Entries in Arizona (5)


Steven Seagal Training Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Posse on School Security

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(PHOENIX) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio is teaming up with an action star to tackle school violence.

Steven Seagal, 60, star of Above the Law and Under Siege, plans to lead members of the Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse through a simulated school shooting on Saturday.

The volunteer posse, which is nearly 3,500-strong, has been used to patrol shopping malls during the holiday season and scope out undocumented immigrants, and now Arpaio plans to have them patrol areas surrounding schools in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, which includes Phoenix.

“Volunteers will learn operating procedures on how to handle one, two and three shooter scenarios as well as room entry tactics and hand to hand combat,” the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Two dozen high school students have volunteered to participate in the simulation, and SWAT deputies will pose as the shooters, the release said.

Seagal occasionally worked as a deputy for the Jefferson Parish sheriff in Louisiana and had a reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman.

Arpaio, the self-styled “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” began sending armed posse members to patrol schools in January, following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre and a more local threat that resulted in the Dec. 20 arrest of a 16-year-old student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz., for a plot to bomb the school and shoot the students and faculty.

Arpaio told in January that volunteers will receive 100 hours of training and drive marked vehicles. In some cases, he said, they will be armed with automatic weapons.

“I believe we should put police officers in school, in uniform, armed,” the sheriff  said. “But so far all the politicians do is talk, talk, talk, and so we’re out there doing something.”

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Arizona Grocer Censors Jessica Simpson’s Nude Pregnancy Cover

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- One Arizona grocery store wasn’t impressed with the Demi Moore-esque pose of a very pregnant Jessica Simpson baring her naked body on the cover of Elle magazine. A Jezebel reader snapped a photo of the magazine covered by a piece of cardboard warning potential readers: “Please do not remove cardboard.”

Jezebel reported that the cardboard has been covering the photograph of Simpson’s naked body, her breasts slightly concealed by her arms and hands, for a week at a Safeway in Tucson. A manager at the store declined to comment, but Teena Massingill, a spokesperson at Safeway headquarters, said in a statement, “We operate nearly 1,700 stores. This was one store employee’s response to some customer complaints. The sign was up for a short time, and removed.  This was by no means a company-wide directive.”

Elle magazine did not immediately return requests for comment.

Experts noted it would be a bit of a double standard if cardboard is not placed over the likes of other magazines that show cleavage.

“If they do have [something like] the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition on their stands, I would consider this a double standard.  I think some people are more afraid of pregnancy and breastfeeding because it has been even more in the closet than sex,” Susan Burger, president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association, told ABC News.

Pregnancy is already in the news in Arizona, a state known for its conservative tendencies and that is currently in the throes of a contraception debate. Some Arizona legislators are pushing for a bill that would allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage in their employees’ health care benefits due to religious reasons. Democrats are calling the bill a violation of employees’ privacy.

Dr. Kathleen Marinelli, a physician at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,  said society is much more comfortable allowing marketing companies to use breasts to sell beers and cars than seeing a woman’s body in its most natural and functioning form.

“It’s a very convoluted way of seeing things,” Marinelli told ABC News last month.

While some cringe at such celebrity pregnancy photos, others say the photos are old news.

“I think the fact that some people are tired of the trend may indicate that exposed pregnant bellies no longer has shock value,” said Burger. “So, I would assume this means that more people find it normal, even if a grocery store still found it shocking enough to cover it up.”

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Prince Harry Due to Land in U.S. for Helicopter Training

JSN Photography/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Prince Harry is due to head to land in the U.S. for helicopter training in October.

People Magazine
reports that the 26-year-old Prince will arrive in El Centro, Calif., during the first week of October  where he will be enrolled in Exercise Crimson Eagle—a culmination of his "Conversion to Role" course that he started in Wattisham, Suffolk.

During his two-month visit, Harry is expected to spend some time in Arizona at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field.

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Musicians Unite for Concert to Benefit Tucson Shooting Victims

Tom Willett/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Alice Cooper joined Jackson Browne, Nils Lofgren, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and other musicians Thursday night in Tucson, Arizona for a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the Jan. 8 shootings there that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Organizers say an estimated 5,000 people attended the event at the Tuscon Convention Center in support of the new Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding.  The fund aims to promote civility and respect in public discourse and also increase awareness of mental health issues.

Browne, one of the concert organizers, says the theme of civility, respect, and understanding all boils down to being mannerly and polite to your fellow men and women.  For his part, Cooper says music helps bring people together and makes them feel better.

Other artists participating included Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Jennifer Warnes, and Dar Williams.

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Bristol Palin Buys House in Arizona

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(MARICOPA, Ariz.) -- Bristol Palin bought a five-bedroom house in a development called Cobblestone Farms, in Maricopa, Ariz., a suburb of Pinal County.

The 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bought the house for $172,000 from a North Dakota couple, according to The Arizona Republic.

The Palin family offered no comment on the sale, but it has generated speculation on what Bristol and her mother Sarah's plans are for the home. is reporting that Ms. Palin may be eying an Arizona college.

Public records state the 3,900-square-foot house was built in 2006, and purchased for $329,560. The property had been in foreclosure earlier this year.

Hardly one to stay out of the headlines, Bristol Palin recently made big news with her stint on the 11th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. She came in third, even though she had the least experience among all the contestants. After 10 weeks of stiff competition, Bristol, whose spot in the finals was surrounded by controversy for her low scores in previous weeks, said she was ready to return home to Alaska and spend time with her family.

It is unclear if her new Arizona home will be a permanent or seasonal residence.

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