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T'Bird Sam finds first baby in 'Safe Haven' nest

It took a year, but the Safe Haven "nest" at Thunderbird Samaritan Medical Center in Glendale finally delivered. At 11:32 p.m. Aug. 23 the 2-foot drawer, located in a wall outside the emergency department, received a 7 pound, 1 ounce baby girl.

Aug., 2002

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Kids create own 'field of dreams'

To a passerby it appears to be a dusty vacant lot littered with debris, old tires and broken glass. Yet to some neighborhood children, it is their own field of dreams.
Several children that live near the lot at 6715 N. 60th Ave. have taken it upon themselves to clean it up for their evening baseball games.

Sept. 2002

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Non-swimmer mom gets wish: a pool fence

Biridiana Torres loves the Glendale home she and her husband purchased with her father last year, yet one aspect of the house has "horrified" her: They did not have a pool fence and Torres cannot swim.
Thanks to Fulton Homes, Torres and her family can relax a little. The homebuilder awarded and installed a secure pool fence last week, valued at $500 and complete with a childproof lock.

Nov. 2002

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Family, neighbors in shock over murder of 74-year-old

The family of Bicente Flores said a stranger wearing white left the first bouquet of flowers on the corner of 61st and Gardenia avenues. The corner is where the 74-year old man was murdered, less than 30 yards from his home of 33 years.
The memorial grew as people added more flowers and candles. Several of Flores' eight children and 16 grandchildren erected two white crosses, one inscribed with his name and "We love you Dad."

Sept. 2002

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College Degree Worth the Effort

...Only one person in every 100 holds a college degree.
I have never felt more pride, nor have I ever felt more humbled....

August, 2002

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Grabbing air few months away, dude

Skateboarders and bladers will have to wait an extra month or so for a place to grab some air on a half-pipe, but the rest of Foothills Park should be complete in February. City officials reached an agreement with the contractor for the Foothills Park and plan to have the park complete in February.

Dec. 2002

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Husband kills wife, then himself

Despite filing two orders of protection against her estranged husband Juan Antonio Jimenez, Graciela "Gracie" Zazueta died Tuesday when Jimenez broke into her apartment and shot her as their three children slept nearby.
Witnesses identified a man who fit Jimenez's description leaving the apartment complex. Police tracked him to his father's apartment in the 6700 block of 83rd Avenue. Glendale's Tactical Operations Unit found Jimenez, 25,dead inside the apartment at approximately 10:30 a.m. from a self-inflicted gunshot. He had been dead at least two hours.

Oct. 2002

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Glendale stadium gains momentum

It has taken the Tourism and Sports Authority (TSA) two years and more turnovers than the average Cardinals' offense gives up, but at fourth and goal on the 1-yard line, the much-maligned organization should have a stadium site to propose to the governing board n Glendale.

Aug., 2002

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Kickoff nears: Groundbreaking for stadium March 18

The Arizona Cardinals will not be the first team to score a touchdown on the new stadium site. Pop Warner football teams made up of 6- and 7-year-olds will play a scrimmage prior to the ceremonial groundbreaking March 18 with Cardinals players acting as honorary coaches.

March, 2003

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Council names interim presiding judge for City court

Although on loan, for now, the Glendale Municipal Court has a presiding judge. City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement to bring Phoenix Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Finn to Glendale, "on loan," City Attorney Rick Flaaen said, as the interim presiding judge.
The Maricopa County Superior Court took over Glendale's struggling city court in September 2001, and removed presiding judge duties from City Judge Jean Baxter.

Nov. 2002

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Dist. 2 candidates agree education system needs overhaul

About 64 percent of Arizona students borrow to finance their college education, and during the past eight years, the average student debt has doubled.
The three candidates for the District Two congressional seat presented their views on how to address Arizona's education issues, including college grant funding, at a debate held at Arizona State University West last week.
The college's student association prepared four questions for the candidates, including: raising Pell grants, improving the State's education system, coping with the recession and representing Arizona's educational needs in Congress.

Nov. 2002

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City, farmers team up for stadium bid

No cost to Glendale citizens, youth sports fields and plenty of parking are the highlights of Glendale's $74 million proposal to the Tourism and Sports Authority for the Arizona Cardinals football stadium.

Aug. 2002 The Glendale Star

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City studies anti-smoking law

The cities of Glendale and Peoria are preparing a preemptive strike in the event smoking ban proponents that have succeeded in Tempe, Mesa, Goodyear and Surprise head their way.
"One of the things we have to come to grips with is no smoking laws," Mayor Elaine Scruggs told a group of Glendale residents at a neighborhood meeting Oct. 16. "We can either ignore it, or participate in our fate."

Oct. 2002

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One stadium lawsuit down, Long one to go

Glendale and the Tourism and Sports Authority can see the end zone in their drive to break ground on the $355 million Cardinals stadium by the end of the year. Activist Tim Weaver dropped his lawsuit Friday; the suit challenged the City's decision to reject his referendum petition.
"It would have been irresponsible of me to continue," Weaver said.

Nov. 2002

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Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Wendy's plan stores at new Northern Crossing shopping center

Residents near Northern Crossing, formerly Manistee Town Center, can expect new neighbors in the near future. Super Wal-Mart, Lowe's Home Improvement and Wendy's plan to build stores on the empty site at 59th and Northern avenues.

Sept. 2002.