Category: Cronkite News

ASU’s Graham, players big fans of new ‘Double Inferno’ student section

Bill Slane Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 ASU’s Graham, players big fans of new ‘Double Inferno’ student section TEMPE – Senior quarterback Mike Bercovici has been at Arizona State since 2011. He’s seen just about everything from the Devil Walk to the fans at Camp Fargo. But even he was blown away by the new student section configuration at Sun Devil Stadium when he experienced it for the first time in the team’s home opener against Cal Poly on Saturday. “I genuinely got chills when I walked out there coming out of Tillman Tunnel for pregame,” Bercovici said. The student section in Sun Devil Stadium is now split between the two end zones, and it has brought a new atmosphere with it. ASU players and coaches said the new “Double Inferno” configuration brings added energy that makes a difference on the field. The team is excited to have their new secret weapon right behind them when they take the field Friday against New Mexico. As the players run out of the Tillman Tunnel they will be immediately greeted by their fellow students for the second straight week in their new spot on game day. At a Monday news conference, a day after film review and analysis of the Cal Poly game, the first thing Graham wanted to talk about was the students in the end zones on Saturday night, what...

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No Hike for Fed: Interest rates remain the same

Lauren Clark Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 No Hike for Fed: Interest rates remain the same After months of anticipation, the Federal Reserve opted not to hike its key interest rate Thursday afternoon. The lack of action makes this the longest period in the nation’s current economic history not to do so. The news may come as a sigh of relief to many Arizonans, as the state’s economy relies heavily on the housing market – and some experts said a rate increase could put a damper on sales. The median listing price in the Phoenix area has increased by 15 percent since this time last year, according to Movoto.com, a real estate site. And a higher interest rate could make it even harder for potential buyers to receive a housing loan. It also could deter developers from constructing new home sites. Many experts said Thursday’s decision postpones the inevitable. However, Dennis Hoffman, professor of economics at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, said the rate increase would have been minimal. And when it does go into effect, it will have little economic impact. “There won’t be a dramatic effect,” he said. “You are going to find a conducive environment for home and car purchases because there aren’t basic inflation pressures.” For the time being, the rate will remain at 0 to 0.25 percent, the same level...

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Stanton fights childhood hunger at elementary school event

Jessi Schultz Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Stanton fights childhood hunger at elementary school event Thousands of Arizona schoolchildren get help from federal programs that provide free or reduced lunches. Nevitt Elementary School in south Phoenix knows the programs all too well: more than 85 percent of the students depend on the food assistance. Nevitt teamed with a national child hunger relief program, Blessings in A Backpack, seven years ago. The program makes sure students don’t have food just on school days but weekends too. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton attended the second annual Blessings in A Backpack Day on Thursday. “To make sure these kids do have healthy meals on the weekends … it allows those kids to come Monday morning to school ready to learn,” Stanton said. “They really are our future leaders.” .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%; } Nevitt has weekly backpack stuffing, and about 500 children take food home each weekend. Students stuff fellow students’ packs with food like cereal, soup, fruit and crackers. Principal Andrew Lebowitz said that on top of fighting hunger the students learn valuable lessons. “We do have some of our students with various needs that help every day … definitely learn appreciation and learning how to help...

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Gosar to skip Pope Francis’ address, to protest likely policy positions

Charles McConnell Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Gosar to skip Pope Francis’ address, to protest likely policy positions WASHINGTON – When Pope Francis delivers a history-making address to a joint session of Congress next week, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, won’t be there. Gosar, a Catholic, said it was a tough decision to make, but he has decided to stay away from the address because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood. “I don’t need to be lectured by the pope in regards to science or false science,” Gosar said Thursday, calling the pope “hardly a scholar with regards to the climate.” While some reports have suggested what the pope may include in his speech, Gosar said he is “mortified and ashamed” by what could be absent from the address. “The foremost authority on religion – one of the recognized leaders in the world – is coming to one of the greatest stages in the world, and his comments aren’t going to be directed on religious tolerance and the sanctity of life,” Gosar said. “If there’s anybody that can call out the Islamic faith, it’s the pope.” Gosar appears to be the only member of the House or Senate planning to skip the address, which will be the...

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Constitution Day at the State Capitol

Staff Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 Constitution Day at the State Capitol The 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution celebrated at the Ariz. State Capitol..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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