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High school students learn about artificial intelligence and related career paths

TEMPE – DriveTime, an online used-car dealership and finance company based in Tempe, partnered with the Mark Cuban Foundation to host an AI boot camp for high school students in the Phoenix metro.

Alec Evans, assistant director of data science for DriveTime, guides Miguel Fernandez, 16, left and Zyron Hilsee, 16, as they work to create a chatbot through Microsoft Azure during the Mark Cuban Foundation AI Boot Camp at the DriveTime corporate office in Tempe. Photo taken Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo by Justin Spangenthal/Cronkite News)

At 17, Kylan Boswell already turning heads for the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team

TUCSON – Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell, who was a five-star recruit from AZ Compass Prep, reclassified to play for the Wildcats a year early. Now, after recovering from a foot injury, the 17-year-old has seen early playing time after one of Arizona’s guards was suspended for the first three games.

Caption: Former AZ Compass Prep guard Kylan Boswell reclassified in the summer to enter college early and play for the Arizona Wildcats this season. He's averaging 21 minutes per game through the first three games. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics)

Better pregame, in-game experiences? As football team struggles, ASU works to enhance game day

TEMPE – Throughout the years, ASU fans have complained about the game day experience at Sun Devil Stadium. The athletic department has focused on shorter ticket lines and better tailgate opportunities.

Fans enjoy the the Sun Devil Walk, which features players walking outside Desert Financial Arena en route to Sun Devil Stadium. (Photo by Aayush Gupta/Cronkite News)

First in the nation law requires tech companies to take steps to improve kids’ well-being

PHOENIX – Research shows that more young Americans are facing mental health struggles, and technology is partly to blame. A new California law requires tech companies to do more to protect the privacy and data of children online. The measure could pave the way for similar laws elsewhere.

Research shows that more young Americans are facing mental health struggles, and technology is partly to blame. A new California law requires tech companies to do more to protect the privacy and data of children online. The measure could pave the way for similar laws elsewhere. (Photo illustration by Alexia Faith/Cronkite News)

‘Test subjects’ in Arizona Fall League try out baseball rule changes

SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Fall League got the first look into the three major changes for the upcoming 2023 MLB season. Get a look into what players in the Fall league think of the rule changes.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, right, announced three rule changes in September during the MLB Rules Press Conference at MLB Headquarters. The Arizona Fall League adopted the changes this past season. (Photo by Eve Kilsheimer/Getty Images)

Height, goatee aren’t only reasons Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker turns heads in Fall League

SCOTTSDALE – Jordan Walker, 20, is a top baseball prospect thanks to his obvious physical talent and love for the game. The No. 6 overall prospect from Atlanta is enjoying his experience in the Arizona Fall League.


Changing of the stars: Arizona Fall League’s new rules for annual showcase a hit

MESA – The Arizona Fall League hosted its 16th annual Fall Stars Game this past weekend, with the best prospects being selected to represent the National and American Leagues. While the field of competition changes every year, the event itself has also morphed over the years.


Arizona governor: Katie Hobbs holds narrow lead over Trump ally Kari Lake

PHOENIX – Democrat Katie Hobbs maintained a narrow lead Wednesday over Republican Kari Lake in Arizona’s race for governor. The race is one of the most competitive – and most consequential – in the country.

Left: Katie Hobbs, Democratic candidate for Arizona governor, speaks during the election party for Arizona Democrats at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Nov. 8, 2022, in Phoenix. Right: Kari Lake, Republican candidate for governor, casts her vote in downtown Phoenix on Election Day and then addresses the media. (Photos by Mary Grace Grabill and Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

See updates from Arizona voters and polling locations on Election Day

PHOENIX – Voters across Arizona headed to the polls to make their voices heard this midterm election. Their votes on candidate races and propositions will determine the future of Arizona. This year, tensions are high as Arizonans decide on a new governor as well as a U.S. senator, among other races.


Obama shoots down rumors of Phoenix Suns ownership, praises team’s play

PHOENIX – Despite rumors that Barack Obama had interest in ownership of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, he shot down speculation. He also praised the play of the Suns.


‘Coach’s dream’: Ohio State commit Dylan Raiola shows jaw-dropping skill as Chandler quarterback

PHOENIX – Dylan Raiola, an Ohio State quarterback commit and the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2024 class, has led Chandler to an undefeated record. The junior has drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes for his unique play style and talented arm.

Chandler junior quarterback Dylan Raiola hands off to running back Ca’lil Valentine at a recent practice. Raiola, who is committed to Ohio State, leads the 7-0 Wolves against Basha (6-1) Friday. (Photo by Cole Topham/Cronkite News)

It started with a rubber chicken: The story behind the Suns’ Sunburst jersey

PHOENIX – The Suns’ decision to completely redesign their uniforms 30 years ago came during a time of dramatic change for the franchise that wasn’t for the chickenhearted.

Jerry Colangelo wanted a logo to reflect the Phoenix Suns as a franchise that was trending upward, not setting. So the new logo became a rising sun. (Photo courtesy of Tom O’Grady)