Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo speaks during a protest of Walmart on May 15, 2017, at the Phoenix Police Department in downtown Phoenix. Mark Henle/azcentral.com
Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to start your workday.
Another cooldown is forecast for metro Phoenix, with temperatures not expected to reach even 80 degrees today. The high is projected to be 79, with a low of 62.
Monday’s winds will return as well, but will drop a few clicks to 7 mph, down from 11 mph.
On Wednesday, the high is expected to be 86. From there, it will gradually rise to 100 by Sunday, forecasters say.
‘EXPOSE WALMART’ TOUR LAUNCHES IN PHOENIX
A union that represents thousands of grocery and retail works launched a national tour Monday in Phoenix to draw attention to Walmart’s wages and the thousands of police calls to its mega stores that are costing local taxpayers each year.
The Expose Walmart tour is led by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million professionals in the United States, according to its website.
The Phoenix kickoff began downtown at the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, and featured elected officials from the city, county and state. Read the full story.
15 PLACES FOR NATIONAL BARBECUE DAY
Some like it hot and saucy, others prefer it tangy and mild. Dry rub has its fans too. Whatever team you’re on, there is a barbecue joint in the Valley that’s just the perfect fit for you.
In honor of National Barbecue Day, May 16, check out one of these 15 Valley spots.
SUNS TO LEARN DRAFT POSITION
The Suns sacrificed the second half of the season for this, resting key players, experimenting with youth, all to better position themselves for the upcoming talent-rich NBA draft.
They’re about to find out how much it paid off.
Entering today’s NBA draft lottery, the Suns are guaranteed a top-five pick. Finishing with the league’s second-worst record earned Phoenix a 19.9 percent chance of obtaining the top pick and a 55.8 percent chance of landing within the top three.
Who or what could each spot earn the Suns? Azcentral sports’ Doug Haller breaks it down.
TRUMP SAYS HE HAS ‘ABSOLUTE’ RIGHT TO RELEASE INFO TO RUSSIANS
One day after reports he leaked “highly classified information” to top Russian officials, President Trump defended his right to share “facts” about terrorism and airline safety as part of a joint counter-terrorism effort to fight the Islamic State.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump said in a pair of tweets. “Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Trump discussed intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a way the Russian diplomats could have identified secret sources and methods. The information – provided by another, as-yet-unnamed country – dealt with plans by the Islamic State to use laptop computers as weapons, and was so sensitive it had been withheld from allies and under close hold within the U.S. government as well.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- On May 16, 1866, Congress authorized minting of the first five-cent piece, also known as the “Shield nickel.”
- In 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the eleven articles of impeachment against him.
- In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
- In 1939, the federal government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, New York.
- In 1946, the Irving Berlin musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” starring Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley, opened on Broadway.
- In 1957, federal agent Eliot Ness, who organized “The Untouchables” team that took on gangster Al Capone, died in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, at age 54.
- In 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical as well as deadly reform movement aimed at purging the country of “counter-revolutionaries.”
- In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
- In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in California v. Greenwood, ruled that police can search discarded garbage without a search warrant. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.
- In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour completed its maiden voyage with a safe landing in the California desert.
- In 1997, President Bill Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experiment, in which government scientists deliberately allowed black men to weaken and die of treatable syphilis.
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