Flagstaff is divided over legislation voters passed in November to raise the minimum wage. It’s creating tension between friends and neighbors in town and people are boycotting certain businesses. Workers say they can’t survive without a higher wage, while business owners say their businesses won’t survive.
Arizona drivers certainly got a kick out of those unconventional safety messages dotting Valley freeways. So much so that the Arizona Department of Transportation launched a contest to let the public have a turn. ADOT receive nearly 7,000 submissions, and now it’s time to vote.
Barrow Neurological Institute is increasing the number of clinical trials for patients at its Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix. Dr. Holly Shill, the center’s director, says it’s important research studies are open to patients at all stages of the disease.
For the first time in more than six years, the Salt River Project is releasing water into the Salt River through the Valley. That has led to the closure of Tempe Town Lake after debris from the release flowed into the lake.
Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the elite group who rose above institutional racism and became the preferred escort for bombing missions over Europe during World War II, recently shared their inspiring message with students at Luke Elementary School in Glendale.
Despite the presence of some lead characters of color in the new batch of Star Wars films and some favorite comic book heroes finding different incarnations with younger and more diverse versions, there has long been a noticeable lack of African-Americans represented in science fiction. The movement known as Afrofuturism has been trying to counter that.
And now we remember Dr. Ted Diethrich, who has died in the Valley from complications related to a brain tumor. Diethrich rose to great international fame in the 1980s when one of his open heart surgeries became the first ever broadcast on live television.
Progress is being made on something that, until recently, may have only seemed possible in science fiction or superhero stories. To learn more, we spoke with Bradley Greger, an assistant professor at ASU who specializes in neural engineering and neural systems research.