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  • Northern Parkway overpass construction causes overnight closures

    Beginning at 8 p.m. Sept. 2, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor will temporarily close Litchfield Road at Northern Parkway to place concrete for the bridge stem walls of the new overpass.During the closure, Northern Parkway will remain open. Reems Road may be used as an alternate route.Litchfield Road will reopen by 5 a.m. Sept. 3.Beginning Sept. 15, the MCDOT contractor will temporarily close Reems Road at Northern Parkway for three consecutive nights to place bridge girders.The nightly closures will take place Sept. 15, 16 and 17 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning. During this time, Northern Parkway will remain open.Litchfield Road or Dysart Road may be used as an alternate route.

  • Brewer: 'Dark money' spent on races this year was overkill

    GLENDALE -- Gov. Jan Brewer called the amount of personal finances and "dark money'' spent on races this year "astounding.''"I've never seen an election like that in the state of Arizona,'' Brewer said after casting her ballot Tuesday at Hope Chapel in Glendale, her local polling place. "And certainly it had a huge influence.''But the governor said she thinks that it may have amounted to overkill."And people started to push back,'' Brewer said. "It was just too many robocalls, too many nasty ads, too many missed truths.''And that, the governor said, did voters no favors."It gave the public a lot to sort through,'' she explained.

  • Taxes, debt, and the casino are the big 3 issues for Glendale residents

    Glendale residents in the Barrel, Cholla, and Ocotillo districts had a wide field of candidates to choose from to represent them.Incumbents Yvonne Knacck from the Barrel District and Manny Martinez from the Cholla District did not run for re-election, and in the Ocotillo District, incumbent Norma Alvarez was challenged by three candidates.Candidates said the biggest issues voters in their districts talked about, were the high taxes and the debt the city has incurred.Even though the casino weighed in for many constituents, that wasn't the biggest concern because “it doesn't have a significant role in their personal lives,” said Van DiCarlo, a Cholla District candidate.Barrel District candidate John Benjamin said “the waste of money” for sports and the tax was “created to pay for these and it hasn't been two years into the five-year tax plan when the council made it permanent.Also a candidate in Barrel, Michael Patino added: “I think Glendale needs to part their relationship with the hockey team” and said it “seems like an on-going financial mess.”

  • Sun City West dialysis facility gets award

    Fresenius Medical Care Granite Valley in Sun City West has been designated as a center of excellence in patient care for 2013.Fresenius Medical Care North America announced the annual awards, which recognize the best-performing FMCNA dialysis facilities nationwide, based on multiple objective measures of clinical quality.Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products and removes extra fluids from a person’s blood when chronic kidney disease leads to kidney failure.Fresenius Medical Care Granite Valley is located at 14510 W. Shumway Drive.For information about this and other Fresenius Medical Care dialysis clinics, visit http://www.ultracare-dialysis.com/ or call 1-866-4DIALYSIS (1-866-434-2597).

  • Diet plan promotes healthy blood pressure

    Sun Health will host a seminar on ways to improve blood pressure through diet.The event will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room at Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise.The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan is based on scientific research to promote healthy blood pressure.Participants will learn steps to make this eating plan a part of a healthy diet.To register, call 623-455-5633 or visit www.sunhealth.org and click “Community Education” at the top of the page.

  • Most of Arizona under flash flood watch today; 11 rescued in Wickenburg

    PHOENIX (AP) — Much of Arizona remains under a flash flood watch with a chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms. The National Weather Service says the flash flood watch will remain in effect until late Tuesday and comes after an evening of severe weather than brought flooding. Authorities say 11 people were rescued in Wickenburg late Monday following a hard-hitting monsoon that struck a trailer park. Wickenburg Fire Chief Ed Temerowski says six adults and five children were pulled from homes late Monday after flooding from a wash overtook the area. Officials say severe weather also knocked out power to around 200 customers nearby. Avondale, Buckeye and El Mirage also were hit with heavy rains. Officials say the best chance for thunderstorm development Tuesday will be over the northern and eastern parts of Arizona with the main hazard being locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

  • Yarnell Hill Fire survivor appointed to l board

    PHOENIX (AP) — The surviving member of an Arizona firefighting crew who nearly all perished in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire will serve on a board that will oversee creation of a memorial for his fallen comrades. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin on Tuesday announced the appointment of former Granite Mountain Hotshots crew member Brendan McDonough as his seventh and final appointment to the 14-member board. McDonough was on lookout duty away from 19 other Hotshots when they descended into a brush-choked area. They were killed when rapidly moving flames from the Yarnell Hill Fire overtook their position on June 30. The board is being created under a 2014 state law that also authorizes establishment of the memorial itself. The firefighters all worked for the Prescott Fire Department.

  • 'Threatened' status sought for monarch butterfly

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Three conservation groups and a butterfly expert are asking the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the monarch butterfly as a threatened species. The News-Journal of Wilmington, Del., reports the petitioners blamed farming practices Tuesday for a loss of milkweed, a plant the butterflies rely on for feeding and breeding. The petitioners are the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, the Xerces Society of Portland, Oregon, and monarch scientist Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Threatened-species status would allow federal officials more latitude to help the populations rebuild, but would not be as restrictive as endangered species status.

  • Forese, Little win primary in GOP Corp Comm race

    PHOENIX (AP) — Tom Forese and Doug Little were winners in the Republican primary in a heated four-way race for two open seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission. Little and Forese beat out Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker in Tuesday's GOP election. The Democrats candidates in the November general election for two-year commission terms are Jim Holway and Sandra Kennedy. The five-member commission is considered a separate branch of state government. It sets rates for regulated utilities such as water and power providers. The commission also handles corporate registrations and is responsible for ensuring safety of railroads and pipelines.

  • Michele Reagan nominated Secretary of State

    State Sen. Michele Reagan has won the Republican primary for secretary of state. Reagan cruised to victory in a three-way race for the GOP nomination with state Rep. Justin Pierce and businessman Will Cardon. Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Reagan. The secretary of state is Arizona's top elections officer and also becomes governor if there's a midterm vacancy in that office. She will face former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard in the general election.

  • Ducey wins GOP nod for governor

    PHOENIX -- Doug Ducey apparently walked away with the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, beating out five other contenders including one endorsed by Gov. Jan Brewer.And Wednesday, he starts off with the chore of uniting the party after a particularly divisive -- and expensive -- primary.Despite an endorsement by Brewer, former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith trailed badly, having been vastly outspent by Ducey.But money was not the deciding issue, as former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones also came up short despite putting $5.3 million of her own cash into the race.Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former California Congressman Frank Riggs and disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were never really in the running, outspent by the other three.But the heated campaign -- including heated attacks on the other five contenders by Thomas -- means that Ducey starts with the backing of less than half the party faithful.

  • SCW resident, ex-Peoria education official grabs GOP nod for state’s top education post

    PHOENIX – Sun City West resident Diane Douglas’ theme during the Republican primary campaign for Arizona’s top education post was consistent and delivered often: A vote for her was a vote against the Obama administration’s Common Core education standards.Developed in 2009, released a year later and endorsed by 45 states, the academic benchmarks in math and English language arts/literacy (ELA) outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. But Douglas, who unseated incumbent John Huppenthal to become the GOP’s candidate for superintendent of public instruction, reiterated Tuesday night that the standards take education decisions out of the hands of local districts, parents and teachers.“The number-one problem is it is not under the control of Arizonans. We need to have standards and an education system we can control,” said Douglas.The former 7-year member and two-time president of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board will continue that message as she campaigns for the public instruction post leading up to the Nov. 4 general election. Douglas will face Arizona State University professor David Garcia, who defeated high school English teacher Sharon Thomas in the Democratic primary.“We’re going to point out the difference (to voters). To whom does the education system belong, parents or Washington, D.C.?” she said inside the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix, where state Republicans held their primary night gathering.With 93 percent of the votes counted – 675 of 724 precincts reporting – Douglas captured 131,022 votes, or 58 percent of the total, to Huppenthal’s 93,906, or 42 percent.

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  • Favorites hang on to Emmys

    Los Angeles (AP) • “Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” triumphed at Monday’s Emmy Awards, proving that established broadcast and cable fare retains the power to fend off challenges from upstart online series such as “Orange Is the New Black.”The ceremony’s emotional high point came with Billy Crystal’s restrained and graceful remembrance of Robin Williams, who was found dead Aug. 11, an apparent suicide.“He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him,” Crystal said of Williams at the conclusion of a tribute to industry members who died within the past 12 months. “Robin Williams, what a concept.”ABC’s “Modern Family” won a fifth best comedy series Emmy, tying the record set by “Frasier,” while the final season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors for its stars.Netflix’s freshman “Orange Is the New Black,” which competed for best comedy series despite its dark prison setting, failed to sway Emmy voters, as did Netflix’s sophomore series “House of Cards.”Bryan Cranston was honored as best actor in a drama for “Breaking Bad,” proving that “True Detective” nominee Matthew McConaughey’s movie-star appeal couldn’t conquer all.

  • Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert in Silicon Valley, authorities said. The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday. They were taken to the Orange County jail. The arrests come after Eric Johnson, 38, of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the "Under the Influence of Music" concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday. None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said. Jeezy is being held on $1 million bail and could make his first appearance in court as soon as Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

  • Sedona photographer expands horizons in Herberger exhibit

    The Herberger Art Gallery is scheduled to unveil “Expanding Your Horizons,” a solo photography/art exhibit of works by award-winning photographer and Sedona resident Beverly Kievman Copen.The special exhibit will feature a wide variety of beauty, culture and reflections from many different countries, particularly from Copen’s extended journey to China last fall.   The public is invited to attend the free opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Herberger Theater Art Gallery, 222 E. Monroe St. in downtown Phoenix. Meet the artist, enjoy visual and video art, music by String Serenade and light refreshments in Bob’s Spot Gallery Lounge.Many of the canvas photographs are enhanced with oil or acrylic painting — a process Copen calls Art on Photography. In addition, a video display will showcase some of her favorite images as well as a selection from her forthcoming educational e-book, “Your Eyes Are Your Windows to the World.”“My passion in photography is to capture the essence of the culture, the people, the beauty of their countries, and reflect on how they live,” said Copen. “It is my deepest hope that my photographs tell stories. You will see my favorite doors around the world that simply invite you to come in.”“Expanding Your Horizons” artwork is on display and available for purchase through Sept. 29. A portion of artwork purchases benefit the Herberger Theater Arts Education and Youth Outreach Programs.

  • Smart investors reach end of chessboard

    “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” — Albert BartlettYou’ve probably heard the story about the guy who invented the game of chess.It goes like this: An inventor brought his chessboard to the emperor of China, who was so impressed he offered to grant the man one wish. The inventor had a simple wish: He requested one grain of rice for the first square on the board, two grains for the second square, four for the third, eight for the fourth, and so on. Sounding like a modest proposal, the emperor agreed. But filling the chess board’s last 10 squares would have required 35 quintillion grains of rice — enough to bury the entire planet.Unamused, the emperor had the inventor beheaded.While I doubt the story is true, its message is important to understanding the power of compound interest: When things grow exponentially, gains look tiny at first, modest in the middle and then — very suddenly — they shoot utterly off the charts.The key to making compound interest work is sticking around long enough to make it to the end of the chessboard. That’s where the massive gains are. It’s why, of Warren Buffett’s $63 billion net worth, $62.7 billion was added after his 50th birthday, and $60 billion came after his 60th.

  • Furniture Warehouse attracts thousands on opening day

    It was Barney Becklund’s first time inside an American Furniture Warehouse store, and the Sun City resident said it was “spectacular.”“We like what we see; the prices are good. In fact, prices on everything are fantastic.”The American Furniture Warehouse, near the Loop 101 at 99th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, opened for business Saturday, and approximately 4,500 shoppers showed up.El Mirage Councilman Roy Delgado said his wife Suzie “had a gleam in her eye, her pulse was kind of pounding and she had perspiration beads all around her forehead.” Suzie conceded: “It was kind of like that.”She ended up purchasing a leather loveseat and leather motorized recliners, living room tables and lamps.“I think the prices are good,” she said, “and, there’s no pressure from the sales people. A lot to choose from in every department, and I thought it was a very nice experience.”

  • Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't need the in-room safe? You're likely still paying. And the overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel minibar. Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to hotel, even within the same chain. Coming out of the recession, the travel industry grew fee-happy. Car rental companies charged extra for services such as electronic toll collection devices and navigation systems. And airlines gained notoriety for adding fees for checking luggage, picking seats in advance, skipping lines at security and boarding early. Hotel surcharges predate the recession, but recently properties have been catching up to the rest of the industry. "The airlines have done a really nice job of making hotel fees and surcharges seem reasonable," says Bjorn Hanson, a professor at New York University's hospitality school. This year, hotels will take in a record $2.25 billion in revenue from such add-ons, 6 percent more than in 2013 and nearly double that of a decade ago, according to a new study released Monday by Hanson. Nearly half of the increase can be attributed to new surcharges and hotels increasing the amounts of existing fees. Hanson says guests need to be "extra-attentive" to the fine print. Fewer and fewer services come for free. Need to check out by noon but don't have a flight until after dinner? Hotels once stored luggage as a courtesy. Now, a growing number charge $1 or $2 per bag. Shipping something to the hotel in advance of your trip? There could be a fee for that too. The Hyatt Regency San Antonio, which subcontracts its business center to FedEx Office, charges $10 to $25 to receive a package, depending on weight. Some budget hotels charge $1.50 a night for in-room safes. Convincing a front desk employee to waive a fee at check-out is getting harder. Fees are more established, better disclosed and hotel employees are now trained to politely say no. "It's the most difficult it's ever been to get a charge removed," Hanson says. U.S. hotels last year took in $122.2 billion in room revenue, according to travel research company STR. Fees only add an extra 2 percent in revenue, but Hanson notes the majority of that money is pure profit. Some guests are revolting. Royce Breckon travels frequently for his job marketing outdoor sporting equipment but refuses to spend the night at any hotel charging for Internet. Charges typically range from $10 to $25 a night. "You can walk into just about any coffee shop and have it for free," Breckon says. The American Hotel and Lodging Association says fees are common in the travel business and that its members disclose them at the time of booking. Hotels first started adding surcharges in 1997, mostly at resorts with expansive pools, tennis courts and fancy gyms. The so-called resort fees paid for staff to set up beach umbrellas and lounge chairs. Three years later, hotels added energy surcharges to cover rising utility bills. Hotels then refrained from adding any major surcharge for several years. But as airlines and car rental agencies made fees commonplace, hotels started to think up new ones, collecting record amounts in each of the past four years, according to Hanson's research. Even the in-room minibar — a decades-old splurge — isn't safe from the new wave of add-ons. At the Liberty Hotel in Boston a cold can of Coke from the minibar costs $5. That's just the base price. The fine print on the menu reveals an 18-percent "administrative fee" to restock the bar. Elsewhere, the in-room offerings more conspicuous. Jimmy R. Howell was shocked by the W San Diego's efforts to sell him snacks and drinks. "Usually these extras are kept under lock and key," Howell says. At the W, they were "strewn about" the room, above the bar, on the desk, nightstands and in the bathroom. "It seems like an effort to tempt you." Even moving an item in the minibar can generate a fee. The Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, like many other hotels, bills items to guests' rooms if sensors in the minibar note they have been removed for more than 60 seconds — enough time, hotels say, to read the nutritional information and make a decision. The Aria goes one step further. It also charges a $25 a day "personal use fee" if a guest puts their own soda or bottled water in the minibar. A guest in need of a mini refrigerator can have one delivered to their room — for an extra $35 a night. Some hotels are bucking the trend. Hyatt's upscale boutique Andaz chain offers complimentary local snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from its minibars. Hotels are also revisiting resort fees, upping the price, especially at the high-end. For $650 a night, guests at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort — set on a former coconut plantation in Puerto Rico — enjoy rooms with 300-thread-count sheets and walk-in-closets. But that's not the full price. There's a $60 nightly resort charge, which provides for a welcome drink upon check-in, Internet access, the use of beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, bicycles and a daily poolside ritual iced tea service that includes fruit skewers. Guests pay whether they use the services or not. Other hotels are adding mandatory tips. The Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda, which was recently charging $469 a night, charges a resort fee and mandatory gratuities for each person in a room. So two adults and two kids sharing a room would incur $48.28 a night in resort fees and $40.80 tips — adding 19 percent to the nightly rate. And the fees aren't limited to resorts anymore. The Serrano hotel in downtown San Francisco adds on a $20 per night "Urban Fee" that includes Internet, local phone calls, newspapers, morning coffee and use of bicycles. Perhaps nowhere are hotels pushing fees further than in Las Vegas. Forget resort fees. Those are taken for granted there. Resorts like The Bellagio are learning from airlines and selling enhancements. Want to skip the notoriously long Las Vegas check-in lines? That will be $30 extra. Want to check-in early? That's another $30. Check-out late? Also $30. And if you want two queen beds or one king bed, it will cost extra to guarantee your preference. For an extra — you guessed it — $30, the Bellagio will lock in three room preferences such as bed type, requests to be near or far away from the elevators, rooms on a high or low floor or the option to have quieter non-connecting rooms. Then there was the fee Hank Phillippi Ryan, a mystery writer, faced while in town to sign copies of her new book "Truth Be Told" at a convention. Before heading to the airport, she went to the lobby of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino to print her boarding pass. There a kiosk offered the service — for $7.95. "I think I actually yelped," she recalls. "I had never seen that before."

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  • Lead paint could ruin vacation

    Dear Dr. Blonz: I am concerned about lead poisoning. What is the best way to check for lead in paint? Our vacation rental is in a dated cottage and there is a powdery deposit on the walls. The rental agency doesn’t know the answer. Our dog is with us, and we are also concerned about him. I need to find out more about what goes wrong with lead and how to find out discreetly whether there is a problem. — S.R., San DiegoDear S.R.: The most immediate step is to find out whether there is lead on the walls. There are a number of lead-check products, some of which will probably be available at a local hardware store. I have used LeadCheck swabs (leadcheck.com) by 3M, but there are a number of products that can provide the information you need. They all involve a liquid swab with an indicator substance that turns a certain color when lead ions are present. It is a simple, straightforward test that can be used on any surface, and one that will let you know instantly — and discreetly — whether the powdery deposit on the walls in your rental represents a risk. These swabs can also be used to test for lead in any other items, such as chew toys used by the dog.You are right to be concerned. Lead can enter the body in a number of ways, the most common being the consumption of substances containing lead, or the inhalation of lead in dust. If the walls have leaded paint, powder from the paint can drop to the floor; every time the floor is swept, the lead can become airborne, presenting an increased risk of inhalation. Lead poisoning in children, for example, is often related to the consumption of leaded paint chips that peel off the walls, or by putting hands or toys with lead dust on them in their mouths. In adults, common sources are leaded water pipes, leaded pottery used for cooking or eating, leaded food-storage containers, or working in industries where lead-containing compounds are used.Aside from testing kits for the suspect items, there is a blood test that can determine if excessive lead has entered the body. A physician can provide a more precise evaluation. The good news is that the body is able to rid itself of lead; the bad news is that it does so slowly. The issue is that if you are in a lead-contaminated environment, the lead comes in faster than the body can eliminate it. That means the essential first step is to stop the exposure.The symptoms of lead poisoning in adults are varied, including anemia, fatigue, depression, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart failure, abdominal pain, gout, kidney failure, wrist or foot weakness or reproductive problems. In children, lead poisoning symptoms include anemia, fatigue, decreased appetite, digestive problems, sleeplessness, learning problems and lowered I.Q. The Environmental Protection Agency has an excellent “Learn about Lead” page at tinyurl.com/ohsk2z5.In dogs, the symptoms of lead poisoning include distinct changes in their nervous and digestive systems, including seizures, uneven gait, colic and vomiting. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions. You can find more about lead poisoning in dogs at tinyurl.com/nl3qed6 and tinyurl.com/32r4uj.

  • OPINION: Eric Holder leads the rush to judgment

    One thing an old Ivy League revolutionary can’t stand is people noticing that he represents the Establishment. That he embodies the System to a point where he can make it stop and make it go. He will go to great lengths to convince himself, if not others, this is not so.Take Eric H. Holder Jr., Columbia College Class of 1973, Columbia Law School Class of 1976, now into his sixth year as U.S. attorney general of the Obama Imperium. The man really wants us to think he is not also “the man.”Yes, he is “the attorney general of the United States,” as Holder told a group of St. Louis Community College students in Ferguson, Mo., this week. “But I am also a black man.”Holder took himself to Ferguson to spur the federal civil rights probe by more than 40 FBI agents into the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson, who is white. As the Justice chief declared at local FBI headquarters: “We’re looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes.” Obviously, Holder left those scales of impartiality at home. Not that he would need them in Missouri, where Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon announced “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued,” presumably of police officer Wilson.Even the dark suits and American flags fail to obscure the 21st century lynch mob at work. According to the snap judgment of federal and state authorities, Wilson shot the 6-foot-4, 292-pound man multiple times for “racist” reasons. The other story out there gathering reportorial mass is that Wilson fired as Brown charged him after having beaten Wilson to the point of fracturing his orbital socket and rendering the six-year veteran cop nearly unconscious, but, heavens, don’t let what’s quaintly known as the judicial process function unimpeded to ascertain the facts. Keep that media circus going because the nation’s top cop is ringmaster.In his “closed-door meeting” — no media — at the community college, Holder wanted students to know he understood their “mistrust” of police. In fact, he wanted the whole country to know it because the Justice Department later released excerpts of his remarks. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding,” the handout says. “Pulled over ... ‘Let me search your car’ ... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

  • Deducting moving expenses

    If you move because of your job, you may be able to deduct the cost of the move on your tax return. Please note that you may deduct your moving expenses only if you move to start a new job or to work at the same job in a new location. Also, you can deduct these expenses only if you choose to itemize your deductions on form Schedule A.In order to deduct moving expenses, your move must meet three requirements:1. The move must closely relate to the start of work. Generally, you can consider moving expenses within one year of the date you start work at a new job location. Additional rules apply to this requirement.2. Your move must meet the distance test. Your new main job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job location. For example, if your old job was three miles from your old home, your new job must be at least 53 miles from your old home.3. You must meet the time test. After the move, you must work full time at your new job for at least 39 weeks the first year. If you’re self-employed, you must meet this test and work full time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first two years at the new job site. If your income tax return is due before you’ve met this test, you can still deduct moving expenses if you expect to meet it.See Publication 521 - Moving Expenses, for more information about these rules. It’s available on www.IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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