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Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week



In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.

Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:

5.)Phoenix and the SCOTUS Ruling that Private Corporations Can Exercise Religious Beliefs

East façade of the Supreme Court Building. (Franz Jantzen)
East façade of the Supreme Court Building. (Franz Jantzen)
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The United States Supreme Court sided today with Hobby Lobby and other privately owned corporations that argued they should not be required to provide access to contraceptives in employee health plans -- as mandated by the Affordable Care Act -- if doing so violates their closely held religious beliefs.

The 5-4 split favors privately owned corporations' rights to sidestep the healthcare law because following it would infringe on their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. That law prohibits government from substantially burdening "a person's exercise of religious," and federal law defines a "person" as a corporation as well as an individual.

 

4.)Professor Ersula Ore Arrest to be Reviewed by ASU and Outside Agency After Video Goes Viral

ASU Assistant Professor Ersula Ore is taken to the ground by an ASU police officer in her May 20 arrest.
ASU Assistant Professor Ersula Ore is taken to the ground by an ASU police officer in her May 20 arrest.
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Are you serious?

Police dash-cam video of the action-packed, May 20 arrest of Ersula Jawanna Ore, a 33-year-old rhetoric and English assistant professor at Arizona State University, has gone viral, feeding claims of racism and police brutality.

As publicity grows along with an accompanying firestorm of criticism leveled at ASU, the university announced that the use of force and initial confrontation by an ASU police officer will be reviewed.

 

3.)Phoenix Leaders' Reaction to President Obama's Immigration Reform Speech

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week

Mary Rose Wilcox, a candidate seeking election in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District, says she is "dismayed to hear that President Obama still has no concrete plan to pass comprehensive immigration reform and stop the devastating deportation policy that breaks up families and breaks our hearts."

Her statement comes after President Barack Obama stood in the White House Rose Garden and talked about a "new effort" to tackle immigration reform -- which the Feathered Bastard pointed out, includes speeding up the deportation of children.

Wilcox says Obama's speech fell short, and that, instead, "he needs to take immediate action to stop deportations."

 

2.)Dr. Sue Sisley, Medical-Marijuana Researcher, Fired From U of A Job in Alleged Political Move

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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Dr. Sue Sisley, the outspoken physician and medical-marijuana researcher, has been fired from a University of Arizona job, possibly due to political pressure.

Joe "Skip" Garcia, the University of Arizona's senior vice president for health sciences, who happens to earn $810,000 a year, is being trounced in the news this morning over this -- accused of doing the bidding of state Senate President Andy Biggs.

 

1.)Shonya Sam of Navajo Nation Gets 14 Years for Disfiguring Child in Horrific Attack

Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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A Navajo woman was sentenced to about 14 years in prison on Tuesday for a horrific attack committed against a child she reportedly believed was "evil."

Shonya Tanya Sam and her brother, both of Many Farms, put the 7-year-old girl through a bizarre, hellish experience for several days in early January 2013, records show, leaving the girl disabled.


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