Category: Cronkite News

Westgate businesses relieved NHL season underway after Coyotes, Glendale standoff

Mario Kalo Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 Westgate businesses relieved NHL season underway after Coyotes, Glendale standoff When the Glendale City Council voted to terminate the city’s 15-year lease and arena management deal with the Arizona Coyotes during the summer, it looked as if the team might not take the ice at Gila River Arena at all this season. No fans. No ice. No hockey. However, the sides reached an agreement in July on a two-year deal that will keep the Coyotes in Glendale until 2017, and Saturday night the Coyotes will take the ice for their home opener when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. For some business owners in the nearby Westgate Entertainment District, the short-term resolution only provides temporary relief. “We’ll be hoping that they stay here for a while,” said J.J. Girn, owner of Fresh Healthy Café. “We’re a little nervous about it, but hopefully something can be hashed out between the two sides.” Under the new deal, Glendale will pay the team $6.5 million annually to manage the arena as opposed to the $15 million under the previous contract. The Coyotes ranked No. 28 in NHL attendance last season, averaging 13,345 fans per game. Only the Carolina Hurricanes (12,594) and Florida Panthers (11,265) had lower attendance during the 2014-15 campaign. Girn, whose grab-and-go business opened in late 2014, said even with low attendance outcomes it’s considerably...

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Some Valley pet-store owners not worried about potential PetSmart and Petco merger

Lauren Clark Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 Some Valley pet-store owners not worried about potential PetSmart and Petco merger SCOTTSDALE – Customers can browse organic food, peruse designer-quality clothing and enjoy the aroma of high-end shampoo wafting around the space at this luxury boutique in Scottsdale. But this isn’t a high-class fashion boutique: It’s store for dogs. “These are our customers,” said Jackie Griffin, owner of the Oh My Dog! boutique and spa in Old Town Scottsdale. “Everything we do here is to service the dogs: If the clothes are comfortable, if they like the treats or if they are comfortable while being groomed.” The business caters to people who want to spoil and pamper their pups. Griffin and her husband said business is good. They have expanded to a seven-person staff and have a waiting list for grooming clients. And Griffin predicted it will stay that way, regardless of recent headlines. Rumors about a possible merger between big-dog players Phoenix-based PetSmart and San Diego-based Petco have circulated recently . Neither company has confirmed the move. Facing competition against a giant corporation doesn’t bother Griffin. She said her customers come through her doors with a different idea of how to pamper their pups. “There’s definitely a need for Petco and PetSmart, and there’s definitely a need for what we do,” Griffin said while petting her poodle, Nafar. “My job is...

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D-backs ‘Throwback Thursday’ campaign brought back rich memories for team, fans

Torrence Dunham Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 D-backs ‘Throwback Thursday’ campaign brought back rich memories for team, fans In the fall of 2001, the Valley was painted purple and teal as the upstart Diamondbacks, just four seasons into their existence, were locked in a World Series battle with the storied New York Yankees. Down by a run in the ninth inning of Game 7, Arizona’s Mark Grace started a comeback rally that would culminate in Luis Gonzalez’s World Series-winning broken-bat single. That game has been immortalized in Arizona sports history, along with the old purple-and-teal jerseys worn by the franchise’s only World Series winner. “That uniform for me, represents one of the all-time great teams,” said Grace, now the Diamondbacks’ assistant hitting coach. “We were a great team and obviously beat a great team in the Yankees… so I proudly wear those colors.” Fans of those colors rejoiced this year as the team wore throwback jerseys for each Thursday home game as part of its “Throwback Thursday” promotion. The Diamondbacks wore the purple and teal from their inception in 1998 until the end of the 2006 season when the team switched to its current Sedona red, Sonoran sand, black and white color scheme. In addition to its only World Series crown, the team won its first three division titles in the purple and teal. The promotion appeared to be successful:...

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Cronkite News: Oct. 7, 2015

Staff Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 Cronkite News: Oct. 7, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News explores the effectiveness of police body cameras and how Arizona has one of two hospitals that help airline crews handle in-flight medical emergencies. .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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MedAire Worldwide call center reduces necessity for emergency plane landings

Lindsey Nelson Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 MedAire Worldwide call center reduces necessity for emergency plane landings Flying thousands of miles above civilization may seem like a good reason to panic in the midst of a medical event, but MedAire Worldwide’s 24/7 remote medical assistance centers help passengers and airline employees cope during a crisis. Paulo Alves, Global Medical Director of Aviation Health for MedAire Worldwide, says the Phoenix-based MedLink call center at Banner Health Good Samaritan Hospital is “a simple and well-oiled system” designed to analyze in-flight medical situations, evaluate the severity, and advise airline employees accordingly. Thus, reducing the necessity to divert planes for emergency landings. “Our goal is to approach this problem of in-flight medical events from every possible angle,” he said. In the past week, two airplanes have been diverted because of medical emergencies in the cockpit. An American Airlines pilot died midflight on the way to Boston and a United co-pilot lost consciousness on a flight to California. Dr. Moneesh Bhow, an emergency physician at Banner Health, said in the case of a medical event, captains and flight attendants can call the center and get in direct contact with a Banner Health emergency physician. “The call will come into our center over here, the call will be answered by one of our communications specialists who will take some basic information down, and then a physician...

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