Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00
Arizona students joined thousands across the nation who sought to raise awareness about gun violence in schools this past Wednesday. On February 14, 2018 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida but this time after the memorial services had ended students decided something more needed to happen. Working with Women's March, a group focused on transformative, grassroots, social change, students organized a walkout to honor those who had passed one month after tragedy struck their school. On March 14, over 3,000 schools participated in the walkout some marching on their local capital buildings, others holding signs and still more spelling out #Enough on their football fields but all uniting to say that something has to be done to stop the violence. While the walkout itself is over, the uniting of a nation over a common message is a powerful and marks the beginning of a new student driven conversation of which Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the namesake of the Florida school, would be proud.  "Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action." -Marjory Stoneman Douglas    
Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00
Teens may understand more than most that your friends can become closer than your relatives. The idea that someone who happens to share a few chromosomes but has never met you is closer to you than a person whom you share your hopes, dreams and life with  just seems a little absurd when you stop and think about it. But for years this is exactly how the law has looked at sick time. A person who is working may take time off to take care for a relative but would not be allowed to take that same time off to care for a friend or companion whom they were not related or married. Luckily, the law is finally changing and Arizona is among the states leading the way with "chosen-family" sick-time, a law that reflects "the varied relationships that matter to people." Now people close to us, who need us, can be cared for by us without legal red-tape standing in the way. This law may still have some restrictions around it but it is a positive step for those who wish to care for whom-ever they've added to their family without the added worry of the law standing in their way.
Friday, 02 March 2018 00:00
Leaving school property to travel hundreds of miles to go see a famous monument or museum may be a very educational experience but for many schools it just isn't feasible or budget friendly to do so; no matter how great the benefit. Luckily, one school in Brooklyn, New York may have the answer, VR. VR or virtual reality headsets allow the wearer to become fully immersed in an experience. The headset responds to the movements of the wearer and allows them to feel like they are actually in that environment. The teachers at the Berkeley Carroll School said that the experience, "instantly grabs the students." While VR may still not be a cheap endeavor it may be a relatively cost effective option for schools that will allow students to see experiences that they may not have been able to otherwise.   
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00
Or, it did on February 14th, 1912. As state forty-eight, Arizona was the last of the continuous states to be admitted to the union. During that time copper was the primary industry and remained one of the most prominent industries of the state until the 1950s. To memorialize Arizona's copper history the star in the center of the flag was colored copper. The alternating red and yellow stripes that come off the star symbolize the rays of the sun.There are 13 rays that represent the 13 original colonies and red and yellow where chosen to symbolize Arizona's desert sunsets and Spanish history. Lastly, the blue was used to represent the Colorado River and is the same blue used in the U.S. flag. While Arizona's flag has not changed since its unveiling in 1917, Arizona has grown by leaps and bounds since becoming a state and is now the 17th most populous state in the union. Happy Statehood Day Arizona!  
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00
Red Gerard is the youngest Olympic snowboarding champion ever at 17 however, he is not the youngest to compete at the Olympics. Neither, is Tara Lipinski who won her first gold medal at 15 and is now currently doing commentary for ice skating and dancing at the PyeongChang Olympics. In fact the youngest known athlete to participate in the Olympics is Dimitrios Loundras who was only 10 years old and was one of the first athletes to compete in the modern Olympics in 1896. That was awhile ago, what about now? How old do you need to be participate in the Olympics? According to the Olympic Charter, the governing law for the Olympics, under Chapter 5, Rules 42 it says, "There may be no age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games other than as prescribed in the competition rules of an IF (International Federation) as approved by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Executive Board." So, as long as you have the skill and dedication you too can be an Olympic athlete no matter how old you are! 
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00
The Olympics Winter Games in PyeongCheng, South Korea officially kick off today with the Opening Ceremony. The Olympic Games are a long held tradition where people come from all over the world to compete against each other in various sporting events. With people from 204 different countries coming together in one location a governing entity had to be developed and decided on long before the games ever got started. The governing entity, or supreme authority, for the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee commonly known as the IOC. This is an international not-for-profit volunteer organization comprised of 110 people from different countries who are responsible for making the main decisions of the organization. The IOC follows the Olympic Charter, a document similar to our Constitution, that is the codification of the Fundamental Principles, Rules and Bye-laws of the the Olympic Games. The Olympic Charter is the document that governs the organization and running of the Olympics and sets the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games. All individuals, teams and countries who agree to host, attend and compete, must agree to be bound by the rules and by-laws of the Olympic Charter as well as the rules that govern their individuals sports. All final decisions about how the Olympics is run and organized are made by the International Olympic Committee in accordance with the Olympic Charter.     
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00
Unicorn hair and all the colors in-between have become a fun trend over the years so it is only natural that we want to share our expressive style with "man's best friend." However, this fun fad may come with some deadly risks. Hair dye seems so common that we forget that it is a chemical and if left on too long can cause injury and it can be even worse for an animal. One dog owner in Florida realized this when attempting to dye a Maltese mix purple and nearly caused the dogs death. The dog, now called Violet, suffered sever burns and injuries and had to be anesthetized from her painful wounds to allow her to heal. Luckily, she was able to pull through and is doing well with her new owner. Animal Services is using Violet's story to let others know that what seems like an awesome idea can quickly turn into a tragic situation. See Violet's full story here, beware some images are graphic in nature. Further, in Arizona you could also be committing a crime under Arizona's animal cruelty statue A.R.S. 13-2910, for recklessly inflicting unnecessary physical injury to an animal.  So, keep the dye for your do, and ask your vet before deciding to doing any style improvements to your pet.     
Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00
The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 12th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Nine high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Hamilton High School came away with first place. Hamilton will again have the ability to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Corona del Sol returned as second place champions and third place this year went to Skyline High School. If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 00:00
As we rang in the New Year we also rang in a new change to our minimum wage law. As of January 1, 2018 Arizona's minimum wage increased from $10 to $10.50 per hour. This is part of a continual change that we will see every year up until the year 2020. Arizona is one of eighteen states that are currently providing their own adjustment to the minimum wage law instead of depending on the Federal minimum wage law that is still at $7.25 an hour. This has lead to some debate about whether states are increasing the minimum wage too quickly. What do you think? Let us know here. For more information about Arizona's minimum wage laws check out our Laws section here.
Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00
Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the new year and if you are looking to get in on the action checkout our My Streets section to see what laws pertain to your particular area. But beware many city and town laws say that fireworks can only be used until January 3rd of the new year so get them in while you can. Happy New Year!
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