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Was 1999 The Best Year For Movies?
When it comes to a year that featured the top slate of American films, 1939 and 1969 are often mentioned. But a new book argues that 1999’s collection of flicks like "Election," "Office Space" and "The Matrix" puts that year in first place.
Dec. 27, 2019
Forensic Linguistics Digs Into The Science Of Language And The Law
For many of us, the term ‘forensics’ is familiar because of television dramas like "CSI" and its long list of spinoffs. In those shows, forensics means going into the lab and using the latest technology to help uncover a missing piece of an investigation. The field of forensic linguistics is similar, but has only been in broad use since the late 1960s.
Dec. 27, 2019
FTC Plans Crackdown On Spam Robocalls
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is going after companies behind those annoying unsolicited phone calls we all get. It's part of a national effort involving the Federal Trade Commission and two dozen other state and local agencies called Operation Call it Quits.
Dec. 27, 2019
Why Augmented Reality Playgrounds Could Be The Key To Getting Kids Outside
Parks and playgrounds are changing. Instead of just having slides, swings and places to climb and run around, play spaces are also starting to feature QR codes, which can connect users to augmented reality apps.
Dec. 27, 2019
What happens when kids realize their entire life is already online? That’s the question Taylor Lorenz tackles in an article in the Atlantic about so-called “sharenting,” when parents post every cute face, new word and life event on their social media accounts.
Dec. 27, 2019
How Do You Choose The Best 100 Restaurants In Phoenix?
How many restaurants do you think you’ve eaten at in the Valley? However many, it's probably not as much as Dominic Armato, the dining critic for the Arizona Republic. He's put together a list — not of the top five or top 10 Phoenix restaurants — but of the top 100!
Dec. 27, 2019
Americans 50+ Would Be World’s Third Largest Economy
According to a new study by AARP, the 50 plus population contributes so much to the economy, that if they were counted as their own country, they would make up the world’s third largest economy. The Longevity Economy Outlook report found that Americans 50 and older contributed more than $8 trillion last year.
Dec. 27, 2019
Colorado River Managers Struggle With Water Scarcity
On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a loved one. "It reminds me of the seven stages of grief," Moses said. "Because I think we've been in denial for a long time."
Dec. 27, 2019
Trees, Cacti Being Replanted Along Loop 202
The Arizona Department of Transportation is replanting native trees, cacti and plants along the new Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway. ADOT started removing more than 1,000 trees, cacti and other vegetation along the 22-mile freeway path back in 2016.
Dec. 26, 2019
Mexico Says Declining Apprehensions Point To Migration Plan Success
Declining migrant apprehensions along the U.S. border are a sign that Mexico’s policies are working, according to a top Mexican official. In response to a May threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, Mexico agreed to undertake an effort to reduce undocumented migration through the country.
Dec. 26, 2019
John S. James: The 4th Leg
Commentary from Arizona-based producer John S. James: Our democratic government works like a kitchen table, executive branch is one leg, legislative is another, judicial, and then the forth and, I feel the most important leg, free speech and a free press.
Dec. 26, 2019
First Flu Encounter Has Big Effect On Later Flu Resistance
Two flu subtypes have circulated seasonally since 1977, with very different effects on different age groups. Now, a new study in the journal PLoS Pathogens suggests a reason why.
Dec. 26, 2019
Late Rains Bring Relief For Sonoran Agriculture
Through the summer, Sonora’s dam system was at a deficit, spelling trouble for the state’s sizable agricultural sector, according to Lucas Antonio Oroz, the region’s technical director for the National Water Commission. But then intense fall rains changed that picture.
Dec. 26, 2019
Christmas Rain Improved The Air Quality In Metro Phoenix
The rain that fell on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day has helped the Phoenix area's air quality, with both days staying well below the federal health standard. That’s according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Dec. 26, 2019
After Record-Setting 2018, Zika Cases Plummet In Sonora
In 2018, Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, had the unwelcome distinction of having the most cases of Zika in the country. But this year, things have changed.
Dec. 26, 2019
Why Do Rainy Days Make Allergies Worse?
Why do rainy days seem to worsen symptoms for some allergy sufferers? Changes in barometric pressure or humidity bear part of the blame, but Arizona’s unique environment also plays a role.
Dec. 26, 2019
Writer Who Married A U.S. Citizen Explores What Citizenship Means
What does citizenship mean to you? There’s the legal definition of what constitutes a citizen: someone who was born in this country or someone who becomes a citizen later in life. Then there’s the thing it represents: belonging, civic duty, nationality.
Dec. 26, 2019
On The 400th Anniversary Of First Slaves, Dr. Wanda Tucker Walks Family
Aug. 20 marked a painful but important moment in our nation's history: the arrival of the first African slaves 400 years ago. For Dr. Wanda Tucker, it also marks the arrival of her own family.
Dec. 26, 2019
Thanks to archival and more anecdotal research, a great deal more is being learned about how impactful gays and lesbians were in Arizona history even as many of those residents weren't able to be open about their sexuality.
Dec. 26, 2019
Points Of View: The Bipartisan Push For Criminal Justice Reform
Republican Rep. Walter Blackman has set an ambitious criminal justice agenda with support from the other side of the aisle. Blackman is currently leading an ad hoc committee on earned release credits for prisoners, and Democratic Rep. Diego Rodriguez has taken the lead on the committee for his party.
Dec. 26, 2019

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