Maricopa man accused of soliciting sex from 2 teens after conversations recorded, posted on Facebook

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Quick thinking by two teenagers kept them safe when a man approached them in Maricopa offering money for sex.

Maricopa police arrested Michael Yousif, 46, on Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to solicit 17- and 19- year old girls, according to Maricopa police.

The man first got their attention about 9:45 a.m. Monday at Copper Sky Recreational Center when he honked his horn, asking them to come over to his car, police said in a statement. When they did, Yousif began to imply he wanted to pay them money to have sex with him or each other and showed them a stack of $100 bills, police said.

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‘Reckless, stupid, idiotic, and insensitive’: Suspect in Chandler menorah vandalism posts public apology

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‘From the bottom of my heart I apologize to your family,’ 19-year-old says in Facebook post.

One of the four people arrested on suspicion of vandalizing of a menorah in Chandler took to Facebook to post a public apology.

Clive Jamar Wilson and three friends, boys younger than 18, were arrested Friday on suspicion of contorting a Chandler family’s decorative light-up menorah into a swastika in December.

Wilson, 19, wrote a public apology on Facebook two days after his arrest. He started the post by stating he is sorry for the “prank.”

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Sister pleads for help to find brother’s shooter in Phoenix

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Annette Roa and her brother were so close while growing up in El Paso, her nickname was “Little Rudy.”

That’s because, wherever Rodolfo went, she was close behind.

As adults, though, it was harder for her to keep up. Rodolfo Hernandez would disappear for years at a time, she said.

But in February, two years after they last spoke, she learned that the conversation was their last.

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Jordan Drake, 5-year-old Phoenix girl who received California baby’s heart in 2013, dies

A little more than a year ago, a young Phoenix girl who had received a donor heart from a California baby watched as that baby’s mom put a stethoscope to her chest.

Heather Clark once again heard her baby Lukas’ heart beat — inside Jordan Drake.

Jordan, who received the transplant in 2013, died of complications at 8:15 p.m. Sunday after her body began rejecting the heart she received when she was 18 months old, according to a Facebook support page.

She was 5.

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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.

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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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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