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September 2, 2018

Final service for US Senator and Vietnam War veteran John McCain as he is buried at the United States Naval Academy

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Senator John Sydney McCain III of Arizona

Sunday, the United States (US) Republican Senator from Arizona and Vietnam War veteran John Sydney McCain III, age 81, was buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. McCain died on the evening of August 25 at his Sedona, Arizona ranch from complications associated with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Ending a week of services, viewings, and speeches, McCain’s body was laid to rest next to his Naval Academy friend Admiral Charles Larson. The motorcade with police escort had streets lined with people saluting and waving American flags. An honor guard would remove the casket to be placed on a horse drawn carriage and offloaded at the burial site. A private service was held at 14:00 EST (1800 UTC) to 16:00 EST (2000 UTC) which concluded with a flyover in the missing man formation.

McCain is remembered by his service to the US during the Vietnam War where he was shot down over Hanoi, North Vietnam being rescued by local fishermen. When offered repatriation due to his father becoming the commander of all US forces in Vietnam, he refused to leave the Hỏa Lò Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton,” suffering pervasive torture unless earlier prisoners of war were repatriated. In all, he was detained for 5 1/2 years. Stateside, he would enter the world of US politics as Congressmen from the Arizona 1st district. When the Republican Senator from Arizona Barry Goldwater vacated his seat in the US Senate, McCain was elected to his seat, which he filled for the next 3 decades, overseeing the military as a ranking member of the politically powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. With McCain’s extensive public service, his death garnered several services that were carried out over the last week.

Starting last Sunday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey lowered all flags at half-mast and announced McCain and would lie in state under the copper rotunda at the Arizona Capitol Building Wednesday in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Also Governor Ducey’s office confirmed through a senior adviser Daniel Ruiz, II, the Constitutional power for appointing McCain’s successor will take place after McCain’s funeral and this person will serve until the 2022 election cycle. The official statement produced by Ruiz reads, “Out of respect for the life and legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, Governor Ducey will not be making any announcements about an appointment until after the Senator is laid to rest … Now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life well lived.”

A small service was held around 10:00 a.m. MST (1600 UTC) Wednesday when McCain’s casket arrived at the Arizona Capitol Building. Opening the service was Arizona Governor Doug Ducey with a eulogy, with remarks from former Republican Senator from Arizona Jon Kyle, and the benediction from the Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake. Following the service, the public was allowed into the rotunda with an estimated 12-15 thousand individuals by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

His last ceremony in Arizona took place Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church which featured McCain’s former Chief of Staff John Woods, National Football League wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Leaving the church, a personal musical selection by McCain of Frank Sinatra song, “My Way” played. A police escort would take him and his family to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. Greeting him on the tarmac was the entire Arizona National Guard with Air Force Two, a smaller modified Boeing 757 then the Air Force One Boeing 747 used to fly the president. Air Force Two would land in Washington, DC at Joint Base Andrews with an honor guard ready to receive his casket.

Friday, McCain came to the US Capitol Building for the last time, honored by lying in state under the rotunda on the catafalque originally built for assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. This honor has only been extended to 31 individuals over the past 166 years. As the honor guard removed the casket from the hearse and began climbing the stairs it began to rain. After the ceremony for Congress, the public was allowed to view his casket for the remainder of the day.

Saturday, a service was held at that National Cathedral also in Washington, DC. where former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were personally asked by McCain to give eulogies when they visited him as he recovered from chemotherapy and radiation treatments at his ranch. Absent from the National Cathedral was the current President Donald Trump after tensions with McCain and the McCain family resulted in Trump not being invited. Instead, invitations were extended to Vice President Mike Pence other administration officials including Chief of Staff and retired General John Kelly.

Throughout the week, no speech referenced Trump by name. However Meghan McCain‘s eulogy at the National Cathedral stated, “We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice, those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served,” subtly comparing McCain’s war record to Trump’s multiple medical deferments.

Trump would spend the time when the service was taking place at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. During his public appearances this week, he remained silent on McCain’s death with only a single Twitter post directly following McCain’s death, “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.” First Lady Melania Trump also reached out through Twitter with, “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.” Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner attended the National Cathedral service as an invitation extended by Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham.

Trump ordered the flags at half-mast, a showing of national mourning, the Saturday evening when McCain died, with the flag being placed back at full-mast two days later. Trump defended his actions with, “I’ve done everything that they requested and no, I don’t think I have at all.” After quick bipartisan criticism the flag was returned to half-mast until Sunday’s final burial.

USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)
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A number of honorary measures have been purposed and adopted throughout the federal, state, and city levels. Navy officials, prior to his death, added his name to the Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer USS John McCain originally named for his grandfather and father, both Navy Admirals. Congressional colleagues also entitled the 2019 fiscal year military sending bill, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Legislation was also submitted by the Democratic Senator from New York Chuck Schumer to renaming the Russell Senate Office Building dedicated to the late Democratic Senator from Georgia Richard Russell, Jr. Russell was a segregationist and civil rights opponent, but some in Congress have reservations on the renaming like the Republican Senator from Georgia David Perdue stating, “He did so many other things. He was a big supporter of the Great Society, the War on Poverty. Now, we all know those things failed, but he was a big champion of them.” The legislation will be taken up when Congress reopens after Labor Day.



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August 31, 2018

US Senator John McCain lies in state at Arizona Capitol

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On Wednesday, deceased Vietnam War veteran and Republican United States Senator from Arizona John Sidney McCain III arrived at the Arizona State Capitol, transported via police-escorted hearse, where his remains lay in state. The senator’s remains were later transported to Washington, D.C., ahead of further services planned there for today.

McCain died Saturday evening from complications associated with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, diagnosed 13 months ago after a biopsy on a blood clot which formed above his left eye.

Before the public viewing, a small service was held under the Arizona State Capitol’s copper rotunda with the McCain family, former and present governors of Arizona, Arizona state legislators, and past and current Arizona Congressional delegation. Beginning at approximately 10:00 local time, current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey gave the eulogy, with remarks from former Republican Senator from Arizona Jon Kyle. Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake delivered the benediction. Other public figures included his daughter Meghan McCain, former Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Cardinals football receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.

The Arizona State Capitol started allowing the public view around 14:00 local time, with the Arizona Department of Public Safety reporting 7,500 people standing for hours in 104°F.



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June 27, 2016

Colombia beats USA 1-0 for 2016 Copa América bronze

Colombia beats USA 1-0 for 2016 Copa América bronze

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On Saturday, in the Copa América match for third place, Colombia defeated hosts United States in the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Arizona.

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USA had more shots than Colombia, but the Colombians had slightly better ball possession. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca scored a goal guarded by Tim Howard just after the half an hour mark as Los Cafeteros were 1–0 up at half time.

Two players — one of each team — were sent off. Michael Orozco of USA was booked in the 88th minute and later sent off. Colombian Santiago Arias collected two yellow cards in two minutes and was sent off along with Orozco.

Goalkeeper David Ospina won the Man of the Match award making two saves and two clearances.



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United States 0–1 Colombia University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Referee: Flag of Uruguay.svg Daniel Fedorczuk, Uruguay
Michael Orozco Booked after 88'Sent off after 90+4' 88′, 90+4′
Matt Besler Booked after 21 minutes 21′
Jermaine Jones Booked after 41 minutes 41′
0–1 (HT) Carlos Bacca Scored after 31 minutes 31′
Santiago Arias Booked after 90+3'Booked again after 90+4'Sent off after 90+4' 90+3′, 90+4′
Jeison Murillo Booked after 14 minutes 14′
Juan Cuadrado Booked after 73 minutes 73′

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June 26, 2016

Colombia beats USA 1-0 for Copa América bronze

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On Saturday, in the Copa América match for third place, Colombia defeated hosts United States in the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Arizona.

USA had more shots than Colombia, but the Colombians had slightly better ball possession. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca scored a goal guarded by Tim Howard just after the half an hour mark as Los Cafeteros were 1–0 up at half time.

Two players — one of each team — were sent off. Michael Orozco of USA was booked in the 88th minute and later sent off. Colombian Santiago Arias collected two yellow cards in two minutes and was sent off along with Orozco.

Goalkeeper David Ospina won the Man of the Match award making two saves and two clearances.



June 25, 2016
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United States 0–1 Colombia University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Referee: Flag of Uruguay.svg Daniel Fedorczuk, Uruguay
Michael Orozco Booked after 88'Sent off after 90+4' 88′, 90+4′
Matt Besler Booked after 21 minutes 21′
Jermaine Jones Booked after 41 minutes 41′
0–1 (HT) Carlos Bacca Scored after 31 minutes 31′
Santiago Arias Booked after 90+3'Booked again after 90+4'Sent off after 90+4' 90+3′, 90+4′
Jeison Murillo Booked after 14 minutes 14′
Juan Cuadrado Booked after 73 minutes 73′

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June 5, 2016

Boxing great Muhammed Ali dies aged 74

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Legendary boxing great Muhammed Ali died on Friday aged 74 in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. A family spokesperson said Ali had been admitted with respiratory problems. The former heavyweight champion lived with Parkinson’s disease for decades, diagnosed in 1984.

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Born on January 17, 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay, he changed his name to Muhammed Ali after his 1964 conversion to Islam. In his professional career, Ali won 56 out of 61 fights — including 31 consecutive wins. He won the World Heavyweight Championship three times and had also won an Olympic gold medal in the light-heavyweight category.

Often considered the greatest boxer of all time, Ali was the world heavyweight champion in the 1960s and 1970s. His famous fights with George Foreman in 1974 when he won his title back and against Joe Frazier are considered by many as two of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Ali had also defeated Sonny Liston to claim the championship title.

Ali was also known as a political activist. He came under considerable controversy after his decision to refuse the Vietnam War draft.

He lit the flame in the 1996 Olympics hosted in Atlanta.

His funeral is to be in Kentucky.



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November 2, 2015

November 1 2015 Phoenix AZ Earthquake

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Just outside of Black Canyon City, Arizona on Sunday, November 1, 2015 three earthquakes were reported which were felt throughout the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The largest – a magnitude 4.1 just before 11:30 p.m. – rattled homes across the region.

The series of at least three Arizona earthquakes generated no reports of notable damage, but left people swaying or stunned from Black Canyon City, closest to the epicenter, to Camp Verde and across metro Phoenix as far as Queen Creek.



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September 28, 2015

Twenty-six pounds of flying marijuana punctures woman’s carport

Twenty-six pounds of flying marijuana punctures woman’s carport

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After hearing a loud thud at her home in Nogales, Arizona, Maya Donnelly thought there may be a storm raging outside, she thought nothing of it, and went back to sleep. Yet later that morning she discovered her carport had hole in it, and her plastic dog house was destroyed.

Donnelly later discovered inside the dog house, wrapped up in black packaging, what later turned out to be a twenty-six pound bundle of marijuana. Police believe the bundle, valued at nearly $10,000, was accidently dropped by a plane smuggling drugs across the border. Police told Donnelly that an airplane trying to smuggle marijuana from Mexico had probably miscalculated the drop of that particular bail, and that the rest of the load was more than likely dropped farther north.

Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson said it was the first time in his three-year tenure that he had seen a package of drugs hit a building. ‘Someone definitely made a mistake – and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them,’ he said.

Luckily for Donnelly, her German Shepherd Hulk, was not sleeping inside the dog house at the time. ‘Thank goodness he is a wanderer at night and was not in his house,’ Donnelly said. ‘He was probably at the gate watching the plane go by.’



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March 28, 2014

Planned Parenthood asks Arizona federal judge for injunction

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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is asking US federal District Judge David C. Bury to grant an injunction against a new Arizona abortion law. On Wednesday Planned Parenthood and Arizona attorney Mike Tryon were in court to present their arguments.

The law passed in 2012 would take effect on April 1. According to Planned Parenthood, if the law takes effect, it will prevent some women from having an abortion. The Arizona state Attorney General’s Office states it is only regulating one form of abortion.

Abortions are usually medical abortions, meaning medication is taken to induce abortion. The new law would only allow use of abortion medication just as approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or specified by the product label. It would also require they administer the medication before seven weeks into the pregnancy. Previous cut off time was set at nine weeks. It would also require the medication be administered at the abortion facility. Planned Parenthood says requiring administration at the facility is a problem particularly for those outside of cities, as the medication is administered over several days.

Medical abortions commonly combine two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. These two drugs are taken together. Doctors don’t usually give them at the “on-label” dosage. For abortions misoprostol is given at a higher amount than the label says. Planned Parenthood says when it is given at the lower level the abortions may be unsuccessful and require surgery, putting the woman at additional risk. The other drug mifepristone has the opposite problem. The FDA has not updated their approval since 2000. The FDA approval is for a larger dose. Most doctors use the two together. They have found that when the two are combined they are just as effective as mifepristone alone, at the higher dose. Planned Parenthood says the combination of the two is the safest way to have an abortion.

The state says this law is part of their responsibility to protect public health.

The Judge is expected to rule before April 1, when the law would take effect.


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May 7, 2013

Solar powered plane completes first leg of transcontinental trip

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Solar Impulse, the world’s most advanced solar powered plane has just completed the first of the five legs of its trans-continental journey, flying fuel-free from San Francisco to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, in just over 18 hours.

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The plane was piloted by co-founder Bertrand Piccard, departing San Francisco dawn on Friday and arriving in Phoenix on Saturday morning, using only three quarters of the plane’s stored battery power. “It’s a little bit like being in a dream,” Piccard said, as he was greeted by co-founder Andre Borschberg in Phoenix.

Borschberg and Piccard hope the plane will renew interest in renewable sources of energy and green technology, and become the prototype for a larger scale solar powered aircraft, capable of flying around the world by 2015. “If an airplane can fly day or night with no fuel, just on the sun’s power, of course it means that everybody in daily life can use this technology for his house, for heating and cooling systems, for lighting, for cars, for trucks. There’s so much we can do now to have a cleaner future,” Piccard said.

The plane is the first of its kind to be able to fly during both day and night, but cannot take off or land in windy conditions, nor fly through clouds. The plane is powered by roughly 12,000 photovoltaic cells on the wings, providing 10 horsepower, the same level of power as the Wright brothers‘ first planes, and weighs the same as a car. “One hundred years ago, the planes had to fly in good weather and there was only one person on board,” Piccard said. “Now we have completely new technology, we fly with no fuel at all. But, of course, we need to fly in good weather and we carry only one pilot on board.

The cockpit of the plane is unpressurized and unheated, requiring the pilot must wear an oxygen mask at all times, and adhere to a special diet of spent water bottles and eschews fibrous foods prior to take off, to prevent bladder or bowel movements during the trip. Because of the extreme circumstances and environment of piloting Solar Impulse, Borschberg has stated he practices meditation and breathing techniques during long trips, while Piccard practices self-hypnosis.

Solar Impulse’s journey will continue from Phoenix onwards to Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Texas, Lambert-St. Louis airport, Dulles airport in the Washington area and New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, with each trip taking approximately 19 to 25 hours with 10 day rests in each city.



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April 29, 2013

Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL\’s Seattle Seahawks

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks drafted Brisbane, Australia native nose tackle Jesse Williams in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Going into the draft, there were some expectations by the Brisbane Times and other media outlets that Williams might be selected in the first round. Injuries, which resulted in Williams being unable to participate fully in the NFL Combine, likely were reasons why he was not selected higher.

Gridiron football is not the most popular football code in Australia, with rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and Australian rules football all being more popular participation sports. Williams’ youth sporting career reflected this, with Williams playing rugby union until he was 15 years old at which time he switched codes and joined the local gridiron team, the Bayside Ravens. A year later, his playing ability earned him a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii. He could not meet the university’s academic standards so eventually he attended Western Arizona Community College instead. In 2011, he transferred to the University of Alabama and played for the Alabama Crimson Tide for two seasons. Both seasons, his Crimson Tide team won the national championship.

Williams’ selection is unique amongst Australians as most Australians who have played in the NFL have been kickers. He is also only the second Australian ever to be drafted in the NFL Draft.



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