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  • Glendale Police arrest suspect after search

    Glendale Police used a helicopter and K-9 policed dog to help search for a man who bolted out of a stolen car in the 7500 block of 59 Drive and Orangewood Avenue Sunday night.Officers had their weapons drawn as they approached the vehicle that was driven into a home's driveway on 59th Drive.Glendale Public Information Officer Rochelle Thomas said one woman was taken into custody at the scene and officers searched for a male who bolted out of the stolen vehicle.Officers and the K-9 went north on 59th Avenue searching for the suspect after reports of him being spotted.The suspect was apprehended.

  • Casting call for Peoria Unified student models

    Does your student want a chance to be featured in the numerous publications of the Peoria Unified School District?Peoria Unified is hosting a back-to-school photo shoot from 9  to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at Desert Harbor Elementary School, 15585 N. 91st Ave., Peoria, for students in preschool through 12th grade. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m.Attendees are welcome to bring a school-related item, such as an instrument, ball, etc., to be included in the photographs. Students should wear school appropriate attire and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.Parents and students who plan on attending the photo shoot should RSVP as soon as possible by sending an email with the name of the student, the name of the parent, the student’s age, school they attend and grade level to or call 623-486-6100.Photo release forms will be available at the event for parents to sign. Pictures taken at the photo shoot will be used for branding purposes by the Peoria Unified School District.For information, visit

  • Safe habits pay off for RCSCW

    The Recreation Centers of Sun City West has announced the association has continued to maintain a score for safety awareness this year that will translate into another workman’s compensation rebate.Human Resources Officer Denise Babirak stated, “Most people don’t understand or even care what EMOD (Experience Modification) is, but this is a huge accomplishment. What it means is our employees are working smarter, being safe, and saving members significant amounts of money.”The Experience Modification factor score is an annual statistical monitoring by the State Compensation Fund of work-related injuries. This compilation of data is based upon the instances of work injuries, the types of injuries with the number of days off from work, and a payroll multiplying factor.Last year’s score of .68 qualified RCSCW for a $10,000 award from the State Compensation Fund and the Arizona Small Business Association, and translated into lower worker’s compensation rates.Rec Centers’ insurance specialist Earl Mackert commends the Association’s safety awareness program. “To attain and maintain a low rate is phenomenal, and speaks well of the program’s influence on the employees,” said Mackert.The .68 score represents 68 cents in cost for every $100 of worker’s compensation coverage. The highest RCSCW has paid is $1.43 per $100. This lower score is the result of improved safety training, a more involved Safety Committee, and the implementation of Safety SNAPS – the safety incentive program, launched in 2010, that involves observing and recognizing employees who are practicing good safety techniques, RCSCW officials said.

  • Benevilla welcomes social worker

    Benevilla announced that Shannon Haines has joined the West Valley nonprofit serving the needs of seniors, disabled adults, children, and the families who care for them.Haines is originally from Payson and obtained her degree in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. She has been working in the social work field for six years as a trainer for volunteers.“I knew that these experiences were only the start of my journey working with the geriatric population,” she said. “Throughout my adult life, I had a strong connection with older people, especially with my grandparents. They were positive role models for my brother and I and we could always count on my grandfather for answers about life and my grandmother for emotional support. “They always told us to be strong, passionate and kind to others.”Haines will work with the Benevilla’s Information and Referral service.

  • Police: Glendale man uses motorcycle to chase down hit-and-run driver

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - On Tuesday, Glendale police said that the driver of a red sedan failed to yield to a green SUV near 57th avenue and Bethany Home Road hitting the SUV, causing it to turnover. The driver of the sedan tried to get away, but Mark Gohlmann hopped on his Harley-Davidson to track him down. "I heard the smash and saw the truck flipping!" said Gohlmann. He left so fast, he forgot to put on a helmet! "Immediately everyone was like 'he just jumped on his bike without his helmet," laughed Gohlmann. Zig-zagging through the road, he even yelled at bystanders to help him. "Call 911, this guy just did a hit and run. And people were just like "what?'" said Gohlmann. He followed the driver all the way to a house a few miles away from the accident. "I was a little bit wary about him jumping out of the car and fighting with me," said Gohlmann. The suspect didn't. In fact he ran into the house until police arrived. And you know what? Mark said he would do it again. "You shouldn't be able to get away with it by just running away," said Gohlmann. Glendale police gave the driver of the sedan a citation for failing to yield to a stop sign and also for failing to remain at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that was hit suffered minor injuries. Mark Gohlmann

  • Play Nintendo Tour stops in Glendale this weekend

    Nintendo has been taking its strong catalog of 3DS games on tour across the country for the past month and its next stop will be smack dab in Glendale this weekend.According to a recent announcement, the event will take place at the Arrowhead Towne Center on July 25-27 in the Dick’s Sporting Goods court area. The displays will be live on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., with adjusted starting hours at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. There are no costs for admission.The family-friendly game maker will be showcasing a slew of games for patrons to play on 2DS handhelds including Kirby Triple Deluxe, Super Mario 3D Land, Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Yoshi’s New Island and more. Along with the handheld games, it appears there will be an area dedicated to Mario Kart matches against other players.For more information, check out the Arrowhead Towne Center events page.(Thanks to Lightning Octopus for the heads-up.)

  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop to open July 29

    Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its doors at 3121 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix, July 29.Jennifer Sullivan is the general manager, and has been with Potbelly since 2005.“ I started as an associate while in high school in the south suburbs of Chicago,” Sullivan said. “Potbelly was always flexible with my schedule and allowed me to come back during school breaks while I was in college. Once I finished school I came back to Potbelly and worked my way up into management. In 2012, I was promoted to general manager and had my very first shop in Merrillville, Ind.”The shop will partner with Best Buddies Arizona during its pre-opening event, the Oven Warming party, to help raise funds and awareness for the organization.“It’s an organization that helps to create opportunities in friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Sullivan. “Our company has partnered with them in the past and we felt it was a great opportunity to do so again.”Known for its good vibes in addition to great sandwiches, live music has been a part of the Potbelly experience since the first shop opened in 1977. Neighborhood musicians put a little rhythm into lunch by performing live at Potbelly Sandwich Shops around the country. Musicians interested in performing at the new Phoenix Potbelly should contact the shop manager to apply and be scheduled for an audition.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

    Denver (AP) • Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don’t have to like it.Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners’ associations. Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate for legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking.Homeowners’ associations can’t ban members from using marijuana in their homes when it’s legal. But if neighbors can see or smell weed, the law is clear — HOAs have every right to regulate the drug as a nuisance, or a threat to children along the lines of a swimming pool with no fence.“The fact that people may be legally entitled to smoke doesn’t mean they can do it wherever they want, any more than they could walk into a restaurant and light up a cigarette,” said Richard Thompson, who owns a management consulting company that specializes in condominium and homeowner associations.Thompson said his home condo development in Portland, Ore., is a prime example of how marijuana’s growing acceptance has sparked neighbor conflicts.“As soon as spring and summer come around, we hear complaints about marijuana smoke because people are out on their patios and they have the windows down,” he said.

  • Acting VA chief: Phoenix was ‘most troubled’ site, but is improving

    Washington • Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson called the Phoenix VA “clearly the most troubled location” in a troubled system, but assured lawmakers this week that improvements are being made.The comments came in testimony to the House Veterans Affairs Committee, where Gibson outlined six priorities for the department as it works to regain veterans’ trust. Those included getting veterans “off waitlists and into clinics,” fixing scheduling problems and ensuring that veterans “are the focus in all we do,” he said.“We understand the seriousness of the problems we face, we are taking decisive action to begin to resolve them,” Gibson testified.Those decisive actions included steps at medical facilities in Phoenix, where an inspector general’s report in May uncovered more than 1,700 veterans who were not only not getting medical care — they were not even on a waiting list to get treatment.“We’ve taken action on all of the recommendations made in the IG’s May interim report on Phoenix,” Gibson said, including calling all 1,700 of those veterans and scheduling appointments for a little more than 1,000 of them.Gibson also said the Veterans Health Administration “has dispatched teams to provide direct assistance to facilities requiring the most improvement, including a large team on the ground in Phoenix.”

  • Pedestrian killed while crossing Phoenix street

    PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a man has died after getting struck by a car while crossing the street. Sgt. Tommy Thompson says 45-year-old Joseph Slaven was walking across the street near the intersection of 36th and Northern avenues on Friday around 11 p.m. Thompson says Slaven failed to yield the right of way to vehicular traffic and was hit by a Chevrolet Cavalier, which was traveling westbound on Northern. Witnesses told police Slaven may have also been doing something with his cellphone and not paying attention. Slaven later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Thompson says the driver stayed at the scene. He says the investigation is ongoing and it is unknown if impairment played a factor in the incident.

  • Court backs medical marijuana use by those on probation

    PHOENIX -- State judges cannot bar those placed on probation from using medical marijuana if they are otherwise eligible, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.And that even includes those who were convicted for drug offenses.Appellate judge Peter Eckerstrom said when voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010 they declared that those with a doctor's recommendation and the required state-issued ID card are not subject to "arrest, prosecution or penalty in any manner, or denial of any right or privilege.'' And that "clear language,'' Eckerstrom said, prohibits a trial judge from barring someone from using medical marijuana consistent with that law.Eckerstrom did not dispute there are probably public policy concerns about letting someone with a long history of substance abuse, as in this case, continue to use marijuana for whatever reason. But the judge said these public policy debates are for the Legislature and, by extension, for the people through their constitutional power to make their own laws."They have done so here,'' he wrote. "Our task is to apply the law they have written, not to second-guess the wisdom of their determinations.''Deputy Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, who had argued the restriction was valid, said his agency is reviewing the ruling before deciding whether to seek Supreme Court review.

  • Bigger wolf habitat sought in Arizona, New Mexico

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials want to expand Mexican gray wolves' potential habitat beyond its current small range along the New Mexico-Arizona border. The habitat needs to be expanded and the program's rules changed to manage the experimental wolf population in areas worked by ranchers and others and to grow the wolf population while widening its distribution and genetic variation, the Fish and Wildlife Service said. The agency on Thursday released suggested revisions to a June 2013 proposal, now proposing to extend the territory for releasing and relocating wolves deep into west-central Arizona and east-central New Mexico and as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposed habitat would stop at Interstate 40 on the north, not extending as far as the Grand Canyon region as some environmentalists and scientists advocated. Wolves wandering north into the San Francisco Peaks just north of Flagstaff or Grand Canyon National Park and beyond would be removed, the Arizona Daily Sun ( reported. Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said the center was encouraged that more wolves will be able to roam more widely under the proposals, but he criticized the northern limit. "It appears they're still not going to let them roam beyond I-40, which cuts them off from the Grand Canyon ecoregion, as well as the Rocky Mountains, which are both places that scientists have said Mexican gray wolves need in order to be able to recover," he said. Tracy Melbihess of the federal Mexican Wolf Recovery Program said the long-term plan could still eventually include the Grand Canyon and other regions north of I-40. "We have not yet determined what the big picture is for the Mexican gray wolf," Melbihess said "We know it's going to probably entail several populations spread over a large geographical area." The Fish and Wildlife Service and cooperating tribal, state and federal agencies have been introducing Mexican gray wolves in the area since 1998. January numbers show that there were 83 Mexican wolves — 46 in New Mexico and 37 in Arizona — in the wild. Up from 75 in 2012. The proposal is subject to 60 days of public comment. It includes a draft environmental impact statement and revisions to proposed rule changes. But Fish and Wildlife says that the proposal to expand the wolf recovery habitat beyond the current experimental area in the Blue Range in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico is only a stopgap measure, required under a lawsuit settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity. Once the environmental impact statement process is completed, federal scientists will immediately begin work on a long-term recovery plan. That plan is expected to be released within two to three years, the service said. The expansion area's southern boundary previously had been set at Interstate 10, but the service decided to move the boundary to the international border because Mexico has started its own wolf reintroduction program. Wolves will often roam vast distances in search of food and mates, making it likely some will cross the border. Robinson expressed concern that the proposed changes also broaden guidelines allowing ranchers to kill Mexican wolves. Melbihess said that illegal kills are a much larger concern than the legal kills that would be allowed under the environmental impact statement.

  • Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival

    NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival. Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale Saturday. Other performers include Lorde, Usher, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Paramore, Eric Church and Calvin Harris. The festival, now in its fourth year, will broadcast live across Clear Channel radio stations. ___ Online:

  • ‘Lucy’ fails to stretch your brain capacity

    So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?Well, wow. It would be sort of like ... nothing new. Because, it turns out, in real life, humans pretty much DO use their whole brains.DARN!Now, we could choose to be annoyed that Besson starts with a total myth. Or we could give him a pass — because, hey, the movie is fiction anyway. The more relevant question, though, is how much of your own brain you should use when watching “Lucy” — a truly bizarre if often entertaining romp through, hmm, well, neuroscience, biochemistry, anthropology and basically the entire human experience, in 90 minutes. (Oh, plus a really cool car chase.)And here’s another question: Just how much of his brain did Besson access when writing the dialogue? (That may sound nasty, but Mr. Besson, you’re the one who got us thinking about cerebral capacity.) The director knows his way around a camera, and you can argue about the merits of the storyline. But the dialogue often sounds like it was produced by a primitive computer: Hammy and clunky.As for the name “Lucy,” it refers to the famous fossilized skeleton of a female estimated to have lived some 3 million years ago. Thank goodness that primitive woman has now evolved — into a bleached blonde, airheaded student of some sort, living in Taiwan. That’s where we meet Johansson’s Lucy, who at least seems more mature than her jerk of a boyfriend, who forces her to deliver a mysterious briefcase to a shady gang boss.

  • Westgate offers activities during Cardinals training camp

    Arizona Cardinals training camp is returning to Glendale for the second year, and Westgate Entertainment District is the place for fans to enjoy daily events and specials throughout the pre-season practices.Cardinals Training Camp will open to the public on Saturday and will offer a total of 18 practices through Aug. 22 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. With so many options at Westgate, it is easy to make your trip to the Training Camp and all-day event.The full Training Camp schedule can be found at are invited to cool off at the splash pad at Fountain Park, enjoy happy hour specials, take in a movie one one of 20 screens at AMC Theatre and shop specialty retailers.Westgate Wednesdays: Come hang out with Radio Disney’s Road Crew all summer while they crank up the tunes to favorite jams and host weekly, themed parties in Fountain Park. Families are invited to enjoy dancing, sing-alongs, prize giveaways, activities, crafts and more each Wednesday through Aug. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.For information, a tenant directory or to see what’s happening today, visit

  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. "I don't care if it's legal," Obama declared. "It's wrong." Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. At issue are companies that enter into arrangements with foreign companies, shifting their tax addresses overseas while retaining their U.S. headquarters. "They're technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They're declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here," Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. "You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters." He also charged that such companies are "cherry-picking the rules." Though Obama included a proposal to rein in such mergers and acquisitions in his 2015 budget, his speech marked a new, more aggressive focus on the subject. The push came amid a developing trend by companies to reorganize with foreign entities through deals called "inversions" partly to reduce their tax payments in the U.S. It also came ahead of the fall political campaign as Democrats seek to draw sharp contrasts with Republicans by portraying them as defenders of corporate loopholes. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and others have been drawing praise from liberal arms of the Democratic Party for their overtly populist positions. The growth of inversions has also concerned Republicans, but by and large they have called for a broader tax overhaul that would reduce corporate rates. A total of 47 U.S.-based companies have merged with or acquired foreign businesses over the past decade in inversions, according to the Congressional Research Service. The issue gained attention earlier this year when Pfizer made an unsuccessful attempt to take over British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The deal would have allowed Pfizer to incorporate in Britain and thus limit its exposure to higher U.S. corporate tax rates Most recently, Walgreen Co., the drug store chain that promotes itself as "America's premier pharmacy," is considering a similar move with Swiss health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots. Obama, speaking in shirt sleeves under a hot sun in a campaign rally atmosphere, sought to shame companies seeking such deals even though he mentioned none by name. "You don't get to pick the tax rate you pay," Obama told a crowd of about 2,000. "Folks, if you are secretary or a construction worker you don't say, 'You know, I feel like paying a little less so let me do that.' You don't get a chance to do that. These companies shouldn't either." He added: "You shouldn't get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from American taxpayers." The speech came at the end of a three-day West Coast fundraising tour. Obama employed many of the same partisan themes in his speech at the college that he did exhorting donors to help the Democratic Party. "What really is going on is the Republicans in Congress are directly blocking policies that would help millions of Americans," he said. The Obama administration began to ramp up attention to inversion transactions last week with a letter from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to House and Senate leaders. Lew said such deals "hollow out the U.S. corporate income tax base." Obama is calling on Congress to enact legislation that is retroactive to May, arguing that will stop companies from rushing into deals to avoid the law. Senate Democrats picked up the call this week, with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democratic leader, sending a letter to Walgreen President and CEO Gregory Wasson urging him and his board to reconsider the overseas deal. "I believe you will find that your customers are deeply patriotic and will not support Walgreen's decision to turn its back on the United States," Durbin wrote. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid weighed in with a floor speech that called inversions a "corporate citizenship scam." Walgreen's spokesman Michael Polzin said the company is evaluating where to take its partnership with Alliance Boots. "We will do what is in the best long-term interests of our customers, employees and shareholders," he said. Under such inversion deals, U.S.-based, multinational companies can lower their tax bills in part by combining with a foreign company and reorganizing in a country with a lower tax rate. The United States has a 35 percent income tax rate, the highest in the industrialized world, and unlike many other countries it also taxes income earned overseas and then brought home. Under current law, shareholders of a U.S. company that merged with an offshore entity would have to own less than 80 percent of the combined entity to take advantage of a lower foreign tax rate. Obama's budget proposes slashing that cutoff to 50 percent and making the restriction retroactive to last May. Republicans such as Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah say the U.S. first must change its policy of taxing income earned abroad. But in a hearing this week, Hatch also said he was open to addressing the issue directly provided it was not retroactive and did not generate additional revenue. "Ultimately, the best way to solve this problem will be to reform our corporate and international tax system in a manner that will make our multinationals competitive against their foreign counterparts," he said. Administration officials estimate the deals, if allowed to continue, will cost the U.S. Treasury $17 billion in lost revenue over the next decade.

  • Goodyear's Caballero Grill closes doors

    Caballero Grill ( restaurant in Goodyear has announced that they closed for business on July 13. The restaurant is hoping to reopen in a new location.The building the currently housed Caballero Grill is currently for sale. The restaurant was challenged due to the high cost of overhead.Co-founders Paul Fratella and Anthony Guerriero are considering opening up the restaurant in a new location or selling the concept to another restaurateur.“We are very grateful for the local community and their warm welcome to our then-unknown concept back in January of 2012. We have had a wonderful time serving the local community and hope that we will have the opportunity to provide great food and top quality service to them in the future,” said Paul Fratella, co-founder of Caballero Grill, in a release.“We look forward to our future endeavors and appreciate the opportunities we’ve had here in the West Valley and to the valued friends and colleagues we’ve gotten to know,” said Anthony Guerriero.As for future plans, neither Fratella nor Guerriero have any immediate plans in the works.

  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

    SACO, Maine (AP) — Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to digital, which typically costs more than $70,000. Theater owners say conversions escalated quickly in 2013 and will help keep the drive-ins in business for now, promising news for an industry that peaked in the 1950s and '60s, then with more than 4,000 drive-in theaters nationwide. Some drive-ins are raising money using crowd-funding platforms such as Kickstarter while others are taking advantage of financing programs or renting out their theaters as flea markets during off-hours. Ry Russell, general manager of Saco Drive-In, launched a social-media campaign to win an $80,000 digital projection system in a contest sponsored by Honda. His drive-in theater in Saco is celebrating its 75th anniversary by welcoming hundreds of cars to its giant roadside screen to watch the latest films on a new digital projection system. "We're just seeing Darwinism kind of take over," Russell said. "The ones that survive will prosper." It's a story that's playing out at drive-ins all over the country, where conversion to digital is the key to survival, said John Vincent Jr., president of the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association. Studios are phasing out 35mm film prints as Hollywood moves toward all-digital distribution. Even older movies are difficult to obtain on film because many repertory companies have gone digital, said Vincent, noting that people in the industry expect this season to be "the last summer of film." In Westbrook, 15 miles up the road from Saco, the owners of the 62-year-old Pride's Corner Drive In are struggling just to keep business alive — they can only show movies in 35mm film and have raised just $1,350 of the $100,000 they need to convert to digital. "When they stop making film, that's it," said Andrew Tevanian, operator of Pride's Corner. "Then you're out in the cold." These days, moviegoers in 44 states can take in a drive-in movie from the comfort of their own vehicles, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association. New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania have the most drive-ins, with nearly 30 each; Indiana has 20 and California, 17. Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming are the only states without them. In Rhode Island, Rustic Drive In in Smithfield sometimes welcomes 500 cars on a Saturday. It needs to because the company that owns the theater spent more than $200,000 on three new digital projectors for its three screens. The company is taking advantage of an offer from Los Angeles-based Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., which arranges flexible loans and reimbursements from studios, a representative said. The conversion means the 63-year-old drive-in is in it for the long haul, said Deborah Belisle, vice president of the company that runs the theater. "That is saying we're staying," Belisle said. "The ones that are left now, they're not going anywhere."

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  • OPINION: It’s not a crisis; it’s a national emergency

    ‘Dear Colleagues,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wrote to his fellow senators, “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.”That should grab them. It grabbed me.Sessions continued, quoting from a National Journal report on a recent White House meeting where President Obama “made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit” in order to prevent millions of illegal aliens from being deported. Obama could spare “between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants (from) deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.”Obama, the report continued, “has now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10. Senior officials also tell (The National Journal) Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults.”Unless my multiplication skills fail me, such a “non-prosecutorial umbrella” potentially covers a staggering 50 to 60 million persons in flagrant violation of U.S. immigration law.“This is breathtaking,” Sessions wrote. “The action the president is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and Nationality Act by the executive branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. By declaring whole classes of illegal immigrants beyond the reach of the law, it would remove the moral authority needed to enforce any immigration law, creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people. And it would guarantee that the current illegal immigration disaster would only further worsen and destabilize.”

  • Stay within rhythm to tune consistent swing

    If there is one thing we appreciate about the pros on tour, it’s the beauty of their swings. They are graceful and rhythmic. They look as much like art as they do an athletic endeavor. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite authors on the golf swing is an English teacher who taught in the ’30s, ’40s and ‘50s by the name of Percy Boomer. I draw very heavily from what he wrote on the golf swing and how you execute it. He spoke of relating to a golf swing “as a dancer sees it.” His point was that the flow and rhythm of a good golf swing are similar to dancing. A good golf swing has a consistent rhythm. That means that you don’t depart from the rhythm despite the circumstances. When you dance, you match your movements to the rhythm of the music. You don’t try to do more than you can do within the constraints of the rhythm.The same goes for the golf swing. It has (should have) a rhythm. You should not try to do more than you can within that rhythm. When you stay within the rhythm, you incorporate the strength of your arm swing and your trunk turn. You make much more effective use of your leg muscles. You deliver the clubface much more accurately into the ball. You actually find that relying on the rhythm of the swing helps your consistency of solid contact greatly.So how do you swing? Primarily it is by swinging the weight of your arms by relaxing your shoulders. You can’t swing your arms without relaxing your shoulders.  I make this point on the lesson tee by having a student stand comfortably with his arms at his sides. As I grab the wrist of one of his arms, I ask him to hold his arm in place. I then try to swing his arm back and forth. Not surprisingly, I can’t do it. I point out to him that it is his shoulder muscles that are holding his arm in place. I then ask him to allow me to swing his arm. He then relaxes his shoulder muscles and I can swing his arm easily back and forth.  The key point is this: If your shoulder muscles are engaged, your arm movement is merely a directed muscle movement. It has no potential for self-dictating rhythm. You see, when you truly swing, the thing being swung determines its own rhythm. Imagine a bucket full of water at the end of a rope. If you started swinging it, it would have its own rhythm. You wouldn’t be able to speed it up or slow it down very easily.  By the same token, if you swing the weight of your arms, the swing will have a self-dictating aspect to it. When you get a feel for it and stay within it, you can attain a consistency and an employment of your muscles that is optimum.  One warning note: The place where your rhythm is most likely to break down is at the top of the backswing. As a matter of fact, one of the most common mistakes that golfers make is to tighten up their shoulders, arms and hands and stop the backswing prematurely. They then force the club down out of position and out of sync with the arm swing and body turn. The typical result is a glancing blow on the ball with little force and unpredictable results.

  • Valley woman says HOA’s sprinklers damaged her home

    Scottsdale • It seemed like a small problem with a simple solution.“All I wanted was for the water to be aimed away from my house.”Carol Till says water from the sprinklers caused cracks in the mortar, allowing water to find its way into her walls ending up on her bathroom floor.She would have taken care of the sprinklers herself but the Scottsdale woman says that would be against the HOA rules.“We’ve been told we cannot adjust, move, and even touch the sprinklers. I don’t know what they would do, but sounds like I would go to jail,” she laughed.So she wrote the management company, and they forwarded the information along with an estimate to fix the damage, to the HOA.

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