NFL Green brings Arizona community together for ‘Green Week’

PHOENIX – NFL “Green Week” continued on Thursday with an event that aimed to make a larger impact on the community than only the environment. Students led the way to donate over 25,000 items to underserved communities.

Dane Spratley, a Jack Barnes Elementary School student, helps organize donated picture books with his classmates. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/Cronkite News)

Beastie Boys are back as pop groups embrace pop-up museums

LOS ANGELES – A Beastie Boys pop up exhibit in Los Angeles is on trend with the growing ideology of pop-up exhibits.

The authentic boombox, a device used to play music throughout the 1980s and 1990s shown in the Beastie Boys photo, is displayed in front of the image. Photographed on Jan. 19, 2023. (Photo by Daniel Ogas/Cronkite News)

Volunteers help Tempe kids with reading skills

Page Turners is an organization that promotes early childhood literacy. Its volunteers from Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University provide free reading tutoring at the Tempe Public Library.

(Photo by Sophie Oppfelt/Cronkite News)

Jimmie Johnson test drives NASCAR’s Next Gen car in Phoenix Raceway return

AVONDALE – It was a big week in the world of NASCAR at Phoenix Raceway. Not only was NASCAR testing new modifications to the Next Gen 7 car, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson got behind the wheel of the new race car for the first time before his return to the sport.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson test drove the Next Gen-7 car at Phoenix Raceway and shared his thoughts after the first day of testing. (Photo by Reece Andrews/Cronkite News)

Building the future: Trade occupations encouraged as demand for skilled labor grows

PHOENIX – Trade labor jobs are in high demand across the U.S., with many companies desperate for skilled laborers. TradeUp! and West-MEC are handing middle and high school students hard hats and teaching them such crucial skills as electricians, welders and mechanics.

Electrical trade students at West-MEC in Buckey practice wiring light switches in class on Sept. 16, 2022. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Student gumshoes at GCU collaborate with Phoenix police to create shoeprint database

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University forensic science students and the Phoenix Police Crime Lab are building a local shoeprint database to assist investigators in identifying shoe impressions left at crime scenes.

Measuring shoes and cataloging their treads are tasks Grand Canyon University students do as they add shoes to a shoeprint database they’re working on with the Phoenix Police Department. Photo taken at GCU in Phoenix on Nov. 3, 2022. (Photo by Alexia Faith/Cronkite News)

Police in Colorado town use outreach, TikTok to gain immigrants’ trust

AVON, Colorado – Avon Police Chief Greg Daly says many people in his small Rocky Mountain town are afraid to call police. To improve trust among the large immigrant population, the department conducts an annual Latino Police Academy, has hired more Spanish-speaking officers and even posts fun TikToks in Spanish.

Detective Alan Hernandez of the Avon Police Department uses his experience to connect with the small Colorado city’s large immigrant community. Photo taken in July 2022. (Photo by Gabriela Tumani/News21)

As more LGBTQ+ people face eating disorders, providers work to create appropriate care

PHOENIX – With research showing that LGBTQ+ individuals face a higher risk of developing eating disorders, more and more providers are creating specialized treatment to address these disparities and ensure people get the care they need.


Vertical farm in Avondale promotes sustainability, technology, water conservation

AVONDALE – The vertical farm OnePointOne has opened in Avondale and is growing a variety of leafy greens and strawberries. Among its benefits, vertical farming uses 99% less water than a traditional farm – which could significantly affect Arizona’s water supply.

Cameras monitor the growth of savanna brassica, a spinach and mustard hybrid, at OnePointOne in Avondale on Sept. 28, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)

Empathy and humanity are at the center of Holocaust education in Arizona

PHOENIX – Arizona teachers, including some who have visited Holocaust sites, are looking for ways to teach middle and high school students about the Holocaust and other genocides. Experts say teaching it builds empathy and warns of “the dangers of staying silent in the face of evil.”

When Amanda Johnson was visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, she didn’t take photos of the heart-wrenching scenes at the memorial. Instead, she bought books to share with her students and help them learn about the millions of Jewish people who were killed during the Holocaust. Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2022, at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe. (Photo by Sophie Oppfelt/Cronkite News)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used ‘off label’ to treat brain injuries, but questions remain

CAVE CREEK – Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is being used to treat patients with traumatic brain injuries but has not been approved by the FDA.

Gordon Brown demonstrates how he has used the hyperbaric chamber at HBOT of Arizona in Cave Creek to help with his traumatic brain injury Photo taken Sept. 13, 2022. (Photo by Sophie Oppfelt/Cronkite News)

It’s electric: ADOT planning a statewide network of EV chargers along interstates

PHOENIX – Thanks to federal funding, the Arizona Department of Transportation will receive millions to upgrade existing electric vehicle chargers and install new ones along interstate highways.

More electric-vehicle charging ports will be installed along interstate highways in Arizona as early as 2024. ChargePoint already has some charging stations, similar to this one in downtown Phoenix, along several interstates. Each station will have four or more fast chargers capable of charging most vehicles in about 30 minutes. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2022. (Photo by Jennifer Sawhney/Cronkite News)