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'No wrong way to be queer': Phoenix nonprofit One n Ten empowers LGBTQ+ youth

'No wrong way to be queer': Phoenix nonprofit One n Ten empowers LGBTQ+ youth One n Ten’s mission is simple: empower LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and help cultivate a world where they are accepted and loved for who they are. The nonprofit provides housing for homeless youth, life skills training, educational programs, youth centers, a summer camp and a community in Phoenix. One n Ten served nearly 1,200 youth and young adults in 2019 and have continued to serve youth online through the COVID

Arizona State University workers join UA in historic decision to unionize

Arizona State University workers announced Thursday that they are forming a union, joining University of Arizona workers in their efforts to advocate for employees in higher education. The union is “wall-to-wall,” meaning that it represents every employee of the university, from student workers to faculty and staff. The local chapter, University Campus Workers of Arizona 7065, was started by UA workers in September and is meant to represent higher education workers across the state. It’s a part

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support Edward Blackwell moved into his thrift store — which is slightly larger than a walk-in closet — on Feb. 4. He said he fell on hard times and couldn’t afford rent at his apartment and the business, and his business landlord said he could live at his store, the Giving Vine Thrift Store inside Desert Sun Plaza on Grand and 15th avenues. Sales slowed down, and even though Blackwell was able to stay afloat with a s

'Houseless not hopeless:' Groups protest the criminalization of homelessness in Phoenix

About 30 people gathered on Twelfth Avenue and Jefferson Street in Phoenix by the Human Services Campus on Sunday afternoon to protest the treatment of people living on the streets by Phoenix police. Advocates and people experiencing homelessness walked by dozens living in tents and on sidewalks as they chanted "houseless not hopeless" and made their way to local nonprofit André House. Many wore shirts that said, "Homes Not Jails." Jesús Villa, a minister at Universal Life Church, said the dis

Woman says she was hurt while being arrested in connection with protest she didn't attend

A Phoenix woman says police injured her while arresting her Friday in connection with a protest that she did not attend and for which charges against her were dropped the next day. Leslie Pico has been an active protester since late May, but she didn't attend the protest Friday commemorating the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. She had celebrated her 34th birthday the day before and said she was taking a bre

Virus may bring greater medical and financial risks for undocumented

It’s been a month since Juana stopped taking her key medication to treat the chronic vascular disease that attacks her immune system and debilitates her blood vessels. She has had three heart attacks in the past eight years. Without the medication, Juana said it’s only a matter of time before her symptoms — burning sensations in her legs and feet, severe fatigue and difficulty walking — come back. Without treatment, she could eventually suffer organ failure and die. Juana, who asked that her l

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'No wrong way to be queer': Phoenix nonprofit One n Ten empowers LGBTQ+ youth

'No wrong way to be queer': Phoenix nonprofit One n Ten empowers LGBTQ+ youth One n Ten’s mission is simple: empower LGBTQ+ youth and young adults and help cultivate a world where they are accepted and loved for who they are. The nonprofit provides housing for homeless youth, life skills training, educational programs, youth centers, a summer camp and a community in Phoenix. One n Ten served nearly 1,200 youth and young adults in 2019 and have continued to serve youth online through the COVID

Man arrested after road rage incident where he hit another man with his car

Man arrested after road rage incident where he hit another man with his car A man has been arrested and charged with four counts, including aggravated assault, following a "road rage" argument Saturday where he intentionally hit a person, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix police said officers were called to the intersection of 43rd and Peoria avenues around 12:45 p.m. to respond to an aggravated assault over a traffic dispute between two men. A video shared

Man dies after argument leads to shooting on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix

Man dies after argument leads to shooting on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix A man died after an argument ended with gunfire on New Year's Eve in west Phoenix, police officials said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting near 87th and Glenrosa avenues shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday. They found a man with a gunshot wound, and Phoenix fire personnel pronounced him dead. Police said the man had arrived at the suspect's house with a gun. The man and the suspect had an argument, and durin

Person dies after running onto Interstate 17 in north Phoenix near SR 303; traffic diverted

Person dies after running onto Interstate 17 in north Phoenix near SR 303; traffic diverted A person died after running onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 in north Phoenix early Friday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. DPS officials said troopers responded to a report of a pedestrian running onto the freeway near the State Route 303 interchange around 2 a.m.. The person was hit by a car and was pronounced dead at the location. Information about the person

1 child dead, many people injured in 4-vehicle crash on I-10 near Eloy

1 child dead, many people injured in 4-vehicle crash on I-10 near Eloy A four-vehicle crash near Eloy left one child dead and multiple people injured on Thursday evening, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Around 7 p.m. a man driving a car with a woman and two children crossed over from the I-10 eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes and crashed with three cars at milepost 211 between Eloy and Picacho. All four people in the car that crossed over were taken to the hospital,

Jackknifed Amazon truck blocking I-10 lanes near Chandler Blvd.

A jackknifed Amazon semi-truck crashed near Chandler Boulevard and the I-10 freeway around 11 a.m. on Friday, according the Arizona Department of Transportation. The crash is currently blocking two westbound lanes, including the HOV. There were multiple vehicles involved, but no injuries, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Get in touch with breaking news reporter Chloe Jones at Chloe.Jones@arizonarepublic.com and find her on Twitter at @chloeleejones

Man dead after ejecting from car Christmas morning

A man is dead after he lost control of his vehicle early Friday morning and crashed into a median, the Phoenix Police Department said. Officers responded to the scene near 67th Avenue and the I-10 off-ramp around 1:30 a.m. Edward Martinez, 21, was driving a pickup while exiting the I-10 westbound freeway at 67th Avenue, where he lost control of his car, detectives determined. Martinez hit the median and metal traffic poles and was ejected from his car. The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced hi

'A very nice day': Phoenix wakes up to light showers Christmas morning

'A very nice day': Phoenix wakes up to light showers Christmas morning Light showers woke up Phoenix on Christmas morning, but the sun should be shining by the afternoon. The high on Friday will reach nearly 70 degrees, but a cold front will drop temperatures to 50-degree highs by Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Phoenix said. Mark O'Malley, a meteorologist with the weather service in Phoenix, said the rainfall was not measurable, but that sprinkles fell above west and central Phoenix

Man found shot dead Christmas morning in Phoenix roadway

A man was found shot dead in a roadway near Indian School Avenue and 83rd Avenue on Friday morning, the Phoenix Police Department said. Phoenix police responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. where they found a man in the middle of Glenrosa Avenue with a gunshot wound. The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced the man dead at the scene. Officers do not have a suspect or motive at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Phoenix police ask anyone with information to call the department or Silent Wi

Phoenix police shoot man during domestic violence call Christmas morning

Phoenix police shot a man fleeing a domestic violence scene early Friday morning, according to a statement from the department. Police responded to a domestic violence and aggravated assault call near 51st Avenue and Osborn Road around 1 a.m. The caller said the man tried to run over someone with his car. When the police arrived, the man had already hit a parked van and fled the scene in his car. Officers saw the man drive over a curb toward people standing in a front yard when they arrived. O

Arizona State University workers join UA in historic decision to unionize

Arizona State University workers announced Thursday that they are forming a union, joining University of Arizona workers in their efforts to advocate for employees in higher education. The union is “wall-to-wall,” meaning that it represents every employee of the university, from student workers to faculty and staff. The local chapter, University Campus Workers of Arizona 7065, was started by UA workers in September and is meant to represent higher education workers across the state. It’s a part

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy reports his car stolen with weapon inside

Phoenix police said they responded to a carjacking of an off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy early Monday. Police responded to an armed robbery call near 16th and Campbell avenues around 4:15 a.m. The caller, an off-duty MCSO deputy, told police a man pointed a gun at him and took his personal vehicle. The car has some MCSO property in it, including a handgun, according to police. Reach breaking news reporter Chloe Jones at Chloe.Jones@arizonarepublic.com and on Twitter at @chloel

After 21 years at 2 homes, famous Ahwatukee Christmas lights display enters final season

The Taylors' Ahwatukee front yard, a Christmas light staple for the past 18 years, is adorned this year with wooden paintings of characters from favorite films like "The Peanuts Movie" and "Frozen," a handmade sleigh to take photos in and interactive games. Thousands of lights can be seen from half a mile up Kachina Drive. The family tradition started in 1999, 21 years ago. It became a popular attraction once the family moved to Ahwatukee, but 2020 will be the display's last year. The Taylors a

4 charged in Arizona with committing fraud to receive COVID-19 assistance

4 charged in Arizona with committing fraud to receive COVID-19 assistance Four people have been charged with multiple crimes by the U.S. District Court of Arizona in connection with fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan applications, according to a court documents. The program is a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to help small businesses pay their employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There has already been outcry across the country after large public compan

Arizona State University cancels spring break in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

Arizona State University cancels spring break in effort to slow spread of COVID-19 Arizona State University will not be having a spring break in 2021, according to an email Provost Mark Searle sent Thursday. Searle said the adjustment to the calendar is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Traditionally, many ASU students travel to Cabo San Lucas or Rocky Point, Mexico through travel agencies such as Just College, a travel agency geared toward college spring breakers. ASU canceled fall bre

Goodyear police officer among 2 injured in crash on I-10 near 43rd Avenue

Goodyear police officer among 2 injured in crash on I-10 near 43rd Avenue Two people, including a Goodyear police officer, are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a crash on Interstate 10 near 43rd Avenue on Thursday evening, according to a statement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. About 9 p.m., a Goodyear Police Department car and at least one possibly disabled car crashed on I-10 in Phoenix, the department said. I-10 westbound lanes shut down for about 20

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support

Grand Avenue thrift shop owner no longer facing eviction thanks to community support Edward Blackwell moved into his thrift store — which is slightly larger than a walk-in closet — on Feb. 4. He said he fell on hard times and couldn’t afford rent at his apartment and the business, and his business landlord said he could live at his store, the Giving Vine Thrift Store inside Desert Sun Plaza on Grand and 15th avenues. Sales slowed down, and even though Blackwell was able to stay afloat with a s

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Phoenix business near 83rd Avenue, Indian School Road

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Phoenix business near 83rd Avenue, Indian School Road A shooting at a bsuiness near 83rd Avenue and Indian School Road left one man dead and one woman injured Friday, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Officers responded to a shooting at the business around 7 p.m., the statement said. They found a woman in her 50s with a gunshot wound that was not life threatening. She said she was shot as the suspect was leaving the store. Inside the

'Be the light': ASU community celebrates Chanukah amid coronavirus pandemic

Kids, students and adults wore masks as they spun dreidels at tables placed six feet apart in Law Tigers Yard at Rohr Chabad House Jewish Student Center, each hoping to land on “gimel” — meaning they won all of the chocolate coins in the pot. It was the weekly Friday Shabbat dinner, where Arizona State University's Jewish community gathers to eat and rest from the week. In years past, Chanukah Shabbat dinner would attract over 100 people, but amid an early end to the college semester and a glob

One dead, one injured in Tucson hit-and-run collision

One dead, one injured in Tucson hit-and-run collision A hit-and-run collision left one pedestrian dead and another in the hospital in Tucson Friday evening, according to the Tucson Police Department. Officers responded to the collision involving pedestrians near near Ajo Way and Interstate 19, police tweeted about 10 p.m. A pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital for their injuries, the department said in a statement. Get in touch with breaking ne
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