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10 years later, Marie Tillman at peace

azcentral.com — Marie Tillman talks about Pat's Run and the Tillman Foundation Marie Tillman is sitting at her parents' dining-room table, waiting for a morning-coffee boost to kick in. She's surprised her baby is still asleep. It's early April, still too cold back home in Chicago.
RT @ginamizell: Great read. RT @azcentral: 10 years later, Pat Tillman's widow at peace with the past: ow.ly/vXZWF http://t.co/U…
RT @ginamizell: Great read. RT @azcentral: 10 years later, Pat Tillman's widow at peace with the past: ow.ly/vXZWF http://t.co/U…
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2014 NFL Draft - Top 10 defensive tackles

azcentral.com — Defensive tackles are often overlooked and perform the dirty work within most defenses. They're rarely heralded, but their value is well-known to NFL decision-makers. Four defensive tackles in this year's draft class have the potential to be first-round selections in May. Not all of them are the perfect fit for every team, though.
RT @azcsports: Our #NFLDraft top prospects series continues with defensive tackles. Where is #ASUfootball's Will Sutton ranked? http://t.co…

Private-school scholarship expansion could come back

azcentral.com — Nothing's over till it's over at the Legislature, and an expansion of the state's program offering private-school scholarships to public school

Do Arizona legislators know what they're voting on?

azcentral.com — There's likely one week left in the Arizona legislative session. There are 100-plus bills still in play. Do legislators really know what they're voting on? Also, what's the fate of bills limiting Medicaid usage and allowing warrantless inspections of abortion clinics?

Why VA secretary needs power to fire hospital chiefs

azcentral.com — The secretary of veterans affairs should be given the power to fire VA hospital administrators, according to two leading veterans advocates. Rick Romley, the former Maricopa County attorney and a longtime advocate for veterans, and Dan Caldwell, of Concerned Veterans for America, are my guests on this weekend's "12 News Sunday Square Off."

Phoenix VA crisis different from past, veterans advocates say

azcentral.com — Rick Romley and Dan Caldwell, both veterans advocates, say the crisis at the Phoenix VA Medical Center over allegations of patient deaths is a big departure from past crises. Two leading advocates for Arizona veterans say the crisis at the Phoenix VA Medical Center over allegations of patient deaths is a big departure from past crises.

Desert Vista's Sabrina Haines commits to ASU women's basketball

azcentral.com — Guard Sabrina Haines, who helped to lead Phoenix Desert Vista to a Division I state title last month, is committed to sign with Arizona State women's basketball. The 5-10 Haines joins guard Armani Hawkins of Mesa Mountain View High School as ASU commits who will sign in November and begin college in fall 2015.

In Yarnell fire's path, a shrine is scarred but still standing

azcentral.com — They were helping their parents pack up the 70-year-old house in Yarnell, but once or twice each hour, one of the three Wasson brothers would scramble up the rocky hill on the property to see how close the wildfire was getting. The hill was the most noted tourist attraction in the town.
In Yarnell fire's path, a shrine is scarred but still standing azc.cc/1lnikwc via @azcentral. Outstanding story by Richard Ruelas.

Gilbert's Hale theater announces new season, including 'Phantom'

azcentral.com — Gilbert's Hale Centre Theatre, which continues to grow with the downtown area, has announced another season of mostly musicals, including "Phantom." The 12 th season for the homegrown town theater presents such perennial favorites as "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz."

Antoine Vermette 'pleased' with his offensive output

azcentral.com — Preseason predictions labeled Antoine Vermette the Coyotes' third-line center, and that made sense. Mike Ribeiro was penciled into the top of the depth chart upon arrival, while Martin Hanzal was still filling out a top-six spot next to wingman Radim Vrbata.
RT @azcsports: The #Coyotes' Antoine Vermette is 'pleased' with his offensive output. @azc_mclellan reports: ow.ly/vXAD2
Antoine Vermette 'pleased' with his offensive output for #Coyotes azc.cc/1kNrpzW via azcentral

Call to 'practice resurrection' worth pondering today

azcentral.com — Linda Valdez: Wendell Berry's poem is a timely suggestion

Real or hoax? Questions about new Arias court filing

azcentral.com — Jodi Arias's lawyers deny Arias filed a protection order against Arpaio claiming she got Hepatitis C in jail.

LBJ's moral call echoes today

azcentral.com — "The American people are hungry for Democrats to behave like Democrats," Arizona's Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva says. Hallelujah, brother. Cue the Pete Seeger music. Let's hammer out some justice. The Republicans gained political power by channeling Americans' sense of dissatisfaction into hatred of liberals and the federal government.

Can we deliver on the promise of democracy?

azcentral.com — Actor Whitaker to speak at kickoff about delivering democracy in Arizona Arizona has long been viewed as a place where democracy is often misunderstood, undervalued and undermined. Rancorous politics, fueled by cultural ignorance, apathy and fear have made international news. Partisan grudges, self-serving alliances and draconian legislation create a political atmosphere that is as blistering as our weather.
Can we deliver on the promise of democracy? @ForestWhitaker will speak at kickoff of new @ASU center effort: ow.ly/vUfVa

Plugged In: A 'dark money' badge of honor

azcentral.com — A DARK-MONEY BADGE OF HONOR I guess being the first target of a dark-money ad is some kind of badge of honor for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith. The victim of a specious TV spot by some out-of-state group called the Legacy Foundation Action Fund, Smith must be perceived by the ultraconservative money men as the scariest challenger to their favorite for Arizona governor, Doug Ducey.
Being the victim of a #darkmoney attack ad is becoming a badge of honor, a reader says: ow.ly/vUc7U #PluggedIn
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