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Arizona bowl organizers look to bounce back from 2020’s fanless games

With COVID-19 protocols in 2020 prohibiting fans at the Fiesta and Arizona bowls, and a lack of eligible teams forcing a last-minute cancellation of the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, organizers are eager to welcome fans and teams this year.... Read more»0

Rittenhouse rejected, respected by feuding factions on ASU campus

Though not enrolled in classes or present on campus, Kyle Rittenhouse is already casting a long shadow across Arizona State University - with both left-wing groups and conservative organizations agreeing on at least one thing: Each thinks the university is not doing enough.... Read more»0

It’s beginning to look a lot like a post-COVID Christmas for Arizona retailers

In the second holiday season of the pandemic era, goods may cost more, but Americans have more money to spend – and they appear to be eager to spend it - with a report last week saying Arizonans could spend as much as $1,558 per person on gifts this holiday season. ... Read more»0

FCS playoffs extend football season for 'a lot of ballers' from Arizona

None of Arizona’s three Division I football teams will compete for a national championship this fall, but 25 players with Arizona ties will still have a shot at a title - including Tucson alumnus from Salpointe Catholic and Cienega High School.... Read more»0

Protesters confront Arizona Sen. Sinema directly, she calls the move 'unacceptable'

Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs. ... Read more»0

From the Hill to the mound: Playing ball is break from political brawl

Stanton and fellow Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix were Arizona’s representatives for the annual charity fundraiser Congressional Baseball Game – Republican versus Democrat – that senators and House members played before an announced crowd of 14,348.... Read more»0

Arizonans join hundreds of female athletes opposing strict abortion law

Nine Arizonans are among the more than 500 female athletes who signed on to a brief to the Supreme Court this week challenging Mississippi’s restrictive new abortion law - a case in which Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a brief supporting the law.... Read more»0

Arizona players reflect as Navy, Air Force meet on anniversary of 9/11

Saturday’s football game between Air Force and Navy will be the 54th between the two teams – and their first meeting on 9/11, leaving one Arizona-born Navy player with “goosebumps just thinking about it.” ... Read more»0

253,000 Arizonans behind on rent as Supreme Court halts eviction moratorium

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent – including 253,000 in Arizona - and the state is in the midst of a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»0

Arizona Afghans relieved after Ducey’s refugee proposal, still worried

Phoenix resident Naqibullah “Nakib” Isaczai welcomed Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement that Arizona will accept refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – but still worries that the U.S. response will be too little, too late. ... Read more»0

What is 'brain fog,' and why are COVID-19 long-haulers more susceptible?

COVID-19 "long-haulers" – patients who had the disease and recovered but still can’t “get going” as they did before falling ill -- are some of the most at-risk for "brain fog."... Read more»0