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Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Friends, strangers express grief

In Phoenix, about 250 people stood mostly in silence, holding candles at the state Capitol. Standing in front of the main building, leaders of local religious groups said prayers into a microphone. The somber-looking crowd scarcely uttered a word. Mothers held their children close, while some people embraced in long, tearful hugs.

“Exercising leadership – that’s exactly what Gabby was doing today,” former U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell told the crowd. “Despite multiple threats to her, her staff, she displayed genuine courage and never sought refuge, and she did exactly what she said she’d always do.”

Henry Wade, 56, said he had plans to spend quality time with his son before he saw him off to college the next day. When he found out about the vigil, he decided to go and take his son along.

“I’m glad that we were able to come and represent our feelings toward Congresswoman Giffords,” said Wade, who lives in Maricopa. “It’s just senseless that people can’t sit down and have dialogue with one another if you have a difference of opinion.”

Cyndi Whitmore, 36, of south Phoenix, was tearful, particularly about the death of a 9-year-old girl in the attack.

“I have 8- and 11-year-old daughters,” she said.

“We’re here to stand on the side of love, show our support for the families of the victims of today’s shootings, and show solidarity for non-violent, peaceful discourse.”

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/09/20110109gabrielle-giffords-arizona-shooting-reaction.html#ixzz1AY9Ubsom


Rio Salado Audubon Center flying high with several awards

Phoenix Business Journal – by Jan Buchholz

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:40pm MST

The industrial area of South Phoenix hardly sounds like a great backdrop for an architectural jewel, but it is.

That’s where the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center was built alongside the Salt River bed.

The project, designed by Weddle Gil­more Black Rock Studio in Scottsdale, has won several recent awards, including the 2010 SRP Sustainability Award, which was conferred by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in conjunction with Salt River Project.

It also received the 2010 President’s Award for special achievement in environmental excellence given by the Valley Forward Association. The structure is certified platinum, the highest degree of sustainability as measured by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The center, which was completed in July 2009, is open to the public. It’s located at 3131 S. Central Ave.

For more: az.audubon.org/center_riosalado.html

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Arizona businesses win stimulus funds in lottery

by Emily Gersema – Oct. 19, 2010 12:00 AM

The Arizona Republic

A cement plant under construction in an area 35 miles north of Prescott won $17.7 million in tax-exempt federal stimulus bonds Monday at a state lottery.

In a small conference room, Arizona Department of Commerce officials drew from a basket a small square paper with the name of Drake Cement LLC as the first of three entrants to share $29.7 million in recovery zone facility bonds for private construction projects.

Paloma Dairy near Gila Bend will receive the $6 million it requested to add a second dairy to its operations. And paint maker Dunn-Edwards will receive $6 million for a plant in south Phoenix. It had requested $22.2 million.

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Precinct in South Phoenix gets a new commander

Crockett returns to lead South Mountain unit

by Sadie Jo Smokey – Oct. 17, 2010 12:00 AM

A police commander who began his career in south Phoenix is returning to lead the South Mountain Precinct.

Cmdr. Chris Crockett, a 23-year veteran of the department, began his new assignment Oct. 11.

Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris said the change in leadership was in the works prior to a police-officer shooting of an unarmed man in south Phoenix on Oct. 5.

“There has been criticism of how we react with the community,” said Harris. “There is a perception that we can do things better. (The shooting incident) may have accelerated the implementation, but it wasn’t the motivating factor.”

Crockett said one of his missions is to lower the crime rate.

“When things don’t go right, I’ll be ultimately responsible and I’m going to fix them,” Crockett said. “We want to treat everyone fairly and be held accountable.”

As an officer, Crockett worked in the South Mountain Precinct under various assignments beginning in 1987.

In 1999, he led 65 officers at the department’s substation at 2330 E. Jones Ave. serving an area between 16th and 48th streets and South Mountain and the Salt River bottom.

South Phoenix community activist Gail Knight said crime rates decreased by 25 percent and community/police relationships improved under Crockett’s leadership. Knight praised Crockett’s return.

“He’s homegrown,” said Knight. “The community is very excited. It’s good to see him back.”

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What’s the Matter With Arizona?

Wow… I’m starting to feel like my state is to the US what the US is to the rest of the world… real unpopular!

One guy is really “burning up the blogs” with some “controversial wishes for the President,” according to MSNBC. Hey, a great excuse to publicize yet more crazy death threats against Barack Obama!

Steve Anderson is a Baptist preacher who prays to Jesus Christ for Barack Obama to “die and go to hell.” That is just one of the many crazy hateful things he says all the time!

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, MSNBC reminds us, warned us about the crazy right-wing extremism on the rise. And as the former governor of Arizona, she should know: this insane Anderson preacher is from Tempe, Arizona!

It was just 18 short years ago that Chuck D and Flavor Flav were on their way to Arizona to set those dumbass white folks straight, but apparently they never made it. Continue reading