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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Archive for the ‘Arizona Press Club winners’ Category

“You Matter” – Preventing teen suicide

teen suicide, prevention, Andy Hull, LeAnn Hull

Sixteen-year-old-Andy Hull left school at lunchtime on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012. He walked home, listened to some music in his bedroom and then shot himself with a family gun. “If this can happen to Andy, it can happen to anyone,” reflects his mother, LeAnn Hull. “Andy was a happy, great kid. He loved country music […]

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Rising to service, rising to challenge

Our magazine first explored the difficult topic of a child’s death in 1991, when a local mom shared a first-person account of her own excruciating journey. “Sarah’s Story” was something that I, then the mother of healthy 5- and 3-year-old sons, couldn’t fathom. I still can’t. The impact of her story never left me — […]

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Rebooting the brain: Preventing neurological damage in newborns

Kristin Smith thought she was in labor. It was her second pregnancy; she knew the drill. After an exam at the hospital, however, medical professionals told her she wasn’t ready to be admitted. “They gave me Ambien [a hypnotic sedative, intended to aid sleep] and sent me home,” she says. “I’ve done some research; it […]

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RAK takes a record eight awards at 2012 Arizona Press Club competition

Five RAISING ARIZONA KIDS journalists took a total of eight awards at Saturday night’s Arizona Press Club Awards event, which recognizes professionals from across the state for reaching the highest standards of quality in reporting, writing, photography, design and multimedia categories. The event was held at The Duce in Phoenix. Though the magazine has won […]

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Art meets journalism

Journalists from around the state gathered Saturday night at a funky little joint called The Duce to recognize the “best journalism in Arizona” during 2011. A decade ago, journalists gathered at the Heard Museum. Journalists get around, and so does the Arizona Press Club Awards Party. Several journalists were recognized for coverage of the arts […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: Expressions of grief

Launching a new school year often begins with a shopping trip. Families head out to take advantage of back-to-school deals on backpacks, new clothes and school supplies. The annual outing is a ritual with the promise of change and growth ahead. Kara L. C. Jones, of Sedona, joined millions of others in this seasonal excursion, […]

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Babies have strokes, too

In his first few weeks of life, Joey Whitfield of Mesa was an easygoing, happy, typical baby. But at around 8 weeks, his mother, Chandra, began noticing a few things about Joey, now 18 months old, that seemed different from her experience with her firstborn, Daniel, now 4. He couldn’t turn his head to the […]

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A matter of will — and medical science

For Kyle Pratt of Scottsdale, the moment of truth came when he saw a picture his cousin posted on Facebook. It was taken during one of those casual moments that often happen during a family gathering. Kyle and his brother David were sitting at a table. Their older cousin, standing behind them, was swirling his […]

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FINDING PURPOSE IN GRIEF: Fathers reflect on grief

Jimmy Carrauthers Edwin Anthony Pellecier, Jr. Nov. 17, 1998 – Dec. 26, 2008 As Jimmy Carrauthers of Phoenix sits down to talk about his late 10-year-old stepson Edwin, he shares a treasure trove of images of a beautiful little boy on the tiny screen of his iPhone. “To this day I walk around numb,” says […]

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Coming together as a team

In the minutes before the start of Tuesday night’s state high school semifinal girls lacrosse game, the Chaparral Firebirds circled around their coach to hear some final words of strategy and encouragement. After head coach Jessica Livingston said a few words, the Firebirds held their sticks above their heads as team captains Makenna Pohle and […]

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