LOS ANGELES – The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the safety of morticians and other death care workers. Green burials are adapting to changes, allowing body bags to be buried and discouraging embalming for the safety of death care workers.
TEMPE – The scramble to deliver lessons remotely because of COVID-19 has been a challenge for all schools in the state, but a particularly difficult one for districts on the wrong side of the digital divide, school leaders said this week.
TEMPE – Pat Tillman’s death while serving in Afghanistan was a crushing blow to the Arizona community and those around the nation. The former Arizona State and Cardinals defensive standout was killed on this day in 2004.
LOS ANGELES – The purple sea urchin population decimated kelp forests on the West Coast, where researchers are working to bring the creatures under control and supply them to restaurants around the world.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury added three guards on draft night and traded first-round pick Jocelyn Willoughby to secure point guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury have the 10th overall selection in the WNBA’s April 17 player draft. Mercury coach Sandy Brondello said she’s confident the right player will be available when the Mercury pick.
TEMPE – On April 16, 2005, friends and family of the late Pat Tillman honored him with the first edition of Pat’s Run in Tempe. It has grown into the largest timed running event in Arizona.
PHOENIX – Four members of the Arizona State women’s basketball team this year were looking forward to their first experience in the NCAA Tournament. One was senior Ja’Tavia Tapley, who has lost her only shot to play during March Madness. But that isn’t the only impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Tapley.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services releases new data on COVID-19, and Yuma County reports the first COVID-19 related death.
AUSTIN, Texas – VELA is an organization that provides support and resources to mostly Hispanic and immigrant families whose children have disabilities. Founded in 2010, it serves about 1,500 families annually – helping to close a significant gap in health care for Hispanics.
PHOENIX – Homeless shelters and food banks are seeing an increase in demand as COVID-19 rampages through the state. And time and money are running out for nonprofits.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks played their inaugural game on March 31, 1998 against the Colorado Rockies at what was then known as Bank One Ballpark.