City of Phoenix creates citizen committee for advice on future of public transportation

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Mayor Greg Stanton on Tuesday announced the creation of a citizen’s advisory committee to focus on future public-transportation plans for the city of Phoenix. Read story

Congressman Ed Pastor awarded by the American Public Transportation Association

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Retiring U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor was recognized Thursday by the American Public Transportation Association, winning the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for his work bringing light rail to the Valley. Read story

Transgender ASU student appeals contentious prostitution conviction with actress' support

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ASU social work senior Monica Jones issued an appeal to her conviction for “manifesting an intent to commit an act of prostitution.” She was joined at the Tuesday press conference and at a later public discussion at the Herberger Theater by Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox and New York-based ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio. Read story

Dinosaurs and pop culture soar to 'Jurassic' heights at second annual Phoenix DinoCon

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Dinosaurs attacked downtown Phoenix on Saturday — well, at least ones from popular culture — in the second annual Phoenix DinoCon, held at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. The event, which drew close to 400 attendees, had panels and booths that celebrated the dinosaur-lovers among us. Read story

Arizona Republic reporters share experiences reporting on U.S. child-immigration crisis

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A panel of reporters and photographers from the Arizona Republic discussed personal experiences reporting on the recent influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, many of whom have come from Central America into the U.S., at a forum held at the Walter Cronkite School Wednesday. Read story

Short Leash Hot Dog contest - moShort Leash Hot Dogs restaurant celebrates first anniversary with hot-dog eating contest

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Short Leash Hot Dogs is usually known for its signature dogs, but on Wednesday all the attention was on the seven people who participated in the restaurant’s inaugural Man vs. Dog hot-dog-eating contest. The competition was held to celebrate the first anniversary of Short Leash’s brick-and-mortar restaurant and National Hot Dog Day. Read story

Now with move to Cronkite School, Arizona PBS a new outlet for student-produced content

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The Walter Cronkite School is still working out the details of its new and complete partnership with Eight, Arizona PBS. The school hopes the channel will be the primary platform for work produced by students, officials say. Read story

Copper State Poetry Slam 2014 offers a varied representation of local slam-poetry talents

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The 2014 Copper State Poetry Slam, taking place July 26 to 27 at the Playhouse on the Park, will bring slam teams from across the state together to duel it out with passion and verse. Read story

Downtown Dining: Grand Avenue Pizza Company

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New pizza locale Grand Avenue Pizza Company mixes a classic diner feel, simple yet expertly crafted pies, and unconventional hours to give downtown Phoenix the casual pizza joint it was missing. Read story

Foundation gives Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 grant to revamp shipping containers for artists

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After seeing the success of initial shipping containers used as art galleries during First Friday art walks, ArtPlace America decided to grant Roosevelt Row CDC $90,000 to design and create three more repurposed shipping containers. Roosevelt Row hopes the containers are a viable answer for the rising workplace costs for artists. Read story