We are [a] state and city that embraces diversity. Just because a few people passed a bill that is not reflective of the state, don’t stop doing business with us.Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton • Making a plea to the American consumer to not cut Arizona products out of their purchasing plans, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court upholding a central provision of the state’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. (The court struck down most of the law, however.) Yesterday the court ruled that while warrantless searches are illegal, and undocumented immigrants are allowed to pursue work, Arizona police will indeed be permitted to check the citizenship status of anybody they stop. This has been an argument at the core of the SB 1070 controversy — converse to the bill’s supporters, who are vociferous in its defense, its critics maintain that it endorses and practically demands acts of racial profiling. Mayor Stanton is thus fearful about boycotts springing up that could hurt his city’s economy, much as those same boycotts and threats came pouring in when the controversial law was passed back in 2010. source (via • follow)
They were spending Thanksgiving with their father. Last night’s deadly plane crash in Superstition Mountains, a rugged patch of mountains east of Phoenix, was especially sad because of the time of year. Six people died, including three children and three adult men. The mother of the children, who was not on the plane, was notified by authorities late Wednesday. “The mother is a pilot herself,” noted Elias Johnson of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department. ”She understands when a plane crashes at 230 miles an hour … directly into the face of the mountain … and when it’s a fiery crash,” the odds of survival are low. source
The crash happened on rough terrain, making rescue tough. A plane crash in the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix, appears to have left a large explosion, based on the webcam video above (key moment 53 seconds in).
Details are hard to come by right now. “We don’t know yet if it’s a passenger plane or a crop duster,” said Angelique Graham, the Pinal County (Ariz.) sheriff’s spokeswoman. “We can’t tell the size of the aircraft involved from the air and we can’t tell how many people may have been aboard.” Details are coming in as we speak. (Edit: Just got an update; the plane had three adults and three children on board.) source
Adventures in time-lapse: Here we have some videos (credit to Mike Olbinski and Blaine Coury) of the colossal dust storms that touched down in Phoenix, Arizona on July 5th. As always, safety is crucial during extreme natural events. We’ll admit, though, it’s hard to watch this footage without feeling wonderment and stark awe towards the natural world. source
Passenger Shawna Malvini-Redden describes the scene on-board Southwest Airlines flight 812. When a hole opened up in the roof of the plane, Shawna used her camera phone to post photos to Twitter. The damaged plane landed in Yuma, Arizona en route to Sacramento.
New video: A passenger on-board Southwest Airlines flight 812 filmed what appeared to be a three-foot hole in the roof of the Boeing 737. The plane, en route to Sacramento from Phoenix, landed safely in Yuma, Arizona. A new plane is expected to take the 112 passengers to Sacramento later tonight.