Connect2STEM

By Alessandra Luckey

Phoenix families came to Connect2STEM for their children to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

This is the largest STEM event in the Phoenix area and was expected to host almost eight thousand people.

Allison Otu, with the University of Arizona, hopes the event will inspire children to consider a future career in the STEM field.

“So we are hoping that by this event it can be that switch that turned on in a young person’s mind to say ‘You know – bio-science – I’m kind of interested in that. I’m gonna learn more,” Otu said.

Two of the more popular exhibits are the eye ball dissections and the physics bus where people can have their hands lit on fire.

Medical students from the University of Arizona taught children how to conduct an ultrasound and check a patient’s blood pressure.

First year medical student Kelby Schaefller spent the day teaching children how to perform CPR. Schaefller didn’t know she wanted to pursue a career in medicine until she worked at a hospital in Africa.

“It is so cool that there could be a kid out of this group that latter saves their grandpa or someone that they find on the street because the stuff that we have taught them,” Schaefller said.

A new exhibit this year is the Da Vinci surgery system. People could control the machine and try to hook small hoops onto little spikes.

Whether 3 years old or 60 there is an activity everyone can participate in.

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Phoenix man gets probation in child pornography case

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A Phoenix man arrested two years ago on child-pornography charges was sentenced to 10 years’ probation by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Christopher Madill, 34, also must register as a sex offender, Judge Jose Padilla ordered Thursday.

He will be allowed to use a computer at work and in his home, but Madill will need to have software installed so it can log what websites he is visiting and track what he is typing.

Madill had letters written on his behalf and has maintained employment over the past two years, his attorney, Craig Gillespie, said.

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Widow in Mesa care center celebrates return of stolen rings

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Scheryl Silvio’s left ring finger was beginning to turn a little blue. A nearby employee of the Fellowship Square assisted living center in Mesa asked her if she wanted to remove the rings that had been placed on her finger minutes earlier.

Silvio recoiled.

The engagement and wedding rings were back on her finger for the first time since 2013, when a caregiver stole them from her room.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich had knelt next to Silvio on Tuesday morning and put the rings on her fingers.

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Double shooting in Phoenix was murder-suicide, police say

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A double shooting in Phoenix on Monday night appears to be a murder-suicide, according to Phoenix police.

Officials say Oliver Olague-Acosta, 34, shot and killed Iveth Susana Chavez, 33, before shooting himself. Four juveniles had either been in or just outside the house at the time, police said.

One of the children called 911 just before 10 p.m.  When police officers arrived on scene near 63rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, they encountered four children leaving the home unharmed, police said.

“The four children told officers that their mother and stepfather were arguing,” said Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. “They said they heard about four gunshots.”

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Chandler police: Woman rammed police car, tried to run over officer

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A woman was booked on two charges after Chandler police accused her of ramming a police car with her vehicle and attempting to run over an officer Monday afternoon, police said.

Enriqutta Martha Herrera, 33, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault and unlawful flight, said Sgt. Daniel Mejia, a Chandler Police Department spokesman.

Herrera initially was reported as a possible impaired driver by a bystander shortly after 1:45 p.m., Mejia said. A Chandler police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Herrera, who was driving a blue Chrysler sedan, on Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road, Mejia said.

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Phoenix woman, ‘soft-hearted and loving,’ slain in Florida double homicide

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Father recalls Kassi Henderson’s big heart, her jokes, her kind spirit

A Phoenix native who was killed in the Florida panhandle was remembered Friday by her father for her strength as a person and her loving nature.

Kassi Henderson, 33, was visiting her friend Mary Reed, 61, in Florida for the winter because she hated the cold, said Kassi’s father, Brock Henderson of Phoenix.

Henderson and Reed were shot Feb. 11 and William Hawk, 75, was taken into custody the next day in a suspected domestic-violence case, authorities said.

Kassi had gone to school with Reed’s son, and when he died of cancer, it brought the two closer together, Henderson said.

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Are you a veteran? Need a job? 60 employers are looking to hire you

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More than 670 job-seeking veterans are expected to attend the Greater Phoenix Veterans Job Fair at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Thursday.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature more than 60 exhibitors including employers, franchisers, educational institutions and veterans associations, according to RecruitMilitary, a military-focused recruitment company for veterans and their spouses. Available jobs range from entry level to executive positions.

Veterans can register to participate in the job fair online at events.recruitmilitary.com.

Some of the featured companies at the fair include American Express, USAA, Farmers Insurance, ASML and the Gilbert Police Department.

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