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Legislation to change Native American team names lacks momentum in Arizona

Indigenous iconography plays a role in Arizona scholastic sports, and there isn't a willingness to have difficult conversations about such topics as Native American mascots in the Legislature - and not all Native Americans agree the names and logos are racist.... Read more»0

Phoenix Suns’ naming rights deal provides chance to increase fans’ environmental awareness

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»0

Red tape and the 'mask god': Arizona group looks back on successful PPE drive

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»0

Sister act: Sister cities, many in Arizona, step up if nations falter

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»0

Arizona Wildcats football to host capacity crowds, ASU ‘progressing’ in that direction

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»0

Realistic imitation guns present potential dangers, benefits

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»0