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  • Peoria Police seek male suspect after robbery at BMO Harris Bank

    Peoria Police are looking for a male suspect after a robbery occurred at a BMO Harris Bank, according to a police spokesperson.At about 3 p.m. Friday, a man entered the bank located at 9035 W. Union Hills Dr. near 91st Avenue and presented a note demanding money. No weapon was seen, and the suspect left in an unknown direction with a known amount of US currency.No injuries were reported.The suspect has been described as a black male, between 40 and 50 years old, about 5-feet-8 with a stocky build, bald, and grey facial stubble. He was last seen wearing a dark zip-up jacket and jeans.  Peoria Police Detectives are working in partnership with the FBI on this investigation.Officers are on scene and more information will become available as it is obtained.

  • Marinette construction work finished in Sun City

    Renovation work at Marinette Recreation Center, 9860 W. Union Hills Drive, was complete at the end of November except for some contractor followups.The auditorium, social hall ceiling, main restrooms and kitchen received renovations, and two new swimming pool restrooms were installed. All areas were reopened by Nov. 15.The project cost increased $16,572 due to required floor grinding and leveling in the auditorium, mirrors and tracks, as well as added wall tile for restrooms.The contractors were DVP Professional Builders, Accel Electric and Custom Cooling. The project total cost was $275,532.

  • Surprise Police seek tips on vehicle theft

    On Nov. 9, the Surprise Police responded to a theft report from a vehicle. The vehicle was parked at a local residence in the area of 15300 West Laurel Lane in Surprise.According to the home owner, an unknown suspect entered their unlocked vehicle and removed several items of property. The suspect was described as a white male with a large tattoo on his right shoulder.The suspect was wearing a light colored sleeveless tank top, light colored shorts, dark colored socks, and light colored shoes. The suspect was last seen running away westbound from the residence.Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective K. Coats at 623-222-4000 or 623-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.When contacting the police, please reference Inc# 161101818.Click here to view a short video of the incident.

  • Investment seminar set for Sun City West Tuesday

    Learn how to make smart investments from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Palm Ridge Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive in Sun City West.There is a $10 fee for the class. The class will also teach how to assure funds are secure, how to achieve growth and how to determine what level of risk fits certain circumstances.Instructor Scott Sandell is Phoenix Chapter president of the Foundation for Personal Financial Education, a not-for-profit educational speakers bureau and owner of Secure Estate Solutions Services in Phoenix.Call 623-544-6580 for information.

  • Ballet conservatory performs in Surprise park Sunday

    The city of Surprise continues its Second Sundays in the Park series from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.This free, family-friendly event will take place in the center of the Surprise Community Park and will feature a dance performance by the West Valley Conservatory of Ballet.Bring a picnic or purchase food from the onsite vendors and enjoy the live entertainment. Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Ave.For more information, contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623-222-2000 or visit us online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

  • Former New River water customers going to regular Peoria rates

    Water rates will change in January for some former New River Utility customers.At the time of acquiring the New River Utility water system one year ago, the city informed all customers that, in January 2017, the old water rates would change to the regular city water rates. This is not a water rate increase.The city anticipated that the water rate change would be offset by a significant decrease on the annual property tax statement related to a tax from the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD).Depending on the location of the homes in this area, a water customer could have had a CAGRD tax on the property tax statement received in October 2016. For most customers, the CAGRD tax was eliminated from their property tax statement.However, some customers had a $16.50 tax amount while others had a continuation of the full CAGRD tax that they had experienced in prior years. The city is fully committed to following through on its assumption that there would be no CAGRD tax on the October 2016 property tax statement. All customers who were charged any CAGRD tax will receive a credit on their 2017 Peoria utility bill.• If your CAGRD tax is $100 or less, you will see the full credit in January 2017.

  • Hero-astronaut John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — American hero-astronaut John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building preceding a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.The public viewing at the Ohio Statehouse and a memorial service at Ohio State University's Mershon Auditorium is planned for next week; the dates and times were being worked out Friday, said Hank Wilson of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Statehouse officials meet Monday to authorize the public viewing.Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and the oldest man in space at age 77 in 1998. A U.S. Marine and combat pilot, he also served as a U.S. senator, representing Ohio, for more than two decades.President Barack Obama on Friday ordered flags at federal buildings and on ships around the world flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of Glenn's internment. Glenn is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.Tributes from the nation's leaders and others continued Friday."Throughout his life, Senator John Glenn embodied the right stuff," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. "Our military in particular benefited from his courage and dedication ... But just as important as what John Glenn accomplished is how he accomplished it: with a combination of fierce determination and profound humility, and always with integrity."

  • Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

    NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink.Chief Operating Officer James Quincey, long expected to become the next CEO, will take over leadership of the world's largest beverage maker on May 1, the company said Friday. Kent will remain as chairman of the board.Quincey, who's worked at Coca-Cola for about two decades, has led its drive to cut down the sugar in its drinks and said Friday that he'll continue to do that as CEO. He also said he'll keep pushing for more low-calorie beverages and for offering soda in smaller cans and bottles.He said he wants to "stay relevant" with customers by continuing to "digitize" the business, selling Coca-Cola's drinks online, through food delivery companies and any other platform customers go to in the future."The iPhone didn't exist when Muhtar became CEO," Quincey said.The Atlanta-based company has been diversifying its drinks to try to adapt to changing tastes. U.S. sales volume for regular Coke is down 14 percent over the past decade, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest, while Diet Coke's volume is down 29 percent.

  • Dylann Roof laughed during church slaying confession to FBI

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof hesitated for about 20 seconds when an FBI agent asked him what he was doing on the night nine black church members were killed during Bible study."Uh, I did it," Roof said in a video recording played for the public for the first time Friday at his death penalty trial. After waiving his rights and about a minute of small talk, the agents pressed Roof gently — asking him exactly what he did. He paused another 30 seconds or so."I killed them," Roof said. As he talked more, he chuckled and said, "Well, I killed them, I guess."The video was shown on the third day of testimony. Roof is accused of opening fire inside a basement room of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, just as members of the Bible study closed their eyes for a final prayer.Roof told the agents he didn't start firing as soon as he entered."I was sitting there thinking about whether I should do it or not. That's why I sat there for 15 minutes. I could have walked out," Roof said.

  • Obama orders review of election-season hacking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.The review, led by intelligence agencies, will be a "deep dive" into a possible pattern of increased "malicious cyber activity" timed to the campaign season, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. The review will look at the tactics, targets, key actors and the U.S. government's response to the recent email hacks, as well as incidents reported in past elections, he said.The president ordered up the report earlier this week and asked that it be completed before he leaves office next month, Schultz said."The president wanted this done under his watch because he takes it very seriously," he said. "We are committed to ensuring the integrity of our elections."U.S. intelligence officials accused Russia of hacking into Democratic officials' email accounts in an attempt to interfere with the presidential campaign. In the months leading up to the election, email accounts of Democratic Party officials and a Hillary Clinton campaign aide were breached, emails leaked to Wikileaks and embarrassing and private emails posted online. Many Democrats believe the hackings benefited Republican Donald Trump's bid. During the campaign, Trump downplayed the possibility that Russia was involved.Schultz said the president sought the probe as a way of improving U.S. defense against cyberattacks and was not intending to question the legitimacy of Trump's victory.

  • It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.It also is America's longest war. Now in its 16th year and showing little sign of ending, it will soon be the responsibility of Donald Trump, two presidents removed from the October 2001 invasion.During the presidential campaign, neither Trump nor Democrat Hillary Clinton offered new ideas for breaking the battlefield stalemate. They hardly mentioned the country, let alone a strategy.And yet, the war that began as America's response to 9/11 grinds on as nearly 10,000 U.S. troops train and advise the Afghan army and police, hopeful that at some point the Afghans can stand on their own against the Taliban — or better, that peace talks will end the insurgency.A look at the war Trump inherits from President Barack Obama, what U.S. troops are doing and why the outlook is so clouded.___

  • Phoenix officer released from hospital after cruiser struck

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say an officer has been released from a hospital after being injured when his police cruiser was struck by a vehicle driven by man suspected to being impaired by drugs or alcohol.Police say the officer was investigating an earlier four-vehicle crash when his vehicle was struck Thursday night.Details on the officer's injuries weren't released and identities of the officer and the driver were released.According to police, the officer was inside his parked vehicle when it was struck on the driver's side. The police vehicle was positioned to block traffic while one of the vehicles in the earlier collision was removed from the scene.Police say the driver whose vehicle struck the police vehicle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

  • Ballet conservatory performs in Surprise park Sunday

    The city of Surprise continues its Second Sundays in the Park series from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.This free, family-friendly event will take place in the center of the Surprise Community Park and will feature a dance performance by the West Valley Conservatory of Ballet.Bring a picnic or purchase food from the onsite vendors and enjoy the live entertainment. Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Ave.For more information, contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623-222-2000 or visit us online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

  • Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger celebrates birth of 8th child

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Jagger's representatives say the rock legend has welcomed the birth of his eighth child.Jagger, the 73-year-old frontman of the Rolling Stones, was on hand Thursday at a New York hospital when girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to the couple's son. According to a statement, both parents are "delighted" and "mother and baby are doing well."Jagger already has seven children — Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis and Gabriel — who range in age from their 40s to teenagers. He is also a grandfather of two children.Hamrick is a ballerina who has performed with the American Ballet Theatre in New York.In May, fellow Rolling Stone Ron Wood became a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls.

  • Dogs and babies among Helen Mirren's acting inspirations

    NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Mirren's acting inspirations involve fur and diapers.The Oscar-winning actress says she hopes to capture the magic of dogs and babies in her performances because "you cannot take your eyes off them ... they are fantastic."Mirren, 71, spoke earlier this week at a Manhattan lunch celebrating her AARP cover for December/January. The actress, who is starring as Death in this month's "Collateral Beauty," tried to offer an explanation as to how she's maintained her longevity in Hollywood. She credited her work in theater and the fact that she never had any interest in being a movie star.But Mirren said she was able to "let go" and not focus on trying to be what she may have once been — a problem she sees for other actors her age."They're clinging on to what they were, and they aren't that anymore," she said.And while Mirren is celebrated for her looks as well as her acting, she dismissed the notion of being a sex symbol: "I would argue ... I'm so not that."

  • Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

    NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company's No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink.Chief Operating Officer James Quincey, long expected to become the next CEO, will take over leadership of the world's largest beverage maker on May 1, the company said Friday. Kent will remain as chairman of the board.Quincey, who's worked at Coca-Cola for about two decades, has led its drive to cut down the sugar in its drinks and said Friday that he'll continue to do that as CEO. He also said he'll keep pushing for more low-calorie beverages and for offering soda in smaller cans and bottles.He said he wants to "stay relevant" with customers by continuing to "digitize" the business, selling Coca-Cola's drinks online, through food delivery companies and any other platform customers go to in the future."The iPhone didn't exist when Muhtar became CEO," Quincey said.The Atlanta-based company has been diversifying its drinks to try to adapt to changing tastes. U.S. sales volume for regular Coke is down 14 percent over the past decade, according to the industry tracker Beverage Digest, while Diet Coke's volume is down 29 percent.

  • Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.The push, led by an advocacy group backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is still in its infancy as the business world struggles to understand the tough-talking Trump's true intentions on an issue that defined his outsider campaign. Some groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are holding off, doubtful that Trump will actually create a deportation force, as he suggested before his election, to expel those estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.But others are assembling teams of public officials and industry leaders on the ground in key states to encourage Trump to embrace a more forgiving immigration policy — in the name of economic development, if not human compassion."This election clearly showed that Americans are wildly frustrated with our broken immigration system," said Jeremy Robbins, executive director of the New American Economy, a group whose board includes Bloomberg, Murdoch and leaders of business giants Marriott, Disney and Boeing. "But it would be a mistake to equate their desire for someone to secure the border with support for mass deportation or other hardline policies that would both devastate the economy and undermine core American values."Robbins' organization has in recent days unveiled coalitions of business leaders and public officials that oppose an immigration crackdown — many of them Trump supporters — across Utah, California, South Carolina, Florida and Colorado with more coming in Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas. Backed by its directors' deep pockets, the group is working to create a permanent infrastructure that will pressure the new administration and members of Congress in key battlegrounds even before the debate officially begins on Capitol Hill.Trump railed against the dangers of illegal immigration throughout his campaign, several times sharing the stage with parents of children killed by immigrants in the country illegally. He also pledged to build a massive wall across the vast majority of the 2,100-mile border with Mexico. And, early in the campaign, he promised to create "a deportation force" to remove more than 11 million immigrants, although as Election Day approached, he left open the possibility for a pathway to legal status for some who entered the country illegally.

  • Dunkin' Donuts opens Friday in Surprise with deal, donations

    Dunkin’ Donuts will open a new restaurant in Surprise at 13953 W. Waddell Road on Friday.To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will be offering 50 cent cups of medium hot and iced coffee from Friday through Sunday. 100 percent of the proceeds from coffee sold during these dates will be donated to Make-A-Wish Arizona.Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.“We are so pleased that Dunkin’ Donuts reached out to our chapter with this special opening offer to benefit our wish kids,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “With more than 450 Arizona children waiting for their wish, partnerships like these are what helps make wishes come true.”In addition, the Willow Canyon High School band will be on site to pump up to crowd. Free samples and a prize wheel will also be included.The new restaurant will be open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily a week and will employ approximately 30 crew members. The restaurant will have comfortable seating.

Featured columns

  • Trump victory makes Arpaio a winner

    I’m truly grateful and very pleased that the terribly high cost that the left has perpetrated upon us all in its frivolous attempts to prosecute Sheriff Arpaio is very soon coming to a just, grateful, and very expensive end.This after Joe has done us all the great favor of being our sheriff these many years. No more will the left be able to needlessly keep squandering our taxpayer’s millions in trying to convict him of bogus, so-called, crimes, when he was simply trying to enforce the law. Sheriff Arpaio will be out of office soon and will, no doubt, be pounced upon by his would be prosecutors. But, not to worry, his great and loyal pal, President Donald Trump, will most certainly see to it that nothing bad ever happens to him. In fact, our sheriff may very well be presidentially appointed to some high federal office, or maybe even some overall high level position right here in this state of Arizona.Who knows?As I’ve said, President Trump is especially noted for handsomely rewarding those faithful to him. And, from the very beginning, Sheriff Arpaio has certainly been just that, faithful. So, stand by, very pleasant and good changes are most certainly coming to us all.Bill Tennant

  • Post-election hoaxes should be cast off

    In this election, neither of the two major party candidates were warmly embraced by their respective party. Long counts, delays in announcing the official results weeks after the election, old-fashioned voting machines — all contributed toward the questionable validity of the results of our election.Yet current national bickering was triggered by National Green Party candidate, Jill Stern, who garnered only l.04 percent of the total vote, but had the unmitigated gall to pursue a recount in three key states.Amazingly, the costly $7 million filing fee seemed to be pouring in at a rapid rate, approaching $5.9 million.A reasonable person might question how this vast sum was so quickly raised since during her 18-month national campaign she had only amassed $3.5 million.Adding to the speculation was the announcement that Hillary came out of the woodwork to jump on Stein’s bandwagon but with the qualified position that,“she had no evidence of sabotage but the campaign was committed to helping ensure a fair recount.”

  • Gender plays role in charitable giving

    Researchers studying differences in the patterns of women and men’s levels of charitable giving show that not-for-profit organizations would be wise to concentrate on women in their fundraising activities.Dr. Debra Mesch, the Eileen Lamb O’Gara chair in women’s philanthropy and director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been actively researching this issue and publishing findings.Studies of households, headed by a single man or woman with similar income, age, education, and number of children, found that women give more frequently to charity, and often more generously.According to the study, at the higher the levels of income (earnings of $103,000 and more), women exceeded men in the percentage of giving and the amounts donated. Ninety-six percent of women made contributions compared to 75 percent of men.These women gave an average of $1,033; men averaged $984.Interestingly, the only group in which men’s giving outstripped women was when the average annual income was between $23,510 and $43,499.

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For the Record's week in review: Trump's many hats

This week Donald Trump added some more people to his Cabinet (he’s now well over halfway done) and had a lot more meetings — more than 90 acco…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 4:58 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpoli…

Botched Alabama execution reignites concerns over execution drugs

An execution in Alabama has reignited debate over the lethal injection procedure – even as some ask whether the inmate should have received th…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 3:40 am @ http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2016/1209/Botched-Ala…

Chris Rock bringing 'Total Black Out' comedy tour to Phoenix for two shows

PHOENIX - It has been nine years since Chris Rock took his comedy show on the road. That stretch ended this week after the actor and comedian …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 2:37 am @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/chris-ro…

Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk: 'Mary Poppins' on ABC

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Published: December 10, 2016 - 1:39 am @ http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-1…

Company took doctor to a club to boost fentanyl sales

To encourage a Florida doctor to write more prescriptions of the potent painkiller Subsys, executives of the drug’s maker invited him to compa…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 12:39 am @ https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/08/fentanyl-insys…

Finger Lakes track fears end to racing without deal

A $440 million Las Vegas-style casino is going to open Feb. 1 between Rochester and Syracuse with lots of glitter, the promise of 1,800 new jo…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 11:56 pm @ http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/201…

Arizona politician claims he's been offered White House position on social media

PHOENIX — A state senator from Arizona claimed on social media last week that he has been offered a post in President-elect Donald Trump’s Whi…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 10:39 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1385375/arizona-politician-b…

Main Street Minute: Food City hosting annual tamale festival

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Published: December 9, 2016 - 10:33 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1384849/main-street-minute-f…

Man wearing Santa hat robs north side bank

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Published: December 9, 2016 - 9:35 pm @ http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/34019660/man-we…

IRS Data: American Dream Evaporates, Amid Mass Immigration, Automation

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Compared to people born in 1940, the “babies born in 1980 — today’s 36-year-olds — the index of the American dream …

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