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Is it even possible to eat a Kit Kat bar without triggering that "Give me a break!" earworm from the '80s? Seems not. So our cure to keep us from humming "Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar!" for the rest of the day is to bake up a batch of these shortbread cookies inspired by that breakably delicious candy.
During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as "pops and crops"). I'm sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since.
She was a normal-looking young woman. Her baseball cap and glasses shielded most of her face. She sat in a row of chairs. There were people on her left and right. With a book in one hand and a bag in the other, she looked familiar. I could not place her but I had seen her before. Something was familiar. Maybe it was her logo on her bag. I walked around to get a different angle on her facial features. My heartbeat was beginning to pick up. Should I approach her or not? What if I make a fool of myself? What if it is her, and I miss the opportunity to meet her?
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“Holly At Four,” an art quilt by Holly Altman showing the artist as a child observing the world through a magnifying glass, is among the pieces on display in Chandler’s annual contemporary quilt show.
The feud between Apple Inc. and the operator of a failed sapphire glass factory in Mesa is growing more intense.
When my wife and I carried our newborn child through the sliding glass doors of the maternity unit, we were not given an instructional manual. No type of handbook accompanied the second or the third child either. Like all parents, we were directed to the exit sign clutching our new wrapped-in-blue bundle, with little more than a slap on the rear end, like a coach sending in his second-string substitutions. We were those kids with plenty of eagerness to play the game, but not a lot of knowledge about the playbook. We simply were not prepared for or coached up on every possible situation that would arise in our family-building career.
It would be hard to find another entertainer in recent memory that has paid more dues than singer Darlene Love.
As a very concerned Arizona resident and caring grandmother, I feel it is very important to inform Arizonans that their vote for superintendent of public instruction should be about qualifications, experience and expertise in the education field.
A deal between Apple Inc. and a synthetic sapphire glass maker that was gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for Apple in an Arizona factory allows for the sale of more than 2,000 furnaces to repay Apple.
PHOENIX (AP) — Apple Inc. has reached a deal with a synthetic sapphire glass maker that will allow details of contracts between the companies and the business problems that led GT Advanced Technologies to a financial crisis to remain secret.
A Tuesday filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire shows a settlement that will allow sealed documents filed by GT's chief operating officer and Apple last week to be withdrawn and all copies destroyed.
Apple hasn't commented beyond saying it was surprised by the bankruptcy filings and was working to retain jobs at the plant.
GT is shutting down a new sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona, and laying off 724 workers.
Apple advanced GT $429 million to outfit the plant under a contract announced last November.
Apple Inc. has reached a deal with a synthetic sapphire glass maker that will allow details of contracts between the companies and the business problems that led GT Advanced Technologies to a financial crisis to remain secret.
Craft beer fans in the East Valley will have another option to taste a wide variety of brews with the grand opening of a new brewery this fall.
A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.
A husband and wife had been married for many years when the husband began to fear that his wife was going deaf. He implemented an informal exam. While his wife was in the kitchen cooking dinner, the husband in a normal, conversation tone asked from the den, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” She didn't answer. So he moved closer to the kitchen and repeated the question; no response.
The future appears to be very dark for the GT Advanced Technologies plant in Mesa after the company, which supplies Apple with sapphire glass, asked to “wind down” production of the scratch-resistant material in a bankruptcy court filing.
PHOENIX (AP) — A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones told a bankruptcy court Friday that it wants to shut down a Mesa factory that was once touted as a big job creator for Arizona.
GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. In a bankruptcy court filing Friday, the company outlined its plans to wind down operations at the Mesa factory by the end of the year along with a second facility in Salem, Massachusetts — a move that would leave hundreds of people out of work.
"This drastic step is necessitated by GTAT's liquidity crisis and the ongoing cash burn from its operations at these locations," the company said in a court filing.
The request to wind down operations at the locations is contingent on the court's approval. GT Advanced Technologies' stock was down about 35 percent Friday, trading at 84 cents. The stock's 52-week high is $20.54.
The bankruptcy and ensuing effort to shut down the factory mark surprising turn after state, local and business leaders previously bragged that the plant would be a major boost to the Arizona economy.
Gov. Jan Brewer had hailed Apple's decision to open the plant in Mesa, calling it a sign that the Arizona's efforts to provide a pro-business climate were paying off. The state has cut business taxes and created several incentives designed to lure new manufacturing businesses in the past several years.
At full production the companies expected 700 workers to run the plant.
Now, GT wants to begin winding down operations.
It is a complicated process that will involve keeping dozens of workers on staff to monitor furnaces where the sapphire grows into boules that can sell for $20,000.
Apple currently uses sapphire glass for camera lenses and its fingerprint-reading home button on many new iPhones, and has announced its use on two of three planned models of the iWatch. The Mesa plant fueled speculation that Apple might use sapphire glass in future iPhones, but the newly released iPhone 6 does not use sapphire for its main screen.
Apple has advanced GT $429 million to outfit the plant out of $578 million it agreed to pre-pay when it struck the deal with the company last November. The company also made a bankruptcy court filing Friday that seeks to end the agreements with Apple.
Apple and the city of Mesa did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment. The company said earlier in the week that it is "focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT's surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps."
In a statement, GT said it realizes the difficulties caused by a plant closing but needs to make the right financial decisions following the bankruptcy action.
"While we continue to explore all options with regards to our Mesa and Salem facilities, we recognize and regret the impact that the actions outlined in our bankruptcy court filings of this morning may have on valued GT employees," the company said.
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The company working to manufacture Sapphire glass screens in a partnership with Apple has announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Gov. Jan Brewer is headed off to Norway and then Ireland this week in hopes of boosting trade with the two countries. Press aide Andrew Wilder said that, no, that doesn't mean more sardines for Arizona.
PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer is headed to Norway, then Ireland this week in hopes of boosting trade with the two countries.
And press aide Andrew Wilder said that, no, that doesn't mean more sardines for Arizona.
"The governor and the Arizona Commerce Authority believe there significant potential for growth to improve trade between Arizona, Norway and Ireland,'' he said. Wilder said Brewer wants to "promote the state as a great place to do business,'' something he said could create new jobs here.
While in Europe, Brewer also will address the Oxford Union Society which bills itself as "the world's most prestigious debating society with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford.''
Wilder said Brewer was invited to give a speech on her efforts to improve Arizona's economy during the global recession along with topics like immigration. And he said she'll also stand for questions.
But he said the main focus is that trade mission.
Her trip, though, also means she will miss the formal opening of a trade office Arizona is opening this coming week in Mexico City. Lawmakers approved funding for that this past session.
Wilder said while Brewer would have liked to attend, the Europe trip, having been postponed from the spring, was already in the works.
Brewer has nothing to lose, as the trade numbers probably have nowhere to go but up.
The U.S. Census Bureau puts Ireland at just No. 24 on the list of places where Arizona exports its product. That's below Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iceland.
And Norway doesn't even make the Top 25.
Wilder said, though, there are signs of improvement.
He said total trade -- both exports and imports -- between Arizona and Norway was $31 million in 2008. By 2013 the figure had risen to $93 million.
"Sardines are not on the Top 10 list,'' he quipped.
There already is a Norwegian presence in Arizona, Wilder said. One is a company called Norsk Hydro, an aluminum supplier. And Aker Solutions, which provides products and services to the oil and gas industry, has employees in Tucson.
Exports to Norway navigational equipment, control instruments and communications gear, along with fabricated metals. Coming here from there, Wilder said, are "a lot of aerospace products and parts.''
But Wilder pointed out that total trade between the United States and Norway totals $350 billion.
"We'd like to get a bigger piece of that pie,'' he said.
The same situation exists with Ireland, said Wilder, with just a miniscule percentage of the national $376 billion annual trade attributable to Arizona.
Wilder acknowledged the kind of investments Brewer might be able to land are a far cry from the big fish that are normally sought, like a deal Brewer made to bring a plant to Mesa to manufacture the sapphire glass for some Apple products. But he said they are no less important.
"These add up,'' he said.
"Not every company is going to be a 5,000-job investment,'' Wilder continued. "But what is going to drive things, too, is getting a lot of these smaller companies to come here.''
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John Giles was sworn in as the 40th mayor of Mesa shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday during a grand event at the Mesa Arts Center, taking the reins from longtime friend Alex Finter, who served as interim mayor after Scott Smith left to run for governor.