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  • Rodgers throws TD pass to lead Packers past 49ers 21-10

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — After just two drives, Aaron Rodgers is ready to begin the season for the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco coach Chip Kelly still needs a bit more time to figure out who his starting quarterback will be once the games count next month.Rodgers made the most of his only appearance of the preseason, throwing a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb in the Green Bay Packers' 21-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night."I feel good about the work we put in tonight," he said. "We had two good, sustained drives. We ran a bunch of plays in those two drives and it was up-tempo and that's important."Colin Kaepernick did not fare as well as he looked extremely rusty in his first game action since last November. He completed 2 of 6 passes and generated one first down on three drives."I wish we had done a little bit more but it was good to get out there and get my feet wet," Kaepernick said.Even though Kaepernick struggled after sitting out the past two weeks with a tired shoulder and Blaine Gabbert led the Niners to a touchdown on one of his two drives, Kelly said he's not ready to pick a starter for the season opener against the Rams on Sept. 12.

  • US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said."The investigation was concluded on Thursday and Olympic American swimmer Ryan Lochte was indicted for the crime of falsely reporting a crime," the statement said.It said the case was turned over to a special Brazilian court that has jurisdiction over crimes related to major sporting events. The court, which was established before Brazil hosted soccer's 2014 World Cup, is authorized to receive cases straight from the police when lesser charges are involved, without a need for prosecutors.The swimmer's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, said Lochte had no comment.During the games, Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15.

  • Ex-NFL-star Sharper gets 20 years in Louisiana rape case

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Making clear that she thought the sentence was a light one, a Louisiana judge Thursday formally imposed a 20-year prison sentence on former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last week was sentenced by a federal judge to 18 years and four months in a drug and rape case with victims in four states.Defense attorney Billy Gibbens said that the two sentences are essentially the same, when credit for time served and other factors are considered. The sentence follows Sharper's guilty pleas in state and federal courts in New Orleans, and pleas of guilty or no contest to similar charges in Arizona, California and Nevada — all the result of a multi-jurisdiction plea deal that once called for a sentence of about nine years.Early this year, U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo rejected that sentence as too light. She imposed the 18-year, four-month sentence last week.In state court on Thursday, Judge Karen Herman made clear she thought two decades was a relatively light punishment for the fallen NFL star, calling his behavior "such an epic disappointment."Thursday's second sentencing hearing was again punctuated by tearful testimony from victims. One who said she was determined from the time she realized she had been raped in 2013 to see him prosecuted and see him branded as "a serial rapist and a sex offender." She added that, for months, she woke up screaming in the middle of the night because of the ordeal.Another said she forgave Sharper, despite suffering through depression and fears that have caused her to miss work and withdraw emotionally from people who care about her. "I'm afraid no one understands," she said.

National Sports

  • Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there's change

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress — specifically when it comes to race relations in the United States.He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized and ostracized, he'll go it alone if need be.The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he's ready for that, too, saying he's not overly concerned about his safety, but "if something happens that's only proving my point.""I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed," Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. "To me this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."Two days after he refused to stand for the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know "I did what's right." He said he hasn't heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions — and it won't matter if he does."No one's tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to be quiet about," he said. "I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. This isn't for look. This isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances."

  • Vikings host Chargers in new stadium debut

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Here's a look at Sunday's preseason games around the NFL. (All times EDT):THE SHIP COMES INSan Diego at Minnesota, 1 p.m.The Vikings will take the field in their gleaming new stadium for the first time, showing off the $1.1 billion venue to their fans — and the Chargers, whose 15-year quest to replace aged Qualcomm Stadium has yielded only uncertainty about the franchise's future in San Diego. An attempt to move to Los Angeles last winter was blocked by the Rams and the NFL.The Vikings were once a candidate to move, but they're not going anywhere now with light-filled, ship-shaped U.S. Bank Stadium now towering over the east edge of downtown Minneapolis where the Metrodome once stood. After a public open house, an international soccer exhibition and a couple of concerts, from country singer Luke Bryan to hard-rocking Metallica, it's finally time for football under the translucent roof."Hopefully we can make this a home," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

  • Little League World Series things to know

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The 70th Little League World Series championship game is set.East Seoul, South Korea (4-1) beat Panama 7-2 to win the international half of the bracket, and Endwell, New York (4-0) won the U.S. bracket with a 4-2 victory over Goodlettsville, Tennessee on Saturday.Here are a few things to know about the game Sunday at Lamade Stadium.SCOUTING THE OPPOSITIONImmediately after his team's win, manager Heesu Ji hinted that he and his players wouldn't put much stock into the U.S. final result. Instead, he said through a translator it didn't matter and his team would play the same way it has against international competition.Meanwhile, New York manager Scott Rush said his team watched South Korea's game on television but the East Seoul players have made a bigger impression in person. Literally.

  • LETTER: Council lacks clean hands

    The recent actions of the City Council to discredit the Mayor could have had a much different outcome if either lawyer involved would have used a principal of law known as Estople. I am not a lawyer, but like all business majors, I had to take a few semesters of business law, and a little of it stuck. Under Estople, is something called the clean hands doctrine. A simple web search brought this up:“Clean hands, sometimes called the clean hands doctrine or the dirty hands doctrine, is an equitable defense in which the defendant argues that the plaintiff is not entitled to obtain an equitable remedy because the plaintiff is acting unethically or has acted in bad faith with respect to the subject of the complaint.”Based on this, in my opinion, Councilmembers Winters and Villanueva would have had to excuse themselves from speaking or voting on the issue. Councilmember Winters, for his article in the newspaper in which he belittled candidate Jim Hayden, and signed it with his official title of “Councilmember”; Councilmember Villanueva, for her campaigning after one of her coffee meetings, which are held at the city’s Senior Center. When the meeting concluded, she began handing out the same literature she used in her campaign. I still have my copy.I feel that had either lawyer caught this and used it, the outcome would have been 3-2 in favor of the mayor…….But I’m not a lawyer. Ed HanzelSurprise

  • LETTER: Rebuttal to Councilman Winters’ letter

    Having just read an opinion titled, “Candidates does not know district he wants to serve” by Councilman Roland Winters in your Surprise Today issue of Aug. 10, 2016 I would like to state the following:It’s really strange when Mr. Winters joins Councilman Jim Biundo in his ethics complaint against Mayor Sharon Wolcott for using her free speech right by expressing opinions both vocally and financially for Mr. Biundo’s opponent.As I read Mr. Winters statement he appears to be publicly expressing his views as an elected councilman in support of Mr. Biundo by trying to downgrade and vilify candidate Jim Hayden who is running against Mr. Biundo.Mr. Winters stated that he smiles when he passes Happy Trail and he sees Mr. Hayden’s signs. Does Mr. Winters smile or frown when he sees Mr. Buindo’s signs in front of Happy Trails and across the street from it?I bet that Mr. Biundo then doesn’t know what district Happy Trails is in.Actually it’s District 1 which is Mr. Winters’ district and as such Mr. Winters should also know it’s Happy Trails and not Happy Trail.

  • LETTER: Set politics aside for good of city

    What a sad day for Surprise that apparently in order to boost a political campaign, Councilman Biundo has chosen to attack the mayor with an ethics charge. It was quite convenient for him to enjoy the mayor’s support when he was appointed – twice – to the City Council, and not without some controversy. This is indeed election season, but it is not the time for petty infighting. It also reaches the ears of investors who are watching, deciding whether to spread their treasure on this growing city at a crucial time for our development. It distracts us from the real issues our city must face, such as the coming water shortage and out-of-control utility rates, to name two. This is a tempest in a teapot. Let us move on to some real issues and put everyone’s hurt feelings aside. Mayor and Council and city staff need to work as a team, for the good of the people of Surprise.Leo MankiewiczFormer Surprise councilman

  • Stay with yourwestvalley.com Tuesday night for the latest local, county, state and federal primary election returns

    Yourwestvalley.com will be updating returns as they come in from Maricopa County Elections after the polls close Tuesday evening.You can view returns from contested races in Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, El Mirage, Youngtown, Maricopa County, state and federal races.

  • ACC regulator subpeonas APS and Pinnacle West records

    PHOENIX -- Following through on an earlier threat, state utility regulator Bob Burns on Thursday subpoenaed the records of Arizona Public Service and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp. Burns wants the two companies to disclose all of the political spending they have made going back to 2011. That includes not only direct contributions but also any money paid to "independent expenditure'' groups that seek to influence elections. That latter provision is critical to Burns' efforts to determine if the state's largest electric company and any related companies put money into the 2014 race that resulted in the election of Republicans Tom Forese and Doug Little to the commission which regulates the rates that APS can charge its captive customers. Two outside groups spent more than $3.2 million on that race. But both claim they are "social welfare'' organizations exempt from having to disclose their donors. And APS, for its part, will not deny having provided at least some of that cash. In the subpoena Burns told Don Brandt, the chief executive officer of both APS and Pinnacle West, to bring the documents to the commission's office at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15. 

  • Donations coming in over minimum wage and marijuana propositions

    PHOENIX -- Proponents of hiking the state's minimum wage have already collected more than $1.4 million to put the issue on the November ballot and convince voters to support it. But there's no word on how much the Arizona Restaurant Association has spent so far trying to keep Proposition 206 from ever getting to voters. New campaign finance reports due Friday show donations of $1,357,509 to Arizonans for Fair Wages and Health Families, with another $100,000 on loan from campaign consultant Bill Scheel. Most of those dollars -- about $900,000 -- were spent hiring paid circulators to put the issue on the ballot. But the secretary of state's office said Friday it has yet to get a spending report from foes. In fact, spokesman Matt Benson said foes have not even filed to form a campaign committee, a legal prerequisite for spending any money for or against ballot measures. There clearly has been some spending. The restaurant association hired attorneys and filed suit on July 14 in a legal bid, unsuccessful to date, to have the measure removed from the November ballot. And the report due Friday is supposed to cover all expenses through Aug. 18. 

  • Stay with yourwestvalley.com Tuesday night for the latest local, county, state and federal primary election returns

    Yourwestvalley.com will be updating returns as they come in from Maricopa County Elections after the polls close Tuesday evening.You can view returns from contested races in Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, El Mirage, Youngtown, Maricopa County, state and federal races.

  • Peoria Police notify neighborhoods about sex offenders

    The Peoria Police Department officials released the information on two sex offenders now living in the city.Arizona state law requires law enforcement agencies inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.The offenders’ information released by police are Dana Anderson, age 51, 8720 W. Carefree Highway No. 11; 5’4” and 150 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes; and Douglas Valentine, age 55, 8601 N. 103rd Ave. No. 12; 5’7” and 155 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.Anderson was convicted Dec. 18, 1991 in the Maricopa County Superior Court of molestation of a child and sexual assault. He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender Jan. 5, 2004 in the Maricopa County Superior Court. He is a Level 2 offender.Valentine was convicted May 8, 1981 in the Suffolk District Court of rape and sodomy. He is a Level 3 offender.The individuals were convicted of a sex offense, which allows for community notification and requires registration with the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office. The offenders have served the sentence imposed by the courts and have advised MCSO that they will be living in Peoria. They are not wanted by the Peoria Police Department.

  • Peoria clearing a path to the revitalization of Old Town

    Bulldozers and construction vehicles are making their presence known in downtown Peoria.Officials are hoping the activity next to the city hall complex is a sign of good things to come and a path to revitalizing Old Town.Last week, demolition began to make way for the possibility of new future properties located in the Washignton Street block, bounded by Washington Street on the north, Jefferson Street on the south, 83rd Drive on the west, and 83rd Avenue on the east.The city is investing nearly $800,000 on the Washington Street block, and Coucilwoman Vicki Hunt, who represents the area, said it is worth it.She advocated the revitalization of the area more than 10 years ago, and continues today.When she was first elected to Council in 2000, she said Old Town was an eyesore in disarray.

  • Stay with yourwestvalley.com Tuesday night for the latest local, county, state and federal primary election returns

    Yourwestvalley.com will be updating returns as they come in from Maricopa County Elections after the polls close Tuesday evening.You can view returns from contested races in Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, El Mirage, Youngtown, Maricopa County, state and federal races.

  • Sun City board votes to sue Cumberland Drive property owner

    Relief for some homeowners along Cumberland Drive could be on its way.A long-standing issue with one property on the street came to a head last week when the Sun City Home Owners Association Board of Directors reached a unanimous consensus to file a lawsuit against the owner of the property at 11031 W. Cumberland Drive. The suit will ask for injunctive relief and foreclosure of the property, according to Pam Schwartz, SCHOA board president.“There is no timeline on when it will be completed, but the process will start immediately,” she added Aug. 24, just hours after the board met with Cumberland homeowners.The property is laisted by the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office as owned by Richard and Bette Riesenbeck. However, the Riesenbecks died several years ago and left the property in a trust in their daughter’s name. She did not file paperwork to put the trust in her name before she also died, according to Tom Wilson, SCHOA general manager.“But we have a pretty good idea where this needs to be directed,” Ms. Schwartz said.The action comes after years of complaints from neighboring homeowners about the property’s condition and activities at the home. They have been complaining to the SCHOA board for more than three years, and SCHOA has a record of numerous CC&R violations, including condition of property and vehicle violations, for the property dating back to 2011. Despite a multitude of letters of violation and assessments for cost reimbursement, property residents have failed to comply with the CC&Rs or pay the assessments.

  • Bell bridge work in Surprise turns to building wall panels

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for this week.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.Businesses in the Bell-Grand area are open during the construction project. View the latest Construction Business Access Map so you know how to ShopSurprise.Work continues Monday through Saturday to:• Reconstruct the eastbound Grand Avenue roadway.

  • Stay with yourwestvalley.com Tuesday night for the latest local, county, state and federal primary election returns

    Yourwestvalley.com will be updating returns as they come in from Maricopa County Elections after the polls close Tuesday evening.You can view returns from contested races in Surprise, Peoria, Glendale, El Mirage, Youngtown, Maricopa County, state and federal races.

  • Bell bridge work in Surprise turns to building wall panels

    The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for this week.Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience.Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads.Businesses in the Bell-Grand area are open during the construction project. View the latest Construction Business Access Map so you know how to ShopSurprise.Work continues Monday through Saturday to:• Reconstruct the eastbound Grand Avenue roadway.

  • RCSCW board president sets office hours, workshop

    Recreation centers of Sun City West administration is preparing for its return to public outreach following the summer break.Incoming Governing Board President Wanda Schnabel will have Monday morning office hours 9-11 a.m., beginning Sept. 19, to meet with community members. Her office will not be open on holidays. Additionally, the first Governing Board workshop of the season will be 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in the R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.Offering public office hours as a way to reach out to residents began several years ago.Whenever residents have something they would like to discuss, they can come in and chat during these hours, which are subject to change during June, July and August. Appointments can be made during those months by calling Governing Board Manager Sharon Schomer at 623-544-6115.Residents also can reach Ms. Schnabel with questions or comments by email at wanda.schnabel@suncitywest.com.This year, all regular board meetings will be conducted in the Lecture Hall.

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