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No Maluma, no Disney princesses: Mercury return to home court after much-debated scheduling issues

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury played its first two playoff games at arenas belonging to college teams. A look at why as the team prepares to play the Las Vegas Aces at Footprint Center with a chance to punch a ticket to the WNBA Finals.


Losing streak, venue change don’t rattle Mercury as they enter single-elimination playoff game

PHOENIX - Heading into tonight’s single-elimination playoff game on a three-game losing streak can sometimes be a red flag. But for the Phoenix Mercury, this streak is nothing short of a red herring.


Jobs of desperation: How rideshare, food delivery workers lose in the gig economy

Rideshare and food delivery work became even riskier during COVID-19, which put thousands of people out of jobs and into the gig economy. Some now are trying to unionize to negotiate better pay and conditions.


Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open puts spotlight on mental health, media expectations

PHOENIX – Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open after refusing to partake in media availability raises questions about media responsibility and mental health.


Why this ‘radical librarian’ believes libraries, to address inequity, should keep buildings closed

Fobazi Ettarh believes reopening in-building library services to the public highlights disparities between the less fortunate and the well-off. Ettarch says it’s best to keep libraries closed to force a long-term solution.


‘Water protector’: Indigenous illustrator wins Caldecott Medal for children’s book

Michaela Goade is the first Indigenous illustrator to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best American picture book for children. The artist won the honor for “We Are Water Protectors,” written by Carole Lindstrom.


COVID-19 relief would overhaul, boost aid for 1.5 million Arizona kids

WASHINGTON - As many as 1.5 million Arizona children could benefit from an expansion of the child tax credit that would mean monthly checks to parents of up to $300 per child if approved by Congress as part of the COVID-19 relief bill this week.


28 paintings highlight famous – and less familiar – figures in Black history

PHOENIX – Twenty-eight murals and other paintings in central Phoenix honor Black History Month. The art showcases icons and less familiar faces.


Mural featuring Phoenix Suns, Mercury highlight teams’ commitment to social justice

PHOENIX - Five Phoenix Suns and Mercury figures are featured in one of the Black History Matters murals. Twenty-eight can be found around the city.


Cities, police brace for possible unrest after heated election

WASHINGTON - National and local law enforcement agencies are preparing to respond in case civil disturbances break out after Tuesday's elections, which experts fear may have a "different venue for challenging election results, namely in the streets."


Swipe right on 2020 election: Groups vie for young Arizona voters in new ways

PHOENIX – Election advocates deploy social media, handwritten notes and even dating apps to reach young voters for the 2020 election.


Coronavirus sports roundup: Mercury honor Breonna Taylor; fake fans to highlight games at Chase Field

PHOENIX – Mercury, Suns players begin making decisions about social justice messages on jerseys. Fox announces virtual fans for MLB games.