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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»

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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»

10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. ... Read more»

State flags at half-staff Monday in honor of Gilbert fire chief

Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that State of Arizona flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Monday in honor of Gilbert Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief James Nelson, who died last week.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Tucson tops list of distressed Arizona cities

In the latest Distressed Communities report, Tucson ranks a shocking 91 out of 100. Nearly 59 percent of the city's ZIP codes are distressed and less than 8 percent are prosperous. This is the kind of calamity more likely seen in famously troubled places — and indeed the other bottom 10 include Detroit, Buffalo, and Newark.... Read more»

Anti-panhandling laws face hurdle after Gilbert church case

Many cities are cracking down on panhandling, driven by the unlikely combination of thriving downtowns and the lingering effects of the Great Recession. But such bans have faced legal challenges — and a recent Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona case provided ammunition to those who argue such laws trample free speech.... Read more»

High Court strikes down Gilbert sign law, sides with pastor

The Supreme Court Thursday sided with a Gilbert pastor who said the town’s sign restrictions were infringing on his First Amendment rights.... Read more»

Four Arizona cities rank in top 10 on livability for people with disabilities

Peoria was ranked second and Scottsdale, Chandler and Gilbert all finished in the top 10. Organizations for people with disabilities credited everything from the weather to a long history of advocacy to modern infrastructure for the strong showing by Arizona cities. ... Read more»

Arizona back on Supreme Court calendar

The Supreme Court term begins Monday and, as in recent years, Arizona will be arguing cases before the justices in this term. Two Arizona cases have already been accepted by the court for argument and several others are in the pipeline, a level of activity unusual for a state Arizona's size. ... Read more»

Az kid cooks up White House invitation with healthy lunch recipe

Cody Vasquez's passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.... Read more»

High court will hear church’s challenge to Gilbert’s sign ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will consider a Gilbert church’s claim that the town’s sign ordinance discriminates against religious speech by placing stricter regulations on church signs than on other non-commercial signs.... Read more»

Goodyear, Gilbert among nation's fastest growing cities

The two Arizona towns were among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. in the last year, according to new Census Bureau estimates. While Phoenix added the most people in the state, Gilbert and Goodyear grew at a faster pace, landing sixth and 12th in the nation. ... Read more»

Report: New-home sales surge signals rebound under way

Many Valley residents have been snapping up newly constructed homes this year; 1,021 new single-family homes were sold in the Phoenix area during October, an 85 percent increase from the same month last year.... Read more»

Rain halts convention, but doesn’t stop GOP conventioneers

The politicking went on as usual Monday for Arizona delegates at the Republican National Convention, despite some events being canceled because of the weather. ... Read more»1

Hard to call it hate

Incidents show difficulty of hate crime cases

Since March, someone has repeatedly banged on the front door of Felix Bermea’s Gilbert home, set bushes on fire and written profanities on the kids’ furniture after breaking in. Police have been called to the neighborhood almost 60 time. But the problems continue.... Read more»1

Az band marches in D.C. parade, makes time for serious visits

It was a sweltering-hot day in the nation’s capital, but the only thing the members of the Gilbert High School marching band could talk about was how cool it was. Cool to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Cool to be in Washington to march in the National Independence Day Parade.... Read more»

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