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MMA with a twist of cannabis: Combat sport meets marijuana at RUF, Puff & Rumble event

PHOENIX – Promoter RUF Nation hosted a unique event Saturday, and it marked the first time an MMA organization held a cannabis expo alongside a fight card in the Valley.


FlyQuest’s Go Green Initiative spotlights preservation and sustainability of esports

LOS ANGELES – FlyQuest began its Go Green initiative in 2020, and has since paired with One Tree Planted, Coral Reef Alliance and the Bee Conservatory in TreeQuest, SeaQuest and BeeQuest.

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Rally to support seven Arizonans charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

WASHINGTON - Organizers are downplaying expectations for a large crowd at Saturday's rally in Phoenix to support the "political prisoners" arrested in the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol - but they are not downplaying the seriousness of their cause.


Ahwatukee brothers hope to rise in MMA ranks with unorthodox training, uniques personas

SCOTTSDALE - Two former Desert Vista wrestlers are looking to rise in the MMA ranks by being true to their beliefs and their unorthodox methods of training and dieting.


Temporarily knocked out, RUF Nation returns strong, features card at Celebrity Theatre

PHOENIX – This time last year, RUF had a different name, struggled to hold events due to the pandemic and had a much darker outlook for the future of Arizona MMA. This year, a lot has changed and business is booming, including a card Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre.


Shawnee language classes move online during COVID-19 pandemic

Only about 100 people speak the ancient language of the Shawnee people, which has motivated tribal officials to educate more young people. 2020 was supposed to be the Year of the Shawnee Language in Oklahoma, but COVID-19 forced educators online. There were some positives.


21st century Jim Crow: Arizona activists, faith leaders decry ‘voter suppression’ bills

PHOENIX – Arizona advocacy and faith-based organizations joined a national controversy over voting rights at the state Capitol on Wednesday, criticizing a state bill and other legislation as voter suppression efforts that recalls Jim Crow.


Tribal efforts to preserve languages get boost from COVID relief funds

The American Rescue Plan will set aside $20 million to help Native American nations preserve their languages. The funding is designed to help assure the survival of tribal cultures, spiritual identities and forms of traditional communication.


Invisible chapters: Writing the Black community into stories of libraries, bookstores and publishing

TUCSON – The Kindred program at Tucson’s main library is one solution to a lack of African American representation in libraries, on bookshelves and at publishing houses.


Sharpshooters could target Grand Canyon bison by 2021 under herd plan

WASHINGTON - State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, perhaps as early as next year.

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‘We have to do something’: Inmate’s brother seeks his release to escape COVID-19 behind bars

PHOENIX – The Navajo County Jail in Holbrook is one of many national detention centers under fire for treatment of patients before a COVID-19 outbreak. Two brothers tell COVID-19 horror stories behind bars, while a third fights for their rights, possibly their lives.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Judge refuses to block Ducey order closing gyms

PHOENIX – A Maricopa County judge on Tuesday refused to block Gov. Doug Ducey's order closing gyms across the state, ruling that Mountainside Fitness could not show that the abrupt shutdown order violated the law.