Coronavirus stay-at-home orders mean increase in domestic violence calls, advocates say

For victims of domestic abuse, coronavirus stay-at-home order may make life riskier, not safer For some, home has become an inviting cocoon: safety from the coronavirus, more time with family. But for others, who live in close quarters with an abuser, home may be more dangerous than the disease that confinement with family members is supposed to keep at bay. Both Phoenix Police and domestic abuse hotlines have noted a sharp uptick in domestic violence complaints in recent weeks.

Metro Phoenix hiking trails packed despite COVID-19 social distancing

When Gov. Doug Ducey warned people to avoid large gatherings and close contact with others, the state and Phoenix park systems came up with a healthy alternative: Get outdoors, they announced. Come hike our trails. It has worked. So well that, at peak times in some parks this weekend, avoiding large gatherings and close contact on narrow trails was as challenging as, for instance, finding a parking space — even in a dry stream bed near the Superstition Mountains. While hiking trails would be a

ASU campus: How to travel around the bike friendly community, Tempe

ASU students, here's what you need to know about biking in Tempe If you’re an Arizona State University student who's into biking, you picked the right school. Tempe has one of the highest percentages of bicycle commuters in the country, with nearly 3% of its residents biking to work, according to Work isn’t the only place you can bike. Tempe has 215 miles of bikeways and was named a "Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community" by The League of American Bicyclists in 2019. But while hop

Fake IDs, DUIs: 6 questions answered about college drinking in Arizona

Can I get in trouble for throwing a party? 6 questions answered about college and drinking College is a time for new experiences. First time on your own, first time making your own meals, first time doing your own laundry, and, for some, first time drinking alcohol. For a lot of people, college is the time to party and drink. You're only young once, right? But that's no reason to be irresponsible about it. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “the first 6 weeks

TIME cover includes five Arizona mass shootings

TIME Magazine: There have been more than 250 mass shootings in 2019. 5 were in Arizona What's surrounding the black, bolded word? The 253 locations where mass shootings have taken place just this year in America. Five of the mass shootings on TIME's cover happened in Arizona. "What seemed to me to travel the farthest and speak the loudest were not pictures but numbers," wrote TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, in an explanation of the cover. "Numbers that showed how tragically e

'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' trashed the University of Arizona

UA gets trashed on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated who responded on Reddit. Trevor Noah has taken his fair share of hits at Arizona recently. Friday night on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," the comedic host did an "If You Don’t Know, Now You Know " segment on Asian nations rejecting western trash. As an example of how American trash often dominates Asian nations, Noah showed a man who makes a living sort

Great Value and HEB taco seasoning recalled for possible salmonella

Williams Foods LLC has issued a voluntary recall of its Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix and HEB Mild Taco Seasoning Reduced Sodium, sold in many states including Arizona, due to a possible salmonella contamination. Great Value products are sold at Walmart, while HEB products are sold at HEB stores in Texas and Northern Mexico. The recalled products have “use by” dates of July 8, 2021 and July 9, 2021. The recall was issued on July 25, and the product was for sale in 43 states and Washingto

White Claw Claw Game machine debuts at El Hefe in Scottsdale

You can now play a claw machine for White Claw at El Hefe in Scottsdale Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article gave an incorrect name for El Hefe's parent company. The claw is now the master at El Hefe — and they're giving the game a whole new meaning. The bar launched a White Claw Claw Game machine at their Scottsdale location on Sunday. "The response so far has been amazing!" said Robyn Moore, director of communications for the bar's parent company, Riot Hospitali

OdySea Aquarium is the first Certified Autism Center in Arizona

OdySea Aquarium is now the first 'Certified Autism Center' in Arizona The OdySea Aquarium became Arizona’s only attraction that doubles as a Certified Autism Center. The International Board of Credentialing and Continued Education Standards announced the aquarium’s certification in early July. “We really want this to be the place where families can go no matter what their special needs might be,” said Jessica Peranteau, director of education at OdySea. For some Valley families, like Frank Ma

Nike 'Betsy Ross' flag sneakers removed from shoes resale site, StockX

The controversial Nike shoes that prompted an early-morning tweetstorm from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey were being resold for upward of $1,000 on StockX. That is, until the sneaker resale site removed the product. Hours after Nike canceled its "Betsy Ross flag" shoe and secondhand prices surged, StockX CEO Scott Cutler tweeted that his company would also pull the shoe from its site and ban any further sales of it. “We have decided to remove the Nike Air Max 1 USA from our site today and prohibit

Questions on Ducey, Nike and the Arizona manufacturing plant answered

Your questions about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Nike and the Goodyear plant deal, answered Twitter users responded with mixed emotions — and a lot of questions — after Gov. Doug Ducey vowed on Twitter to withdraw state financial incentives recently promised to Nike. Nike had struck a deal with Goodyear to bring a manufacturing plant with some 500 full-time jobs to the metro Phoenix suburb. Ducey tweeted his decision after Nike canceled the release of a shoe that featured an early design of the

Javelina surprised golfers at Encanto Golf Course in Phoenix

A javelina made an unexpected appearance at a Phoenix golf course A cute critter recently made an unexpected appearance at a Phoenix golf course. A video posted to Twitter on Wednesday showed a javelina prancing through the fields of Encanto Golf Course. "Can someone explain how a javelina ended up downtown on Encanto golf course?" tweeted Kelly Flood, who posted the 10-second clip of the javelina. Reggie Campos, a manager at Encanto Golf Course, wondered the same thing. “That’s the first t

Arizona homes are most expensive to cool nationwide

Shocker: Air-conditioning costs more in Arizona than any other state during the summer Keeping your home cool during the summer costs more in Arizona than it does in any other state, according to a recent study that surprised approximately no one. Arizonans pay three times as much as the average U.S. resident for air-conditioning in the summer, according to a study by Sense, a residential energy management company. Sense analyzed 1,600 homes across the country in 2018 to figure out how much p

GCU student has music featured on 'Keeping up with the Kardashians'

'Keeping up with the Kardashians' features song by Grand Canyon University student Jason Henshaw may not have been keeping up with the Kardashians, but the famous family has apparently been keeping up with his music. The artist-songwriter, who's going into his final year at Grand Canyon University, recently had his music featured on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” — a show he didn’t even watch. Henshaw's song, “Calabasas Rose,” played over the credits in “Heavy Meddle," episode 10 of season

Sprouts recalls frozen spinach for possible listeria risk

Sprouts Farmers Market has recalled its frozen spinach in 19 states, including Arizona, because of a potential listeria risk. The two different recalled frozen spinach packages, organic and non-organic, can be identified on the back of the packaging as follows: All product has been removed from the stores. Customers are advised to destroy the product or return it to Sprouts for a full refund. The recall, issued Monday, was due to random sampling. The company will also conduct an internal inve

Father's Day Budweiser commercial features Phoenix family

Budweiser commercials are known to pull at the heartstrings, and they didn't disappoint this Father's Day. Arizona natives Mark and Victor Olivas were featured in a Budweiser commercial highlighting the relationships between stepfathers and their stepchildren. The commercial, released online Wednesday, featured the families reminiscing on their time together. It took an emotional turn when each of the three children asked their fathers to legally adopt them. "I wanted to actually ask you to l

Greater Phoenix Economic Council launches #CAStruggles campaign

Phoenix economic group looks to lure Californians to Arizona with #CAStruggles campaign Phoenix is proud of what it can offer, especially to companies and corporations, and we’re not exactly shy about it. On June 10, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) launched its #CAStruggles integrated marketing campaign, complete with 24 wrapped cars driving between San Jose and San Francisco. The cars, which GPEC president and CEO Chris Camacho considers “unique” and “very direct,” read “#CAStrug

Arizona Humane Society assists resident with nearly 50 rabbits

Dozens of rabbits up for adoption after 'overwhelmed' asks to turn in nearly 50 to Arizona Humane Society If you're looking to adopt a new pet, a few dozen options may hop into your lives over the course of the summer. The Arizona Humane Society recently tweeted out Brady-bunch style headshots of a handful of hares now up for adoption after they were contacted by an "overwhelmed" pet owner looking to turn in nearly 50 rabbits. The rabbits' owner contacted AHS through its Pet Resource Center,

Arizona-themed Bashas' Donut Flavor Craze contest winners announced

If you’ve been searching for a way to celebrate both National Doughnut Day and the state of Arizona at once, you're in luck. Cactus and haboob-themed doughnuts took the top prize in the Bashas’ Supermarket "Donut Flavor Craze" contest, which challenged children and adults to create Arizona-inspired doughnuts. The two winning creations will be available for purchase starting Friday and will remain on sale through the rest of the month in all 58 Bashas’ locations across the state. Eight-year-ol