News archive from 17 February 2018

Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta embracing leadership role in contract year

Even after the early-season injuries, the scorpion infestation in his house, and the car accident on Loop 101, Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta has been loving life in Arizona since coming over from the New York Rangers via trade in June. When healthy,...

AZCentral, 19:11 in Sport
 

Arizona State Parks has lost 93 employees under current boss; agency won't reveal why

Skip in SkipxEmbed xShare CLOSETHE GAGGLE: TALKING POLITICS EVERY WEEK WITH THE AZCENTRAL.COM TEAM The Gaggle: Shooter investigated, abortion bill, Montenegro's path to the U.S. | 8:33The Republic's politics teams talks Don Shooter's claims of being...

 

Broc Little's family soaks up Olympic experience, even if he is too busy

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - It's pushing an hour after the U.S. men's hockey opening win at the Winter Olympics and the aim-to-please Korean volunteers charged with clearing the Gangneung Hockey Centre before the next game are losing patience. “Go...

AZCentral, 20:05 in Sport
 

Diamondbacks' Alex Avila sees big picture in catcher framing

Alex Avila doesn't like the word “framing.” To him, it has come to represent an oversimplification of his position, a foolish notion that a catcher's value can be tied entirely to his ability to steal a strike here or there. He winces when he hears...

AZCentral, 20:18 in Sport
 

Live in Houston: Nancy Pelosi rallies Democrats downtown

More than 1,300 Democrats filled a ballroom in downtown Houston to hear U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out a vision Friday night for how the party will regain control of Congress. "It's a testament to the fact that Harris County is...

Chron, 20:18 in Politics
 

Arizona woman who has never left the country wakes up with British accent

Michelle Myers speaks with a thick British accent. She's never visited Europe. In fact, the 45-year-old from Buckeye, Arizona, has never left the country. "I do have a passport but I’ve never been able to use it," Myers told The Arizona...

 

Chandler principal: No school punishment to students in racist video on social media

CLOSE Chandler parents urge the Chandler Unified School District governing board on Feb. 14, 2018, to focus on what they say is a failure to address racist incidents in the district. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral.com No school disciplinary action will be...

 

GCU opens new baseball stadium in season debut against TCU

CLOSE GCU opened its new baseball stadium in its opener against TCU on Friday. When Tim Salmon threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night, he stepped into a stadium that looks nothing like the one he played in during the late 1980s. Since...

AZCentral, 20:46 in Sport
 

'Taken in the prime of life': Community remembers Grand Canyon helicopter-crash victims

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to three people killed in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon. Brothers Jason and Stuart Hill and his girlfriend, Becky Dobson, all from Worthing, England, lost their lives last Saturday after the...

 

Driver faces manslaughter charge in Mesa crash that left 1 dead

CLOSE What is a Silent Witness and how do you become one? A Tempe man is facing a manslaughter charge after a traffic accident that left a 19-year-old man dead in Mesa Thursday afternoon, according to Maricopa County court records. Mesa police...

 

Chicago Cubs aiming for more history: Reaching postseason for a 4th consecutive year

As consistently good as this team has been since the arrival of Joe Maddon as manager in 2015, the Cubs can do something this season that they've never done in the 142-year history of the franchise: They can reach the postseason for a fourth...

AZCentral, 21:43 in Sport
 

Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton must be stellar for rebuilding Cincinnati Reds

The Reds haven't been to the playoffs since 2013, and the rebuilding franchise doesn't look much closer to returning in 2018. For a team that finished in the top half of MLB in hitting (fourth, 4.65 runs per game) and park-factor scoring (13th,...

AZCentral, 21:43 in Sport
 

Clarification: White House-Spanish story

WASHINGTON — In a story Feb. 10, The Associated Press reported that nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States speaks Spanish. The story should have explained that 40 million Americans speak Spanish at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau....

 

Phoenix police: Missing 2-year-old girl found safe in Las Vegas

The 2-year-old girl who was taken from northwest Phoenix earlier this week was found safe in the Las Vegas area on Friday, officials said.  Harmony Dozier was taken on Tuesday by her two "non-custodial" parents, 30-year-old Tiffany Moore and...

 

Ian Burke's clutch baskets power Brophy Prep into 6A semifinals with win over Perry

Phoenix Brophy Prep has been in so many close games, you'd need two hands to count them on your fingers. And the Broncos have won all of them. Once again, Brophy flirted with disaster, but Ian Burke shot his team through a slump and into the 6A boys...

AZCentral, 23:11 in Sport
 
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