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Dubbing ‘Star Wars’: Preserving the force of Navajo language

Nearly 20 years after watching “Star Wars: A New Hope” for the first time, Manuelito Wheeler, director of the Navajo Nation Museum, headed the translation and dub of the dialogue into Diné Bazaad to help preserve the language in a culture that has lived for centuries.... Read more»0

Arizona activists, faith leaders decry 'voter suppression' bills

Faith and community leaders on Wednesday demanded Arizona’s elected officials stand against “voter suppression” laws, joining a national movement that has embroiled businesses and lawmakers across the U.S. ... Read more»0

Fourth wave: As mask mandates are lifted, Arizona health researchers urge COVID-19 caution

Health researchers on Wednesday urged caution despite the state’s lifting of restrictions on businesses and government, echoing a federal warning of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 if Arizonans become too complacent. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, ticked off positive developments, bookended by warnings.... Read more»0

Recreational marijuana sales race ahead, but industry equity falls behind

Sales of recreational marijuana are surging at Arizona retailers that, after selling medical marijuana for nearly a decade, now accommodate a crop of new customers the state estimates could push revenue to $1 billion in two years.... Read more»0

Not enough: Workers rally in Phoenix, U.S. for $15 minimum wage, end of tipping

Activists around the country rallied in support of the Raise the Wage Act – a provision that would eventually raise the federally required minimum wage to $15 an hour – included in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. More than 1.6 million workers, mainly in the restaurant industry, are paid a minimum wage in the U.S. as low as $7.25 on the federal level and, more recently in Arizona, $12.15 an hour.... Read more»0