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For political pros, keeping Thanksgiving civil is a political art itself

Bailey Vogt Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 For political pros, keeping Thanksgiving civil is a political art itself WASHINGTON – Three things are likely to ruin an otherwise good Thanksgiving: too much alcohol, too-dry stuffing and talking politics at the dinner table. But how do you navigate the holiday when talking about politics is not just a hobby, but your career? “When your job is politics it’s hard,” said Chris Cillizza, editor-at-large for CNN, who said that because of his job he’s usually asked about politics even if he doesn’t bring it up. That’s true of many in Washington, who call the potentially dangerous mix of family, friends and politics at the holidays an “occupational hazard.” Etiquette experts like Crystal L. Bailey, the director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington, say it is always best to steer clear of politics around the turkey to avoid the problem of “divided dinner tables.” Even more so in the current political climate. Peace and gravy Five tips from the Emily Post Institute’s Daniel Post Senning for keeping holiday conversations harmonious: Stick to nonthreatening conversations. Don’t take the bait. Admit when you’ve put your foot in your mouth. Don’t be afraid to steer the talk toward safer topics. If you must bring up tough subjects, do it with compassion. “I think it’s really important to avoid politics at the dinner table this Thanksgiving,” Bailey...

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Valley clinic provides access to free medical care for immigrant community

Alex Valdez Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 Valley clinic provides access to free medical care for immigrant community PHOENIX – It can be daunting to try and get health care when someone does not speak the language or does not have the legal status to navigate an already complicated system. Phoenix for Allies Community Health is one place members of the immigrant community can turn to, regardless of their status. Luis Edgar Chavez stumbled upon it after his mother-in-law needed medical care. He is now a patient. “Everywhere you go, you feel that position, that pretty much everybody is against everybody. You come over here and you do not feel that,” Chavez said. When the undocumented father of two realized he needed medical assistance for lacking an essential vitamin, he did not know where to turn. “One day I was feeling really sick and they gave me some type of emergency help with an IV,” Chavez said. Seems simple enough, but for immigrants who do not have proper documentation, a routine checkup can be nearly impossible. Finances, paperwork and even language barriers can all be roadblocks to getting the health care needed. But at PACH , that is not the case. The clinic, located in West Phoenix, has their doors open to whomever may need it. Amy McMullen helped start the clinic in 2012 and is currently the clinical director....

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Arizona HR expert: ‘Time will tell’ if high-profile sexual harassment allegations impact number of claims

Maddy Ryan Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 Arizona HR expert: ‘Time will tell’ if high-profile sexual harassment allegations impact number of claims PHOENIX – Companies interested in providing a safe work environment must do more than just run training sessions, say human resources experts as high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault surface almost daily. “A lot of companies give out a handbook on the first day and never talk about it again, or you really only hear about it when you’re in trouble,” said Teresa Marzolph, the founder of Culture Engineered, a human capital consulting firm in Phoenix. “That should be something that should be accessible all the time and should be frequently revisited.” Accounts and allegations of sexual harassment and assault have hit a variety of industries — such as the movie industry, with Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, to comedy with Louis C.K., to the media with Charlie Rose, and to political figures like Roy Moore and Al Franken. The social media #MeToo movement has brought forth a multitude of accounts, and the data says sexual harassment in the workplace has been a consistent issue for decades. “It’s so absurd that we’re even having to talk about this, but things like this are helpful, and it makes it much more real,” said Eric Knott, the incoming president of the Phoenix-area chapter of the Society for Human Resource...

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November 22, 2017 Newscast | Cronkite News

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 November 22, 2017 Newscast | Cronkite News How one foundation is bringing the holiday spirit to foster children and more Reports on a medical marijuana dispensary drive-through service, a new Tucson bike share program, and how one foundation is bringing the holiday spirit to Arizona foster...

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Report: State’s drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025

Andrew Nicla Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 Report: State’s drug, alcohol, suicide death rates to climb by 2025 WASHINGTON – A new report says death rates in Arizona from drugs, alcohol and suicides could grow by 38 percent over the next decade unless action is taken now to head off the problem. The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to predict that the death rate for all three combined would rise from 55 Arizonans per 100,000 in 2015 to 75.8 per 100,000 by 2025. That would be the eighth-highest rate in the nation in both years, the report said, even though the rate of increase in Arizona would be slightly slower than the nation as a whole. Nationally, the death rate would grow by 41 percent, from 39.7 people per 100,000 in 2015 to 56 per 100,000 in 2025. The report , “Pain in the Nation,” said that at current rates, those three causes of death could claim a total of 1.6 million American lives by 2025. “Like the rest of the country, in Arizona the rates are disturbingly high and have increased in the last several years and are predicted to increase unless there is a significant change in terms of the trends that we’ve seen,” John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust...

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