Good morning, Arizona. Here’s what you need to know to start the workday.
Today will be mostly sunny and breezy in metro Phoenix, with a high of 77 and a low of 54. Weather officials have also declared a “red flag warning” for high fire danger in the region from noon to 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, the high temperature will swing back into the mid-80s, with a forecast high of 84 and a low of 57.
BEARIZONA EVACUATED AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT DEPUTIES
Bearizona Wildlife Park in northern Arizona was fully evacuated about three hours after being placed on lockdown while deputies searched for a man who shot at law enforcement as they were chasing him Monday, officials said.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as John Freeman and said he has a warrant for his arrest out of Kingman and should be considered armed and dangerous. Two other men who were in the car with Freeman were in custody.
Approximately 200 people were on the park grounds when the lockdown began, and sheriff’s deputies evacuated them “a few at a time with a police escort.”
PHOENIX LAW SCHOOL PUT ON PROBATION
The American Bar Association put Arizona Summit Law School on probation on Monday for its low passage rates on the bar exam, azcentral’s Anne Ryman reports.
The private law school, founded in 2004, once boasted bar-passage rates of 97 percent but has seen its percentages drop to 25 percent among first-time test takers in Arizona.
ABA has directed the school to develop an improvement plan by May 15. The ABA also will send a representative to the school to review its admissions data and methodology as well as the overall rigor of the program.
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NFL WILL LET RAIDERS MOVE TO VEGAS
By a reported 31-1 margin, NFL owners voted to allow the Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas on Monday during the NFL’s annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. Miami was the only dissenting vote, according to reports.
“I have mixed feelings, obviously,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said. “I love Oakland. I love the fans in Oakland. I understand there will be disappointment and some anger.”
The Raiders, with $750 million of public money in their pockets, plan to move into a new $1.9 billion facility in Las Vegas in 2020.
‘HAMILTON’ COMING AS GAMMAGE ANNOUNCES LINEUP
“Hamilton” will have a shot at breaking “The Book of Mormon’s” box-office records when it hits ASU Gammage next January. But it won’t be the only hot ticket in the 2017-18 Broadway series.
“Fun Home” — 2015’s best-musical Tony winner based on Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic-novel memoir — will kick off the season, which was announced Monday, March 27, at the annual gathering for Gammagegoers. Also on the marquee: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s kid-friendly hit “School of Rock” and “The Bodyguard,” a musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston film featuring the songs “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.”
Read all about the new season here.
CHICKEN NUGGETS RECALLED OVER ‘METAL’
Ok Food Inc. issued a recall for nearly 1 million pounds of breaded chicken last week after a handful of consumers found metal objects in their food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Oklahoma-based manufacturer sells chicken under several brand names, including Walmart’s Great Value.
The recall affects 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken, which were produced on various dates from Dec. 19, 2016, through March 7, 2017, and shipped to locations across the country, according to the FSIS.
According to FSIS, five consumers complained after they found metal objects in chicken products.
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1834: The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
- 1898: the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.
- 1935: The notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.
- 1941: Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.
- 1969: The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C. at age 78.
- 1977: “Rocky” won best picture at the 49th Academy Awards; Peter Finch was honored posthumously as best actor for “Network” while his co-star, Faye Dunaway, was recognized as best actress.
- 1979: America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
- 1987: Maria von Trapp, whose life story inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” died in Morrisville, Vermont, at age 82.
- 1990: President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.
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