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  • Hawks and rats might be enemies in the wild, but one will celebrate the other Sunday at State Farm Arena. The Atlanta Hawks will recognize the Lunar New Year — the Year of the Rat — with a variety of events.  » More ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Atlanta If you’re at the game, look along the arena concourse for traditional dragon and lion dances. How can you tell the difference? The lion costume has just two dancers, but the dragon will have an odd number, usually nine or 11, but they can have more. In addition to the arena’s top-notch food and beverages, executive chef Joe Schafer has created a menu inspired by the Lunar New Year that will be featured in the venue’s premium, inclusive spaces and available on the restaurant portable outside Section 116 in the Hawk Walk Market. » Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena get top marks in NBA for food, beverages Once you have your food, enjoy the national anthem being sung by 8-year-old singer, model and actor Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja. She gained national attention in 2018 when sang before a MLS match. » Watch: Girl gives rousing rendition of national anthem before MLS match During a break in the game dancers Tomo from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kei from the Oklahoma City Thunder will join the ATL Hawks Dancers for a special routine, the team announced in a news release. Earlier this season, Tomo and Kei joined Chika, captain of the ATL Hawks Dancers, at the NBA Global Games in Japan. But wait … there’s more. During halftime, 20 dancers with the Chinese American Cultural Performing Group will present a choreographed water sleeve dance called “The Dance of Beauty.” Throughout the day, the Hawks will have surprise-and-delight giveaways, including traditional red gift envelopes and plush rats to commemorate the 2020 Chinese zodiac, in addition to commemorative Lunar New Year mini basketballs. Tickets remain and can be bought via Hawks.com/LunarNewYear. The Hawks take on the Washington Wizards on Sunday.  DETAILSWhat: Atlanta Hawks celebrate Lunar New YearTime: 4:45 p.m.: Door to arena open, with dragon and lion dances on the concourse6 p.m.: Game tips offDate: Sunday, Jan. 26Place: State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Atlanta United surrendered another big part of its MLS Cup-winning squad, trading midfielder Julian Gressel to D.C. United on Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract. Atlanta acquired $650,000 in targeted allocation money in 2020 and another $100,000 in 2021, with the possibility of receiving an additional $350,000 if Gressel reaches certain performance-based incentives with D.C. United. The 26-year-old Gressel scored 15 goals and added a franchise-high 35 assists over the past three seasons, helping Atlanta win the league championship in 2018. Last season, he scored six goals and led the team with 12 assists as United won a pair of lesser trophies, the U.S. Open Cup and the Campeones Cup. “He is a player with high energy, a great attacking piece who has a tasty final ball and can score goals,” D.C. general manager Dave Kasper said. “He’s at a great age — prime of his career.” Gressel was heading into the final year of the contract he signed after being drafted in 2017. He wanted a long-term deal and a significant raise, expressing frustration at the lack of progress. Coming off a season in which they lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference final, Atlanta United also traded Darlington Nagbe to Columbus and sold defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez to Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga MX. Now, with Gressel being dealt away, Atlanta United is undergoing a big overhaul heading into Frank de Boer's second season as coach. Atlanta vice president Carlos Bocanegra said the team decided it was best to trade Gressel rather than have him play out a contract that made him one of the most underpaid players in the league. He received a base salary of $114,250 last season. Bocanegra said the money acquired from D.C. is part of a bigger plan to bolster the roster, though he knows trading Gressel will not sit well with Atlanta's passionate fan base. “We were not finding a solution,” Bocanegra said. “He’s been a great player. He’s been a fan favorite. That’s not lost on us. It’s something we didn’t take lightly. In this business you have to do what’s best for the club and the player, as well.” Gressel expressed no hard feelings toward Atlanta. “It's been an incredible three years and I'm so thankful for everything I was able to experience during my time here,” he wrote on Twitter. “There will always be a part of Atlanta in me.” D.C. United continued an offseason makeover after the departures of Wayne Rooney, Luciano Acosta and Lucas Rodríguez, who combined for 24 of the team’s 43 goals last year. Rooney returned to his native England as a player-coach for second-tier Derby County. The Washington Post reported that Gressel will receive some $700,000 a year in a new deal with D.C. United, which hasn't won the MLS Cup since 2004. “Our ambitions as a club continue to grow,” Kasper said. “Coming off two good years of making the playoffs, we want to continue to build a roster that is talented and can compete for trophies.” Atlanta United is already in training for its second straight appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, which begins with a two-legged matchup against Honduras club Motagua that starts on Feb. 18, less than two weeks before the start of the MLS season. Atlanta and D.C. are scheduled to meet twice this year, including the MLS regular-season finale on Oct. 4. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley needs surgery on his right ankle and likely will be sidelined about four months. Bradley was hurt during Major League Soccer's championship game on Nov. 10 when Seattle's Román Torres attempted a shot and hit the ankle with his follow-through. Toronto general manager Ali Curtis said the 32-year-old Bradley will have surgery on Tuesday in New York, a procedure to be performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Curtis called the injury “very severe and complicated.” Forward Jozy Altidore, Bradley's teammate on Toronto and the U.S. national team, said the club mishandled the injury. 'Make no mistake, in my opinion, for me, it was handled poorly,' Altidore said Monday after Toronto's first preseason training session that was open to reporters. 'This was an injury from two months ago and it's not the first time this has happened (at the club).' A son of former U.S. and current Los Angeles coach Bob Bradley, Michael Bradley has 17 goals in 151 international appearances. Curtis called surgery “the last resort.' 'We are going to be careful and cautious about this,' he said. 'But we're confident that once he has the surgery that he'll be able to return to play. It'll take probably approximately four months. Now that could be shorter or it could be lengthier depending on how we manage that process.' ——— More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • David Beckham’s new soccer team finally got to play soccer. After more than six years of planning — and a process that was at times brutally difficult — Inter Miami took the field for the first time Monday. The expansion MLS club’s inaugural training camp opened at Barry University, with about two dozen players on the field. “It’s real,” said Paul McDonough, Inter Miami’s sporting director. “Every day we do something, every milestone we hit, everything becomes more real.” Beckham wasn’t at the workout and is not expected in town for a few more weeks. McDonough has been with the club for the last year and a half or so and is still working on a final roster, with about a half-dozen more signings expected in the coming weeks. He watched much of the session from a far corner. Coach Diego Alonso, who will be introduced Wednesday, bounced from group to group, barking instructions. McDonough was up at 2 a.m., eight hours before the first training session, with all sorts of thoughts going through his mind — construction that still needs to be finished and deals that still need to be signed among them. To say he was a bit anxious may have been an understatement. “One of the things about being in Miami is the fans do have very high expectations,” McDonough said. “The fans are very educated here so they’re going to hold us to a very high standard, which I think is OK. We want that type of pressure.” Inter Miami’s players gathered for the first time as a group over the weekend, sharing a team dinner on Saturday night. Alonso, who is not yet comfortable speaking English, addressed the team at that dinner and set the tone for training camp. In any language, his message got through. “His introduction, I thought, was incredible,” said goalkeeper Luis Robles, the MLS goalie of the year for the 2015 season and who spent the last eight seasons with the New York Red Bulls. “After he spoke, I was ready to go train. Except it was 8 o’clock at night, so I’m glad we didn’t train.” Beckham was in Miami looking at potential stadium sites on June 1, 2013 — 2,424 days before his team would hold its first practice. The AP reported that Beckham had officially picked Miami on Oct. 29, 2013. Beckham himself came to town to announce that very decision on Feb. 5, 2014. “Today,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that day, “professional soccer is a reality in Miami.” “Today” was a relative term. Practice wouldn’t happen for another six years. There were more than a half-dozen sites under consideration at various times, and even that remains somewhat in flux. Inter Miami will play its home opener March 14 at a still-getting-completed complex in Fort Lauderdale — at the site of the now-demolished Lockhart Stadium, where the Miami Fusion spent three seasons in MLS before folding because of poor attendance in 2001. “The stadium is on schedule,” McDonough said. The team still wants to build a stadium in Miami. When, or if, that will happen is a matter for another day. For now, there’s a roster to complete and countless details to attend to before the team’s first competitive game on March 1 against Los Angeles FC. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while,” said Matias Pellegrini, the team’s highly touted 19-year-old Argentine midfielder. “Can’t wait to get started.”
  • Atlanta United announced the signing of defender Edgar Castillo on Friday. The 33-year-old Castillo gives the MLS team a veteran left back to compete for playing time with teenager George Bello. Castillo spent more than a decade in Mexico's Liga MX before moving to MLS in 2018. He spent the last two seasons with Colorado and New England. Castillo played on two championships teams in Liga MX. He also has played in 18 games for the U.S. national team after switching countries to play for the Americans in 2009. Atlanta United opens play in the CONCACAF Champions League against Honduran club Motagua on Feb. 18. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • David Beckham’s new MLS team finally has its first coach, with Inter Miami hiring Diego Alonso. The Uruguayan, who has coached two different teams to CONCACAF Champions League titles, officially took over Monday as the inaugural manager of Beckham’s club. He was an attacker as a player and prefers the same scoring-minded style as a coach. “We knew we would find a coach that matches our aspirations of trying to be successful right out of the gate,” Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough said. “What we really like about him is he’s coached at big clubs and he’s won at big tournaments. He’s won at all different levels throughout South America.” Alonso said after he went through his first interview with Inter Miami officials, he knew the job was right for him. “It's an ambitious and a winning project,' Alonso told the AP. “That's what I'm all about.' Alonso won’t have long to get settled. Inter Miami — with Beckham a leading part of the ownership and front office — will gather for its first practices in January, has preseason matches in February and makes its MLS debut on March 1 at Los Angeles FC. The home opener at the team’s newly constructed home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is March 14 against the LA Galaxy. “I'm very excited,' Alonso said. “I know this league very well. I know the challenge.' Alonso was most recently coach of the Mexican club Monterrey, which had success against MLS sides during its run to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League title. It beat Atlanta United by a 3-1 two-game aggregate in the quarterfinals, then rolled past Sporting Kansas City by a 10-2 aggregate in the semifinals. He's the only coach to win that CONCACAF tournament with two different clubs. “The MLS has made such a focus on trying to go and make one of the targets winning CONCACAF Champions League,” McDonough said. “I think the fact that Diego has done it twice with two different teams was super-valuable to me. He’s young. He’s got a clear idea of how he wants to play. And I think his desire to coach Miami as the next step in his coaching career was super-valuable to us.” The 44-year-old Alonso spent part of the last two years with Monterrey before being fired in September despite a 31-12-12 record in 55 matches with that club; the team made the move amid a slump that threatened the team's playoff chances in the top Mexican league. Before that, he was with the Mexican club Pachura — also taking it to a CONCACAF Champions League crown, and again having success against MLS clubs. He also coached in his native Uruguay as well as Paraguay. Alonso played for Uruguay’s national team, and the striker also was with clubs in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and China before starting his coaching career in 2011. “The makeup of our team right now has a lot of South American players to go with the Americans,” McDonough said. “I think it’s really, really important that he can relate to those players and they can understand his training philosophies.” Alonso’s hiring comes as Inter Miami is still completing its first roster, with plenty of additional moves expected over the next few weeks. “The idea of winning right away is the thing that I liked the most, the thing that convinced me the most,' Alonso said. “I don't see it as a challenge. I see it as an opportunity.' The team has made two splashy player acquisitions in recent days. It signed two-time MLS Cup winning defender Roman Torres — Panama’s captain who played in every minute of his nation’s matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And it struck a deal with U.S. men’s national team veteran forward Juan Agudelo, who has appeared for three other MLS clubs and made 28 appearances for the USMNT. Among the other big names on Inter Miami’s roster so far: former MLS goalkeeper of the year Luis Robles, three-time MLS Cup winning defender A.J. DeLaGarza and midfielder Lee Nyguen — who was third in the MLS MVP voting in 2014. Alonso has been to Miami as a visitor, and said he's eager to learn about South Florida now as a resident. “I know the city as a tourist,' Alonso said. “But logically, you get in love with it once you live there.
  • Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is returning to help his struggling former club AC Milan, which is reeling from a humiliating defeat and languishing way behind city rival Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic's arrival resembles something of a rescue mission for a seven-time European champion fallen on tough times. That's because Milan is mired in 11th place in Serie A, a distant 21 points behind league leader Inter, and none of its players has more than four league goals this season. Matters reached a crushing low last Sunday, when Italy's most successful club in the European Cup endured its heaviest league defeat in 21 years, a 5-0 defeat at Atalanta on Sunday. The club desperately needs Ibrahimovic at his best to stem the rot and have a chance at qualifying for a European place next season. “I’ll fight together with my teammates to change the course of this season,“ said Ibrahimovic, who has never lacked confidence in a stellar and varied career. “I will do everything to make it happen.“ The 38-year-old Swede has agreed a deal until the end of the season with the option to extend the contract for another season, the club announced Friday. Ibrahimovic has taken his brash confidence with him wherever he has gone. He needed it as a shield when forging a career against considerable adversity when he was growing up in Sweden. After starting out with modest Malmö, he then impressed enough with Amsterdam-based Ajax to earn a move to Italian powerhouse Juventus at the age of 23. From there followed stints with Inter and Spanish giant Barcelona. He scored regularly for both, but for once he was overshadowed by the diminutive frame of Lionel Messi at Barca. He stayed with the Catalan club only one season, taking the hint there was a bigger star than him shining, and so joined Milan for two seasons. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain, where he had a prolific four years, and subsequently to Manchester United and recently the LA Galaxy. But Ibrahimovic always spoke fondly of his time with the Rossoneri and keenly left the door open for a move back. “I’m coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love,“ said Ibrahimovic, Sweden's record scorer with 62 international goals and owner of nearly 500 club goals. He has been named the best player in Serie A and the French Ligue 1 three times, and best foreign player in Italy five times. The deal is subject to medical examination and Ibrahimovic will be in Milan on Jan. 2 to take it, before joining his teammates for his first training session. If he's passed fit it will then be time for Ibra, as he is known, to show Milan's fans he has lost none of the old magic against Sampdoria on Jan. 6. Fittingly for a player who craves the limelight, that match is at home. Milan's fans will expect nothing less than instant success, and neither will he. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • (AP) — Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz will be returning to Atlanta United for his 16th season in Major League Soccer. The team announced Thursday it has re-signed the 36-year-old free agent, who has been with United since the team's debut in 2017. Larentowicz has the second-most appearances in MLS history (418) and ranks third in starts (386). He had 40 goals and 23 assists in his career, which began with New England in 2005 and also includes stints with Colorado, Chicago and LA Galaxy. Larentowicz helped Atlanta win the MLS Cup in just its second season. He had 27 league appearances and 15 starts in 2019 , when United captured the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Midfielder Jeff Larentowicz will be returning to Atlanta United for his 16th season in Major League Soccer. The team announced Thursday it has re-signed the 36-year-old free agent, who has been with United since the team's debut in 2017. Larentowicz has the second-most appearances in MLS history (418) and ranks third in starts (386). He had 40 goals and 23 assists in his career, which began with New England in 2005 and also includes stints with Colorado, Chicago and LA Galaxy. Larentowicz helped Atlanta win the MLS Cup in just its second season. He had 27 league appearances and 15 starts in 2019 , when United captured the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • A pilot was killed Saturday morning when a small plane crashed into the side of a north Florida home, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The family inside the home managed to escape the home without injury, the Sheriff’s Office said. A picture a viewer sent to Action News Jax shows the moment when a plane crashed into the front yard of the Lake City home.In the picture, a man in an orange shirt can be seen running across the yard to try to help the pilot, but he had to retreat because the flames were too extensive. Neighbors watched as a ball of fire flared up in their neighbor’s yard. Kristy Amato said she hears many small planes and often worries about them. “I was sitting on my couch watching a movie with my daughter, and I heard a plane take off like all of the planes take off,' Amato told Action News Jax. “Then I heard a backfire, then a loud kaboom, so I ran out front and there was a plane in my neighbor’s yard on fire.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Murray Smith told Action News Jax that after crews put the fire out, the pilot’s body was found underneath debris. “Shortly before 10, we received about 59 911 calls,” Smith told the television station. Smith said he believes the plane was a single-engine aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board is now working to find out where the Piper PA-32 was going and the name of the pilot who died. Officials believe he was the only person on the plane. “There is an airport nearby, but so many neighbors have come over and gave so many stories, so we’re just going to wait for NTSB to get all of the facts straight,” said Smith. The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating what caused the plane to crash, but the investigation likely won’t be complete for months.
  • Three people — including two teens — are in custody and police are looking for a fourth after an armed robbery at a Sandy Springs jewelry store.  Antonio Collier, 40, Antwan DeKarlos Robinson, 17, and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested after the incident, which happened about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at a business on Abernathy Road near Roswell Road, officials said.  Witnesses to the robbery and the store owner were able to subdue two of the suspects until police arrived, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Three men walked into the business and tried to steal items from the display case, Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham said.  “They had hammers and were breaking everything and grabbed Rolexes,” a witness told Channel 2.  The owner, who was returning from lunch, saw the robbery in progress, the news station reported. He told Channel 2 he hit the robbers over the head and in the face with a bag full of glass pickle jars.  Two bystanders then tackled one of the suspects, Worsham said.  Two other suspects drove off in a car, he said. The incident turned into a police chase that ended in a crash on Glenridge Road.  One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the fourth suspect ran away into a wooded area, Worsham said.  Collier, Robinson, and the juvenile are all charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony criminal damage to property, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, obstruction and two counts of battery.  Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.
  • Tamra Judge is leaving “The Real Housewives of Orange County” after 12 seasons, the star of the Bravo series said in an Instagram post Saturday. “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on,” Judge wrote on Instagram. “I’m sad to go but I’m very excited about my future.” Judge is currently the longest-running full-time cast member in “Housewives” history, People reported. She joined the show during its third season in 2007, according to the magazine. Judge’s announcement comes a day after fellow co-star Vicki Gunvalson also announced she was leaving the reality television show, E! Online reported. Judge said she was looking forward to life after the series. “It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.” Judge has been part of the show’s most memorable moments, including the show’s first wine toss, People reported. She also starred in a three-episode spinoff of the series, “Tamra’s OC Wedding,” which documented her June 2013 wedding to Eddie Judge. “I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she told People. “It’s meant a lot.”
  • Margaret Mackie is not a household name in the music industry, but she’s getting there in a hurry. The 83-year-old dementia patient from Scotland has gone viral on YouTube with her heart-melting duet of “My Way” with her caregiver, Jamie Lee Morley. The pair recorded a single of the song, with proceeds going to Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. People with elderly parents will have a tough time avoiding the tissues after watching the sweet, sentimental ballad made famous by Frank Sinatra. But Mackie is not ready to face the final curtain just yet. She’s content to keep singing. Morley, a musician who works as a food server at the Northcare Suites Care Home in Edinburgh since it opened last fall, told The Washington Post he was walking past a lounge at the center when he heard a lovely voice singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Morley told the newspaper he thought someone had left the radio on, but then he saw Mackie singing the song in perfect pitch. “I was stunned,” Morley, 31, told the Post. “I’ve loved singing and music since I was a little lad, and I could just tell that Margaret did, too. Her voice is amazing.” Morley and Mackie sang “My Way” at the care home’s Christmas party in December, CBS News reported. A video of the duet was posted to YouTube and quickly went viral. “Every day in work we sing this song together and I do whatever I can to brighten her day and all the other residents,” Morley wrote on YouTube. 'For those close to me will know this was my Grandad’s funeral song who our family sadly lost to Alzheimer’s last year. I’ve never really sang this song, as it’s a classic, but I knew how much Margaret and her family would love it.” Mackie’s family attended the Christmas party and enjoyed the duet, CBS News reported. They are even more delighted with the response to the video. “It has brought her back to life. The dementia was taking a hold of her and she was getting sad with it, but this has given her a new lease of life,” Mackie’s daughter, Mairi Hunter, told the BBC. “It’s quite remarkable how she can remember the lyrics. It just seems to come back to her. “She wants everyone to be happy. People cry when they hear the song and she’ll say ‘No don’t cry, I want you to be happy.’” Meanwhile, the recording of “My Way” is No. 6 on the United Kingdom’s Amazon download chart and at one point reached No. 27 on iTunes’ Top 40 in the U.K., the Post reported. That’s ahead of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, the newspaper reported. Morley filmed his excursion with Mackie to the recording studio and released the single and a music video to go with it Dec,. 28, CBS News reported. The music video has had nearly 200,000 views since its release. Mackie, a former whiskey distillery worker, rarely remembers one day from the next, the Post reported. She came to Northcare Suites in October from another care center, Jordan Simpson, manager of Northcare Suites, told the newspaper. While Mackie might be forgetful, she never forgets the lyrics to her favorite songs, Simpson said. “Singing is something that makes Margaret happy. She has a great singing voice,” Simpson told the Post. “And although she has dementia, she has a great memory for song lyrics. She and Jamie sing together most of the day.” Mackie said she wouldn’t mind recording another song, and joked about recording an entire album, the BBC reported. “It’s great seeing your face in all those newspapers,” Mackie told the BBC. “It’s nice to have a busy life like that, every now and then.” The single can be purchased on iTunes here.
  • A FedEx driver in upper Michigan went beyond the call of duty while delivering a package Thursday morning. The delivery man was dropping off a package for Jodi LaFreniere in Manistique around 11:42 a.m., WLUC reported. Instead of just leaving the package on the snowy stoop, the delivery man grabbed a shovel and cleared off the area, the television station reported. “Shout out to this guy! He shoveled my stoop while I was gone,” LaFreniere wrote on Facebook. LaFreniere, who is a kindergarten teacher, told WLUC she received an alert on her phone from her doorbell camera. When she checked the video, she saw the delivery man shoveling off her porch. “I was wondering who was at my house since my fiance was away in Alaska, teaching,” LaFreniere told CNN. LaFreniere hadn’t spoken to the delivery driver -- Melvin J. Marlett, who has worked for FedEx for 23 years -- but said her fiance, Rodney Riesland, has spoken with him since he is usually home when deliveries are made, CNN reported. “There are good people out there who do selfless acts,” LaFreniere told WLUC. LaFreniere decided to post the video to Facebook as a way of saying thanks. “FedEx is proud of the many contributions our team members make to the communities we serve every day,” FedEx spokeswoman Heather Wilson told CNN. “We commend our courier, Mel Marlett, who went above and beyond to help shovel snow for our customer while making a delivery.” Marlett told CNN he thought shoveling the snow was the right thing to do. “I would hope it’s something that anybody would have done,” Marlett told the cable network. “If you take care of your customers, they take care of you.”
  • Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in Arizona and a member of the Navajo Nation, died Saturday. She was 105. Yazzie died at her Tucson home, according to Facebook posts by Women Warriors and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Yazzie, who was born in Canyon de Chelly in 1914, enlisted in the Army when he was 28 and served during World War II, KPNX reported. She was a Women’s Army Corps Technician Grade 4 and was honorably discharged after the war, according to Navajo Times. Yazzie graduated from Wingate Boarding School in 1934, the website reported. She returned to her alma mater after the war and worked there until she retired at 70, KPNX reported. Wanda Wright, the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, released a message of condolences, KNXV reported. “I am blessed to have met Sophie and hear about her service to our country. Last summer we were honored to be able to present Sophie with Governor Ducey’s Arizona Women Veteran’s Week proclamation,' Wright said. 'We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and will always remember her legacy.” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted a tribute to Yazzie on Saturday afternoon. She had four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.