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  • Valley Vista vs. Willow Canyon Football

    Valley Vista defeats Willow Canyon 21-17 on Friday, August 29, 2014. Photos by Jarod Opperman/West Valley Preps

  • Glendale man accused of molesting relative

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - A Glendale man with a prior history of sexual conduct with a minor was booked into jail on charges stemming from a 2011 incident involving a young family member.According to police, the suspect was 47 years old and the victim was 9 at the time of the alleged incident.In June of this year the victim told someone what had happened to her in April of 2011.During the forensic interview, the girl said she was at the suspect’s house in Glendale when he called her into a room he referred to as the “man cave.”There he had the girl sit on his lap in front of a computer and started to show the girl photographs of naked women “doing stuff” on his computer. The victim was also shown a pornography video, according to police.The victim told police that the suspect asked where she was comfortable having him touch her and he placed a hand on her chest, then moved his hand down closer to her breasts.

  • Body found on South Golf Course

    A body was found on South Golf course in Sun City, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.They believe the man died of natural causes and he was believed to have been taking his morning walk.Groundskeepers for the golf course found the body around 5:00 a.m. on August 28th.

  • Benevilla kicks off creative aging series

    Benevilla kicks off its new arts program with the presentation of “Trust Your Creativity,” a class presented by local artist Shirley Cunningham.The event is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at Birt’s Bistro, located at Benevilla’s Hellen & John M. Jacobs Independence Plaza, 16752 N. Greasewood St. in Surprise.This arts-centered class is designed to inspire you to begin a deeper trust of your innate wisdom, intuition, and creativity. Open to the invitation to an adventure with creative expression — art, journaling, poetry, music, dream work, and meditation, each one nurturing your expression in your own unique way. No special skills are required, only a spirit of openness to your own inner voice.Cunningham is a certified counselor in private practice in Glendale. She is the author of “Chasing God,” based on 30 years of journaling and which includes images of her art.The event is free and reservations are recommended.For information, call 623-584-4999.

  • Glendale reports 6 residential burglaries; Peoria reports 14 residential burglaries

    The following is a partial list of burglaries in Glendale. There were eight burglaries reported: two vehicle and six residential.Residential:• 19500 block of North 71st Avenue, July 30• 5600 block of West Acoma Drive, Aug. 3• 5700 block of West Wethersfield Road, Aug. 11• 5200 block of West Acoma Drive, Aug. 12,

  • Surprise seeks instructors for special interest classes

    Do you have an idea for a special interest class and the skills to teach it?The City of Surprise is always looking for specialized instructors to teach special interest classes.Classes are offered to all age levels from preschool to adult and can be customized to specific age groups. Classes currently being offered include Soccer Skills, Tots in the Kitchen, Zumba, Yoga and more.If you have a class idea you believe would be popular with the public or are interested in becoming an instructor, email or call 623-222-2000.  

  • U.S. home prices rose at slower pace in July

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. That was slightly below June's year-over-year increase of 7.5 percent and far below a recent peak of 11.9 percent in February. Prices rose 1.2 percent in July from June. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonality, such as increased buying that occurs in warm weather. The smaller price gains should make homes more affordable. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.1 percent last week, the lowest in a year. And the number of available homes rose 3.5 percent in July to the most in nearly two years. A greater supply tends to limit the bidding wars that inflate prices. Greater affordability has helped housing recover over the spring and summer after sales and construction fell earlier this year. Sales of existing homes rose for a fourth straight month in July to their strongest pace in nine months. And a measure of signed contracts also increased in July, suggesting that final sales will rise further in coming months. Home prices rose in 49 states in July from the previous year but fell in Arkansas, CoreLogic said. Michigan experienced the biggest price gain, at 11.4 percent. It was followed by Maine, at 10.6 percent; Nevada, 10.6 percent; Hawaii 10.5 percent; and California, at 10.5 percent. Prices in 11 states and Washington, D.C., have now completely rebounded from the housing bust and reached new highs. Those states are: Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont. Some mixed signals have emerged about the housing market. Home construction jumped 15.7 percent in July to an eight-month high as developers broke ground on more single-family homes and apartment buildings. But sales of new homes fell that month, which could limit future construction. Housing helped boost the economy in the April-June quarter, when growth reached an annual rate of 4.2 percent. Housing had subtracted from growth in the previous two quarters.

  • Arizona DUI enforcement nets 582 arrests

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona highway patrol officers, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers arrested 582 people on suspicion of driving under the influence during the holiday weekend. State highway safety officials released the statistics Monday. While there were fewer traffic stops overall compared to last year, more people were arrested for both misdemeanor DUI and extreme DUI, which includes those cases where a suspect's alcohol level is greater than 0.15 percent. There were also more drug-related DUI arrests, with 103 this year compared to 85 in 2013. The number of under-21 liquor law citations also jumped substantially this year from 31 to 218. At Lake Havasu, Mohave County deputies say they nabbed two people who were allegedly operating boats while under the influence and issued 10 boating safety citations over the weekend.

  • Police: 4 people bit by out-of-control dog

    BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Bullhead City police say a dog owner ended up in the hospital and three other people were bit while trying to break up a dog fight. Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt says emergency crews arrived at a home Saturday afternoon in response to a call about multiple dog bites. The dogs' owner, 66-year-old Jeanne Hardy, was bit on her arms and had to be taken to the hospital. Her brothers and a neighbor were also bit. Police say the biting dog was extremely aggressive when an animal welfare officer went to pick it up for a mandatory quarantine. It tried to bite officers and nearly freed itself from two catch poles, so officers used stun guns to place it into a kennel. The dog later died. Police say the owner had a total of four unlicensed pitbulls.

  • Missing man found alive at Lake Pleasant marina

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a boater who went missing at Lake Pleasant has been found safe onshore. The Arizona Republic reports that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office had feared that 31-year-old Bradley Johnson had slid off the back of a boat while sleeping. Dive teams searched part of the lake Sunday night and Monday morning. The Republic reports that he was found alive about 2 p.m. Monday near the Lake Pleasant marina. Johnson says he jumped into the water after an altercation, then swam to shore. A jet-skier later picked him up and brought him to the marina.

  • Six dead after speeding car slams into tree in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — A speeding car slammed into a tree after losing control along a Dallas roadway, killing all six people inside, police said Monday The crash occurred Sunday night in a southeast Dallas residential area, said Dallas police officer Monica Cordova. The victims were two teenage boys, two men and two women ranging in age from 15 to 23. The Dallas school district said three of those killed were high school students. The 20-year-old driver lost control after the back passenger-side tire of the Chevrolet Impala hit a curb, Cordova said. The vehicle slid across three lanes before hitting a tree in the median. Investigators said four people died at the scene, while two others died at a hospital. Speed was a major contributing factor in the crash but not alcohol, Cordova said. The names of those in the vehicle are not being immediately released as not all victims have been identified, Cordova said. In a statement, the Dallas school district said it will provide grief counselors to students and staff at Justin F. Kimball High School, where three of the victims attended classes.

  • $2.4B Revel casino closing

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning. The 6 a.m. casino shutdown follows the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have gone out of business, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel. It started construction just before the Great Recession hit, and had to take on so much debt it never could turn a profit. The Showboat closed on Sunday, Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club closed in January. The consolidation is a reaction to the saturated northeastern U.S. casino market, which continues to add new gambling halls to markets without enough demand to support them all.

  • Extraordinary, exotic complement traditions of 2014 Arizona State Fair

    Get ready to have your dreams delivered at this year’s Arizona State Fair which runs Wednesdays through Sundays from Oct. 10 to Nov. 2.In addition to 18 days of rides, attractions and food, the 2014 fair offers a look into favorite superheroes in the new Hall of Heroes, while Racing Lemurs and Reptile Adventures add an exotic touch.Other new attractions include Dinomania presented by Sears Vacations and Slack-Wire Sam. All the fun and familiar attractions are returning, including The Great American Duck Race and Tyzen the Hypnotist. Plenty of respite options with free entertainment are available, including The Hangout presented by Hensley Beverage Company’s Arizona Craft Beer Division, Caribbean Village, the Backyard, and Kiddie Corner.Musical stars from various genres and generations will shine in the Arizona State Fair Concert Series. This year’s lineup has something for everyone, including Justin Moore, Sublime with Rome, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies and Josh Turner. Additional acts include Queens of the Stone Age, Old School Jam and Dave Pratt’s 1980 Something featuring Berlin, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and John Waite.  General admission concert seating is free with fair admission. Fairgoers can purchase reserved tickets at starting 10 a.m. Sept. 13.A variety of interactive activities, demonstrations and sampling opportunities will also be on site, including Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, Kerr’s Farm Tours presented by Arizona Milk Producers, Coco’s Pie Eating Contest, Sonic Frozen T-Shirt Contest and the second annual Comic Art Convention. The Fry’s Culinary Stage has a variety of local chef demonstrators, as well as contests sponsored by Fry’s, AZ Pork Council, and the Blue Ribbon Group.

  • Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. Police in Southampton said English was arrested Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island. He made a court appearance later in the day, and authorities said he posted $1,500 bail. The circumstances of the arrest were unavailable. English's lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said they "adamantly deny the allegations" and "look forward to addressing this matter in a court of law." The chef, whose full name is William Todd English, is the creative force behind a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs and Fish Club. He also has been a regular on television programs including "Iron Chef USA." English has written several cookbooks and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine. In September 2009, his former fiancee was charged with assault, and authorities accused her of hitting him with a metal wrist watch, leaving him needing multiple stitches. The couple had been scheduled to get married, but English called the wedding off. A judge in January 2010 closed the case without prison or probation based on her going through anger management and performing community service.

  • Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year. "I loved watching the 'Making a Difference' stories about remarkable people and organizations making a profound difference in our country and our world," Clinton said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. "I am grateful NBC gave me the opportunity to continue this important legacy." She was initially hired to do stories for Brian Williams' "Rock Center" newsmagazine, but that program was canceled. Her work occasionally appeared on NBC's "Nightly News." Two Clinton stories that aired in January were on education programs targeting the underprivileged. She's done stories on a school program for jailed teenagers named after Maya Angelou, an Arkansas tutoring program and a restaurant chain that donates leftover food to the needy. Her story on actor Jeff Bridges' work on childhood hunger aired Aug. 1, and another story about a school lunch program for poor children in New Mexico is scheduled to air this Sunday. "Chelsea's storytelling inspired people across the country and showcased the real power we have as individuals to make a difference in our communities," said Alex Wallace, senior vice president at NBC News. Her exit removes some potential awkwardness for the network if her mother runs for president in 2016. NBC made certain to keep Clinton off the air around the time her mother was making media appearances to promote a book, to avoid any appearance of conflict. NBC also received some criticism when stories about her salary appeared; the network didn't comment on the reports. Both Wallace and Clinton left open the possibility that Clinton could someday return to NBC. "While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future," Clinton said on Facebook. Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, announced this spring that she is pregnant with her first child.

  • $2.4B Revel casino closing

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning. The 6 a.m. casino shutdown follows the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have gone out of business, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel. It started construction just before the Great Recession hit, and had to take on so much debt it never could turn a profit. The Showboat closed on Sunday, Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club closed in January. The consolidation is a reaction to the saturated northeastern U.S. casino market, which continues to add new gambling halls to markets without enough demand to support them all.

  • Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to tamp down the antitrust concerns of its takeover target. Family Dollar operates stores in Sun City and Peoria, among its nationwide locations. The newest bid is worth $9.1 billion, or $80 per share, up from $78.50 per share in the previous offer. Family Dollar, based in Matthews, North Carolina, rejected the earlier bid in favor of a lesser offer of $8.5 billion from Dollar Tree Inc., saying that regulators were less likely to stand in the way. On Tuesday Dollar General, the country's largest dollar-store chain, said it would divest as many as 1,500 stores, well above the 700 that it had originally agreed to, in order to sidestep any anti-monopoly actions that regulators might pursue. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee company has also said it will pay a $500 million reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar Stores Inc. if the deal hits antitrust roadblocks. Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said that a second antitrust review supported its prior bid, but that its offer was revised "to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment." The businesses of Family Dollar and Dollar General are more similar than Dollar Tree's. The first two sell items at a variety of prices while at Dollar Tree, all items are a buck. Family Dollar has been looking for a lifeline after running into some financial stress, shuttering stores and cutting prices. In June one big shareholder, Carl Icahn, urged the company to put itself up for sale. Family Dollar acted one month later, accepting an offer from Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. of $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share held. The companies valued the transaction at $74.50 per share at the time. Including debt and other costs, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree estimated the deal to be worth approximately $9.2 billion. Shares of Family Dollar added 67 cents to $80.50 in premarket trading, while Dollar General's stock gained $1.08 to $65.07.

  • Burger King could take bite out of Canada’s identity

    Toronto (AP) • Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans.So news this week that Burger King will buy Tim Hortons served as a bittersweet reminder of how beloved the homegrown chain is in Canada, where 75 percent of the all the coffee sold at fast food restaurants comes from “Timmy’s,” as it is affectionately known. Tim Hortons is found in just about every small town and large city across Canada, and hockey-mad Canadians often head to their local Timmy’s before or after their kids’ games.Tim Hortons, in a bid to quell any concerns that its distinctly Canadian brand could be watered down, went out of its way to assure that the red and brown coffee and doughnut shop won’t change, taking out big ads in newspapers and declaring “fellow Canadians can all rest assured that Tim Hortons will still be Tim Hortons following this transaction.”The chain’s aura in Canada comes from its namesake: hockey Hall of Famer Tim Horton, the co-founder who died at 44 in a 1974 car accident after playing in a game for the Buffalo Sabres.

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  • Multiple capsules could cause stomach pains

    Dear Dr. Blonz: My husband and I eat a good diet, doing our best to eat many different foods and lots of fruits and vegetables. We recently began taking a multivitamin packet of pills, along with a separate calcium, magnesium and zinc supplement, every morning with our breakfast.Soon after starting this practice, my husband started experiencing nausea an hour or two after taking the pills.I have not experienced this problem. He discontinued taking them, then tried them again a month later and experienced the same discomfort.Is there a particular vitamin or mineral that you know of that could be doing this?His diet is not as healthful as mine, so I believe he should continue to take some sort of supplement. — P.J., San DiegoDear P.J.: First, my compliments on your attempts to eat a healthful diet.

  • Secrets to a successful getaway

    Many times, a trip is only as good as the time you put into researching it.Places to eat, museums to visit and other entertainment often is best figured out in advance. Especially with a weekend trip, time is of the essence, and not planning ahead can waste precious hours of your vacation.Before you go, read about the destination. Check out travel literature, pick up a AAA guidebook or map or even read a novel or history book about the place.“As a full-service travel agency, we understand how precious trips are,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “As experts, we’ve got a few simple secrets that will help make the most of your vacation.”AAA travel recommends the following tips for a successful trip:• Disconnect from reality. Thanks to smartphones and Wi-Fi, we are rarely ever out of reach from work or everyday life. Commit to disconnecting – at least for most of your vacation – to fully enjoy it. It will truly help make it feel like you got away from it all.

  • Hit sand first to make splash in bunker

    What do you think about sand play on tour? If all you knew about the shot was what you saw on television, you might come to the conclusion that the shot was easy. After all, you see these touring pros go into the trap and hit these shots and the ball almost goes into the hole a great deal of the time. After watching that, you might think that the bunker was actually a desirable place to be.Sand play is an area of the game that is unique unto itself. There are very few shots that are anything like it. What makes the shot so unusual is that the objective is not to hit the ball. The objective is to hit the sand behind the ball. More specifically, the objective is to throw the sand the ball is sitting on and the ball out onto the green.If that is the objective, there are some imperatives that must be observed when hitting this shot.The first is that the club must go on through the sand and into a high finish on the follow-through. The reason for this is simple. The sand the ball is sitting on will not go out of the trap and onto the green if the club stops in the sand. The terminology is to “splash” the ball out of the trap. When you splash the sand, the sand goes flying. That’s what you want.The next imperative is one that is most often missed by my students. When they get into the bunker preparing to hit the shot, they square the clubface to the ball and the target line. This may be the most common and most devastating mistake golfers make. You want the club to skim on through the sand and out to a high finish. The more you dig, the less likely this is to happen. If you square the clubface, you will dig.What most golfers miss is the benefit of the bounce of the sand wedge. The bounce is the part of the sole of the wedge that extends down below the leading edge. You want to maximize this to keep the club shallow in the sand and not get hung up. You maximize the bounce by opening the clubface. This is crucial.

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