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President’s speech to students prompts complaints from Horne, parents

Barbara Hickman, assistant superintendent of the Flagstaff Unified School District, said the calls started not long after President Barack Obama announced a televised back-to-school address for Sept. 8. She'd received between 10 and 20 calls from parents by the afternoon of Sept. 3, one day after the announcement. Some raised mild concerns and others were much more leery.

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Health care debate brings thousands to downtown Phoenix (access required)

Tom Jenney stood near the Phoenix Convention Center on Aug. 17 with a small square patch of Astroturf hanging around his neck. He wore the unusual accessory in an effort to lampoon U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has derided high-profile protests of federal health care reform as orchestrated events void of grassroots authenticity.

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Obama’s western vacation turns to business in Phoenix

President Barack Obama is hardly the consummate Western outdoorsman. The Marlboro Man he's not. He's spent his adult life in big cities - New York, Chicago and, now, Washington. Basketball, golf, and bodysurfing are how this jock rolls. Indoor daily gym workouts of cardio exercise and weight training are the norm. Hunting, climbing, rafting - not so much.

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Obama redefines success in face of economic challenges (access required)

President Barack Obama used his commencement speech at Arizona State University May 13 to highlight the role universities play in preparing students for success. He commended ASU for its efforts to open its doors to low-income applicants and echoed a speech he made before a joint session of Congress early in his presidency that called for every U.S. student to attend college.

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