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Footprint will be the latest company with its name on the marquee of the downtown arena, following America West, USAirways and Talking Stick Resort.

The decision by the Phoenix Suns to rename the downtown arena to Footprint Center - after local plant-based packaging company Footprint - might have come as a surprise to fans, but for experts on sports business, and its intersection with environmental issues, not as shocking. Read more»

Sam Wang, organizer of the group Chinese-Americans COVID-19 Relief AZ, unloads boxes of face masks at Mountain Park Health Center last year, some of the 158,000 masks the group was able to secure last year for area first responders.

In the first months of the pandemic, when demand for personal protective equipment far exceeded supply, Sam Wang helped lead a group called Chinese Americans COVID-19 Relief AZ, whose 40 volunteers used their skills to secure 158,000 masks from China for communities in Arizona. Read more»

A sculpture in Hance Park titled 'Maternal Love,' showing a panda and her cub, was given to Phoenix by its sister city of Chengdu in China. Some critics worry about Chinese government influence on sister city programs, supporters say they can build the people-to-people relationships that governments cannot.

Though the relationships between most sister cities center on student exchanges, citizen diplomacy can step up and fill the gaps left by national politics, as was on display when Phoenix Sister Cities Vice President Rick Gerrard made the connections that led to receiving 100 N95 masks for Gilbert first responders from its sister city, Leshan, China. Read more»

The University of Arizona announced that it will allow full capacity at Arizona Stadium for football games.

UA's Athletic Department announced the Wildcats' stadium will host its full capacity of fans during football season, making the school among the first in the Pac-12 to decide its plans for fall attendance and following the lead of many professional franchises that have already opened to full seating. Read more»

An airsoft player points his gun around a corner at Dreadnought Airsoft in Phoenix on Nov. 22. Like many players, he has removed the imitation gun’s orange tip, which is required under a 1988 federal law.

Since 2015, at least 4% of deadly police shootings nationwide have had victims holding “toy weapons,” including children’s toy guns, nonfunctional replicas, BB guns, and airsoft guns. However, while imitation guns’ aesthetic authenticity currently benefits many groups, officers are not trained to differentiate fake guns from real ones. Read more»