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  • Fallen 'Angel' Robs Northwest Bank

    On Aug. 22 around 10:45 a.m., Foothills District deputies responded to the Chase Bank located at 6000 North Oracle in reference to a robbery. When deputies arrived, they learned a male entered the bank, approached the teller, and gave her a note. The note indicated large bills were to be placed in an envelope and everyone would be hurt if she didn’t comply. The teller placed an undisclosed amount of money in the envelope and gave it to the suspect who fled from the bank on foot. The suspect is described as:• Hispanic male• Late 20’s to early 30’s• Approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, medium build• Wearing a brown long sleeved shirt, jeans, and an Arizona Cardinal flat brim hat• Tattoo on the back of his neck “Angel” 

  • Three thieves hit Oro Valley Circle K

    The Oro Valley Police Department is asking the public to help identify three suspects and one person of interest involved in a theft at Circle K. On Aug. 19, at approximately 2:50 a.m., a male (the person of interest) entered the Circle K convenience store located at the 8780 N. Oracle Road and bought a soda. He then got into a black SUV. Shortly after he left, three males entered the store with their faces covered and stole cigarettes and alcohol. The three males got into a black SUV, similar to the person of interest.The person of interest is described as a Hispanic male, thin build, in his late teens or early twenties. Numerous tattoos are visible, particularly on his neck. Suspect numbers 1, 2 and 3 are all described as Hispanic males, late teens and thin builds with black hair. Video is available: http://youtu.be/ng5NlHYqOws.Anyone with information on the identities of these three suspects and person of interest is asked to call Detective Young at (520)299-4943, 911 or 88-CRIME.

  • Hornat hopes to help Oro Valley reach full potential

    Councilman Joe Hornat said a sense of duty and responsibility is why he serves on the town council. He would like to create an Oro Valley that operates at its full potential and flourishes as a beacon of a township in Arizona. Hornat and his wife moved to Oro Valley in 2006 after spending nearly three decades in the Chicago area. He studied electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology before being drafted into the Army in 1966. His first encounter with Arizona was while stationed at Fort Huachuca. He worked in what was then the United States Army Electronic Proving Grounds in an avionics lab testing prototypes. After the military, he continued on to a career in telecommunications.Now involved in politics, Hornat is looking to improve and promote the community he has fallen in love with. One way he said he has made a difference in Oro Valley is by working with the people around him.“I think one of the things I do is that I build relationships with these other people, not only to influence things that help out Oro Valley, but to waive the OV flag high so that folks know that we’re out here,” he said.Hornat’s involvement in the community has included two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission — one as a member and a second as vice chair. He was also a member of the Rancho Vistoso home owners association as part of the finance and compliance committees. 

Today's Top Headlines

  • Sept. 1 - Stockswatch Uh-oh! Dow falls 300 points on more China fears

    CNN: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 300 points, or about 2%, and is 12% below the all-time high it set in May. The S&P 500 also fell 2% and is once again close to entering a so-called correction. It's down almost 10% from the record that it hit in May.The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell more than 1.8% as well and is 10% below its July peak. The Nasdaq also lost its gains for the year Tuesday and is now 1% lower in 2015.Read the full story on CNN. 

  • Sept. 1 - More than 225,000 Apple iPhone accounts hacked

    CNN:  Hackers have stolen more than 225,000 Apple accounts from iPhone customers.Security company Palo Alto Networks is calling the attack "the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware." Palo Alto Networks (PANW) discovered the hack along with Chinese tech group WeipTech.Read the full story on CNN. 

  • Sept. 1 - Pope Francis says priests can forgive women who've had abortions

    CNN: Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world -- again -- on Tuesday by announcing that contrite women who have had an abortion can seek forgiveness from priests during the church's upcoming "Year of Mercy."Under church rules, women who have had abortions, considered a grave sin by the church, were considered automatically excommunicated, and only a bishop could lift the ban.Read the full story on CNN. 

Local News

  • Labor Day Weekend: Black Friday of Car Sales

    This Labor Day weekend, nearly 1.4 million Arizonans are traveling for one last summer vacation. If you’re not leaving town this weekend, you may want to consider buying a car. “It’s a little-known secret in the car world, that Labor Day weekend is the Black Friday of car sales,” said Jim Prueter, AAA Arizona car buying and automotive expert. “Drawn by rebates, year-end model closeouts and financing offers, this is one of the best weekends of the year to buy a car.”  Traditionally, late August and early September is the time of year when manufacturers look to clear out the current year models and make room for the next model year, which officially begins on Oct. 1. As a result, there is no shortage of rebates, special financing, special lease deals and more to take advantage of.As an automotive resource, AAA Car Buying experts offer examples rebates available for car shoppers over Labor Day weekend:2015 Chevrolet Malibu: Deals include up to $3,600 cash back2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Deals include up to $4,000 cash back

  • More stores revealed for new outlet mall

    The opening of the Tucson Premium Outlets in Marana is still over a month away, but already more than half the stores have either been announced or had commercial permits applied for in the town. There could also be some additional announcements regarding other businesses coming into the area.The town issued 19 tenant improvement permits last month for the new mall and that puts the list of known tenants at over 50.“It is pretty robust, steady,” said Marana Economic Developer Curt Woody. “They are still shooting for an Oct. 1st grand opening, I haven’t heard anything contrary to that. So we are on track.”Woody said he believed the grand opening will be a “big to-do” and that as the date grows near more information should come out on the exact nature of the festivities. “It will be a hard grand opening,” said Woody. “It will not a soft opening. They will hit it running and get going.”As expected, a large number of the stores focus on clothing. One hope for many in the area would be high-end fashions and there are a few. As of now there will be a Brooks Brothers Factory Store, a Calvin Klein and Bebe. 

  • Taking to the skies in Oro Valley

    The skies above Naranja Park host war planes, jets, helicopters, gliders and everything in between whenever the Sonoran Desert Flyers arrive. The local nonprofit agency uses the park as its home base, and radio-controlled aircraft can often be seen in the air. Aug. 15 was a special day for the organization. National Model Aviation Day called for every available pilot to take to the skies in front of a large crowd of eager spectators. “Part of the reason we do these events is to show people what we’re all about,” said Bob Schumann, vice president of the organization. National Model Aviation Day was the perfect opportunity for the flyers to show off. From Styrofoam stunt planes that weigh just a few ounces to a wooden model of the F/A-18s flown by the Blue Angels, the planes alone were enough entertainment for an entire event.Joining the fixed-wing flyers were helicopters, quadracopters and even a few drones. Each zipped through the morning air with ease and performed impressive acrobatic stunts. The pilots in attendance were just as diverse as their equipment. 

Entertainment

  • Phoenix 'Game On' Expo Highlights

    From Aug. 28-30, John Lester, also known as Gamester81, organized an expo for current gamers and retro enthusiasts alike called the Game On Expo. It took place at the Mesa Convention Center.  The expo was divided up into several different sections with each section featuring its own events. Events included tournaments, panels, and even a few gaming related movies.In the main room, dozens of venders had booths set up selling various board games, video games, homemade items, and other gaming related merchandise. Also, in the main room, there were several YouTube celebrities such as Pat the NES Punk and the Game Chasers. Both of these celebrities were selling video games as well as taking pictures with fans for free. Other notable booths included Keith Robinson who is the President of Intellivison Productions, the creators of the movie Nintendo Quest, and the Retro Mag booth that was displaying their new cartridge based console that would be coming out soon.Attached to the main hall was the arcade and video game section. This area hosted several different tournaments including Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat X, and Killer Instinct. The Smash Bros. tournament had over 60 entrants. Not everyone in line was able to get a spot in the tournament because the line reached all the way from the gaming section to the back of the main hall. It was the biggest event at the expo and large groups of people stood around just to watch the contestants fight for first place.The last section of the expo was a theater area where they held Q&A sessions with some of the YouTube celebrities, showed the Nintendo Quest movie, and other panels covering various topics of video game culture. Cosplay was also featured at the expo and there were a surprising amount of people that dressed up considering that this is the first Game On Expo. An entire hallway was dedicated to those who wanted to show off their costumes, and a contest was held for people who made their own.

  • Master of fright Wes Craven dies at 76

    Horror movie pioneer and one of the most influential minds in film, Wes Craven, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer; He was 76 years-old.Craven is known by many as the grandfather of the slasher film genre that was extremely popular in the 1980’s and 90’s. Most notable were his writing and directing contributions to “The Last House on the Left” in 1972, “The Hills Have Eyes” in 1977, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984 and the “Scream” franchise.He was responsible for creating who is now one of the most iconic characters in horror, Freddy Krueger, in “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and worked on the first of the film’s many sequels.  Though the film is credited by many as reinvigorating the horror genre, and creating the new image of the “slasher” villain, Craven kept working and moved on to even greater success.In 1996, Craven reached a new level of acclaim with the release of “Scream.” The film grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did the sequel the following year, “Scream 2.” Craven took aim at some of the clichés of the horror genre, and created one of the most iconic film series to date.Craven was born in Cleveland, OH in 1939 and was raised in a strict Baptist household. He lost his father at the age of 5. Throughout his youth, he was not allowed to watch most movies. An upbringing full of rigorous adherence, yet punctuated by death, created a world-view in which Craven saw  his surroundings as somewhere in which violence and chaos lurked just beneath the surface of everyday life.He later earned a master's degree from John Hopkins and began working as a professor. Frustration in the work place pushed Craven to find a creative outlet, and he began work on a film through his college. After his initial cinematic experience, he was hooked. He quit his job and moved his family to California.

  • UFC takes hard stance against IV usage: threatens two-year suspension

    Until recently, one of the most commonly unseen and unheard of practices in the Ultimate Fighting Championship was use of IV fluids for re-hydration.  Similar to wrestling, UFC participants are confined to weight specific divisions, and being able to fight often depends on staying within those physical constraints.Losing extreme amounts of weight just before a fight is nothing new to the sport, and the use of an intravenous saline solution to recover fluids lost from weight cutting is fairly common throughout all levels, both professional and amateur.In July, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, in partnership with the UFC, made known its plans to ban IV use for fighters. The intent of the ban, in official statements, has been targeted at the use of IVs as a masking or diluting agent to make it more difficult to detect performance enhancing drugs in the blood stream.Many, including a large number of active fighters, have voiced complaints regarding the forthcoming policy shift.  Intravenous re-hydration is used for moderate to severe cases of dehydration, and is the fastest and most efficient way to replace lost fluids.Jeff Novitsky, a former agent for the Food and Drug Administration, was recently hired as Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance at the UFC, and said in an interview with The MMA Hour that the consequences of ignoring the soon-to-be implemented policy change will be dire.“If someone is found out to have taken an IV,” Novitsky said, “you're facing a potential two-year ban, which is a long time in the UFC and in MMA. Hopefully all those factors that are put forth, everyone will follow the rules.”

Sports

  • Local golf teams eyeing big seasons

    The 2015 boys golf season appears to have extra intrigue. The teams in the northwest are always talented and competitive, but this year some changes by Arizona Interscholastic Athletics have some teams scrambling to figure out the landscape. CDO and Ironwood Ridge see themselves moving up to Division I, despite having some of the smaller enrollments in the division. Both should again be good programs, but it could make having a good showing at state a bigger challenge than it might have been had they remained in Division II. The Dorados could be the favorite to win their section, though Rincon/University is a terrific program. Although they lose Chris Meyers, CDO returns four experienced players. Sophomore Jonathan Walters appears to be the team’s No. 1 player this season. Coming off a solid freshman season, Walters had a monster offseason. He represented the state of Arizona in the Hogan’s Cup and won the 2015 Junior Golf Association of Arizona Antigua Milt Coggins AZ Junior Stroke Play.Walters will not carry the load alone. Trevor Gregoire, Chandler Garcia and Lance Picton all had solid seasons last year and were honored for their play.The Dorados had a strong first week of action, competing at the Brophy Invitational. Sophomore Jack Call, who played football a year ago, had a strong opening week of play and could really solidify the Dorado’s lineup. 

  • Despite loss, Pusch Ridge still excited for new division

    Pusch Ridge made its Division IV debut and fell 28-14 to Benson Friday. The host team went up 14-0 and fended off a few Lion rallies. Pusch Ridge scored on a pair of long touchdown passes as Cody Cropp connected on scores of 50 and 54.While it was not the start the Lions wanted to the new division, they are still optimistic about playing against bigger schools. “This year’s team is special because they are all humble hard workers who put team above self on a regular basis,” said Head Coach Troy Cropp. “This is the right group of guys to step up and play D-4.”Pusch Ridge was one of the few Division V teams to get placed in Division IV that did not petition to move back down. The Lions have been consistently successful at the lower division and felt this would be a good time to test themselves against bigger schools. “We look forward to the higher level of competition and feel fortunate to be playing away games in Tucson,” said Cropp. 

  • Southern AZ Boys Golf Standings Aug. 30

    The high school boys golf season is underway and for the second consecutive year the Explorer News/Marana News/Foothills News wlll  post the weekly standings. These rankings are separate from the iWanamaker system, but use a nearly identical formula.These rankings are compiled by CDO Head Coach John Farbarik and are used with his permission. Results include both 9-hole matches and invitationals.FormatSchool (W-L-T) iWr avg in # of rounds playedWr avg = average in iWanamaker. Individuals will use the average of their best seven rounds weighted for course slope and rating. Teams will use the average of the best seven team scores (sum of low four individual iWrs in the same qualifying nine). Note: this team formula is a change from last year.After one week of play (8/24-8/29), the

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