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Flake joins other senators, wins delay on Kavanaugh after allegation

Brendan Campbell Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 Flake joins other senators, wins delay on Kavanaugh after allegation WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a handful of other Republican senators broke with leadership Monday and won a delay of a scheduled vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after allegations of a decades-old sexual assault surfaced. Flake was quoted in published reports Sunday saying he is “not comfortable voting yes” on the nomination until the accuser has a chance to tell her story – that Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school in suburban Washington. Fellow Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Susan Collins of Maine also called for the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had been scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh Thursday, to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who made the allegation. By Monday afternoon, they got their wish, when the committee announced another day of hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination. It has been set for Monday, Sept. 24. In a statement released Monday by the White House, Kavanaugh called Ford’s charge “a completely false allegation.” “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone,” his statement said. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” Ford, who is...

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Flake joins other senators, wins delay on Kavanaugh after new charge

Brendan Campbell Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 Flake joins other senators, wins delay on Kavanaugh after new charge WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and a handful of other Republican senators broke with leadership Monday and won a delay of a scheduled vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after allegations of a decades-old sexual assault surfaced. Flake was quoted in published reports Sunday saying he is “not comfortable voting yes” on the nomination until the accuser has a chance to tell her story – that Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school. Fellow Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Susan Collins of Maine also called for the Senate Judiciary Committee, which had been scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh Thursday, to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who made the allegation. By Monday afternoon, they got their wish, when the committee announced another day of hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination. It has been set for Monday, Sept. 24. In a statement released by the White House Monday, Kavanaugh called Ford’s charge “a completely false allegation.” “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone,” his statement said. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” Ford, who is now an...

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Despite cries for Rosen, Cardinals coach Wilks sounds committed to Bradford

Harley Yearout Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 Despite cries for Rosen, Cardinals coach Wilks sounds committed to Bradford TEMPE – A 34-0 loss against the Los Angeles Rams has Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks scrambling for answers for the second consecutive week. It appears, however, that he has an answer for the fans that are clamoring for Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to replace nine-year veteran Sam Bradford. “If I thought it was just that one position, I would be more than willing to say, ‘You know what? We need to make a change,’” Wilks said Monday afternoon. “But it’s not just Sam (Bradford).” The offensive unit as a whole has been stagnant, as the Cardinals have been outscored 58-6 in their first two games. Bradford, many would argue, is at the center of it. In addition to his 243 passing yards through two games, ranked 30th in the league, Bradford has a 55.6 passer rating, worst out of 32 qualified quarterbacks in the NFL. Despite those subpar numbers, Wilks isn’t ready to place the team’s offensive issues on Bradford. “I think Sam (Bradford) is doing well,” he said. “Is he inconsistent? Yes. Does he need to be a little more accurate? Yes. But that’s not just Sam.” Through the first two weeks, the Cardinals are averaging the fewest yards per game (175) out of any NFL team. “I’m disappointed...

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More play: New Arizona law requires schools to provide two recesses

Micah Alise Bledsoe Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 More play: New Arizona law requires schools to provide two recesses GILBERT – A new Arizona law, pushed by advocates who say playtimes burn off energy and help younger students learn, requires public schools to expand recess from one period daily to twice a day for students in kindergarten through third grade. Expanded recess in district and charter schools, which started this semester, will be extended to Grade 5 in the 2019-20 school year. Christine Davis, founder of Arizonans for Recess and School Wellness , said her group spent two years persuading the Legislature to expand recess. The organization believes children need regular and often frequent play breaks during the school day to improve academic performance. “District leaders should promote recess, given its many benefits for kids and classrooms, and provide more professional development to educators on classroom management, to reduce the off-trend bad practice of withholding recess,” Davis wrote in an email. Recess that is provided only once a day violates a long-established Arizona Department of Education standard , she said. An August report by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests play deprivation is associated with increasing rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The law does not set aside a specific schedule or time limit for recess, although some schools provide at least one recess before the day starts. The recess...

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