "plethora of evidence" is being uncovered by computer experts "as we speak."
The retrial is expected to continue into December.
Three Scouts from Chandler and Mesa recently achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout rank, something few Boy Scouts achieve.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials opened the floodgates at Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, sending water rushing through the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The five-day flood is meant to mimic conditions of the river before the dam was built, because the dam now blocks a majority of the sediment from traveling downstream.
Gilbert’s Development Services Department is in the midst of updating its land development code, which could provide benefits to town residents and businesses.