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  • Showdown set Monday in SC Central League

    The top two teams — Daily News-Sun and Ameriprise Financial — are headed for a Monday morning softball showdown in the Sun Cities Central League.Both teams posted wins Thursday at Sun Bowl Field in Sun City to set up a battle for first place at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Liberty Field in Sun City West.The Daily News-Sun improved to 12-1 with an 11-9 victory over Desert Rose while Ameriprise went to 11-2 with a 15-4 rout of Farrar Chiropractic.Paul Tone 14Ryan’s TD 13Dave McCart had three hits and belted a second-inning grand slam for Paul Tone.

  • Valley technology club tackles bioelectronics

    The Valley Engineering, Science and Technology Club will feature a lecture on bioelectronics at its next meeting, slated 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 at Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West.The lecture is titled, “Bioelectronics From Tricorder to Tiny Devices and Back.”The presenter will be Mark Porter, a senior principal reliability engineer and technical fellow from the Medtronic Tempe Campus.Porter is an active member of IEEE and holds certifications as a quality engineer and reliability engineer. He has a bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire and has held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, TRW Space Systems and Motorola.Porter will discuss some of the innovations that are changing the way medical care is being delivered and the profound changes that are being developed.He will provide an overview of some of the implantable devices that are on the horizon from the perspective of someone intimately involved in developing the technology and demonstrating their reliability.

  • Coldwell Banker remains perfect with 14th win

    Coldwell Banker improved to 14-0 Thursday with an 11-5 win over Larry Ott Realty during Sun Cities National League softball play at Liberty Field in Sun City West.Bob Williams had three hits with a pair of doubles and 4 RBI in the win.Sub Arnie Rehmann and Ray Keller each had three hits while Louie Gay made two sensational catches in left field to squelch bases-loaded rallies. Sub Al Schifini earned the pitching victory for Coldwell Banker.Tom Settje belted a third-inning grand slam for Larry Ott Realty.Thayne Heisel went 3-for-3 in the loss.Solar City 11

  • Glendale business raising money to protect police dogs

    GLENDALE, AZ - Two Glendale business owners are trying to raise money to protect the city’s police K-9 officers. Cherylynn Berry is co-owner of 2 Share Gift Shop in downtown Glendale. She donates a portion of the proceeds of all of her sales to help buy bulletproof vests for the dogs on the force. Berry is trying to outfit all six of the Glendale Police Department’s K-9s in time for the Super Bowl. Berry was moved to the cause after the department lost one of its dogs last year. “Ronin” was killed in the summer of 2013 while taking down a suspect. “We used to watch him in training outside the store,” Berry said. “When we realized he didn’t have a vest we wanted to do something.” For officers like Bryan Anderson, it would offer some relief. “The dogs are like family,” he said. “The vests cost $2,000 to $4,000 and they expire and need to be replaced every few years.” Anderson said the vests they currently have are worn and many don’t fit the dogs properly. Berry founded the non-profit 2 Share Foundation. You can also check out their Facebook page. They will continuously raise money. After helping Glendale police dogs they will look to fund dog vests for other West Valley departments.

  • Sun Health expands programs to Southwest Valley with help of grant

    A Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust grant totaling $148,000 will enable Sun Health to expand its successful Center for Health & Wellbeing programs to the Southwest Valley in 2015.“This generous grant from the Piper Trust will help us help more people learn about and adopt healthier lifestyles,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health’s executive vice president of Population Health.The new center will be co-located inside the La Loma Rehabilitation Center, located on Sun Health’s La Loma Village campus, 14260 Denny Blvd. in Litchfield Park.In January, Tracy Garrett, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, and Rhonda Zonoozi, exercise physiologist and health coach, will begin teaching classes and providing individual consultations on nutrition, exercise, fitness and weight loss as well as specialized classes such as the diabetes self-management education series (accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators) and the diabetes prevention program (Developed by the Centers for Disease Control).The grant from Piper Trust, obtained through Sun Health Foundation, will fund the expansion of health and wellness programs and equipment for the new center, which initially will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays.“Sun Health’s desire to help people engage actively in their health care and improve well-being for those with chronic diseases through new lifestyle modification programs will be a tremendous asset for the community — health care models like this allow people to age in place,” said Dr. Susan Pepin, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

  • Mustangs host youth academy

    The Arizona Football Academy Football Camp will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 23 on the football field at Sunrise Mountain High School, 21200 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria.Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. The camp is open for grades five through eight.Coaches: James Carter, Sunrise Mountain head coach; Ryan Decrochers, defensive coordinator; Terry Battle, running backs; Jason Fox, offensive line; Matt Mickelson, offensive line; and Mike Giovando, quarterbacks.There will be private quarterback lessons after Tuesday’s camp.Sunrise coaching staff, youth coaches and players will also be coaching the camp.Cost is $65 for registrations postmarked on or prior to Dec. 20.

  • Industry-funded study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

    PHOENIX – Eating almonds is beneficial for those with Type 2 diabetes, according to an Arizona State University study funded by an industry group.The study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.C reactive protein is a marker for inflammation, which indicates a person has a high level of oxidative stress. Inflammation is important to keep in check because it can lead to heart disease, according to Carol Johnston, associate director of ASU’s nutrition program in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.“Oxidation is really a problem because that can further the damage to their arterial walls, which causes the heart disease problem,” Johnston said. “It’s nice to manage your glucose, but you also need to make sure the vasculature in your heart system is operating well, and oxidative stress is very damaging to that.”From previous studies Johnston conducted, she knew that participants in the early stages of the disease would be able to keep their blood glucose levels in check by eating almonds. The almonds didn’t affect the blood glucose levels for the latest round of patients, but participants showed a 30 percent reduction in the inflammation, the study said.Because almonds have antioxidant properties, Karen Sweazea, assistant professor and co-author on the study, said she expected to see some reduction in the inflammation marker. Yet she didn’t expect such a large drop.

  • Global oil impact: Who’s hurting, happy, hopeful

    NEW YORK — Oil’s plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe.The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters. Russia’s currency has nose-dived, for instance, and investors worry Venezuela could default on its debt.For countries that consume a large amount of the world’s oil, it’s a different story. The world’s four biggest economies — U.S., China, Japan and that of the European Union — all benefit from lower oil prices.“Economically this is a good thing for the U.S., it’s a good thing for Europe, it’s a good thing for China and it’s a good thing for most consumers,” says Sarah Ladislaw, director of the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Whether the price plunge ultimately helps or harms the global economy depends on how low oil prices fall, how long they stay low, and whether they trigger political upheaval that interrupts trade or spooks investors.On Friday the global price of oil traded near $61, down 47 percent from its high for the year of $115. That drop removes nearly $5 billion a day in revenue from the global oil industry — and reduces costs for consumers.

  • Brother of man shot by Phoenix police arrested in Glendale

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Glendale police are investigating the brother of an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by Phoenix police for allegations of sexual assault and threatening the officer involved in the shooting. Police say 38-year-old Rickey McGee Brisbon, of Glendale, was arrested Friday on an unrelated charge of domestic violence from a June 2013 case. He was also booked for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. But authorities say they are investigating a claim that Brisbon physically and sexually assaulted a female. The female victim told authorities that Brisbon also threatened to kill her and Officer Mark Rine. Phoenix police say Rine was investigating a tip that Rumain Brisbon was conducting a drug deal Dec. 2 when he mistook a pill bottle in Brisbon's pocket for a gun and shot him.

  • Live Blog: Moon Valley Invitational

    PHOENIX - Coming to you live from Moon Valley.Finals scheduled to around 7 p.m. Hope to have the blog up and running by 6:30 or so.In case you are new to the live blog, here are things to know.1. The freshest take is on the top. Scroll down to see older matches, stats, information, my opinion, etc.2. I have a very obstructed view so I might miss some action more than normal.3. Apologize ahead of time for misspellings of names and typos. I am trying to keep up with the action so my key strokes might be a little off at times.

  • Medicare cuts payments to 721 hospitals

    In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released this week show.Medicare assessed these new penalties against some of the most renowned hospitals in the nation, including the Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.One out of every seven hospitals in the nation will have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent over the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 and continues through September. The health law mandates the reductions for the quarter of hospitals that Medicare assessed as having the highest rates of “hospital-acquired conditions.” These conditions include infections from catheters, blood clots, bed sores and other complications that are considered avoidable.The penalties, which are estimated to total $373 million, are falling particularly hard on academic medical centers: Roughly half of them will be punished, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.Dr. Eric Schneider, a Boston health researcher who has interviewed patient safety experts for his studies, said research has demonstrated that medical errors can be reduced through a number of techniques. But “there’s a pretty strong sense among the experts we talked to that they are not widely implemented,” he said. Those methods include entering physician orders into computers rather than scrawling them on paper, better hand hygiene and checklists on procedures to follow during surgeries. “Too many clinicians fail to use those techniques consistently,” he said.The penalties come as the hospital industry is showing some success in reducing avoidable errors. A recent federal report found the frequency of mistakes dropped by 17 percent between 2010 and 2013, an improvement U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell called “a big deal, but it’s only a start.” Even with the reduction, one in eight hospital admissions in 2013 included a patient injury, according to the report from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jim Bruning framed it as a public-safety issue, though the complaint provides little data to support its claim that Colorado pot is pouring into neighboring states. The case emerges at a time when polls show growing public support for legal weed. Even Congress this week started to ease restrictions on the drug, barring the federal government from interfering with the 23 states that allow it for medical uses. National law-enforcement groups have staunchly opposed the legalization of marijuana. The lawsuit filed to the U.S. Supreme Court cheered some police in Colorado who have been frustrated at the public's wide acceptance of that state's recreational marijuana market, despite some examples of people overdosing on high-concentration edibles. "When you work in the public-safety industry, you're impacted by this all the time," said Jim Gerhardt, vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association. "We're seeing it. The firefighters are seeing it. The hospitals are seeing it. But the general public can be apathetic." Mason Tvert, the pro-marijuana activist who helped push legalization in Colorado, said he was not surprised by the resistance from Oklahoma and Nebraska, two socially conservative states that were reluctant to repeal Prohibition. "When you think about who are the two types of people who'd never want to try marijuana, it's people who are looking at it morally, through religion ... and that law-enforcement attitude that this is the law and we want to keep it," Tvert said. The legalization movement, he added, has seen some of its stiffest resistance in conservative, religious states in the Deep South and in Nebraska, where activists were unable to get enough signatures to put a medical-marijuana measure on the 2012 ballot. Law-enforcement agencies have long said anecdotally that they are making more marijuana arrests and seizing more of the drug since Colorado voters legalized the drug. But there's no way to know exactly how much legal pot is leaving the state. In a recent report, the agency known as the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area wrote that the amount of Colorado pot seized on highways increased from an annual average of 2,763 pounds between 2005 and 2008 to an average of 3,690 pounds from 2009 to 2013. The weed was headed for at least 40 different states. Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said his organization has seen at least a dozen cases of highly potent marijuana from Colorado entering his state. Before Colorado legalized the drug at the end of 2012, Oklahoma had never recorded a single case of high-grade pot trafficking from its neighbor. In western Nebraska's Scotts Bluff County, Sheriff Mark Overman said Colorado marijuana is extra strong, making it more valuable in his region and giving sellers a greater financial incentive to do business there. "I think this is overdue, and I think other states should jump on board," Overman said of the lawsuit. "I'm very frustrated. I take an oath of office, as does every other police officer in this country. I don't just get to pick and choose which laws I enforce." Although organizations like the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff's Association have warned against legalizing marijuana, the legalization movement also has high-profile law-enforcement supporters. Washington state's legalization was supported by the sheriff of Kings County, which includes Seattle, as well as two former U.S. attorneys there, and the former head of its FBI office. Inga Fryklund, a former Cook County, Illinois, prosecutor who is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a pro-legalization group, said that many rank-and-file police officers and prosecutors secretly support marijuana reform. "A lot of their time is taken up with stupid drug arrests," she said. But she acknowledged deep-seated resistance in law enforcement because people there see marijuana as destabilizing. "You have to step back a bit and say 'This is very much like Prohibition of alcohol. All the violence and corruption is there because the stuff's illegal,'" Fryklund said. She also noted that police agencies are increasingly funded by seizing assets of people accused of drug crimes. Darrel Stephens, who heads the Major City Police Chiefs Association, said that law enforcement believes legitimate concerns about marijuana legalization have been drowned out by deep-pocketed donors who have funded pro-marijuana ballot measures. At this point, he believes complete legalization is inevitable. "There's never any support to gear up a counter-campaign," said Stephens, a former police chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. "It's extremely frustrating to watch."

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  • ‘Antiques Roadshow’ revisits ‘Boomer Years’

    “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS is looking back with nostalgia at vintage treasures from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s in a new special, “The Boomer Years.”“The ‘Baby Boom’ of the mid-20th century created a generation who grew up witnessing the rise of television, space exploration and rock ‘n’ roll,” said executive producer Marsha Bemko. “The treasures from that period make up some of our all-time favorite appraisals, so you can’t miss this new special.”In celebration of this post-war era, “The Boomer Years” features “the king” of appraisals with a 1956 Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender” standee that was found during a home renovation and brought to Roadshow by an avid Elvis fan. This is one of few standees known to exist: many are assumed to have been torn to shreds by fans who wanted a piece of Elvis to take home from the theater. Another highlight is a 1958 Martin Luther King Jr. letter purchased for $20 at the estate of a Richard Nixon biographer that includes King’s striking and candid opinions of Nixon. Finally, it wouldn’t be “The Boomer Years” without ”Peanuts!” A big find for the hour is a collection of Charles Schulz comic strip art that was owned by a former Hallmark employee who worked with Schulz for 12 years and is valued at $200,000 to $250,000.Take a trip down memory lane with “The Boomer Years” Monday night on PBS (check local listings).Part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, 12-time Emmy Award nominated “Antiques Roadshow” is in its 18th broadcast season. For more “Antiques Roadshow,” including full episodes, appraiser information, tips of the trade, bonus videos, a comprehensive archive, teacher resources and more, visit You can also find “Roadshow” on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr.

  • Music in sports highlighted at PBC Experience music workshop

    The Phoenix Boys Choir’s free music workshop returns from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 with a new themed workshop.  Boys from around the Valley are invited to participate in the morning workshop to learn how to sing, read music and perform through activities themed around music from the sporting and gaming worlds.  The workshop culminates in a short performance for parents and friends to showcase everything the boys learned in the workshop. Boys will also enjoy a short performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir.Registration is at PBC Experience Music Workshop takes place at the Phoenix Boys Choir building, 1131 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. There is no cost for the camp. Snacks and water will be provided.Participating boys will sing alongside current Phoenix Boys Choir members studying the fundamentals of expressive choral singing, music literacy and concert etiquette, led by members of the Phoenix Boys Choir artistic staff and Phoenix Boys Choir alumni.

  • Bands announced for McDowell Mountain Music Festival

    The three-day festival at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix March 27-29 will feature Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Portugal, The Man, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, StrFkr, Robert Delong and Break Science.Tickets are now on sale at After-hours event passes will be on sale at a later date.John Largay, president of Wespac Construction, which has produced the non-profit music festival since 2004, said in a release: “This festival is a party for the people. It’s a community effort, engaging music enthusiasts to come out to enjoy an eclectic mix of talents and also to support notable charities in the Valley.”Proceeds from the festival benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center, which provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services.

  • Larry H. Miller joins MADD's 'Tie One On for Safety' campaign

    Larry H. Miller Dealerships has announced a partnership with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Arizona to help raise awareness around the organization’s “Tie One On for Safety” campaign, which encourages drivers to tie a red ribbon on their car as a reminder to always designate a non-drinking driver.In addition, through Larry H. Miller Charities, the dealership group’s charitable arm, the company will match customer and community donations up to $20,000.“Every 51 minutes, on average, an individual is killed in a drunk driving crash and Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve is the nation’s most dangerous time of the year for car accidents,” said Nick Ray, state executive director of MADD Arizona.“During this past Thanksgiving weekend alone, DUI task forces in Arizona made 372 DUI arrests.”These staggering statistics have prompted LHM Dealerships, an organization that focuses on giving back to the communities it does business in, to partner with MADD to encourage responsible driving during the holiday season and throughout the year.Through Jan. 1, all 13 LHM Dealerships locations in Arizona will match customers’ donations to the campaign up to $20,000.

  • Construction stalls at WinCo grocery store along Bell Road

    Construction has been delayed on the WinCo grocery store on Bell Road, west of Loop 303 in Surprise.The 85,000-square-foot store was scheduled to open between January and March, but that date could be pushed back following recent court activity.Phoenix-based Beus Gilbert PLLC is representing LDR, property owner for the shopping center anchored by Safeway just west of the WinCo.Three topics — the Surprise board of adjustment ruling, the WinCo site plan and the project’s joint access easement —  are the subject of the Beus Gilbert lawsuits.“There’s four actions —  two that involve the city and two that do not (directed at WinCo),” said Misty Leslie, Surprise city attorney. “The current status of the project is being impacted by the two that do not involve the city. It is my understanding from talking to the attorney that represents the Safeway (owner) that the private matter that does not involve the city — there was an arbitration ruling that put a 60-day stay on the project until the site plan is approved pursuant to whatever agreement that existed.”WinCo and Beus Gilbert representatives did not respond to repeated calls and emails.

  • Apple wins class-action iPod trial

    OAKLAND, CA - After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found in favor of Apple in a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over the price of its iPod music players.The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court rejected a claim by attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers, who argued that Apple's use of restrictive software froze out competing makers of portable music players. Apple had argued that the software provided necessary security protection.Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they plan to appeal Tuesday's verdict.The case was filed nearly ten years ago and dates to a time when Apple used anti-piracy software that prevented its iPods from playing songs that were downloaded from online outlets that competed with Apple's iTunes stores.

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  • Lead with hips for correct follow-through

    In general, things that you do after you hit your shot are unimportant to the outcome of the shot. You cannot “save” the shot after you have hit it. Interestingly, we try.How many times have you seen someone hit a shot offline and then lean in the opposite direction as if to try to “bring it back?” Even on the pro tour, the player will hit a shot and then hold his hands in a particular way to try to “undo” the damage he did at impact when he hit the ball.For the most part, I don’t tell my students to try to finish in a particular way because I find that if there is a problem with their follow-through, they tend to continue to make the mistake and then, after the mistake is made, they will strike the pose I want. That doesn’t help.Having said all that, what you do after impact does indicate what has gone before. In that sense, the follow-through is important in that it indicates if the technique used in the downswing was correct.So here’s the ideal: You want to finish on your left leg facing the target after you swing. Here are the two prerequisites to make that happen: Don’t sway off the ball in the backswing and bring the club butt-end first into the ball in the downswing. If you stay centered over the ball in the backswing and if you bring the club end-on into the hitting area, you will finish on your left side facing the target. The finish is an indication of what has gone before.How do you learn not to sway off the ball? Assume your address position with the sun at your back and the shadow of your head over a ball sitting on the ground. Take your backswing and see what happens to the shadow of your head relative to the ball. If you are like most golfers, the shadow of your head will move off the ball toward the rear. Continue working with your shadow and the ball until you can keep the shadow of your head over the ball. Be very sensitive to the feelings in your body that develop as you strive to keep the shadow of your head over the ball. Those feelings are what you want to strive for when you are hitting balls.

  • Valley man says Social Security ‘killed’ his mom

    A Valley man is working to prove that his mother is still alive.Bob of Phoenix says the confusion started when his mom Harriet did not get her monthly Social Security payment.He says the representative on the phone told him the Social Security Administration received a death certificate from a mortuary telling them his mother had died weeks earlier.“I say if that’s the case then she’s the first resurrected person in over 2,000 years because she’s standing right beside me in the flesh,” said Bob.They set an appointment for weeks in the future but his mom would have been nearly two months without benefits, so he let me know.Mistaken death reports are uncommon, but they do happen.

  • Angry outbursts frustrate caregiver

    Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of advice columns from Benevilla’s caregiver coach, Regina Thibideau.Dear Caregiver Coach: I am at my wit’s end. My husband has FTLD and has outbursts of anger which I don’t understand. What can I do? At Wit’s EndDear At Wit’s End: Thank you for bringing up a serious problem for many caregivers whose loved one has dementia and more specifically Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia, which is often called FTD or FTLD.This particular dementia is characterized by two specific issues: changes in behavior and problems with language.Beyond that, outbursts and behavior issues can occur when pain is present.When someone cannot tell you in words about pain, often they will act out in ways that seem more angry and combative.

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