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Cronkite News: Dec. 16, 2015

Staff Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 Cronkite News: Dec. 16, 2015 This special edition of Cronkite News focuses on education stories from across the state..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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West Phoenix piano teacher’s lessons go beyond music

Yahaira Jacquez Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 West Phoenix piano teacher’s lessons go beyond music Christmas songs play from a piano and echo throughout the halls of a West Phoenix home. Aly Spiller, a 13-year-old piano student, takes a deep breath and begins to play “What Child Is This?” Her piano teacher, Carol Whaley, watches as her fingers begin to dance fluidly over the keys. For 40 years, Whaley has taught piano out of her home near 35th and Glendale avenues. Lessons at an affordable price keep the Phoenix teacher in demand during a time when fewer schools can provide music lessons. Linda Acosta brings her great granddaughter, Leila Escobar, to piano lessons from her home in Tolleson every Saturday. “I don’t live close,” Acosta said. “But it’s all worth it to me knowing she can get quality lessons and at a reasonable price.” .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Acosta started bringing her granddaughter to piano classes two years ago because music lessons weren’t part of the curriculum at her Tolleson school “This year is the first year since they’ve been at their school that they have a music teacher,” Acosta said. “I’ve been living there since 2003, and I’ve never seen the school...

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Cronkite News: Dec. 15, 2015

Staff Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 Cronkite News: Dec. 15, 2015 This special edition of Cronkite News focuses on stories from the legal and law enforcement beat..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Phoenix Dream Center offers safe haven for at-risk teens and young adults

Alexa D’Angelo Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 Phoenix Dream Center offers safe haven for at-risk teens and young adults After the death of his parents, Ian Palmerton spent the first months of his life in an orphanage in Moscow until an American couple came to Russia and brought him to the U.S. to be adopted. Instead, they decided not to keep him. By the time he was a teenager, he had been placed with three different families. All the adoptions failed. “I was an angry kid,” said Palmerton, now 21. “I acted out and was never happy anywhere I went. I couldn’t love anyone.” The last failed adoption left Palmerton in Arizona, where he bounced through more than 25 group homes for foster children in the Phoenix and East Valley area before he was 17. When he turned 18, he says one of the employees handed him a big, black trash bag and told him to pack up his belongings and leave. He had aged-out of foster care. In Arizona, when foster children turn 18, they have the option to continue living in the group home or to “opt out”. Palmerton said he opted out because he wanted to be on his own. He spent several weeks sleeping on friends’ couches, never staying in the same place for long, until he was connected with the place he would call home...

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Phoenix native launches Carvana, a growing online vehicles sales site

Lynnie Nguyen Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 Phoenix native launches Carvana, a growing online vehicles sales site When Katrina and Jerry Beckham’s minivan broke down multiple times, they knew it was time for a new vehicle. With three little girls to take care of, the Tennessee couple had to find a reliable way to get around. But Katrina Beckham called going to a car dealership “anxiety inducing.” The couple works full time and finding the time to car shop was difficult. Still, they made their way to a dealership, but they weren’t satisfied with any offers. Katrina Beckham decided it was time to try something different. She remembered a commercial for Carvana, a company that sells vehicles online. Carvana, which runs all its corporate functions out of Phoenix, allows people to browse and shop for used vehicles online. The company delivers the car straight to the customer. Customers have seven days to test out the car – as long as they don’t drive it more than 400 miles – and return it. The company also provides financing options and gives instant trade-in offers. Earlier this year, Forbes put Carvana on its 2015 America’s Most Promising Companies list, placing it fifth out of 100 companies. The magazine called the company’s growth “profound.” The company launched in 2013 and made $4 million its first year and $45 million last year. Phoenix native...

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