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The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.
You have to admit, Arizona’s home to some odd animals: the Gila monster and chuckwalla, the coatimundi and the javelina — and at one time, to a greater extent than it is now — the ostrich.
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Uproar, panic and exacerbation have been popular in the Gilbert Public School district in recent months as finger-pointing, overly political agendas, selfishness and a disconnect from the populace have all been accusation thrown everywhere at the leadership, and, especially, the school board.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: "Keep Austin Weird." Some locals pejoratively call their hometown "festival city," since there seems to be one every weekend, such as South by Southwest or Austin City Limits Music Festival. But most festival-goers don't realize Austin is also home to the first photograph, a Gutenberg Bible and the world's largest urban bat colony. And the best thing for a city that prides itself on environmentalism is that all of the sites can be visited in a single day's walk, and all of them are free.
MILWAUKEE — Hunting dogs are on display at two canine gatherings this week. One is in New York at the famed Westminster Kennel Club show, where judges look for perfection in the breeds' appearance — the shape of an ear, the size of a tail.
With Valentine's Day coming up, thoughts naturally turn to chocolate. How nice it would be for gardeners to give their beloved a living, growing, chocolate expression of affection.
An estranged father and son are brought together by a young crane named Karl as they trace a family of the birds on their migratory journey from Russia to Africa in “Igor & The Cranes’ Journey.”
Tickets include continuous live entertainment on 13 stages — such as Tournament Jousting and Birds of Prey shows — and parking, but bring extra cash for food, drink, arts, crafts, rides and games. [More on next slide ...]
All wine pairs well with romance. But some bottles really wear their hearts on their labels.
Blue bird, c. 1880. Anton Lachmann, Austria. 14kt yellow gold, silver, enamel, rubies, diamonds. Collection of Madeleine Albright. [Exhibition organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.]
Mesa native Matthew Goodman has advanced to the rank of colonel in the United States Army.
The college golfer-turned-country music star performs at the Bird’s Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open — the PGA’s biggest tour party.
I’m not sure when schools took on the dreaded job of teaching kids about the birds and the bees. But, I am sure they’re darn sorry. Especially those front line managers.
Veteran film and television actor Michael Dante will sign copies of his new book, discuss his canon of more than 100 film and television roles, and help preserve the Old West as this year’s headliner for Superstition Mountain Days.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate a nonprofit hospice and nursing home, as a matter of conscience don’t want to be in the position of providing abortifacients and contraceptives under Obamacare, as most employers are required to do.
Sen. Patty Murray is an unashamed spender and taxer. She’s never seen a government outlay she didn’t like and she was in high spirits over the “bipartisan” budget deal she crafted with Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. The deal helps “bring some respect to the word compromise,” she crowed.
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A whole lot of the trouble those extreme TV survivalists get into could be avoided if they packed a little smarter before heading out the door.
I’m no quilter, but with grandmothers who had homemade quilting racks hanging from their ceilings, I can appreciate a good carpenter’s star or double wedding ring. Those treasured old patterns, pretty as they are, are blown out of the water by the blankets currently on display in Chandler.
There’s a new place to shop for original gifts in the East Valley, and it’s only going to be open about three weeks.