Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to start the workday.
Today will be sunny and clear in the Valley, with a high of 85 degrees and a low of 59.
Temperatures will heat up Thursday and Friday, with highs in the low 90s, then cool back down to the low 80s in time for the weekend.
ARIZONA MOLESTATION LAW STUCK DOWN
A U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix has found unconstitutional an Arizona law defining child molestation, and he ordered that a man who already has spent a decade in custody be released.
In 2007, a Maricopa County jury found Stephen May guilty of five counts of molestation of a child and acquitted him of two other counts. An eighth count was dismissed by prosecutors.
May was a former schoolteacher and swim instructor, and the charges came from allegations that he touched children inappropriately while giving them swim lessons. May denied there was any sexual intent on his part.
But the law was written in such a way that intent was not required as an element of guilt. Read the full story for more.
4 DEAD IN GLENDALE FIRE
Four people were killed in a house fire in Glendale early Wednesday morning, according to public-safety officials.
The blaze broke out in a home near 51st and Peoria avenues before 3 a.m. Wednesday, according to fire officials.
The fire destroyed the house and investigators said the bodies of four people, including two boys, were found inside the home after the fire was extinguished
TENTS FOLDING AT INFAMOUS JAIL
Tent City, the outdoor jail that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio created as a low-cost solution to overcrowded cells, will be shut down.
Sheriff Paul Penzone made the announcement Tuesday based on the recommendation of an advisory committee that he appointed after he defeated Arpaio and took office in January.
At a 2 p.m. press conference, Penzone said Tent City has become a liability for understaffed detention officers.
“This facility is not a crime deterrent, it is not cost efficient, and it is not tough on criminals,” he said.
Penzone said shuttering the facility will save the county about $4.5 million a year. About 50 percent of the inmates will be moved to other facilities in the next 45 to 60 days.
HEAR THE THUNDER ROLLING? THAT’S COUNTRY MUSIC
They’re calling it “one of the greatest lineups ever assembled” in the state of Arizona. And by they, we mean the folks at Country Thunder.
Arizona’s biggest country-music festival kicks off Thursday and runs through the weekend. Headliners at the event in Florence will include the formerly local Dierks Bentley, Blake “The Voice” Shelton (who also headlined in 2015), Thomas Rhett and Chris Young.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- In 1887, Anne Sullivan achieved a breakthrough as her 6-year-old deaf-blind pupil, Helen Keller, learned the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.
- In 1915, Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson in the 26th round of their fight in Havana, Cuba, to claim boxing’s world heavyweight title.
- In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Civilian Conservation Corps and an anti-hoarding order that effectively prohibited private ownership of gold.
- In 1955, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill resigned his office for health reasons. Democrat Richard J. Daley was first elected mayor of Chicago, defeating Republican Robert E. Merriam.
- In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C., at age 84.
- In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 70.
- In 1987, Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut by airing the situation comedy “Married with Children” followed by “The Tracey Ullman Show,” then repeating both premiere episodes two more times in the same evening.
- In 1997, Allen Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, died in New York City at age 70.
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