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AZ Big Media

About AZ Big Media

AZ Big Media has grown to cover a multitude of niche topics and industries within its various publications, and become a host for a series of publication-related events and statewide expos.

Workers in state wait to see if personal data was taken

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Arizona has more than 55,000 federal employees who could find out as early as Monday if they are among the 4 million federal workers and retirees whose personal information may have been compromised in a cyberattack. The Office of Personnel Management announced late Thursday that it had detected, in April, a breach of worker records… Read More →

This week’s all about the drama

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“One Man, Two Guvnors” Catch the seven-time Tony Award nominated British show “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Phoenix Theatre this week. Set in the 1960s, this comedy show tells the story of a man who becomes the guardian of two small-time criminals in Brighton. His attempt to keep the two men apart results in… Read More →

Solar and Other Ways to Save on Electricity Bills

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In 2013, Arizona earned a new nickname -“the solar state”- by participating in heated debates regarding net metering and the growing solar electric industry. As expected, the utility companies put up a fight, which resulted in a minor victory allowing them to charge a small fee on new residential solar electric installations. But the power… Read More →

How does digital currency fit into global market?

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Bitcoin was in the news once again recently when a decision by the New York Stock Exchange gave it new legs as a legitimate company and resource. Specifically, the NYSE created an index meant to take over as the default location where investors can track the value of bitcoin. This development on its own shouldn’t… Read More →

Phoenix falls in ranking of energy-efficient cities

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Phoenix has made improvements in its energy efficiency policies but still fell three spots in a national ranking, as other cities made “impressive jumps” and surged ahead, according to a report released Wednesday. The second biennial ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy of the largest 51 cities in the nation saw Phoenix… Read More →

Longer-term car loans gain popularity in Arizona

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When Tucson resident Valerie Vinyard purchased a new car in 2010, she expected to take out a five-year loan, but the dealership presented her with a longer financing option to reduce her monthly payments. Vinyard opted for a six-year car loan to reduce her payments to about $200 a month, which shaved off $50 to… Read More →

Phoenix Comicon returns + more to do this week

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“The Phantom of the Opera” “The Phantom of the Opera,” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical, comes to the Valley this week as part of a North American tour produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Over the course of 12 days at ASU Gammage, the 52-person cast and orchestra will perform 16 shows. A blend of opera… Read More →

Has ‘anti-vaxx’ movement made vaccine talk impossible?

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Renee Gentry is president of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, but she doesn’t tell people what she does for a living if she can avoid it. “It takes about six questions to get me to say vaccine, because immediately it’s, ‘Oh, you’re not one of those crazy people are you?’” Gentry said. A measles… Read More →

Increase in wild burros threaten Arizona native habitats

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Arizona Game and Fish says the increasing number of wild burros in the state is damaging native habitats. The agency wants the federal government to control them before the problems gets worse. Arizona Game and Fish said wild burro population is growing at such an alarming rate that they are damaging natural habitats and crowding… Read More →

Hooked: Heroin’s Hold on Arizona

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As the drug pours into the state, an epidemic of addiction threatens a generation of young people, their families and their friends.     Hooked: Heroin’s Hold on Arizona was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by AZ Big Media

Youth football tackles concussion issues

Dr. David Dodick, director of the Mayo Clinic concussion program in Phoenix.

Brian Brooks still remembers the first time he watched his son sustain a head injury playing tackle football. The hit left 10-year-old Carson down on the field, injured – and Brian with a parent’s worst nightmare. “Of course, my first impulse was to run down to the field immediately,” Brian said. “It was very hard… Read More →

How bike-friendly is Phoenix?

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A recent Washington Post story illustrated the connectivity of bike lanes and paths in several major U.S. cities. The result? In places like Miami and Seattle, bike lanes are intermittent and sporadically connected. By comparison, Phoenix boasts a well-connected set of dedicated bike paths and lanes, according to analysis of data provided by the Maricopa… Read More →

Bono, restaurant week and more to do this week

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Arizona Restaurant Week Experience Arizona’s finest restaurants with special prix-fixe 3-course meals at over 100 restaurants statewide. The event, which spans 10 days, celebrates local restaurants and world-renowned chefs by giving diners the opportunity to try the state’s best restaurants at a special price. Diners’ options range from exotic Ethiopian and Brazilian food to modern… Read More →

Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival set June 7

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On June 7th, Friends of Coconino County Parks will host the 6th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Findlay Toyota in Flagstaff. The event will be held at Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park, an outdoor venue that sits among the beautiful pines of the Coconino National Forest. Thousands are expected to attend… Read More →

Grand Canyon at confluence of money and conservation

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When Renae Yellowhorse comes to the area of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet, she feels the presence of her late father. She says she sees him in the desert blooms, feels him in the breeze and senses him when she takes steps toward the edge of the canyon. But… Read More →