Good morning, Arizona, and happy Friday! Here’s what you need to know.
It could hit 100 degrees in Phoenix this weekend.
Too soon, right?
You’re right — it’s too soon by about 10 days. The average date of the first 100-degree day of the year is May 2 and the normal high this time of year is 87 degrees. Learn why no heat warning has been issued and see the latest forecast.
SOUTHWEST PHOENIX CRASH KILLS BICYCLIST
Phoenix police were investigating a crash that killed a bicyclist near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road at early Friday.
As of 6 a.m., the area was closed.
“You can expect the roadway to be closed for approximately two to three more hours,” said Alan Pfohl, spokesman for Phoenix Police Department.
AT MESA RALLY, YOU CAN FEEL THE BERN’
Bernie Sanders, the left-leaning senator from Vermont who shook up last year’s Democratic presidential primaries, will be in Mesa today as part of the “Come Together and Fight Back Tour.”
The rally at the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., is part of an effort that the Democratic Party says is aimed at strengthening its presence in each of the 50 states. Sanders will be joined by Tom Perez, the national party’s new chairman.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP at this DNC webpage.
IT’S NOT MUCH, BUT LAWMAKERS OK 1ST TEXTING BAN
Arizona teen drivers may have to wait six months before they can legally send “LOLs” and “On my ways” while on the road.
State lawmakers on Thursday approved the state’s first ban on texting while driving, but limited the measure to beginning drivers. The commuter posting selfies in the lane next to you each morning? He should be in the clear.
The vote was close, 32-24, but the bill’s backers had assured hesitant lawmakers that adults wouldn’t face a texting ban down the road.
The legislation now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for his consideration.
RECORD STORE DAY IS NEAR
Saturday is Record Store Day — now in its 10th year — and 12 Valley stores participating in the celebration of recorded (and live) music.
Lindsay Cates at Stinkweeds has a feeling this could be the best one yet.
“I kind of feel like it’s just gonna be bigger and better in general across the board,” she says.
Indeed hundreds of artists have special releases planned. And there are freebies and live music to be found across the Valley.
See music critic Ed Masley’s guide to Record Store Day in the Phoenix area.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
Get out there and enjoy your weekend. We’ve got the best shows, concerts and events going on around the Valley.
A few highlights:
— The world premiere of a Violin Concerto by New York composer Earl Maneein at the Phoenix Symphony, as played by violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who is famed for her love of heavy metal.
— The Phoenix Improv Festival: Three days of laughs from improv groups around the U.S.
— Crossroads of the West Gun Show: The annual gun show will be going on all weekend.
— Southwest Cajun Fest: Amazing food, handcrafted beer, live music.
BEBE CLOSING ALL STORES
Women’s clothing retailer Bebe Stores said Friday that it would close all of its locations after a string of losses, becoming the latest casualty in the retail sector as the fallout from online competition and shifting fashion preferences spreads.
The company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it had signed a deal with liquidator Tiger Capital Group to sell all of its remaining inventory. The retailer expects to close all of its stores by the end of May 2017.
The exact number of stores was not immediately available. Bebe had 180 locations as of Jan. 2, according to a separate SEC filing. The company said in a March 22 press release that it had 134 retail stores and 34 outlet locations and sold products through another 75 locations.
Three stores are listed in the Phoenix area.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- In 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.
- In 1930, fire broke out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.
- In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play “Inherit the Wind,” inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.
- 1960: Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
- 1962: The Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, began a six-month run.
- In 1977, the musical play “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,377 performances.
- In 1986, a rediscovered vault in Chicago’s Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a widely watched live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera; aside from a few bottles and a sign, the vault turned out to be empty.
- In 1992, Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys, John Mayeski and Michael Baker.
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