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I’ve said it before, there’s nothing cooler than apes in comics. Comic book publishers know it, readers know it, and even Hollywood has jumped on the ape bandwagon again (see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.) Since Edgar Rice Burroughs first planted poor baby Greystoke in the middle of the Mangani (great apes) tribe off the coast of Africa, spectacular simians have been a huge part of our pop culture heritage; and at the recent Phoenix Comicon I happened to come across one of the most awesome ape adventures of all.
Regarding Mr. Maruca’s column from June 17: “What higher standards mean for the students in my classroom.” Re: Common Core.
I received a mystery package recently, opened it up, and discovered a popular appetite suppressant inside. Sprinkle this magic powder on your food, the included literature instructed, and allegedly it would cooperate with your sense of smell to curb your cravings. And here it was in my hands — a whole box of the stuff. But I didn’t order it.
Hamilton High School’s Hannah Miao was looking for something to do over the summer. Ideally, it would be something that embraced her creative side.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates the longest day of the year Arizona style with a day dedicated to our state’s venomous nemesis — the scorpion.
Mesa Community College students Bill Alewyn and David Klose received awards at the annual Student Literary Competition hosted by the League of Innovation.
WASHINGTON — Home-schooling mom Jenni White gave some of the loudest cheers when Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation to repeal the Common Core education standards.
Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Florida, where the late writer's birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest and other festivities, some held at one of his favorite bars. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Illinois, Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba. Here's a list.
The implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards is making a difference in student success beyond the classroom. Using these standards, learners are required to think more critically and become more involved in justifying their responses when answering higher-level questions. I am spending less time lecturing and more time teaching critical thinking skills so that my students have the ability to discover the correct answer, but can also explain the process that they took to work through the problem. Students take a more active role by acquiring ownership of their learning. This builds self-confidence and allows for higher levels of success.
I’m thinking a lot about Father’s Day this year.
State Health Director Will Humble acted illegally in denying access to medical marijuana to people — many of them former soldiers — suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an administrative law judge has ruled.
Good evening. My name is Zac Dunn, and before I begin I would just like to take a quick moment to thank all of you from coming out and sharing in this momentous day. I know I speak not only for myself but for every other graduate here when I say that in reaching today, not a single one of us has done it alone; we've all had the irreplaceable support of friends, faculty, and most importantly, family. So on a night that is so concentrated on us, the graduates, I would ask for a round of applause thanking everyone who helped us reach this moment.
Chandler Public Library will launch its summer reading program tailored for participants of all ages on May 29.
Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe will host four teen and young adult authors for an event on Saturday.
GLASGOW, Scotland — The image of Scotland's largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone. Instead, this former European Capital of Culture is now widely regarded as one of Britain's most lively and stylish urban destinations. It boasts the best shopping experience in the U.K. outside of London and is home to a variety of annual festivals celebrating everything from rock music and comedy to literature and the arts.
LepreCon, Arizona’s annual sci-fi and fantasy fandom event emphasizing genre art and literature, will be back May 8-11 with LepreCon 40: 50 Shades of Green at the Marriott at 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa.
Mesa Public Schools K-12 district writing contest winners will be honored on May 1.
Four elementary students from Mesa were selected as the winners of the Big i.d.e.a Drawing Contest by Councilmember Chris Glover. The contest asked children between 6 and 12 submit a drawing of their favorite Mesa place or thing.
Arizona State University’s English department is about to get medieval.
The city of Mesa will host a tree planting event for Arbor Day on April 25 at the new Botanical Walk. The event will start at 9:30 a.m.
"Don’t Call Me Pig.” “Josefina Javelina.” “A Cowgirl and Her Horse.” “Only One You.”
NEW YORK — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to "Ban Bossy," complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls.
Best Charter School:
American Leadership Academy
4507 S. Mountain Road
(480) 420-2110 or alaschools.org/mesa
American Leadership Academy emphasizes a liberal arts education through reading and Socratic dialogue. The school sorts its education through five orders — natural, linguistic, moral, esthetic and political — that encompass lessons on beauty, science, nature, politics, classical literature and conduct. Another emphasis for the campus is the relationship among students, parents and the school; as a result, families have to volunteer at last 40 hours each year.
Mesa Preparatory Academy
1303 S. Lindsay Road
(480) 222-4233 or mesaprep.org
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
3257 E. University Drive
(480) 830-1723 or pilgrimmesa.com
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