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Two teary-eyed servers embraced. A sign was taped to the inside of the door, directing the remaining stragglers to exit out the side entrance. This door would never open to the same place again.
The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't really want more stuff?
The fact that politics may have been involved in drawing legislative lines is no reason to declare them illegal, the attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission is urging the U.S. Supreme Court.
More infants died in Arizona last year from unsafe sleep environments than motor vehicle accidents.
Three Scouts from Chandler and Mesa recently achieved the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout rank, something few Boy Scouts achieve.
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La casa vieja means “the old house” in Spanish. However, downtown Tempe’s iconic “old house” is now making way for something new.
Looking for movie stars and jet-setters on the Italian island of Ischia
In need of a getaway? The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is offering the opportunity to do exactly that, by offering a 10-day trip to India in November 2015.
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Aimee Basye fell apart along Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff last summer. She was a broken woman training to complete a ridiculous feat at an uncomfortable atmosphere, and the hours of training had drained her spirit and determination.
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.
I never used a Ouija board as a kid, but I gather the thrill of the experience corresponds with the fun gleaned from reciting “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror three times. It's the fear struck from anticipation from what could happen, from the simple potential that there is something beyond the ethereal plane a person can summon with little thought put behind it.
When Higley played Apache Junction on Oct. 10, the two schools nearly ran out of room on the scoreboard. The teams combined for 170 points in a 95-75 win for Higley that saw quarterback Mason Crossland set a state record with 641 yards and nine touchdowns.
This August, I began my 19th year as a public school educator in the field of American history and government. The message I convey to my students each year is that they can make an impact in the world that they live in. When they enter my classroom, they see the following statements on my back wall: Use Your Voice, Take A Stand, Make A Difference.
The five candidates vying for two empty seats on the Tempe Union High School District governing board are heavily split on the use of the Common Core curriculum in the classroom.
Comerica Bank and storage and information management services company Iron Mountain Incorporated will team up to host the first Shred Day Phoenix, a free document shredding event, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The secure document shredding event, to be held in front of Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., in downtown Phoenix, is offered as a public service to the Phoenix community and is designed to raise awareness of identity theft prevention, hunger and recycling.
Free of charge and open to the public, the event will allow Phoenix consumers and business owners to securely destroy up to four boxes or bags of sensitive paper documents per vehicle. Additionally, volunteers from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will be on site to collect suggested donations of non-perishable food items. All of the paper collected at Shred Day Phoenix will be turned into pulp and recycled after being securely destroyed.
To learn about the event, and what types of documents should be shredded or retained, visit www.comerica.com/ShredDayPhoenix
In this July 5, 2013 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut and combat veteran Capt. Mark Kelly, speaks during a news conference at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, N.H. A new book by Kelly and Giffords details their transition from survivors of a mass shooting to advocates and fundraisers for stricter gun laws. "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence" gives insights into the couple's life after the 2011 shooting that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, who was shot in the head and remains partially paralyzed. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
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PHOENIX -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide who can legally draw Arizona's congressional districts.
In a brief order, the justices said they will consider arguments by legislative leaders that the U.S. Constitution allows these boundaries to be drawn only by the majority of the 30 members of the Senate and 60 state representatives. The lawmakers want the high court to void part of a 2000 voter-approved law which gave that power to a separate Independent Redistricting Commission.
A hearing could occur as early as January.
There are profound political implications for Arizona if the court agrees. Most immediately, it would void the maps for the state's nine congressional districts that the commission created.
But the real repercussions would occur if the court hands that responsibility back to the Legislature.
That would free the Republican majority to redraw the lines for the 2016 election and beyond in ways more favorable to GOP candidates. And that likely would mean the political makeup of the state's congressional delegation, currently split 5-4 between Democrats and Republicans, would shift, perhaps sharply.
The fight turns on the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution which says that the "times, places and manner'' of electing members of Congress "shall be prescribed in each state by the Legislature thereof.''
That's the way it occurred in Arizona prior to 2000. It was also a process that often resulted in districts designed to give an advantage to the majority party.
That year, however, year voters amended the state constitution to create the five-member commission, charging it with drawing both legislative and congressional lines. The new commission then crafted lines for the coming decade.
As required by law, new districts were drawn following the 2010 census and the state got another seat in the U.S. House. It was only then that Republican legislative leaders expressed concern -- and filed suit -- when the lines were drawn in a way that eventually gave Democrats five of the nine seats.
A majority of a three-judge panel rejected the challenge, saying Arizona voters were within their rights. That sent the case to the high court.
Commission attorney Mary O'Grady acknowledged the federal constitutional language. But she said Thursday it doesn't mean what lawmakers contend.
" 'The Legislature' in this context, in the Elections Clause, is referring to the lawmaking process of the state,'' she said.
"It's not dictating how that lawmaking process ought to be exercised,'' O'Grady continued. "It's just referring to whatever the lawmaking process of the state is.''
And in this case, she said, the Arizona Constitution specifically authorizes voters to write their own laws through the initiative process, which is exactly how the commission was created in the first place.
"That's a wholly specious argument,'' responded Senate President Andy Biggs. "It makes me giggle.''
He wants the justices to conclude that the word "Legislature'' means exactly what it suggests.
"Both the state and the federal constitution say that every state shall have a republican form of government,'' Biggs said.
"That means it's not a direct democracy,'' he continued. "That means that we don't vote on every issue.''
He conceded that the Arizona constitution does permit voters to exercise legislative powers.
"In fact, Arizona has more direct democracy than most states,'' Biggs said. But he said that does not make the people of Arizona into "the Legislature,'' a term he said is defined in the state constitution as "the bicameral (body) consisting of the House and Senate, elected by the people to be their elected representatives in the Legislature.''
In issuing their order Thursday, the justices gave themselves a way out of the whole legal argument. They said they first want to decide whether lawmakers have has the right to ask them to essentially void a provision of the state constitution because it trimmed their political power.
"There's lots of case law that says that's not really the kind of injury that gives standing to file suit,'' O'Grady said.
Thursday's action by the Supreme Court does not affect a separate lawsuit challenging the lines the commission drew for the state's 30 legislative districts, one which the high court has not yet decided whether to review.
In that case, however, the challengers do not dispute the commission can draw legislative districts. Instead, they dispute how those districts were drawn.
Challengers contend commission members acted improperly when they intentionally "packed'' non-Hispanic Republicans into some districts. That meant remaining districts had a higher proportion of Democrats, giving candidates from that party a better chance of getting elected.
Attorney Thor Hearne said what makes that illegal is not the partisan motives but hot it was done. He said the commission ignored state constitutional requirements that it create districts of equal population. Using 2010 census figures, each district should have about 213,000 residents. But the commission, by its own admission, had districts ranging from 203,026 to 220,157.
The majority of a three-judge panel rejected the challenge, concluding the U.S. Constitution does not require that legislative districts have precisely equal population.
Instead, the judge said, there can be "divergencies'' that are necessary to achieve other goals. And in this case, they said, that the commission's decision to manipulate the lines was primarily to comply with requirements of the Voting Rights Act to not dilute minority voting strength and not to give Democrats a political leg-up.
But Judge Neil Wake, in his dissent, disagreed, saying "it does not take a Ph.D. to see this stark fact of intended party benefit.''
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PHOENIX – Arizona has had one of the nation’s highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state’s overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men.
In 2002, the suicide rate for men ages 45 to 64 stood at 34.4 per 100,000. In 2012, that rate was 41.8 per 100,000, a 21.5 percent increase.
Among all Arizonans, the rate was 16.2 suicides per 100,000 in 2012, nearly the same as the 2002 rate of 15.9 per 100,000.
Christopher Kilmartin, a psychology professor at University of Mary Washington in Virginia, said that men of middle age and older experience changes like plateauing in careers and suffering from health problems. They grow up believing they shouldn’t discuss their emotions when these changes occur.
“The most common motive for suicide is to escape from your pain, so if you’ve got nowhere else to go to escape your pain or you think, ‘If I talk to my friend about it, he’ll see me as being unmanly, or if I ask for help it means I’m weak,’” Kilmartin said.
The economic recession that began in 2008 played a significant role in the increased rate of suicide among middle-aged men, who are usually lead providers in households, said Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO & co-founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation in Colorado, an organization that aims to curb suicide.
“There were more acute unemployment situations,” Spencer Thomas said. “That often leads to family stress and maybe moving, or a divorce. There’s a domino effect.”
These economic factors can leave middle-aged men depressed, which is one reason a man may act on suicidal thoughts, according to Will Courtenay, author of “Dying to be Men.” He added that there’s a myth in society that men in general don’t get depressed, a notion that he said results in men not expressing their emotions.
“The myth that men don’t get depressed is so powerful that even trained, mental health clinicians are less likely to correctly diagnose depression in men than in women,” Courtenay said. “Consequently, men are less likely to receive treatment for their depression. Left untreated, a man’s depression will often worsen and can lead to suicide.”
For Arizona’s overall population, the rate of suicide among men has been several times higher than that among women.
Kilmartin said while men might have friends from activities such as sports or from work, most don’t have a friend who truly knows them.
“You’re on your own a lot more than the average person was 50 years ago, and the individual as a basis for self-esteem is a shaky foundation,” Kilmartin said. “When you feel like you’re a part of something and there’s people around you that are supportive of you, that’s very protective.”
Heather Brown, board of directors vice president for the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition, said the organization provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training that helps people identify the warning signs in others. The coalition also has a conference in early October in Phoenix that provides more information on suicide prevention training.
“Honestly, they don’t want to die,” Brown said. “They’re just looking for an end to the chronic pain.”
Ron French, adult services clinical director at Mohave Mental Health Clinic, suggests that people start reaching out to family and friends if they notice their loved ones becoming depressed or beginning to withdraw.
“We don’t want to be rude or impolite, but we need to keep an eye on them,” French said. “Let them know we’re their friend, and we care about them. If you tell me everything is OK and you’re feeling blue, I’ll honor that and I’ll pay a little bit more attention.”
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University is among 24 colleges and universities nationwide getting a total of $75 million of grants being awarded by the federal Education Department to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.
Arizona State's grant is for just under $4 million.
Jeanne Wilcox is associate dean of the university's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She says the grant money will be used partly to develop new degrees through which students demonstrate competency through projects in several academic disciplines.
Wilcox says another focus will be partnering with Phoenix Union High School District to transition high school graduates into the university with project-based degrees and a new mentoring initiative.
That initiative would feature mentoring by ASU students who recently attended high schools in the district.
Three of the candidates for the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board will meet on Saturday for a public forum.