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Tanya Mendis

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Tanya:

ASU students trick U of A students with elaborate hoax

A group of Arizona State University students pulled off an elaborate hoax at the University of Arizona. The prank was revealed today, just three days before the the big rivalry football game betwee... → Read More

Young students use tech skills to improve their community

Bright and early on Wednesday morning, the sound of hammers, saws and power drills pound through a Maryvale neighborhood. “That looks pretty good,” says Allison Paul, as she points to a piece ... → Read More

Classroom shortage projected to get worse

From low pay, to high student-teacher ratios, and bottom of the barrel spending, a new study ranks Arizona among the worst states to be a public school teacher. → Read More

Roosevelt School District aims to cut truancy with online resour

One school district is trying something new to help put a stop to kids playing hookey. → Read More

Scandalous images on Snapchat supposedly linked to ASU

Racy videos and apparent illegal activity have surfaced on a Snapchat account. That account claimed those images were captured at ASU. → Read More

Game gives students college, career advice

A new, online game developed in the Valley helps students determine what career pairs best with their likes and dislikes. ASU developed the game, called me3, to help high school students figure out... → Read More

Parents hot over Ice Cube rap lesson

Parents in the Florence Unified School District had an icy response to a poetry lesson in an 8th grade class that used a music video and lyrics from an Ice Cube rap song. → Read More

92-year-old rape survivor shares story to inspire others

A 92-year-old rape survivor is speaking out for the first time since her brutal attack, hoping to inspire other rape victims. → Read More

Chandler woman claims she was handcuffed, arrested while naked

A Valley woman is filing a lawsuit against two Chandler Police Officers and the Chandler Police Department, claiming her rights were violated when an officer came into her home and placed her in ha... → Read More

Valley schools using social media to connect with neighborhoods

Next to the online posts about lost dogs, suspicious activity and refrigerators for sale, there is now vital information about schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District.Last week, the SUSD ... → Read More

Valley organization connects families with affordable summer cam

Summer camp season is in full swing. From libraries to pools and gyms, there are lots of options for the dog days of summer. But it turns out, there are many parents who want their kids to be in su... → Read More

Good Samaritan does another good deed for robbery victims

The Good Samaritan who helped a Valley woman and her young nephew as they were being robbed in broad daylight, does another good deed for the family. Tyler Salas says he couldn't sit by and do noth... → Read More

Peoria adds free dinner to summer meal program

The city of Peoria already serves thousands of breakfast and lunch meals every day, but they saw a need that wasn't being met in their community— dinner. So, they decided to start serving that as w... → Read More

Students challenge treatment of animals, get answers from SeaWor

Students at a Valley school ask such tough questions about the treatment of animals that they received an answer in person from Sea World. The students in Sheila Rowe's 6th grade class at Coyote Ri... → Read More

Valley single mom turns internship into full-time job and free c

A Valley single mom is able to turn a high school internship into a full-time job and free tuition for her college degree. When Mary Sesma was a senior in high school, she discovered she was pregna... → Read More

ASU offering free health services through Westward Ho partnershi

Arizona State University and the Westward Ho hotel are unveiling a new partnership that benefits both the students and the community members. → Read More

Teacher attitudes remain positive despite challenges in the clas

In the next ten years, 1.7 million teachers across the country will retire. Add that to the countless more educators who have chosen to do something other than teach, and Arizona's classrooms could... → Read More

Breast-feeding reduces risks in breast cancer

Doctors call it “one more reason to consider breastfeeding.” A study released this week found that breastfeeding may change a woman's breast cancer risk. The study, performed by Kaiser Permanente, ... → Read More

Students concerned about credits, loans after Everest College cl

Hundreds of student lined up at Everest College in Phoenix Wednesday afternoon, trying to figure out what will happen to their credits and student loans now that the school is shutting down. → Read More

Police release surveillance video from Saks Fifth Avenue handbag

Phoenix police have released the shocking surveillance video from a robbery at the Biltmore Saks Fifth Avenue. The suspects were certainly bold and police said it's clearly not the first time they'... → Read More