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  • 15-year-old Willcox girl dies after being struck by train

    WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) — A Willcox teenager is dead after being hit by a train.KOLD-TV in Tucson reports ( that the accident happened late Saturday near Railroad Park in downtown Willcox.Police say 15-year-old Mariah Contreras was part of a group "playing chicken" with the trains.Police Chief Jose Rios says the youths took turns getting close to an oncoming train and then jumping out of the way.Contreras was hit by an outer part of a train.Rios called her death a tragic loss.

  • 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.

  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at GOP convention

    PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after a federal judge sanctioned him for ignoring orders in a racial profiling case, the longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was tapped to give a prime-time speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention.Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he was scheduled to speak before Donald Trump takes the stage to give his speech accepting the GOP presidential nomination.Arpaio was a late addition to the convention schedule. Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham confirmed Arpaio will speak at 8 p.m. EDT.The six-term sheriff has been an enthusiastic Trump supporter for the past year and has regularly campaigned for the New York businessman."I've been campaigning for him whenever I could and he kind of likes what I do," Arpaio said. "It's an honor to be able to speak to the people tonight to once again reaffirm my support for him."The speech comes a day after a federal judge in Phoenix presiding over a racial profiling case handed down the first round of punishments for the lawman's decision to prolong his signature immigration patrols months after being told to stop. Arpaio has been found in civil contempt in the case, and the judge ordered an overhaul of internal affairs investigations at his department, with additional sanctions expected.


  • In 10th convention speech, Bill Clinton faces tougher crowd

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Clinton was once the Democrats explainer-in-chief, electrifying the convention crowd with his support of President Barack Obama.Today, he increasingly seems to be explaining himself.In the four years since the party's last national convention, the center of gravity in Democratic politics has shifted decidedly to the left. Clinton must finesse some of his administration's biggest achievements, including a landmark free trade agreement and major criminal justice law, lest his wife pay the price with the party's emboldened liberal base.On Tuesday night, the former president will promote what aides say are his wife's lesser-known achievements, her early days as a child advocacy lawyer, her policy campaigns as first lady and work as senator from New York.But his 10th consecutive convention address may require one of the toughest balancing acts of his career: separating his wife's legacy from his own."It's not just (Bernie) Sanders supporters who have concerns about the impacts of those policies," said Ben Jealous, a former head of the NAACP who endorsed the Vermont senator and now backs Clinton. "You look at this platform and in many ways it's a response to those policies."

  • Takeaways: Sanders, Michelle Obama dominate convention

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders gave a strong endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president and Michelle Obama went on the attack against Donald Trump as Democrats struggled to appear unified at their national convention in the face of a storm over hacked emails.Democrats looked to defuse tensions by announcing that outgoing party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz would not take the stage. She has long been a focus of criticism from Sanders and his backers for her apparent bias in Clinton's favor.Many of Sanders' supporters weren't appeased and jeered as speakers lauded Clinton.Here are the top takeaways from Monday's opening day of the Democratic National Convention:__SANDERS URGES UNITY

  • Democratic emails: All about the hack, the leak, the discord

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First came the hack, then the leak. Now, the Clinton and Trump campaigns are fighting over Russia's role in the release of thousands of internal Democratic National Committee emails.At least one thing is clear: The email uproar is an unwelcome distraction at the launch of the Democratic National Convention, inflaming the rift between supporters of Hillary Clinton and primary rival Bernie Sanders just when the party was hoping to close it.As the Philadelphia convention got underway Monday, developments in the email story rolled out in rapid sequence:Clinton's campaign, citing a cybersecurity firm hired to investigate the leak, blamed Russia for hacking the party's computers and suggested the goal was to benefit Donald Trump's campaign.Trump dismissed that idea as laughable, tweeting: "The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails."Sanders supporters certainly weren't amused. Irate, in fact, that the emails confirmed their long-held suspicions the party had favored Clinton all along.

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  • LETTER: Reader’s comments provides only blame, negativity

    I wish to respond to Mr. Bob Pietl article (“Lead by example, do not be judgemental,” Sun City Independent, Julu 13, 2016).I read your response but all I see is quotes from the Bible. To me, religion is to give you hope. What you do is point fingers and say, “You’re wrong!” Have you ever herd of the term “Help and Rescue?” Help is when you ask for it, rescue is when you do not ask for help.To me, what I hear you saying that it is your God-given right to do this and all the religious right should mind their own business. You do not see other groups going to churches protesting, carrying signs with hateful words. You say lead by example. Is that the example you mean?These holier than thou people going to cemeteries with awful words to the grieving families that their son or daughter who fought for them died and as church people curse them and laugh, this is religion. the Bible is not written by God but many holy men many centuries after Christ died. But because you believe this, you are going around as a soldier of God and quoting what we should and should not do. Who appointed you this job?I have seen more hate and fear in so-called believers in God that should be struck down by lightening so they stop spreading all those rotten words that come out of their mouths, That is not love. You have a problem with gay marriage? How does that Personally affect you? I can only speak for me, we got married to be protected by laws that you heteros get automatically. I suggest, Bob, you keep you nose out of other people’s business and live your religious life as you please and I will keep my faith as I please.I cannot believe you said you “hope and Pray for Mr. Stolpa.” That is a very condescending remark if I ever heard one. How did you elevate yourself as the power of God? That is the problem with overly religious people, (you think) your way is the right way in everything, I think you should re-think what you stand for. I only see you people talk out of both sides of your mouth. I resent your religious flock coming to my house to sign me up. If I want to I will; but no, you disturb families all the time. If you have a good product people will come.

  • LETTER: RCSC should curb wasteful spending on high salaries

    The golf courses are in deplorable condition. Those of us who have been here for more than 10 years have seen the conditions going downhill since the RCSC hired a general manager, who in turn has hired many acquaintances to care for our Sun City courses.Here’s the problem as many of us see it. We are paying very generous salaries to persons who are not doing the job, or who do not know how to do the job.Case in point: The director of golf has no education or experience in course maintenance, yet was placed in this position by the general manager. The result? The courses continue on a downhill deterioration.We have paid millions of dollars to “upgrade” and “improve” our courses. Because there is no adequate or educated leadership to assure playability and condition, those millions of dollars have been totally wasted.The sand traps that were put in are without question for much younger players than we have here in Sun City. Many of us have sustained injuries trying to play out of traps that are too steep for the older person. These are serious injuries that have required orthopedic surgery.We were assured prior to the traps being put in that ingress/egress would be no problem for our age group, and that the traps would be maintained so the ball did not plug in the high sides, but would roll to the bottom. Wrong, I’m sorry to say.

  • LETTER: Other ways to handle RCSC assessment fees

    After attending the (RCSC) transparency meeting June 30, the only thing transparent was the fact that behind closed doors they had already made their decision.I know these fees are necessary; after all, I’ve been paying them for 28 years. None of us know what tomorrow may bring and catastrophe can hit anyone at any time. There are other ways to handle this. What about putting a lien against the property so they have a chance to pay it back or, if they sell, the RCSC would their fees, fines and legal fees, etc. from the sale. That way they would definitely get their share, but they seem to want it all. They got indignant when someone doubted their integrity.I keep hearing on the news that the government is going to stop Social Security. That is the main source of income for a lot of Sun City residents, which would mean that they may have to make the choice of buying food, medication, utilities or — oh yes, rec fees! Then they would also have to worry that the home they worked for most of their lives would be taken from them. Wow!The RCSC board doesn’t see anything wrong with this? With a clause like this in the contract people won’t even want to buy a home here. My advice to people depending on Social Security is to be prepared, buy a tent and air mattress and if the government takes the rest of the money you’ve worked for and paid into for most of your life, and stops Social Security, you can just pitch your tents in the back yards of the board members that voted for this. They really shouldn’t mind since they think this is such a good idea.Virginia Aiello

Wild Horse West

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