Thursday, 12 September 2019 13:56

FLAVOR BAN

Six people have died from vaping and 380 people have been diagnosed with a mysterious lung disease; many of them young people. According to the Washington Post, "Many victims have ended up with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening condition in which fluid builds up in the lungs and prevents the oxygen people’s bodies need to function from circulating in the bloodstream." The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has even labeled vaping as an epidemic. Now the country may be facing new federal legislation. The President and his Administration is creating a policy through the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ban most flavored vaping products in the hopes that this action will deter youth from taking up the habit. Once the FDA completes the policy it will become active after 30 days and only FDA approved vape flavors will be legal.    
Thursday, 05 September 2019 14:10

OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL

Thanks to a Gilbert High School student, Arizona now has new official representation for our state. If you have been here for a while you may know that we are the Grand Canyon state and you can probably recognize the state flag with the big star and rays coming off of it like the sun. But did you know that states have all sorts of official symbols? The most commonly known official symbols are the state bird and flower but the official representation doesn't have to stop there. Read our Officially Arizona article to find out what the Gilbert High School student added to our official list and see what other crazy items represent out state. You might be surprised by the list.
Friday, 30 August 2019 09:27

EXPANDING THE REACH OF THE INTERNET

A Phoenix based group of high school and college students are creating a new way to help those without the internet get connected using a mesh network. A mesh network uses a series of nodes that all connect to each other creating a net of coverage with less gaps, resulting in fewer dropped connections. The project, called Project Phoenix, has students work and understand how to build and manage these networks. The end goal is give individuals who don't have the internet the ability to use the internet. These students hope to provide individuals not only with access to the internet but also the ability "to access trainings and gain experience for well-paying high tech jobs." The mesh network is currently in its testing phase.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:10

7 YEAR OLD WORLD CHAMPION

Since 2005 North Carolina has hosted a world tournament for junior golfers at the World Kids Golf Championship. According to U.S. Kids Golf, L.L.C.'s website over 1,500 players compete from over 50 countries on over a weeks worth of activates. All of this culminates in three rounds of championship play and this year the world champion for the 7 and under age group came from here in Arizona. Beu Ellington, is this years World Kids Golf Champion at just 7 years old. To win she did 108 strokes on a 9 hole course beating Gabriela Brambilla from Brazil and Erica Koshimizu from Japan by just one stroke. Beu Ellington's championship just goes to show you that you don't have to wait to become a champion. 
Friday, 09 August 2019 09:14

SENDING OUT AN SOS

Smartphones are all around you. Even if you don't own one personally chances are you still use one everyday; but are you aware of all the great features that are on that phone? Sure there are games, social media apps and of course a camera but smartphones also have great features that could potentially save your life. Did you know that you don't have to be able to unlock a smartphone to use its emergency features? If you are ever in a situation and you need help any charged smartphone will do. To get to this screen you just need to try to access the phone and use the touchscreen to hit  "Emergency" from there it will give you a keypad where you can dial 911. If you have an iPhone you can discreetly hit the volume button 5 times to make an emergency call or hit it once and drag the SOS slider on newer models. This feature also allows you to notify emergency contacts at the same time. Android phones have a similar feature that also allows the user to store personal emergency information and send out an emergency notification to contacts. To learn how to set it up visit this site.
Friday, 26 July 2019 17:31

MI CASA ES SU CASA

Everyone loves a great vacation and with vacation rentals like VRBO and Airbnb joining the ranks of hotels the places to stay seem endless. In Arizona, the red rocks of Sedona are a famed destination where vacationers and residents alike enjoy the spectacular scenery and cooler temperatures the city has to offer. However, Sedona residents say state law A.R.S. 9-500.39, passed in 2016, is changing the landscape and feel of Sedona and the local residents are not happy. A.R.S. 9-500.39 mandated that Sedona, who had banned residential vacation rentals since 1995, remove the ban and allow properties to be utilized in such a manner. Now many residents argue that the law has allowed investors to move into neighborhoods and buy up multiple homes, driving up local housing costs and overall changing neighborhood dynamics. They are asking lawmakers to put the control back into the cities hands so they can decide their own laws like they did in the past. People who enjoy the vacation rental law say it provides individuals and the city with an additional revenue stream. What do you think? 
Friday, 28 June 2019 16:59

FIREWORK FRENZY

It's fireworks time! That's right, many places in Arizona allow for seasonal fireworks around this time of year but; there are a lot of laws and restrictions that you need to know before you run off to buy that bottle rocket. If your not sure about the laws in your city or town head over to the My Streets section of this website. My Streets lists the laws and types of fireworks that can be used for over 40 places across Arizona. Have a happy and safe holiday!    
Friday, 21 June 2019 17:19

ARIZONA EMERGENCY INFO

Are you planning to travel anywhere in Arizona this summer? If you are you may want to plug in to the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN). The AzEIN is a great way for you to know what is happening before your stuck having to deal with the consequences. This system notifies you of everything from fires to health alerts for air quality. Do you know what to do in a dust storm? They have you covered for that too. So, check out their website https://ein.az.gov/ or subscribe to them on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook or Blogger and stay aware of emergencies that may impact you.
Friday, 14 June 2019 09:32

DEEPFAKE

Deepfakes are becoming more and more common and their use is raising many questions; especially what is a deepfake? A deepfake is when someone uses technology to alter a video or recording to make it seem like the real thing it is impersonating. That sounds a little vague so lets put it in context. A person could create a video of a celebrity, news personality or your teacher and make them say or do something that they didn't. People make deepfakes for all sorts of reasons the same way that people use cameras and computers for all purposes. The issue with deepfakes is that the technology has advanced to such a point that it is becoming hard to tell what is real and what is fake. What used to only be possible in movies is now happening all across the internet. However, researchers are coming up with new technology to help identify deepfakes by analyzing light, shadow and micro expressions. So, remember the next time you are watching a video question if what you are watching is real or if it's fake. Read "Learning How to Spot Fake News" to sharpen your sleuthing skills.    
Friday, 07 June 2019 13:38

BEAT THE HEAT

Arizona is officially hitting its well known summer temperatures and as it does everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat; and one of the most popular ways is to hit the pool. Few things are more refreshing and more relaxing than taking a dip but you always need to remember to be safe in the water. That is why cities all over Arizona are offering free swim programs at local pools. Phoenix is carrying on it's 27 year tradition of the Itty Bitty Beach Party, which offers free swim lessons and safety information. Tucson and the surrounding area are offering free and $2 lessons for those who qualify, and Bullhead City Morning Kiwanis Club is sponsoring free swim lessons. If you would like to learn to swim or maybe just improve your current skills check out your local city's parks and recreation centers to get a free or low cost lesson. Always be safe around water.  
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