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Phoenix: Innovative technology and service solutions for confronting a pandemic

Phoenix: Innovative technology and service solutions for confronting a pandemic

By Cemile Kavountzis, for STChealth Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #covid-19 #business Innovation and empowerment in company culture create a great place to work. The lifesaving practice of vaccination is often traced back to Edward Jenner, an English country doctor who performed the first vaccine for small pox in 1796. However, there is evidence of vaccine research as far back as the 1500s. Today, vaccines are preventative care targeting preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. There have been many milestones in the battle against devastating illnesses. Looking back, the U.S. had successfully eradicated small pox by 1949, a disease which continued…
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Phoenix: Hundreds of COVID-19 safety complaints were filed in Arizona. Only 1% led to citations

Phoenix: Hundreds of COVID-19 safety complaints were filed in Arizona. Only 1% led to citations

Rebekah L. Sanders, Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #covid-19 More than 300 complaints reported COVID-19 safety problems in workplaces, but Arizona regulators cited three companies for virus-related violations. More than 300 Arizonans reported COVID-19 safety problems in their workplaces in the first 12 months of the pandemic, but state regulators cited only three companies for pandemic-related violations, according to public records obtained by The Arizona Republic. The fines ranged from $900 to $3,000. Few workplaces were inspected. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health closed about seven out of eight cases with no site visit after employers described their compliance…
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Phoenix: Ranks No. 4 in nation for rental scams.

Phoenix: Ranks No. 4 in nation for rental scams.

Catherine Reagor | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   Alex McCarthy started checking out rentals in Tempe when she decided to move from Los Angeles earlier this year. She found a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with new appliances including a washer and dryer that was close to the freeways and light rail. The monthly rent was $1,450, about $500 less than her rent in California for a one-bedroom apartment. McCarthy jumped on it and signed a lease without seeing the home in person. After opening the door to the Tempe condo a few weeks later, she was angry. The second bedroom…
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Phoenix: Yes, restaurant workers can ask if you’re vaccinated.

Phoenix: Yes, restaurant workers can ask if you’re vaccinated.

Priscilla Totiyapungprasert | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   The highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Arizona, prompting some restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale to ask diners for proof of vaccination. Though those businesses are in the minority, they join a slew of other establishments across the United States that require proof of vaccination, including hundreds of bars in San Francisco. Some critics of such policies have falsely argued that this rule is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, a federal law that protects people from having their personal health information shared without their consent. The law, however,…
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Phoenix: Secondhand store opens in tony Biltmore Fashion Park

Phoenix: Secondhand store opens in tony Biltmore Fashion Park

Russ Wiles | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   When Ann Siner opened her first store 30 years ago, she recalls that a lot of people didn't want to admit that they shopped secondhand. The perception of resale outlets was that of tired, dusty stores piled high with all sorts of bric-a-brac — the types of enterprises relegated to dingy strip malls or bleak storefronts. "Even five years ago, Biltmore Fashion Park probably wouldn't have had anything to do with us," she said. It does now. My Sister's Closet, part of the consignment chain Siner owns with her sister Tess Loo, in July opened a store at…
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Phoenix: Woman found dead after hiking Camelback Mountain

Phoenix: Woman found dead after hiking Camelback Mountain

Audrey Jensen | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   A woman in her 30s who was visiting Phoenix from out of town was found dead on Friday after she hiked up Camelback Mountain, officials said. At about 1 p.m., a man called 911 after he returned from hiking Camelback Mountain and said he could not find the woman. Fire officials said the two started their hike together on Echo Canyon Trail earlier in the day but at one point, the woman turned around halfway because she was overheated and the man continued to the top of the mountain. Capt. Rob…
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Phoenix: Despite Arizona ban, Phoenix Union High School District announces indoor mask mandate for classes

Phoenix: Despite Arizona ban, Phoenix Union High School District announces indoor mask mandate for classes

Lita Nadebah Beck | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   Phoenix Union High School District will require masks to be worn indoors when students head back to school next week — despite an Arizona law that bans mask mandates. Citing the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus and updated federal health guidance, the district said students, staff and visitors must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. "Recently, we have heard from our staff, students, and families that they want us to realign our mitigation practices with the guidelines and recommendations of national and local health agencies," the district said…
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Phoenix: Post-vaccination travel rebound: Here’s how busy the Phoenix, Mesa airports were in June

Phoenix: Post-vaccination travel rebound: Here’s how busy the Phoenix, Mesa airports were in June

Melissa Yeager | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   If airline passenger numbers are any indication, the pent-up demand for post-vaccination leisure travel has been unleashed. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport inched closer in June to a near return of its pre-pandemic traffic, while Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport saw its first increase in 2021 compared to 2019.  Sky Harbor reported 3.6 million passengers in June 2021. That's down just 5% from June 2019, when it welcomed 3.8 million. Overall, passenger traffic at Sky Harbor is still down significantly in 2021 compared to  2019. So far this year, 16.8 million passengers have used the airport,…
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Phoenix: Why chefs and bartenders from top Phoenix restaurants are going solo with pop-ups

Phoenix: Why chefs and bartenders from top Phoenix restaurants are going solo with pop-ups

Andi Berlin | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   A man in a shark costume is moonwalking in front of a barking dog. It's industry night at the Golden Pineapple in Tempe and the "Beach Boys" pop-up event, organized by Sink or Swim, feels more like a concert than a dinner. The bar is packed when I arrive. People are throwing beach balls. There's an unmanned merch table at the front door filled with stickers, homemade hot sauces, tortillas and $20 T-shirts. There's also a photo of the organizers, two mixologists who've stood behind some of Phoenix's top bars, posing with bartender friends in silly shark hats and Hawaiian leis. I recognize…
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Phoenix: 5 things we learned from Trump’s 1st post-presidential visit to Arizona

Phoenix: 5 things we learned from Trump’s 1st post-presidential visit to Arizona

Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com   Former President Donald Trump returned Saturday to Arizona, a state that has been central to his political rise and fall. Trump focused on casting doubt on his electoral loss and lobbed barbs at his political foes — Democrats and Republicans alike. Meanwhile, most Republican contenders for the U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state races sought to impress Trump voters as they talked to the nearly 5,000 in attendance at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix. Here are five things we learned from the event, which was hosted by the conservative,…
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