Franklin Police and Fire High School is a public school, but there are only around 300 students here, all of whom had to apply to get in. In junior year, students join either the fire or law enforcement track, where on top of the typical high school curriculum, they train to become firemen or police officers.
Since the Phoenix Police Department resumed hiring in March 2015, it has increased the numbers of women, minorities and veterans. Nearly 30 percent of new hires identified as Hispanic, 12 percent more than current sworn officers.
When the Arizona Center was built in downtown Phoenix near Third and Van Buren streets in 1990, it was a big deal. The center featured retail spaces, restaurants, a movie theater and office spaces. Nothing like it had been built in downtown Phoenix before.
The head of Mexico’s central bank said top officials there are preparing contingency plans based off whomever wins the U.S. presidential elections, which could have an impact on that country's economy -- at least in the short term.
Itzel Rios is a high school senior in Phoenix. She plans to apply to New York University or the University of Southern California to study film. She wrote this essay at KJZZ’s Youth Media Center Spot 127.