The thought of enduring late-summer heat without air-conditioning is grim. It's typically a burden on the bank account. It's often exhausting to coordinate repairs. And it can be life-threatening for people who are elderly or ill.Fourteen out of 23 confirmed heat-associated deaths this year in Maricopa County have been indoors, according to a report from the county’s Department of Public Health. Last year, around 80 percent of indoor heat-associated deaths involved people who did not have functioning air-conditioning or did not have their units turned on. Some units were blowing hot air. READ MORE: Arizona's heat is getting worse and it's killing people “Losing your air-conditioning is deadly in Arizona,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, a medical director at the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “Once the temperature gets in the 90s and is above the body’s natural temperature, it’s unable to cool itself.”So, … [Read more...] about What to do if your air-conditioning breaks in the middle of summer
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Robert Anglen Arizona Republic Published 10:45 AM EDT Jul 17, 2019 Temperatures reached 112 degrees in Phoenix on Monday. Inside a Phoenix Family Dollar store, the thermostat displayed 92. It wasn't yet 11 a.m. And it was only going to get hotter for employees who have worked without air conditioning for the past three weeks. "They're saying it could take another couple of weeks to fix," store employee Andrea Thundercloud said Monday. "It's been really, really hot in there. We've had lots of customers complain. We've told them to go to corporate, and so far nothing's been done." Employees, customers and vendors at the bargain store near 67th Avenue and Van Buren Street described sweat-box conditions that have caused some to pass out and vomit from the heat. To say nothing of the smell coming from the freezer, which employees say stopped working long enough to defrost frozen food earlier this month. Unlike the situation with the air … [Read more...] about Phoenix Family Dollar store without air conditioning for weeks
Update: Man who shot family had run ins with Oklahoma policeA northwest Phoenix family was gunned down by their son and brother in the dawning hours of Tuesday in one of the most dramatic scenes of domestic violence in the region's recent memory.Police received the initial call at 4:43 a.m., reporting an active shooter at a house near 51st Avenue and Cactus Road. Before midmorning, all five family members would be pronounced dead and swaths of the tri-level house would be reduced to ashes.Dead were Vic Buckner, 50, and Kimberly Buckner, 49, husband and wife, and their daughters Kaitlin, 18, and Emma, 6.The suspected shooter, Vic and Kimberly’s 26-year-old son, Alex, was fatally shot by police after a confrontation inside the home. A police spokesman said Alex had leveled his weapon at officers, but it was unclear whether he unloaded any rounds before he was struck.Police on Tuesday evening were still searching for a motive in the rampage, and … [Read more...] about Why did son gun down Phoenix family?
More than 94,000 trees have roots on city-owned land in Phoenix, from the iconic towering palms of Encanto Park to native mesquite and paloverdes that line many street medians and rights-of-way.While still massive, this urban forest under city stewardship is steadily shrinking.Almost 1,000 trees are lost every year to the powerful gusts of monsoon storms or accidents. The city used to replace them, but it nearly eliminated funding for tree replacement during the recession.Some residents and civic groups say the loss of trees in public spaces has become apparent after years of budget cuts. And the city recently agreed to spend more money on trees.Public demand for trees was palpable at the city's budget hearings this spring, when residents spoke out about the need for shade. Aside from police officers and increased library hours, trees were among the most-repeated spending requests.Aimee Williamson is among the residents … [Read more...] about Phoenix’s urban forest is shrinking — and residents say it’s time to change that
Every day, hundreds of thousands of Phoenicians drive over canals that cut through the city, with many likely not realizing they've crossed flowing water. And when they do notice the canals, it's often for the wrong reasons — litter, graffiti and crime.Phoenix is trying to repair that disconnect and revive its storied-but-neglected waterways. This spring, the city expects to break ground on a project to transform the Grand Canal in central Phoenix into a transportation corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project includes a new pathway, safer street crossings, landscaping, public art and shade structures. MORE ABOUT CANALS: Phoenix hopes to make canals pedestrian-friendly | Advocates want canals developed | $10M grant accelerating plan to transform Grand CanalSupporters hope it will spur a larger effort to revive the … [Read more...] about Lifeblood of Phoenix: 7 things to know about canals