Farewell to the desert: Coyotes’ potential finale in Arizona draws emotions and memories

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By Zach Mott
Cronkite News

SCOTTSDALE – While so many questions remain unanswered, fans will say goodbye Wednesday in what is likely the final game for the Coyotes in Arizona.

As the day started, it was certain to be unlike any other for Coyotes players. At 10:30 a.m., the optional morning skate at the Ice Den in Scottsdale was already under way. The team had practiced Tuesday, so several veterans were granted the opportunity for the morning off.

Following the morning skate, Josh Doan remained on the ice, long after everyone else had departed. Why? To pick up pucks, of course. Continue reading “Farewell to the desert: Coyotes’ potential finale in Arizona draws emotions and memories”

Life’s curveballs: A writer and a righty find connection through health scares

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By Josh Amick
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – In early November 2022, my life, college career and aspirations came to a screeching halt. The discovery of a mass led to a diagnosis of Stage 4 testicular cancer.

I was devastated.

The cancer, which is the most common among men 20 to 40 years old, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, required extensive chemotherapy, which greatly affected my physical and mental well-being. After doctors initially told me I would need three rounds of chemo, it soon became four. Then I learned I would need additional surgery to remove lymph nodes in my stomach, which meant 8-10 more weeks of recovery. Continue reading “Life’s curveballs: A writer and a righty find connection through health scares”

Pat’s Run: 20th anniversary of legendary race inspires veteran who comes full circle

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By Josh Amick
Cronkite News

TEMPE – Exiting a dark tunnel last Saturday, the Mountain America Stadium opened to the Arizona sunshine reflecting off the white-painted yard markers on the field.

The 20th Pat’s Run, a 4.2-mile race, came to a climatic end at the 42-yard line, the number Pat Tillman wore with the Arizona State Sun Devils. As a first-time participant, I was showered with cheers by spectators before being greeted by former and current ASU football players at the finish line.

For the first time since high school, I felt like an athlete again, which significantly enough was 20 years ago, but more notably the same year of Tillman’s passing. Continue reading “Pat’s Run: 20th anniversary of legendary race inspires veteran who comes full circle”

‘This time it felt right’: Arizona State guard Adam Miller highlights fickle journey through transfer portal

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By Jayla French
Cronkite News

TEMPE – Frankie Collins has made his decision, leaving Arizona State’s men’s basketball team for Texas Christian University.

Collins’ experience with the transfer portal seemed short and sweet, 18 days to be exact. His transition going into his final year of eligibility should be a smooth one.

For his former teammate, ASU junior guard Adam Miller, however, it was a different reality. Miller spent much of last season waiting and worrying and waiting some more, wondering when he would be able to play for the Sun Devils, with much of that decision out of his control. Continue reading “‘This time it felt right’: Arizona State guard Adam Miller highlights fickle journey through transfer portal”

M3F music festival funds art programs, other nonprofits in Arizona

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By Sam Ballesteros
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PHOENIX – For 20 years, the M3F music festival has been an oasis for music lovers in the Phoenix area, as well as a benefactor of local charities. Since its inception in 2004, M3F has donated 100% of its ticket sales to different charities in Arizona – accumulating about $5.2 million in total donations.

Tired of galas and auctions, John Largay of Wespac Construction wanted to give back to the community in a creative way. So, in 2004, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival was born. The festival would change over the next two decades, including its name, nonetheless, M3F has continued its mission of bringing people together through music and support of local charities that foster arts, community, education and environment.

Continue reading “M3F music festival funds art programs, other nonprofits in Arizona”

Arizona bill aims to regulate labeling of meat alternatives, but opponents say it’s too broad

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By Sadie Buggle
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – In response to the surging popularity of lab-grown meat and plant-based alternatives, Arizona Rep. Quang Nguyen, R-Prescott Valley, has introduced a bill seeking to impose stricter regulations on the labeling and representation of such products.

HB 2244 aims to prevent “intentionally misrepresenting” food items not derived from traditional livestock or poultry as meat or animal products. This legislation would apply to lab-grown meat created from the cells of animals as well as plant-based meats or synthetic alternatives derived from insects or other sources.

Continue reading “Arizona bill aims to regulate labeling of meat alternatives, but opponents say it’s too broad”

WNBA evaluating how superstar Cailtlin Clark, women’s sports popularity can help secure lucrative media rights deal

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By Tia Reid
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Never in the existence of the sport has women’s basketball been bigger than it is right now, which has the WNBA looking forward to a big payday when it negotiates a new media rights deal after the 2025 season.

The 2024 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game averaged 18.9 million viewers, peaking at 24 million. It was the second-most-watched non-Olympic sporting ever in the United States. And Monday’s WNBA Draft drew 2.45 million viewers, the most ever, making it the most-viewed WNBA event on ESPN platforms.

Stars such as the newly drafted Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese and exciting veterans like A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart are attracting a whole new audience, rapidly shifting the media landscape of women’s basketball. Continue reading “WNBA evaluating how superstar Cailtlin Clark, women’s sports popularity can help secure lucrative media rights deal”

Organización sin fines de lucro y una nueva píldora para la depresión posparto ayudan a quienes luchan su batalla silenciosa

Por David Ulloa Jr.
Cronkite Noticias

PHOENIX – La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó la primera píldora destinada a ayudar a los padres a tratar su depresión posparto, pero tiene un costo de $15,900 por un ciclo de tratamiento de 14 días. Mrs. Arizona International 2023 Carolyn Larsen sabía que estaba en riesgo, a pesar de que no tenía antecedentes de depresión ni problemas de salud mental, porque su hermana había sufrido depresión posparto. Pero ella siempre quiso ser madre, así que hizo grandes planes para prepararse para su primer hijo.

Continue reading “Organización sin fines de lucro y una nueva píldora para la depresión posparto ayudan a quienes luchan su batalla silenciosa”

CORRECCIÓN al reportaje del 11 de abril sobre el Festival de Cine de Phoenix

EDS: A los clientes que usaron un reportaje de Cronkite Noticias sobre Festival de Cine BC-CNS-Phoenix que se envió el jueves 11 de abril bajo una línea de fecha de PHOENIX se les pide que ejecuten la siguiente corrección. El error se produjo en el párrafo 12 del original. Una versión corregida de la historia ha sido publicada aquí

PHOENIX – Un artículo de Cronkite Noticias del 11 de abril citó erróneamente al cineasta Greg Kwedar en referencia a su socio creativo, Clint Bentley. La cita corregida de Kwedar debería decir: “Mi socio creativo Clint y yo filmamos nuestra última película aquí, y fuimos muy bien recibidos por la comunidad”.

Cronkite News Digest for Wednesday, April 17

Here is your Cronkite News lineup for Wednesday, April 17. If you have questions on news stories from the Phoenix bureau, please contact Managing Editor of Digital Julia Thompson at 602-496-5050 or julia.thompson.1@asu.edu, while questions about stories from our Washington bureau should go to Steve Crane at 202-684-2398 or steve.crane@asu.edu. Sports story questions can be directed to Paola Boivin at paola.boivin@asu.edu. Clients who want to use Cronkite videos should contact Allysa Adams at 480-580-5502 at aadams1@asu.edu for clean versions. If not linked below, stories promised for today, along with photos and links to multimedia elements, will post to our client site at cronkitenews.jmc.asu.edu/clients. Continue reading “Cronkite News Digest for Wednesday, April 17”

Arizona’s long-COVID cases top nation’s; Hispanics most likely to suffer

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By Leah Mesquita
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PHOENIX – Andrew Archer has been recovering from COVID-19 for almost four years.

“My life is so different (now), and I’m slowly starting to accept that,” Archer said. “It’s like losing a part of you.”

Archer is a part of the estimated 18.1% of Arizonans to ever experience long COVID – a condition broadly defined by symptoms that continue to develop weeks, months or years after an acute COVID-19 infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading “Arizona’s long-COVID cases top nation’s; Hispanics most likely to suffer”

UCLA’s Charisma Osborne embraces underdog role after dropping to Mercury in third round of 2024 WNBA Draft

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By Justin de Haas
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Charisma Osborne has achieved success at every level. She won California Ms. Basketball in her junior year of high school and also scored the second-most points in UCLA women’s basketball history. Now she can add WNBA draft pick to that impressive resume as she was selected in the third round by the Phoenix Mercury in Monday’s draft.

Osborne is a Moreno Valley native, which is in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, but she traveled 80 miles west to attend Windward School in Los Angeles. Windward is considered one of the better basketball schools in the state and Osborne upheld that legacy by winning back-to-back Southern Section Open Division girls’ championships — with former Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard leading the charge — in her sophomore and junior seasons.

With this success as well as a McDonald’s All-America selection in 2019, Osborne was a highly-touted five-star recruit entering UCLA. The former Windward Wildcats payer made an immediate impact, starting 29 games and averaging 12.2 points in her freshman season for the Bruins. Continue reading “UCLA’s Charisma Osborne embraces underdog role after dropping to Mercury in third round of 2024 WNBA Draft”

Arizona Coyotes, Valley fans brace for potential finale before rumored Salt Lake City move

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By Josh Jones
Cronkite News

SCOTTSDALE – The Ice Den is a familiar place for the Arizona Coyotes, who have spent countless hours perfecting their craft there. Since opening in 1998, the venue has provided consistency and comfort as the Coyotes practice facility.

Tuesday was different.

The Coyotes took the ice for what is widely expected to be their final practice of the season and, likely, in Arizona. Reports flooded in Friday that the team will soon announce new ownership and relocation to Salt Lake City for the 2024-25 NHL season. Continue reading “Arizona Coyotes, Valley fans brace for potential finale before rumored Salt Lake City move”

The ultimate sacrifice: Tillman’s legacy burns bright as firefighters lead Pat’s Run 20-year celebration

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By Anthony Remedios
Cronkite News

TEMPE – A tradition like no other, Pat’s Run celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday with approximately 28,000 participants taking part in a 4.2-mile run or walk along the scenic routes of Tempe.

The race featured a stampede from all backgrounds, including military veterans, Arizona State athletes and football coach Kenny Dillingham, Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon and senior citizens, among many more.

Perhaps no segment of the crowd stands out more than local firefighters and other first responders, who support the cause while wearing their full equipment, setting them apart from other participants.
Tillman’s legacy has inspired millions around the world since leaving the NFL in 2002 to enlist in the Army with his brother, Kevin, in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. That legacy lives on through not only the Pat Tillman Foundation but also through the many participants of Pat’s Run. Continue reading “The ultimate sacrifice: Tillman’s legacy burns bright as firefighters lead Pat’s Run 20-year celebration”

Up trend: GCU men’s volleyball program is latest Antelopes team to gain national attention

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By Connor Manning
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Following the announcement of Jamie Boggs taking over the athletic program at Grand Canyon University, sports across the board reached heights not seen in the school’s 10-year Division I era.

The men’s basketball team earned three NCAA tournament appearances in four seasons, including the program’s first tournament victory in March, while the women’s basketball team finished second in the Western Athletic Conference this year. The softball squad, meanwhile, is on pace for its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

Even club sports are seeing ascension and success, with the men’s hockey team competing in its first national tournament game during Bogg’s tenure. Continue reading “Up trend: GCU men’s volleyball program is latest Antelopes team to gain national attention”

CORRECTION to April 11 story on Phoenix Film Festival

EDS: Clients who used a Cronkite News story slugged BC-CNS-Phoenix Film Festival that moved Thursday, April 11, under a PHOENIX dateline are asked to run the following correction. The error occurred in the 11th graf of the original. A corrected version of the story has been posted here.

PHOENIX – An April 11 Cronkite News story misquoted filmmaker Greg Kwedar in reference to his creative partner, Clint Bentley. Kwedar’s corrected quote should read, “My creative partner Clint and I shot our last movie here, and we were very embraced by the community.”

 

Behind the smile: How a nonprofit organization and a new postpartum depression pill seek to help those fight their silent battle

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By David Ulloa Jr.
Cronkite News

PHOENIX –  The Food and Drug Administration approved the first pill meant to help parents treat their postpartum depression, but it comes at the cost of $15,900 for a 14-day treatment cycle. Mrs. Arizona International 2023 Carolyn Larsen knew she was at risk, even though she had no history of depression or mental health issues, because her sister had suffered from postpartum depression. But she always wanted to be a mom, so she made grand plans in preparation for her first child.

Continue reading “Behind the smile: How a nonprofit organization and a new postpartum depression pill seek to help those fight their silent battle”

Biggs ready for his day in impeachment spotlight, even if it’s short-lived

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By Ian McKinney
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said he is prepared to tell the Senate, and the American public, the “historical basis” of high crimes and misdemeanors and how they apply to the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

If he gets the chance.

The Senate is expected to quickly dismiss articles of impeachment that will be sent over this week from the House, which indicted Mayorkas in February on two articles, including willful refusal to comply with the law and “breach of public trust.”

Biggs is one of 11 House managers scheduled to present the case to the Senate, which one analyst called a “reinforcement of brand on steroids” for the Gilbert Republican who is one of the leaders for the far-right Freedom Caucus in the House. Continue reading “Biggs ready for his day in impeachment spotlight, even if it’s short-lived”

WNBA Draft Day arrives, but Phoenix Mercury’s splash already made in Kahleah Copper trade

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By Justin de Haas
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – The 2024 WNBA Draft is garnering plenty of excitement off the heels of record-high viewership from the 2024 Women’s NCAA Final Four, but the Phoenix Mercury will not participate in much of the action.

The NCAA Championship game April 7 drew 18.7 million viewers –nearly four million more viewers than the men’s championship – and the momentum keeps rolling Monday with the 2024 WNBA Draft.

The NCAA Tournament interest was fueled by the success of Iowa star Caitlin Clark, who is expected to go No. 1 to the Indiana Fever in today’s draft. But there were other generational stars in the tournament who also will be among the top players in today’s draft, including Stanford forward Cameron Brink, South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso, Connecticut forward Aailiya Edwards and Louisiana State center Angel Reese. Continue reading “WNBA Draft Day arrives, but Phoenix Mercury’s splash already made in Kahleah Copper trade”

How 2024 Women’s NCAA Tournament affected WNBA Draft stock for collegiate superstars

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By Tia Reid
Cronkite News

PHOENIX – Just eight days separate the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship game and Monday’s WNBA Draft, meaning players from teams who made it far into the tournament have had just a little over a week to reset and turn their attention to the next phase of their careers.

While the turnaround may be short, it can also have its benefits. Players who put up stellar performances in the later stages of March Madness can leave a lasting impression in the minds of WNBA general managers and executives. Draft stocks can shoot up and solidify based on the way a player performs in the final few games of their collegiate careers, drastically changing the outlook on their professional careers.

“I think body of work is always important because consistency is something that’s important, but I do think that there’s something to be said about meeting the moment,” ESPN basketball analyst Andraya Carter said. “And in a very high-pressure situation, performing well and doing exactly what your team needs for success when there are times where you could fold or there are times where the pressure could be too much.” Continue reading “How 2024 Women’s NCAA Tournament affected WNBA Draft stock for collegiate superstars”