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  • Orthodox groups mum on Arizona religious exemption bill

    February 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday vetoed a bill that would have permitted businesses to refuse service to gays if doing so would violate their religious convictions.

    The Anti-Defamation League commended her for the veto, and the Jewish Community Relations Council in southern...

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill widely criticized as anti-gay

    February 26, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill on Wednesday that has been derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, saying the measure could result in "unintended and negative consequences."

    The measure, passed by the...

  • Firefighters’ families share the language of loss

    July 17, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    Bat-Sheva and Hofit Hayat, mother and wife of deceased Israeli firefighter Danny Hayat, shared their story and grief with the families of the 19 Hotshot firefighters who died on June 30 in the Yarnell, Ariz., wildfire. The two women relayed their experience in Arizona when visiting...

  • Family-owned Jewish News of Phoenix is sold

    April 4, 2013 | 9:57 am

    The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, which has been owned by the same family for more than half a century, was sold.

    Florence and Paul Eckstein, the weekly's owners since 1981, announced in an email to readers and advertisers that their publishing company was sold to Dr. Jeff and...

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  • Loughner’s parents acted on signs of danger before Giffords attack

    March 28, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    The parents of Jared Loughner, concerned by his erratic behavior, confiscated a gun and disabled his car in the months before the killing spree that critically wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Documents released Wednesday by the Pima County Sheriff's office in Arizona...

  • Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords launches gun-control initiative

    January 8, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded two years ago in an Arizona shooting, is launching a group aimed at curbing gun violence and raising enough money to challenge the well-funded gun lobby.

    Giffords, starting the effort called Americans for...

  • Giffords meets with Newtown officials to talk gun control

    January 7, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Newtown, Conn., to discuss gun control with local and state officials.

    Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke with the officials last Friday about such issues as gun control legislation and identifying and treating...

  • Iranian TV interview blames Israel for Sandy Hook massacre

    December 18, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    An Iranian state-run media outlet reported on an Arizona businessman's claim that Israel is behind the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    PressTV, Iran's 24-hour English language news network, cited an interview with Michael Harris, who said that the massacre was an...

  • Gabby Giffords faces Tucson assailant as he is sentenced to life

    November 8, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court to face her would-be assassin on Thursday moments before he was sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords, last year.

    Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout...

  • Tucson gunman Loughner pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder

    August 7, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    A 23-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in an Arizona shooting rampage last year, and will be spared the death penalty in exchange.

    Jared Loughner entered his guilty...

  • Jared Loughner to plead guilty in Arizona shooting spree

    August 6, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Jared Loughner, the man accused of killing six people and wounding then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, is set to plead guilty in a Tucson court on Tuesday, a person familiar with the case said.

    The source confirmed that the federal government believed Loughner was...

  • House hopeful Sinema responds to criticism: I will be a strong voice for Israel in ‎Congress

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2012 | 5:25 am

    A couple of days ago I wrote about the Israel-related record of AZ-09 House ‎candidate Kyrsten Sinema (What Congress candidate Sinema’s emails reveal about ‎her Israel position). It painted candidate Sinema as one who doesn’t have a “gut ‎feeling” support for Israel: “She...

  • What Congress candidate Sinema’s emails reveal about her Israel position

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 15, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    Kyrsten Sinema is running for Congress in the 9th District of Arizona. She is a Democrat in a newly created district that seems likely to fall into Democratic hands. She is also possibly - as some believe - a rising star in the party. She might even become a Congresswoman.

    There are...

  • In Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, Jewish groups see progress but have concerns

    June 25, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Most Jewish groups who have weighed in on Arizona’s controversial immigration law saw progress in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal three of the law’s four parts, but had concerns that law enforcement officials would still be allowed to check the legal immigration status of...

  • Ron Barber, aide to Giffords, wins his ex-boss’ seat

    June 13, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Ron Barber, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won her seat in a special election.

    Barber, who decided to run after Giffords formerly resigned her seat earlier this year to recover from a shooting in January 2011, defeated Jesse Kelly, a Republican who suffered a narrow...

  • Family murder-suicide devastates Arizona Jewish community

    June 12, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Following a businessman’s destruction of his family, the Jewish community of Tempe, Ariz., has “no answers,” according to a local rabbi.

    Sometime during the early hours Shabbat, June 1-2, James Butwin murdered his 40-year-old wife, Yafit, and their three children—Malissa,...

  • Tempe family died of gunshot wounds, medical examiner determines

    June 11, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Tempe, Ariz., family found burned to death in the family’s SUV died of gunshot wounds.

    Police believe that James Butwin died of a gunshot wound that was likely self-inflicted, according to the Arizona Republic. His wife, Yafit, 40, and their three children—Malissa, 16; Daniel,...

  • Romney wins in Michigan, Arizona

    February 29, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Mitt Romney won Republican primary contests in Arizona and Michigan, maintaining his front-runner status.

    In Michigan, the state his father governed and where he was raised, Romney beat back a challenge Tuesday by Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, 41 percent to 38...

  • Giffords announces resignation from Congress

    January 22, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot by a gunman in January, announced that she will resign from Congress.

    In a two-minute video released Sunday, Giffords (D-Ariz.) said she will step down as she continues her recovery.

    “I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what...

  • Giffords attends vigil marking attack anniversary

    January 9, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of an attack on the congresswoman and her constituents at a political event.

    Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, attended the candlelight vigil Sunday night at the University...

  • Giffords learns identities of shooting victims

    August 21, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has learned the identities of those killed in a shooting attack during a meet-the-constituents event at which she was also shot.

    Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire Jan. 8 at the event in Tucson, killing 6, including a long-time Giffords aide...

  • Giffords’ doctor OKs her run

    August 4, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Gabrielle Giffords’ neurosurgeon says that the Arizona congresswoman could run for re-election.

    Peter Rhee, the doctor who operated on Giffords’ brain after she was shot in January, told the NBC affiliate KVOA Tuesday that Giffords’ mental faculties had fully recovered.

    ““There’s...

  • Gabrielle Giffords returns to House, votes for debt limit deal [VIDEO]

    August 1, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    From CBS.com:

    Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona made a surprise return to Washington Monday to vote in favor of an agreement to raise the debt limit.

    “Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis,” her office said in a Tweet.

    Lawmakers offered Giffords a standing ovation on the House floor when she showed up in the chamber.

    Read more at CBSNews.com.

  • Supreme Court upholds state tuition tax credit program

    April 6, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to an Arizona tuition tax credit program that benefits parochial schools, with all three Jewish justices dissenting.

    The court on Monday threw out a lawsuit against the program, which provides tax credits to those who donate...

  • Poll: Latinos believe U.S. too supportive of Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 30, 2011 | 10:15 am

    A new poll by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) finds that nearly half of U.S. Latinos feel that their country is too supportive of Israel. The findings also suggest high levels of anti-Semitism exist in the U.S. Latino community.

    Of the 740 people from across the...

  • Giffords’ husband, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly releases statement about the tragedy in Arizona

    By JewishJournal.com

    January 10, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    The following is a statement by Gabrielle Gifford’s husband, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly, taken from the congresswoman’s website. For more information on the Arizona shooting, click here.

    “On behalf of Gabby and our entire family, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the...

  • ADL: Assessing hate speech angle in shooting ‘critical’

    January 10, 2011 | 10:46 am

    The Anti-Defamation League said it is “critical” to determine whether the man alleged to have shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was influenced by hate speech.

    “It is critical to determine whether the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, acted alone or with others, and whether...

  • Memo notes Giffords’ Judaism in motives of alleged attacker

    January 9, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo reportedly notes that Gabriel Giffords is Jewish in describing the motives of the Arizona congresswoman’s alleged assailant.

    The memo, obtained by Fox News Channel, says that Jared Lee Loughner mentioned American Renaissance, an extremist...

  • Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critical after being shot in the head

    January 8, 2011 | 7:52 pm

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

    Giffords was outside one of her signature “Congress at your corner” events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head.

    The...

  • Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot in the head

    January 8, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    A gunman shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in the head.

    Giffords was shot outside one of her signature “Congress at your corner” events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head, according to NPR.

    The network,...

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