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  • Glendale urges voters to prepare early for primary election

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - The city of Glendale reminds residents that the Aug. 30 primary is approaching fast and Glendale voters will find four races and a proposition on their primary ballot.For mayor, the race is between Jerry Weiers and Mark Burdick. For City Council, Ray Malnar is on the ballot for the Sahuaro District, Ian Hugh is on the ballot for the Cactus District and for the Yucca District voters will choose between Samuel Chavira and Joyce Clark. Proposition 497 is the ratification of Glendale’s general plan “Envision Glendale 2040” and it is also on the ballot.“Elections are the way city residents can head to the polls and show what is important to them and what matters most to their lives,” said Glendale City Clerk Julie Bower. “We urge you to take some time prior to this election to make sure you are registered and understand the steps in the process for these important decisions about the future of where you live.”Election Schedule and Information:·       VOTER REGISTRATIONVoters must be registered by Aug. 1 to be eligible to vote in the primary. Register to vote by either stopping by the Glendale City Clerk’s Office, calling the Maricopa County Recorder at 602-506-1511; or visiting or

  • Surprise Farms park revamp wins award

    Surprise Farms Community Park has been named a 2016 Public Works Project of the Year by the AWPA Reporter, the official magazine of the American Public Works Association.The park, located on the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South, won in the category of Structures that cost less than $5 Million and was featured in the July 2016 issue of the magazine.The recognition is for Phase II of the park, which transformed the existing park to include city’s first skate park; a splash pad; playgrounds with benches (2-5 year and 5-12 years); basketball court; shade structures with tables and BBQ grills; multi-purpose lawn areas; restrooms; parking; landscape; and security lighting. It was completed in November 2015.The magazine article states, “The park’s inward and outward design is one that instills community pride, encourages environmental stewardship, and exhibits a commitment to valuing each visitor.”To see a listing of this and other parks and recreational amenities in Surprise, visit

  • Glendale 4-year-old recovering after pit bull attack

    A Glendale woman is thankful her 4-year-old nephew is alive after a terrifying run-in with the family's pit bull .It happened Sunday, at a campground near Payson.Korina Goodwin says her nephew was with his mom and grandmother setting up their campsite for a fun trip.Goodwin says the family dog was chained up to a large tree when another camper walked by with a dog.Goodwin says the encounter agitated the pit bull as 4-year-old Andrew was playing with toys nearby."He reached down, I believe it was his dump truck, and pretty much the dog seeing movement in the corner of his eye, he just grabbed him," said Goodwin.

  • Small stretch of Cactus closed in east Surprise for week

    Cactus Road will be closed between Litchfield Road and Solar Canyon Way from 5 a.m. July 25 until 5 a.m. Aug. 2 for road widening.The project will add a second eastbound lane. Detour signs will be placed at Litchfield and Dysart roads directing traffic north to Waddell Road and south to Peoria Avenue.For information, call the City of Surprise Customer Service line at 623-222-6000.

  • Peoria Unified schools prepare for late start system

    All Peoria Unified School District schools will be adapting to a new schedule for the 2016-17 year.The change came about after a collaborative decision by the Peoria Unified Parent Council, PTSO presidents, employee association advisory councils, research from other districts and the district governing board.Instead of the early release days that students and staff have become accustomed to, there will be late start days.Erin Dunsey, PUSD media relations specialist, said late start days will allow time for teachers to work with peers and focus on ways to maximize student achievement."Having more time to collaborate is something teachers wanted and as a result, research was done to determine the best possible option for them," Ms. Dunsey stated in an email.Other Arizona school districts have their own variation on a schedule that allows for professional development.

  • Surprise seeks resident photos for water conservation calendar

    Surprise is seeking photos that capture the beauty, history, character or activity of water within the city for use in a 2017 water calendar that will offer conservation tips and facts about our water resources.This photo contest is open to the general public and to both amateur and professional photographers! Thirteen photos will be selected for publication in the calendar, which will be provided free of charge to the public in limited quantity.To see the full rules and to submit your photograph, visit No printed photos will be accepted.The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 31.For information, contact Angela Lucci at 623-222-7029 or

  • Critics: Trump speech signals shift to coded race language

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — During the primaries, Donald Trump threw red-meat rhetoric to supporters, pledging to build a wall on the Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigrants. He even told at least one crowd that he wanted to punch a demonstrator who disrupted an event.Now that he's the GOP presidential nominee, who needs to appeal to the whole country instead of just Republicans, some observers say he's turning to code words to gin up racial animosity and fear among America's white voters.Trump "didn't get on stage and issue a bunch of racial epithets," said Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie, who watched his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. "We didn't hear the N-word, and we didn't hear other words that may offend many people. But just because he didn't use racial slurs doesn't mean he didn't frame issues in a way that people in racial and ethnic groups find problematic."Ian Haney Lopez, author of "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class," went further, saying Trump's speech surpassed even the coded racial language of Richard Nixon in 1968.In addition to appealing to whites' racial anxieties about crime, the celebrity businessman added immigrants to the mix and said refugee families with unknown backgrounds threaten to transform the nation unless drastic measures are taken, Lopez said."This was a speech that said essentially that the barbarians are at the gate," he said.Samuel LeDoux, a Republican delegate from New Mexico who is Hispanic, said he didn't hear racial overtones in Trump's speech."I think people are reading too much into it," said LeDoux, 24, who agrees with Trump's call to reduce illegal immigration because it is affecting wages. "He comes from New York, a very diverse city."When asked Friday for a comment, a Trump spokesman said the campaign was focused on a deadly shooting in Munich, Germany, and would respond later.Trump has been criticized for his racial language since the beginning of his campaign, which started with his declaration that the Mexican government is "forcing their most unwanted people into the United States," including drug dealers and rapists."In all these cumulative ways, you start to get the strong sense that when he says 'we and us,' he's only talking about whites in the United States," said Tomas Summers Sandoval, a history and Latino studies professor at Pomona College, in Claremont, California.Some have pointed out that Trump's slogan "America First" was also the slogan of the America First Committee, an isolationist, anti-Semitic group whose primary goal was to keep the United States from joining Britain in the fight against Nazi Germany. The group opposed the acceptance of shiploads of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.As he sewed up the nomination, Trump declared himself the "law-and-order" candidate. In Cleveland, he repeated the idea."I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police. When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country," he said. "In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate!" Trump exclaimed.When they hear that phrase, anxious white voters fill in any picture they want in their minds, imagining cutting crime or pushing back against social causes like the women's movement, said Michael Flamm, Ohio Wesleyan University history professor and author of "In the Heat of the Summer: The New York Riots of 1964 and the War on Crime."But for some, there's a clear racial element, he said."For some people, law and order was a way to express a racially coded message, and some white voters responded to law and order because they believe it supported their anti-civil rights, anti-racial justice beliefs," Flamm said.Politicians of both parties have long used coded language to stoke enthusiasm and fear.The late political operative Lee Atwater, manager of George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign and a South Carolina native, was open about the evolution of racial code words in political campaigns.In the early 1950s, racial slurs like the n-word were common. But by 1968, politicians had abandoned those terms, knowing they could backfire. So instead "you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff," Atwater said in an interview for the book "Southern Politics in the 1990s."Faced with racial riots, anti-war protests and rising Vietnam War casualties, Nixon played off the nation's deep divisions in 1968 by calling for law and order and promising to speak for the "silent majority." He adopted a "Southern strategy" that emphasized appealing to whites' disaffection with liberal Democratic civil rights policies but rejecting overtly racist stances.Critics argued that Nixon's "silent majority" was merely a coded way of saying middle-class whites. In television commercials, the campaign showed images of bloody protests, burning cities and police in riot gear. Each Nixon commercial ended with the words, "This time vote like your whole world depended on it."Much of the same language returned for Nixon's 1972 re-election bid."The subliminal appeal to the anti-black voter was always in Nixon's statements and speeches on schools and housing," Nixon's top domestic aide, John Ehrlichman, wrote in his 1981 book "Witness to Power."President Ronald Reagan referred to "welfare queens," a term many saw as coded language for black women. He also made an appearance calling for "states' rights" at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three young civil rights workers were slain in 1964.The 1988 contest between then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis included the infamous Willie Horton commercial, which featured a black murder suspect who raped a white woman during a weekend furlough program that Dukakis had at one time supported.More recently, Hillary Clinton has been criticized for her use of the term "superpredator" in the 1990s to refer to a supposed wave of lawless teenagers that never emerged. Critics have complained that the word targeted black and Hispanic youth and led to overzealous prosecution and incarceration.

  • Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change

    CAMP NELSON, Calif. (AP) — At the foot of a giant sequoia in California's Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease.There, the arborists clipped off tips of young branches to be hand-delivered across the country, cloned in a lab and eventually planted in a forest in some other part of the world.The two are part of a cadre of modern day Johnny Appleseeds who believe California's giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on Earth — and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way."It's a biological miracle," said tree climber Jim Clark, firmly back on the ground and holding a green sprig to his lips as if to kiss it. "This piece of tissue ... can be rooted, and we have a miniature 3,000-year-old tree."The cloning expedition to Camp Nelson, a mountain community about 100 miles southeast of Fresno, was led by David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.The Michigan-based nurseryman preaches the urgency of restoring the Earth's decimated forests. In two decades, he says his nonprofit group has cloned 170 types of trees and planted more than 300,000 of them in seven countries with willing landowners.

  • Police not ruling out foul play yet in boy's disappearance

    BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — Buckeye police say they aren't ruling out foul play yet as they continue to search for a missing 10-year-old boy.Police are using drones along with searchers on the ground and citizen volunteers, but the search has been hampered by triple-digit heat.Sgt. Jason Weeks says police will let the public know if there is a plan to conduct another foot search for Jesse Wilson.Police say the boy slipped out of his home Sunday night. According to police, the boy reportedly has left home before, but hasn't stayed out for an extended period.The boy is described as black, 4 feet tall, weighs 60 pounds and was last seen wearing a red shirt, shorts, black socks and black shoes.

  • Obama, Mexican president stress importance of relationship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto reaffirmed the importance of the US-Mexico relationship Friday, promoting the benefits of trade and friendship in an election year that has sometimes stressed that alliance.In a news conference with Pena Nieto at the White House, Obama said trade with Mexico brings important investment and jobs to the U.S. He said the United States sells more to Mexico than to China, India and Russia combined.Obama said he has worked to deepen the relationship during his presidency."We're not just strategic and economic partners, we're also neighbors and we're friends," Obama said.The news conference came the morning after the closing of the Republican National Convention and a speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, whose demands that Mexico pay for a U.S. border wall and descriptions of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists has offended the neighboring country.Pena Nieto said a good relationship with the United States is "essential" for his country and said he looks forward to a "frank, open dialogue" with whomever is elected. Pena Nieto avoided questions about the wall, but has previously said that Mexico will not pay for the wall Trump proposes.

  • Hillary Clinton chooses Va. Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate."On Twitter a few seconds later, Clinton described Kaine as "a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others." She called him "a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it."With the pick, Clinton moved into the political spotlight a day after newly crowned Republican nominee Donald Trump closed out his convention with a fiery address accusing his general election opponent of "terrible, terrible crimes."Kaine, 58, had long been a favorite for Clinton's ticket. Fluent in Spanish and active in the Senate on foreign relations and military affairs, he built a reputation for working across the aisle as Virginia's governor and as mayor of Richmond.In a recent interview with CBS News, Clinton noted that Kaine has never lost an election during his lengthy political career and praised him as a "world-class mayor, governor and senator." A favorite of Barack Obama since his early 2008 endorsement, the president told Clinton's campaign he believed Kaine would be a strong choice during the selection process, according to a Democratic familiar with the search who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

  • Police give all-clear in Munich shooting; say suspect dead

    MUNICH (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald's Friday night, killing nine people and wounding at least 10 others before killing himself, said authorities who called the rampage an act of terrorism.Police gave a "cautious all clear" early Saturday morning, more than seven hours after the attack began. They said a body found near the scene was that of the shooter and he appeared to have acted alone.Witnesses had reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, but police said on Twitter that "as part of our manhunt we found a person who had killed himself — the person is likely to have been the attacker who, according to the current state of the investigation, acted alone."They lifted a shutdown of all public transport in the Bavarian capital, and said more details would be disclosed at a press conference later in the morning.After gunfire broke out at the mall, one of Munich's largest, the city sent a smartphone alert declaring an "emergency situation" and telling people to stay indoors, while all rail, subway and trolley service was halted in the city.It was the third major act of violence against civilians in Western Europe in eight days. The previous attacks, in the French resort city of Nice and on a train in Bavaria, were claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • Too busy for Pokemon? These entrepreneurs will play for you

    NEW YORK (AP) — Too busy with your real life to play the hit augmented reality game "Pokemon Go"? For a price, some entrepreneurs will play the game for you.New ads are popping up on Craigslist nearly every day from people who say they will log on to your "Pokemon Go" account and effectively run up your score while you are stuck at work or sitting in class.On a recent July afternoon, two 24-year-old Pokemon "trainers," Lewis Gutierrez and Jordan Clark, walked through Brooklyn's Prospect Park with their eyes glued to their phones, tapping and swiping away to catch virtual Pokemon for clients paying about $20 per hour for the service.Gutierrez, who described himself as a welder and writer, said he began by helping relatives with the game after it was released in the U.S. in early July. Then he put a post on Craigslist advertising his services professionally.He said he was immediately inundated with requests from potential customers and had to recruit Clark, a part-time wine purveyor, to help."I couldn't even do it by myself," Gutierrez said. "I had two phones. I was doing, like, ten-hour days and I got my friend Jordan to come along with me. And now it looks like we are going to have to hire another person. So, it's just been booming."

  • Why black men fear that any police encounter could go awry

    Charles Kinsey held his hands in the air and shouted to police that the autistic man sitting on the street next to him wasn't dangerous. A few seconds later, he felt a bullet rip into his leg.The therapist, who is black and works with people with disabilities, was rounding up a patient who had wandered away from a facility when he was ordered by police officers to lie on the ground. Kinsey imagined that "as long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. Wow, was I wrong," he told a television station.The shooting in Florida earlier this week illustrates the longstanding fear among black men that almost any encounter with police can go awry with potentially deadly results, even when a person follows every law enforcement command.Police are known to pull their triggers "no matter how you follow their directions," emphasized Isaial Murray, a black 28-year-old construction worker in Detroit.Some black men question why police seem to avoid using deadly force on dangerous white suspects, like Dylan Roof, who is charged with killing nine African-Americans last year in a church in South Carolina, but are quick to point a gun at blacks."I see incidents with a white person with a gun on their hip and ... they don't pull their gun. They pull their Taser to calm them down," said Travis Haynes, 35, of Orlando, who is black. "But when it comes to a black man, the first thing they do is draw their gun."

  • "Pokemon Go" saves!

    Last week Jeremy Ashworth, pastor of Circle of Peace Church in Peoria, had never heard of “Pokemon Go.”Now he’s in the game, whether he likes it or not.But he’s fine with that.His church, near 83rd Avenue and Deer Valley Road, has been designated as a “gym” in the “Pokemon Go” world, where players can train and catch Pokemon, as well as battle with other players.When Mr. Ashworth saw gamers sweating in front of the prayer path next the church, he took action, leaving an ice chest of water bottles with a sign directed to the Pokemon trainers: Help yourself to water in the cooler. Have fun!It was an opportunity to be a good neighbor, he said.

  • Arizona unemployment rate increases to 5.8 percent in June

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's unemployment rate is up.The state Department of Administration says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in May.The department says the state's economy lost 39,700 nonfarm jobs in June. The June decrease was smaller than the post-recession average loss of 52,400 jobs.During June, six of the 11 economic sectors added jobs while five sectors lost jobs.The biggest gains were recorded by the professional and business services with 3,100 additional jobs and construction with 2,700 more jobs.The biggest losses were recorded in government with minus 40,700 jobs and leisure and hospitality, down 6,400 jobs.

  • Expect focus on small business to grow in presidential race

    NEW YORK (AP) — Expect more talk about small business issues like taxes and regulations as the post-convention presidential campaigns intensify, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton trying to woo entrepreneurs and show they know what company owners need.It's a perennial issue the way education and jobs are — part of the rhetoric designed to appeal to voters' emotions, says David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester."No one's against small business," Primo says.The two candidates, as expected, have different takes on how to help small businesses. Delegates to the nominating conventions have many global and national issues on their minds as well. And it's difficult to tell if owners might be swayed, positively or negatively, by Trump's business record or Clinton's lack of private enterprise experience.More than on the nitty-gritty of campaign platforms, small business owners — like many Americans — may be likely to vote based on how they feel about the two candidates.A look at what the candidates and some delegates are saying:

  • Get Started: Small business optimism creeps higher in June

    CREEPING HIGHERSmall business owners grew a little more optimistic for the third month in a row during June, the National Federation of Independent Business said its monthly survey of members showed.The advocacy group's Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.7 points to 94.5 from 93.8 in May. The index, which fell to nearly 80 at the worst of the recession, recovered to 100.3 by December 2014 before giving up ground and fluctuating.The survey, which questioned 735 owners, found that owners' expectations for their sales, perhaps the most important factor in how upbeat they are, improved by 1 percentage point. But still only 2 percent of the owners are projecting their sales will increase in the coming months.Hiring plans, which are closely tied to sales expectations, fell 1 percentage point, with 11 percent of owners surveyed saying they plan to add jobs.The survey indicates that owners, watching the economy eke out an annual growth rate of 1.1 percent in the first quarter, see no reason to give up the conservative approach to hiring and expanding their companies that they've taken since the Great Recession.

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  • LETTER: Obama, Clinton destroying the fabric of America

    The liberal views of Barack Obama and his female understudy, Hillary Clinton, are destroying the America founded in the 1700s. We are being overrun by third world people who have no intentions of assimilating. They demand to speak in languages other than American English. They fill our schools, creating a shortage of teachers and buildings and, due to the language barriers, slow down the teaching of Americans. A small portion of them have no other interest than destroying America.The left welcomes this practice to create a new majority that will be less educated and continue to support them, keeping them in office. I used to think that all of our country’s problems were caused by the Christians, Jews and Muslims teaching their fables to our young. Religion now takes a back seat to the Democratic Party and those who support it.I proudly support Donald Trump and Kelli Ward in the upcoming elections to help our nation survive.Scott RootSun City

  • LETTER: Take political signs down in Sun City Grand

    I have lived in Sun City Grand for about 11 years.There has never been any political signs placed in Sun City Grand.Perhaps an agreed upon reason that we want our community to look a certain way.Jim Hayden found a loop-hole that allowed him to put him large political signs in Sun City Grand’s right-of-way.Jim Biundo has decided not put these large signs up because he knows it makes our Sun City Grand look like other communities.Jim Hayden is new to Sun City Grand and I believe he did not do his homework when he thought he could run for Council in our District.

  • LETTER: Reader has questions about supplement

    I am a fairly new resident of Sun City West and have received your weekly newspaper.It has helped me acclimate to my new residence while introducing me to neighborhood activities and restaurants. It also gives me a sense of local “hot topics,” which is wonderful for someone moving from nearly 3,000 miles away.However, I do have a few questions about your most recent edition (July 6). When I opened it I found your newspaper, Rec Center News and a 12-page “faux” newspaper called “The Arizona Stateman.” I read a few paragraphs before I realized that it was a political advertisement. Further searching indicates it is published and paid for by one political candidate’s campaign. They certainly have a right to publish such a newspaper and distribute it. However, why is it being distributed with your newspaper? This raises several questions in my mind.Did they pay your newspaper a fee for distribution of their newsletter?Was someone paid additional funds for putting said newsletter into your newspaper package? As a former newspaper delivery person, I know it often falls to the “delivery” staff to secure flyers into the newspaper.Were all candidates for this office (or any other office pertinent to Sun City West residents) given the same opportunity to publish a newsletter for distribution with your newspaper?

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