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  • Mom gives birth in van in Mesa parking lot

    A Valley woman has quite a story to tell after giving birth in a Mesa parking lot on Wednesday.Mesa police Capt. Forrest Smith said the woman, who asked not to release her name, was on the way home from the hospital after it was deemed she wasn’t ready to give birth.But the baby apparently wasn’t waiting any longer and was born in a Dodge Caravan in a parking lot on Country Club Drive near 5th Place sometime after 6:30 a.m., according to Smith.Smith said the 25-year-old mother and newborn were taken to Banner Desert Medical Center and that both are doing well.

  • Mesa police investigating 'suspicious death' at apartment complex

    Officials are investigating a “suspicious death” at a Mesa apartment complex.According to Mesa police, officers responded to an apartment complex near Mesa Drive and Brown Road around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.The victim found at the scene is a Native American male.There is no one in custody and there are more questions than answers at this time, Mesa police said.The scene is secure and officials are still investigating.No other information was available.

  • Wells Fargo offers $5,000 reward for suspect in Mesa robbery

    Wells Fargo is offering $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man who robbed two of their Valley banks.According to Lori Brown from Wells Fargo, investigators believe a Wells Fargo near Hayden and Chaparral roads and another Wells Fargo near Dobson and Baseline roads were both robbed by the same man.The first robbery in Scottsdale occurred on June 11, and the second in Mesa on July 26.The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s with a medium build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and between 180 and 200 pounds.Wells Fargo is asking anyone with any information to contact the FBI at (623) 466-1366.

  • 13 arrested after warrants issued in Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix

    Thirteen people have been arrested and many more arrests are expected after a seven-month long drug and stolen property investigation centered in Gilbert.Gilbert along with Chandler, Mesa and Tempe police all worked together and executed search warrants at four locations Wednesday morning uncovering stolen property like guns, bikes and other items along with heroin, meth and marijuana.Three of the locations are homes in Gilbert near Gilbert and Elliot Road, the other is an apartment in Chandler. Tuesday, two other homes in Phoenix were busted that are also connected to the investigation.Sgt. Jesse Sanger of Gilbert Police said that residents in the neighborhoods were sick of the crime that was taking place and were instrumental to taking down this ring.Sanger said the victims of the theft span across the Valley including break-ins to homes, businesses and vehicles.It is unclear how many people may be involved in this ring. The investigation is on-going.

  • Queen Creek Olive Mill: Domestic olive oils often trump imported ones

    The quality of imported oil, of the olive variety, is under scrutiny after a 2010 report by the University of California, Davis Olive Center determined most “extra-virgin” olive oils fail to meet U.S. or international standards regarding the content and taste.There is hope for the bread-dipping/pasta-loving consumer — domestic olive oils tend to be fresher.Subpar oilNine out of the 10 tested California extra-virgin oils passed the International Olive Council (IOC) and United States Department of Agriculture. Of all the brands tested, data provided by the Australian Oils Research Laboratory shows Kirkland Organic, Corto Olive, California Olive Ranch, McEvoy Ranch Organic and Lucero passed all IOC and USDA extra-virgin tests.UC Davis and the Australian Oils Research Laboratory examined the quality of retail olive oil sold in California and found that 69 percent of the imported products and 10 percent of domestic oil samples failed to meet USDA/IOC sensory standards because they may have been cut with lesser, refined quality oils such as hazelnut oil, became rancid or were made with damaged olives.‘Pure’ oil

  • Allegiant adds service from Mesa to Cincinnati

    The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will begin offering direct flights to Cincinnati, Ohio, via Allegiant Air in November. The airline is advertising one-way tickets to Cincinnati as low as $81, according to a statement from the airport, and has high hopes for the new service.Jessica Wheeler, a representative for Allegiant, pointed out that this will be the only year-round service to Mesa from Cincinnati.“It’s just a convenient option for area residents,” said Wheeler.Brian Sexton, airport spokesperson, said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway officials are excited about adding Cincinnati as a destination, which will be Allegiant’s easternmost from Mesa.“We’re excited to welcome the Cincinnati service in the Gateway Airport,” Sexton said. “There’s a large demand for service into the Ohio market, so this is the destination that we’ve long been hoping for.”Each individual flight out of Gateway represents an average of $80,000 of spending in the community by visitors on that flight, Sexton said, citing a recent economic impact study conducted by Arizona State University. That study also estimated visitors’ off-airport spending for the 2010 fiscal year at nearly $69 million and total economic benefit to the local economy at $685 million.

  • Phoenix Art Museum displays work of Antonio Berni

    Step out of your comfort zone and into another world at the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibition “Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona,” open through Sept. 21. The exhibition contains more than 100 objects by the groundbreaking artist, who rose to prominence early in his career as a leading painter and promoter of “New Realism” in Latin America.Antonio Berni’s work explores the lives of two fictional characters, Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel, in the not-so-pretty conditions of Argentina in the 1960s and ’70s. The two are depicted growing up and fighting their “monsters” in a harsh world that threatens to swallow them up.I was fortunate enough to be able to get a sneak peek of the exhibit before it opened, and I have to say it was one of the most powerful exhibitions I’ve come across. Berni’s work is hanging from ceilings, projected onto white walls, and threatening to crawl at you from the floors, all while using discards from everyday life.Berni’s Juanito was created as a character of a young boy who left his home in the countryside to seek work in Buenos Aires and ended up living in poverty on the city’s outskirts. Ramona, on the other hand, was a young working-class woman who was lured into a life of high-society prostitution. Over the latter part of the 20th century, Berni’s invented characters became so well-known that they attained cult status in Argentina as popular legends and folk heroes.Juanito is seen as an “everyman” with many different faces in the paintings and assemblages, most often in a boyish state. Meanwhile, Ramona is pictured in almost a femme fatale state growing into a strong woman, though she isn’t without her demons. Both characters seem to have a tangible optimism throughout the artwork, despite the conditions they’re fighting against.Berni constructed narratives of Juanito and Ramona’s lives in his artwork through the use of everyday items discarded around him. For Juanito, he used waste materials like old wood, machine parts and crushed tin cans found littering the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, while for Ramona, he used gaudy costume jewelry and chintzy, second-hand fabrics. Everything is combined to create works of art that literally feel as if they might jump out at you.

  • Breakfast joint Snooze to open new Gilbert and Tempe spots

    Just months after announcing its expansion this fall into downtown Gilbert, at the corner of Gilbert Road and Page Avenue, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is announcing plans for its third Valley location.Another Snooze is scheduled to open late 2014 inside the remodeled Art Annex Building at Arizona State University in Tempe.Located at the intersection of College Avenue and Sixth Street — and next door to another neighborhood newcomer and Gilbert fave, a soon-to-open Postino WineCafe — Snooze will serve chef-crafted breakfast and brunch fare, such as breakfast pot pie smothered in rosemary sausage gravy and eggs Benedict topped with spicy barbacoa beef, shaved Niman Ranch ham or slow-roasted pork. Anyone waiting for a table gets free coffee.Housed inside a custom-designed 3,500-square-foot space, the new Tempe location will showcase Snooze’s signature retro-futuristic décor, best described as The Jetsons meets Happy Days. A low-slung, brick-lined building constructed in the 1950s, ASU’s Art Annex building is being revamped to serve as an anchor of the “ASU Recruitment Walk,” which will transform a once-quiet section of campus into a thriving streetscape brimming with new retail shops, green spaces, walking lanes, university-run businesses — and Snooze and Postino WineCafe.Snooze was founded in Denver in 2006. It opened its first Arizona location in Phoenix in November 2013.For more information, visit SnoozeEatery.com.

  • Colorful culinary haven

    Arizona boasts such varied topography that if you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a weekend escape, the choices are infinite, whether you want to camp, hike, ski or go rafting. However, if you want something a little more cosmopolitan — if you’re a foodie, for example — once you leave Maricopa County, it would be a desert out there. Thankfully, there’s John Sharpe.The well-known chef, who ran such Southern California restaurants as Bistro 201 in Laguna Beach, decamped from the hustle and bustle of The OC and ended up in the small town of Winslow, taking over the Turquoise Room at the historic La Posada Hotel.Since opening the Turquoise Room Restaurant and Martini Lounge in 2000, Sharpe has been a James Beard finalist twice, which after a lifetime in the restaurant business, Sharpe finds ironic. “I don’t even know how they found me,” he told me when I visited him at the Turquoise Room.One could hop across the Valley of the Sun from Gilbert to Scottsdale to north Phoenix and not eat as well as you would at the Turquoise Room, where Sharpe introduced a contemporary Southwest cuisine using local and regional foods as much as possible. The two nights I was at the La Posada resort, the “week’s specials” on the Turquoise Room menu included Colorado elk medallions with black currant sauce and grilled churro (locally raised) lamb salad, which my wife chose. I went off the special with the grilled chicken breast with sweet corn tamale. Both were exceptional.On our second night, my wife and I went with beef dinners. She chose the Harris Ranch Farms Angus prime rib and I chose the Black Angus ground round. The desserts are amazing, but my favorite was an apple and rhubarb pie, the likes of which I had never encountered before.If there was one failure, it’s the Turquoise Room’s inability to make good French fries — too soggy for my taste.

  • Johansson excels in 'Lucy'

    I'm a sucker for a film that shoots for infinity but barely scrapes into the atmosphere. I appreciate the effort and the willingness to do something a little different in order to bring a modicum of ingenuity and interest into a medium that thrives and lives on repetitiveness and creature comfort.Those are in part the reasons I can't stop thinking about “Lucy” – a cripplingly flawed film buoyed by the joy of its extraordinary ambitions and a cold, steady and all-in-all terrific performance by star Scarlett Johansson.Before he aims for whatever ambition is truly on his Kanye West-like mind, writer/director Luc Besson begins with the boyfriend of Johansson's titular Lucy forcing her to transport a briefcase filled with a mysterious new drug to the frightening Jang (Min-sik Choi). Because film logic is insane, the tense confrontation concludes with Choi surgically implanting the bags into Johansson and three other unwilling drug mules to transport to various ports in Europe.The insanity builds up when Johansson is beaten brutally while awaiting transportation to her destination, which causes the bag in her stomach to rip open and unleash the drug into her system. The result is a rapid increase in her brain power and the ensuing incorporation of hyper intelligence, psychic abilities and other superhuman abilities. She uses her newfound skills to seek revenge against Choi and spread her knowledge of the universe to Morgan Freeman, playing Professor Morgan Freeman (the character's real name is immaterial; all that matters is he's Morgan Freeman). She also meets a handsome cop (Amr Waked) during her abbreviated jet-setting adventure.I alluded to “Lucy” as a flawed film, and its blemishes are large and obvious enough to merit noting. The science behind the film's premise is idiotic (although it sounds pretty convincing coming from Freeman's mouth), and the special effects are haggard, sloppy and definitely picked more for their fiscal friendliness than quality. Besson once again displays his tin ear for English dialogue – a trait shared by other Besson films like “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element” – as well as a major lack of subtlety; the first third of “Lucy” plays like an extended stock footage show, one capable of making Ed Wood drool in jealousy.And yet, and yet, and yet. I have to use this refrain for “Lucy” multiple times to emphasize how much I admire Besson for his wonderment and his insouciance for taking an audience wherever he wants to go. It's a risky gambit, as putting Besson's name on a project as a writer, director, producer or any combination of the three creates certain expectations of explosive gun fights (or gun fights that end in explosions), stoic leads who speak only when necessary and economical run times – essentially the prototypical action film.

  • By the scoop: The best ice cream spots in town

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are the top places to get ice cream in the Valley.Sweet RepublicSweet Republic has been recognized for their unique artisan ice cream by Sunset Magazine, Bon Appétit, the Food Network and many others. You can try their yummy flavors like blue cheese with Medjool dates, salted caramel or Guinness at their original Scottsdale location, in central Phoenix (coming soon) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.ChurnThis adorable ice cream parlor (5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) is located next door to Windsor and serves up many delicious seasonal flavors like vanilla lemon and peanut butter. Our recommendation is to choose two cookies to go along with your favorite flavor of ice cream to make one delicious ice cream sandwich.Melt

  • Waves, slides make Big Surf a classic way to cool off

    Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat, but it sure makes it a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe and loved it when we got to visit the water park ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since my mom frequented it in the ’70s, but it still remains an Arizona treasure and a fantastic summer tradition.Big Surf’s main feature is its huge wave pool that unleashes a big wave every 3 minutes. The wave pool is one of the largest in the United States and is open to all, however, swimmers under 48 inches tall must wear a life jacket (Big Surf provides these free of charge). The wave pool was originally sand with a beach. I used to think that was so cool because it was like going to the beach without leaving Arizona. However, being barefoot in 110-degree sand is not exactly fun. Big Surf now has cool decking and a really neat system of paths with streams that keep your feet wet and cool.Big Surf has many slides to choose from, including some for the brave of heart, and an area of baby slides as well. My daughter spent quite a bit of time at the Tahitian Twisters slides. These slides are part of an area for smaller kiddos that is just north of the wave pool. The section even has a covered seating area in the pool facing the kiddie slides so parents can watch the kiddos slide from the comfort of a cool and shady spot.My son prefers a more adrenaline-inducing experience and his Big Surf favorites are the Hurricane Slides. I am not brave enough for this sort of thing, so I just met him at the bottom and snapped his picture. The middle slide is his favorite because it starts off as an almost straight drop down.Big Surf is not as big some other local water parks, but that is a huge plus for me. One thing I really love about Big Surf is that you can conquer the whole park in one day while still feeling relaxed and kicked back. Big Surf has a big and centralized seating area with grass and a great view of the wave pool. Other parks have sacrificed seating areas and open space in favor of cramming in yet another slide. Big Surf is good, old-fashioned family fun on a manageable scale, and it gets a big thumbs-up from my family.• Janice Stenglein shares about recipes, crafts and family activity ideas at Celebrating-Family.com. She also writes about life in the East Valley at EastValleyMomGuide.com.

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  • Queen Creek Olive Mill: Domestic olive oils often trump imported ones

    The quality of imported oil, of the olive variety, is under scrutiny after a 2010 report by the University of California, Davis Olive Center determined most “extra-virgin” olive oils fail to meet U.S. or international standards regarding the content and taste.There is hope for the bread-dipping/pasta-loving consumer — domestic olive oils tend to be fresher.Subpar oilNine out of the 10 tested California extra-virgin oils passed the International Olive Council (IOC) and United States Department of Agriculture. Of all the brands tested, data provided by the Australian Oils Research Laboratory shows Kirkland Organic, Corto Olive, California Olive Ranch, McEvoy Ranch Organic and Lucero passed all IOC and USDA extra-virgin tests.UC Davis and the Australian Oils Research Laboratory examined the quality of retail olive oil sold in California and found that 69 percent of the imported products and 10 percent of domestic oil samples failed to meet USDA/IOC sensory standards because they may have been cut with lesser, refined quality oils such as hazelnut oil, became rancid or were made with damaged olives.‘Pure’ oil

  • Goodnight Pediatrics opens new location in Gilbert

    Goodnight Pediatrics has added a fifth location with the opening of a facility at the Gilbert Tuscany Village Property.Goodnight Pediatrics, an all-night children’s urgent care center, has two locations in Phoenix, one in Peoria and one in Avondale. It moves into a complex that includes Salon Di Bella, Rise Up Bread Co., and other businesses.

  • Desert Car Care of Chandler offering free oil change to teachers

    Desert Car Care of Chandler will offer teachers with school IDs a free oil change on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.The service includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil and filter, and a 15 point safety evaluation. Teachers may also enter to win a Keurig coffee maker, gift cards and car services.Desert Car Care of Chandler is located at 95 N. Dobson Road, and more information is available by visiting www.desertcarcare.com.

  • Allegiant adds service from Mesa to Cincinnati

    The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will begin offering direct flights to Cincinnati, Ohio, via Allegiant Air in November. The airline is advertising one-way tickets to Cincinnati as low as $81, according to a statement from the airport, and has high hopes for the new service.Jessica Wheeler, a representative for Allegiant, pointed out that this will be the only year-round service to Mesa from Cincinnati.“It’s just a convenient option for area residents,” said Wheeler.Brian Sexton, airport spokesperson, said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway officials are excited about adding Cincinnati as a destination, which will be Allegiant’s easternmost from Mesa.“We’re excited to welcome the Cincinnati service in the Gateway Airport,” Sexton said. “There’s a large demand for service into the Ohio market, so this is the destination that we’ve long been hoping for.”Each individual flight out of Gateway represents an average of $80,000 of spending in the community by visitors on that flight, Sexton said, citing a recent economic impact study conducted by Arizona State University. That study also estimated visitors’ off-airport spending for the 2010 fiscal year at nearly $69 million and total economic benefit to the local economy at $685 million.

  • Staples stores in East Valley to offer 25-percent off for teachers

    Staples locations across the East Valley will host a Teacher Appreciation event from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3.Teachers in the Staples Teacher Rewards program can redeem a coupon for 25-percent off purchases $10 or more during the event. Staples will also offer teachers a “Calendar of Savings,” which presents educators with monthly offers.Teachers not enrolled in the program can register from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 to obtain event membership benefits. To learn more about the Teachers Rewards Program visit staplesrewardscenter.com.

  • Insight of Tempe receives sales achievement award

    Insight Enterprises, Inc. of Tempe was named a winner of the 2014 Microsoft Cloud Licensing Solutions Provider Sales Achievement.The company provides hardware, software and service solutions to business and governments. Microsoft nominated Insight for customer support and high sales results during the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

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  • Engineering for Kids Summer Camp

    Engineering for Kids offering STEM Based Summer Camps at Primavera in Chandler. Announces Summer Camp Open House on May 17thWhat is East Valley Engineering for Kids?Engineering for Kids is an enrichment program that teaches concepts on a variety of engineering fields in classes and camps for kids’ ages 4-14. We want to spark an interest in the kids for science, technology and engineering. The camps are all themes based and require the kids to work in teams to address engineering challenges and problems. All programs meet national education standards for STEM and align with Common Core for math and science. Engineering for Kids has operated since 2009, is in 26 states and 4 countries. When and what is the open house for?The open house on May 17th is an opportunity for parents to come and see the facility, meet the staff from Engineering for Kids, and get their questions answered. The summer camps will be offered at Primavera Blended Learning Center at 2451 N. Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The open house is from 11 am to 3 pm.  From 1-2 pm we’re having our popular robotics workshop where the kids will build, program, test and improve the robots. At the end of the workshop, the kids will compete against each other in a Sumo Bot tournament. An RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please email your RSVP to eastvalley@engineeringforkids.net. What is Primavera Blended Learning Center?

  • Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

    SAN FRANCISCO — Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work, where the incessant drumbeat of email has become an excruciating annoyance.Moskovitz is trying to turn that chronic headache into an afterthought with Asana, a San Francisco startup he runs with former Facebook and Google product manager, Justin Rosenstein.Asana peddles software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar to enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email."We are trying to make all the soul-sucking work that comes with email go away," Rosenstein says as Moskovitz nods sitting across from him in a former brewery that serves as Asana's headquarters. "This came out of a deep, heartfelt pain that Dustin and I were experiencing, along with just about everyone around us."The misery keeps mounting in the corporate world, which remains an email haven. This year, each worker using a business email account will send and receive a daily average of 121 mail messages, a 15 percent increase from 105 per day in 2011, according to The Radicati Group, which tracks email usage.

  • 10 Things: 10 ideas for eating all that zucchini

    Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you're staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat?Convinced we could find more — and more creative — ways to use up a bounty of zucchini, we decided to explore out-of-the-box ideas for summer's most notorious love-hate vegetable. The result? Some delicious ideas that will have you if not embracing then at least better tolerating your zucchini.10 FRESH WAYS WITH ZUCCHINIPasta: Grab yourself one of those veggie spiral cutting gizmos, which let you render produce into pasta-like ribbons. Zucchini does particularly well. Toss the zucchini spirals in a hot skillet with a splash of oil for a minute or two, then dress with sauce and cheese as you would pasta. Or boil up real pasta, then add the zucchini for the last minute. Drain and dress.Dip: Slice a zucchini in half and toss it on a medium hot grill. Cook until lightly browned and tender, then pop it into a food processor. Add tahini, garlic, salt, pepper and a splash of lemon juice, then process until very smooth. Use as a dip for vegetables and chips, or as a sandwich spread.Salsa: Dice and toss together 1 medium zucchini, 1 large tomatillo and 1/2 red or orange bell pepper. Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos and a splash of hot sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Queen Creek Olive Mill: Domestic olive oils often trump imported ones

    The quality of imported oil, of the olive variety, is under scrutiny after a 2010 report by the University of California, Davis Olive Center determined most “extra-virgin” olive oils fail to meet U.S. or international standards regarding the content and taste.There is hope for the bread-dipping/pasta-loving consumer — domestic olive oils tend to be fresher.Subpar oilNine out of the 10 tested California extra-virgin oils passed the International Olive Council (IOC) and United States Department of Agriculture. Of all the brands tested, data provided by the Australian Oils Research Laboratory shows Kirkland Organic, Corto Olive, California Olive Ranch, McEvoy Ranch Organic and Lucero passed all IOC and USDA extra-virgin tests.UC Davis and the Australian Oils Research Laboratory examined the quality of retail olive oil sold in California and found that 69 percent of the imported products and 10 percent of domestic oil samples failed to meet USDA/IOC sensory standards because they may have been cut with lesser, refined quality oils such as hazelnut oil, became rancid or were made with damaged olives.‘Pure’ oil

  • Reindeer dogs from Alaska's cranky hot dog vendor

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There's no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. The reindeer meat, too lean to hold together alone, is mixed with pork and beef. It's the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.This is Michael Anderson's hot dog stand, a mobile feast beneath a big green umbrella near the corner of Fourth Avenue and F Street, parked outside the Federal Building. He's been selling dogs downtown for 22 years during Alaska's summer tourist season, even on the rainiest days, and he's such a draw that an adjacent competitor started using a green umbrella too.Just remember: Anderson has been called the "hot dog Nazi" more than once, a reference to the "soup Nazi" on the old "Seinfeld" TV series. The soup Nazi was a cranky soup vendor with lots of arbitrary rules, and Anderson has his own rules of engagement posted on a sign: End all cellphone talk at the counter, end all conversations with other diners when it's your turn, wait to order until "the wienie behind the stand asks for it," and finally, step to the right "and pay for this abuse." Signed: "XX00. M.A."In other words, there's no time for indecision when you deal with this no-nonsense proprietor. Local customers probably make up 80 percent of Anderson's clientele as they grab a dog for lunch while taking a break from downtown office jobs, and they'll warn tourists what to expect. But many locals also think his is the best of several carts on the avenue, precisely because of his antics."If you think I'm mean, that's fine because it'll get you through the line quicker," Anderson said. "Then they can get their food and go back to work."

  • Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

    CHATHAM, Mass. — In "Jaws," the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.Shark T-shirts are everywhere, "Jaws" has been playing in local theaters and boat tours are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but — unlike the sharks in the movies — the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers.Among the entrepreneurs is Justin Labdon, owner of the Cape Cod Beach Chair Company, who started selling 'Chatham Whites' T-shirts after customers who were renting paddle boards and kayaks began asking whether it was safe to go to sea."I mean, truthfully, we've probably grown about 500 percent in terms of the sale of our shark apparel," he said. The T-shirts, hoodies, hats, belts, dog collars and other accessories bear the iconic, torpedo-shaped image of great whites and sell for between $10 and $45.He said his store brings in thousands of dollars in sales of the shark-themed merchandise.Tourists peer through coin-operated binoculars in hopes of catching a glimpse of a shark fin from the beaches of Chatham. The posh resort town is on the elbow of the cape that has a large population of gray seals — the massive animals whose blubber is the fuel of choice for great white sharks. Local shops sell jewelry, candy, clothes, stuffed animals and beverages with shark motifs.

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