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Bill Staples Jr.
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Cactus League Yakyu: 9 Fun Facts about the Nippon Ham Fighters in Arizona
For those
who don’t know, the word “yakyu” is Japanese for baseball. And for most
baseball fans in the U.S., the start of a new season begins when pitchers and
catchers report to spring training in mid-February. But since
2016, baseball in Arizona has kicke...
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A Poorly Regulated Militia and the Triumph of Evil
For the record, any comments I share publicly about responsible gun ownership are not knee-jerk reactions to the latest school shooting, they are in response to the tragedy that occurred on Dec. 14, 2012 (Sandy Hook). That was over five years ago. Any new s...
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This year marks 30 years since I played in my last football game. Instead of revisiting stories of my football career, I want to use the milestone as an opportunity to talk about a person from my playing days who had a big influence on my life -- my former head coach, Mike Bailey. This is a story about Bailey and the young athlete who was killed during one of his practices in Texas. The Dalai Lama says, "When you lose, don't lose the lesson." This article is my small effort to keep the lessons of that tragic loss alive today, and for future generations.
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City of Chandler Nozomi Park Kiosk Dedication
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the City of Chandler dedicated a history kiosk in a park near the site of a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans.  The dedication ceremony included city officials and former internees.  Display panels on the kio...
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Journey for Justice: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of E.O. 9066
On February 19, 2017, I had the honor of attending the event “Journey for Justice: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of E.O. 9066”, at the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – Arizona headquarters in Glendale, AZ.  Sponsored by the JACL AZ and the As...
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