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Arizona Muslims worry about backlash following Paris attacks

Alicia Clark Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 Arizona Muslims worry about backlash following Paris attacks Imam Ahmad Shqeirat at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe and others who attend services there worry about a growing backlash after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Following the attacks, which left 129 dead and more than 350 injured, the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) said it has received word from individual Muslims and mosques of acts of discrimination throughout the United States. CAIR has received reports of acts of arson, threatening messages, assault, and other forms of discrimination since Nov. 13. Shqeirat said, unfortunately, this kind of discrimination is not entirely new. “The Muslim community in America, our houses of worship, the mosques are facing threats of vandalization, attacks, since 9/11,” Shqeirat said. “Now with Paris, the issue is escalating.” Shqeirat found his car scratched with words of profanity after ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attacks. “Their (ISIS’s) actions should not be used to discriminate against the 99.99 percent of good Muslims who are good humans, have good families, who are good citizens, who try to positively contribute to their society.” In response to the attacks last Friday, more than half of the nation’s governors put out statements calling for a halt to moving refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War into their states. Arizona governor Doug Ducey released a statement Monday calling for...

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Cronkite News: Nov. 20, 2015

Staff Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 Cronkite News: Nov. 20, 2015 This edition of Cronkite News is our weekly recap show that highlights the top stories shared on social media..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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Group to host ‘Woofstock’ to raise awareness for veterans and their service dogs

Jackie Padilla Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 Group to host ‘Woofstock’ to raise awareness for veterans and their service dogs CHANDLER – Coast Guard veteran James Falsken said it was a challenge to adjust to everyday life after he came back from the Vietnam War. The American Service Animal Society recognizes the obstacles veterans like Falsken may face after their time in the service, and it wants to bring awareness about the benefits of owning a service animal, the organization said. The society will host Woofstock, an annual event co-hosted with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, this weekend in Chandler. The event features dog training demonstrations, animal adoption booths and the Walk of Honor, a course intended to honor those who serve. The non-profit organization helps teach pairs like Falsken and his dog, Kaelee, the numerous ways dogs can aid disabled veterans. Dogs of all sizes that take part in the training can learn skills like opening and closing doors, calling 911 or picking up their owner if they fall. It took about 9 months for Kaelee to become a certified service animal, Falsken said. “It’s like having a nurse on duty … 24 hours a day,” Falsken said. Army veteran Barbara Jeter has diabetes and said her dog, Nutmeg, helps her detect when her blood sugar is low. “I’ve learned that she’s smarter than I am,” Jeter said....

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Fans suggest everything from Shakespeare to Cirque du Soleil at Sun Devil Stadium renovation open house

Evan Webeck Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 Fans suggest everything from Shakespeare to Cirque du Soleil at Sun Devil Stadium renovation open house TEMPE – From Cirque du Soleil, a Rolling Stones concert and the X Games to stadium-sized vinyasa yoga, TED talks and Shakespeare in the stadium, fans at Sun Devil Stadium on Thursday offered suggestions as to what events they want to see at the venue when renovations are finished in 2017. Renderings of the final product were on display as ASU hosted an open house to promote the “Sun Devil Stadium 365” campaign. As it stands, only a handful of events beyond the seven home football games take place at the stadium, including Pat’s Run and Arizona State spring commencement. But the goal of the SDS 365 campaign is to make the renovated stadium a multipurpose facility for events throughout the year. The gates were open to everybody, but much of the focus was on selling the renovated stadium to event promoters. “This is being designed and built to be a multipurpose facility for a lot of uses beyond just football games,” Athletic Director Ray Anderson said. “We want people to see and get a vision that our community can do a bunch of things in here when this place is done.” Anderson was mingling with guests in the south end zone, which hosts one half of...

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Heroin’s deadly grip claims another young addict as overdoses continue to climb

Ty Scholes Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 Heroin’s deadly grip claims another young addict as overdoses continue to climb Just a few days after promising to go back to drug treatment, David Richter went on the last heroin binge of his life. He overdosed and died on his bathroom floor. Richter was 23 years old. He had relapsed 13 times and been to multiple drug treatment centers across the country. David’s father, Joe Richter, said that his son battled heroin addiction hard, but the drug was more powerful than the person. “He hated the drug. I mean he wanted to stay clean, he really tried but he just couldn’t do it,” he said. “After the first few times I learned to detach myself from the emotional part,” said Mary Sutton, David’s mother. “But it was hard. I always feared that this would happen. That I would get this phone call.” Paul Langford, David Richter’s roommate and best friend, found him in their apartment. Both were heavily involved in the heroin recovery community. Langford left for work early the day of Richter’s death, but not before noticing a hypodermic needle on the dining room table. Worried, he called Richter every twenty minutes before finally heading back home to check on him. Inside the apartment, it was dead silent, hot, the air conditioning off. There was an “eerie silence,” Langford said. “All...

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