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The Department of Homeland Security has released the forms undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, and who meet certain requirements, can fill out to apply for deferred action.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will accept forms at various sites starting on August 15.
Mike Kiefer, a longtime colleague of ours and (more important) a longtime friend, writes these days for the Arizona Republic, mostly about bad guys in trouble down at the Maricopa County Superior Court and elsewhere.
Mike is a fine reporter and a true wordsmith (we know one when we read one, just like the Supreme Court justice and pornography) and wish we still had him over here.
All that said, Mike writes novels "on the side," and will be reading from his latest, The Lion Hunter, tonight at 7 at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. The address: 6429 South McClintock Drive. More »
Panels of experts and speakers at the Town Hall will examine the increasing influence of Latino voters at a national, state and local level, as well as the growing contributions of Latino youth -- as voters and community organizers.
That was also the theme of "Brown Wave," a New Times feature about young Latinos, including undocumented students, mobilizing west Phoenix voters and helping increase voter turnout by nearly five times.
But it wasn't just in Phoenix, helping turn the tide in two city council seats and the mayor's race. Election experts say Latino voters played a pivotal role in the recall of former State Senate President Russell Pearce.More »
|Shannon Smith was killed on New Year's Eve in 1999 by a stray bullet someone randomly fired into the air.|
If you didn't already know, the Phoenix Police Department wants to remind city residents that not only is blasting away at the sky an incredibly stupid thing to do (bullets, believe or not, are subject to the same rules of gravity as everything else), it's also a felony.
New Year's Eve marks the 12th anniversary of the death of Shannon Smith, a 14-year-old honor student killed in 1999 by a stray bullet fired randomly into the air while she was standing in her backyard talking on the phone.
Shocked that randomly firing a gun in an urban environment was only a misdemeanor, Smith's parents campaigned to pass "Shannon's Law" in 2000, which makes doing so a felony.
In February, Tempe Police were tipped off to shady behavior happening in the smoke shop's parking lot in the 1600 block of East Apache Boulevard. During the investigation, store owners Griffith Smith, 49, and 27-year-old Joshua Gault, of Peoria, knowingly bought stolen cigarettes from undercover officers.
Smith and Gault resold the cigarettes at the smoke shop for profit.
The two owners -- with the help of 20-year-old Arizona State University student Tyler Benenstuhl -- also sold weed and morphine pills to the undercover detectives, according to Tempe Police spokesman Sergent Steven Carbajal.More »
The federal government avoided economic catastrophe today after the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to increase the debt-ceiling yesterday. The bill cleared the Senate this morning, and President Barack Obama signed it into law moments ago.
The vast majority of Arizona's members of Congress, apparently, were no fans of the bi-partisan bill -- only two Arizona House members voted in favor of the bill, which kept the federal government from going into default.
So how did your member of Congress vote on the bill? Find out below:
|Anthony Jessup Sr.|
During a plea for the public's help Thursday, 76-year-old Dory remained confident in her hopes that the ashes of her husband, Grant Dory, would be returned. The next day, the ashes were found.
Tuscon native Anthony Jessup Sr. was arrested about 7:20 p.m. Friday after a Tempe police officer recognized his face during a traffic stop. The officer knew him as one of the two men who were caught by security cameras using Dory's stolen credit cards throughout Tempe and Mesa, according to Tempe police.
Police say the June 2 burglary was random and that the two men who used Dory's credit cards about 30 times were their main suspects.More »
Since July 12, shelters have seen about 1,200 adoptions --more than double the adoption rate from the same period last year. But MCACC's shelters continue to take in more dogs than they adopt out, despite the outpouring of community support.
"Oh my gosh, it's going incredibly well," MCACC shelter division manager Linda Soto tells New Times. "Last year, we had an adoption rate of 578. Now this year, from those exact dates we have 1,195 adopted. Unfortunately we didn't see any impact in our intake numbers. We're still at 150 a day of new dogs coming in."
Despite concerns about people only adopting pets because of the $17 price tag, Soto says the shelter's return rates haven't changed and that the constantly high intake numbers are the result of the hot Phoenix summer.