Category: Cronkite News

Just for kicks: Arizona sneakerheads pay big bucks for elite shoes

Nate Fain Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 Just for kicks: Arizona sneakerheads pay big bucks for elite shoes PHOENIX — J Carrillo’s house is covered in sneakers. Some pairs are scattered across the floor, permissible to be kicked out of the way by his girlfriend. Others have been worn once or twice and are stored in the man cave room of the house in individual, transparent display drawers. In this special room, Carrillo, a DJ who is known under the alias “Chilly,” can open up the top of his coffee table like a treasure chest. Inside are his most prized possessions, about a dozen versions of his all-time favorite sneaker, the Air Jordan XI. Chilly is a sneakerhead, a collector, willing to spend thousands of dollars to accumulate and sell troves of the trendiest, newest and rarest athletic shoes. With an assemblage hovering around 250 pairs, he’s allotted a permanent place in his heart to what he wears on his feet. Along with the shoes, his two-story Tempe home is a shrine of sports memorabilia and “Star Wars” knickknacks. Even something he takes as seriously as sneaker collecting is done with childlike exuberance. “Every time a shoe drops and I’m able to get it, I feel like a kid a Disneyland,” said Chilly, who once spent $1,400 for a pair of Air Jordans 1s. “It makes my day. I love...

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After 11 years, legal, bureaucratic battles over Rosemont Mine continue

Sarabeth Henne Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 After 11 years, legal, bureaucratic battles over Rosemont Mine continue WASHINGTON – A proposal for a massive open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains will be back in court this month as opponents challenge permits for the project, the latest twist in an 11-year battle over the Rosemont Mine. The fight pits supporters – who say the mine has been studied to death and will bring much-needed jobs to Pima County – against opponents, who see a flawed review process on a mine in “the absolute worst place” for environmental and public health threats. It comes as Hudbay Minerals awaits approval of what could be the final step in getting approval for the mine, the Army Corps of Engineers’ issuance of a Section 404 permit. That permit is named for a section of the Clean Water Act regulating the discharge of fill material into waterways. “The regulatory process that we have is, from the outside, very time-consuming,” said Mike Petersen, public affairs officer for the Los Angeles office of the Corps, but it’s necessary to make a decision that balances “reasonable development of commerce” with water quality. “There’s a lot of information and a lot of considerations we have to take into account,” Petersen said. “We want to make the most informed decision that we can stand behind.” But while that decision...

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Arizonans got 78.3 million robocalls in June, part of a boom nationwide

Bryan Pietsch Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 Arizonans got 78.3 million robocalls in June, part of a boom nationwide WASHINGTON – Robocalls skyrocketed for every area code in Arizona in the first half of this year, reaching 78.3 million calls in June alone, according to data compiled by a firm that sells call-blocking software. The Arizona spike mirrored a national trend, with the total number of robocalls in the U.S. hitting 4.1 billion in the month of June, up from 2.9 billion for January, according to the data from YouMail. The increase came despite Federal Communications Commission regulations aimed at reining in such calls. “It’s become a real problem and agencies at all levels of government are trying to deal with it,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. In Arizona, the number of calls rose from just under 48.1 million in January. The 431.5 million calls to area codes in the state in the first six months of this year almost reached the total for all of 2017, when Arizonans received 475.4 million robocalls. The increase can be attributed to the development of technology that allows one person to send out large amounts of calls, said Ed Mierzwinski, senior director of consumer programs at the Arizona Public Interest Research Group. “Now it’s one guy with a computer, who could be working...

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