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Mesa launching broad effort on homelessness
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Mesa launching broad effort on homelessness

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer Operation Off the Streets represents Mesa’s most ambitious plan yet to address the chronic but growing problem of homelessness, with more families spotted on the streets during the...
Mesa ponders free laptops for needy kids
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Mesa ponders free laptops for needy kids

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer Mesa’s Small Business Reemergence Program will cost less than expected because only a fraction of the city’s estimated 12,000 businesses have sought grants to help them recover from the...
State House stays in session despite pandemic concerns
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State House stays in session despite pandemic concerns

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By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services House Republicans last week thwarted a bid by Democrats to shut down regular legislative business and focus only on issues related to COVID-19. The party-line vote to keep the session open...
Lack of public bathrooms frustrates Mesa businessman
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Lack of public bathrooms frustrates Mesa businessman

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By Jim Walsh Tribune Staff Writer Mesa businessman Bob Curtis applauds Mesa’s new Operation Off the Streets program to help the homeless, but says it doesn’t help him with a critical problem involving transients who live on...
Memorial Day ceremonies also fall to pandemic
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Memorial Day ceremonies also fall to pandemic

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By PAUL MARYNIAK Tribune Executive Editor Among the casualties in a pandemic that has taken thousands of lives are the solemn ceremonies that would have been held this holiday weekend in honor of thousands of other lives that men...
House seeks business protection from virus suits
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House seeks business protection from virus suits

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By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services State representatives voted last week along party lines to put new hurdles in the path of people suing businesses, churches and schools over COVID-19 claims. HB 2912 would immunize...
This Mesa Class of  2020 found a way to celebrate
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This Mesa Class of 2020 found a way to celebrate

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By Zach Alvira Tribune Staff Writer With their big moment reduced to a virtual exercise, a large group of Red Mountain High School seniors gathered last Thursday night to release biodegradable balloons as they celebrated their...
Virus-related scams bedevil law enforcement
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Virus-related scams bedevil law enforcement

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By Joshua Gerard Gargiulo Cronkite News To get an idea of how fast scams are developing around the coronavirus, just ask Katie Conner, a spokesperson for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “It seems like every day … a...
Mesa teacher’s videos connect with students
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Mesa teacher’s videos connect with students

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By Zach Alvira Tribune Staff Writer A Mesa teacher is connecting virtually with students through fun, interactive videos he creates alongside his sixth-grade son. Hamlet Opazo has recited the morning announcements at Leman...
School chiefs cite need for reopening guidance
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School chiefs cite need for reopening guidance

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By Cecilia Chan Tribune Staff Writer When schools re-open in the fall, students could either be back at their classroom desks or at home in front of a computer screen. Superintendents from three East Valley school districts last...