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NEW YORK (AP) — "The Interview" was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release.
Recently, the East Valley Tribune has reviewed its policy regarding guest commentaries and letters to the editor on the Opinion page. Going forward, we will require all writers to strictly stick to the issues at hand without naming specific people to defend their arguments.
Citing concerns it broke state law — and despite insistence from its superintendent to the contrary — the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted to redact pages from its textbooks tied to abortion and reproduction.
Citing concerns it broke state law – and despite insistence from its superintendent to the contrary – the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted to redact pages from its textbooks tied to abortion and reproduction.
There is a story about two monks walking along the road when they come to a shallow, muddy river. A beautiful woman in a long white dress is standing there. She can’t figure out how to continue her journey without ruining her outfit.
Their plans to fix Arizona's economy may be hard to decipher, and neither Democrat Fred DuVal nor Republican Doug Ducey is precise on exactly how they think the state will permanently come up with more money for schools.
A DownBeat Hall of Famer and National Endowments for the Arts Jazz Master, 20-time Grammy Award winner and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living-legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is staggering.
PHOENIX -- Their plans to fix Arizona's economy may be hard to decipher.
And neither Democrat Fred DuVal nor Republican Doug Ducey is precise on exactly how they think the state will permanently come up with more money for schools.
But anyone seeking clear distinctions between the major candidates for governor need look only at their positions on what might be called "morality'' issues to find some stark contrasts.
And given how often these issues translate into legislation, what the next governor believes could be the difference between when some measures become law and others are vetoed.
Consider of gay rights.
DuVal has come out forthright in favor of the ability of gays to wed.
Ducey, by contrast, wants to limit marriage to one man and one woman, as approved by voters in 2008, though he did say after Tuesday's ruling by the 9th Circuit overturning laws in Nevada and Idaho he will "follow the law.''
But he also opposes granting health insurance and other benefits to the domestic partners of gay state and university employees. And that's an issue where the views of the governor matter.
Jan Brewer is currently in federal court fighting a bid to permanently void a provision in a 2009 law which she signed that limits benefits solely to those who are married. That action overturned a rule adopted just a year earlier to the contrary.
Brewer has said this was a question not of bias but of saving state finances. But a federal judge already has issued a preliminary injunction, saying it appears to be a clear case of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Whoever is the next governor could decide to keep the issue alive or simply drop the defense.
There are other issues of gay rights that divide the pair.
For example, existing Arizona law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion or national origin. Ducey said he opposes expanding that list to include sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
"I'm for equal protection under the law for everyone,'' he said. "But I don't want to continue to divide people up through these protected classes.''
Ducey said, though, he would not turn back the clock and try remove things like race or religion from that special "protected class'' status that gives victims of discrimination the right to sue.
DuVal conceded that new rights for gays may result in new litigation.
"But we need to constantly expand rights and opportunities in ways that broaden success and participation,'' he said. DuVal said the country, having provided legal protections to other groups, now needs to extend that to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.
Along the same lines, the pair parts ways about whether Arizona should protect businesses and individuals from being required to provide services in a way that runs counter to their own moral or religious beliefs.
This became an issue following the decision earlier this year by Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062. It would have expanded existing laws on religious freedom to provide an absolute right of businesses to cite their "sincerely held religious beliefs'' as a reason to refuse service to someone.
Brewer said it was a solution in search of a problem. And both Ducey and DuVal have said they back her veto.
But Ducey said he does support providing some protections for religious beliefs from government intrusion, citing the case of Hobby Lobby which fought for and got the right to refuse to include contraceptive coverage for their workers.
"Private employers should be able to make a decision on which benefits are provided to employees,'' he said.
DuVal, however, said he sees the issue from a different perspective.
"You should not be allowed to discriminate,'' he said.
"I recognize that runs into conflict with folks' private businesses,'' he continued. But DuVal said those same arguments were made over passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which forbade businesses from discriminating against African Americans.
"We've been through these issues before,'' DuVal said. "And we now must face them on gays and lesbians.''
The other perennial hot-button issue at the Legislature has been abortion.
Arizona lawmakers have in the last six years imposed impose new limits on what the U.S. Supreme Court has said is the right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy. That includes waiting periods, clinic inspection rules and restrictions on the use of RU-486 for medication abortions.
Ducey has made no secret he supports additional restrictions. In fact, he said that he is in favor of prohibiting all abortions except in certain narrow circumstances like preventing the death of the mother or in cases of rape and incest.
DuVal said the right to abortion is "established federal law'' and should remain. He also is opposed to new limits.
In other issues which have moral or ethical considerations, Ducey said he is opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. DuVal said he thinks Arizona should take a wait-and-see attitude, watching how such laws are playing out in Colorado and Washington.
Ducey also said he opposes legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Oregon has such a law which permits a doctor to help someone who has a terminal illness.
DuVal said he has not really thought about the matter.
And Ducey said he wants Arizona to scrap its 40-year-old system of merit selection of judges for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and trial courts in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. That system requires the governor to make selections from a list of recommendations by a special screening committee.
Ducey said he favors allowing the governor to pick whoever he or she wants, subject only to Senate confirmation similar to the federal system. DuVal said the current system works to take much of the politics out of the process.
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The group behind a vetoed religious freedom law intends to study Monday's Supreme Court ruling as a chance to revamp it and try again next year.
First, I’d like to thank the teachers, faculty, family and friends here today to celebrate the end of a chapter in our lives … and the beginning of a new one.
For the first time ever, Ballet Arizona will present Innovations, an evening devoted entirely to one-of-a-kind choreography created by four Ballet Arizona dancers.
Positivity was in short supply for Lawana Tremble when she grew up. She said she was bullied as a kid, discriminated against in a variety of ways and told she’d never amount to anything.
Gilbert Public Schools reversed course on its decision to implement a time limit on public comment at meetings within a week of receiving an outcry of criticism from community members.
Tempe Police Department detectives have reportedly arrested 30 people involved in a prostitution sting.
PARIS — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?
NEW YORK — Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets.
Despite the gubernatorial veto of legislation billed as promoting religious freedom, the Center for Arizona Policy has a long history of getting lawmakers and governors – at least Republican governors – to do what it wants.
Do you believe a photographer who identifies as homosexual should be punished for refusing to photograph an event celebrating the Westboro Baptist Church’s hateful ideas? Do you believe a Jewish printer should be threatened for declining to promote a conference criticizing Israel? Do you believe a pacifist should be coerced to paint pro-war posters for a rally? If you believe all these are wrong, you should support Arizona’s SB 1062—because that’s what the bill’s about rather than the things you may have heard.
Saying the legislation would be “unbelievably damaging” to the state, the head of a major economic development group is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation expanding the ability of businesses to use their religion to deny services.
Rejecting claims it will lead to discrimination, a House panel voted 5-2 Tuesday to give individuals and the businesses they own more rights to refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs.
Why does the Arts and Entertainment Television Network feel that the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights don’t pertain to their employees? As far as I know, President Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have not yet abolished Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion, although I may be wrong.
A Chandler man was arrested Wednesday after an undercover investigation led to the bust of an alleged prostitution ring run out of an apartment, police documents said.
The members of American Legion Auxiliary Wm Bloys Unit 2 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.
In response to a letter by Mr. Russell, Do you feel censored for dealing in pornography? Good!