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  • Mesa police looking for missing woman, Megan Laney - ABC15 ArizonaMesa police looking for missing woman, Megan Laney - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaMesa police looking for missing woman, Megan LaneyABC15 ArizonaMESA - Mesa police are looking for a 24-year-old woman who vanished earlier this week. Megan Laney was last seen walking to meet her boyfriend who lives in the Mesa area. Megan's boyfriend and parents have not heard from her since. Her family says ...

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  • AFL Championship Game GameThread: Nationals' prospect Victor Robles in action in AZ... - Federal BaseballAFL Championship Game GameThread: Nationals' prospect Victor Robles in action in AZ... - Federal Baseball

    Federal BaseballAFL Championship Game GameThread: Nationals' prospect Victor Robles in action in AZ...Federal BaseballWashington Nationals' prospect Victor Robles and the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League's Championship Game at 3:00 PM EST on the MLB Network... by Patrick Reddington@federalbaseball Nov 18, 2017, 2:30pm EST.How the Yankees Pitching Prospects Performed in the AFLPinstriped Prospectsall 4 news articles »

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  • Mesa sets its eyes on e-commerce with Mexico - AZFamilyMesa sets its eyes on e-commerce with Mexico - AZFamily

    Mesa sets its eyes on e-commerce with MexicoAZFamilyMESA – As trade between the U.S, Mexico and Canada is debated by top negotiators in Mexico City as part of NAFTA, one Arizona city is working on a long term million-dollar project that would potentially increase direct trade with Mexico. The Phoenix ...

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  • Republican senator: GOP is 'toast' with Trump in controlRepublican senator: GOP is 'toast' with Trump in control

    Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is surrounded by reporters on his way to go vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent sparring partner of President Donald Trump , continues to make enemies in his own party after calling the GOP "toast" while unaware he was still on a live mic.

    Mesa News / 23 h. 45 min. ago
  • Sen. Jeff Flake says Republicans may be 'toast', citing 'the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump' - ABC15 ArizonaSen. Jeff Flake says Republicans may be 'toast', citing 'the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump' - ABC15 Arizona

    U.S. News & World ReportSen. Jeff Flake says Republicans may be 'toast', citing 'the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump'ABC15 ArizonaMESA, AZ - Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said his own party could be "toast" while attending a Friday town hall event in Mesa, making reference to Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump. Flake was hosting the event at ...Arizona's Sen. Flake Supportive of Tax Plan but Wants TweaksU.S. News & World ReportMesa mayor encourages Flake to run for president, appears to call Trump an 'idiot'AZCentral.comRepublican senator caught on live mic saying GOP was 'toast' under leadership of Roy Moore, Donald TrumpWAVY-TVCBS News -Axios -ABC Newsall 53 news articles »

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  • Arizona's Sen. Flake supportive of tax plan but wants tweaksArizona's Sen. Flake supportive of tax plan but wants tweaks

    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is heaping praise on the Republican tax overhaul bill working its way through Congress, but still wants tweaks before he agrees to vote for the bill. The Republican told aerospace company workers in Mesa, Arizona, Friday that corporate tax cuts are needed to restore America's global competitiveness.

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  • Mesa police release composite sketch of home intruderMesa police release composite sketch of home intruder

    Mesa police are asking for the public's help to identify a man in his mid-20s who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds. Mesa police are asking for the public's help identifying an intruder who broke into a woman's apartment and confronted her.

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  • G6 Hospitality Honors 2017 Franchisee of the Year Recipients Along with Top Performer AwardsG6 Hospitality Honors 2017 Franchisee of the Year Recipients Along with Top Performer Awards

    November 16, 2018--G6 Hospitality, the all-American leader in economy lodging and known for its iconic brands Motel 6 and Studio 6, announced the 2017 Franchisee of the Year along with other award recipients as part of the company's annual brand convention held earlier this month at the Grande Lakes Resorts in Orlando. Themed "The Magic Within", the conference celebrated the brand's leading franchisees, including the 2017 G6 Hospitality Franchisees of the Year Rajashekar M. Reddy of the Motel 6 in Marble Falls, Texas and Nilesh B. Patel of the Studio 6 in Mesa, Arizona.

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  • 90 Day Fiance Spoilers: Do Josh and Aika Get Married?90 Day Fiance Spoilers: Do Josh and Aika Get Married?

    We've gotten to know the new 90 Day Fiance couples and grown to like some of them as they travel to be together decide if they want to potentially spend the rest of their lives together. One of those new couples is Aika and Josh, and their relationship has ... a lot of complications.

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  • When Public Records Aren't Made PublicWhen Public Records Aren't Made Public

    Mesa, Arizona police officer Philip Brailsford has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting unarmed Daniel Shaver at a hotel in January. The video is said to be graphic.

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  • Arizona Town Hall harsh on state leaders, calls for school tax hike, more pay for teachersArizona Town Hall harsh on state leaders, calls for school tax hike, more pay for teachers

    Arizona Town Hall participants had harsh words for state leaders and big ideas for solutions to the state's education-funding crisis. Arizona's results-based funding program gave low-income-area district and charter schools $14 million.

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  • City of Mesa apologizes for sending out bogus 'false alarm' bills to thousands of residents - AZFamilyCity of Mesa apologizes for sending out bogus 'false alarm' bills to thousands of residents - AZFamily

    AZFamilyCity of Mesa apologizes for sending out bogus 'false alarm' bills to thousands of residentsAZFamilyAlice Nelson just got a letter from the City of Mesa saying she owed $210 in fines for having false alarms on her home security system. Mesa, like many Valley cities, fines homeowners and business owners if their security alarm goes off by mistake, and ...

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  • New Mental Health Book Shows How to Reduce High Costs of Unmet Emotional NeedsNew Mental Health Book Shows How to Reduce High Costs of Unmet Emotional Needs

    MESA, Ariz: Key Insights Publishing invites people to experience 100pc daily value of essential emotional needs in a new happiness book, Get Your Needs Met! Author Bob Stahn Ed.M, LCPC, MAC, ICADC, states that emotional needs drive behavior and meeting emotional needs is foundational to mental and physical health. When neglected for too long, effects become disabling and can include: depression, anxiety, sleeplessness headaches, low energy, loss of relationships, loneliness, and stifled happiness.

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  • Roadrunners take off at board meetingRoadrunners take off at board meeting

    The Woodard Roadrunners ran away with the show at the Yuma Elementary School District board meeting Monday evening -- and there was no pesky coyote to stop them. The junior high school, which teaches sixth-eighth graders, was the spotlight school for the month.

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  • Pit bulls dominate county shelters, here's whyPit bulls dominate county shelters, here's why

    "Just about every kennel you see on the outside has some type of pit bull mix in it," said Maricopa County Animal Care and Control spokesperson Jose Santiago. Pit bulls dominate at both the Phoenix and Mesa shelters.

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  • Mesa police sergeant backs decision by officer now on trial in fatal shootingMesa police sergeant backs decision by officer now on trial in fatal shooting

    Former Mesa police Sgt. Charles Langley testified Tuesday in Philip "Mitch" Brailsford's murder trial that he, too, would have shot Daniel Shaver.

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  • Police: Man set fires at Mesa complex to get back at managementPolice: Man set fires at Mesa complex to get back at management

    A 51-year-old Mesa man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of intentionally setting several fires at his apartment complex because he was upset with management, police said. Steven Ben Hines was arrested and booked on several counts of arson that took place within the last month at the Genoa Lakes Apartments at 3320 E. University Drive in Mesa, police said.

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  • Here's the Best Pizza in Mesa, But You Can Only Get It Twice a WeekHere's the Best Pizza in Mesa, But You Can Only Get It Twice a Week

    His name is Myke Olsen. You can find and eat Olsen's Neapolitan-style pies in downtown Mesa, but on just two nights a week.

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  • Mesa officer revokes request to change testimony in Brailsford's trialMesa officer revokes request to change testimony in Brailsford's trial

    An officer who asked to take the stand again to change his testimony in a Brailsford's murder trial of a former colleague has taken back his request. Former Mesa police Officer Philip "Mitch" Brailsford and his attorney, Mike Piccarreta, stand for the jury at the start of Brailsford's second-degree murder trial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Oct. 25, 2017.

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  • Mesa police locate missing teenager - ABC15 ArizonaMesa police locate missing teenager - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaMesa police locate missing teenagerABC15 ArizonaMESA, AZ - Mesa police have located a missing teenager. Tyshon McKenzie, 13, had last been seen in the area of Broadway and Dobson roads around 1 p.m.. According to police, McKenzie left a note for his family apologizing but did not indicate where he ...

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  • MCC Hall of Fame football coach passes awayMCC Hall of Fame football coach passes away

    Sydney Ritter Mesa Legend At the age of 84, former Mesa Community College (MCC) Head Coach Paul F. Widmer, passed away. Widmer was born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania in 1937 but moved to Arizona after he received a scholarship to play football at Arizona State University (ASU). Widmer played for four years under Coaches Dan Devine and Frank Kush and was apart of the Sun Devil team when they were ranked nationally, after an undefeated season, in 1957. For eight years afterward Widmer coached at Camelback and Tempe High schools before transferring to MCC as an assistant coach to Edgar “Mutt” Ford. In 1970, Widmer took over for Ford. In the 11 years that Widmer was head football coach at MCC, his teams won 86 of the 108 games and obtained two national championships. He also has three undefeated teams, five ACCAC titles, and was chosen as the NJCAA Coach of the Year on five different occasions. Widmer was inducted into three Sports Hall of Fame: Allegheny-Kishy in western Pennsylvania in 1981, Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and MCC’s very own Sports Hall of Fame. Widmer also coached the MCC golf for 15 years and the Assistant Wrestling Coach for a brief moment. Joyce Miller Voyles, a former student of Widmer’s said, “I had Coach Widmer for Driver’s Ed at Tempe High in 1965 and then had one of his sons on a Tempe YMCA basketball team I coached in 1979 and of course many memories of him being a coach at Tempe High. We didn’t have great teams, but they had a lot of heart thanks to Coach Widmer.” In his obituary, his family said that he was “extremely motivational, inspirational and an incredible role model for many youths. Education was where he belonged. He had a positive attitude and a fighting spirit, as well as being admired by all.” Services for Paul Widmer’s funeral will be held on October 27 and 10:00 AM at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. The post MCC Hall of Fame football coach passes away appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • MCFF provides aid for studentsMCFF provides aid for students

    Marcus Campbell Mesa Legend The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation was established to provide funds for students in need in the form of one-time emergency grants and academic scholarships. The one-time grants are based on need and are used to help students overcome unforeseen financial circumstances that might affect their education. MCFF distributes scholarships to students able to prove enrollment in any of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, at least six credits, and a GPA of 2.5. The foundation provides $250 or $500 scholarships to students in both the spring and fall semesters. Applications for the Spring 2018 semester are due by November 15th.  Applications and requirements can be found on the MCFF website.  Emergency grants are one-time scholarships of up to $500 that are granted to students enrolled in the Maricopa district. These grants are intended to help students who might have to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances. Barry Vaughn, President of the MCFF said about the program, “Our philosophy is any Maricopa student with a financial need is a student worthy of assistance. We don’t care how old you are. We don’t care what your GPA is. We don’t care if you’re documented or undocumented.”  The MCCF relies on faculty to assess need and confirm that students are enrolled. Students are not encouraged to contact the MCFF directly. Vaughn discussed why the MCFF relies on faculty, “If a student sends me an email…I don’t know if this person is a genuine student or not. I don’t know this person from Adam…It also creates a strong bond between that faculty member and that student because everybody is now in the loop. It’s not just some faceless organization.” Once approved emergency aid is usually distributed within 24 hours.  In testimonials Tylon Williams and other students expressed gratitude for the scholarship fund.  Williams said, “This scholarship fund has allowed me to stay in school, when otherwise I would have not been able to do so. With my bills, kids, and the loss of my mother, my situation went from bad to worst very quickly, I am so glad there are programs like such in place for people in my situation the fund is truly a blessing.” Needs range from rent, to utilities, even essential school items like books and transportation. Hazel Brown expressed her gratitude for her emergency grant, “I would like to thank the Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation for the $131.00 emergency grant to help pay to get a new alternator for my truck. Without this I would have not been able to afford to fix my truck and therefore I also would have not been able to get to school. Now my truck is fixed and my schooling can continue.”  The MCFF was established as a 501(c)3 charitable organization after faculty members in 2007 when the MCFF noticed a common need among their students.  Funds are raised for students mainly through faculty donations and fundraisers. The most successful of these fundraisers is the book drive. Faculty members are encouraged to send their unwanted textbooks to the faculty association.  The books are then sold to provide funds to support emergency grants and scholarships. The MCFF has grown substantially since 2007.  In 2016 the foundation awarded over $7,000 in scholarships and emergency grants and could raise over $8,000 for their programs. Individuals are invited to make donations to the MCFF through single donation, monthly sustained support or by using Amazon Smile. The post MCFF provides aid for students appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • Arrest made for the murder of MCC studentArrest made for the murder of MCC student

    Sydney Ritter Mesa Legend On October 19, a male’s body was discovered in the Ranch Inn parking lot. Mesa Police Department (MPD) responded and discovered that the deceased was a victim of a homicide. The officers say they responded to the motel for a welfare check on Thursday morning. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man dead in the parking lot from a gunshot wound to his upper back.  Investigators determined that the individual was 32-year-old Austin David Parton, a student that attended Mesa Community College (MCC).  Court records reported that investigators determined Parton’s car, iPhone, and two laptops were missing from the scene. On Monday, Mesa Police arrested Michael Alexander Abel.  Investigators also learned that Parton would routinely meet with people to sell a variety of Apple products through the mobile app OfferUp.  Abel arranged to meet with Parton to purchase a MacBook through the app.  They meet at the location where Parton’s body was found. Records state that the detectives were able to track down Abel through a phone number connected to an email linked to his OfferUp account that led them to a Mesa woman who knew Abel and told detectives that Abel would routinely meet people to sell items through OfferUp. Five days later police were able to locate Parton’s car in south Phoenix.  Abel was interviewed by police where he admitted to listing items but never selling the laptop then refusing to further discuss his OfferUp activity. Police obtained a search warrant and investigators found multiple Apple devices and ammunition matching the type used in the murder. Abel was arrested and booked with a bond set at $750,000. They are seeking first-degree murder and armed robbery with a deadly weapon against him, according to charging documents by police to Maricopa County Superior Court. A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. The post Arrest made for the murder of MCC student appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • ASU Cronkite School honors two with awardsASU Cronkite School honors two with awards

    Kian Hagerman Mesa Legend The 34th annual Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism luncheon was held on Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel, honoring both Judy Woodruff and the late Gwen Ifill. Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour,” which she previously co-anchored with Gwen Ifill. Gwen Ifill’s brother Roberto Ifill accepted the award on her behalf and addressed the audience. “I want to first express my thanks, and gratitude, for this amazing honor that you’ve done for Gwen on behalf of the Ifill family,” Roberto Ifill said. He said that he wanted to discuss his sister’s commitment to two principles that undergirded her life; getting the story right, and getting the right stories out. “Although we were all interested in the world around us it was Gwen particularly, even at a young age who had an insatiable curiosity that, coupled with a great facility for writing pointed her inevitably toward a career in journalism,” Roberto Ifill said. According to him, Gwen Ifill took pride in her ability to produce clean copy, and that her writing rarely required the intervention of an editor. “She became legendary, for being able to get the story right,” Roberto Ifill said. Woodruff made her remarks after collecting her award, following Roberto Ifill’s statement to those in attendance. “I am thrilled, thrilled beyond words to be here, and for so many reasons,” Woodruff said. Woodruff spoke about Gwen Ifill from her perspective as a co-worker on “PBS NewsHour.” “Honest, fearless, funny, she had it all,” Woodruff said. “And of course, she was the pioneer. Trailblazing, from the moment she became a reporter.” Of Walter Cronkite’s influence on her, Woodruff said that “this award is given, in the name of someone I revered as a young girl, just starting to watch television news.” “Well before I had any idea of going into journalism, I knew he was the gold standard,” Woodruff said. The Cronkite School enriches the field of journalism with the students that graduate after attending Woodruff said, and gives those already working in the field the opportunity to see the students’ work. “Today, on the ‘NewsHour,’ we will feature the reporting of the remarkable team here who put together the documentary ‘Troubled Water,’” Woodruff said. The precarious place of the world currently, and the need for the existence of quality reporting at a time where information is oversaturated, were points stressed by Woodruff. She said that these were reasons why young journalists were needed. “Jump into journalism,” Woodruff said. Attended by professionals in the journalism industry and members of the community, the luncheon also serves as an avenue for fundraising that goes to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication of Arizona State University. To find out more information about donating to Cronkite School, one can visit Cronkite.asu.edu/2020.   The post ASU Cronkite School honors two with awards appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • Legend’s VIEWLegend’s VIEW

    Manufactured nostalgia cashes in on memories Companies that try to sell memories repackaged as soulless products, added to the endless amount of unnecessary objects already available to consumers, prey upon the goodwill already developed by the intellectual properties they are exploiting.  The result is rarely worthwhile, and many times the pale imitations dreamed of ending up as focus-tested, sickening nightmares.  Film reboots are an obvious example of this in action, and in the past few years, there has been no shortage of poor renditions of classics. Thankfully, it seems that people are catching on to the trick, and taking off the rose-tinted glasses, so that they can examine new takes on classics and see how they might stand on their own. Clothing intended for casual settings are used to represent something about the person wearing them, and companies have capitalized on this aspect of fashion, to use as yet another way to sell branded merchandise. Shirts with designs and color schemes that evoke shows from one’s childhood are manufactured by the millions, providing the masses with a way to present themselves as unique while lining the pockets of those seeking to maximize their profits. Rather than innovating and pushing boundaries, the demand for nostalgia compels those in the market to provide it to maintain a status quo, or at best to make superficial gestures of change. The comics that Marvel produces have been heavily criticized recently because of their execution of changes to their shared universe, both by those who desire change and those that dislike the changes Marvel has chosen to make. Part of the criticism is that rather than creating new characters and doing the hard work of endearing those new creations to readers, Marvel has decided to instead alter existing ones that people have already grown fond of. Reality being altered so that Captain America was actually a fascist member of Hydra all along might be the most flagrant example of this. With fond attachments come complex emotions, and part of what makes nostalgia so effective is how one associates the things they love with the times in their life that they experienced them. Humans are designed to make associations between things in the world, as a way of better understanding and ultimately navigating it. Whether creators want to admit or not, taking an original idea or work and reinterpreting it, or casting it in a new light, can change how the original creation is perceived. The post Legend’s VIEW appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • The horror genre has been revitalizedThe horror genre has been revitalized

    Marcus Campbell Mesa Legend Until several years ago the horror genre of filmmaking seemed down and out.  What was once a powerhouse genre for moneymaking had become a dumping ground for remakes and reboots. Horror as a genre began with humble origins.  The genre was largely considered to be pulpy and low class. That is, until a few masters of the craft came into the fold and changed the way we view the horror film.  The first of the great horror directors in the modern age was Hitchcock but he is by no means the only famous practitioner of horror.  Some of the industry’s best filmmakers and best films have stepped out of the horror genre. Filmmakers like John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Clive Barker, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and even Stanley Kubrick. A list of top ten horror films has some of the best movies ever made gracing its ranks.  Films like “Psycho,” “The Shining,” “Alien,” “The Exorcist,” “Get Out,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Eyes Without a Face,” “The Birds” and “Cat People.” That’s not to mention the slasher films and campy horror of the 80’s that rocked the industry and the genre. Films like “The Evil Dead,” “Halloween,” “Re-Animator,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Fly,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Poltergeist” all helped redefine and inform the genre. Then came the decline of the industry. With the original master no longer working at the pace they used to the genre began to implode under the weight of its own greatness.  Every successful slasher film was turned into a franchise that wore fans expectations and desires down.  “A Nightmare on Elm Street” has seven sequels and was rebooted in 2010. Another reboot of the franchise is planned.  “Friday the 13th” has nine sequels and has been remade and will soon be rebooted.  “Halloween” has eight sequels and was rebooted by Rob Zombie into a new franchise. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is the reboot champion having been rebooted three times, most recently in 2017 with the new film “Leatherface.” Then there were the American horror remakes of “Ju-on” as “The Grudge,” “Ringu” as “The Ring.”  From there came torture porn. “Saw” and “Hostel” sprung up in a truly gory fashion. “Hostel” had two sequels that ended in 2011 but “Saw” had eight sequels, each worse than the one before it is culminating in the 2017 release of “Jigsaw.” Horror had been in the trenches with little to no innovation for over 20 years until very recently.  In recent years a new crop of well-made and original horror films has sprung up to fill in the void.  Eli Roth is one such filmmaker whose ingenuity led to the Hostel franchise and several other box office successes Another of these filmmakers is James Wan whose successful franchises Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious lead him right into the arms of the Fast and Furious Franchise. Other notable films in the upturn in the genre are Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” “It Follows,” “Let the Right One In,” “The Witch,” “Green Room,” “28 Days Later,” “28 Weeks Later” and “Zombieland.” Hopefully, horror films continue on this new trajectory and attempt to regain some of their former glory. The post The horror genre has been revitalized appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • Halloween horror hits on NetflixHalloween horror hits on Netflix

    Marcus Campbell Mesa Legend Netflix has several movies and shows both new and old to satisfy any horror fan this Halloween.  “The Babysitter” was released on Netflix on Oct. 13 for streaming just in time for Halloween.  “The Babysitter” is directed by television producer and director McG who is previously known for his work on Supernatural, Chuck and The O.C.  Brian Duffield helmed the screenplay and previously penned Insurgent and the Natalie Portman film Jane Got a Gun. Judah Lewis stars as Cole whose routine night at home is turned upside down when his babysitter invites a pack of murderous high school kids to take part in a satanic ritual in Cole’s living room. Mild-mannered Cole immediately regrets his decision to stay up late and spy on the sitter when a late-night game of spin the bottle turns into a bloodbath. Cole must then fight for his life and his soul as he fought off each of the satanic attackers one by one. The film seems like a Halloween version of Home Alone. Just swap out robbers for satanic high-school clichés and upgrade the film to an R-rating. Samantha Weaving’s character Bee is Cole’s babysitter and leads the high-school cast which includes excellent performances from Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee and for a moment Doug Haley.  Andrew Bachelor also provides an excellent performance as John and even Bella Thorne’s performance goes over well.  Cole battles against every slasher movie and late-night horror film cliché as he grows up toughens up and learns how to defend himself. Don’t let its TV-MA rating or seemingly childish plot trick into thinking this film is for kids. The film’s protagonist may be a child, however, the movie is anything but juvenile.  Little Evil, written and directed by Eli Craig, became available for streaming on Netflix on September 1st.  The story follows Gary, a newly married realtor, played by Adam Scott who moves in with his new wife Samantha played by Evangeline Lilly and her young son, Lucas.  Over the course of the film, Gary’s suspicions raise towards Lucas and he becomes increasingly skeptical of the child. Eventually, Gary discovers that Lucas may be the Anit-Christ and all hell breaks loose. The film has a concise story that packs in the conflict and the dark humor. Adam Scott packs in the laughs and Evangeline Lily is wonderful as the evil-enabling mother. Owen Atlas is wonderful as the six-year-old Anti-Christ and is completely convincing in the role.  The film makes a clever use of the tropes of horror films that have come before it. The movie references the Omen film franchise as well as many other films including Poltergeist. 1922, an adaption of a Stephen King novella, premiered on Netflix on October 10th. The film is written and directed by Zak Hilditch and stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, and Dylan Schmid. Thomas Jane stars as a down on his luck farmer who conspires to murder his wife, Molly Parker, for financial gain. He even involves his son Dylan Schmid in his nefarious plot.  If those three new films don’t satisfy your horror binge, then Netflix will be releasing season 2 of Stranger Things on October 27th. Other offerings on the streaming service that aren’t produced by the streaming giant include a new season of American Horror Story and a slew of films from varying eras of the genre.  XX, an anthology of four horror short films directed by women with female leads is available for the more conscious viewer.  For a campy, comedic touch another film on the service is Kevin Smith’s most recent film Yoga Hosers, for which Smith directs his daughter Harley Quinn Smith. Other films on the streaming service include The Host, Hostel Part 1 and 2, Hellraiser, Children of the Corn, Odd Thomas, and several of the Saw films. There’s even a tab on the Netflix browsing page dedicated to Halloween favorites. Netflix has plenty to satisfy your horror needs this Halloween for just the cost of the subscription. The post Halloween horror hits on Netflix appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • Ride is worth the fareRide is worth the fare

    Kian Hagerman Mesa Legend Agatha Christie’s “Murder in the Orient Express” is coming to theaters, and taking the time to read the book it is based on could enhance one’s appreciation of it. The hero of many Christie novels is insightful detective Hercule Poirot, and he serves as the protagonist of “Murder in the Orient Express” also. Many parallels have been drawn over the years between Poirot and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Both fictional detectives have an almost supernatural ability to connect the dots of a case and make seemingly drastic leaps of logic that are then explained to the reader. One of the characters in “Murder in the Orient Express” describes this trait succinctly when she says “you have thought of everything, Monsieur” in response to Poirot voicing some of his conclusions. Personally, though I have a great love of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I find that the resolutions to the cases Poirot tackles leave me feeling as though I could have figured them out on my own more often than those of Holmes. The mystery on the Orient Express begins with a murder, which entangles Poirot by mere chance due to his presence on the train it occurs on. Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of answers, and his inquisitive nature is demonstrated by his method of questioning those he encounters, having them address anything that strikes him as odd.Even mundane inquiries can add up over the course of his investigation, especially when he starts to challenge information already provided by one person, verifying their answers by checking with others. Poirot tries to understand what has brought all those present together, how they happen to have ended up all traveling together during the occurrence of a murder. The plot develops with time passing fairly realistically; characters continue to act independently of Poirot rather than being static elements that exist solely for the detective to question. The defining element of Christie’s writing is a focus on the characters she crafts, and how they weave in and out of the story. Much of the writing is dedicated to describing not only their dialogue but also their moods and movements. Observant viewers of the forthcoming film who have already read the novel might find it interesting to keep track of how closely it sticks to the stage direction that Christie has already supplied in the text. Much of the setting is left to the imagination of readers; the film looks to fill in these gaps with opulent set pieces that appear suitable to the period it is set in. The resolution to the mystery is unique and even for jaded, modern fans of the genre, it can be a bit of a surprise. Those looking for a fascinating read with unique characters should pick up a copy of “Murder on the Orient Express.” The film adaptation is scheduled to begin showing on Nov. 10 and has an ensemble cast that includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Kenneth Branagh heading the project as both director and actor, performing the role Poirot himself. The post Ride is worth the fare appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • The real serial killers of ‘Mindhunter’The real serial killers of ‘Mindhunter’

    Sydney Ritter Mesa Legend Murder has been rising in popularity in America. Do not twist my words here, I do not mean that serial killing is rising, in fact, the amount of serial killings is at an all-time low during this generation, but I mean America’s fascination of the serial killings of old. From podcasts such as My Favorite Murder and Last Podcast on the Left, and television shows like CSI and Law & Order have entertained audiences for decades. Netflix’s new original series Mindhunter, based on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, strokes the deep, dark obsession of those who watched it. Everyone in the show were real people, from the new detective who joined in late in the show to each and every serial killer Holton interrogates. While Bill Tench and Holden Ford were the main focus of this show, let’s be honest that is not why we watched the show. Edmund Kemper, Jerry Brudos, Richard Speck. Each one of these men were alive and rained terror during their killing sprees to everyone in the area.  Edmund Emil Kemper III, played by the brilliant Cameron Britton, the first subject of Holton and the man who started Holton’s interest in people like him, killed 10 people throughout the 1960s and 70s. He committed the abduction and murder of several women in the early 1970s, as well as the murders of his paternal grandparents and his mother.  He solely targeted young female hitchhikers during his killing spree until he was apprehended on April 24, 1973. He was found sane and guilty at his trial. Kemper is still alive at the age of 68, but is also incarcerated in the California Facility. Monte Ralph Rissell, a lesser known name than Ed Kemper, is yet another rapist-murderer. In the show, the difference between Rissell and Kemper are by and far. Holton learns from him that not all serial killers are as open to their crimes as Edmund Kemper was. And who is to blame him after learning about his dastardly acts. Rissell, portrayed by Sam Strike in the show, killed five women in Virginia who is believed to have committed his first rape at the young age of 14. Before his nineteenth birthday, he had committed and been arrested for five murders. He is currently serving five life sentences. Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos was another serial killer who was a main focus to Holton in Mindhunter. Brudos is only believed to have killed four women in Oregon between 1968 and 1969.  After his sentencing, he was given the nickname “The Lust Killer” and “The Shoe Fetish Killer” due to his obsession with women’s shoes, specifically heels. From a very young age Brudos, played by Happy Anderson, was sent to a mental hospital after his first crime, abducting a woman when he was only 17. He went on to get married and have two children before his murder spree began in 1968. Brudos committed five murders until May 1969 when a fisherman found the bodies of two of his victims in the Long Tom River.  Brudos raised suspension within the police and when they searched his house they found the same cord used to tie up the bodies.  Brudos was arrested and made a full confession. On June 28, 1969 Brudos pled guilty to three first-degree murders and was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life imprisonment in Oregon State Penitentiary. Jerry Brudos died in prison on March 28, 2006 from liver cancer. During his time in prison, Brudos had a pile of women’s shoe catalogues in his cell and wrote to major companies asking for women’s heels. By the time the audience is introduced to these three killers we are given the pleasure of meeting the infamous Richard Speck, captures by Jack Erdie on Mindhunter in all his callous, hideous glory. Speck’s crimes are different than most of the others on the show. On July 13, 1966, Richard Speck tortured, raped, and murdered eight nurses from the South Chicago Community Hospital.  The horror of the singular event made headlines around the world, especially since one woman was able to escape and describe the nightmare.  Speck spent 25 years in prison before dying of a heart attack at the age of 49.  Spoiler alert: In Mindhunter several episodes open with an ADT man from Wichita. He is by far the show’s most mysterious character who has yet to interact with any of the main cast or even seem to have a place in the main plotline. To anyone just casually just watching the show may think he’s a nobody but he’s instantly familiar to people who have read about serial killers in America: Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. Rader, portrayed by Sonny Valicenti, sent letters to police describing his murders and signing them himself, giving him the name “BTK” which stands for “bind, torture, kill.” Mindhunter sprinkles Rader throughout the season and gives this the final scene of the show, indicating that he will reappear in season two. Rader wasn’t caught for his murders until 2005, so he’ll likely be a part of the show for some time.   The post The real serial killers of ‘Mindhunter’ appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • Most popular Halloween costumes online and on campusMost popular Halloween costumes online and on campus

    Marcus Campbell Mesa Legend Google uploaded a treasure trove of Halloween related data to a new site called Google Frightgeist.  The website compiled data related to Halloween costume searches to reveal the most popular costumes for both men and women.  The site allows you to view the information nationally or by individual state. The site also includes a costume wizard that takes your location, the compiled data, and your desired uniqueness to select a costume that is perfect for you.  The site uses trends in google searches to analyze the data and turn up the 585 most popular costumes from across the nation. The top 10 costumes are, in order; Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Clown, Unicorn, Rabbit, Witch, Mouse, Pirate, Zombie, and Dinosaur. Other costumes in the top 25 included Batman, It, Moana, Belle, Chucky and The Joker. Some of the most bizarre costume choices ranged from all manner of animals to a larger variety of celebrities.  The top costumes searched in Arizona were Wonder Woman, clowns, Moana, rabbits, and unicorns. The top costumes in Arizona are 1990’s themed in Yuma, the pirate is the most popular costume in Tucson and Wonder Woman is the most popular costume in Phoenix. Across campus, students decided on a wide variety of costumes and events.  Some are attending parties and others haunted houses.  A few select students are even helping their families with trick or treating.  The most popular costumes on Amazon for women and girls showed a wide variety from the commercial to the creative. Most popular costumes for women included Wonder Woman, Hermione Granger, Supergirl, Snow White, Princess Leia, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Popular costumes for Men on Amazon contained the same amount of variety. The most popular Costumes for men included The Flash, Pirates, Reno 911, The Joker, Darth Vader, Superman, and a Star Trek crew member. Walmart has also become a very popular destination for Halloween shoppers. The most popular costumes on Walmart.Com range from T-shirts and masks to full-on bodysuits.  The most popular costumes on Walmart.com include The Joker, The Flash, Harry Potter robes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Master Chief, and Captain America.  Several Costumes from Paw Patrol are also popular among children at Walmart. The Mesa Legend talked to students and were shocked by the creativity The post Most popular Halloween costumes online and on campus appeared first on Mesa Legend.

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  • 1 man hurt after overnight Mesa shooting, police say - AZFamily1 man hurt after overnight Mesa shooting, police say - AZFamily

    AZFamily1 man hurt after overnight Mesa shooting, police sayAZFamilyPolice say the man was shot by another individual. The man was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives are on scene working to find out the details of the shooting. Stay tuned to Arizona's Family for the latest ...and more »

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  • PD: Mesa couple arrested after taking keys from victim - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Mesa couple arrested after taking keys from victim - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPD: Mesa couple arrested after taking keys from victimABC15 ArizonaMESA, AZ - A man and a woman have been arrested after taking car keys from a woman inside an elevator at a Mesa apartment complex. Mesa police report that on November 3, a couple followed the victim into an elevator at her apartment complex near ...

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  • Robbery suspect surrenders in Mesa - ABC15 ArizonaRobbery suspect surrenders in Mesa - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaRobbery suspect surrenders in MesaABC15 ArizonaMESA, AZ - A robbery suspect is in custody after surrendering to police in Mesa Thursday evening. The Department of Public Safety said the suspect was involved in a short pursuit that ended near Sossaman Road and Southern. Air15 video showed the ...

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  • PD: Mesa man sexually attacks two female babysitters in two separate incidents - ABC15 ArizonaPD: Mesa man sexually attacks two female babysitters in two separate incidents - ABC15 Arizona

    ABC15 ArizonaPD: Mesa man sexually attacks two female babysitters in two separate incidentsABC15 ArizonaMESA, AZ - A Mesa man is accused of sexually attacking two women he employed as babysitters. Forty-five-year-old Dion Lee Earl was arrested Saturday, according to Mesa police. The first incident occurred on September 12 with a 21-year-old woman Earl ...and more »

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