Latest supply chain pain hits fireworks, tampons

What do tampons and fireworks have in common? Well, the two items are in short supply as we approach our next federal holiday — Independence Day.

The global supply chain shortage due to the pandemic has shed light on how fragile everyday items we used to take for granted have now become a retail game of Whack-A-Mole.

And this month’s shortage du jour is a feminine product and a low explosive techno device used to celebrate the nation’s birthday on July Fourth.

Volunteers needed for National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2022 are coming to Arizona State University and two other nearby locations July 7–12, and organizers need more volunteers to help make the event a success.

Co-presented nationally by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America, this will be the 41st annual games. Locally, the Phoenix VA is the lead organizer and the Phoenix VA Health Care System is the host.   

What is coastal America's future?

Rising sea levels are becoming more frequent along coastal America, and have been accelerating more than ever before, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Climate change has not only contributed to a significant increase in high-tide coastal floods, powerful hurricanes and years of drought for some, but also negatively impacted the quality of life for thousands of vulnerable residents that otherwise don’t have the means to relocate inland.

Pride Month: Summer reading list

June is Pride month, a time to commemorate the people, places and events that have catalyzed change for the LGBTQ community.

Arched by the story of the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the monthlong observance calls attention to LGBTQ culture — including artists, creators and authors — and that can be an affirming space for members of the LGBTQ community, especially among young people still struggling with identity and acceptance.

Investing in people: Today's refugees, tomorrow's Phoenicians

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe, falling each year on June 20 and celebrating the strength and courage of those who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

The day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and recognize refugees' resilience in rebuilding their lives.