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Brittney Griner Bring Them Home mural Washington
The fallout of Brittney Griner's arrest in Russia has been followed by millions around the globe. But for Black, queer women and nonbinary people, it hits especially hard.
Aug. 15, 2022
Rio Sonora 8 years
Saturday marks eight years since the worst environmental mining disaster in Mexican history. And for residents of the Rio Sonora valley, the impacts of that spill are still being felt.
Aug. 4, 2022
border patrol agent with asylum seekers
In a letter sent to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus this week, the ACLU of Arizona says Border Patrol agents in Yuma are confiscating and throwing away religious turbans worn by Sikh asylum seekers.
Aug. 2, 2022
Super Bowl XLIX statue downtown Phoenix
Arizona is hosting the next Super Bowl, and applications opened Tuesday for a related program that will provide grants to state nonprofits.
Aug. 2, 2022
Matt Solan and his dog, Foxy
From airplanes to coffee shops to classrooms, it’s hardly unusual to see a service animal. And not just the classic seeing-eye dog — nowadays there are emotional support horses and therapy parrots. But there is a place that does not allow any kind of service animal: the Arizona State Hospital.
Jul. 29, 2022
Border wall Douglas Arizona
Thousands of children were separated from their parents under zero tolerance, including families who approached a port of entry to ask for asylum. Many took months or years to be reunited.
Jul. 26, 2022
Arizona Heritage Center
A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center uses virtual reality to boost awareness about environmental justice. “Climates of Inequality” explores the history of climate justice with an eye on the present and future as well.
Jul. 16, 2022
Phoenix police logo
The Phoenix Police Department is facing a new lawsuit from the family of a 64-year-old man named Stanley Howard, who was shot and killed by police on the night of July 8 last year.
Jul. 14, 2022
Brittney Griner
President Biden on Monday was delivered a letter written by Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner asking him not to, "forget about me and other American detainees."
Jul. 4, 2022
Davis' mobile cooling fan, which utilizes misters and fans to help those without housing.
Outreach group AZ Hugs for the Houseless has created a mobile cooling van to prevent heat-related deaths for those experiencing homelessness, using funding from the city of Phoenix.
Jul. 4, 2022
Rio Sonora Valley
This August will mark eight years since a spill at a copper mine in Sonora sent millions of gallons of toxic waste into the Rio Sonora. But residents say they are just beginning to see progress in addressing the damage.
Jul. 1, 2022
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
It’s been nearly eight years since 43 students from a rural college went missing in southern Mexico. Now the country’s president says his government knows what happened to them.
Jun. 30, 2022
Fronteras Desk logo
A reporter was killed in northeastern Mexico on Wednesday. He is the 12th journalist in the country to be murdered in just the first six months of this year.
Jun. 29, 2022
Tempe Elementary School District office
Tempe Elementary School District has picked new names for three schools whose current namesakes were found to have ties to a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Jun. 25, 2022
Keiko Ratcliffe, founder and CEO of Skye's the Limit foundation, makes a heart with her hands while posing in front of the mural's selfie spot. The birds behind Ratcliffe look like a butterfly's wings when she stands in front of them.
Keiko Ratcliffe is the founder of Skye’s the Limit Foundation, which provides suicide prevention and substance misuse resources for young adults. This summer, the foundation unveiled its newest project: a community mural at the top of the Arizona Center’s parking garage.
Jun. 15, 2022
Rachel Mitchell is sworn in as Maricopa County attorney
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is set to fire April Sponsel, the prosecutor who brought gang charges against Black Lives Matter protesters that were later dismissed. Sponsel had been with the MCAO for 18 years but has been on paid leave for more than a year.
Jun. 11, 2022
women walking in desert
Members of an Indigenous community in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are asking tourists not to contract outside tour operators when visiting the tribe’s territory.
Jun. 8, 2022
A Coconino High School graduate has placed high in a national poetry recitation contest. After several preliminary rounds between competing presenters at local and state levels, Oscar Manuel Landa Samano placed third in the national finals of the Poetry Out Loud contest last weekend.
Jun. 7, 2022
st marys volunteers pack boxes
Nearly a thousand families lined up outside a single St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix on Tuesday, and even more are expected Wednesday.
Jun. 1, 2022
The front lawn outside the Arizona State Capitol was littered with white sheets stained red on the morning of June 1, 2022. Some sheets are labeled "dead student."
Eight days after the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the Arizona branch of March for Our Lives protested for stricter gun control outside the state Capitol by laying nearly 300 white sheets on the lawn to represent victims of gun violence.
Jun. 1, 2022


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